Many pooch owners often feel somewhat obligated to share their human food with their beloved fur-baby due to those puppy-dog eyes and irresistible begging behaviors. Some food is perfectly OK to share, but others can pose moderate to severe dangers to your pup.
Fruits and Veggies
Most fruits and veggies aren't just OK to give your pup, they're downright healthy. Carrots, peas, green beans, apple slices, pumpkin and sweet potatoes are just a few of the healthy snacks you can give your pooch. That being said, however, a few are extremely dangerous to your beloved companion. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure. Avocados, seeds, pits and the green parts of many fruits and veggies should also be avoided. Some are also hard to eat, like crunchy carrots. If there is any doubt that your pup can handle a crunchy veggie, cook it first to make it softer and safer.
A favorite treat of pups is natural peanut butter. Natural peanut butters without too much added sugars or salt is a great choice to smear on chew toys or even to give plain. Watching your pup try to get the peanut butter off the roof of her mouth is an entertaining side effect of feeding this healthy snack. Peanut butter has protein and healthy fats that are good for your pooch like they are you. Another nutty choice is unsalted almonds.
Meat, Poultry and Fish
Your pup is sure to delight in cooked lean meats as an occasional treat or as part of her daily meal. Cooked chicken is an excellent choice because it is so lean and full of protein. Salmon contains loads of omega-3 fatty acids and protein. When giving your pooch meats, always cook them thoroughly and lay off the seasonings. Also avoid any bones, as they can splinter in your pup's digestive tract or throat or become lodged.
Many dogs are lactose-intolerant, but not all of them are. Yogurts have a lot of protein and calcium which are good for your pooch. Plain yogurts with probiotics can help your pup's digestive system as it does yours. Cheese is another choice, but only in small amounts. Low-fat cheeses and cottage cheese are best, but always monitor your pooch after eating cheese to see if her body can handle it. Dairy can cause diarrhea and an upset tummy in dogs that are lactose intolerant.
With a professional background in gardening, landscapes, pests and natural ecosystems, Jasey Kelly has been sharing her knowledge through writing since 2009 and has served as an expert writer in these fields. Kelly's background also includes childcare, and animal rescue and care.