10 Human Foods Dogs Can Eat – What Can Dogs Eat?

10 Human Foods Dogs Can Eat - What Can Dogs Eat?

One of the many ways we show our dogs we love them is by sharing delicious foods. Many people will give their dog dinner scraps and other foods. However, dogs digest and metabolize food differently from humans and because of this there are certain foods that are safe for humans but poisonous to dogs.

While there are foods that you should never feed your dog there are others that both humans and their pets can enjoy equally. So this begs the question, what can dogs eat then? Below you’ll find 10 human foods dogs can eat as well.

1. Apple SlicesApple Slices 10 Human Foods Dogs Can Eat

Apples are a great source of vitamin A, vitamin C, antioxidants, and fiber. Be sure to cut them into appropriate sized pieces for your dog and avoid giving them any seeds as these contain small traces of cyanide believe it or not. Try freezing the apple slices for an ice cream like dessert for your pup.

2. Carrots

Cooked or raw, carrots are a great low calorie food to feed your husky. They are great for your dog’s teeth and are high in fiber and vitamin A. Be sure to cut the carrots into smaller pieces or feed them baby carrots if they have a small mouth.

3. Cheese

While in most cases dairy products should be avoided, cheese is one exception to the rule as long as your dog isn’t extremely lactose intolerant. Low fat cheeses like mozzarella and cottage cheese are best and should be given in small doses, especially at first, to see if your dog has any negative reactions to it. If they can handle it cheese is a great source of calcium and protein.

4. Eggs

Eggs 10 Human Foods Dogs Can EatEggs are a great source of protein for your husky. Cooking up some scrambled eggs is a great way to get them a good dose of riboflavin and selenium.

5. Green Beans

Again cooked or raw green beans are a great low calorie, high nutrient food to give your dog. They’re also a great source of vitamin C and K.

6. Lean Meats (Chicken, Turkey, & Beef)

Cooked chicken, turkey, or beef are great safe, healthy options that are great for an added boost of protein in your pup’s diet. Be sure not to use any seasonings and to remove any bones which may splinter and get lodged in your dog’s digestive track. Cooked is preferable to avoid any food borne illnesses such as salmonella. Chicken and rice is a great recipe my mom used to use whenever our dogs would get upset stomachs.

7. Oatmeal

Cooked oatmeal is a great treat to give your dog as it is packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Be sure to avoid any flavored oatmeal as they often contain unhealthy sugar which could upset your dog’s stomach.

8. Peanut ButterPeanut Butter 10 Human Foods Dogs Can Eat

Plain, unsalted, and made from unroasted peanuts peanut butter is a dog favorite. Peanut butter and peanuts are a great source of healthy fats, vitamin B, vitamin E, protein, and niacin (vitamin B3). Putting some peanut butter in a Kong toy can keep some dogs busy for hours. Be sure not to give them too much though as this can result in unhealthy weight gain.

9. Salmon

Salmon, cooked and boneless, is loaded up with protein, vitamins, and iron. It’s also a great source of omega-3 acids that will keep your husky’s skin and coat healthy.

10. Yogurt

Yogurt 10 Human Foods Dogs Can EatFull of protein, calcium, and helpful digestive cultures, plain yogurt is a great option to share with your dog. Be sure that it is plain yogurt without any added sugar or artificial sweeteners like xylitol. Start with a little at first as some dogs can be lactose intolerant and have a negative reaction to any yogurt.

Additional Resources

There you have it, my top 10 ‘human’ foods dogs can eat! It’s important to remember you should introduce new things into your dog’s diet very slowly as their digestive system is much more fragile than ours. If you’re looking for additional snacks to feed your pooch check out my articles on store-bought treats as well as some recipes to make at home.

For further reading on human foods dogs can and can’t eat check out these resources from the American Kennel Club and Cesar’s Way.

This is by no means a complete list of foods that are safe for dogs to eat. What are some of your pet’s favorite safe foods to chomp on? Feel free to share in the comments below!

 

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. jaylynjj

    Yes you’re exactly right! When it comes to the food that we can share, with the dog. I feed my dog cheese. That is his favorite snack. Yogurt, he love’s yogurt too. You are right not every dog’s can tolerate the yogurt or, cheese. I can’t get my dog to eat apple slices or, green bean’s. He’s not a fan of carrots. But will eat the oatmeal and, eggs. The Salmon and Chicken he loves. When I put with his dog food. I’m a firm believer in letting your dog eat the right food’s. Not feeding them the scrapp’s off table. Except appropriate foods. Thank you very much for your article it was pleasant.

  2. Stella

    Brilliant post!

    Yes, I totally agree with what you have written here. My cats have eaten sardines, avocado and grated carrots mixed in with their regular food.

    The result? Beautiful glossy coats and calm cats…Unfortnately I had to give them up due to growing allergic to their dander – that’s a different story.

    Aura must be a very gentle and playful dog due to your tender care.

    Well done.

    • Jon

      Thanks for the comment Stella and for sharing your experience with your cats. I’m sorry to hear you had to give them up, I know how hard that can be. My father was in the military as a child and we would sometimes have to give up our pets when moving which was always incredibly difficult because it felt like leaving family members behind!

  3. Mariem

    My brother gifted me a dog a few months ago and this is my first pet ever.
    My dog loves peanuts butter and a friend of mine told me that it can be harmful.
    This is exactly what I needed to read, now I can feed my dog peanut butter without worries.
    Thanks for this brilliant post now I know what I should feed my dog 😀

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