Human Foods That Are Actually Good for Your Dog

In case you are one of those people that want to feed their dog the things that you eat. And If you love spoiling them, but you’re scared to give them certain types of foods because of the risk of giving them a food that they shouldn’t be eating. You’ve come to the right place. In today’s article, we gathered some foods that we eat, and we can spoil our dogs with at the same time.

Fruits your dog can eat

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The fact that grapes and raisins are not good foods for our dogs is a well-known fact among dog owners. But, a small number of people who own dogs actually know which foods can benefit their dog’s health. If your dog gets sick from one fruit than that doesn’t mean that they will get sick from all of them. “Fruit can be a nutritious and tasty treat for your dog,” stated Dr. Kelly Ryan a Director of Veterinary Services in the Animal Medical Center of Mid-America. In the following couple of paragraphs, you will find some of the most beneficial foods for your dog!

Watermelon

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As The American Kennel Club puts it, “It is a health-food powerhouse, low in calories and packed with nutrients—vitamins A, B6, and C, and potassium”. Watermelons can also be a great snack that will freshen your dog up on a hot and dry day! If you want the best for your dog, keep some watermelon ice cubes in the fridge!

Blueberries

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The antioxidants in blueberries make them a great fruit for humans to consume. Be careful when you’re giving blueberries to your dogs though because smaller dogs can choke on them.

Apples

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According to CesarsWay.com, “Apples also provide fiber, vitamins A and C, omega-3, omega-6, antioxidants, flavonoids, polyphenols. But make sure your dog doesn’t eat the apple seeds, They are toxic!”. There are some traces of cyanide in apple seeds. And even though our digestive system can take that dose of cyanide and eliminate it, our dogs cannot.

Veggies your dog can eat

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Don’t like the vegetables your mother gives you? It’s easy, give them to your dog, they will benefit insanely from them! There are not a lot of calories in them, and they will provide the right dose of nutrients for your dogs. Be careful, despite the fact that some foods might be good for your dog; it can still have a negative reaction like allergies or intolerances just like us. Dr. Ryan stated “It’s important to know that dogs can have food intolerances just like people; causing gastrointestinal upset or even an allergic reaction,”

Carrots

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Your little canine friend will enjoy carrots much more than even you enjoy them! There are plenty of ways that you can serve carrots for your dogs… You can give them raw, cooked, with the top green part, or without it.

Green beans

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The abundance of fiber, omega 3 fatty acids, and vitamins such as A, C, and K, as well as lots of nutrients like folic acid, magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium, make green beans a perfect snack for your puppy! Some people give their dogs bigger portions of green beans just because of the pure benefits that they might get from them. Don’t put any salt or seasoning over them.

Asparagus

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The rich fiber content of this food is an amazing addition to your canine’s daily diet. It can do wonders for their digestive health. You can easily give your dog your leftover cooked asparagus (as long as you cooked it by itself). But, be careful not to give them a raw asparagus as it can be difficult for them to digest it!

Spinach

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We all know that spinach is good for us, Popeye taught us that right? What we didn’t know is how good it can be for our dogs. The rich content of antioxidants, iron, and vitamin K are great for your puppy’s immune system. It can also boost their energy levels and benefit their overall health.

Pumpkin

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I’ve heard dozens of vets recommending pumpkin for dogs that are constipated, or if it has some other digestive problems. You can feed your dog pumpkin just as a preventative measure; it will keep your dog’s digestive system healthy and working. And as Dr. Ryan recommends “be sure it’s not pumpkin pie mix to avoid the spices. Also check with your veterinarian to see how much pumpkin he or she recommends, as too much can cause diarrhea.”

Meats your dog can eat

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There are lots of meats that dogs can consume as long as it doesn’t have a lot of fat on it. Your dog can gain weight from those kinds of foods. You can go with chicken, fish and many more… Ann Hohenhaus, DVM, of New York City’s Animal Medical Center said “ “Try bland foods like poached chicken and steamed white rice, Veterinarians also recommend feeding cooked protein sources rather than raw protein sources, Protein like meat and eggs can carry diseases in microbes unless properly cooked.”

Chicken broth

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Your dog will love you for this! Dogs don’t love just the chicken meat, and it is scientifically proven that bone broth can be good for them. “Bone broth, either homemade or storebought, can help a dog with an upset stomach,” claims Dr. Ryan. But, you should try and be as cautious as possible. “If you are feeding your dog any type of meat, remove all bones before giving it to them. Ingesting the bones could cause a variety of problems for dogs like broken teeth, an injured mouth or in some cases even an intestinal blockage that requires surgery.”

Fish

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People think that only cats love eating fish. This is not true. In fact, dogs love eating fish too! And there are some types of fish that can be extremely helpful for your dogs. Herring, salmon and ocean whitefish are some of the great choices you can give your dogs. This is because they don’t have a huge lifespan and they don’t accumulate as much mercury as some bigger fish that are on top of the food chain in the ocean like swordfish let’s say. The fish you feed your dog can also be a great source of protein for them if it is allergic to some other types of meat.

Foods you should never feed your dog

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As we mentioned earlier, grapes and raisins are a big no, no. But, you also shouldn’t feed your dog onions, garlic, avocado, and any other food that contains xylitol which is a substitute for sugar say Dr. Ryan and Dr. Hohenhaus. Your dog might love peanut butter, but check the label on the jar before you give them some, as some companies might be using xylitol as a sweetener. Also, try and keep the human food that is not the main diet for dogs as low as 10% of your dog’s daily diet, advise both doctors!

These are the food that your dog loves and you can enjoy them together every day as long as you keep it to the minimum, just try and be careful about the things we mentioned in some of the foods!