8 Healthy People Foods to Feed Your Dog and 3 to Avoid

Here are the foods that you can share with your furry best friend to keep you both happy and healthy.

  1. Lean Meat: Energy

    Source: Instagram @sean_sarantos

    Now we can’t promise that every dog behaves like @theclarkstar in this video, but dogs LOVE meat and dogs need meat. Meat provides dogs with the bulk of their energy. Lean meats like turkey, chicken, pork and beef are also good sources of B vitamins and amino acids, which also boost metabolism and energy. At Grocery Pup, our meals are made with 60% meat and we only use lean meats like 90% ground beef and 93% ground turkey.

  2. Peas: Potassium
    Potassium is a crucial mineral for overall health in dogs just like it is in humans. Peas are a great source of vitamins, including A, K, and the B and they’re packed with other minerals like iron, zinc, and magnesium. They’re also rich in protein and high in fiber. Peas contain lutein, an anti-oxidant good for skin, heart, and eye health.
  3. Carrots: Healthy Teeth
    Carrots are great treats for dogs not only because of all their vitamins, but also because their hard, crunchy nature is great for scraping plaque and other gunk off your dog’s teeth. If left there, the plaque can lead to decay and infections.
  4. Pineapple: Calcium and Potassium
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    Pineapple is a great summer treat for your pup that contains both calcium and potassium. Try freezing fresh chunks to give to your pet as a sweet snack.
  5. Pumpkin: Digestion
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    Pumpkin is packed with vitamin A and helps with doggy digestive issues.
  6. Liver: Vitamins A, B, and K
    Liver is a great source of vitamins and iron. Liver can contain much more of the essential nutrients your dog needs than muscle meat, and you can get it fresh from the grocery store or buy it freeze-dried or dehydrated at the pet store as dog treats.While dogs love liver, be sure not to give to much of it to them. A lot of vitamin A is hazardous for them. Servings should not exceed an ounce for medium and large dogs or half an ounce for small dogs.
  7. Salmon: Shiny Coat and Healthy Immune System
    The good kind of fat found in salmon can help improve not only your hair and nails but your dog’s coat as well.
  8. Rice: Digestion
    A lot of dog owners will opt for grain-free recipes, but rice is actually a great food for your dog, especially if they’re having stomach troubles. While brown rice is a little higher in protein, white rice is easier to digest (especially for older dogs).

Let’s now go into the unsafe foods that no matter how cute your pup looks, you must not feed these to them.

  1. Grapes: Kidney Failure
    While grapes are tasty to us, they are very dangerous for dogs. They contain compounds that can cause kidney failure for pooches, and are also a choking hazard for dogs.
  2. Onions: Anemia
    Onions, garlic and other foods in the allium family are not bueno for Fido. A 20-pound dog only needs to eat a quarter-cup of chopped onion to develop toxicity and start experiencing a form of anemia caused by the destruction of red blood cells.That’s why you should keep dogs far away from any leftovers or garbage scraps.
  3. Chocolate: Theobromine Poisoning
    Most pet-owners are aware of the dangers of chocolate, but not many people know why cocoa is so dangerous for pups.
    Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine, which dogs process very, very slowly. In humans, it gets digested quickly, but a dog who has more than a small taste of chocolate is at risk to develop a build-up of theobromine in his system, which can lead to vomiting, seizures, and even heart attack

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