Most dog owners know what not to feed their dogs – dogs must avoid unhealthy takeout at all costs, grapes are out, and chocolate is an absolute no-no.
But the real question is: can dogs eat carrots and other vegetables? What other “human foods” can your canine companion have?
Here’s a list of nine foods that dogs can and should eat.
Carrots are an excellent treat for your pup. They are rich in vitamins like vitamin A, beta-carotene, biotin, vitamin C, and they are also a great source of fiber. Carrots are also good for dental health because the mechanical action of munching them removes plaque and tartar build-up.
Feed carrots raw or slightly cooked, but feed them in moderation because large quantities of vitamin A can be toxic.
2. Plain Yogurt
Everyone knows that yogurt is high in protein and calcium – the good news is that it’s entirely safe for your dog to eat.
Yogurt with active cultures is even better because it contains probiotics that help support a healthy gut biome, so it’s excellent for your dog’s digestive system.
However, something to bear in mind is that regular yogurt contains a lot of sugar, so always choose plain Greek yogurt. Kefir and cottage cheese are also great treats for dogs; make sure they are plain and unflavored.
Here’s a pro tip: freeze plain yogurt in ice trays for a cool, dog-friendly snack.
Even the shells are excellent for pups because they contain calcium and magnesium – grind them up and sprinkle them over your dog’s food for a nutrient boost.
There is some controversy around whether dogs should eat raw eggs, so gently scramble, poach, or boil them to be on the safe side – remember not to season them!
Pumpkin is one of the healthiest “human foods” you can give your dog – it’s recommended for dogs with stomach issues. Add a few tablespoons of plain pumpkin to your dog’s food if they are having digestion troubles. Pumpkin is also very low in calories, so it’s a perfect diet-friendly treat.
Pumpkin is a member of the squash family, and it’s rich in fiber, vitamin A, and carotene. You can feed it to your dog canned or fresh. Just make sure there are no seasonings, sweeteners, or spices in it.
5. Apple Slices
Sliced apples are a fantastic treat for your pup because they contain vitamin A, vitamin C, and fiber. Apple slices are also great for cleaning teeth and freshening breath.
If you feed your dog apple slices, always remove the seeds (they contain cyanide) and the core (a choking hazard). Remember to feed apple slices in moderation because they have a lot of sugar.
6. Peanut Butter
Not only is peanut butter delicious, but it’s also rich in vitamin E, Vitamin B, and niacin. Niacin is essential for healthy skin and a shiny coat, and it also aids circulation. Giving your pooch peanut butter now and then is a great idea, but only give it to him in moderation.
Green beans contain very few calories – that’s why they are the perfect snack for overweight dogs. You can prepare them for your dog any way you like (as long as they are not seasoned) or feed them raw for a fun, crunchy treat.
Green beans are loaded with vitamins such as Vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C, and they contain high amounts of essential minerals like iron and magnesium.
Oatmeal is one of the healthiest grains you can feed your dog because it has a low glycemic index, and it won’t cause digestive problems like other grains because it does not contain a lot of gluten.
Oatmeal is rich in pantothenic acid, which helps your dog convert protein, carbohydrates, and fats into energy.
When feeding your dog oatmeal, keep it as simple as possible. You can add a spoon to your dog’s regular food, but don’t add butter, salt, or sweeteners.
9. Green Peas
Green peas aren’t just good for you. They’re great for your pup too. Green peas contain antioxidants, protein, vitamin K, vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, and vitamin C.
Green peas are excellent for healthy bones, teeth, skin, and fur. As a bonus, they also contain very few calories, so they are the perfect alternative to unhealthy dog biscuits.