As a parent of a dog, you must be wondering what food you should give to your dog. Of course, we always want to share our delicious food with our four-footers.
Sharing food with your loved ones is often seen as an act of love. Pets will tell us they like our delicious food from their adorable eyes.
But as we know, many human food or ingredients are toxic to pets, and those can put our furry friends in danger. So how do you know which food is safe for your pets? There is a lot of information regarding what is safe and what is not on Animal Poison Control Center
Foods that can be shared with your Dogs
Veggies such as carrots, celery, broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, or cooked (canned) pumpkin are good options for your pets. Vegetables are low in calories & Carbs. Let's cut it into small bite sizes to avoid choking. Those can be served either raw or cooked, but we should avoid any seasoning if serving cooked.
Apples, bananas, cucumbers, pineapple, cantaloupe, blueberries, strawberries, and kiwi are safe for your furry friend. Like vegetables, it is advisable to cut fruits in small bites and remove all the seeds, cores, peels & stems. It will be great for a fabulous summer trip if we add Cucumber to the pet's water or make a fruit smoothie.
Many pets love peanut Butter. It is safe as it does not contain added xylitol, salt, or sugar. Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is highly toxic for dogs. It is highly recommended that you read the ingredients before giving peanut butter to your dogs. Just remember that peanut butter has high calories, so don't overdo it!
Popcorn is favorite for all most everybody, including humans & pets. Air-popped popcorn is a healthy choice for you and your pets and avoids excessive amounts of salt & fat.
Cheese can be the perfect treat for your pet. It is excellent to share your string cheese with your pets. Like regular cheese, cottage cheese is another dog's favorite. It is full of calcium & Protein and can be mixed easily with any food for extra nutrition.
Another safe human food for a dog is Yogurt, but it should be plain (unsweetened). Additionally, the bacteria in Yogurt make it good for your dog's digestion. Greek Yogurt is typically the best choice for dogs as t has less lactose than regular Yogurt.
An egg is something that you can share with your pets. Eggs are high in Protein and can digest quickly. However, it has high fat, so we should try to keep it minimum.
Either brown rice or white rice are both healthy choices for your pets. It can be mixed with any food or can relieve an upset stomach. Cooked rice and boiled chicken are excellent options for your dog's digestion issues.
Plain pasta is definitely safe for your dog. Stuffed pasta may be suitable for your dog, but make sure you don't add any seasonings or pasta with onion and garlic, as both are toxic and unsafe for the dog.
Dogs can have an on-occasion treat of cooked bread, but it should be served only on a special occasions or not raw.
The Bottom Line
While all these human foods are safe for your dog, remember that nothing excess is good. The most crucial nutrition for your dog is to get it in the pet food which the dog's vet suggests. It is good to give your dog a little "Treat" of human food but remember that too much can lead your dog to be overweight.