Human Snacks That Your Dog Can Eat
It’s tough to say no when your dog looks up at you with those big, pleading eyes, asking for a bite of your food. It feels natural to want to share with your best buddy, even if your food isn’t always the healthiest or safest for your furry friend. But don’t worry! There are plenty of human snacks that are not only safe but also provide essential nutrients for your canine companion. In this blog, we’ll explore a variety of human snacks that are both healthy and safe for your dog to enjoy with you!
Peanut butter is a popular and tasty treat for dogs, but not all varieties are safe. Always opt for natural peanut butter without added sugar, salt, or xylitol, which is toxic to dogs. A small spoonful of peanut butter makes for a delightful reward, perfect for stuffing into treat-dispensing toys or using during training sessions.
Apples make a yummy and nutritious snack for dogs when given in moderation. They are packed with vitamins A and C, as well as fiber, while being low in fat. Your furry friend will enjoy the crunchiness and refreshing taste. Just remember to remove the seeds and core because apple seeds contain cyanide, which can be harmful if ingested in large quantities.
Want to combine snack time with playtime? Make a homemade Apple Kong! The name is pretty self-explanatory – remove the core and seeds of an apple then fill the inside with some peanut butter or any filling of your choice! Throw it in the freezer to make it a little more challenging for your dog to get the filling out. They will be busy for a while! Here’s a full recipe with pictures from Pretty Fluffy.
Carrots can be served raw or cooked, sliced or grated, making them a versatile, satisfying, and healthy snack for your pup.
Packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber, blueberries are a wonderful snack for dogs. You can offer them fresh or frozen, providing a refreshing treat, especially on hot days.
Want to do something extra special for your dog on their birthday, or just because you love them? Try this recipe for dog-friendly blueberry muffins by Blue Jean Chef! These muffins are easy to make and safe for your fur baby to eat, as long as you give them in moderation!
Raw or cooked, green beans are a healthy and low-calorie snack for dogs. Ensure they are served without salt or other seasonings.
Cooked Chicken or Turkey
Lean, cooked chicken or turkey (without bones and seasoning) can be a tasty and protein-rich snack for your dog. You can use small, bite-sized pieces as a reward during training or simply as a special treat.
While it’s important to avoid sharing some human snacks with your dog, there are plenty of safe and healthy options to treat your canine companion. These healthy human snacks can add variety to your dog’s diet while providing essential nutrients. As always, moderation is key, and if you’re ever unsure about a specific snack’s safety, consult with your veterinarian and/or check out this list of foods that can be poisonous to your dog by the Humane Society. You should also ensure that the foods that are unsafe for your dog are kept out of their reach. To read more on dog-proofing your kitchen, check out our blog on how to create a dog-friendly home.
So, let snack time roll! Give your dog a few bites of one of these safe and healthy snacks and watch their eyes light up with joy.