Americans love dogs. There are more pet dogs in the US than in any other country in the world, by far.
Countless Americans don’t even consider a dog to be a pet; they refer to them as children. And with all of that love cause the natural desire to feed dogs the same food that we eat.
And while that’s often okay, there are definitely foods that dogs should never eat, unless you want them to be sick and end up at the vet’s office.
If you want to avoid that, however, then focus on safe foods for dogs and avoid the worst offenders. Read on below to learn more about which human food is the least harmful to dogs.
One of the best things you can feed your dog is meat. Their wild cousins (wolves, for example), prioritize meat.
As a pet parent, avoid raw meat. Feeding your dog cooked pork, beef, ham, and even salmon is a great idea. Make sure to give them bones, too.
Cheese often accompanies meat for humans. And the good news is that cheese is ok for dogs as well.
With cheese, smaller portions are better when it comes to pet care. With a high-fat content, smaller portions are better. You can even use cheese as a treat.
Bread is okay for dogs to eat, so long as it has few or no spices. And make sure it doesn’t have any raisins in it, as those aren’t great for dogs.
Bread certainly isn’t beneficial for dogs, however, so you should limit the amount you share.
Cooked eggs are another great food for dogs to eat. They are full of protein and work well in a dog’s stomach.
It’s best for them to avoid raw or undercooked eggs, though. Stick to fully cooked eggs or share your leftover scrambled eggs with them.
Most low-quality dog food is made exclusively from grains. Grains aren’t bad for dogs, they just don’t provide a wide range of nutrients that dogs need.
Wheat, corn, quinoa, and other forms of grains are fine for dogs as part of a balanced, diverse diet. Can dogs eat popcorn? It’s not really a grain at that point, but since they can eat corn, popcorn is okay too.
Just like with you humans, all nuts are different. Some are okay for dogs and some aren’t.
Dogs should avoid almonds as they often don’t chew them adequately, which can cause damage and discomfort when swallowed. Dogs should also avoid macadamia nuts which are toxic to them.
Peanuts and peanut butter are safe for dogs, as are cashews.
Fruit is complicated for dogs, as there are many they should avoid. Blueberries, on the other hand, are perfectly safe for dogs and provide them with tons of nutrients.
Sharing Safe Foods With Dogs
In recent years, we’ve seen the quality of pet food improve across the board as many companies seek to create food that gives dogs the nutrients they need.
But there are plenty of safe foods from the human world that they can eat now and again for a safe and healthy diet.
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