Ten ‘human foods’ you should be feeding your dog

Is “human food” safe for dogs? The answer is, some food is safe, while some isn’t, and knowing what’s safe to share
Here are ten ‘human foods’ you should be feeding your dog...

Is “human food” safe for dogs? The answer is, some food is safe, while some isn’t, and knowing what’s safe to share can mean the difference between a healthy treat and a trip to emergency. We all know that dogs must not be fed these foods: Sugar-free candy and gum, chocolate, raisins and grapes, macadamia nuts, and onions and garlic. But did you know that there are certain foods you should be giving your dog because of the health benefit?

1. Liver
Liver is not only a source of vitamins A, B, and K, and iron, it also contains more of the necessary daily nutrients that dogs need than muscle meats. However, too much vitamin A can be harmful to your dog’s health, so only give smaller dogs half an ounce a day and larger dogs receive can receive an ounce of liver a day.

2. Leaner Meats
Meat is an essential part of any pup’s diet. Leaner cuts of meat like pork and chicken are also full of vitamin B and healthy amino acids. They can also help boost your dog’s metabolism. Look for cuts that are low in fat and avoid ground beef.

3. Salmon or Tuna
Ddi you know the natural fats found in salmon and tuna cuts are also great for canine brain function? Yep! Tuna and salmon are rich in omega-3s which are great for coat health. 

4. Oatmeal
Oatmeal contains fibre and whole grains, which aid in our digestion as well as our dogs’. It is great for older dogs with digestive problems, as well as those with possible wheat allergies. Make your dog’s oatmeal the same way your would for yourself but leave out any sweeteners.

5. Nori Seaweed
That dried seaweed most commonly used to wrap sushi is called Nori. It is rich in fibre and contains healthy amounts of vitamins C and E. Seaweed can also help boost a dog’s metabolism thanks to the presence of chlorophyll.

6. Carrots
The crunch of carrots can help remove plaque and other gunk off your dog’s teeth. Carrots are also full of essential vitamins and nutrients.

7. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil has been gaining popularity as a health food. And guess what? It isn’t just a wonder food for humans, but dogs as well. Coconut oil is also full of monoglyceride monolaurin, which is known to have antibacterial properties. One scoop of the oil per day can help keep your dog’s skin and fur super healthy. 

8. Cottage Cheese or Yogurt
Cultured dairy products are great sources of calcium and can help keep your dog’s bones strong and healthy says Viralnova. Yogurt also contains probiotics that can help regulate the digestive system of not only humans but dogs too. Dairy products made with skim milk are preferred to keep fat at a minimum.

9. Peas
Peas are an excellent source of potassium and contain vitamin B and phosphorous, all of which are essential for peak doggy health.

10. Parsley
Does your dog’s breath stink? Along with regular brushing, sprinkle some fresh parsley over your dog’s food and let it work its dental magic.

Have you ever given your dog any of these foods? Do share your food with your dog?

  1. Hans de Rycke  

    Oats are a grain, a complex carbohydrate. Dogs do not produce enzymes to digest carbohydrates. They are meat eaters. Since dogs are carnivores, and can only handle predigested vegetables it is not a good idea to feed your dog raw carrots, and dogs don’t do dairy after weaning. Only humans continue bottle feeding.. Cottage Cheese or Yogurt are definitely not recommended for dogs, nor humans.
    Probiotics will be broken down and digested like all food and the likelihood of probiotics reaching the gut while the bacteria is still alive is nil’.
    ‘Peaky dog health’ can be achieved by feeding your dog the food it is accustomed to. Sledge dogs in the polar region eat meat only, and all types of meat. liver, lung, kidneys, intestines (including the contents), stomach, spleen, heart, and the bones for marrow. That should be the diet for all dogs, even lappies.

    • Rhonda De Stefano  

      My dog self selects vegetable materials (broccoli and pulled up carrots in the veggie garden, grass and weeds from the pasture) and when cleaning up her droppings I note no undigested carrot or grass visible. I would therefore query that vegetable matter is totally indigestible.

    • Jenna  

      Sir, I think you meant “peak” , not “peaky”….as peaky means ill. Peak means the best.

  2. Christine Groves  

    So who is right? We want to do what is best for our dogs but if the people that should know don’t how can we do it?

    • Hans de Rycke  

      Look at animals in their natural habitat. What do they eat? What do wolves, foxes, hyenas, leopards, tigers, lions hunt? And what do they eat of their prey? The gut is number 1. That’s where the digested carbohydrates are. Second on the list are the heart liver and lungs before starting on the muscles and last are the bones. The reason the bones are usually last is because by that time gastric juices are well and truly flowing, which makes the calcium easy to digest. The following website might be of help in understanding.
      Good luck!

  3. Robert  

    Again we have the issue of interpretation. Everyone should feed their dogs as they see fit, the dog will know what not to eat. Q.E.D.

    • Jean Walker  

      No, Robert, they don’t. Dogs will eat chocolate, grapes, nuts – all of which are extremely bad for them.

    • Hans de Rycke  

      That’s how come dogs are now getting the same diseases humans are getting! Diabetes, Heart disease, cancer, arthritis and more. 95% of disease comes in through the digestive system.

  4. Denis  

    We feed our dogs cooked carrots and peas and kidney beans – on vet’s advice helps the older dog 13 with his no 2 a lot. Meat is also served with this.

  5. Jenna  

    I had my two large dogs (purebred border collie and labrador) from their mothers, their whole lives. They were given and ate regularly, a range of mainly various fresh meats, top quality dried dog food, whole carrots, tinned tuna, and sardines, and the occasional brisket bone. Strictly as treats, the following (and not all in the same week !): an egg, raw or hardboiled (peeled and chopped – and note, they seemed to adore the egg esp. when served with their sardines); a little green and other veg (cooked); rice and pasta (well cooked); toast with light scrape of vegemite in bite size pieces (no butter); little bits of cooked bacon; family meal leftovers (only if contents suitable – ie no onion, or curry or chilli or cooked bone); two weet-bix with warm water to which a tiny bit of milk is added so it looks like it’s all milk (winter treat); a large can of dog food shared on the top of their serving of dried food; an occasional handful of nutrigrain (for the protein); and big juicy marrow bones. By the way, our excellent vet approved all of this.

    I’m not saying they were never slipped anything else (we’re not perfect & I’m sure they got a bikkie etc. or cake crumbs sometimes) but no chocolate, onion, macadamia nuts, no grapes, no cooked bones – which will all kill them. I am sad to say they are both in doggy heaven now. But I am very happy to say they both had great teeth and few health problems to the end. My beloved labrador lived to 16 and a half, and my adored collie died at 17. So what we did must have been good for them. RIP my darlings.

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