Here are the 10 healthiest “human” foods you can feed your dog

Feeding your dog from the table can come with a slew of problems. It gets them used to begging for food and the things you feed them can be unhealthy.

It’s always best not to feed your dog human food unless your veterinarian advises you otherwise.

But saying “no” to those adorable little faces is hard.

If you can’t resist them, then there are healthier things that you can feed your dog. But again, definitely check with your vet first.

Here are the healthiest human foods that are safe to feed your dog:

Coconut Oil

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Coconut oil is great for just about everything, so why wouldn’t it be good for your dog? Adding unsweetened coconut flakes to your dog’s food or a scoop of coconut oil can benefit their skin, fur and provide them with an extra boost of protein. Coconut oil also contains antiviral properties.

Lean Meat

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Most dog foods are made from meats like chicken, pork, and beef. So, you might as well be giving them the real thing. These lean meats are packed with protein that provides your dog with energy.

Lean meats also contain vitamin B and amino acids that help boost energy and their metabolism. Just make sure that you are giving your dog meat that doesn’t have any visible fat on it and stay away from ground meat which is higher in fat. Also, raw chicken bones are OK for dogs while cooked ones can splinter and cause your dog to choke.

Salmon and Tuna

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These fishes contain omega-3 fatty acids that promote a shiny fur coat, improve brain function, and boost immunity. If you can’t feed your dog wild caught fish, try putting some fish oil in their food.

Yogurt and Cottage Cheese

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If your pup needs a boost of calcium putting some unsweetened yogurt that doesn’t contain fruit in their food is always a good way to go. The calcium helps support their teeth and bones. Just make sure they aren’t lactose intolerant!

Liver

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Liver is chock full of vitamins like iron and vitamin A. Just be sure not to give them too much because too much vitamin A can be harmful to them. Eight ounces or less for a medium dog and a half ounce for small dogs is just fine.

Seaweed

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Seaweed helps to provide your dog with fiber, vitamin C, vitamin E and chlorophyll which helps to boost your pup’s metabolism.

Oatmeal

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This whole grain helps with digestive issues in older dogs and is an alternative for dogs who have wheat allergies. Cook it as you would normally but make sure it’s cool before you serve it to them.

Carrots

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Carrots help keep your dog’s teeth healthy by scraping away plaque when they chomp down on it. It also has lots of vitamins. Peeled baby carrots are best for your dog.

Parsley

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Dog your dog have bad breath? Chop up some parsley and add it to your dog’s food. Not only will it freshen their breath but it will also deliver some potassium and calcium to their system.

Peas

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Putting a handful of peas in your dog’s food to your dog’s meal will pump it up with phosphorous, as well as vitamin B.

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D.G. Sciortino
D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.

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