What human foods can a dog eat?
One of the most common questions that dog owners have is what kind of food they can and cannot give to their respective pets. Questions about human food for dogs are especially common. Being our best friends, we are always tempted to share with our pooches the food that we have on the dining table. While some foods are a big no-no to dogs, there are some foods that we can safely share with them, too. Here are some of the more common human foods that are safe for dogs.
Peanut butter for dogs
When given in moderate amounts, peanut butter can be a really healthy treat for dogs. In fact it is one of the most commonly used human foods in treat-dispensing dog toys. However, it is important to choose unsalted variants as salt can increase the risk of fatal hypernatremia in your pooch. Peanut butter is rich in protein and fiber and is also energy-dense. This can help your pooch with its physical activities. However, if you have a sedentary dog it is often best to limit its intake as peanut butter can be rich in fat, too.
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Carrots for dogs
Carrots are excellent sources of minerals and vitamins as well as dietary fiber which can help improve your dog’s digestion. Whether it is cooked or given raw, it is imperative that carrots be prepared in bite-sized pieces to help prevent choking.
Read our full article on carrots for dogs for more information.
Eggs for dogs
One of the most energy-dense and most nutritious foods you can give to your dog is egg. It really doesn’t matter if it is raw or cooked, although there are those who say raw eggs are more nutritious since heat from cooking will significantly affect the nutrient profile of the egg. There are also those who say cooked egg is better since it helps kill salmonella that may be present in the egg. Regardless, the incredible egg is an excellent source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals that your dog needs. Even the eggshells can be given to dogs as a source of calcium.
Salmon for dogs
Rich in the omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA, cooked salmon can benefit your pooch by promoting healthier coat and skin while also playing a role in the normal development of the nervous system of puppies. These substances also play a role in the modulation of the immune and inflammatory responses of dogs. You can always give your pooch unsalted and unseasoned cooked salmon. It is crucial that you don’t give your dog raw salmon as this can lead to salmon poisoning disease.
Blueberries for dogs
This fruit contains vitamins and minerals that have amazing antioxidant benefits. This can have a significant impact on their skin and coat health as well as a reduction in the number and extent of inflammatory conditions. Blueberries are also low in calories so they can make for exceptional treats for dogs.
Pineapple for dogs
Fresh pineapples are always a safer treat to be given to dogs than canned, processed pineapples that may be bathed in thick syrup. Fresh pineapples contain fiber for improving overall digestion as well as many of the vitamins and minerals that your dog needs. However, moderation is recommended whenever feeding your dog pineapples since stomach upset can occur if given in large quantities.
Watermelon for dogs
These are not only filled with water, making them suitable for pooches that rarely drink, they are also rich in vitamins C and A. Caution should be taken not to give the seeds and the rinds of the watermelon as these can cause digestive issues in your dog.
While it is safe to give these human foods to our dogs it is a general recommendation to give these only as treats and not as part of their regular diet. That being said, these should only be given in small to moderate amounts.
For more information about what human foods are safe for dogs, we always recommend consulting your veterinarian with questions or concerns.
This is a guest post provided by Olivia Williams.
Olivia Williams is mum of 2 and a true animal lover with 3 dogs, 2 cats and a parrot called Charlie. Heading up the content for MyPetNeedsThat.com amongst a busy family schedule, her goal is to try help people all around the world become better pet owners.