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What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. Updated: July 26, 2017
What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat?

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Sometimes it happens that our dog food has ran out and we need to make them a homemade meal because all the shops are closed. Other times, we may feel the urge to give our pet some of our leftovers if we're feeling full, but how can we be sure that the food won't be harmful for them?

You must be absolutely sure of the foods your dog can consume before feeding them; all will be explained in detail in this AnimalWised article. Read on to discover what human foods can dogs eat, and only give the best and most suitable food to your pet.

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What you need to consider

If you're thinking of regularly giving homemade food or leftovers to your dog, it's important for you to go to a specialist so that they can talk you through your pet's requirements. Of course, the amounts of food required vary from animal to animal, depending on their age, state of health or build; your veterinarian will take all those factors into account.

If this isn't your case and you're simply looking to find out what human foods are not harmful to your dog to feed them every once in a while, you've come to the right place! We'll give you a brief overview:

  • While dairy products such as milk are harmful to your pet, it's also true that products like yogurt or cheese will provide your dog with extra calcium (although they should always be given in small portions).
  • It's a great idea to give warm oatmeal to dogs that suffer from chronic constipation. If you've taken your dog to the vet with this problem, it's likely that this will already have been recommended to you. Oatmeal is a natural source of fiber.
  • Liver is highly recommended for dogs, since it's a source of vitamins, protein and omega 3 and 6. One option is to brown them at a low heat in the oven for an hour, so that you're left with completely natural and delicious snacks. Despite this, consumption of liver should be limited to once or twice a week.
  • Apples are healthy foods which also improve a dog's dental hygiene. When not taken in excess, this fruit is an excellent source of vitamins.
  • Rice is another recommended food, especially for dogs with digestion problems.
  • Dogs will also love chicken meat, which is another protein-rich alternative.
  • Another vitamin-rich option is steamed vegetables, which should always be accompanied with meat and/or rice.

Remember that all these products should be cooked in the oven, grilled or boiled and that under no circumstances should you add salt or oil when cooking them. However, you can add a little bit of olive oil to their diet every once in a while to give them a shiny coat.

What Human Foods Can Dogs Eat? - What you need to consider

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