15 Types of Human Food That Are Actually Good For Dogs

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1. Oatmeal

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Oatmeal is a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals and is also found in many dog foods. It is especially beneficial for senior dogs with bowel irregularity. Make sure you only serve your dog cooked oatmeal that does not contain any sugar or additives. 

2. Apples

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Apples are good source of fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C. They also help freshen bad breath. You can feed your dog apples with the skin on, but make sure you remove the seeds to prevent cyanide poisoning. 

3. Peanut butter

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Peanut butter is a great source of protein, heart healthy fats, vitamin B, vitamin E and niacin. However, make sure you choose an unsalted and unsweetened brand. Certain additives to peanut butter could be toxic for dogs.  

4. Parsley

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Parsley is recommended for dogs who have bad breath. It is also a good source of calcium and potassium.

5. Carrots

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Raw carrots can be a great high fiber and low calorie snack for dogs. They are also good for your dog's teeth. 

6. Salmon

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Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids which boosts immunity and helps keep a healthy coat. However, never feed your dog raw salmon. Cooked salmon or store-bought capsules with fish oils are the safest option. 

7. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a good source of fiber and vitamin A for dogs. It can also aid with any digestive issues. It can be served fresh or cooked. 

8. Coconut oil

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Coconut oil is a good source of protein and contains antibacterial properties essential for your dog's immune system. You can even apply coconut oil directly to your dog's coat which will help nourish their skin. 

9. Sweet potatoes

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Sweet potatoes are high in fiber, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C and other nutrients. It should be served cooked for dogs. 

10. Cooked chicken

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Cooked chicken can be a good additional source of protein to your dog's diet. It also makes for a good meal replacement if you're out of dog food. Boiled chicken is a recommended recovery food for dogs with diarrhoea too.

11. Green beans

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Green beans are often recommended by veterinarians for dogs who are overweight. They are a good high fiber and low calorie snack.

12. Liver

Liver is high in iron and vitamin A and contains many essential nutrients your dog needs. You can serve your dog cooked liver or even buy dehydrated liver in pet stores. However, be sure to control their serving sizes as too much of it can be toxic. Servings should not exceed 28g for medium and large sized dogs and 14g for smaller dogs.

13. Peas

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Peas can be added to your dog's food either cooked, frozen or thawed. They are a good source of vitamin B, phosphorous and potassium.

14. Cooked eggs

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Eggs are a great source of protein, riboflavin and selenium. Make sure you always serve your dogs cooked eggs as eating them raw could lead to a biotin deficiency. 

15. Nori seaweed

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Nori, the type of seaweed used to make sushi, is high in fiber and many vitamins that help boost your dog's cognitive abilities. They are also high in chlorophyll which is good for regulating metabolism. 

Now that you know what foods are safe for your dog, make sure you keep them away from these:

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