Human Foods for Dogs

Many human foods are safe for dogs. In reality, human and dog foods were similar for most of our coexistence. Well, maybe we wouldn’t eat some of the vermin they eat, but if we were hungry enough we could.

Whether you have your dog on a raw food diet, a partial raw food diet, or manufactured dog foods, you can still treat with some human foods. Even a top quality dog food may be lacking in some nutrients your dog may need. In addition, a tasty safe human food, such as an apple can be used as a treat in training. Below is a short list of some safe human foods that you may feed your dog. Remember to proceed in moderation to see how your dog’s digestive system reacts and adjusts to each different food. Always keep plenty of clean fresh drinking water available for your dog.

Short List of SAFE Human Foods for Dogs


Oatmeal is a fantastic alternative human food source of grain for dogs that are allergic to wheat. Oatmeal’s fiber can also be beneficial to more mature dogs. A general set of rules can be followed when feeding your dog oatmeal. Limit the serving sizes, and amount of serving times per week, be sure to serve the oatmeal fully cooked, and finally never add any sugar or additional flavoring.


REMOVE the seeds. Apples are an excellent human food safe for dogs to crunch on. My dog loves to munch on apples. Apples offer small amounts of both vitamin C and Vitamin A. They are a good source of fiber for a dog of any age. Caution! Do not let your dog eat the seeds of the apple OR the core as they are known to contain minute amounts of cyanide. A few will not be detrimental, so do not freak out if it happens. Just be cautious and avoid the core and seeds when treating.

Brewer’s Yeast

This powder has a tangy taste that dogs will clamber to get. The yeast is rich in B vitamins, which are great for the dog’s skin, nails, ears, and coat. Do not confuse this with ‘baking yeast,’ which can make your dog ill if eaten. All you need to do is add a couple of sprinkles of brewer’s yeast on your dog’s food to spice it up. Most dogs really enjoy this stuff.

Brewer’s yeast is made from a one-celled fungus called Saccharomyces cerevisiae and is used to make beer. Brewer’s yeast is a rich source of minerals, particularly chromium, which is an essential trace mineral that helps the body maintain normal blood sugar levels, selenium, protein, and the B-complex vitamins. Brewer’s yeast has been used for years as a nutritional supplement.


Does your dog need a protein boost? Eggs are a super supplemental food because they contain ample amounts of protein; selenium, riboflavin, and they are also easily digested by your dog. Cook eggs before serving them to your best friend, because the cooking process makes more protein available, and it make them more digestible. Eggs are good for energy, strength, and great for training as well.

Green Beans

A lean dog is a happier, more energetic dog. Feeding your dog, cooked green beans is a good source of manganese, and the vitamins C and K, additionally is they are considered a good source of fiber. If you have a lazier dog, living “A Dog’s Life,” then it is good to be proactive with your dog’s weight. Add a steady stream of fresh green beans in your dog’s diet for all the right reasons. Avoid salt.

Sweet Potatoes

Vitamin C, B-6, manganese, beta-carotene, and fiber can be found in sweet potatoes. Slice them up and dehydrate and you have just found a great new healthy source for treating your dog. Next time you are out shopping for potatoes, pick up sweet potatoes, and see if your best little buddy takes to them. My bet is that your dog will love them.


Pumpkins are a fantastic source of vitamin A, fiber, and beta-carotene. Trend towards a healthy diet with plenty of fiber and all the essential vitamins and proteins your dog needs. Pumpkin is one way to help you mix it up a bit. Feed it dried or moist, separate as a treat, or with his favorite foods. Pumpkin can be a fantastic, fun, and natural alternative food for dogs.


A great source of omega 3 fatty acids, salmon is an excellent food that can support your dog’s immune system, as well as his skin, coat, and overall health. Some dog owners notice when adding salmon to their dog’s diet that it increases resistance to allergies. Be sure to cook the salmon before serving it. You can use salmon oil too. For treats, added flavoring to a meal, or as a complete meal, salmon is a fantastic source of natural, real food that is safe for dogs.

Flax Seed

Grounded or in oil form, flax seed is a nourishing source of omega 3 fatty acids. Omega 3 fatty acids are essential in helping your dog maintain good skin and a shiny healthy coat. Note; you will want to serve the flax seed directly after grinding it because this type of fatty acid can turn sour soon after. Flax seed is also a wonderful source of fiber your dog or puppy needs.


Always a great source for your dog’s calcium and protein, yogurt is another one of our top ten human foods safe for dogs. Pick a fat free yogurt with no added sweeteners, or artificial sugar, color, or flavoring.


Additionally, watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydews are good for your dog. Without prior research, avoid any exotic melons or fruits.

Peanut butter

Yep, a big spoon full and it will keep him occupied for a while.

Berries (fresh & frozen)

Blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, huckleberries or raspberries provide an easy and tasty snack.

Cooked chicken

Chicken sliced up is a favorite yummy snack for your canine to enjoy in addition, or in place of his regular meal.

Beef and Beef Jerky & Cooked Meats

Jerky is a great high-value treating item for training, and beef is can be a healthy addition to your dog’s diet. Cooked meats are a good addition or substitution for manufactured dog foods.


Sliced or cubed pieces are great for training or in the place of food. A tablespoon of cottage cheese on top of your dog’s food will certainly be a healthy hit. Try using string cheese as a training treat.


All fruits have phytonutrients, and other required nutrients that are essential to your canine’s health.


Crunchy veggies are good for the teeth. Carrots are full of fiber and vitamin A.

UNSAFE Human Foods

Below is a list of harmful foods for dogs. This is not a complete list, but a common list of foods known to be harmful to our canine friends. If you are unsure of a food that you wish to add to your dog’s diet, please consult a veterinarian or expert on dog nutrition.

Onions: Both onions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate. However, onions are more dangerous than garlic because of this toxin. Many dog biscuits contain trace amounts of garlic, and because of this small amount, there is no threat to the health of your dog. This poison can be toxic in one large dose, or with repeated consumption that builds to the toxic level in the dog’s blood.

Chocolate: Contains theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. This can be fatal to dogs.

Grapes: Contains an unknown toxin that can affect kidney, and in large enough amounts can cause acute kidney failure.

Raisins: (Same as above)

Most Fruit Pits and Seeds: Contains cyanogenic glycosides, which if consumed can cause cyanide poisoning. The fruits by themselves are okay to consume.

Macadamia Nuts: Contains an unknown toxin that can be fatal to dogs.

Most Bones: Should not be given (especially chicken bones) because they can splinter and cause a laceration of the digestive system or pose a choking hazard because of the possibility for them to become lodged in your pet’s throat.

Potato Peelings and Green Potatoes: Contains oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.

Rhubarb leaves: Contains high amount of oxalates.

Broccoli: Broccoli should be avoided, though it is only dangerous in large amounts.

Green parts of tomatoes: Contains oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.

Yeast dough: Can produce gas and swell in your pet’s stomach and intestines, possibly leading to a rupture of the digestive system.

Coffee and tea: (due to the caffeine)

Alcoholic Beverages: Alcohol is very toxic to dogs and can lead to coma or even death.

Human Vitamins: Vitamins containing iron are especially dangerous. These vitamins can cause damage to the lining of the digestive system, the kidneys, and liver.

Moldy or spoiled foods: There are many possible harmful outcomes from spoiled foods.

Persimmons: These can cause intestinal blockage.

Raw Eggs: Potential for salmonella.

Salt: In large doses can cause an electrolyte imbalance.

Mushrooms: Can cause liver and kidney damage.

Avocados: Avocado leaves; fruit, seeds, and bark contain a toxin known as persin. The Guatemalan variety that is commonly found in stores appears to be the most problematic. Avocados are known to cause respiratory distress in other animals, but causes less harmful problems in dogs. It is best to avoid feeding them to your dog.

Xylitol: This artificial sweetener is not healthy for dogs.

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