Snacks for Dogs
Updated: Apr 6
It's normal to want to share your snacks with your furbaby; especially when they use those puppy 👀 eyes. However, dogs digest food differently than we do and eating the wrong foods can lead to long term health issues.
Some foods are safe for dogs to eat as an occasional snack according to the American Kennel Club. Nevertheless, you should consult your veterinarian before making changes to your dog's daily diet (as treats should only make up 10% of the average dog's diet).
Carrots. Dogs love the crunch of carrots. Carrots are full of essential vitamins and minerals like beta carotene; which the body converts to vitamin A, vitamin K and potassium.
Eggs. Eggs are a wonderful source of protein, linoleic acid and vitamin A for dogs. It's important for eggs to be cooked as raw eggs can cause salmonella.
Salmon. Salmon is a great source of Omega Fatty Acids; which helps keeps your pup's coat shiny and aids their immune system. Salmon is high in protein, which is why it is used in high quality dog foods. Make sure to choose boneless salmon. La Barkeria Salmon Jerky.
Mango. Mangos contain vitamin A, vitamin B6 & vitamin E; as well as beta carotene and potassium. However, mangos are high in sugars and should be limited to an occasional treat. The pit area must be avoided because it contains cyanide and it can be a choking hazard.
Banana. Bananas are high in vitamin B6 & vitamin C; as well as potassium, magnesium and fiber. However, like most fruits, they are high in sugar; so feed in moderation.
Apple. Many dogs love the taste and crunch of apples. They are also a good source of fiber, calcium and vitamin C.
Blueberry. Blueberries contain a high amount of vitamin C, fiber and phytochemicals. There's a risk for choking (especially for small dogs); so make sure to cut them up before feeding them to your pooch.
Peanut Butter. Most dogs love peanut butter; make sure to select options that do not contain salt, sugars or sweeteners (like xylitol); or make your own with a food processer and unsalted peanuts. Peanut Butter is naturally high in salt and fat; so use as an occasional snack.
Cantaloupe. Cantaloupes are low in calories and high in fiber. However, like most fruits, it is high in sugar. Therefore, dogs should only eat as a special treats.
Cucumber. Cucumbers are high in vitamins and minerals; low in calories and sugars - making they a healthy option for most pups. Cucumbers should be cut into bite size potions for your pooch to avoid choking hazards.
Green Beans. Green beans can be a fantastic snack for your canine as long as they're served plain. They are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals; and low in fat.
Chicken. Cooked chicken is a healthy snack for most dogs. It's a common ingredient in most dogs foods. However, a large portion of dogs have chicken allergies. In addition, cooked chicken should be taken off the bone, as cooked chicken bones splinter easily and can cause your dog to choke. La Barkeria Chicken Feet.
Sweet Potato. Sweet Potatoes are high in fiber, calcium and iron; as well as vitamin A, B6 & C. The skin can be difficult for dogs to digest, so it should be removed; and the sweet potatoes should be cooked or dehydrated to prevent choking.
As with humans, moderation is key to treating your dog to human snacks. Make sure to talk to your veterinarian or canine nutritionist before making changes or altering your furbaby's diet.
* This post is for entertainment purposes only and not intended as medical advise. Consult your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet.