When your pup is begging for table scraps with those big, sad eyes, it can be tempting to share a little bit of your lunch. However, some foods that are safe for humans to consume can be toxic or even deadly for dogs. Here’s a quick list of common human foods that are actually okay for your dog to eat.
A tasty snack for you and your pet, juicy apples are full of vitamin C. Before you share them with your pup, core the apples and cut them into smaller pieces. Don’t let your dog get into the stems and seeds, as they contain cyanide. While usually beneficial, the additional calcium, phosphorus and omega-6 fatty acids in apples are a special consideration for dogs with kidney disease.
A raw carrot now and then is a great chew toy for your dog because it can help loosen up the plaque that builds up on your pooch’s teeth. Baby carrots can also be a nutritious treat that adds fiber to your dog’s diet. Be sure to lightly steam them, or else your dog’s digestive system won’t be able to break down the carrots.
If your pooch has packed on too many pounds, you can try giving your dogs green beans as a healthy, low calorie treat. Like carrots, they need to be cooked in order for your dog to digest them properly. If you’re sneaking a bit of food to your pup at dinner time, make sure the green beans that you share were not cooked with salt, oil, garlic, onions, or chives.
When in doubt about human foods, always remember to ask your vet first. If your dog has eaten something that you aren’t sure is safe, you can call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 24 hour hotline.
Whether they be tasty carrots, apples, green beans, or store bought dog biscuits, it’s a good idea to let your dog walker know where to find your dog’s prefered treats. They’re a great way to reward good behavior and pamper your pup!
Candace Elise Hoes is a blogger at Kim’s Urban Hounds. She is a graduate of the MFA Writing Program at California College of the Arts.