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We all love our dogs and sometimes that includes giving them some of whatever it is that we are eating.
So I have put together a quick list of popular human foods dogs can eat so that you don’t need to worry about poisoning your pooch.
Popular Human Foods Dogs Can Eat
Human foods listed in alphabetical order:
- Cottage cheese
- Cow’s milk
- Goats milk
- Wheat / Grains
Dogs can eat bread in small amounts but absolutely no bread dough as it is very dangerous to them.
For a list of foods toxic to dogs please read: Toxic Foods For Dogs + Signs Your Dog Is Poisoned
Whilst dogs do seem to love the taste of bread. It has no nutritional value and can leave your dog feeling bloated.
Plain white bread is the safest bread to feed a dog while bread with seeds and additives may bring on an allergic reaction.
Seeded bread can also be high in carbohydrates, calories, and preservatives, so it is best avoided as too much fed regularly can lead to obesity.
Furthermore, do not be tempted to feed your dog garlic, spiced onion, or pieces of bread that may contain macadamia nuts or unknown fruits.
All of these can be dangerous to dogs in one way or another.
And please be aware that, unless eaten in moderation, even “safe” nuts and seeds can lead to stomach irritation and pancreatitis, thanks to their high-fat content.
Cheese is something my dog loves and will do virtually anything to get his grubby little paws on it. It can be a great treat, a loving reward, or just something to help the medicine go down.
However, dogs can be lactose intolerant.
Lactose intolerance is a common digestive problem where the body is unable to digest lactose, a type of sugar mainly found in milk and dairy products.
Therefore, you should always be careful when introducing dairy products to your dog for the first time.
Cheese can also be fattening, so only feed your dog cheese in small to moderate quantities no matter how big the brown eyes get.
If you must feed your dog cheese it is better to choose the low-fat varieties, without additives, but it’s not obligatory.
3. Cottage Cheese
As cottage cheese is high in calcium and protein, it can be a good addition to your dog’s normal diet.
However, it must be very fresh and avoid feeding it to your dog if your dog has issues digesting dairy.
Chicken is a high protein source, and for those dogs who require extra protein in their diets, cooked, unseasoned chicken is the easiest addition to make.
It also makes a great meal replacement if you’re out of dog food, and believe me, cooked chicken is one of the best human foods dogs can eat.
However, feeding raw chicken should be avoided as the bacteria often found within raw meat could give your dog a worm infestation or, even worse, salmonella.
Furthermore, avoid feeding your dog cooked chicken bones as the cooking process alters the composition of the bones these small bones making them hard to digest and prone to splintering.
Splintered bones are very sharp and can easily rip and tear the digestive tract or cause blockages in a dog that may put a dog in great pain and with a genuine risk to life.
Dad’s tip: Small pieces of cooked chicken make excellent behavioral training treats.
Corn is one of the most common ingredients in dog foods.
Fresh corn on the cob, however, is hard to digest and the cob is a choking hazard for most dogs.
If your dog does manage to swallow the cob it could cause an internal blockage which would endanger your dog’s health.
However, a few pieces of corn from the side of your plate will be ok and much loved by your dog.
6. Cow’s Milk
Cow’s milk is not a natural food for dogs and can upset their delicate digestive systems.
Some dogs, like humans, are also lactose intolerant, so it is usually better to stay clear of this food as diarrhea is not easy to pick up.
However, a little milk drunk by your dog once in a while should be ok; but it is probably best to stick to plain water.
Eggs are a great source of protein, fatty acids, and vitamins that are great for your dog’s overall health.
But please remember that the goodness of the egg depends upon the chicken it came from so free-range chicken eggs are better in content than battery-raised chicken eggs.
And also remember that too many eggs can lead to obesity and pancreatitis so don’t overdo it.
It is also best to feed your dog cooked eggs and not raw as raw eggs are widely reported to aid in developing a biotin deficiency in dogs.
This report is factual, although it is rare.
The reason is that egg whites contain avidin, an enzyme that interferes with biotin levels within the body.
Symptoms to look out for when identifying a biotin deficiency could include:
- Scaly skin
- Dry and dull-looking fur
However, the truth is that you’d need to be feeding your dog about 8 eggs a day, every day, to create a biotin deficiency.
However, the yolk of an egg contains a healthy amount of biotin especially if the egg came from a free-range chicken.
It is possible your dog could be allergic to eggs so if your feeding them from your plate watch out for breathing problems, lethargy, coughing, and sneezing.
8. Goats Milk
Often referred to as the universal mammalian milk, goat milk is the most consumed in the world.
Goat milk is also a far superior milk choice for your dog. It is easily digested and has greater health-giving properties.
Due to its formulation, cow milk contains a protein called alpha-s1-casein which can cause allergic reactions in dogs.
Also, due to the pasteurization process and heat, the lactase enzyme in raw milk is destroyed.
This makes digestion difficult for dogs who don’t produce the necessary enzyme naturally.
Goats milk, however, has a few tricks up its sleeve, which allows it to be easily digestible plus less allergenic for dogs.
The two main contributory factors are that the fat molecules of goat’s milk are one-fifth the size of cow’s milk.
The other is that the alpha-s1-casein protein reacts differently when a goat produces it.
Raw goat milk also has easily digested probiotics that can help with many chronic diseases that may affect your dog.
Some of these diseases include:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Kidney stones
- Poor digestion
Fermenting goat milk increases the number of probiotics.
These probiotics then metabolize the lactose in the milk and combine other nutrients to create health-supporting compounds.
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There are many ham variations; however, most of them are high in fat and sodium content and deli hams may be full of additives and flavorings which is bad for your pouch.
This means that ham is not one of the healthiest foods for dogs but if you feed your dog ham in small quantities and irregularly it is ok.
Honey works for dogs in much the same way as it works for humans.
Small amounts of locally produced honey can help dogs to fight off local allergens in your area.
It does this by introducing small amounts of local pollen to the dogs systems which then builds up the immunity to the allergen.
Honey is, however, very sweet and can contribute to tooth decay so care must be taken, when introducing it to the dog’s normal diet.
However, honey is packed full of essential vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients, and for this reason, honey is an excellent human food for dogs.
Oatmeal is an alternative source of grain for dogs that are allergic to wheat and it is also a great source of soluble fiber for their diet.
It must be noted that oatmeal should always be fed cooked, cooled, or warm and served plain with no sugar or flavorings.
A full stomach of swelling oatmeal can cause a dog to experience excruciating pain.
Unprocessed popcorn free of all additives, flavorings, salt, and butter is perfectly ok to give to your dog in moderation.
Air-popped popcorn is best, but please don’t feed your pouch unpopped kernels.
It is very easy for these kernels to become wedged between the teeth and cause irritability or dental problems.
Popcorn contains riboflavin, thiamine, iron, and protein all of which contribute greatly to the health of your dog so you and your dog can watch a movie together!
Pork is a great food to give to your dog as it is tasty, full of protein, easily digested, and high in calories.
It is also one of the cheaper meats and is less likely to be rejected by your dog.
Surprisingly quinoa is favored by dogs and is included in some high-end dry dog foods as an active ingredient.
It is full of protein and is favored by humans for its high nutritional value and other health-giving benefits.
For humans, however, the raw seed has a bitter taste; therefore, it is quite often mixed with other flavorings to make it more palatable.
It should be noted that whilst the quinoa on your plate is good for your dog, the flavorings are not.
Flavorings such as onion and garlic may prove to be dangerous to your dog, even in relatively small amounts.
For this reason, I would not recommend feeding your dog flavored quinoa directly from your plate.
If you want the health benefits without the dangers, wash and cook the quinoa before feeding it to your dog.
In rare instances some dogs can have difficulty digesting quinoa, so start small and work your way up.
If your dog shows signs of constipation, bloating, vomiting or diarrhea, then remove the quinoa from the diet.
Rice is good to feed when your dog has an upset tummy and needs a bland meal.
White or instant rice is an easily digestible carbohydrate which makes it good when your dog has an upset tummy.
However, processed white rice has no nutritional benefit, so don’t substitute your normal dog food for this cheaper alternative.
The only exception to this processed white rice rule is basmati rice.
Turkey meat is another one of the best human foods dogs can eat as it is high in protein but low in fat.
However, you must avoid giving turkey bones to your dog as cooked poultry bones can easily break or splinter easily and rip and tear at a dog’s mouth, throat, and internal organs.
Cooked bones can also cause intestinal blockages, severe abdominal pain, and internal bleeding.
17. Wheat / Grains
Wheat and grains are great sources of protein, fatty acids, minerals, and fiber and can be found in most dog foods as a filler to bulk out the meal.
But it must be noted that it is not uncommon for some dogs to be allergic to wheat and grains.
If you believe this to be the case, have your dog testing by a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Wheat-free.org has a great article on this subject – read it here
Avoid flavored yogurts and those with added sugar, sweeteners, and added chocolate.
Many low-fat or fat-free products contain a sugar substitute called XYLITOL which can be fatal to dogs so please check for this and never feed it to your dog.
For more information on xylitol please read: Toxic Foods For Dogs + Signs Your Dog Is Poisoned
When choosing yogurt, pick one with live active bacteria as the active bacteria may act as probiotics.
Indeed those dogs that can handle probiotics can benefit from the digestive element the same way humans do.
Dad’s tip Frozen yogurt is a nice summer treat for dogs.
In Conclusion – Human Foods Dogs Can Eat
You should always gradually introduce any new foods to your pet’s diet to avoid any stomach upsets.
Feed your pet small amounts of the new food type, to begin with, and always introduce one new type of food at a time.
This way, if your pet has an adverse reaction, it will be easier to determine the cause.
The contents of this page are not a substitute for veterinary advice. Several factors determine what is toxic to your dog including age, size, health, weight, allergies, and amount of product ingested to name but a few. If you think that your dog has eaten something potentially toxic please seek veterinary advice as soon as possible.