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Doggie Treats Built for People

Does your dog beg for handouts? Here’s a list of human foods that are safe to feed your dog.

You let them share your bed so why not let them share your plate as well? While packaged dog food is designed specifically for a dog’s digestive tract and should be their primary source of nutrition, there are quite a few human foods perfectly safe for your pooch to enjoy as occasional treats. The problem with feeding your pets from the table is many human foods are also very dangerous to a dog’s health. Any time you offer food to your dog, you must be sure it’s on the safe list.

You love your pets, so only feed them foods from the following list. Otherwise you may be making an emergency visit to the vet.

Meats

If there’s one food dogs love, it’s meat. As soon the meat comes out of the refrigerator, the dogs come running. Turkey, chicken, roast, ground beef, and chuck steak are all safe for dogs and can be part of a healthy diet. In fact, most dog foods are made with some sort of meat to provide protein and improve taste. Just remember that any time you offer meat from the grill or stove, make sure it’s fresh and cooked well. Instead of giving a whole slab of meat, cut it up into small chunks. Since dogs’ digestive systems can be sensitive, avoid greasy, fatty cuts of meat. This means no bacon, despite Fido’s cute begging.

Vegetables

Just like vegetables are healthy for humans, they’re healthy for dogs, too. Full of vitamins, fiber, and natural crunch to gnaw on, dogs may enjoy bite-sized pieces of raw carrots, corn, celery, or zucchini. Steamed broccoli, green beans, cauliflower, or asparagus are other healthy options that your dog may enjoy.

Peanut Butter

A favorite treat for most dogs is peanut butter. High in protein, vitamins, and healthy fats, dogs love to lick away on a spoonful of the creamy stuff. Offer peanut butter that’s unsalted since sodium can contribute to high blood pressure in dogs. Also, never give dogs peanut butter or anything else that contains Xylitol, an artificial sweetener that’s deadly to canines.

Breads, Pastas, and Rice

You love carbs and so does your dog. Bites of bread and plain, cooked rice and pasta are safe treats for man’s best friend unless they’re made with salt, butter, milk sauces, onion, or garlic. Raw dough is highly dangerous for dogs to eat though, so make sure the bread you offer your four-legged friend is cooked properly.

Fruits

Think you want to try fruits out on your pooch? It’s not a bad idea, as most fruits are safe for canines. The one fruit you never want to give your dog is grapes, whether fresh or shriveled up and turned into raisins. And apple slices are okay as long as your dog doesn’t ingest the seeds.

Cheeses and Yogurt

Most dogs love a treat of cheese. Unless your dog is lactose intolerant (you’ll be able to tell if your dog has bad gas after eating dairy), a small piece of cheese now and then provides your pet with a boost of protein and calcium. Plain, non-fat yogurt is also a great source of protein and calcium. A dog that has had diarrhea or been on antibiotics may benefit from the live cultures found in yogurt. Just make sure the yogurt contains no sweeteners or flavors.

Eggs

Having eggs for breakfast? Feel free to share them with your dog. High in protein and essential fatty acids, eggs are as nutritious for dogs as they are for you. Because of the risk of salmonella, it’s best to cook or boil eggs before feeding them to your dog. And be sure to prepare them without butter, oil, salt, or other seasonings.