Carrots - Carrots aren’t just for Bugs Bunny — they’re fantastic for your dog as well. It doesn’t matter if you feed them to your pooch raw or cooked; they’re full of vitamins, minerals, and fibre.
They don’t have many calories either, so you can feed your dog as many carrots as they’ll eat. Better still, they can help clean off plaque from your dog’s teeth while they crunch on them. We do recommend peeling them first, though.
Chicken - Chicken is fantastic for dogs, as it’s a lean meat that’s high in protein. Dogs love it too, so it makes a wonderful reward for when your pup has been an especially good dog.
If you’re going to serve your dog chicken, though, it’s best to serve it plain. It doesn’t much matter how you prepare it, but it’s best if you don’t add any condiments or seasonings. Your dog won’t miss them — and they certainly won’t miss the salt and other additives inside them.
Apples - Full of vitamins A and C, apples are a wonderful treat for your pet. Many dogs love how sweet they are too, so you shouldn’t have to work too hard to get your pooch to wolf them down.
Apples are a great source of fibre as well, so they can help keep your dog regular. Just don’t feed them rotten apples, though, as those can lead to alcohol poisoning.
Peanut Butter - It’s incredibly rare to find a dog that doesn’t love peanut butter. It makes a great training reward, or you can just smear some of it on a chew toy to keep your dog occupied for hours.
Luckily, peanut butter can be good for dogs — in moderation. It’s full of protein and healthy fats, and it also has vitamins B and E. Buy the stuff that doesn’t have added sugar, though, and make absolutely certain that it doesn’t contain xylitol, which is toxic for pups.
Eggs - The next time that you get up and make yourself breakfast, consider frying up an egg for your dog as well. Eggs are full of protein, and they also contain virtually every important vitamin and mineral.
Don’t give your pooch raw eggs, though, as they can carry salmonella. You can also mix up a fried egg with your dog’s kibble to entice a picky dog.
Pork - Just like chicken, pork is full of protein, so it’s great for helping your dog build lean muscle. However, it’s a fatty meat, so only serve it to your pet in moderation, as it can cause inflammation or pancreatitis in large quantities.
Don’t salt your pork before you serve it, and don’t give your pup bacon or processed ham, as those are both full of sodium.
Salmon - Cooked salmon is one of the best foods that a dog (or a person) can eat. It’s lean, full of protein, and stuffed to the gills with omega fatty acids. These antioxidants do everything from fighting inflammation to improving skin quality.
Never give your dog raw fish, though. Raw salmon may contain a parasite that causes salmon poisoning disease, which can kill your pooch.
Blueberries - Blueberries are considered a superfood due to all the vitamins and antioxidants inside them, and they’re also packed with fibre. If you can convince your pup to eat them, you should feed them as many as they’ll take.
They’re especially good for senior dogs, as they can improve all manner of age-related conditions.
Cucumbers - Not every dog will eat a cucumber, but if yours will, it makes a great, low-calorie treat or reward for dogs that need to lose a little weight, as they’re mostly water. You can feed your pup quite a few without any adverse effects on their waistline.
They have their fair share of vitamins and minerals too. They’re especially high in vitamin K, which can help treat bleeding problems in dogs.
Watermelon - If you want a sweet treat for your pup, watermelon is a good choice. Since it’s so full of moisture, it’s fantastic for dehydrated dogs. It also has vitamins A, C, and B-6.
Don’t give them the seeds, though, as those can cause an intestinal blockage. Also, remove the rinds first; while they’re not toxic, they can cause an upset stomach, giving you quite the mess to clean up.
Green beans - Green beans are packed with calcium, iron, and vitamin K. You can give them to your pooch cooked or raw, and many dogs will gobble them right up.
Serve them to your pup plain and unsalted, and it’s best if you cut them up first so your dog won’t choke on them.
Turkey - Much like chicken, cooked turkey is safe and healthy for dogs. It’s high in protein and is excellent for your pet. That’s why it’s included in so many kibbles.
Don’t give your dog deli meat, however, as it’s loaded with sodium. Also, if the turkey has any fat on it, cut it off first, as that can cause pancreatitis in large quantities.
White Rice - White rice doesn’t necessarily have much in the way of nutrients for your dog, but it’s extremely easy for dogs to digest. As a result, it’s often prescribed for animals with upset stomachs, especially when paired with plain, boiled chicken.
It has a fair amount of sugar, though, so you should only serve it in moderation to dogs with diabetes.
Bananas - Bananas are packed with magnesium, which is good for a dog’s bone health. They’re also full of sugar, so you don’t want to give your dog too many. They’re also full of potassium, biotin, and fibre, all of which are necessary for your dog’s health.
Pumpkin - If your dog is ever backed up, adding pumpkin to their diet could clear things up in a big way. It’s full of fibre and adds heft to their bowel movements, making them both more regular and easier to clean up (and possibly orange in colour).