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13 Human Foods Safe for Dogs (With Recipes!)


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We tend to adore our canines, we share with them almost everything; our homes, our dedication of loving and caring for them forever and some of the lucky pooches will get a foot on their owners’ bed, great. isn’t it?

Of course, a lot of us will think that sharing our food with them is okay, right? The truth is we can’t share ‘all’ of our food with our dogs as some of ours aren’t considered foods safe for dogs.


It would be great to give your dog human food, but you will need to make sure it is on the list of foods safe for dogs to ensure it won’t hurt him in any mean.

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There is plenty of human food that would cause serious problems for dogs, but for us, it is totally okay, so here is a list of 13 human foods safe for dogs with some delicious recipes to help you avoid going to the vet for a visit because of eating the wrong kind of food.


Human Food Safe for Dogs; Meat

The question of “what foods are safe for dogs” is an important question that any pet parent should know its answer, a lot of human food could be consumed by our canines but if we gave them one out of the bad list, probably they will suffer from plenty of symptoms.

Some of these foods are even lethal, so in order to avoid them, we need to know the kind of foods that are considered safe foods for dogs.

Meats are one of these things you could give for your dog, it is rich with plenty of proteins that your pooch will highly benefit from it. Here are some sources of meats other than beef;

Fish

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Fish has a lot of good amino acids and fats that will give your dog a fine health boost. Sardine is a very soft fish with a remarkable taste that your dog would love and it is rich with calcium too as its bones are digestive, so an extra calcium source for your pooch!

Any other fish than a sardine, you will need to make sure you picked all the bones off as it could be tedious for your dog. Make sure not to give your dog uncooked fish and also don’t use it more than twice a week.

Pork

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Pork is another source of protein that your dog can benefit from, it is highly rich with digestive proteins with lots of amino acids. It contains a lot of calories if compared with other sources of meat per pound, it is also great for dogs because it is being less likely to give any allergies for dogs.

Salmon

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Salmon is another kind of fish that would make a great meal for your dog and considered as safe foods for dogs. Cooked salmon is a great source of amino acids, good fats, and protein. It will give a fine boost to your dog’s immune system and keeps the joints and brain healthy.

Never give your dog raw salmon or undercooked salmon, it contains parasites that don’t get cooked out unless it is cooked on more than 145  Fahrenheit degrees.

Shrimp

keep in mind that, dogs shouldn’t eat raw shrimps or eat them with their shell on, so you will need to cook them and make sure the head, tail, and legs are removed along with the shell.

Shrimps are good for dogs too as they contain antioxidants, phosphorous and Vitamin B-12, but they also have low calories, fats, and carbohydrates. You need to

Turkey Meat

Turkey is one of these good protein sources for dogs as long as it doesn’t have a toxic to dogs ingredients. Some recipes for us contain garlic covering the turkey or/with species or seasonings, for dogs, it would be harmful to them to consume turkey meat with garlic and spices, so you will have to make a meal with a turkey that is specifically for dogs and not to give him any straight from your plate.

Don’t forget to remove excess skin and fat from the meat and keep in mind you will need to get the poultry bones off too.

Chicken

Cooked chicken is amazing for dogs, and it is loved by our canines, it is the most common kind of meat that is used in dogs’ food. Chicken is a great source of protein and many dogs love eating it, it could be served as a meal alone or getting it with other things to have a healthy balanced meal for your dog.

Keep away from giving your dog raw chicken to get away from Salmonella infection.

Foods Safe for Dogs’ Consumption; Veggies, Fruits, Nuts and More

Meat is not the only human food safe for dogs, dogs can eat plenty of types of human food including vegetables, fruits and nuts, and even more sources! All of them are great for the pooch’s overall health. Let’s get to some of them;

Carrots

Carrots are a great source of fibers, minerals, and vitamins, it could be served both raw and cooked. They make a portion of excellent food for your pooch to snack on, but put in mind you will have to chop it into small-sized pieces to avoid your dog chocking because of them.

Coconut

Both coconut oil and the fruit itself could be served for your dog, the fruit contains a substance called Lauric. Lauric is an acid that makes 50% of the fatty acid found in coconut oil, it helps in fighting harmful pathogens like fungi, viruses, and bacteria.

The fruit itself has a good amount of Lauric acid that helps in strengthening the immune system and help in clearing some of the skin conditions.

Food is not the only thing you could use coconut for, check Can You Brush Dog Teeth with Coconut Oil? to know more about coconut oil used for your dog’s teeth.

Eggs

Another Foods Safe for Dogs’ Consumption added to our list is eggs, eggs are a wonderful source of protein and help a lot with upset stomachs, but like many other things, you can’t give your dog uncooked eggs as the white of it can cause biotin deficiency for dogs.

Make sure to give your dog fully cooked eggs. Our list of Foods Safe for Dogs is getting better and better, keep reading to know more!

Bread

Dogs can eat bread with moderate amounts, but be careful, you need to give your dog only plain bred without any species or raisins.

Species, grapes, and raisins are toxic to dogs so you need to keep them out of your dog’s diet. Bread is one of the foods safe for dogs to eat but it won’t add much on the nutritional side, it contains a lot of calories and carbohydrates. Home-made bread would contain more nutritional value as we decide on adding more beneficial ingredients to it.

Cheese

Cheese is one of the foods safe for dogs if it is given in moderate quantities, as long as they aren’t lactose intolerant. Lactose intolerance is rare for canines, but it still could present in them so keep that in mind. If you are going to give your dog cheese make sure it is low in fats, types of cheese like mozzarella and cottage are great.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is one of the most famous treats for dogs, they contain a high amount of protein which makes it an excellent source for it and also it contains healthy fats (a vitamin B and E) that are beneficial for the heart’s health.

Plain peanut butter is the healthiest option found out there to give for your dog, as it will be free from xylitol and the sugary substance that is used instead of sugar is not toxic to dogs.

Cashews

Cashews are okay for dogs to eat but you will need to give them a few every time as they are low in fats and consuming a lot of them may lead to weight gain and many unwanted conditions related to fats.

Cashews make a great treat for your dog, but you need to keep in mind to use unsalted cashews for your dog to avoid any undesirable conditions.

So, enough with foods safe for dogs consumption and let’s get to how to use these ingredients in making delicious meals that contain these items and more!

Foods Safe for Dogs’ Consumption; Yummy Recipes for Your Canine

Now after we give you more than ten foods safe for dogs’ consumption, let’s get to the juicy part, recipes to use these ingredients in, so prepare yourself to see your dog very content while having these delicious meals, no more talk, here are the recipes;

The Standard Old Recipe

This meal is by Damn Delicious and it is called “The Standard Old Recipe” The name is given to this recipe because its ingredients are typically seen in dog’s home-made meals.

These ingredients are; brown rice, vegetables, and turkey, it is one of those easy-to-make meals and also inexpensive. Another plus for this meal is that you can make it in large quantities and freeze them to when it’s needed.

Ingredients

  • One and a half cup of brown rice
  • Two shredded carrots
  • A zucchini (shredded)
  • Olive oil(one and a half tsp)
  • Three pounds of grounded turkey
  • Three cups of baby spinach( chopped)
  • 1/2 cup of peas(frozen or canned)

Methods:

First, start with cooking the brown rice, get a saucepan filled with three cups of water and drop the rice in it, follow the instructions on the rice pack and set it aside.

Get a stockpot or a dutch oven with medium heat and heat the olive oil, then, cook the grounded turkey. Your cue that the turkey is ready is when the turkey is brown, it would take about 7 minutes, make sure that all the turkey is cooked by crumbling it while it is being cooked.

The spinach, zucchini, carrots, peas, and brown rice are all stirred in until the spinach wilt, this will take an estimated time of 10 minutes. Now you have your meal ready! Set it aside until it cools off completely and gives it to your dog after that.

The second recipe in our list of foods safe for dogs’ consumption is ” crockpot beef and veggie recipe” It is also one of the damn delicious good recipes that I personally fall in love with.

Crockpot Beef and Veggie Recipe

The recipe is developed from the previous recipe but it is made in a crockpot, but with vegetables that will hold up better in that pot. You can replace the veggies with any other of the vegetables your dog likes.

Ingredients

  • Two and a half pounds of beef
  • One and a half cups of brown rice
  • 1 and a half chopped butternut squash cups
  • Chopped carrots (one and a half cup)
  • One can of kidney beans, washed and rinsed
  • Half cup of peas frozen or canned

Methods:

Put the ground beef, brown rice, kidney beans, butternut squash, carrots, peas with four cups of water in a slow cooker and stir them in.

For slow cooking option, put it on cooking for 5-6 hours if you are going to put it on high cook for 2-3 hours.

Let the meal cool off completely and then, it is ready to be served. Now for the mash, here is another amazing recipe;

Turkey and Vegetable Mash

Going back to using turkey meat, this recipe is from Skinny Ms this site is a full-service site for everyone who is trying to become more healthy to become more caring for general wellness for their pets.

Ingredients

  • Lean ground turkey (2 pounds)
  • Cauliflower florets (one cup)
  • Sliced zucchini (half cup)
  • 2 medium carrots chopped
  • Broccoli florets (a cup)
  • Olive oil (2 teaspoons)
  • Raw turkey or chicken liver( diced or pureed 2 teaspoons)

Methods

Boil one and a half cup of water and steam the carrots over it in a steam basket. Give the carrots enough time to become tender on the steam basket, it would take about 10 minutes.

Add the broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower in the steam basket and continue to steam the rest of the vegetables until all of them are tender and after they are done leave them to cool down.

At the same time, take the turkey with the chicken liver puree in a skillet and cook them over medium heat until there is no pink color of the turkey meat if you find any excess fat, discard it.

Take the broccoli, zucchini, and cauliflower to chop them in a food processor, usually, it would take only three pulses to get the vegetable into chopped consistency similar to canned food. You could use a knife to cut the vegetable if there is no food processor available.

The last step is to add the chopped veggies to the turkey and stir them together with the two teaspoons of olive oil, let the mash cool and then divided them into portions for your dog.

So, this is our 13 foods safe for dogs ‘ consumption with three recipes to boost your dog’s diet with tasty meals while adding beneficial and valuable nutrients to strengthen his overall health.

Share with us your dog’s favorite food among those we mentioned and a recipe you put that ingredient in.

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