While there are certainly some foods that we should avoid giving to our dogs at all costs , there are some human foods that dogs can eat. If your dog is being good and you want to reward him with a special treat, the following list will give you some ideas for safe foods you can feed him.
Note: This doesn’t mean these foods should become part of his regular diet. Regular dog food and treats are designed specifically with the necessary nutrients they need and to be easily digestible. Even human food that is okay for dogs to eat once in awhile can be harmful if given too often.
Safe Human Foods
- Lean Beef/Poultry: Lean meats are safe when all visible fat and bones have been removed. If the meat was cooked with onions or garlic, make sure these are removed too because they can be toxic for dogs.
- Some Fruits: Never feed your dog grapes, raisins, or avocados, but other fruits like bananas, apples, blueberries, and watermelon are okay. Do your best to remove any seeds though, as they can contain toxins that may lead to problems if eaten over a long period of time.
- Some Vegetables: Fresh vegetables make for a great snack or training tool. Safe choices include carrots, green beans, cucumber/zucchini slices, lettuce, and celery.
- Whole Eggs: Some believe dogs can benefit from raw eggs, but stick with cooked whole eggs to avoid any problems. These are a good source of some key nutrients, specifically protein.
- Bread: Small bites of bread are a tasty treat and are also good for hiding pills in when your dog doesn’t want to take them. Never give raw dough though, as this can lead to serious digestive issues.
Just because a food is safe for dogs to eat doesn’t necessarily mean that every dog will like or respond well to it. For example, if bread causes your dog to get an upset stomach, don’t continue using it as a treat.
These foods should never be a primary source of nutrition in a dog’s diet. Human foods that dogs can eat only benefit your pup when given in moderation. If you are ever unsure about a certain food or reactions that your dog is having, consult your veterinarian.