Kibble again? Dogs need a steady, boring diet of balanced pet chow – but there are some human foods that dogs can eat for a little variety. Just don’t feed them from the table.
- Lean Meats & Fish – Cooked, lean meats and fish like chicken, turkey, salmon, and tuna are fine for most dogs. Make sure to remove the bones and fat (including the skin) before you feed your pooch. Meats are such a treat for dogs, you may want to cut the meat into small pieces and use it for training purposes. If you just lay down a whole slab of chicken breast, your dog will (characteristically) wolf it down in seconds.
- Fresh Vegetables – Dogs love to crunch on fresh vegetables. Slice up carrots, cucumbers, green beans, broccoli, and zucchini into bite-size bits, and give your dog a fresh veggie salad. Make sure that raw vegetables don’t make up more than 10 percent of your dog’s daily diet.
- Eggs – For a punch of protein, feed your dog a scrambled or boiled egg (with no salt, pepper, or anything else).
- Baked Potato – Hold the butter and sour cream, and you can feed your dog a plain, peeled, baked potato. Make sure that it’s cool all the way through before you do, and never give your dog raw potatoes or potato plants.
- Yogurt – Plain yogurt is a great treat for dogs, and it can also soothe their stomachs in case of digestive issues. Be careful though – some dogs have trouble digesting dairy.
- Fruits – Your dog can enjoy many fresh fruits safely, including banana, oranges, apples, and watermelon. Slice the fruit into chunks that are the appropriate sizes for your breed of dog, and remove any leaves, stems or seeds. Some fruit seeds and pits can be fatal for dogs, so it’s very important that you do a thorough search of stray elements before feeding.
- White Rice – It may seem boring and bland to you, but plain, cooked white rice is perfect for your pooch. White rice is a good idea to keep on hand in case your dog gets an upset tummy – combined with plain cooked chicken, it’s a good meal that can provide gastrointestinal relief.
- Oatmeal – Cooked oatmeal with no sugar added is a healthy dog food, and it’s also safe for canines with wheat allergies. Make sure it cools completely before serving.
- Plain Pasta – Cook and cool pasta and serve it plain for an easy, bland meal for your dog. Some dogs might turn up their nose at plain pasta, but others will scarf it down.
- Nut Butter – Unsalted, natural nut butters are okay as an occasional treat for dogs. Go ahead, smear it on the roof of your dog’s mouth for a good laugh.
If you have any questions about human foods that dogs can eat, please talk to your veterinarian. Some foods can be highly toxic to dogs, even though humans eat them all the time. Remember that you should never feed your dog the following human foods, no matter how cute they look or how much they beg:
- Grapes & Raisins
- Onions & Garlic
- Macadamia Nuts
- Bones & Fat Trimmings
- Sweets & Candy
- Pits & Seeds
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