A brown dog behind a slice of watermelon with text "Human Foods for Dogs"

Does the family dog beg for a taste of what is cooking for supper? Constantly has an eyeball on the fridge, or perhaps conveniently places himself nearby at mealtimes? Don’t worry, it is very hard to resist puppy-dog eyes. Many pet owners already know about some of the safe and popular human foods such as pumpkin, apples, carrots, peanut butter, and so on. But what are other human foods that are safe for dogs and that provide vitamins, minerals, and fibers?

Here are a few human foods that Rover may be missing:

• Salmon – fully cooked

• Yogurt – plain yogurt, avoid added sugar and artificial sweeteners

• Honey – loaded with nutrients and helps to build immunity to allergens

• Eggs – fully cooked

• Coconut – good for skin conditions like hot spots, flea allergies, and itchy skin

• Sweet Potatoes – steamed or broiled

• Watermelon – who doesn’t love a low-calorie, super hydration treat during the summer

While many human foods are safe to feed dogs, many more are unsafe and potentially poisonous. A general rule of thumb, it is far better to be safe than sorry, so avoid feeding dogs any human food unless recommended by the veterinarian.

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