We love to share food with our dogs, be it doggie treats or some snacks we love as well. There is a lot of warning against feeding dogs food meant for people, and there is a lot of truth to it. However, there are some people foods that are perfectly safe for your dogs to eat. Remember that the key in all treats is moderation, and be prepared that some dogs react differently to certain foods that others. So if you’re feeling prepared to share some food with your pup, here are some snacks that are safe!
#1 – Apples (minus the core)
Apples are a great snack for our pets, as they are full of delicious fiber and offer a sweet treat! However, be sure not to ever feed your dogs the core, as the seeds are poisonous. A nice little slice here and there is an excellent way to share some love with your dog.
#2 – Cheese
Cheese is a very popular treat for trainers and show handlers alike, because it’s easy to use small pieces in moderation and tastes absolutely delicious! So if you’re home snacking on some cheese, you’re safe offering your pup some of your tasty food. It’s also rich in calcium and protein – a healthy bonus!
#3 – Egg
Eggs are a very healthy treat that you can not only give your dog as a snack, but add to his meal! Eggs are full of protein and calcium, and are often easily digested by dogs who have sensitive tummies. Hold the salt and pepper, though, when feeding eggs to your pooch.
#4 – Green Beans
Green beans are an excellent source of fiber, and your dog can eat them raw or cooked. When cooking, make sure there is no salt added and they are fresh or frozen plain green beans. This veggie is actually a great choice for those looking to take some weight off their dogs, as they are very filling and low in calories.
#5 – Lean Meats
All lean meats are safe for dogs to eat. After all, that’s the base of their own food! Make sure that you give plain boiled or cooked meats with no special seasonings, as those can upset your dog’s tummy. Excessive fat is not only unhealthy, it can also cause diarrhea, so skip the bacon! Most importantly, remember only to give your dog boneless meat. Cooked bones are very dangerous, as they can be choked on, cause intestinal blockages, and even splinter and pierce holes in the digestive tract.
#6 – Peanut Butter
A dog’s favorite treat! Peanut butter is high in protein and is an excellent filler for many of the popular chew toys today. Not only is it healthy, it keeps our pups busy for a while since it takes so long to eat!
#7 – Pumpkin
Pumpkin is an excellent treat for dogs, and can even be added to meals regularly due to it’s ability to calm the digestive tract. Pumpkin is full of fiber and promotes healing and regularity for both dogs with constipation or diarrhea. Make sure only to feed plain pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling that’s full of sugar and will make your dog sick!
#8 – Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes, like pumpkin, are a digestive aid that keeps your dog regular and healthy. You can add plain, cooked or canned sweet potatoes to your dog’s meal daily, if needed. You can even dehydrate them for a chewy, delicious treat!
#9 – Tuna
Canned tuna given in moderation is perfectly safe for your dog. Make sure it’s tuna in water, not oil, and preferably with no salt added. Also make sure to give it to your pup before you add everything else in for your tuna salad. Don’t feel like sharing the fish? You can also pour the tuna juice over your dog’s food for some extra flavor.
#10 – Yogurt
Plain yogurt, with no artificial sweeteners or added sugar, is a great source of calcium and probiotics for dogs. You can also add yogurt to your dog’s meal regularly to maintain a healthy digestive tract, and make sure to choose a yogurt with live active cultures for this. Be aware that some dogs don’t do well with dairy, so while this might be a tasty treat that benefits some, it could cause an upset tummy for your pup.