Healthy Human Snacks That Are Safe for Dogs

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Written by Guest | Last Updated November 1st, 2019
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Guest Post by Catrin George

It’s tempting to give our dogs scraps from the dinner table or some of our snacks as treats, but do you know what’s safe for our canine friends and what can prove toxic for Fido? By knowing what human food is okay for our dogs, we can save money from not buying bags of treats and might end up buying more of the good stuff for ourselves, too.

Here are some dog-approved foods that can safely be shared with your pet.

Peanut butter

If this was a top ten, then peanut butter would definitely get the number one spot. Giving a tablespoon or two to your dog is something they’ll enjoy and it’s a good source of protein and healthy fats. To top it all off, a peanut butter filled Kong is a great alternative to your ordinary dry treat and can prove to be a good motivator.

Avoid any peanut butter that contains xylitol and bonus points if it’s palm oil free, as well.

peanut butter on a bagel

Carrots

Carrots are not only cheap, but they’re full of vitamins, high in fiber, and low in calories. They’re pretty good for your dog’s teeth, as well. As they are pretty high in carbohydrates, you’ll want to make sure to use in moderation, which is key with any treat.

fresh carrots with stems

Blueberries

Another treat that’s packed with vitamins, blueberries are a fantastic alternative to dry treats. They’re also low in calories and can provide some antioxidants needed to keep your dog in tip-top form.

Their size and shape make them the perfect training treat, so always keep some in the fridge for the two of you to share.

cartons of blueberries

Apples

Washed, sliced, and deseeded, apples can be a good (and cheap) source of vitamins A and C, fiber, and phytonutrients which basically means it’s good for their health and can help prevent some nasty diseases.

red apples

Sweet potatoes

While not really a treat for us, they can make great long-lasting snacks for our canine companions. They’re low in fat, an excellent source of loads of vitamins as well as being high in fiber, potassium, and manganese. They also help with your dog’s vision, growth, and muscles, too. What’s not to love?

You’ll want to boil or bake them before serving them as treats.

sweet potatoes sliced on a cutting board

Bananas

Bananas are delicious for us, but they also make a great and healthy treat for our dogs, too. They’re full of potassium, fiber, vitamins, and minerals, but they are high in sugar, so use them as an occasional treat.

Why not slice your bananas and freeze them as a refreshing treat for your pup?

A bunch of bananas

Green beans

Plain green beans are another veggie full of important vitamins and minerals as well as being full of fiber and low in calories which can help leave them feeling satisfied and full, great for a dog that’s dieting.

fresh picked green beans

Popcorn

Air-popped plain popcorn is a healthy snack for humans and dogs alike, but you’ll want to avoid any kernels or unhealthy cooking preservatives as they can pose unhealthy hazards for our pooches.

popcorn in a bowl

There are plenty of human treats that are perfectly safe and healthy for our dogs to eat, but some foods can prove toxic and harmful and should be avoided at all costs. Just like kids, not all dogs will like to eat their greens or try something different from their usual kibble, but you’ll soon learn what your pup will love or hate.


Catrin George is a content writer at Animal Friends Pet Insurance, an award-winning pet insurer in the U.K. Catrin is also a treat dispenser, walk-giver, and groomer to her two border collies, Marv and Harl.

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