Michelle Klug Michelle Klug
October 12, 2012

My cooking often attracts a crowd. I wish I could say it is because I am an amazing cook, but

the truth of the matter is that I live with three dogs that love to eat – anything and everything. Even though they have full bellies, they hover around to scoop up and dropped food.

I like to give my dog healthy snacks, but for canines, knowing what snacks to give can sometimes be a matter of life and death (especially in smaller dogs). After volunteering at the Humane Society for a number of years, and doing my own research for my dog, here are 10 healthy snacks you can share with your pup:

  1. Carrots – I give my dogs full raw carrots. It takes him awhile to eat the whole thing, and I know they are healthy.
  2. Peanut butter – I’ll spread some on a milk bones, or just let him lick the spoon or spreader after making PB & J.
  3. Blueberries – Raspberries and blackberries are okay too. When I snack on berries I occasionally throw the pups a few to catch in the air – fun!
  4. Eggs – Scrambled, not butter, no salt or pepper. It’s rumored this will make your dog’s coat shiny.
  5. Green Beans – Raw, straight out the fridge makes a great snack.
  6. Sweet potatoes – This is an ingredient in many dog foods. A lot of people dehydrate them and use them in place of store-bought dog treats.
  7. Lean meat – Chicken, pork, fish, turkey. Avoid bones and fat.
  8. Apples – Slice a wedge off, your dog will adore you.
  9. Popcorn – No salt or butter here. A good way to share movie nights with your pooch.
  10. Rice – When my dog is feeling a little queasy, I give him plain white rice to soothe his stomach. Oatmeal is good here too.
Do not give your dogs the following foods: Grapes, onion, garlic, chocolate, avocado, alcohol, meat scraps (cooked bones), peaches (pits in particular), and caffeine. These can be poisonous or unsafe for dog consumption.

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