In the wild world of pets, we often wonder exactly what we can feed them and if people food for dogs is appropriate. The good news is that it is. The less-than-good news is that you can’t just plop anything down in your dog’s dish and expect things to go smoothly.
You have to put in a little effort in order to provide people food that dogs can eat. That’s where this article should, I hope, prove helpful.
What You Need to Know
Dogs and most other animals love people food and it’s generally okay to give your dog certain table scraps or even make a batch especially prepared just for him or her.
Depending on what kind of food it is, certain people foods are very good for your dog. You obviously don’t want to slip your dog a salad.
Not only will he or she give you the dirtiest of dirty looks, but it’s not particularly the best idea. You also want to avoid spicy sauces, overly fatty goods that can lead to Pancreatitis in dogs, breading, carbs, and other no-nos.
If you are cooking meat with sauce or breading, rinse and blot-dry the food before you give it to your dog. It’s okay to offer a hint of flavor, but don’t saturate the meat in sauce because that could bother your dog’s stomach. Remember, the trick here is to not overdo it.
You may be wondering exactly what people food dogs can eat. There are many options, depending on your dog, and I’ve gathered just a few of my recommendations here in this handy list.
- Chicken breast – you can serve this sautéed in just a smidgen of olive oil.
- Ground beef – cook until light pink inside and crumble into your dog’s bowl (drain and rinse excess oil).
- Salmon – this is a favorite that can be baked, broiled or even grilled.
- Ground turkey – similar to the beef, this can be crumbled after draining it of excess liquid.
- Dry Pork Chops – you may have heard that dogs shouldn’t eat Pork. This is partially correct. Ham – a BIG NO, NO! Pork chops that are pretty dry to taste are actually okay.
- Eggs – these can be included hard-boiled or scrambled with water (not milk) to fluff them up.
- Sweet potatoes – these yummy favorites can be done baked or mashed without any extras.
- Kale – this can be steamed and added to your dog’s bowl.
- Oatmeal – make this with water, not milk.
- Alfalfa – luckily we have a great article about this over here.
- Cottage cheese – this should be used economically; I give my 100lb lab about a tablespoon at a time.
- Black beans or kidney beans – these canned beans make a good treat; drain them, rinse them, blot them dry.
- Fresh tomatoes, cooked – you can chop these finely before you cook them in a little olive oil.
- Zucchini – chop this up and cook it in a little olive oil.
- Pumpkin – a final option is this tasty treat.
Make It Tasty
Finally, to add a bit of extra flavor to people food for dogs, you can try a few of these extra suggestions:
- Dried Basil
- Dried Oregano
- Minced Garlic – depending on dog’s size 1/8 tsp. up to around 1/2 tsp. for large dogs *Despite what you read, dogs can safely eat the right amounts of garlic and it’s good for them too!
- Parmesan cheese
If you have any other suggestions of healthy people food for dogs, let us know in the comment section.