If the way to your dog’s heart is through her stomach, you undoubtedly love sharing snacks with your most loyal companion. While we love making our pups happy by showering them with treats, it’s even more important to keep them healthy and safe.
The good news is, there are some foods that you and your four-legged friend can enjoy together, and even benefit from. Although this list is by no means extensive, check out 13 of the healthiest “people foods” you can enjoy with your dog!
1. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter and dogs seem to be a classic combination! The creamy food can be given as a high-protein treat that’s also rich in healthy fats, but it’s still high in calories and should be given in moderation. Try filling a stuffable toy with the stuff to keep your pooch occupied — pop it in the freezer for a longer-lasting treat!
The biggest thing pet parents should look out for is xylitol in peanut butter. The artificial sweetener is often found in “sugar-free” foods, candy, and gum, and it can be deadly to dogs.
2. Chicken / Beef / Turkey
Poultry is a wonderful way to treat your dog to lean protein, and a bit of beef is good for them, too! The trick here is to make sure that it’s plain: no sauces, seasonings, marinades, etc. All these flavorings can contain excess amounts of sugar and salt that’s not good for your dog, plus they can contain ingredients like onions that can actually be toxic to your dog.
Most pups can tolerate a little bit of pork too, as long as it follows the “plain” rule, but for some, it’s still too rich. Other meats like rabbit, lamb, and duck are okay, too. However, pups should never be fed processed meat such as bacon, sausage, pepperoni or any other kinds of deli meats. Carcinogenic ingredients and high fat contents can lead to health problems down the road.
(Note: some dogs are lactose intolerant, and any dairy products should be given in small amounts.) Full of calcium and protein, cheese is a wonderful and tasty snack to treat your dog, as long as they can tolerate it. Mozzarella, cheddar, and cottage cheese are all good choices for your hungry hound — in moderation, of course.