Keep reading for ideas on how to add healthy human food to your dog’s diet!
If your dogs are anything like mine then they are right by your feet anytime you crinkle any sort of food package or open the fridge.
They look up at you with those sweet puppy dog eyes as if to say “Can I have some please?” (Notice how I act like my dogs have manners and say please? – official crazy dog lady status achieved.)
It is always so tempting to give them a little bite of whatever food is in your hand, but did you know that you could actually be harming your dog by giving them human food? Or that the food could actually be really healthy for your dog and that you should be trying to work it into your dog’s diet more often?
Dogs and humans may vary when it comes to the food they eat. But in most cases, there are a variety of foods that these two awesome creatures share. Obviously, not all human foods are meant for dogs, but the majority is safe.
Knowing the foods that dogs can eat without any issues, those that may eat but in moderation and the very foods that dogs should stay clear from is surely worth a slice of your time.
Need another reason to know what human foods are safe for your dog to eat? How about the fact that you could be giving your dog healthy dog treats at a much cheaper price than store-bought dog treats?!
A bag of decent quality dog treats from a store can cost anywhere from $5 to $20. A bag of carrots on the other hand cost only a couple of bucks.
To save you the hustle and bustle, the folks over at DiamondPup.com have compiled a list of human foods that dogs can and cannot eat. This list is massive! The list includes not only the food items but also the reasoning behind why something is or isn’t good for your dog.
The list is divided into four categories, as shown below.
1. Foods Dogs Can Eat with No Issues
The very first one is basically about human foods that your little puppy can eat without any issues. The category hosts a variety of those. Some examples within this category are mango, broccoli, chicken, cabbage, fish, peas, spinach, and rice.
Here are some frugal recipes for homemade dog treats that you can make for your dog:
2. Foods Dogs Can Eat with Caution in Mind
The second category is a combination of foods that you can give your puppy but with caution in mind. They include mushrooms, blueberries, watermelon, bread, apples, strawberries, cherries, cheese, pork, figs, sunflower, honey, ginger, seeds and milk.
Foods NOT Recommended for Dogs
The third category contains human foods that dogs can still eat, but they are not at all recommended. It would be better if you avoid them for your dog’s safety. These include almonds, celery, shrimp, popcorn, ice cream, rib bones, cinnamon and tuna.
3. Foods that are Unsafe for Dogs
The last category hosts foods that you should stay clear from as they are not safe for your dog. These include cashews, onions, ham bones, peanuts, lemons, pecans, pistachios, pomegranate, French fries, olives, and cranberries.
If your dog does eat something from the category that is unsafe, please make sure to call your vet or a local pet emergency care to get guidance on how to proceed.
As you can tell there are so many foods that you can give your dog without any problems at all. There are also food items that are unsafe for my dogs but that I cook with in the kitchen often. Knowing which ones are safe and which ones are not helps me if I accidently drop food on the floor to know what needs to be picked up immediately and which food could be picked up when I am done with my task.
Got any kids at your house or around your dogs? Educating your kids on what foods the dog can or cannot eat is also a great idea. Kids are definitely a sucker for the puppy dog eyes so make sure they know what is safe to feed the dog.
4. Know What Your Dog Can Handle
Another side note is to get to know your dogs and what their digestive track can handle.
While most dogs in general don’t have any issues eating grains, our newest dog Wes turns into a tooting machine when he eats any grain. Therefore to avoid the room-clearing gas that he would produce, we make sure that his dog food and any treats that he gets does not have any grain.
Cucumbers are a healthy and low-calorie treat and are great for dogs that are overweight. When our dog Emmy was a puppy, we would give her a couple of cucumber slices for a snack. Literally minutes later she would have an accident in the house.
Ugh, what?! At this point Emmy was doing really well with potty training and had little to no accidents. As soon as we stopped giving her cucumbers the accidents stopped.
Both of these are examples where healthy foods can cause issues with your dogs. There are tons of healthy foods on this list so if any cause issues for your dogs, just find another healthy food to try with them!
Frugal Ways to Add Human Food to Your Dog’s Diet
Fresh produce (that is safe for your dog to eat!) is usually a great way to add some healthy food to your dog’s diet. Just make sure that you are using either fresh or frozen produce and NOT canned. Canned produce have added salt, sugar and other things that your dog does not need more of.
- Instead of a milk bone, try giving your dog a couple of slices of cucumber. You can slice up a whole cucumber and keep the slices in the fridge for up to four days. This makes it easy to grab some slices and give them to your dog.
- Peel & thinly slice a sweet potato and roast in the oven or a dehydrator for 6-8 hours or until chewy.
- Substitute 1/4 of your dog’s dry dog food at one meal per day with green beans. (If your dog normally gets 1 cup of food at each meal, feed them 3/4 cup dry food and 1/4 cup green beans.)
The infographic below from DiamondPup.com will walk you through each category and the foods it hosts within.