10 Healthy Human Foods Your Dog Can Eat

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A Brief History

At least 2,000 years ago, people began to care at least in part for dog’s nutritional needs.  Dogs have such a different digestive system than humans.  It indicates that some foods can be unhealthy or even harmful for dogs that are safe for humans. Dog food is food that is specifically designed for dogs and other similar canines to eat.  If you are not a big fan of feeding your dog natural foods, these suggestions for the best dog food on the market may be helpful to you

Like all carnivores, dogs have long, pointed teeth and small digestive tracts that are better suited to meat consumption than vegetables. Given this inherent carnivorous nature, dogs have managed to adapt to live on meat and non-meat scraps and leftovers of human existence for thousands of years and thrive on a variety of foods, with studies suggesting the ability of dogs to quickly digest carbohydrates can be a key difference among dogs and wolves.

Home cooking and raw dog feeding have returned these days. … To our animals, too, most of the things that are bad for us humans are good, and the reverse is true. That is to say, feed them with lean meats and vegetables. Do not place your pet food in the bowl of your dog or clear your remaining lasagna, rolls, or fries.

Dedicated owners of dogs tend to be kind men. We share our hearts and homes with our canine companions (and for some lucky pups, including the foot of our beds). There’s certainly nothing wrong with sharing our favorite foods with them, right? Not necessarily. Many of the things that people eat just fine, such as fruits and vegetables, can wreak havoc on the body of a dog, causing severe health problems. On the other hand, some of the foods that people eat can be incorporated just fine into a dog’s diet, and even provide health benefits such as joint strength, good breath, and resistance to allergies.

Dogs and humans differently metabolize food. Some foods are safe for humans to consume for this purpose, but they can be poisonous and potentially deadly to dogs. On the other hand, there are many human foods to eat as an occasional treat for dogs that are perfectly safe and nutritious.

Now let us see the 10 healthy human foods your dogs can eat.

Digging Deeper

1. Carrots 

Carrots are dogs’ healthy food’. Carrot chewing can help remove plaque from your teeth and promote good dental health otherwise. Carrots are also a great source of vitamin A for the immune system, body, and fur of a dog. Too much vitamin A, however, can be poisonous, so slightly feed a dog carrot.

2. Eggs

Cooked eggs are for dogs to eat perfectly safe and nutritious. Some of almost every vitamin and mineral is given by one medium egg plus lots of protein. There are reports that, although there is no scientific evidence behind this argument, eggs can also help relieve vomiting in dogs. Remember that you should stop feeding your dog with raw eggs. Although dogs do not typically get sick from eating raw eggs, bacteria such as salmonella can spread from the dog to its owners, raising their risk of infection. 

3. Green Beans

Plain green beans for dogs are a fine, healthy snack. These are a protein source and contain calcium, iron and vitamin K as well. Dogs can eat cooked or raw green beans. But, to prevent coughing, avoid seasoning and cut the beans first. Consuming green peas is generally safe for animals. In many forms of dog food, green peas are a common ingredient. Not only dogs find them delicious, but green peas also have low calories and high nutrients, making them a good treat for your dog. Yet feed only fresh or frozen peas on your dog, not canned ones. Canned peas are often treated with salt, which in large quantities are toxic to dogs. 

4. Chicken

Cooked chicken is a healthy food that most dogs can consume safely. Chicken is one of the most common ingredients in dog foods, as it is an excellent protein source that your dog needs to stay healthy. You can feed your dog chicken alone or combine it with your regular meal. It is worth noting that before feeding your pet, you should always remove chicken from the bone. Chicken bones pose a shock hazard, and their digestive tract may be punctured. Stop feeding the dog’s raw chicken to prevent infection with salmonella. 

5. Peanut Butter

No added sugar or sweeteners, unsalted peanut butter is healthy for dogs to eat in moderation. Peanut butter contains numerous beneficial elements, such as vitamins E and B, niacin, healthy fats, and protein. Nevertheless, it is crucial to ensure that there is no sweetener in the peanut butter called xylitol, which is extremely toxic to dogs. Someone suspecting xylitol has been swallowed by their pet should contact a veterinarian immediately or call an Animal Poison Control Center. 

6. Cheese

Cheese is safe to eat in small quantities for most animals. Some dogs may have gastrointestinal problems, such as stomach pain or diarrhea after eating it, due to the fat and lactose content of cheese. It is best to gradually introduce cheese into your dog’s diet to prevent unpleasant symptoms. It can also help feed your dog’s low-fat cheeses, like mozzarella. Dogs can also eat small amounts of cottage cheese. Nevertheless, after eating cottage cheese, some dogs can experience digestive problems, such as vomiting and diarrhea. For these purposes, the consumption of cottage cheese from your dog should be reduced to one or two small spoonful’s per day or less.

7. Yogurt

Plain yogurt is a pet treat that is perfectly acceptable. Many dogs may have trouble digesting dairy products, however. If your dog is able to digest it, the active yogurt bacteria may help with probiotics to improve the digestive system. The best choice is plain yogurt. Avoid every added sugar yogurt and ignore all yogurt with artificial sweeteners.

8. Pumpkin

Better fiber and beta-carotene/vitamin A source. It can help to maintain the function of the GI tract and assist with digestive problems. 

9. Sweet Potatoes

Baked and boiled or fried and salted, sweet potatoes come in many forms. For canine consumption, sweet potatoes are healthy, but only if specific guidelines are followed. Never feed the raw potatoes to your dogs. We produce a substance that can be poisonous, known as Solanine. Such levels are lowered by cooking the potatoes. You should only feed dogs baked or fried potatoes. Slipping Fido french fries or potato chips coated in oil and salt is not recommended. If your dog has diabetes, stop eating potatoes as it may cause blood sugar to spike. Containing iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins A, C, and B6, sweet potatoes are a healthier option for your pooch. 

10. Strawberries

Just feed your dogs with clean and fresh strawberries. These little red taste bombs for both humans and canines are nutritious and tasty! Until feeding your dog strawberries, make sure that the fruit is properly cleaned, and all traces of the stem and leaves are removed. Fiber and antioxidants are included in the food given by this fruit. Make sure that your dog eats only fresh, clean strawberries. It is necessary to avoid any fruit cooked in syrup or covered in chocolate or other added ingredients. You are recommended to slice strawberries for your dog into small pieces that are easy to eat. If you have a small dog, you can even mash them and puree them for weight management, a stronger immune system, and aging, fresh berries aid canines.

Conclusion 

From time to time, everybody likes to indulge in a treat, and your pooch is no different. So, it is very important and essential to feed your dog their favorite and healthy foods that love them back and keeping them happy, safe, and out of the vet’s office.

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Historical Evidence

For more information, please see…

Zink, M. Christine.  Dog Health & Nutrition For Dummies.  F.D., 2001.

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Josh Cobbe

Hi, this is Josh Cobbe, blogger, dog breeder, and dog food advisor at Petdogplanet. He spent his early years in the Los Angeles area before attending McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, for his undergraduate training in biology, ecology, and environmental sciences.