Pork: Yes, dogs can eat pork. Pork is a highly digestible protein, packed with amino acids, and it contains more calories per pound than other meats. Pork also may be less likely to cause an allergic reaction in some pets compared to other proteins.
Garlic: No, dogs shouldn’t eat garlic. Like onions, leeks, and chives, garlic is part of the Allium family, and it is five times more toxic to dogs than the rest of the Allium plants. Garlic can create anemia in dogs, causing side effects such as pale gums, elevated heart rate, weakness, and collapse. Poisoning from garlic and onions may have delayed symptoms, so if you think your dog may have eaten some, monitor him or her for a few days, not just right after consumption.
Tuna: Yes, dogs can eat tuna, but only in small amounts. In moderation, cooked, fresh tuna is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which promotes heart and eye health. As for canned tuna, it contains small amounts of mercury and sodium, which should be avoided in excess. A little bit of canned tuna and tuna juice here and there is fine — prepared only in water, not oil — as long as it doesn’t contain any spices.
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Quinoa: Yes, quinoa is OK for dogs. You can now find quinoa in some high-quality dry dog foods. The strong nutritional profile of quinoa makes it a healthy alternative to corn, wheat, and soy — starches that are often used to make kibble.
Cheese makes a fantastic treat for your dog as long as she isn’t lactose intolerant, which a small percentage of dogs are. Make sure to monitor your dog’s reaction after feeding her small amounts of cheese. Opt for low- or reduced-fat varieties and don’t overfeed, as many cheese types can be high in fat. Cottage cheese is typically a good choice for dogs.
As one of the most common ingredients in pet food, cooked chicken is another human food good for dogs. Cooked chicken may be slipped into the bowl along with your dog’s regular food to add extra protein and a touch of spice. In addition to being a savory treat, cooked chicken also makes a healthy meal replacement if you’re in a pinch and out of dog food.
Human Foods that Are Actually Good for Dogs
We all know the old saying, “The way to your dog’s heart is through her stomach.” Well maybe the old saying doesn’t exactly go like this, but we sometimes undoubtedly love sharing snacks with our four-legged friends. While we love making our pups happy by showering them with treats, do remember that some foods are safe for humans to eat but may be toxic and potentially deadly for dogs. On the other hand, many human foods are perfectly safe and even healthy for dogs to eat as an occasional treat.
Check out 12 of the healthiest human foods you can enjoy with your dog! (However, always be sure to check with your veterinarian first before introducing new food to your dog.)