15 Foods Dogs Go Crazy For—That Are Safe

It's normal to want to share scraps of food with your dog, especially when they're giving you puppy eyes while you eat.

Many human foods are perfectly safe for dogs to eat, but some are unhealthy and others are simply dangerous. Dogs digest food differently to humans, and eating the wrong foods can lead to long-term health problems and, in some cases, can be fatal.

However, some foods are fine for dogs to eat as an occasional treat or in moderation, according to the American Kennel Club.

So what human foods do dogs love that are safe for them to eat? Take a look below.

Carrot

Bits of carrot are a great, healthy treat for dogs and many pooches love the taste and crunch too. Carrots contain essential vitamins and minerals like beta carotene—which the body converts to vitamin A—vitamin K, potassium and more.

Eggs

Eggs are a great source of protein for dogs, as well as a source of linoleic acid and vitamin A. It's important for eggs to be cooked thoroughly before being given to a dog because raw egg can cause salmonella. Also, don't add butter, oil or other common ingredients.

Salmon

Salmon is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which keep the immune system working and can keep your dog's coat healthy. It's also a good protein source, which is why salmon is a common ingredient in many good-quality dog foods. Choose boneless salmon and don't add any other seasonings before giving it to your dogs.

Mango

Mango contains vitamins A, B6, C, and E, as well as potassium and beta-carotene. However, mango is high in sugar so it should be an occasional treat. The pit should be avoided because it contains cyanide and can be a choking hazard.

Cheese

Most dogs love cheese and it is safe to feed them it occasionally. However, cheese is high in fat and feeding them too much cheese can cause weight gain and problems such as diabetes. According to the American Kennel Club, eating cheese can occasionally lead to pancreatitis in dogs, which can be fatal.

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Dogs love cheese but it contains a lot of fat, so should only be an occasional treat Getty iStock/mladenbalinovac

Banana

Bananas are high in potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, magnesium and fibre. However, like most fruits, you should only feed your dog bananas in moderation because they contain a lot of sugar.

Apple

Many dogs go crazy for the crunch of apple slices and they make a great occasional treat. Apples are a good source of vitamin C, fibre and calcium. Chewing on a piece of apple can also help keep your dog's teeth clean, but you should still brush them regularly.

Blueberries

Blueberries contain high amounts of vitamin C, fibre and phytochemicals, which are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants. There may be a risk of choking in smaller dogs, so you may have to cut them up.

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Make sure foods do not contain added sugar or sweeteners like xylitol, which can be life-threatening Timothy A. Clary/AFP via Getty Images

Peanut butter

Many dogs love peanut butter and it's a healthy snack too, as long as it doesn't contain added sugar or sweeteners like xylitol, which can be life-threatening. Be aware that peanut butter has a high fat and salt content, so should be an occasional treat.

Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is low in calories and a great source fibre and water. Like other fruits, it is high in sugar, so should be eaten in moderation, especially for dogs who are prone to piling on the pounds.

Cucumber

Pieces of cucumber are a healthy treat for dogs as they contain many vitamins and minerals but are low in fat and sugar. Cucumber should be cut up into bite-size pieces to avoid choking.

Raspberries

Raspberries are a tasty treat in moderation and contain antioxidants, fibre and vitamin C. However, they contain small amounts of xylitol so should only be given to dogs very occasionally.

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Treats should be cut to the right size before being fed to dogs, particularly for smaller breeds Matt Cardy / Stringer/Getty

Green beans

Green beans are safe for dogs to eat, so long as they are plain and not covered in seasoning, butter or oil. Not only are they full of important vitamins and minerals, they're also full of fibre and low in calories.

Chicken

Cooked chicken is a healthy food that is safe for most dogs to eat. It's a common ingredient in dog food and is a good course of protein too. However, it's important to note that some dogs are allergic to chicken.

Additionally, cooked chicken should be taken off the bone too because cooked bones splinter easily and can cause choking or puncture dogs' internal organs, which can be fatal.

Sweet potato

Sweet potatoes provide an excellent source of fibre and are rich in vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as calcium and iron. Make sure the sweet potato is cooked to a soft consistency to prevent choking and ensure the skin is removed too, as it can be difficult for dogs to digest.

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Apple slices can help keep your dog’s teeth clean Stan Honda/AFP via Getty Images