It seems like an innocent enough question, but the answer is a little more complicated. The short answer is “yes” and “no.” Human food that’s good for dogs includes cranberries, blueberries, carrots, apples – really any fruit ( like bananas for dogs) or vegetable that will immediately cause stomach upset. Try to avoid vegetables with lots of fibre – potatoes, beans, peas, raw brussels sprouts, and things of that nature. Seeds and pits are a definite no-no! Corn is also a bad idea for dogs.
Give your pup some fish on occasion. Just make sure there aren’t any bones in it!
Your dog should be healthy enough to eat whatever you can. If you have a dog on allergy medication, consult with the vet before giving it anything new.
This is more of a cautionary tip: make sure to keep the human food separate from your pet’s regular chow! It can be easy to forget about those leftovers in the fridge or countertop as time goes on.
If you’re giving human food to your dog regularly, make sure to check the label for any of the ingredients you want to avoid. That way, your pup won’t get sick.
And if All Else Fails, remember: Peanut Butter is Good for Everything!
Do not begin feeding your dog human food
When looking for human food that is okay for dogs, at the top of the list are vegetables. Dogs can eat carrots, pumpkins, apples, oranges… if it’s a fruit or vegetable and safe for humans, then it should also be safe for dogs.
It’s not uncommon for many seasoned dog owners to give their dogs some vegetables, perhaps off the plate or mixed into their dog food. However, if you are new to feeding raw food to your dog, I would discourage you from giving human foods unless it is either an emergency (such as your dog was injured and didn’t eat for a week) or if you’re introducing raw food slowly and want to try it out.
And again, I emphasize that the same goes for new dog owners: please do not attempt to give your dog human food unless necessary! You don’t know how they’ll react, which can cause illness and health problems in the future. If you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with your veterinarian.
If you would like to feed some human food to your dog, here are some general guidelines:
1) If it’s cooked, there’s no reason to feed it to your dog (or cat). The exception is if you’re in an emergency; then I’d suggest boiling the vegetables and meat to make it safe for your dog (and also kill any bacteria and parasites, and give the food a longer shelf-life).
2) Only give your dog raw vegetables. Cooked vegetables that are meant for humans should not be given to dogs.
3) With that said… pet owners can give some cooked vegetables to dogs; however, don’t give it to them in large amounts (and even if you do, I’m not sure there would be any significant benefit).
4) Avoid giving your dog foods that are typically bad for dogs. For example, I’d avoid grapes and raisins because they can cause kidney failure in dogs.
5) If you want to give your dog fruit… make sure it’s not acidic. For example, don’t give oranges or grapefruits to dogs because they’re too tart.
6) If you want to give your dog some meat, I suggest that you boil it first to kill any bacteria and parasites. Also, if the meat is cooked well-done (especially chicken), I’d avoid it.
7) NEVER give your dog any chocolate; even the tiniest bit can make them very sick or kill them.
8) Do not give your dog foods that are high in salt, like chips and pretzels. Even though they’re crunchy, these foods aren’t healthy for dogs.
9) Do not give your dog any dairy products… even a little bit of cheese or butter. While it may seem harmless, dogs can get very ill or possibly die from it.
10) And finally… if you’re going to give your dog human food, I suggest that you do so in moderation and only on rare occasions. For example, your dog gets a bite of some vegetables at Thanksgiving dinner (and this is probably not a good idea, even for an adult). Or you get yourself some ice cream and give your dog a lick or two. As long as it’s not done regularly, and only occasionally… then there should be no significant problems.
However, the bottom line is that it’s always better to avoid giving your dog any human foods because pets can involve some risks. The best way to get proper nutrition for your dog is from high-quality pet foods and treats.