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15 of the Healthiest Foods You Can Give to Your Dog

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Dogs are famous for begging while you’re eating at the table or snacking in the kitchen. But in this case, beggars can be choosers. That’s because there are numerous foods you should never give to your dog. Fortunately, for every food scrap you shouldn’t let Sparky vacuum up from under the table, there’s another food scrap that’s OK, or even great, for your dog’s diet. We don’t recommend feeding your dog right from the table, of course. (Unless you want him there, like clockwork, begging every time you sit down for a meal or snack.) But if you do want to share some food with your pet, it’s important to know which foods are the best to give your dog.

Many of the foods people eat are safe for dogs. And some are even healthy additions to your dog’s diet. Feed Fido the right foods, and he’ll get health benefits, such as better immunity, stronger joints, and even fresher breath. Sounds like a win-win. As Lindsay-Jean Hard reports for Food52, there are some general guidelines that can help you figure out what you should and shouldn’t feed your dog. For instance, be careful with foods that are high in sugar and fat. As Hard explains, “Chances are if you know you should be eating something in moderation, your pet should be, too.”

You also should avoid spicy foods, which can wreak havoc on a dog’s digestive system. And keep in mind that, according to experts, no more than 5% of your dog’s diet should come from treats or people food. Commercially sold dog foods are designed to provide your canine with a healthy, balanced diet. Curious about which people foods you can share with your canine? Read on to check out some of the best foods to give your dog.

1. Shrimp and fish

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The American Kennel Club reports that shrimp, fully cooked and with the shells removed, can be a good food for your dog’s diet. Fish is another seafood that’s good for your dog, thanks to all the good fats and amino acids. The AKC specifically recommends salmon and sardines. Salmon is loaded with vitamins and protein, and sardines have soft, digestible bones that give your dog extra calcium.

For any fish other than sardines, make sure you remove all of the small bones. Don’t feed your dog uncooked or undercooked fish, and make sure he isn’t eating fish any more than twice a week. And if you’re feeding your dog tuna, make sure it’s prepared only in water, not oil, and doesn’t contain any spices. 

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