If you have a dog in your family, have looked after a friend’s pup, or have ever spent any time at all-around a dog, you likely know that human food is like the promised land for our furry friends! But what kinds of people food are safe for your dog to consume?
Can dogs eat carrots and other vegetables? How about fruits or nuts? It can be difficult to know what’s safe to include in your dog’s daily diet. Keep reading to learn the ins and outs of human food for dogs.
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Most fruits and vegetables are not only safe for dogs to eat but are delicious and can provide healthy nutrients in their diet. Although it’s not a great idea to give your dog a large amount of any human food, a small amount of watermelon, mango, or broccoli can be used as a yummy and healthy treat for your dog.
Watermelon can be an especially sweet and refreshing option on a hot summer day! Just remember that whenever you give your dog fruits or vegetables, it’s important to remove the seeds or pits, as they can be a choking hazard and in some cases toxic.
Here’s a list of healthy fruits and veggies most dogs love:
It’s important to note that while most fruits and veggies are perfectly safe, some can be harmful to dogs’ health, including tomatoes, onions, asparagus, grapes, and cherries.
It’s tempting to give your dog bites of meat. After all, they’re descended from wolves, right? It’s in their nature! But not all meat prepared for human consumption is safe for canines.
Staples like chicken, lean beef, turkey, and pork are usually safe and healthy for dogs to eat. In fact, these are common ingredients in dog food and treats like the NutriSource Adult Chicken and Rice Dog Food or the Farm Fresh Canadian Bacon Dog Treats. Most fish and shrimp are also safe, with the exception of tuna and other fish that commonly contain high concentrations of mercury.
Just remember that, if you’re feeding your dog from the table, it’s important to carefully remove any bones and skin from the meat before you let them gobble it down. Do not give your dog any bone that has been cooked, as they can splinter and damage their mouth, throat, and digestive system.
There are a few exceptions to the “meat is healthy for dogs” rule:
Nuts and seeds are one of the trickier categories in terms of human food for dogs. That’s because some of them are wonderful, healthy treats that are great to give your pup, while others are toxic and can seriously risk the health of your furry friend.
It’s a good idea to avoid giving your dog salted or seasoned nuts and seeds. Stick to plain, fresh nuts in small amounts. Peanuts can provide a great source of nutrition for dogs, but to avoid the possibility of your dog choking on a peanut shell, it’s best to stick to peanut butter or peanut-butter-containing treats, such as the Wet Noses Grain-Free Peanut Butter and Banana Treats.
Sunflower seeds are also safe and healthy for canines. As with all nuts and seeds, make sure you keep your dog away from shells, though, since these can be a choking hazard. Fruit seeds are typically also non-toxic, but fruit pits like the ones found in peaches, plums, and apricots should never be given to dogs.
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