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10 Healthy And Safe Foods To Share With Your Dog

Like most pet owners, I love to pamper my dog and give her a little bit of everything I eat, but I also know that there's a long list of foods that dogs should avoid at all cost. While dog owners can easily become paranoid, there are still lots of people foods that are 100% safe for your dog. In fact, changing your dog's routine with some fresh food is good for them, because it gives them a source of enzymes and nutrients they can't from dog food.

If you want to spoil you pet - responsibly - memorize this helpful list.

When in doubt remember to check the web before sharing, but experts say these 10 foods are fine.

1. Eggs

It turns out there's no reason not to share your breakfast with your dog - but it's up to you whether they're allowed to sit at the table. Hard-boiled eggs are a good choice, because anything with too much milk, cream or oil could upset your dog's stomach.

2. Baby carrots

Just like kids, dogs should feel free to snack on these veggies because they improve eyesight and keep teeth healthy. Just make sure the pieces are small, to prevent choking.

3. Rice

Vets will actually recommend rice instead of dog food, because it's easy for pets to digest. Swap out a bowl of kibble for rice once a week to keep your pet regular. Brown rice has more protein, but white rice helps digestion more. But don't give Fido any soy sauce, even if he begs!

4. Cooked chicken

There's nothing wrong with some cooked meat, especially because protein keeps your dog lean and strong. If you regularly eat cooked chicken, you can regularly swap it out for your dog's food to save a bit of money. Just don't give them any cooked bones, because they can splinter and choke your dog.

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5. Blueberries

Vets have recommended these berries as healthy treats for years, and they're perfect for a few reasons. First, they're available year round. Stock up when they're cheap, then stick a few in your freezer.

Next, they're healthier than a regular dog treat, so you can feed your pooch one or two every day without feeling guilty. After a few weeks you might notice your dog's coat is shinier than usual. That's because of all the extra vitamins and nutrients they've been getting.

6. Apples

Does your dog's stinky breath make them a nuisance? A few apple slices once a week should fix that right up, plus they'll help your dog's digestion. Just take out the seeds, because they can be a choking hazard.

7. Salmon

Just like us, dogs will benefit from the omega-3 fatty acids and protein in this fish. If you're not feeling that generous, the skin from your fish would also be a nice treat for Fido.

8. Cheese

This sounds a little silly, but some dogs are lactose intolerant, so be careful. Make sure to pick low fat versions of this snack, or else your dog will gain weight. You might not like it, but most dogs will enjoy some healthy cottage cheese.

9. Peanut butter

Yes, we all know that dogs LOVE peanut butter, but you have to be smart about which brand you pick. Choose raw brands, or low-sodium versions. Also, check the label for xylitol, a sweetener that's toxic to dogs.

10. Pumpkin

Outside of October, this treat is pretty affordable. Make sure what you're buying is 100% pumpkin, then steam or boil it before serving your dog.

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