They say that sharing is caring, and we love sharing yummy treats with our dogs! However, there are two potential problems with feeding Fido extra snacks. For starters, table scraps can contain ingredients that are safe for us, but dangerous for our dogs (for instance, onions, garlic, and chocolate). Second, too many treats can make our pups pack on the pounds, which can lead to a host of health problems.
The good news is, there are plenty of fresh, healthy “human foods” that we can share with our pups, guilt-free. Not only are these items safe for them to eat, they’re usually lower in calories than traditional treats, and they even add nutritional value to their diets!
Just remember that moderation is key; produce, especially fruit, contains natural sugar, too much of which is never a good thing. As always, consult with your vet before feeding your dog anything new, especially if he / she is prone to allergies.
Fresh peach (not canned – too much sugar!) is a delicious snack you can enjoy with your pooch, giving her some extra vitamin A and fiber. Again, stick with slices only; the pit contains cyanide, and should be off-limits to your pup!
Talk about the perfect summer snack! Share some watermelon chunks with your furry friend for a hydrating treat that also contains vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as potassium. As with apples, make sure your pup’s portion is entirely seedless and includes no rind.
Love the sweet-tart flavor of these little red berries? So does your pup! They contain antioxidants, fiber, manganese, and vitamin C, and as an added bonus, they’re low in sugar and calories. Strangely, they do contain minute amounts of naturally-occurring xylitol, a substance that’s toxic to dogs and typically found in sugar-free foods. However, the AKC website says they’re safe as long as you “limit your dog to less than a cup of raspberries at a time” (less for small breed dogs).
Blueberries may be small, but they’re jam-packed with health benefits for both you and your pup. Considered superfoods, they’re filled with antioxidants, fiber, and phytochemicals. These tiny nuggets of goodness are perfect to use as training treats.