10 Human Foods Healthily Suitable For Dogs
Though feeding table scraps to pet dogs must be avoided but giving some human foods to dogs is good. Away from the stiff ‘what not to feed’, here we have a list of People food items that are perfectly OK for dogs too.
- Green Beans– These are filling yet low on calories and best for obese dogs, enroute to losing some weight. Unsalted canned beans form a satiating low calorie snack for the pooch that is rich in fiber.
Always try to acquaint the pet gradually to any new food item so that the shift does not cause health concerns such as digestive issues or food sensitivity. Image: Cooler Press
- Peanut Butter- Preferably one without salt. A sweetener named Xylitol that is a sugar substitute used in some peanut butters is not safe for dogs. Therefore always make sure to read the list of ingredients on the packaging. Peanut Butter is a healthy treat that can be given occasionally to please the furry palate. It is enriched with Vitamins B & E along with proteins.
- Bananas– Susan Lauten, an animal nutritionist, recommends bananas for dogs and often shares the fruit with her own pooches. This fruit is packed with nutrients and Ms. Lauten, PHD, of Pet Nutrition Consulting advocates feeding them to dogs on a regular basis.
- Apple PULP– Be very cautious while giving apple pulp to dogs as the apple seeds are toxic for dogs, but the pulp alone is healthful fruity treat for dogs and can be fed with or without the skin.
- Cheese– A low dosage of Lactose is found in cheese. Hence small portions can be given to the pet without fearing the buildup of gastrointestinal ailments in the dog. Cottage cheese is laden with protein and calcium.
- Carrots– Another low calorie food that is healthy for dogs and high in Vitamin A and fiber are carrots. Chewing on crunchy carrots is good for the pooch’s teeth too.
- Chicken– When it comes to feeding chicken, dog parents mostly go for the raw form of meat and bones. Another way to offer chicken is by cooking it first. However cooked bones must never be given to dogs. You can bake, boil or grill the meat. Most healthy canines can tolerate unsalted mild seasonings and cooking oils. Onions or garlic must not be added to the dish.
Pumpkins are a rich source of Vitamin A and fiber for dogs, make sure to offer this food item without sugar or any kind of spice. Image: DoggyBakery
- Oatmeal– A healthy source of soluble fiber, minerals such as iron and vitamins such as B6. The dietary fiber found in oats is very beneficial to older dogs suffering from irregular bowel movements. Constipation, gas, diarrhea and a few other digestive illnesses can be cured with oatmeal. You can serve oats occasionally, but always in cooked form and without sugar. Use the one that is available in plain form with no artificial flavors or fruits. Another good thing about oats is that it can be given to dogs suffering from wheat allergy, hence the perfect substitute when it comes to providing grains.ALSO READ: Indian Homemade Food that can be given to Labradors and Golden Retriever Dog Breeds
- Yogurt– It is a great substitute for milk and is easily digested by dogs owing to its low lactose content. It has a high nutritional value in terms of protein and calcium. Avoid flavored as well as sweetened yogurts.
- Pumpkin– You can use either a canned variety or cook fresh pumpkin before feeding it to your pooch. A rich source of Vitamin A and fiber, make sure to offer this food item without sugar or any kind of spice. Its benefits extend to aiding in good digestive health.
These are a very few human foods that you can add to your pet’s diet. Always start with offering small quantities and check for any negative reaction pertaining to difficulty in digestion or food sensitivity. You must consult the pet’s veterinarian in case the dog’s health responds unfavorably to any of these human food items.
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The blog editor of Pets World is a pet aficionado and fervently follows her pet-obsession. A pet parent to animals big and small for the past two decades. The sum of all experiences gathered is an amalgamation of useful knowledge and research.