Hey there! Today, I’m going to share with you a list of human foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, and are safe for your dogs to munch on.
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As you may know, I’m a certified Vet Tech and certified wildlife rehabber. I’ve worked with veterinarians for all 20 years of my career, and over the years I’ve seen how much a balanced, nutritious diet can affect a dog’s health.
These foods are generally safe for your dogs to consume, however, if your dog has an ongoing medical condition, is currently taking any medication, or is on a special diet, it’s always important to double-check or consult your trusted vet before adding something new to their diet.
Now, let’s get right to the list of foods – and these are very common in most households!
15 Human Foods That Are Safe for Dogs to Eat
I bet you thought pumpkin was a vegetable, but it’s actually a fruit! It’s not just good for Halloween decorations, but also a great source of fiber that helps promote digestive health in dogs. It’s known to soothe and regulate your pooch’s digestive system, especially those who are suffering from constipation or diarrhea.
Preparation is quick, just peel, remove the seeds, cut them into bite-sized pieces, and pop them in the oven, unseasoned, until tender. You can also make a large batch, turn it into a puree or freeze the chunks, so you can just add it to your dog’s meals anytime.
Not just a great protein source, salmon is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. It’s a common ingredient usually found in high-quality dog foods and treats. It’s known to help keep your dog’s coat looking shiny and healthy, it can support the immune system, and may decrease inflammation.
Never feed raw or undercooked salmon to your dogs. Always buy boneless salmon fillets, especially for smaller dogs. You can also use a food processor to grind the salmon and any possible bones before cooking.
Broccoli is low in fat, high in fiber, and a great source of vitamin C. You can serve it raw or cooked, just cut it into small pieces and make sure not to add any seasonings. The florets contain isothiocyanates, which can cause gastric irritation in dogs. As always, portion control is the key.
Fun fact – just like some of us humans, some dogs really don’t like broccoli either!
4. Green Beans
Green beans are a great source of fiber and an excellent snack for our fur babies. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, C, K, A, calcium, and iron. Calcium promotes teeth and bone health, and iron supports the healthy production of red blood cells.
As long as it’s unseasoned, you can serve it raw or steamed. You may also buy canned ones, but always check the label, and watch out for sodium!
This tiny fruit is packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins C and K, which are known to support the immune system and contribute to overall health. It’s also a low-calorie treat for dogs – and with so much flavor it’s often their favorite, too!
6. Canned Sardines
Most of us already have canned sardines in our pantry. Like salmon, sardines are an excellent source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids, and coenzyme Q10. Compared to larger fish, sardines contain minimal amounts of mercury.
Sardines are a tasty addition to a nutritionally balanced diet. Just make sure to buy unseasoned ones or those packed in water.
Like green beans, carrots are an excellent low-calorie snack that’s high in fiber and beta-carotene, which produces vitamin A.
A tasty, affordable addition to your pup’s diet, they’re safe to serve daily and known to promote healthy dental and oral health. Frozen carrots can also soothe the gums of a teething puppy. Just cut it up into bite-sized pieces so they can enjoy it and avoid the risk of choking.
Boiled or poached eggs are inexpensive, and a great source of proteins. They’re also rich in essential fatty and amino acids and are known to help settle a dog’s upset tummy.
Never feed raw eggs to them to avoid the risk of salmonella poisoning. Eggs can also be served fried or scrambled, as long as they’re unseasoned – just skip adding unhealthy fats.
Like carrots, apples can help with dental hygiene and freshen the breath. They are a healthy, low-calorie, and affordable treat that contain antioxidants, dietary fiber, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
Just cut it into thin slices and make sure to remove the seeds. Apple sauce is safe too, as long as it’s unsweetened. You can also make your own with ripe, seeded apples and just braise it in plain water for two hours.
This green, leafy veggie is packed with nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, and K. It’s known to support your dog’s vision, bone health, cell function, and will definitely boost your dog’s overall immune system.
Just take note that it’s high in oxalic acid, which can decrease the body’s ability to absorb calcium, so you should add it to your dog’s diet in moderation. Just a couple of tablespoons of chopped spinach added to their food is plenty enough.
If your dog needs to lose weight, chickpeas are a great food to add to their diet. Chickpeas are rich in fiber and protein, magnesium and iron that can help keep your dog’s energy levels up. They also have vitamin B for great coat and skin. Serve it in moderation because too much fiber may lead to an upset stomach.
You can add chickpeas to your dog’s daily meal blended or whole. Just make sure that they’re cooked without any salt or seasonings. Try to avoid canned ones which are high in sodium.
This vibrant colored root vegetable is packed with nutrients and minerals, such as fiber, potassium, magnesium, vitamin B, and C. You can steam and mash it, then serve it as an occasional treat.
13. Greek Yogurt and Kefir
Greek Yogurt and Kefir contain beneficial yeasts that help fight ear and skin infections. Both are rich in probiotics, which can help your dog maintain a healthy gut. They can also be beneficial for dogs taking antibiotics, which can destroy some of the good bacteria in the belly.
Just serve a small amount on top of your dog’s food or on its own, several hours after giving your dog antibiotics.
Chicken is an excellent source of lean protein, omega 6, and glucosamine. Remember that it should always be served fully cooked, to avoid the risk of salmonella poisoning.
A chicken-based diet can be given to dogs with dental issues, sensitive digestive systems, or special dietary needs. Feeding your dog a fresh, human-grade diet can lead to a shinier coat, hydrated skin, and healthy bones.
Last on the list is rice. Like humans, carbohydrates are an important part of a dog’s diet, along with a certain amount of protein and fat. Just serve it in moderation because commercially produced dog food already contains carbohydrates, and too many carbs can lead to weight gain in a dog, and in humans.
When preparing rice for your pup, boil it in water and do not add any seasonings or spices. Keep it plain and simple; they won’t know the difference.
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