Being a dog owner, one question definitely strikes the mind: “Which people foods are safe for dogs?”
Well, humans and dogs can share several common foods that are nutritionally dense and help fight disease, boost energy and maintain overall good health.
But keep in mind, serving too much of these foods is not recommended, as it can make your dog ill or overweight.
Always introduce human foods to your four-legged friend gradually and in proper proportions. Also, check with your veterinarian if your dog has any dietary or health concerns.
Here are the top 10 healthy human foods that you can feed your dog.
Plain yogurt makes a great pet food.
It is a great source of calcium, protein, zinc and probiotics. Including it in your dog’s diet will help alleviate problems like diarrhea, infections, inflamed bowels, bacterial overgrowth or other absorption issues.
Plus, it is relatively inexpensive and readily available in almost every supermarket.
The amount of yogurt you can serve your dog each day is as follows:
- 1 to 2 teaspoons to a small dog.
- 1 to 2 tablespoons to a medium-sized dog.
- 2 to 4 tablespoons to a large dog.
Yogurt is easy enough to introduce into your dog’s diet. Try mixing a little into your dog’s food each day. Frozen yogurt works as a nice summer treat for dogs.
Always choose yogurt that has live active cultures and no sugars or artificial sweeteners. Like yogurt, you can also feed cottage cheese to your beloved four-legged companion.
Note: If your dog has trouble digesting dairy, do not feed it yogurt.
Both pumpkin and pumpkin seeds can be served to dogs. In fact, pumpkin serves as a superfood for your canine friend.
It contains beta-carotene, vitamin A, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc that are essential for good health. Also, the abundance of fiber in it keeps your dog’s stomach full for a longer time and prevents weight gain.
Regular intake of pumpkin helps maintain urinary tract health, regulates your dog’s bowels and digestive tract, contributes to a shiny coat and helps to naturally deworm your dog.
You can serve canned pumpkin or fresh, home-cooked pumpkin with no added sugars and spices to your dog. You can serve pumpkin in the following quantities:
- For dogs weighing less than 15 pounds, give 1 to 2 teaspoons.
- For dogs weighing 15 to 35 pounds, give 1 to 2 tablespoons.
- For dogs weighing 35 pounds or more, give 2 to 5 tablespoons depending on weight.
When it comes to pumpkin seeds, grind them and mix the powder into your dog’s regular food. You can serve ¼ teaspoon of the ground pumpkin seeds daily for every 10 pounds that your dog weighs.
Cooked chicken serves as a perfect snack or meal additive for your dog. However, never serve the cooked bones to your pet. Cooked bones can splinter and be dangerous.
Chicken is a good source of protein, which provides energy. It has several B vitamins that are needed for energy and metabolism. Plus, the antioxidants in it help fight infection by improving the functioning of the immune system.
Add unseasoned, cooked chicken to your dog’s regular food. Serve the pieces with no visible fat and no bones. You can also serve chicken soup or broth to your pet.
Occasionally, chicken can be used as a good meal replacement if you’re out of dog food.
Another human food that is safe for your canine friend is carrots. In fact, most dogs like the mild sweet taste of carrots.
Being high in fiber and low in calories, carrots make a great snack for your pooch.
Carrots support dental health by gently scraping the teeth and preventing plaque buildup. Plus, the high amount of vitamin A in them provides a host of nutritional benefits to your dog. In addition to supporting eye health, vitamin A boosts the immune system and promotes a healthy skin and coat.
They also contain vitamin C and K (needed for blood clotting), as well as potassium, magnesium, manganese, most of the B vitamins and phosphorus.
You can feed ½ to 2 tablespoons of finely grated carrots daily to your dog, depending on its size.
Along with carrots, other root vegetables like beetroots and turnips can also be given to dogs.
Whether you wish to serve scrambled or simply boiled, eggs are a healthy food for dogs.
Eggs contain a good amount of biotin, protein, riboflavin and selenium that support skin and nail health. The protein also helps build muscle and repair tissue.
However, as eggs are also high in fat, avoid giving your pet too many eggs in a day.
Try feeding your dog a few eggs a week to notice better health, inside and out. Always prepare the eggs plain with no salt, pepper or any other seasoning.
Do not feed raw or undercooked eggs to your dog, as they increase the risk of contamination from bacteria like salmonella that can make your dog sick.
6. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is one of the best treats that you can give to your four-legged friend. However, you should only give low sodium, low oil and sugar-free organic peanut butter to your pet.
Peanut butter is packed full of protein, healthy fats, niacin and vitamins B and E. It can give your dog a shiny coat, good skin and healthy nails. It also helps your dog’s immune system, keeping your pooch from getting sick.
Due to its fat content, feed peanut butter in moderation to prevent your dog from gaining extra weight. Too much fat can also lead to pancreas issues in canines.
Give your dog an occasional tablespoon of peanut butter as a treat.
7. Green Beans
Just as green beans are healthy for humans, they are highly beneficial for dogs, too.
Green beans are highly recommended for dogs that are overweight and in serious need of weight loss. Being high in fiber but low in calories, green beans make a healthy treat alternative that’s filling but will not add any weight.
These green vegetables also provide your pet with lots of iron, magnesium, manganese and vitamins A, K and C. Vitamin A helps preserve your dog’s eye health and maintain optimal heart health, while vitamin K promotes blood clotting. Vitamin C enhances your dog’s immunity and helps regulate blood pressure.
Make sure to feed your dog only fresh beans or canned ones. Dogs love to crunch on fresh vegetables. If choosing canned green beans, opt for one that has no added salt.
You can serve green beans as 50 percent of your dog’s regular food.
Salmon is very high in healthy omega-3 fatty acids and is highly nutritious for your dog. Omega-3 fatty acids do wonders for the skin, coat and brain, as well as limiting inflammatory processes that cause arthritic pain and other chronic canine conditions.
Salmon also provides excellent protein as well as many essential vitamins and minerals that boost the immune system.
You can give your pooch unseasoned, cooked salmon no more than twice a week. Never give your dog uncooked salmon for any reason.
Along with salmon, other cold-water fish like tuna, herring and so on are also healthy for your pet.
As an alternative to cooked fish, you can add fish oil to the dog’s regular food.
Note: Do not feed raw salmon or salmon seasoned with onion, garlic or other herbs to your dog.
Oatmeal is also considered a healthy addition to your dog’s meal. In fact, oatmeal is found in many dog foods and is safe for pets that are highly sensitive to grains.
Oatmeal is packed with vitamins and minerals, and it is an excellent source of dietary fiber. The soluble fiber in it is highly beneficial for dogs that may have trouble maintaining bowel regularity.
The protein in it gives an energy boost. Also, the iron, manganese, zinc and B vitamins (pantothenic acid, which is B5, and folate, which is B9) in it support the overall health of your pet.
Always serve plain, cooked oatmeal with no sugar or flavoring. It is also recommended to serve oatmeal in conjunction with probiotics to enhance their effects.
You can serve both coconut water or milk and coconut oil to your dog.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, which helps strengthen the immune system. It also helps fight bad breath, increase energy levels, improve digestion, reduce allergic reactions, improve cognitive functions and alleviate skin conditions, such as hot spots, flea allergies and itchy skin. Additionally, it’s a high source of protein.
Coconut water contains electrolytes that help prevent dehydration.
You can add up to 1 tablespoon (1 teaspoon per 10 pounds) of coconut oil to your dog’s regular food once a day.
For coconut water, give ¼ cup to small dogs and 1 cup to large dogs on a daily basis.