Knowing exactly what "people foods" are safe for your precious puppy to occasionally enjoy is absolutely crucial, especially when it's begging time. But while occasionally sneaking a bite or two from your plate is okay in moderation, here are some foods you can definitely let your pooch snack on.
The ASPCA notes that green beans are a great treat idea for your doggie to enjoy once in a while. They're nutritious and low in calories. If your hungry canine wants a healthy treat, or you want to give him a break from his standard treats, green beans are a good way to go. Green beans, carrots, potatoes, bell peppers; these are all great examples that are good for you and your dog!
Fresh green beans straight from the garden also may work as a yummy treat for your doggie, as long as you wash the veggies thoroughly first, of course. Just make sure to avoid overripe green beans, as they're too fibrous. If a green bean is indeed overripe, you may notice conspicuous lumps on the surface, and it may be on the limper side. Keep your doggie away from those, as newly ripe green beans are the way to go. Test a green bean's ripeness situation by attempting to break it in two. If it produces a snapping sound, you're OK.
Not all veggies are safe for your dog! Avoid garlic, onions, raisins and grapes, and to learn more about toxic plants and vegetables, see the full list of foods to avoid by the ASPCA.
Are you cooking for yourself? Make a serving for your pooch too? Cooking fresh meat like chicken, pork or beef is a great way to give your dog nutritional protein without any of the preservatives or additives in dry dog food! Plus, preparing it yourself is an act of love. Just make sure to avoid spices and go easy on the oil as many dogs cannot process them. In fact, garlic is toxic so definitely avoid that.
Cooked meat great source of protein, and turkey, beef and pork have many essential amino acids that help build muscle, according to the American Kennel Association.
Carbs are great for furry friends, especially if they're mixed with meat and other vegetables! Any type of pasta is great, whether it's spaghetti, penne, or macaroni, topped with tomato and meat sauce, it's sure to be a tasty treat for your pet. Try this spaghetti for dogs recipe or even this beef and vegetable lasagna!
Remember, No Seasoning!
If you're serving your pet people food, be careful and remember not to add any flavoring, whether butter, garlic, salt or anything else. Remember butter is a dairy product, and doggie systems aren't usually very effective at lactose digestion. Garlic and every other member of the onion family are toxic to dogs, so keep them far away from the green beans you're feeding dogs. Sodium in excess also can be a risk for pets, often leading to frequent urination and dehydration. As for any canned green beans, make sure they totally are salt-free.
Definitely Do Not
Chocolate, macadamia nuts, onions and the aforementioned spices can be poisonous to dogs, so definitely stay away from them when making meals for your pets.
Meat, pasta, and vegetables are good examples of "people food" that are great for your dog, so when it's begging time, don't feel bad about sneaking them a little — or even making them a meal of their own.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.