If you want to give your dog something that is not loaded with artificial ingredients and save some money, you can try out some of these “people” foods that your dog can eat too! Remember these foods must not replace your dog’s normal food and should be fed sparingly to your dog.
1. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are nutritious and cost-efficient chew treat that you can give to your dog! Sweet potatoes contain fiber, carotenoids, and vitamins that are all good for both you and your pup. However, don’t give potatoes to your dog raw, instead serve in a dog bowl cooked or mashed! And make sure you don’t add any butter or salt!
If your dog is not lactose intolerant, it’s okay for him/her to eat cheese. Aren’t sure if your dog is lactose intolerant? Just give him/her a small piece of cheese and see your pup’s reaction. Be sure to choose low fat cheese and don’t overfeed! Cottage cheese is usually a great option.
3. Peanut butter
Peanut butter is another well-known “people” food that is good for your dog. I love to use peanut butter to hide yucky medicine, it works excellent! Remember it’s healthier for your dog and you as well to eat unprocessed peanut butter without added preservatives, sugar and salt. Peanut butter that contains macadamia nuts is not good for your dog, since it has a poisonous effect.
You know that salmon is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, that good not only for you but for your pup too. Omega-3 fatty acids help keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy and shiny and support immune system! Feed your pup cooked salmon, but not raw, or you can add salmon oil to food bowl. But be sure to remove bones from the salmon before giving it to your dog.
Do you like yogurt? Your pup might like it too! Yogurt is packed with vitamins, probiotics, protein, riboflavin, calcium, potassium and zinc, making it a healthy treat for your pup. Frozen yogurt is also a perfect summer treat to keep your dog feeling cool on those hot days! Avoid yogurts that are loaded with sugar, additives, and other preservatives. Plain yogurt is the best option!
Pumpkin is a great source of fiber and beta carotene. It helps keep the GI tract moving and aids with digestive issues. Both raw pumpkin flesh and seeds are safe for your pup to eat. Roasting plain pumpkin seeds is an easy way to have some handy treats for your dog that will last almost 3-4 weeks!
7. Lean meat
Sure, meat is good for your dog, but it must be lean! Beef or chicken with no visible fat and with no added seasonings or sauces will add a bit of extra protein to the diet of your dog. Lean meat is also a great source of B vitamins and amino acids. Many people think that dogs can eat raw meat, but it’s much healthier and safer to cook meat before giving it to your dog!
The last summer treat for your dog is watermelon! Sure other melons can be good too, but to be safe, you can feed your dog watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew and don’t give anything exotic that you may find. I also freeze some bits of watermelon and have a wonderful licking treat for my dogs to enjoy on hot days!
Before giving your dog any kind of “people” foods, check online to make sure that they aren’t toxic to your dog. Some toxic foods are grapes, chocolate, raisins, onions, yeast dough, macadamia nuts, artificial sweeteners, avocados, coffee and alcohol. What are your dog’s favorite “people” foods?