Who can resist setting down their plate for their dog or forking leftovers into their bowl? Occasional human foods can be a great treat for your dog, so long as you make sure that those foods are safe for them to eat. Some human foods, like chocolate, garlic and onions, may make your dog sick or even kill him or her. But what foods are safe, or even healthy, for your dog to eat? Here’s a list of some of the best foods to share with your four-legged family member.
Dogs can eat cheese, and most absolutely love to. So long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant, occasional cheese snacks are great.
You can also give your dog milk and other milk products like yogurt, so long as they are not lactose intolerant and that the yogurt is flavored with something your dog can eat.
Dogs can eat fish, including shellfish like shrimp. In fact, fish can be a healthy part of their regular diet. Just be sure that you have removed any shell.
There are many other types of meat that dogs can safely indulge in, including beef, chicken, and organ meats from many animals. Pork is one of the better meats to feed to your dogs, a few dogs have allergies to it.
You can give your dog brussel sprouts as a treat, but they will make him or her a little gassy.
Carrots & Celery
These crunchy vegetables are safe for dogs to eat and can also be fun for them to chew on. You can give them to your dog instead of bones.
Dogs can safely eat peanut butter in moderation. In fact, peanut butter is a great way to extend the life of other treats. Mix the treat with peanut butter and stuff it in a hollow toy.
Corn, Wheat, Soy and Quinoa
While there is debate over how much grains a dog should be fed and which grains are healthiest for them, it is safe for most dogs to eat grains in moderation. Some dogs have allergies to wheat, but this is relatively rare.
Peas are often used as a substitute for grains in grain-free dog food, and it is perfectly fine for dogs to eat them as a treat too.
It is safe to give your dog a slice or two of banana as a treat. You can also share fried banana slices with your dog, assuming the oil was also dog-safe.
Raspberries & Blueberries
These berries are safe and sweet options for treats for your dog. Some people use blueberries in lieu of traditional training treats. Just make sure your dog likes them first.
Some Citrus Fruits
Oranges, peaches, mangoes and pineapple are all safe for dogs to eat. As with other fruits, only use citrus as a treat, as they are too high in sugar to be staples in your dog’s diet.
While your dog may not go crazy for green beans, he or she can eat them if they like them.