Humans Foods that are Good for Dogs
If you’re an experienced dog owner – there are a few things burned into your mind. Perhaps one of the first lessons any dog parent learns is what not to feed your dogs. No chocolate. No grapes. Avoid rawhide and chicken bones. Overall, human foods seem to be off the table for our pups but that’s not entirely true.
With extensive research being done on the components of our dogs’ food, science has learned a lot about what our dogs can and cannot have. In fact, much of what is good for us is also good for our dogs. Here are the table foods that you can feel guilt-free dropping on the floor:
No shocker here, but there are many veggies that benefit our dogs. Carrots rank at the top of the list as a healthy addition to your dog’s diet due to their high nutrition and vitamin value. In addition, their crunchy texture helps remove tartar on your dog’s teeth and has even been said to freshen his breath.
Alongside carrots, your dog can enjoy broccoli, cucumbers, green beans, and leafy greens like spinach and kale.
It’s hard to imagine that, as descendants of wolves, our meat-loving canines can enjoy fruits alongside us. While some fruits like grapes, avocados, and others are a no-go for our dogs, fruits like blueberries, apples, pears, and even pineapple are perfectly safe. Blueberries contain a strong antioxidant that benefits our dogs in the same way they benefit humans – plus, they’re known to contain cancer-fighting properties.
Bananas are also a dog favorite, but give these as treats in moderation due to their high sugar content.
Dogs love meat and it’s a very important part of their diet. If you’d like to give your dog a taste of a new protein, it is highly recommended to not season the protein of choice and give it in very small amounts. A sudden change in protein source can cause an upset stomach for your dog. Here are dog-safe proteins you can try: salmon, chicken, beef, lamb, duck, and eggs.
This is truly fun stuff. Most dog owners know that peanut butter is a great treat for dogs. The high protein value and delicious scent make it a canine favorite. You can’t go wrong when it comes to treating your pooch with peanut butter – just watch portions as too much can put weight on your dog thanks to peanut butter being calorie-dense.
A bit lesser known is Greek yogurt – unflavored of course. Yogurt is rich in probiotics and protein that are great for your dog’s gut health. Add yogurt to your dog’s lick mat or mix it into their food for a healthy snack.