Human Food That is Safe (And Healthy) for Your Dogs!
10 March, 2017
We all like to give our dogs’ treats or even some leftovers from dinner. Or sometimes you want to make or share something you’re snacking on with your dogs and aren’t sure if it’s safe for them. There are many human food items that are good for your dogs and can even be a nice addition to their diet. Of course, each dog is different, so always start slowly with any new food item to see how your dog reacts.
Below are just some of the many human food items that are safe and even good for your dogs:
Salmon is a fatty fish which is also a good source of omega- 3 fatty acids. These fats support the immune system and can be beneficial for your dog’s skin and coat. There has also been some indication that they may benefit dogs with allergies. You can feed salmon or salmon oil. If feeding salmon, make sure it’s cooked before serving, as raw salmon can carry a parasite that can make your dog sick.
Sweet potatoes are a great source of fiber. They also contain vitamin B6, vitamin C, beta carotene, and manganese. Sweet potatoes are great sliced and dehydrated as a chewy treat for your dog. They are known to help with your dog’s digestive issues (as is pumpkin- also listed).
Flax seed oil or ground
Flax seed is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential fatty acids that are good for your pup’s skin and coat. Whole flax seeds are best if ground right before feeding as this type of fat can go rancid quickly. Flax seed can also be added to your dog’s diet as a source of fiber. Flax oil is a more concentrated form of omega- 3 fatty acids without the fiber.
Pumpkin is a good source of fiber and beta carotene (a source of vitamin A). Dogs need fiber in their diet and helps keep your dog flushed and a healthy stomach.
Green beans (without any sauce)
Green beans are a great source of fiber, vitamin K, vitamin C, and manganese. If your dog has a tendency to put on weight, then replacing some of her regular food with green beans is a great low calorie way to fill your pup up to help maintain a healthy weight.
Carrots provide a great, low-calorie snack to satisfy your dog’s appetite between feedings. Carrots are low calorie and low fat—with only about four calories per baby carrot, making them a healthy treat option. They also provide Vitamin A and carotene. The crunchiness is great for their dental health. Just be careful when adding them to your dog’s diet by starting slowly.
Eggs are a great source of very digestible protein, riboflavin, and selenium. For some dogs that are prone to digestive upset, eggs can give them a little protein boost. Adding eggs to your dog’s food is a healthy treat. Make sure to use cooked whole egg, as raw egg whites can cause biotin deficiency.
Brewer’s yeast is the yeast that’s left over from making alcohol. Dogs seem to really enjoy the tangy taste of brewer’s yeast. It’s full of B vitamins which are good for skin, coat, and carbohydrate metabolism. Brewer’s yeast can spice up your dog’s appetite. Just sprinkle a little on the food of a picky eater and your dog just might love it!
Apples – both red and green
Apples are wonderful crunchy, fibrous treats for your dog. Apples with the skin on are full of plant chemicals (phytonutrients) that are thought to be protective against some types of cancer in humans. They are a source of vitamins A and C and fiber, but make sure that your dog does not eat the seeds.
Bananas are a great source of potassium for humans and dogs. They are easy to chew and digest. Your dog will love and devour them.
Next time you sit down to a mid-day snack, feel free to let your dog sample it as well. Who knows, he or she just may love it!