You know you’re not supposed to feed your dog chocolate, onions, grapes/raisins, macadamia nuts and avocados. But you are only human, and sometimes it’s hard to resist your dog’s sweet stares as he begs. When you do want to give your dog a treat from your table, do you know which “human” foods are safe to feed your pup?
1. Melons: Watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew are all healthy options for your pooch. Consult animal posion control before feeding your dogs any of the more exotic melons.
2. Sunflower seeds (shelled): Skip the salt if possible, or serve in moderation.
3. Peanut butter: Peanuts don’t appear to cause allergies in dogs like they do in people.
4. Berries (fresh and frozen): Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, huckleberries or raspberries — all are good for your furry friend for the same reason they’re good for humans: free-radical-fighting antioxidants. Dogs like them frozen too.
5. Cooked chicken: Ran out of your dog’s regular food? Whether boiled, baked, served rotisserie-style or grilled, this food is a healthy substitute.
Healthy dogs can handle cooking oils and seasonings. Just be sure to avoid adding onion or too much garlic. If you’re concerned, non-salt seasonings can be used, but that matters more for the human eater than the dog. Scrambled eggs, hamburger, rice, pasta and/or oatmeal can serve as meal replacements in a pinch, adds Lauten.
6. Cheese: This is a safe snack for dogs, but just like humans, they can experience lactose intolerance, so monitor your dog’s reaction.
7. Bananas: They are good for all of us. If the foods are healthy for me, they are more apt to be healthy for the dog.
8. Apple slices: Serve your pup seedless, organic apple slices, because apple seeds naturally contain cyanide. Citrus fruits such as oranges are good too, but leave off the rinds; they contain many oils and could be too strong for a dog’s digestive system.
9. Baby carrots: Fresh, crunchy vegetables are good for your dog’s teeth. Plus, it’s a bit easier not to overfeed with veggies.
10. Green beans: Because this veggie fills dogs up, weight-management programs often include green beans, usually canned with no salt added.