Is there human food that dogs CAN eat?
There are some human foods that are safe to share with your four legged friends.
Remember to keep snacks to 10% of your dog’s overall calorie intake to ensure that they’re getting the nutrition they need from their high quality dog food.
Some human food that dogs can eat:
Air Popped Popcorn – popcorn is OK as long as it’s air popped and salt and butter free.
Fruits – apples, pineapple, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, huckleberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew
Fresh as well as frozen berries are fine. Watch out for seeds in melons and apples.
Lean Meat – chicken, turkey (no skin), fish, lean pork (no ham)
These are all safe for dogs as long as they’re boneless and cooked. Avoid excess fat.
Oatmeal – Duke loves steel cut oats with blueberries for breakfast. He shares just about 1/2 tablespoon with me most mornings.
Peanut Butter – Dogs do not appear to be sensitive to peanuts. You should watch out for peanut butter that is high in sugar and/or salt though.
Sunflower Seeds – Shelled sunflower seeds, preferably without salt and only in small amounts.
Rice – boiled rice is bland but it’s easy on your pooches stomach. Salt free rice cakes are OK too.
Vegetables – broccoli, carrots, green beans, peas, squash, sweet potatoes, potatoes (no green skin, sprouts or flesh)
My dogs LOVE tomatoes. Some people say that you shouldn’t feed your dog tomatoes but my research tells me that they’re OK in small amounts. It’s the actual tomato plants themselves that are poisonous so watch out for the stems.
Of course there are some foods you should never feed your dog. Some you may be aware of and some you may not. In doing my research I was surprised by some of them myself.
Grapes and Raisins
Milk and Dairy products
Onions and Garlic
Raw Egg Whites
Keep in mind this is only a partial list, there are other potentially dangerous substances you should keep out of your dog’s reach, including these…
Ibuprofen (Advil and other brands)
Excessive salt, sugar and sugar substitutes such as Xylitol
What you choose to feed your own dog is entirely up to you. If you have any questions or concerns you should always consult with your Vet.