10 human foods you can give your dog, and 5 you should never do
It`s OK to give your furry friend a treat from your plate now and then. But just because a food is good for us doesn`t mean it`s safe for dogs. Here`s a list of people foods your dog can eat, as well as some items they should never even try.
Foods you can give your dog
Peanut butter: It`s a great source of protein and healthy fats for dogs, just make sure it doesn`t contain xylitol.
Yogurt: High in protein and calcium, plain yogurt is an ideal treat, especially for those with digestion problems. Make sure it doesn’t contain added sugar or artificial sweeteners.
Oatmeal: Oatmeal is a good source of fiber, thus great for dogs with bowel irregularity issues, and safe for dogs with wheat allergies. Cook before serving and don`t add any sugar.
Chicken: For extra protein in your dog’s diet, cooked, unseasoned chicken is a great addition. It also makes a good meal replacement if you`re out of dog food.
Salmon: Dogs can benefit from omega 3 fatty acids too, so give some cooked salmon for a healthier, shinier coat.
Broccoli: This vitamin-rich vegetable can be a great occasional nutrition boost. However, it shouldn`t make up more than 10 percent of a dog`s diet as it could cause gastrointestinal irritation.
Pumpkin: You can serve your dog pumpkin, as a source of fiber or vitamin A. It`s also a helpful addition for those with digestion problems.
Cheese: High in calcium and protein, it can be a good addition to dog food. Cottage cheese or lower-fat options like mozzarella are great treats, as long as your dog isn’t lactose intolerant or isn’t having issues digesting dairy.
Carrots: Low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins, can also be good for dogs` teeth.
Eggs: A healthy snack high in protein, they`re also high in fat, so don`t give your pet too many of them. Don`t ever feed raw or undercooked eggs to your dog, due to risk of contamination from bacteria.
Foods not fit for dogs
Chocolate: If ingested in large amounts, chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heartbeat, seizures and even death.
Grapes and raisins: It`s toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure.
Onions: They can make your dog very sick by causing damage to his red blood cells.
Avocado: Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxin called persin that can cause upset stomach and breathing difficulties.
Alcohol: Even a small amount can result in significant intoxication for a dog, which can lead to vomiting, seizures and even death.
Please keep in mind that every dog is different, so try these foods in small amounts, and if your dog has a reaction, consult your vet.