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20 Human Foods Safe for Your Foodie Dog

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As pet owners, we often find it difficult to resist those big puppy-dog eyes when our furry companions beg for a taste of what’s on our plates. While it’s essential to prioritize a balanced and nutritious diet for our canine friends, there are a few human foods that can safely be shared as occasional treats. We highlight 20 human foods that are safe for dogs, provided they are offered in moderation and complement their regular dog food.


  • Carrots
    • Carrots are a crunchy and nutritious treat for dogs. They are low in calories and high in vitamins, making them excellent for dental health and eyesight.
  • Sweet Potatoes
    • Sweet potatoes are packed with vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin A and fiber, that contribute to your dog’s overall well-being.
  • Green Beans
    • Green beans are a nutritious vegetable option for dogs, rich in vitamins and low in calories.
  • Cauliflower
    • Cauliflower is a low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and vitamin C. It can help promote weight loss and boost the immune system.
  • Peas
    • Peas are a good source of vitamins and can add some variety to your pup’s diet.
  • Celery
    • Celery can be a crunchy and healthy snack for dogs, promoting dental health.


  • Apples (without seeds)
    • Apples are a great source of vitamins and fiber for dogs. However, remember to remove the seeds and core, as they contain small amounts of cyanide, which can be harmful.
  • Bananas
    • Bananas have a good source of potassium, vitamin C and fiber and can help regulate blood sugar levels and promote digestive health.
  • Blueberries
    • Rich in antioxidants, blueberries can be a delightful addition to your pup’s diet. They promote a healthy immune system and can even aid in memory function.
  • Seedless Watermelon
    • Watermelon is hydrating and safe for dogs, as long as it’s seedless and free from rinds.
  • Cucumber
    • Cucumbers are low in calories and a refreshing treat for dogs, promoting hydration.
  • Strawberries
    • Strawberries are a vitamin-packed fruit that dogs can enjoy but remember to remove the stems.
  • Cooked & Unsweetened Pumpkin
    • Cooked, unsweetened pumpkin is beneficial for a dog’s digestive system and can ease gastrointestinal issues.
  • Zucchini
    • Zucchini is a low-calorie food that is high in fiber and water. It can also help prevent constipation.


  • Cooked & Boneless Chicken
    • Cooked, boneless chicken can be a protein-rich addition to your dog’s diet. Avoid seasoning and bones.
  • Cooked Lean Ground Beef and Turkey
    • Cooked lean ground beef and turkey are good sources of protein and iron which can help maintain muscle mass and prevent anemia.

Other Foods

  • Cooked Brown Rice
    • Cooked brown rice can provide a carbohydrate source for dogs with sensitive stomachs or food allergies.
  • Cooked Eggs
    • Cooked eggs provide a protein boost for your canine companion. Make sure they are fully cooked and don’t add any seasonings.
  • Cheese (in small amounts)
    • Cheese can be an enjoyable occasional treat but remember to offer it in moderation due to its high fat content.
  • Unsalted Peanut Butter
    • Unsalted and sugar-free peanut butter can be a tasty treat for dogs. It’s an excellent source of protein and healthy fats. Just remember to use peanut butter where the only ingredient is peanuts. Some peanut butters contain xylitol which is a natural sugar alcohol but is poisonous if consumed by dogs.

While sharing human foods with our dogs can be a joyous experience, it is essential to remember that a balanced and nutritionally complete dog food is the foundation of their diet. When offering human foods as treats, always do so in moderation and avoid items that could be harmful, such as foods containing garlic, onions, chocolate, grapes and raisins. Consulting with your veterinarian about your dog’s dietary needs and preferences is crucial to ensure they live a healthy and happy life as your loyal companion.

Contact us at Lakeside Animal Hospital for more information on how to create a balanced diet for your dog.