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Top 15 Foods that You and Your Dog Can Share


Vets report a large number of pet owners ask about what people foods are acceptable for use as dog food. The motivations behind the question come several directions, from wanting to share the family goodies with the favored pet to wondering how to add tasty and nutritional food to the diet.

The answer is that some, but not all, human foods areoat good for dogs. In general, the filter for what is good or bad is very similar to that for humans who eat healthy: Avoid bad foods and seek healthy, nutritional foods. Add to that the principle of moderation and you have the basics behind the following list of 15 people foods you can share with your dog.

1. Peanut butter

Most dog lovers know dogs love peanut butter. Its unique smell ensures a dog’s interest when the PB&J’s are being made.

One reason so many parents feed children these sandwiches is that peanut butter is often on the list of healthy foods for kids. It turns out peanut butter is full of nutrients and can play a role in keeping a dog healthy.

Vets at both The Nest and Paw Nation speak favorably of peanut butter being one human food that almost all dogs can and do enjoy. Of course, they don’t need the jelly and the peanut butter served to dogs should be all-natural, avoiding chemicals, salt and sugar. The peanut is a prime source of nutrients, vitamins and healthy fats.

It’s okay to go with either creamy or crunchy, although crunchy will get a bit more of the desirable facts into the dog’s system.

One strong caution about peanut butter concerns allergies. A very few dogs will exhibit the same problem with peanuts that affect some humans. It’s important to observe a dog’s reaction for a time after they are given their first taste of peanut butter.

If there seems to be any problem, get the dog to a vet as quickly as possible. There are actually peanut-sniffing dogs trained to protect children with this allergy. They alert at the slightest smell of peanuts.

Many vets recommend using peanut butter as an excellent camouflage for pills and other dog medicines. Many will gulp a glob of peanut butter down, oblivious to any hidden pills.

Here’s one tip for feeding a dog peanut butter. Skip the spoon and scoop the peanut butter with a carrot or similar item. Dogs get excited about peanut butter and may bite down too hard on the spoon. There are actually case each year, according to Paw Nation, where dogs swallow a spoon or get it lodged in their throat in their frenzied acceptance of this favored treat.

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  • Kyley Koogler

    In one article on here it says do not feed dogs grapes and what picture do I see here? a dog eating a grape.

    • Robert Salinas

      I didn’t see that

  • cmoorecole

    telling people to feed salmon to their dogs is outrageously irresponsible. You make no mention whatsoever that it MUST be cooked. There are parasites in salmon that must be killed by cooking or you could easily kill your dog. I used to work at a zoo where people would throw food to the animals. This was stopped after a wolf died eating raw salmon tossed by a zoo visitor. Same zoo is now rebuilt with protection for the animals from well-meaning visitors. We have no idea how many readers of this stupid post at this site are going to kill their dogs with raw salmon. It’s criminal and whoever put this article in should be fired, dismissed and ostrasized.

    • From_Average_Jane

      ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ <——– 1 Up-vote was not enough for you, so I gave you 20 more. Some of the advice published on this site is downright scary! I hope that people who are not aware of the dangers of raw salmon will scan down to your post.

    • Robert Salinas

      Wow, I eat raw salmon all the time. Nice to know I could be killing myself.

  • Joni B.

    You say it’s okay to feed a dog carrots and then you show a dog with some bell peppers. Do YOU know the difference? And then you say yogurt and show a dog with some pumpkins? Do you know which foods are which????

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