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20 Healthy Human Foods – That Are Also Healthy Dog Treats

June 4th, 2018

As all dog owners know, not every type of human food is safe for dogs. Some of us have plenty of experience with dogs who beg or whine while we eat dinner. Who could say no to those puppy dog eyes?

Lucky for you—and your dog—there are lots of yummy fruits and vegetables that are safe for them to eat. Plus, most of these real life dog treats are filled with nutrients!

Before you give your dog a new type of food, consider talking to the vet. Additionally, be careful not to give a dog very much fruit at once because it contains sugar, which can be detrimental.

#1 Cucumbers

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A perfect summery snack is cucumber slices! They are full of vitamins, potassium, magnesium, and biotin. They’re good for your dog’s weight too.

#2 Celery

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Celery should be given to dogs in small pieces due to the stringy texture. It contains vitamin A, vitamin, B, and vitamin C. It’s a natural way to freshen your pup’s breath too!

#3 Carrots

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Carrots are a great veggie to add to your dog’s diet or to use as treats. They contain fiber and beta-carotene. They are very low in calories!

#4 Peaches

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Peaches are a tasty treat to share with your dog! They are filled with fiber and vitamin A, which means they’re great for both humans and canines. Keep in mind that canned peaches are usually in a sugary syrup, which contains too much sugar for dogs. Additionally, your dog shouldn’t eat the peach pits because they contain cyanide.

#5 Watermelon

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Who doesn’t love fresh watermelon? Even your pup will love this juicy melon! It has vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, and potassium in it. The seeds and rind are unsafe for dogs, so make sure they only eat the fruit!

#6 Raspberries

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Raspberries are an awesome source of antioxidants, vitamin C, and fiber. Since they’re so tiny, any size dog can snack on them. Be cautious, as they do contain xylitol. If your dog eats too many raspberries, the xylitol can be toxic. To play it safe, only give your dog a few at a time. Small dogs should get even less.

#7 Blueberries

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Blueberries are another antioxidant-rich treat. They are also superfoods, which are extremely healthy. Your furry friend will love these healthy berries!

#8 Pears

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If your pup needs some extra vitamin C, vitamin K, fiber, and copper, pears are the perfect snack! Cores and seeds should be avoided, but the rest of the fruit is totally safe.

#9 Apples

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Many people like eating an apple with peanut butter, and so do dogs! Apples are a nutritious snack for your dog. They contain vitamin A and vitamin C, along with fiber. Make sure your pooch doesn’t get the core or the seeds.

#10 Pineapple

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This is another fruit that is fine for your furry friend as long as they don’t eat the core or the seeds. Also, don’t let them eat the skin. Pineapple contains bromelain to help with protein absorption.

#11 Mangos

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Mangos are full of vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and potassium. Make sure your pup only enjoys the delicious fruit! The skin, seeds, and pits aren’t safe to eat.

#12 Strawberries

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This commonly loved berry is perfect for dogs and people alike! It contains fiber and vitamin C. Keep in mind that they are filled with sugar. Limit your dog to a couple of strawberries per day.

#13 Bananas

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Your pup might love bananas for their sweet taste. They have potassium, vitamins, fiber, and biotin in them. Just keep the bananas to a minimum due to the sugar levels!

#14 Cooked Potatoes

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Plain, cooked potatoes are a tasty snack to share with your puppy. Make sure they’re cooked because raw potatoes are toxic. They contain iron too!

#15 Sweet Potatoes

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Many dog foods contain sweet potatoes, so you know they’re healthy for your dog! They contain fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin B-6, and vitamin C. Again, these potatoes need to be cooked as well.

#16 Green Beans

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If you slice green beans into small pieces, your pup can snack on them! They contain vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, and fiber. Some pet owners even top their dog’s dinner with these.

#17 Broccoli

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You can cook broccoli or serve it to your dog raw. It can cause tummy aches, so make sure you give them small servings without the stalk. Broccoli contains vitamin C and fiber.

#18 Pumpkin

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Your puppy will love the taste of pumpkin! Canned or cooked pumpkin contains fiber and beta-carotene. Make sure you avoid the seasoned varieties!

#19 Spinach

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Spinach is an excellent way to keep your dog nice and healthy. It contains iron and can prevent cancer. It’s easiest for dogs to digest it if it’s steamed.

#20 Brussels Sprouts

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Simply steam Brussels sprouts and cut the stalks off. They contain vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin K, and vitamin G, among countless other nutrients!

Source: I Heart Dogs