Many people give their leftovers to their dogs and think that it’s safe. The truth is, this isn’t a great idea unless you know the foods that are ok for your dog to consume. Below you’ll find a list of foods safe for dogs to eat.
Apples are great to help a dog keep a fresh mouth. The slices can clean the build-up of residue off of their teeth. They are also a great source of vitamin A and C, and also fiber. Be sure to always core the apple as the seeds and core are found to be choking hazards.
Bananas are full of vitamin A and C, potassium, and fiber which is very beneficial. Be sure not to overfeed bananas as this could result in constipation. Use as more of a treat than a meal.
This fruit will actually help the immune system. It’s great to fight off a virus due to the fact it contains lauric. Coconut milk can aid with bad breath and it’s even good to help with skin conditions such as flea allergies, itchy skin, and hot spots.
Corn is actually found in the majority of the dog foods on the market. It’s not bad for your dog but it’s not the best to consume. If you share corn with your dog, feed corn out of a can. The cob is very difficult for some of them to digest.
This is a great addition to regular dog food. Chicken is a known source of protein. If you ever run out of dog food, you can substitute a meal with plain cooked chicken.
Eggs are fine for dogs to consume as long as they are completely cooked. Feeding undercooked eggs can result in your dog having a biotin deficiency. When cooked properly, eggs can provide a good amount of protein. They are also known to help with an upset stomach.
Amino acids and good fats are found in fish. Fish is great to give yor dog a good boost in their health. Great options are sardines and salmon. Both are loaded with protein and vitamins and the bone consumption is great for additional calcium.
This is a great low-calorie treat. Be sure to opt for the beans that don’t contain added salt.
This food is a good source for fiber. This is beneficial for older dogs. Some older dogs have bowel issues and need more fiber than what is found in their normal dog food. Oatmeal is also a good substitution for dogs that can’t eat wheat.
Olives are fine for dogs to eat. The color doesn’t matter. Avoid olives that are pickled or canned as they contain too much sodium and added spices. Go for the plain, pitted, unsalted olives.
Oranges are ok to eat in moderation. Oranges are a great source of vitamin C but they can be very high in sugar. Foods that are high in sugar can lead to health issues if consumed on a regular basis.
This is one of the most popular choices among the dogs. Most dogs typically love the taste of peanut butter. It’s a good source of healthy fats, niacin, vitamin B and E, and also protein. Avoid peanut butter that contains artificial sugars as they are not healthy for your dog.
This is another food that is great in providing a source of fiber. It’s also made up of vitamin A and beta-catotene. This food is good to help with digestive issues and maintain the GI tract appropriately.
You may be surprised to find out that dogs can eat shrimp but it must be prepared in the appropriate manner. It’s a great option for getting your dog’s protein in. Shrimp can aid with metabolism and also build strength in the bones and teeth. Feeding too often can result in higher cholesterol. Be sure that shrimp is shelled and cooked thoroughly.
Spinach contains antioxidants and iron. The roughage is great to help with stimulation in the digestive tract. It’s also rich in vitamins A,C,K, and B. The downside to spinach is that it also contains oxalic acid. This blocks calcium consumption. This is why spinach should be consumed in small amounts.
As long as your turkey isn’t covered in spices and seasoning, it’s perfectly fine for your dog to eat it. Do not feed any turkey to your dog that has garlic on it. Garlic is very toxic to dogs. When feeding turkey to your dog, be sure to remove excess skin and fat. You’ll need to remove bones as well.
This is another treat that’s a favorite to most dogs. Since watermelons contain so much water, this fruit is wonderful for aiding with hydration. Watermelon also a good source of vitamins A, C, and B6 and also the nutrients magnesium and potassium. Avoid letting them eat the rind and the seeds.
Wheat and Grains
It’s ok for dogs to consume wheat and grains. This is commonly thought otherwise. Grains can be good for your dog. Some contain fatty acids, fiber, and protein. If your dog is allergic, you would want to avoid them. But, otherwise eating wheat and grains in moderation is perfectly fine.
This is a great option for a snack. Be sure you use plain yogurt – no added fruit, sugar, or artificial sweeteners. The first time you give it to your dog, try a very small amount as some dogs can’t digest it well. If they have no issues with it, the naturally active bacterial that is found in the yogurt is great to help with their digestive system.