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15 Human Foods That Are Also Good for Dogs: A Healthy Canine Diet Guide

It is no secret that Canine nutrition is a huge industry, and for good reason!   We love our dogs!  We want optimal nutrition, and typically we get that through commercially prepared dog food. 

But what about “Table Scraps”?

It is generally advised that you don’t feed dog human leftovers…BUT we have compiled a

list of 15 human foods that are a great option to give your dog.

  1. Blueberries: A nutritious and antioxidant-rich treat We have never had a dog reject blueberries!  In fact, we have had dogs eat them right off of our blueberry bushes!

  1. Carrots: Crunchy and beneficial for dental health

Carrot are always a favorite treat around here.  Be prepared for a possible carrot crumble mess!

  1. Sweet Potatoes: A great source of fiber and vitamins

Maybe dog foods even have Sweet potatoes.  We recommend not feeding the skin, as we have seen some issues from that being ingested.

  1.  Salmon: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids for a healthy coat 

Never-Ever have we seen a dog not go gaga-crazy over canned salmon!

  1. Eggs: A protein-packed option for muscle development

In moderation, eggs have always been well tolerated by our pack and is a common go-to when someone doesn't want to eat for some reason.

  1. Lean Turkey: A lean protein source for energy 

Just not the highly processed lunch meat type!

  1. Pumpkin: Excellent for digestive health

Like sweet potato, this is commonly given for fiber.

  1. Green Beans: Low-calorie and high-fiber option for weight management

Raw or cooked, these are universally loved by our dogs.  In the early 2000’s, we had a Golden Retriever named Lucy who gently picked ripe green beans off of our bushes in the garden at every opportunity.

  1. Apples: A fiber-rich snack that's easy to digest 

Careful about the seed, while not a significant source, they do contain cyanide.

  1. Oatmeal: Provides a healthy dose of fiber and energy 

  1. Peanut Butter: A tasty and protein-rich treat (note: check for xylitol) 

We put this on lick mats and in kongs!

  1. Spinach: A nutrient powerhouse when fed in moderation 

This is another plant we have had snatched right out of the garden!

  1.  Cheese: A calcium-rich snack for strong bones (in moderation) 

Did you hear about the “cheesetax”?   It is a real thing that MUST be paid to your dog every time you grab the cheese from the fridge.

  1. Watermelon: A hydrating and refreshing summer treat 

High in water content and fiber!

  1.  Broccoli: High in fiber and antioxidants (in moderation)

This one is hit or miss with our crew.  The ones who love it, prefer it raw and in small pieces

A few precautions and tips:

Don’t allow your pooch to overindulge.  While your dog may LOVE blueberries….their tummy might only love them a little.  The same is true for all of the listed foods.  Moderation is key.  Keep it a special treat!

Don’t introduce more than one human food per week.  You will need to monitor your dog for any allergies or sensitivities.

 Always check with your veterinarian before introducing anything other than dog food to your pup, and check ingredients for things commonly toxic to dogs.

In conclusion, adding healthy, varied human foods to your dog’s diet can enrich their lives and provide a fun bonding experience for you both!  Always remember that safety is paramount and that not all dogs enjoy all foods!. 

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