January 21, 2018

View as List 10 Foods You Can Share with Your Dog

  • 10 Foods You Can Share with Your Dog

    Who can resist that “please give me a taste” look that Fido has mastered? Dogs are notorious beggars, sitting at your feet while you eat, just hoping you drop a piece of food. In fact, they will eat almost anything, whether it’s good for them or not. Generally, if something is healthy for you, it’s likely to be healthy for your pet (and sharing your meals may provide more incentive for you to eat better as well). But there are some exceptions—including garlic, onions, and chocolate. And, remember: Calories add up fast, so if you give people food to your pet, make sure to count it towards his or her daily allotment. Here are some options your dog is sure to love.

     

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    Peanut butter

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    Full of protein and healthy fat, this all-American classic is a real treat for your dog, whether eaten off a spoon (or your finger) or frozen inside a hollow rubber toy (a great trick to keep your pup occupied while you are out). Just make sure your brand is not sweetened with xylitol, which is toxic for dogs.

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    Raw vegetables

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    This may come as a surprise: Dogs love raw vegetables. To them baby carrots, green beans, cucumber slices, and zucchini slices are desired treats. The same things that make raw veggies healthy for us—vitamins, fiber, and other plant compounds—make them healthy for your pet. And they are low in calories, which will help keep your dog at an optimal weight. 

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    Cooked vegetables

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    There are many cooked veggies you can give your dog. Pumpkin, sweet potato, corn (not on the cob), and green beans are all good choices if you want to share your food. You can even share some of your popcorn as a treat.

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    Fruit

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    Dogs love sweet things—but chocolate is off-limits, and the sugar in cake or ice cream isn’t good for them. Give your pooch fruit instead. While grapes, raisins, and currants (tiny raisins) can be toxic to your dog, other fruits are fine. Slices of apple or pear, sections of orange, chunks of cantaloupe or watermelon, pieces of banana, or any of the many berries of summer are healthy and nutritious treats. 

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    Lean cooked meat

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    It’s a fact that dogs love meat. Poultry, beef, or pork: As long as it’s lean, cooked, and does not have any bones, your dog can eat it. Be sure there is no garlic on the meat, however, and remove the skin from the chicken or turkey (your dog does not need the extra fat). And remember, a little goes a long way. 

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    Cheese

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    Like many people, lots of dogs enjoy cheese. It’s a good source of protein and calcium, and is tasty too. Keep in mind that some dogs are lactose intolerant, so only give your pet a little at a time and see how he or she reacts to it. Another reason to limit the amount: Cheese can be high in fat and calories, and more than half of all dogs (and cats) in America are already overweight.

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    Rice and pasta

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    Plain pasta or rice makes a nice occasional treat. Just make sure there are no pieces of garlic or onion mixed in. In addition, white rice is often recommended by vets for a dog with an upset stomach. The rice helps “bind” things up, digestively speaking.

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    Cooked eggs

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    Hard-boiled or scrambled, eggs are another healthy choice for your dog. They are packed with protein and easy on the stomach. But avoid raw eggs, which (as in humans) pose a risk of Salmonella contamination. 

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    Plain yogurt

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    Dogs are fond of dairy, and that includes yogurt, which is rich in calcium and protein. Choose plain yogurt; low-fat and nonfat versions have fewer calories than regular versions. Flavored yogurts usually have a lot of added sugars, or they may contain artificial sweeteners or the sweetener xylitol, which is dangerous for dogs. 

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    Oatmeal

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    The high fiber in oatmeal makes it a great choice for dogs with bowel irregularity (though it’s possible that oatmeal could also cause bloating in some pets). Oatmeal is also good for canines who are sensitive to wheat. Be sure to use plain oatmeal and cook it well. Don’t add any sweeteners or butter.

    Reviewed by Nicolette Zarday, DVM, MPH, 10/30/16