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If you’re looking for a healthy snack to give your dog outside of their regular treat routine, the solution might already be in your fridge.
While some human food is bad for dogs, a lot of it can be used as healthy supplements to their daily diet. Instead of just tossing your dog a few pieces of whatever you’re cooking, though, make sure you’re planning and preparing food for their needs, not yours.
When it comes to giving human food to dogs, the simpler, the better. Follow this list of 10 pup-approved foods to start adding more healthy options to their diet.
Carrots are the perfect healthy treat for your dog. Grab a bag of baby carrots, toss a few into your dog’s bowl, or use them for training.
Carrots have lots of healthy fiber and vitamins, but are low in calories and fat, making them an excellent supplement. Not only that, their crunchiness is great for keeping your dog’s teeth clean by naturally scraping off plaque and buildup.
2. Green beans and broccoli
Cooked green beans or broccoli can go right into your dog’s food bowl. Keep the serving sizes small to avoid any stomach issues and make sure there’s no salt, pepper, or other seasonings on it. Otherwise, it can be a perfectly healthy snack.
These veggies are packed with vitamins, so cook a little extra the next time they’re on the menu and let your dog partake, too.
Yogurt is a healthy option for both you and your dog - just make sure you stick with plain. This snack is high in protein and low in fat, making it a great addition for your pup. It can also help with digestive problems, so if your dog suffers, including yogurt in their diet could improve the condition.
Again, opt for plain yogurt and make sure it has zero artificial flavors or sweeteners, which can be harmful to dogs.
You’ll often find dog food with salmon as the main protein source; that’s because this fish is incredibly healthy for people and pups alike. The next time you’re preparing salmon, section some off for your dog. Make sure to fully cook it with no seasonings, oils, or any other add-ons.
A few small pieces in their food bowl every now and then can help provide healthy fats and oils, which are great for promoting a shiny coat. In fact, some vets recommend salmon or fish oil supplements for dogs with dry, flaky skin.
5. Peanut Butter
You’ve probably heard of (and tried) this one. Good news: Peanut butter isn’t just great for snapping funny pictures of your pup - it’s healthy, too.
Again, simplicity is key here. Make sure any peanut butter you give them is unsalted and additive-free. Always check the label for artificial sweeteners. As long as it’s natural, a spoonful every now and then is the perfect way to add extra healthy fat and protein to their diet. You can also use it to make tasty homemade treats.
Fresh or canned, pumpkin is wonderful for dogs who have digestive problems (it’s good for those without, too). Add some to their food or cut a slice as a treat - they’ll love it. Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber and vitamin A.
If you’re cooking pumpkin for the family, make sure your dog’s doesn’t get any seasonings or spices. A plain, cooked slice will do the trick.
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Fully cooked eggs are good for your dog’s health and coat. Be cautious, though: Some dogs are sensitive to eggs, so only serve them as a treat if you know your dog handles them well.
Eggs are full of healthy protein, but keep the serving size at 1 because of their high fat content. Also make sure any eggs you give your dog are completely cooked, as salmonella is commonly caused by undercooked eggs, which can make your dog sick.
8. Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are similar to pumpkins; they have healthy fiber and vitamins that can help with many gastrointestinal issues. Beyond that, they’re also just a tasty snack, regardless of whether your dog has stomach sensitivities or not.
You can serve your pup plain, cooked sweet potato by itself, or you can get a little creative and make your own toys with it.
The saying doesn’t just go for humans; an apple a day is great for your dog, too. A few slices daily can be a great way to add in some extra nutrition.
Apples are full of healthy vitamins and fiber, which are as good for your dog as they are for you. Make sure to cut out the seeds, which are easy to choke on and unhealthy for your pup. Not sure which kind to get? Just grab a couple extra of whatever you’re buying for yourself.
Like salmon, oatmeal is another ingredient you’ll often find in natural dog foods because it’s so healthy. Oatmeal is full of fiber, which can help with digestion. It’s also the perfect alternative to wheat, a common allergen for dogs.
Only feed your dog cooked oatmeal with no sugar, sweeteners, or any other flavors added. Mixing it in with their regular food is an easy way to serve it.
Foods to stay away from
Just like some human foods are good for your dog, others should stay completely off limits due to toxicity and other risks.
Make sure your dog never has access to:
Grapes and raisins
Onions and garlic
By knowing both the good and bad human foods for dogs, you can add a nutritious punch to their regular diet without risking their health in the process. As always, talk to your vet when changing your dog’s food to make sure every addition is perfect for your pup.
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