While it’s important to ensure your dog mostly sticks to their doggy diet, sometimes it’s nice to share a healthy human snack with them too! (Especially when those puppy dog eyes are getting the better of you). But it’s important to bear in mind that some human “treats” are dangerous for our dogs. For example; it's widely known that chocolate is a no-go, as it’s toxic to dogs.
There’s a variety of healthy human foods that are safe for your pooch to eat, as long as you consider a few points:
- As with any food, feed in moderation
- Keep your dog's specific dietary requirements/allergies in mind
- Make sure the food size is suitable for your dog to eat
Carrots are high in vitamin A and beta-carotene, which is a natural anti-oxidant and contributes to healthy skin, functioning of the immune system and eye health. Chewing carrots can benefit your dog’s teeth and they are also a good source of fibre, making carrots a great human food for dogs.
Pumpkin is a healthy human food for dogs. It's rich in fatty acids, which are important for skin and coat health. Pumpkin also contains natural antioxidants and minerals, making it great for digestion; which is why it's often used in high-quality dog foods.
3. Sweet potato
Sweet potato is a great example of foods dogs can eat. Naturally high in dietary fibre, sweet potato can aid your dog’s digestive health; that's why you'll find it in Pooch & Mutt functional foods! They also contain Vitamins B6 and C and are low in fat, making them a great shareable human snack. As a side note; while you’re cooking up some sweet potatoes, you can even use them to make your pooch their very own indestructible toy.
4. Green beans
Green beans are a dog-friendly human treat. They're rich in vitamins (especially B vitamins) and contain omega-3 fatty acids. They’re also a good source of calcium, copper, fibre, folic acid, iron, manganese and potassium. As long as they're plain (no added salt!) your dog can enjoy green beans in any form; steamed, canned, even raw.
Cucumbers are rich in vitamins and minerals and are a great refreshing snack (for you and your dog!). They're a particularly good choice for overweight dogs, as they hold very little fat, oils and carbohydrates.
...Ok so it's not a vegetable. But peanut butter is rich in healthy fats and niacin, which helps regulate the digestive system. It also contains vitamin E, which is important for maintaining your dog's healthy skin and coat. Just make sure your peanut butter of choice doesn’t include Xylitol, as this ingredient is found in some brands and is toxic to dogs. If your dog's a peanut butter fan, check out our wheat-free peanut butter mini-bone treats!
Feel free to share the foods listed above with your pooch in moderate doses. If your pet has any allergies, or you have any other concerns regarding their diet, please contact your vet.