Many of us are guilty of sharing our food with our pets from time to time. However, as much as we want to share what’s ours with our dogs, giving a dog human food is not always a good idea. Some common human foods, such as onion, garlic, and chocolate, can actually be quite harmful to dogs. However, luckily for the plate-sharers of the world*, there are some foods that our canine friends can enjoy alongside us in moderation. Here is a list of some common foods that are safe for most dogs to ingest. Of course, with any changes in your dog’s diet, you should always consult a veterinarian first.
*Wagging Mongrel does not condone this behavior.
Eggs are extremely beneficial to a dog due to their high nutrient content, namely their high amount of protein, amino acids, and fatty acids. Other nutrients that come from eggs include iron, calcium, vitamins A and D, riboflavin, and more.
Bananas are safe for dogs to consume in moderation. Bananas provide various health benefits for dogs including potassium, vitamins C and B6, copper, biotin, fiber, and manganese.
Much like humans, apples are good for dogs, too. The fruit gives dogs a fresh breath, dietary fiber, and Vitamins A and C.
If you really feel inclined, it’s okay to feed your dog small amounts of strawberries here and there. However, you should always only feed strawberries in moderation due to their high sugar content.
While not the most common fruit in most households, you can feed persimmons to your dog if you have them around. Persimmons are rich in vitamin A, potassium, folic acid, and manganese. Persimmons even have anti-inflammatory nutrients that make them good for dogs that suffer from arthritis and stiff joints.
Dogs can consume oranges, but should only do so in small quantities. Oranges are rich in Vitamin C, which helps your dog grow healthy bones and teeth. However, oranges also have a high sugar content.
One of the world’s most classic cereal types is not just for humans! Dogs can snack on cheerios provided they do so in moderation. However, these should really only be considered a treat and not part of their diet. There is little nutritional value for dogs in cheerios.
Black beans are healthy for humans and for dogs. They are loaded with proteins and potassium which are all good for the development of strong bones and the reduction of chronic disease risks. Black beans also contain vitamins that boost your dog’s immune system and blood sugar regulation.