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6 People Foods You Can Feed Your Dog

6 People Foods You Can Feed Your Dog

Most dogs know when you’re eating something you really enjoy. They give you those sad puppy eyes that say, “Please share.” The question that haunts you is, do I give in and offer my dog some? Is this human food good for my dog? While some people foods will make your dog sick or add unnecessary weight, there are a number of people snacks you can share to ease those sad puppy eyes.

1. Apples. It’s best to keep the skin on apples when you feed your dog this treat. Apple skins contain phytonutrients that some believe can shield against some types of cancer in humans. Apples are rich in vitamins A and C and fiber. Watch out for apple seeds, though, as they contain cyanide. Bernadine Cruz, DVM, a veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital in Laguna Hills, California, recommends fruit like apples for overweight dogs.

2. Peanut butter. A great source of added protein and fiber. Avoid sharing large gobs of the stuff, as it is tough to chew and swallow. A tablespoon on their dry food or letting them lick a swab off your finger is best.

3. Yogurt. This treat is loaded with calcium and protein. Make sure the yogurt has live active bacteria and no sugars or artificial sweeteners. If your dog is overweight, opt for fat-free yogurts, so long as they don’t have fat substitutes—like Simplesse or Olestra.

4. Popcorn. Air popped and sans butter or salt. Popcorn is packed with potassium, as well phosphorous, magnesium, and calcium, which promote bone health. When offering a handful, especially toward the bottom of the bowl, take out any “old maids.”

5. Watermelon. Share sparingly, as this snack is loaded with sugar, which will add to your dog’s weight. Remember to remove the seeds. And serve outdoors to prepare for a quick potty run, since watermelon is filled with water and fiber.

6. Salmon. This fish is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, which can help your dog’s immune system and keep his skin and coat healthy. Make sure your salmon is cooked before giving your dog a taste, since raw salmon can contain a parasite that can make your dog sick.

Doggie No No’s

On the other side, there are certain people foods you should not share with your dog. According to the ASPCA, these include chocolate, Macadamia nuts and avocados, which can cause a number of serious health complications.  The same holds true for grapes and raisins, which can cause kidney failure. And keep your dogs away from milk, which can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems. For a complete list of what not to feed your dog, check out ASPCA’s People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets.

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As owner/president of AK CreativeWorks, Alex A. Kecskes is a national award-winning writer/blogger/journalist who has written over 2,000 published articles on health/fitness, "green" issues, careers, consumer tech, arts/entertainment and many other topics. He also writes web content, ads, brochures, sales letters, mailers and scripts for national B2B and B2C clients. Follow Alex on twitter at https://twitter.com/TopWordsmith.

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7:39PM PDT on Aug 25, 2014

thanks

6:14AM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

Ai miei due cani offro giornalmente o quasi mezza mela a testa ( sono di piccola taglia) la gradiscono molto e sono sempre stata attenta ai semi della stessa. In quanto al latte non mi è possibile darglielo, dato che ad entrambi, come specificato nell'articolo, dà fastidio all'intestino. Sono molto rigorosa riguardo a non dargli cibo dalla nostra tavola, dato che contiene sodio o magari olio fritto.
Grazie.

5:27AM PDT on Aug 13, 2014

Thanks for this info.

2:09PM PDT on Aug 12, 2014

ty

2:31PM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

thanks

10:54AM PDT on Aug 11, 2014

Milk never bothered my Buttercup unless it was on the verge of going bad.

One of her favorite "people foods" was actually Blueberry Buckle baby food... .

10:26AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Only 6. My dogs eat way more than that but then I home cook for them or they are fed raw. They also get some dairy, cheese, yogurt, cottage cheese and buttermilk. None have had a problem with it. If they are older I introduce it slowly.

6:13AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Carrots are great too. I grate them up and add to their dinner - it's a great filler that can help with weight management/loss. One of my girls was on meds that made her appetite skyrocket, the carrot trick really helped and we also gave her watermelon rinds to chew on - she loved them.

8:03PM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

thanks for sharing. will try to feed my dogs more veggies

11:29AM PDT on Aug 9, 2014

Also sweet potatoes, pumpkin (puree, not the sweetened glop), bananas (especially good for a dog that is chewing on poop or other weird stuff). One of my dogs loves fresh snap peas, too. I also have cooked collards or green beans with a bit of butter, garlic and occasionally some bacon grease, and they love that too. You can also give them a bit of apple-cider vinegar for coat and candida-fighting health.

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