7 Human Foods Safe For Dogs

food safe for dogs

My parents are the worst about giving my dog human food. I mean, just the absolute worst. I’m over here trying to teach him how to sit and wait patiently, and they just give him licks of ice cream right off the spoon! This is so not okay. There are some foods that are just fine for dogs to eat and then there are others, like chocolate and turkey skin, that dogs simply cannot have. If you are going to give your pup some table scraps, (because let’s be honest we all do it), here are 7 foods that are totally safe and healthy for him to eat!

human foods that dogs can eat

1. Apples

Apples contain tons of vitamins that are healthy for your dog. My dog absolutely loves apples! If I am munching on apple slices with peanut butter, he goes nuts. I always have to share a few bites and then when I’m done with the apple, I let him lick around the core. Be careful not to let your pup eat the seeds, though! These are extremely harmful to doggie bellies.

2. Pumpkin

There are tons of great pumpkin dog treats out there because pumpkin is a wonderful source of vitamin A for your dog! This delicious human food helps regulate your dog’s digestive tract as well. If your pup has an upset belly,the first thing I would do is give him a little bit of pumpkin. It will help clear up his stomach issues in a jiffy! Not to mention, it’s super yummy for your pup!

3. Flaxseed

You will find homemade dog treat recipes that almost all contain flaxseed. Why? Because it’s incredibly healthy for dogs! It has tons of omega-3 fatty acids which promote a healthy coat and will better your dog’s skin. I have noticed a huge improvement in my pup’s itchy skin since I’ve started making homemade treat recipes with flaxseeds in them. He has stopped itching and his fur is extra shiny thanks to this little nutrient!

4. Peas

Peas are a great source of vitamins, but most dogs don’t like them. How funny is that? Dogs are just like kids when it comes to veggies. However, if you can get your pup to eat a few peas, it will actually improve his overall health!

5. Popcorn

Who knew?! What’s even crazier is that the air-popped kind without all the extra calories, butter, and salt is both better for you and your pup. So next time you are making a bowl of popcorn, don’t be stingy! Share some with your furry little friend! He’ll love you forever if you do.

6. Peanut butter

Everybody knows dogs love peanut butter. But did you know it’s also good for them to eat? It has a ton of protein that is super healthy, not to mention delicious, for your little companion’s belly!

7. Sweet potatoes

Sweet potatoes have all kinds of good things for your dog, like vitamins and fiber. The best thing about sweet potatoes is that they make for a really easy homemade dog treat recipe. All you need is a sweet potato and an oven!

About the author: Carly is a blogger for Smith Monitoring, a carrier of home security systems Houston has. She is a huge dog-lover and is always whipping up a new batch of puppy treats in her kitchen.

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  1. Hi do you mind if i ask why Turkey is not safe for our dogs, Thank you.

    • Hi Sheba,
      It’s not turkey that’s prepared properly for dogs. It’s when people give table scraps of turkey to their dog. For example the bones are altered in consistency when they are cooked, making them brittle and easy to splinter which can be very harmful. The cooked skin is very fatty. If you’ve used onion in your stuffing, in your turkey pan, or anywhere near your turkey don’t give any of that turkey to your dog either.
      But lean turkey is a great ingredient to feed your dog, in a dog friendly prepared way. ~which I feed Maggie all the time.

  2. Popcorn?

    Corn is awful for dogs’ digestive system, GI tract, etc. and — let’s just say it’s not so pleasant when it exits their body in whole kernels, either.

    And what about the risk for choking?

    I’m very curious to know why popcorn is being recommended.

    Your response is appreciated!


    • Hi Lori,

      I hope I can answer this for you on the reason why pop corn is on the list.

      If you feel comfortable about giving popcorn to your dog as snacks or treats, make sure that you only use plain and unsalted popcorn types. Flavored and salted popcorn are harmful to a dog’s health. I took some of my information from here: http://canigivemydog.com/popcorn to see the pros and cons.
      Just like anyone, some dogs may not be great with pop corn.

      I have given Maggie plain popcorn that I air pop at home and use it as a training treat. She chews it and I never give her the pop corn with the big kernels that were un-popped. I also give her http://www.billyandmargot.com/shop/popcorn-for-dogs-seasoned-with-seaweed/ and she loves it!

      So as a responsible pet owner I would use your own judgment in regards of whats treats are good for your dog or not.

      For example Maggie’s friend Candy a Lab in New York choked on a carrot piece due to she swallowed it down to fast and her owner now does not give her dog carrots.

      Thanks so much for pointing out the cons of giving popcorn to a dog as well. It’s important to know all sides of the matter.