Every dog owner knows the signs of a beggar; the pleading eyes, the perky ears, and the sweet (although extremely calculated) stare that demands your attention as you eat. As hard as it is to refrain from sharing your food with your four legged friend, a responsible dog owner knows that certain foods just aren’t meant to be eaten by a canine. On the other hand, there are quite a few human foods that are perfectly acceptable to share with your pet, and here are some of the healthiest ones.
Carrots are perfectly healthy for your dogs to consume; they’re a low calorie, naturally sweet, vitamin-loaded, and fiber-packed snack that helps freshen dogs’ breath and keep plaque from building up on their teeth. Most dogs love the crunchy texture of carrots, and when substituted for regular dog treats, can help assist in weight loss as well.
Most dogs will go just as crazy as humans will for a chilled piece of watermelon on a hot day, and it’s completely safe for you to share a piece or two. The only thing to watch out for is letting your dog eat too many seeds, but the melon itself offers vitamin C and A as well as strong antioxidants to help your pup stay healthy and fight off infections.
Dogs tend to love peanut butter, and it’s another human food that is alright to share with them in moderation. Freshly ground peanut butter without added, sugar, salt, or preservatives is your best bet, and the added protein makes it a fairly healthy treat to let your dog indulge in from time to time. Besides, watching them try to keep their mouth from sticking together after taking a big bite is always worth a laugh.
Plain and unsweetened yogurt is a healthy treat that most dogs love, and when eaten sparingly, it can add necessary calcium to their diet as well as probiotics that help promote healthy digestion. Yogurt can also help mask the flavor of medication, and coating your dog’s medicine in something they find appetizing is an age old trick to avoid the fight of getting the medicine down.
Another type of human food that you can feel good about sneaking to your pet is sweet potatoes. Filled with iron, potassium, Vitamin K, magnesium, and fiber, sweet potatoes are good for your dogs for the same reasons they’re good for you. Many individuals incorporate sweet potatoes into their homemade dog food and treats, and there are many recipes available online that offer healthy culinary concoctions that your dog will love you for. Keep in mind, though, that they are filled with carbs and starch, so avoid giving these out if you’re concerned with your pet’s weight.
It’s common to hear about the negative health consequences that chocolate, onions, and fried foods pose on your dogs, so it’s refreshing to hear that not all human food is poisonous for them to consume. In fact, there are quite a few types of human food that offer many health benefits, and most dog owners will agree that nothing is quite as satisfying as being able to give into your best friend’s convincing and irresistible request for a bite of your food.
Ron Rutherford is a writer with a passion for nature and a soft spot for Thai food. He currently freelances for Havahart Wireless, which specializes in progressive and humane wireless dog fences.