20 Healthy human foods your dog can eat

What human food can dogs eat?

This is a great question as there are many tales about what is good and bad. However, we must be careful and ensure it is okay to give our dogs the right human food as some foods we consume can be very toxic and harmful to dogs.

These ‘Bad foods’ can give your dog an upset stomach, digestive system issues, immune system issues, and, worst case, even death. And when it comes to puppies, we must be even more conscious of what we feed them, as a pup’s digestive system is super sensitive.

But healthy human foods have huge health benefits alongside your dog’s regular food.

Healthy human food dogs can eat safely

  1. Carrots

Carrots are full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Raw carrots or cooked carrots are a great treat and supplement to many dog foods.

They are very low in calories, so you can feed your dog carrots until their heart is content. They also clean the plaque off your dog’s teeth. Carrots also benefit dogs’ eyesight and eye health.

It is recommended to peel the carrots before feeding them to your dogs.

  1. Chicken

Chicken is lean meat that’s high in protein. It also has omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin B.

Chicken should be served completely unseasoned, preferably boiled and without the fat.

Never serve your dog cooked bones because they can choke or tear the digestive tract.

Although high-quality raw chicken and raw bones are healthy for our dogs.

  1. Apple

Apples are full of vitamin c and vitamin A.

Apples are a fantastic treat for dogs as they love how sweet it tastes.

It is also a great source of fiber.

Make sure you don’t feed them rotten apples as that can lead to alcohol poisoning.

Apple slices help clean residue off a dog’s teeth, which helps freshen their breath.

Always make sure to take out the core and seeds before as it can be dangerous.

  1. Peanut butter

Most dogs love peanut butter; you will rarely find a dog that doesn’t like it. It is a great training reward, and you can keep them occupied for hours by just putting some in a chew toy.

Peanut butter is good for dogs in moderation. It is full of protein and healthy fats and also contains vitamin b and vitamin e.

Make sure to buy unsalted peanut butter and always check that it doesn’t contain artificial sweeteners like xylitol, which is toxic for dogs.

  1. Eggs

One medium egg provides almost every vitamin and mineral, plus lots of protein. Adding eggs to your dog’s diet is a great way to give them a protein boost.

Never give them raw eggs as they can carry the risk of salmonella—only cooked eggs.

  1. Salmon

Cooked salmon is one of the best foods you can feed your dog. It is lean, full of protein, and packed with heart-healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon helps fight inflammation and boosts skin quality because of the antioxidants.

Don’t give your dog raw fish. Raw salmon may contain a parasite that causes salmon poisoning disease, which can kill your furry friend.

  1. Blueberries

Blueberries are filled with disease-fighting antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins, minerals, and fiber, and these are all good for your dog’s health.

Blueberries are small in size and low in calories. This makes them a perfect low-calorie treat for training. You can even freeze them so your dog can snack on frozen blueberries on a hot day.

They are especially good for senior dogs, as they can improve age-related conditions.

  1. Cucumbers

Cucumbers aren’t every dog’s favorite, but if you can get your dog to like them, it makes a wonderful low-calorie treat. Especially for dogs that have to lose weight, as cucumbers are mostly water.

They have quite a fair amount of vitamins and minerals too. They are high in vitamin K, which helps treat bleeding problems in dogs.

Did you know cats are scared of cucumbers? Just a bit of trivia.

  1. Watermelon

Watermelon is a good choice if you want a sweet treat for your dog. It is fantastic for dehydrated dogs as it is full of moisture. It also is packed with vitamins A, B, and B-6 for your four-legged friends.

Never give them the seeds. They can cause intestinal blockage. Also, remove the rinds; even though they aren’t toxic, they can still cause an upset stomach.

  1. Green beans

Two out of our labs love green beans (the others not so much). Green beans are full of calcium, iron, and vitamin K. You can serve them raw or cooked. Make sure they are unsalted and cut up.

Green beans are highly recommended by veterinarians for dog owners to help their dogs lose weight. They are low-calorie and full of fiber. Use them to replace some of the food you normally feed.

  1. Turkey

Cooked turkey is a healthy and safe treat for dogs. It is high in protein.

However, we don’t recommend giving your dog “Turkey” deli meat as it is loaded with sodium and nitrates. When giving them the fresh roasted turkey, cut any fat off before serving it to your dog, as that can cause stomach issues and possible pancreatitis in large quantities.

  1. Rice

White rice is extremely easy for dogs to digest; however, it doesn’t have many nutrients for your dog. It is often prescribed for dogs with upset stomachs.

  1. Dairy

Dairy has to be given to your dog in moderation. A little dairy is okay for your dog to eat. As long as they are not lactose intolerant.

Plain yogurt or Greek yogurt is especially good for dogs, as it is full of probiotics that are good for your dog’s digestive tract. Most dogs love a piece of cheese now and then.

  1. Bananas

Bananas are packed with magnesium, which is good for a dog’s bone health. They are also full of sugar, so don’t feed your dog too many. Bananas are also full of potassium, biotin, and fiber, which are all necessary for your dog’s health.

  1. Spinach

Spinach, cooked or raw, contains iron, vitamin K, and various antioxidants. It is healthy for both you and your dog.

  1. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is full of fiber and adds heft to a dog’s bowel movements, making it more regular and easier to clean up.

Canned or fresh pumpkin is a great choice for dogs with sensitive stomachs or digestive issues.

Avoid pumpkin pie filling as it is filled with added sugar and spices.

  1. Sweet Potato

Sweet potatoes are in just about every high-end dog food these days. It is full of fiber, vitamin C, and potassium.

You can add them to your everyday dog food or feed your dog it as an occasional treat to help your dog’s digestive system.

  1. Cooked potatoes

Cooked potatoes have plenty of vitamin C and B6, as well as iron. Remove the skin before serving, and never feed your dog raw or green potatoes.

  1. Honey

Honey (local is best) is great for allergy-prone dogs, as it helps build up resistance to allergens. It contains nearly every vitamin on the list, including calcium, copper, and potassium.

Don’t give your dog more than a spoonful or two, as it is full of sugar, and don’t feed honey to dogs with a compromised immune system.

  1. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is an excellent source of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. Oatmeal is easy to digest, so is suitable for dogs with stomach problems. Always cook oatmeal before serving, and do not add salt, sugar, or extra ingredients.

These are some human foods we can feed our furry friends. Most of these foods are in store-bought dog foods. All these foods are perfectly safe for your dog to eat.

The Top 10 healthiest human foods for dogs

If we had to pick 10 foods with the best nutritional value from the list above, it would be this.

  • Peanut butter
  • Carrots
  • Cheese
  • Plain yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Chicken
  • Salmon
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Apple

CAUTION: Human food dogs cannot eat!

There are also human foods that dogs can not eat as they are very toxic to them, so always keep an eye on what ingredients are in foods you want to feed your dog and keep these foods out of reach from your dog.

Here is a list of the foods dogs can not eat:

  • Chocolate
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Onions and garlic
  • Caffeine
  • Alcohol
  • Fat trimmings and bones
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Lemon and limes
  • Xylitol

In summary, most of the meals we cook are safe and super healthy for your furry friends. Just be conscious of the foods that are not safe or can cause health issues.

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