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Dog Approved People Food

Updated on November 13, 2017

There are a number of myths circulating about people food and dogs: chicken bones flake and can choke a dog, licorice can kill a dog, frosting will upset their stomach for days after they eat it. With so many naysayers regarding sharing our food with dogs, how are we to know what's okay to share and what Fido should never, ever touch, even if it hits the floor? There are a few dog approved people foods that are okay to share with the pooch, and the dog will love you more for sharing.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a big treat for dogs.They love it and it has many health benefits. It has protein, vitamins B and E, and niacin. Place some peanut butter on a spoon and watch your dog go wild! Whip up some homemade, peanut butter based doggy treats for training and rewarding purposes. Follow this recipe for a tried and true treat:

1 peeled banana

1 cup oat flour

2/3 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup dried parsley

3 tablespoons peanut butter

1 egg

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Mash the banana thoroughly. Add all other ingredients and mix thoroughly. Press the dough into 24 individual balls and bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

Cooked Chicken

Surprise! Chicken makes the list. It is true that chickens have very small bones which can get stuck in anyone's throat, but if the chicken is removed from the bone it will be fine. Many dog owners mix cooked chicken into regular dog food to provide a more filling meal and extra protein to the dog's diet. The chicken can also be used to replace the dog food if you find you've run out and you can't get out to buy more.

Cheese

This treat is good for dogs who aren't lactose intolerant. You'll have to watch your dog to make sure they don't get sick after eating this food. However, cheese is a great treat for dogs in very small amounts. Cheeses are high in fat so feed the dog cheese sparingly. Cottage cheese is always a good choice for dogs as it tends to be lower in fat and the dogs love it. Additionally, it's easier to digest - as a human, I prefer cottage cheese over other cheeses, so my pooch naturally does as well

Baby Carrots

These are great on a hot summer day, especially if they come straight out of the refrigerator. The dog will love chewing on something which helps cool their hot mouths. The carrots provide fiber and beta carotene, and are great for teething puppies. The carrots continue to be good for the dog's teeth as they get older as well because chewing helps reduce plaque buildup and helps the gums stay healthy.

Yogurt

Choose low fat yogurts to feed to the dog, but go ahead and share yogurt for the calcium and protein advantages. Give your dog yogurts without artificial sweeteners or sugars, however, to reduce the dog's sugar intake. The yogurts with active bacteria will act as probiotics and are great for the digestive system.

Eggs

A scrambled egg is a great way to get some protein into your pup. Eggs also serve as a great source of riboflavin and selenium, which make them the perfect snack for the dog.

Apple Slices

Apple slices will help to clean a dog's teeth and will freshen her breath. Apples provide fiber and vitamins A and C to the dog. As with humans, dogs should not eat the seeds or core of the apple.

Pumpkin

Save this treat for when puppy has a stomach ache. The pumpkin can help with digestive issues through its beta-carotene, vitamin A and fiber. When the dog has digestive issues, pumpkin will help move things along and keep doggy regular.

Green Beans

The best green beans for the dog are natural green beans with no added salts or preservatives. This means canned green beans are out. Go for the frozen or fresh varieties for a low calorie, filling snack for the dog.

Oatmeal

Oatmeal seems to be good for everyone. It is an excellent source of soluble fiber, which can be invaluable to aging dogs who may have more digestive issues than their younger counterparts. Cooked oatmeal is best for the dog, and be sure to keep it pure. Do not add any sugars or additives.

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    • beckieland profile imageAUTHOR

      Rebecca Mayglothling 

      5 years ago from Binghamton NY

      Thank you both! I posted this because another client rejected it - I now feel validated! :)

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      Mel Jay 

      5 years ago from Australia

      Great hub, lots of good information here. My dogs love all of the things you mentioned except for the apples and the green beans and the raw carrots. The only way I can get them to eat vegetables is by disguising them in chicken! The love oatmeal. Yoghurt is a big winner too. I wish more people would understand that feeding dogs supermarket packaged fare is eventually going to give their pets health problems and lessen their already short little lives. Up and useful from me, Cheers - Mel

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      Jaye Denman 

      5 years ago from Deep South, USA

      I don't trust any commercial dogfood because companies have only one objective--to produce it cheaply and make lots of profit. Instead, I make my dog's food in my own kitchen using organic ingredients, and I include several of the items you listed: green beans, baby carrots, pumpkin--which a vet told me is actually good for dogs all the time, oats and chicken, but not that factory-farmed/pumped-full-of-hormones-and-antibiotics meat, only USDA-certified organic chicken from poultry fed organic, meaning no GMOs, feed. I alternate organic chicken with grass-fed very low fat bison as the protein.

      Her favorite treats are 1/2 of a banana, which she "asks" for every morning, and a few apple slices in the afternoon.

      My dog is, alas, allergic to eggs and is lactose intolerant. She also is on a very lowfat diet because her breed is prone to pancreatitis, so I can't feed her peanut butter (though she loved a taste of it when she was younger). I add powdered probiotics and enzymes for dogs to her food before feeding it to her.

      Thanks for telling readers that certain quality "people" foods are as healthy for dogs as they are for people!

      Voted Up++

      Jaye

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