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10 Foods You Can Enjoy With Your Dog

dogeatingcarrotOwners are often bombarded with information about “people foods” that are dangerous for dogs, and the list seems to keep getting longer and longer. While it’s certainly important to stay informed about what foods your dog should avoid, lots of food that we eat is perfectly safe for our animal companions! In fact, some people foods are actually nutritious for dogs and could benefit your dog if incorporated into their diet. Here are a few foods that you and your pup can munch on together:

1. Carrots: A snack favorite for their unique taste and crunchiness, carrots make a great substitution for those of us who want to replace unhealthy snacks with an equally-satisfying vegetable. Not only are they full of fiber and flavor, but they make a great low-cal treat! Next time your dog wants to chew and you’re out of bully sticks, offer them a carrot to gnaw on! Be sure to choose baby carrots or chop regular carrots up into manageable pieces for smaller dogs.

"This is the good stuff, right?"

“This is the good stuff, right?”

2. Salmon: Cats aren’t the only pet that love to eat salmon; dogs love it too! In a world where most foods have additives, farm-raised salmon is one of the most commonly modified meats, with flavor and color added to give it its signature look and taste. In addition, farm-raised salmon are usually pumped with antibiotics, hormones, and other chemicals – and also raised in disgusting conditions.  Healthy, wild, and natural salmon contains omega 3 fatty acids which 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. They’re great alone, added to other things, and a great substitute if you would like your dog to have a vegetarian diet. Next time you want to make your dog breakfast in bed, think of cooking up a delicious omelette for you both!

The orange juice is just for show!

The orange juice is just for show!

4. Pumpkin: Although most of our pumpkin-eating happens around the holidays, it makes a great food source all-year-long! Pumpkin is a fantastic source of vitamin A and beta carotene, which is helpful to both you and your dog’s immune systems, eye health, and skin. A little canned pumpkin (no spices or sugar) might help if your dog is having digestive issues as well.

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. Unfortunately, the core of an apple contains cyanide and is therefore poisonous (weird, right?) so throw the core away somewhere that your dog cannot dig it out of. Give your dog a few slices for an extra dose of vitamin A, vitamin B, and fiber. If you’re feeling fancy, add some peanut butter on the apple slices and blow your dog’s mind!

"An apple a day keeps the vet away, right?"

“An apple a day keeps the vet away, right?”

6. Broccoli: Another crunchy vegetable that serves as an amazing snack, broccoli is rich in A, B, and E vitamins, protein, calcium, magnesium, and more. Serve it steamed, fresh, baked, or even frozen!Although broccoli is safe for dogs, it should not comprise more than 10% of its overall diet due to the possibility of intestinal irritation.

7. Green Beans: Vitamin and iron-rich green beans make another tasty and healthy snack for your pooch. Just be sure to serve only fresh green beans or canned ones (without salt), and to shred them or cut them into small pieces. Due to the rising trend of obesity in dogs (as well as humans and other pets), this can not be a low-calorie snack or treat.dogeatinggreenbeans

8. Popcorn: A classic low-calorie, crunchy, and sometimes addicting snack – popcorn is a great food to share with your dog. Whether the two of you (or more) are cuddled up and watching a movie, or you want to use it as a reward, unsalted popcorn (with no butter) will be a furry friend favorite! It is a great alternative to other treats that may be high in fat and/or difficult for your dog to chew. If your dog is missing many teeth, popcorn is great since it seems to melt in your mouth and still retain its flavor.

9. Yogurt/Cottage Cheese: Obviously if your dog does not digest dairy products or has an allergy to them, this isn’t a good food to share. But, both yogurt and cottage cheese are helpful digestive aids that are high in protein and calcium. Also, you can add granola and/or other dog-safe fruits to it such as apples and pears to make it a fun little parfait!

"I think this is what heaven is like."

“I think this is what heaven is like.”

10. Oatmeal/Granola: An outstanding source of fiber, oatmeal and granola are both safe for your dog as long as they don’t contain any raisins, chocolate chunks, or nuts. Beginning the day with a nice bowl of granola or oatmeal could be a nice way to maintain a balanced digestive tract – for both of you! It can also be sprinkled into existing food to just give a bit of crunch to it.

Remember, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your dog’s diet, be sure to consult with a veterinarian, and also any of the thousands of resources online! Be wary of trusting other people’s advice about what their dog eats, because dogs’ stomachs vary and handle foods differently. Also, your dog may have certain food allergies that you aren’t aware of, so introduce new foods slowly and carefully!

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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).

    • C December 13, 2015, 5:34 am

      Pasta and rice contrary to what we have been told for years is actually not good for us or our pets. No it won’t kill them and chances are you won’t notice the signs. All white rice contains arsenic, which will build up in the system. You choose what you want to believe but do some research (actually read studies not just blogs for those of you that think it is the same thing).

      • VetDepot December 14, 2015, 9:43 am

        I agree! Although, some of my pets can eat pasta and rice and are totally fine – but my Jindo/Corgi Mix cannot eat any kind of grain otherwise her skin becomes yeasty and oily! She seems to also have a similar skin allergy when she eats chicken or turkey as well. I do think that NO dog needs to have grain in their diet, and having a grain-free food is recommended.

  • 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.

    • Derek December 12, 2015, 10:11 pm

      No matter what your dog’s diet consists of, once you figure it out about what’s best for them; here’s THE REAL SECRET! (SERIOUSLY).
      NON REFINED ORGANIC COCONUT OIL!.
      Go to YouTube and see all of v the benefits for people, and pets.
      Just add one to two table spoons melted in the microwave for 30 to 45 seconds, then stir it in you dogs food.
      You’ll see the positive results in not only their digestive process, but in a heightened energy, and a shiny coat.
      It’s only nesecary abother three times a week, or if they get bored with their food.
      It’s a gem in disguise.

      • VetDepot December 14, 2015, 9:44 am

        It’s true! Coconut oil is literally magical and helps a LOT of things for humans AND pets! :)

  • 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.

  • Marcia January 20, 2016, 10:28 am

    My dogs cannot digest carrots but they love cucumber slices. I peel them first. It is a nightly snack and when the salad ingredients appear they anxiously wait for their cucumber slices

    • VetDepot January 20, 2016, 10:39 am

      Aww that’s so cute! Yeah, cucumbers almost made the list but I wanted to keep it short. LOL :)

  • ANDY January 20, 2016, 11:09 am

    I always see a lot of comments from several people about foods that are good for dogs, and I have 2 dogs. I also have a cat but I never see anything about human foods suitable for cats. can you give advice about this also?

    • VetDepot January 21, 2016, 9:41 am

      There’s a list about food safe for cats as well literally right above this post on the main page. LOL

  • Nancy J. Olds February 4, 2016, 10:02 am

    Our dog loves the cast off stalks of broccoli! It’s great for chewing and I don’t waste that part of the vegetable when I give it to her. I also give her some crab and lobster, lucky dog since she loves those foods! She also likes to gobble some of the shell of the crab and lobster, but I do not give her the sharp edges of the claws and such. I haven’t read anything about this, but she absolutely enjoys this treat! Any comments?

    • VetDepot February 4, 2016, 11:52 am

      Hmm, I personally have given my dog some fish every now and then but I honestly don’t really eat seafood that much to even have it on hand. LOL In my opinion as long as something is natural (which is hard to come by nowadays) then it is fine to give your dog as a chew/treat. The shell of the crab and lobster probably has less health risks than rawhide and other things, so I don’t see why it would be harmful! :) You seem like someone who doesn’t like to waste anything, and I like that very much!

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