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 Slices
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.
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.
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.
Eggs 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.
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 Butter
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.
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.
Full 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.
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.
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!