A lot of loving pet parents feel the need to share their food with their dogs. We get it, dogs are masters of eyebrow manipulation. Also, who can resist those eyes? Many human parents don’t like to share food because they don’t want their dogs to develop the habit of begging. Others avoid it simply because human food items can be toxic to dogs. This fun little post is for all those peeps who love to indulge their dogs with some occasional treats off their plates and bowls. To make sure you don’t need to reach for emergency pets medical supplies, following are 6 human food items that are completely safe for dogs.
Before we continue on with the list, here’s a brief disclaimer. Snacks are primarily meant for enjoyment and should never be used as meal replacements. In fact, experts recommend that only 10% of a dog’s daily calorie requirement should come from snacks.
Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is probably the holy grail of sweet yet healthy treats for humans. When given in moderation, peanut butter is perfectly healthy for dogs as well. Remember, moderation is the key. Peanut is calorie dense, so feeding too much too often can lead to obesity.
Carrots: Baby carrots, as well as adult ones, are packed with nutrients and phytochemicals that are healthy for dogs and humans alike. If you like to sit down with a pack of carrots, then consider throwing a piece towards your dog. That will test your dog’s reflexes and supply vital nutrients in the process.
Apple: Apples are great for dogs, as long as you take out the core. Ensure the apple is completely seedless. When sliced up, dogs can easily chew apple pieces and they are easy to digest. Here’s a dog-friendly recipe. Take fresh apples and add unsweetened organic yoghurt. Mix the two together in a blender. Pour in the liquid solution in an ice tray and freeze overnight. The frozen treat is a great ice-cream-alternative.
Frozen Yogurt (Xylitol-Free): Make sure the frozen yogurt is free from any kind of artificial sweetener, especially, Xylitol. If it’s unsweetened natural yogurt you can safely share the treat with your dog. Apart from being yummy, yogurt treats have healthy gut bacteria that help in digestion.
Boneless Chicken: If you like to eat KFC chicken skins (no one’s judging), you can share a few pieces of skinless and boneless chicken pieces with the dog. The white, skin-free part of the meat can be safely given to dogs. No matter what, don’t give them a bony piece. Cooked chicken pieces have hard brittle bones, which dogs find difficult to chew.
Baked Salmon: Salmon is a great source of healthy fats and protein and they can be given away as treats to dogs. If you are making salmon at home, make sure to cook a separate salt-free version for the dog. It’s not recommended to give your dog any kind of raw fish. Dogs can also have other boneless fish treats such as sardines and anchovies.