Ever found yourself with a food scrap in your hand wondering if you can feed it to your dog as he sits patiently beside you?
As a responsible dog owner, you probably know some of the main people foods that aren’t safe for dogs – chocolate, grapes, onions, but did you know there are some foods you eat that you can safely share with your pup?
Good news, there are!
And the list below will share with you 15 healthy treats for dogs so that you can spoil your furry friend with the food you know is safe and that he will love.
15 Healthy Treats for Dogs
This list of 15 treats contains treats that are safe for both dogs and humans alike. Enjoy these with your furry friend and continue building your special relationship.
Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all safe for your dog and actually have health benefits as they do for humans. Berries contain antioxidants, which are known to prevent inflammation of the joints and protect from disease. For another special treat, try freezing the berries before giving them to your dog.
2. Peanut Butter
I don’t know about you, but my dog goes absolutely nuts for peanut butter. And there are few things more adorable than watching a puppy chomp on a spoonful of peanut butter. The good news is that peanut butter is perfectly safe for dogs.
Try putting a scoop on one of your dog’s chew toys and watch them devour it in delight.
Carrots are a crunchy treat for your dog that actually can help their teeth and overall oral health. Baby carrots are the best option here unless you want to chop up a larger carrot into smaller pieces. Like other vegetables, carrots have a high caloric density meaning you or your pet can eat a lot of them with very few calories added to your overall intake.
If you’re interested in learning more about ideal caloric intake, check out this article on counting calories.
Bananas are another healthy fruit that you can easily share with your dog. The phytonutrients in bananas can boost immunity and have some anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce swelling in joints.
5. Cooked Chicken
Have some leftover chicken that’s been sitting in the fridge for a few days? Well, don’t waste it!
Chop up some of that cooked chicken and toss it on top of your dog’s regular food for a boost of protein and flavor that he or she is sure to love. A lot of dog food brands already have chicken as an ingredient, so you can be confident that this is a safe food for your dog.
6. Apple Slices
A few apple slices for your pup is a healthy treat, but be careful not to include any seeds because those can be poisonous (for humans too!). Seedless apple slices are the best option for doggo. Give it a try!
7. Green Beans
Green beans? Really? Yep!
This nutrient-rich veggie is perfectly safe for dogs. Canned green beans are also a very cost-effective food supplement for dogs. My recommendation is to start with a small serving at first though because certain vegetables can bother a dog’s digestive system.
8. Cooked Eggs
Extra scrambled eggs can easily be fed to the dog. It is not recommended to give them any raw egg though. And just like for humans, eggs can be a good source of protein.
Healthy fats, amino acids, and vitamins found in salmon are great for dogs. Just like chicken or eggs, salmon should be cooked before you let your dog enjoy a few bites. Many dogs do not enjoy the skin of salmon but that is a personal preference.
10. Plain Yogurt
Not everyone loves the taste of plain yogurt, but your dog will! Avoid the sugary, flavored forms of yogurt if you plan to share this treat with your dog.
The healthy bacteria in yogurt can assist their digestive system but it’s best to start with a small quantity to see how your dog reacts. The last thing you want to do is bother their digestive tract.
If you find yourself with a hungry dog and no more dog food, you can safely use plain oatmeal.
Make sure it is cold or room temperature before serving, but other than that it is a useful meal replacement or supplement if needed.
Cooked turkey is also a safe protein for pups in any form – ground, grilled, baked, etc. Generally speaking, fewer flavors and seasoning is better for dogs, so avoid feeding them leftovers of recipes with onion or garlic.
So next Thanksgiving, when you need to get rid of those last few pieces of turkey, toss it to the dog!
If you’re a parent that is used to cutting the crusts off of sandwiches and eating them yourself, consider instead feeding them to your dog as a treat! Bread is perfectly safe for dogs, just be sure it is in smaller pieces so that they can chew and swallow it easily.
Melon is another nutrient-rich fruit that is a safe treat for your dog. Seedless melon is better but unlike apples, melon seeds are safe for consumption. Don’t worry, a watermelon won’t grow inside your dog’s stomach.
Popcorn came in at number 15 on the list, but if you asked my dog, she would say it belongs at number 1. Your dog is the perfect vacuum while you’re munching on handfuls of popcorn.
The caveat to this treat is that it has to be unbuttered and unseasoned for your dog to enjoy it. You also need to be very careful that there are no unpopped kernels because that can be a choking hazard.
Has this list of snacks made you hungry? Well, it’s not just about your dog, you deserve good, healthy food too! Check out these healthy recipes for you.
This is just 15 of the long list of human foods that are also healthy treats for dogs.
It’s always best to check with your dog’s vet before introducing new elements to the diet and give them small amounts to start to be sure it doesn’t bother their digestive system.
Happy eating to you and your beloved dog!
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