The answer is yes! Here is a list of some human foods that are yummy and generally good for your dog:
[Editor’s Note: Always consult your veterinarian before making any changes to your dog’s diet.]
If you have an overweight dog, substituting one of these healthy veggies or fruits for treats can be a great way to reduce his calories without you feeling like you are denying him. Let’s face it; we all like to give our dogs treats. Unfortunately, treats have calories that add up quickly. Fruit and veggies are a low-calorie alternative.
This list is meant to give you ideas about foods that you can safely share with your dog. It is neither exhaustive nor meant to be a substitute for a formulated diet. Dogs have very complex nutritional requirements. It is never advisable to give your dog “home cooked meals” without first consulting with your veterinarian. If you are interested in cooking meals for your dog, hopefully, I have given you some ideas that you can bring to your veterinarian to create a well balanced diet. Of course, if your dog has a medical condition, your veterinarian will want to consider that before adding anything to his diet.
If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian -- they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.
Elizabeth Schooley, DVM
Friday, January 22, 2021