13 Foods You Can Safely Feed Your Dog

13 Foods You Can Safely Feed Your Dog

Your dog might feel like a member of the family, but that doesn’t mean he can chow down all the foods you can. Dogs metabolize foods differently than people, which means certain treats that are completely safe for humans may be highly toxic to dogs.

Because dogs metabolise foods differently, they can’t eat all the same foods we can. But there are certain foods that, if prepared properly and, in the right amounts, can be given to your dog quite safely.

Note: This information is sourced from the American Kennel Club and the American Humane Society. Please be sure to heed any warnings contained in the narratives.

1. Apples

Plenty of fibre, vitamins and minerals for a healthy digestive system. Ensure removal of seeds, as these contain cyanide, harmful to dogs in large amounts.

2. Eggs

Perfectly safe for dogs – as long as they are fully cooked. Raw egg whites can cause a biotin deficiency in dogs. Good source of protein, can even calm an upset stomach.

3. Peanut butter

Stick to raw, unsalted varieties. Avoid sugar-free peanut butter as it can contain xylitol, which is highly toxic to dogs.

4. Bananas

A slice or two as a sweet treat. Bananas are high in sugar and should not be served regularly.

5. Watermelon

Safe treat; serve without the rind and seeds, which present a choking hazard. The red part of the watermelon is high in vitamin C.

6. Blueberries

Provide minerals and antioxidants that may help fight disease and keep your dog active for longer.

7. Raw pumpkin

Full of vitamins and nutrients that support overall health and weight loss. Serve raw and mashed as a special treat.

8. Sweet potatoes

Plain or cooked. Full of vitamins and fibre, serve without salt or seasoning.

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