Dog-Approved People Food

Jenna Matisz

Every dog owner knows how it goes. You sit down for a nice meal with the family and you end up with your pup begging to feast away on scraps beneath the table. Sure, sometimes it’s irritating but sometimes you just want to sneak him a little bit so he can feel included! And if your dog isn’t a beggar (good on ya!), you’ve likely at least wondered “can I use this as a treat?” or “can I add this to his/her food?”. Age-old questions that seem to plague the existence of all dog owners.

The good news? There’s tons of human food that dogs are safe to enjoy and will actually benefit from. The bad news? Once you share, your pup may never leave you alone to eat again! Use at your own risk 🙂

Eggs

eggs

Eggs are a top-notch source of protein and they’re safe for dogs to eat as long as they are fully cooked. They’re a great source of riboflavin and selenium,who help soothe an upset doggy stomach. Who would have thought!?

Portion size: 1 or 2 eggs a week
How to serve: fully cooked

Cheese

Many dogs (like their owners) are cheese lovers. And why shouldn’t they be? This delicious snack contains protein, calcium, vitamins A and B, and essential fatty acids on top of it’s smooth and salty taste. As an added benefit, it can quickly become the perfect pouch for pills that your dog may not otherwise be happy to take.

Just a tip: avoid rich, fatty cheeses and cheeses that contain herbs or garlic and your dog’s stomach will thank you!

Portion size: 1 or 2 bite-sized chunks in moderation
How to serve: low-fat varieties

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Pumpkin

pumpkin

While we humans typically go crazy for pumpkin in the fall, dogs tend to enjoy it all year round. This sweet treat is a good source of fiber and vitamin A and is well known for its ability to keep the digestive track moving smoothly and for soothing upset tummies. But don’t let your pup go head-first into the pumpkin you grab from the pumpkin patch – canned pumpkin (not raw or pumpkin pie filling) is the way to go.

Portion size: 1 or 2 tablespoons on occasion
How to serve: added to food or as a treat

Green beans

Green beans are filled with vitamins A, C and K as well as manganese and fiber. These nutritional benefits help keep your dog’s eyes working well, aid in cancer prevention, and increase immunity.

Green beans have been shown to be particularly beneficial to overweight dogs because of their high dietary fiber content, which allows dogs to consume less but still be satiated.

Portion size: 1 or 2 bite-sized chunks in moderation
How to serve: shredded and mixed into food or as a quick snack

Peanut Butter

You know we had to include this one on the list! Peanut butter seems to be a dog’s best friend. Not only does it provide protein, but it also contains vitamins B and E, niacin and heart healthy fats. Just make sure to use raw, unsalted peanut butter that is free of the artificial sweetener xylitol, as it can be toxic to dogs.

Portion size: 1-2 tablespoons in moderation
How to serve: in a kong, added to food, or simply off the spoon!

Carrots

carrot

Carrots are a staple vegetable for dogs and have tons of benefits. They’re low-calorie, which makes them the perfect treat. When cold, they can be great for teething puppies and also make affordable chew toys for older dogs. In fact, they’ve even been shown to improve doggy dental health. On top of all of this, carrots offer nutritional benefits as an excellent source of vitamin A, potassium, and fiber.

However, some dogs have difficulty digesting carrots. You can test your dog’s tolerance by checking his stool to see if there are undigested chunks of carrots. If there is, skip this veggie for you pup!

Portion size: 1 or 2 bite-sized chunks on occasion
How to serve: cooked

Oats

Oats have high levels of protein, iron, manganese, zinc and vitamin B and can be easily baked into homemade dog treats. They’re also the perfect human food for aging dogs as they’re loaded with soluble fibre, which can assist in maintaining bowel regularity. Oats can also act as an alternative source of grain nutrients if your pup is allergic to wheat.

Portion size: 1 tablespoon for every 2 pounds of your dog’s weight
How to serve: cooked and plain, without sugar or flavouring

Apples

apple

Apples can be the perfect crunchy treat for your pup that won’t break the bank or your dog’s diet. Apples are a good source of vitamins A and C and fibre and are believed to help protect against cancer. Another benefit? Apples also clean residue off your dog’s teeth, leading to better breath. Be cautious when slipping this sweet treat to your dog however, as apple seeds are toxic to dogs.

Portion size: 1 or 2 slices in moderation
How to serve: sliced into small chunks, with all traces of the core and seeds removed

Celery

In addition to the crunch your dog craves, celery comes packed with vitamins A, B, and C and has been shown to promote a healthy heart and prevent obesity. An added bonus? It freshens doggy breath. What more could you ask for??

Portion size: 1-2 bite-sized chunks in moderation
How to serve: cooked and cut into small chunks with strings removed

Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes can be a sweet treat for your pup’s diet. These guys are rich in vitamins A, B6, B5 and C and also contain manganese, potassium and fibre. In addition to these benefits, they contain the powerful antioxidant beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A in your dog’s body and promotes healthy vision, growth and muscle strength.

Portion size: 1-2 tablespoons or 1-2 chunks on occasion
How to serve: mashed (without milk or additional ingredients) , steamed, or boiled with all skin and sprouts removed

Leafy greens

kale

Leafy greens such as lettuce, spinach, cilantro, parsley, kale, and basil are often a key ingredient in healthy dog foods and for good reason! They are all excellent sources of vitamin C and vitamin K, magnesium, iron, and soluble fibre. Talk about a doggy salad!

Portion size: 1 or 2 bite-sized chunks on occasion
How to serve: lightly steamed

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