Food Guidelines

10 People Foods You Can Share with Your Dog

Once a dog is regarded as part of the household, he usually gets the same attention, love, and affection that any family member would. This yearning to include the pooch in various family activities often goes on at the tabletop. Although there are a lot of human foods that are dangerous for your dog, there are some that are considered to be safe for him to eat.

Table Scraps You Can Share With the Dog:

1. Rice.

White rice in a metal pan.

This is commonly used as a filler in dog foods. Giving your pooch a few bites of it on his plate is safe, so long as the rice does not contain garlic or onion as these ingredients can be harmful for him. New testing has also shown some rice to contain arsenic, so opt for organic!

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  1. Lyricab

    Jan 6, 2018 at 6:43 am

    Very good post and dog can eat mostly everything that a person can but it may vary breed to breed.

  2. Lyricslay

    Dec 21, 2017 at 5:40 am

    We have a puppy of age 2 months can we give rice to him for eating?

  3. zeeshan

    Nov 8, 2017 at 12:58 pm

    good work. keep it up πŸ™‚

  4. jhone

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:36 am

    thank you

  5. zeeshan

    Nov 8, 2017 at 11:35 am

    good work. keep it up

  6. alastair

    Oct 24, 2017 at 4:01 am

    thank you very much for this absolute information. I was really concern about my dog health and found this really helpful

  7. John wick

    Aug 13, 2017 at 5:55 am

    ALSO, ok to give your dog canned pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling. It has lots of fiber and will help if your dog is constipated. Just a spoonfull or two is enough.

  8. Pet Lover

    Jul 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Thank you for the post.
    I have newly adopted a dog and still learning that what to give my dog and what not. My friend has told me that dogs are carnivores and they can eat almost everything including vegetables as long as the food is made with organic products.
    I don’t know how much it is true but surly i am not going to give my dog things like peanut butter and lemon as these could damage his throat and give him throat infection. At the movement I am relying on health extortion foods only which could be boring for my dog sometime but you post has given me an idea about verity.
    Now I can add different food from my own grocery list to feed my dog. Other than these 10 items, if you have any other list of food which is good for dogs, then please do share with me. I would love to add more vegetables and fruit in my dog's food list as they are full with fiber and important vitamins.

  9. Rose Larson

    Feb 21, 2017 at 6:21 am

    I often combine rice with homemade dog soup from chicken bread and chicken livers. My dog, Billy, really enjoys that treat. Will it safe for him to eat permanently?

  10. Mary Nielsen

    Feb 4, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Well, dogs are carnivores but they can still enjoy a few plant based vitamins here and there and I don't see why that wouldn't happen during the snack time.

    My dog loves carrots, raw ones because they are crunchy and he can sooth its chewing desires with them.

  11. Caitlin Waverly

    Jan 3, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Add to the list….
    Parboiled brown rice, spinach, squash (all sorts), a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt &/or cottage cheese, a few blueberries, a bit of cantaloupe, canned Wild-Alaskan Salmon, lamb, beef, fish (low-fat, non-oily varieties), various organ meats,
    a bit of organic, unrefined, cold-pressed, virgin coconut or olive oil.

    I’m aware of this info because
    Purina Dog Chow killed my previous dog. It took me 1.5 years to stumble across info confirming my suspicions & another 2 years to meet a lawyer @ a local dog park that successfully sued Purina on a breeders behalf.

    IMO, dogs should be eating less dog food & more people food. If fluffy can’t partake in the family dinner, maybe the family shouldn’t be eating it either.

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  14. Kathy

    Mar 9, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Dogs are carnivores! Stop this foolishness!!

  15. Ann

    Jan 19, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Plain meat, especially oven-dehydrated, is also good. Regular jerky usually stains the teeth.

  16. Max

    Jan 11, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    A dab of peanut butter is a great way to sneak medicine down dog’s throat!

  17. louise nitti

    Sep 13, 2015 at 2:25 am

    Is it safe to give my dog cooked lamb

  18. Anne Crangle

    Nov 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    We have recently had our dog put to sleep πŸ™ She was a Collie/Spaniel cross and had a stroke in 2009, and another one in 2011. Since that time, we added fresh cooked vegetables to her food, tinned tuna, pilchards and she was very partialled to a bit of hotpot πŸ™‚ She lived to the ripe age of 20. She also loved a little morsel of cheese now and then, everything in moderation is what I think, but definitely offer your pet vegetables, they will love them πŸ™‚ She had a lovely life πŸ™‚

  19. Robin Simrill

    Nov 1, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    One thing–be sure you don’t brush your dog’s teeth with human toothpaste, because it contains xylitol. Google xylitol and dogs. Lately I’m not too trusting of dog toothpaste in case something’s sourced in China. I just use a plain toothbrush with water & then let my dog chew on it a bit by herself. Her teeth are sparkly white πŸ˜€

  20. Julie Covey

    Nov 1, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Peanut butter and cheese are ridiculously high in fat and puts dogs at high risk for Pancreatitis. Chicken should be white meat, not dark, with no skin. Eggs are high in cholestrol (yes, dogs get high cholestrol so these should be given in moderation and cooked without fat.

  21. Don Borchert

    Nov 1, 2013 at 10:38 am

    My dog would start to shake uncontrollably and head would droop down. Within minutes she started to sway. In another 5-10 mins she would lie down and sleep. A deep sleep with snoring. After 45 mins, she would wake up and be just fine… Scared us to death. Took her vet. Paid almost $400 for a cushing disease test that proved negative. The vets were stumped…. Until I called her back. One word. Watermelon. Aw yes… the culprit. She had got a sugar high and then crashed just like a kid!! Stopped the melon, no more incidents. Word of caution here, moderation…. They said just like above it is ok. But gobbs of sugar…

  22. tracy mccormack

    Nov 1, 2013 at 10:27 am

    My three eat all these foods and I have to believe they are far healthier than a dog who is limited to dry kibble or canned food. Mine never have any skin troubles or ear troubles. I’ve taken down the recipe for the sweet tator chips….thanks! And don’t forget to brush your dog’s teeth! πŸ™‚ It wasn’t food that made my first dog so ill but terrible teeth…believe me, it’s worth the few minutes it takes to get those teeth cleaned. Keep their toothbrushes and paste in the kitchen so you can just getter-done after dinner.

  23. Christina Berry

    Nov 1, 2013 at 9:53 am

    Because of all the controversy with pet food and treats (especially those from China), I started cooking for my dogs several months ago. They eat all the foods on this list, and more. It is important to educate yourself, and to always, always, always defer to your veterinarian for any questions, but I believe that feeding your dog “people food” can lead to a healthier, happier dog.

    I’ve got a great recipe for Baked Sweet Potato Chips – I highly recommend them!

  24. Carryn

    Nov 1, 2013 at 4:31 am

    I would be very careful of anything that says “sugar free”. That usually means that it has an additive. Things that say “No sugar added” or “Low sugar” are usually talking about actual sugar. But you always have to check the labels, never assume.

    Why do you peal the skins of the sweet potatoes? Everything I have read states that you do not have to. I do scrub them good. Sorry if I missed that someplace else.

    • Lois

      Nov 1, 2013 at 10:56 am

      I’m wondering about peeling sweet potatoes too. Recently we had to feed our dog a bland diet of chicken and sweet potatoes for a few days while he recovered from a digestive upset (he’d gotten into something he shouldn’t have eaten). We didn’t peel the sweet potatoes (we mashed them with the skins on), and on this diet, his digestive system recovered nicely.

    • Mary

      Nov 1, 2013 at 2:19 pm

      This is something to be very careful about. Xylitol an artificial sweetener is very poisonous to dogs and should be avoided at all costs.

  25. Vicki

    May 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    ALSO, ok to give your dog canned pumpkin, NOT pumpkin pie filling. It has lots of fiber and will help if your dog is constipated. Just a spoonfull or two is enough.

  26. Wendy

    May 27, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    What about feeding dogs apples? Is it safe?

    • Bj Hutter

      May 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm

      Wendy, apples are great for them. However, core them and peel. Make sure they don’t get any seeds. And, remember never to give them grapes or raisins! Another that they love is cooked sweet potatoes. Again, cook them and peel the skin. Always in moderation though.

    • Ann Golden

      Nov 2, 2013 at 11:55 pm

      my vet said apple are perfectly safe! like anything, feed very small amounts at a time. Annie likes Granny Smith!!

      • Ann Golden

        Nov 2, 2013 at 11:57 pm

        One more thing…the seeds contain arsenic…NEVER FEED THEM THE CENTER OF THE APPLES !!!!!!

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