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Five People Foods That are Safe for Dogs

puppy carrot blogOwners are often bombarded with information about people foods that are dangerous for dogs. It’s certainly important to avoid these harmful foods (chocolate, grapes, etc.), but not all people foods are off-limits. In fact, some people foods are actually nutritious for dogs!

Below are five foods that are safe for canine tummies:

1. Carrots: Carrots are full of fiber and make a great low-cal treat! Be sure to choose baby carrots or chop regular carrots up into manageable pieces.

2. Salmon: The omega 3 fatty acids in salmon are a major immune system booster and will help keep your dog’s coat shiny and healthy.

3. Eggs: You may never have thought to scramble up a couple eggs for your canine companion, but protein rich eggs make a highly digestible snack!

4. Pumpkin: Pumpkin is a fantastic source of vitamin A and beta carotene. A little canned pumpkin (no spices or sugar) might help if your dog is having digestive issues.

5. Apple Slices: As long as your dog doesn’t have access to the seeds or the core, apples can be a healthy canine snack. Give your dog a few slices for an extra dose of vitamin A, vitamin B, and fiber.

Remember, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your dog’s diet, be sure to consult with a veterinarian.

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  • Lynne Fowler July 1, 2014, 3:46 am

    Your article falls a bit short on the list of foods that are safe for dogs. Aside from a few things like chocolate, grapes, raisins and onions, dogs can eat almost anything we eat. The thing is to start slowly and add things one by one to the diet then once the dog is used to varied ingredients, they can be given at will.

    Just some of the foods that are beneficial and tasty to dogs: sweet potatoes, peas, green beans, squashes, rice, pasta, chicken, beef, turkey (not the fatty parts), oats, lentils, blueberries, tuna, yogurt…and more.

    The point is – everything in moderation – as we should be doing for ourselves. I have been Homecooking for my dogs since 2007, when the largest petfood recall in history killed my dog. Today, my dogs are healthy, happy and I control the ingredients in my dogs diet and I know where they came from. There is much information out there on what is good for dogs, just search for it.

    • Lainie July 2, 2014, 5:39 pm

      So true! My guys have 98% people grade food. They love brussel sprouts, broccoli and asparagus. Dogs could live so much longer eating human grade food! And it’s NOT expensive! Frozen veggies are cheap and they won’t be made in CHINA. Read your labels, dog lovers.

    • Teri July 13, 2014, 9:57 am

      Bananas. My ABD loves organic, pureed pumpkin and bananas (not at the same time).

  • Debbie Crean July 1, 2014, 4:12 am

    What about yogurt, brown rice, chicken, feta cheese?

    • VetDepot July 1, 2014, 7:56 am

      Hi Debbie. Brown rice is typically okay. Cheese and yogurt are also fine in some cases, as long as your dog doesn’t have any issues with dairy. Always check with your dog’s veterinarian if you have any specific questions about your dog’s diet.

      • Julie July 1, 2014, 10:38 am

        While dogs are lactose intolerant, yogurt with active cultures does not pose this problem. The l. bacillus probiotic needed to digest dairy is already present. Plain yogurt, especially the Greek variety, is a great mix-in with regular food, adding a big dose of protein and beneficial cultures to a dog’s diet. Just avoid the sugared varieties.

  • Mark Strand July 1, 2014, 5:39 am

    My dog gets sores on his stomach or belly. The vet wants to take samples of the sores at a large cost to find what the problem is. I have been told by the vet it is a food or some kind of allergy do you have anything for a allergy? Thank You
    Mark Strand

  • Mary July 1, 2014, 7:17 am

    Make sure salmon is completely cooked before giving it to your dog. Dogs can get salmon poisoning. If not treated with antibiotics, the affected dog can die. Smoked salmon can still harbor salmon poisoning for dogs. So do not feed your dog smoked salmon. If you think your dog got into raw salmon, get it to your vet. Wild birds often drop pieces of salmon that dogs can find and eat and get salmon poisoning. Well cooked salmon is excellent to give to your dog.

    • Janis July 1, 2014, 8:42 pm

      I was hoping someone would address this issue. Salmon poisoning is extremely dangerous!!! Keep fish heads, entrails etc from dogs; make sure to wrap well and ensure lids are tight on garbage cans!!!

  • julia July 1, 2014, 9:35 am

    Watermelon! My dogs love watermelon and we let them eat the rinds(cut up small) and meat of the melon. I also give it to my horse. It is full of antioxidants and electrolytes, which is especially important in the hot summer months. Yams are good for dogs too. Nuke’m and skin’m(skin could cause choking) and feed them the insides!
    Marc: if it is a food allergy, try “process of elimination”. Eliminate things one at a time and see if there is any change.If you feed kibble, read the ingredients to see if it has lots of corn or wheat. Talk to your vet and see what he says.

  • Lynn July 1, 2014, 10:19 am

    I disagree about cooking the salmon. Dogs digestive systems are different than ours. They actually are able to eat raw salmon as long as it is fresh. It is actually very good for them. You do not need to cook it. However, when feeding raw food to your dog start very slowly to allow their digestive systems to adjust to the change.

    • Kris July 7, 2014, 5:01 pm

      Lynn, it isn’t that simple. Look up ‘salmon poisoning in dogs’ to learn more about the conditions that can lead to this very serious issue for dogs.

  • Julie July 1, 2014, 10:52 am

    I wish articles would stop categorizing certain foods as “people food.” The fact is, ALL foods fall into one of three categories: carbohydrate, fat, or protein, including the ingredients of every commercial dog food.

    A more accurate description for what dogs should avoid would be “processed foods” or “junk food”. Aside from the known substances that are unsafe for dogs, as others have said, most dogs can eat pretty much what we do… though in a different ratio. If you’re not sure what dogs CAN’T eat, please look it up. Some items, like macadamias, may surprise you.

  • Shirley July 1, 2014, 12:14 pm

    We have several berry bushes and fruit trees including apple trees in our backyard. My large dogs have always eaten the fruit from these bushes and trees. However, they eat the seeds and cores from the apples as well. What is the danger from them eating these parts of the apples?

  • Jordan Walker July 1, 2014, 7:39 pm

    I always give carrots, eggs and apple slices to my pet as these are good source of fiber, protein and vitamin A and vitamin B.

    I will try some foods that are safe for my dog but in moderation. I’m already thinking of potatoes and pasta since I’m going to cook it on one of these days.

  • Paul July 1, 2014, 7:54 pm

    I know about the Carots and have for years. We have an 11 year old Rottweiler that just loves carots. If dogs had opposeable thumbs there would be none in the house.

  • MsSunshine January 8, 2015, 11:49 am

    I bought a book about healthy foods for dogs. It tells what us okay and what should only be given in moderation. It also has healthy recipes. Short articles are fine for less avid readers, but a book will give more detailed information and it serves as a reference. My dog LOVES baked yams. When she smells it cooking, she hangs out around the kitchen entrance waiting for it to cook and cool down.

  • Harmony January 10, 2015, 12:13 am

    My pit bull Duke loved watermelon..♥

  • Robbie January 18, 2015, 10:35 am

    I give my dog a little cottage cheese every day. It keeps her coat shiny and makes her feel special. She doesn’t like her heart worm pills, so I cut them up and hide them in the cottage cheese.

  • sandra stroman June 15, 2015, 5:04 am

    I use blueberries and blackberries also cranberries and red beets the berries are for bladder health and the beets are for overall health immune boosters

  • anna baer November 7, 2015, 4:11 pm

    Avoid anything containing avocados, it is highly toxic to dogs (this includes the stem, skin, flesh and pit, any food item that contains the flesh, guacamole is just as toxic and may contain onions, and/or garlic.

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