If you’re a dog owner, you’re most likely willing to share your heart, home, and food with your best friend! If you’re a dog owner like me, you get a warm and fuzzy feeling inside when you watch your pal chow down on some peanut butter. What other foods can we feed our dogs? Keep reading to learn which table foods are safe!
Apples: Make sure you remove both seeds and stems before serving.
Bananas: Some vets actually recommend bananas in place of fatty and salty treats.
Blueberries: Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals.
Bread: Who doesn’t love bread?! Just be mindful that bread provides zero health benefits for your pup. Moderation is key!
Cantaloupe: Cantaloupe is low in calories and a great source of water.
Carrots: These brightly colored treats are great for dental health. Cut into bite-sized pieces before serving.
Cashews: Cashews are cool, but don’t overdo it. Too many cashews can also lead to weight gain.
Cheese: Low-fat and low-sodium cheeses are good to go!
Coconut: Coconut contains Lauric, which helps boost the immune system. It’s also great for skin conditions and overly powerful doggie breath.
Corn: Corn is probably the most common ingredient in most dog foods. Kernels are okay, but the cob not so much. The cob is hard to digest, which means intestinal blockage.
Cranberries: Cranberries and dried cranberries can be given in small amounts.
Eggs: Eggs are okay for dogs to eat. Here is where it starts to get tricky… Raw eggs will cause biotin deficiency in dogs. If you feed your dog a raw diet, this is usually how the eggs are served. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recommends to fully cook eggs before giving them to your dog. Fully cooked eggs are a good source of protein and can help with intestinal upset.
Fish: Fish is a good source of amino and fatty acids. Salmon has tons of vitamins and protein. Sardines are a great source of calcium and their bones are softer which make them easier to digest. You may have to pick out some additional bones though. Use your best judgment when it comes to the safety of your dog!
Ham: Dogs can totally eat ham, but it isn’t the best for them. Ham is high in sodium and fat. Make sure you give ham to your pup in moderation if you choose to do so.
Honey: Honey is absolutely wonderful! It’s packed with tons of vitamins, potassium, calcium, and antioxidants. Feeding your pup small amounts of honey introduces pollen into their systems, which helps build up immunity to allergies.
Mango: Mangoes are full of potassium and beta-carotene.
Milk: It is okay for your dog to have a little milk. Be mindful that your dog may be lactose-intolerant so seek your veterinarian before you decide to give them a bowl-full.
Oranges: Oranges are rich in Vitamin C and fiber. Make sure you toss the peel and get rid of any seeds.
Peaches: A yummy treat that's packed with Vitamin A. Throw away the pit and cut the peach into bite-sized pieces.
Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein. Peanut Butter contains healthy fats, niacin, and vitamins E and B. If you decide to give your pup peanut butter, make sure it’s unsalted.
Pears: Pears are high in copper, Vitamin K, and fiber. Make sure you cut the pear and remove all seeds. Seeds contain cyanide, which is harmful to dogs.
Pineapple: Probably one of the tastiest snacks you can give your dog. Make sure it’s raw and fresh! No canned or cocktails with added sugar.
Popcorn: Popcorn is great for your dog. It contains Riboflavin and Thiamine, which both promote eye health. Make sure it’s unsalted, unbuttered, and air-popped.
Shrimp: Make sure the shrimp is cooked, shell is removed, and given in moderation.
Strawberries: Strawberries are cool because they contain an enzyme that helps clean your dog's teeth!
Tomatoes: Green tomatoes are toxic to dogs. Red and ripe tomatoes are okay.
Turkey: Yes, your dog can sit at the dinner table this Thanksgiving 😊 Turkey is good for dogs as long as it isn’t covered in garlic or a bunch of seasonings.
Watermelon: Remove the rinds and all seeds before serving. Also a great source of water.
Wheat/grains: This is also another tricky subject. Some people believe that a grain-free diet is best for dogs. In addition, some dogs may need to avoid grain due to allergies. According to the AKC, dogs do not have to be on a grain-free diet. Wheat and corn are great sources of protein, essential fatty acids, and fiber.
Yogurt: Active bacteria in yogurt can help strengthen the digestive system. Make sure yogurt is plain, no added sugar, or artificial sweetener.