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When our dog demands our table food, it is difficult to get him to refuse it. But we know that human food is not good for dogs, even some human food is dangerous for them too. But not all, some human food is also good for them, let us know which human food we can give to dogs. Which is not harmful to them, even some are also good for their health, and what precautions should be taken while giving these foods.
Just as apples are good for us, is also good for dogs, but only in limited quantities and only frozen apples. Apple is a healthy diet for dogs, it contains calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Fibre and Pectin.
You can serve limited quantity of frozen apple slices intermittently.
- Do not feed apple seeds
That contain cyanogenic glycosides and can upset their digestion and may effect serious, if given large amount.
- You must feed in small (limited) quantity
Because it don’t have water in it and can affect their tummy
There are three different flavor of Broccoli is available the Calabrese broccoli, Sprouting broccoli and Purple cauliflower, where Calabrese broccoli is most popular. It’s a healthy snack from cabbage family that is eaten as a fruit and vegetables and has a unique anti-inflammatory benefit for a hypoallergenic diet. Broccoli make a good recipe for dogs that provides superior cholesterol-lowering benefits, but it must be cooked by steaming.
- There are no side effects of broccoli, but dogs are basically carnivorous creatures and they should be given any vegetarian food in limited quantity.
Carrots are the best known source for the antioxidant nutrient that comes in many varieties like purple, black, red, white, and yellow, and all are good for dogs. Carrot contains Vitamin B, vitamin K and vitamin B6 and sugars that include sucrose, glucose and fructose. Carrot is best, natural food for human eye health because it contains, the lutein and zeaxanthin carotenoids. It’s a healthy food for human and as well as your pet.
- Carrots are very beneficial for dogs just like humans, but It is not easy for dogs to digest any uncooked vegetarian food. So, we should feed them boiled or steamed carrot.
- Carrot leaves are not good for dogs, that can be toxic.
Generally, no dairy product is good for dogs, milk and other dairy product is acidified for dogs, and adding the enzyme rennet causes coagulation and can be high in fat. But cheese is exception, that can be fed in limited quantities, and it is good for them. Cheese is formed by coagulation of milk that contain protein and fat. So the ingredients of cheese differ from rest of dairy products.
- If you feed your dog cheese in small amounts, it is good for them, but should not give in large quantity else it will create diarrhea and other digestive problems.
- Some dogs (very less percentage) who are lactose intolerant, cheese is not good for them.
5: Chicken Meat
There are different opinions about feeding table chicken to dogs. But chicken bones are not good for dogs, because your dog can easily sprinter them. Feeding raw bone occasionally, is good for their health and teeth. And chicken meat is always good for dogs, if it is lightly boiled or cooked it is a great food for them.
- Do not feed cooked chicken bones.
- Dogs can't digest oil or spices, it causes diarrhea and acidity, so chicken cooked in oil and spices should not be fed.
Egg is a good source of protein and selenium that make a healthy nutrients adding to dog food. But raw egg is not good for your dog that can cause biotin shortage, you must feed only boiled or cooked egg. When your dog has digestion deficiency, then feeding boiled egg with rice is a good option, in that provides them quick energy and protein and easily digestible also egg yolks contains vitamins, and minerals and, include biotin.
- Feeding raw egg is not good for dogs, it can lead to biotin shortage, but boiled or cooked egg can be given.
- Eggs contain high amount of fat and protein if your dog is gaining extra fat then you must give them only white part of the egg.
7. Green beans
The green bean is the best source of dietary fiber and hold less fat and best recommended for humans as well as to your dog. Specifically for an overweight dog, because it has low calorie, A cup of fresh green beans contains just 27.50 calories. Also, it’s a good source for vitamins like vitamin A, K, C and magnesium. These three vitamins have antioxidant properties to anticipate cancer.
- It is good to give green beans to dogs in moderation, but it should not be their full meal.
- And they should only be fed boiled and cooked beans.
Kelps are the sea vegetables that belong to the brown algae, grows in "underwater forests" (kelp forests) in shallow ocean. Kelp contains rich amounts of iodine, calcium and other minerals, and a great resource to maintaining a healthy heart. Its Commercial production harvested from Japan. Ancient tribal people’s discovery is a research plan for modern biochemical and food supplement for humans and as well to our pets. Kelp is a great iodine-rich source for dogs that helps to prevent thyroid problems and helps flea control.
- Overfeeding Kelp to dogs can affect your dog iodine toxic that may affect with symptoms like watery eyes and nose and diarrhea.
9. Lean Meats
Dogs are the descendants of wolves and a carnivores animal, raw meat is their own food on which they were dependent. Many vets believe still real meat is the best food for your dog and examples are sledge dog and racing hounds. Raw meat helps them to grow shiner coat and hair strong and clean teeth. But it has a threat to affect the dogs health from bacteria and potential risk to choke them by bones. So, Lean feeding meat is a better option than feeding raw meat.
- To avoid side effects by meat, it’s good to feed frozen or freeze-dried meat and add some vegetable and grains, that will make it a balanced diet.
- Also, you should not give raw fish because that contain a harmful, that can affect dog's liver.
Oatmeal is one of the most suitable human food to feed your dog. It contains fiber, Iron and Vitamin B6. That contain low cholesterol and avoid heart problems. Oatmeal is best recommended for the dogs of old age or if your dog is suffering from digestion problems.
- Do not add salt, sugar or any flavor in oatmeal.
- Must be cooked properly, uncooked oatmeal can affect your dog to dieheria or stomach problems.
Pumpkin is a good source of fibre and vitamin A and helpful for your pets skin or coats. Though it's not a good recipe to feed on a regular basis, but you can feed occasionally by mixing it in their regular food. Especially when your dog is suffering from a digestion problem, then it's beneficial because it is excessive for your dog's digestion and to sidestep constipation.
- Pumpkin is good for dogs, and one of the best food for the dog suffering form diarrhea, but raw pumpkin can cause your dog acidic problems, you must feed only canned pumpkin by mixing with your dog’s regular food or give as an ingredient only.
- Also, you must not mix pie with pumpkin.
12. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter is a good source of proteins and vitamins like Vitamin B and Vitamin E. Its good to give your dogs this is a healthy and nutritious diet for them. But do not mix salt, sugar or any flavor or chemical. However, it’s a good and healthy ingredient and good for all the dogs, but if you dig have allergic records then it’s not good for him. Also, some vet suggests to add cream to peanut butter, that’s helps in digestion.
- Do not add salt, sugar or any other flavor.
- Its not good for the dog suffering from allergy or having allergic record.
- Avoid giving it to the small dog or puppies, it’s a heavy diet and they may get digestion or stomach problem.
13. Flax Seeds
Flaxseed is the most healthy human, plant food that is beneficial to cure many risky infections and illness like risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes and one the best source for omega acids and good for a dog’s skin. Feeding flaxseeds to your dog a good and healthy choice that makes their skin healthy and prevents from allergies and add shine to their coats. Also, it contains a concentrated form of omega- 3 fatty acids, without the fibre.
Recent studies have suggested that flaxseed may have a protective effect to humans, against breast cancer, prostate cancer, and colon cancer.
- Keep flaxseed oil or seeds in the fridge in an airtight dark container.
- It is not good for young pups, they should not be given till 4 to 6 months of age, depending on their breed and size.
Salmon fish is a good source for omega- 3 fatty acids, which is beneficial for dog skin and good to enhance the shine of the dog’s coat and improve immune system. Salmon is a good source to control allergies in dogs. But you must care to feed cooked or boiled fish only, otherwise raw salmon carry parasite that can make your dog sick.
- Do not feed raw or uncooked salmon, better to ad salmon oil to his food.
- Do not feed the salmon skin to your dog.
Yogurt is a rich source of calcium and protein and good for your dog. it has active bacteria that act as a probiotic that is good for your dog’s digestive system, but you must not add salt or sugar and if possible use fat-free yogurt.
- Do not add sugar or salt to yogurt.
- Prefer fat-free yogurt.
Human Foods that can be poisonous for Your Dog
As much as it is important for us to know which human food is good for dogs, It is equally important to know which food should not be given to dogs? You can refer the article, know such food that can be poisonous for dogs,
Human Foods, Potential Benefits and and Source of Nutrition
|Food||Sorce for nutritions||Potential Benefits|
Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Fibre and Pectin.
Apple is helpful for degenerative problems like joint disease and good for gastrointestinal health.
Superior cholesterol-lowering benefits
IT contain high level of cancer fighting antioxidants and a key source for anti-allergic and healthy immune systems.
Vitamin B, vitamin K and vitamin B6 and sugars that include sucrose, glucose and fructose.
Good for healthy skin and coat and good alternate to clean dog's teeth. It also assists the fiber for the digestive system.
Protein, Potassium and Vitamin B12.
It's good for dog's coat, and it contains probiotics that are helpful for a sick dog
It's an excellent food for underweight dogs to gain health and occasional feeding of raw chicken with bones is good for their teeth..
Protein, Calcium and selenium
A good source of protein and help to build muscle and repair tissues, Also it adds shine to the dog's coat.
7. Green beans
Vitamin A, K, C and magnesium and dietary fiber
Beans are the rich source of magnesium, which help the dogs body to absorb other nutrients and needed for dogs body enzyme. Also, it's good for dogs digestive system.
A balanced food and Iodine-rich source.
Kelp is a rich source of Iodine that's good for dog's endocrine gland health (thyroid function) also it contain tryptophan, which is helpful in fighting cancer. Also, it's good for dogs hair coats and digestion system and improve immunity.
9. Lean Meats
Rich source of Fat, Protein that also contain some amount of Calcium and magnisium.
The best natural food and an excellent food for underweight dogs.
Rich nutrient that contain fiber, Iron and Vitamin B6 and has low cholesterol
Oatmeal is good for a dog's skin, hair coat and gives them inner power and increases immunity.
Fibre and vitamin A
Not a good food to give regularly as a meal, but it's good to give as an ingredient. It's good for dogs digestion and coats. If your dog is suffering from a digestion problem, then it's an excellent ingredient.
12. Peanut Butter
Protein, Vitamin B and Vitamin E.
Peanut butter is an excellent food for your dogs but it must be given small amount to avoid digestion problems.
Concentrated form of omega- 3 fatty acids
It's an excellent alternative of fish oil. And an excellent source for dog's heart and to make a dog's coat soft and shiny. Also the best alternative with less or no side effects.
Omega- 3 fatty acid
Salmons are good for a dog's skin, liver, heart and increases coat shine.
Calcium and protein
Yoghurt is good for a dog's digestive system that controls diarrhea and stomach issues.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2016 Aaradhya
Aaradhya (author) on May 31, 2017:
Hope this was a useful reference.
Tarasquirrel from Azores on May 31, 2017:
This is actually a big help. I know what dogs shouldn't eat and try to avoid feeding them such foods. Now these types of food i can be relieved to feed them.