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Human Food for Dogs

Human Food for Dogs

If you look at quality dog food (like Blue Buffalo) you will notice that the some of ingredients are what humans eat.  That's because there is a new direction that dog food manufacturers are taking.  The trend is going back to the old days of natural, holistic, human food, and real nutrition instead of chemically flavored and artificially colored corn meal kibbles. 

A high quality dog food is found only in pet shops and many specialty dog shops are also stocking raw dog food...I admit, I have not had success with it, but have friends that have had good results...so I may be willing to try it again.

In dog rescue, many health issues are cured by simply changing the diet, so here is a simple list of healthy alternatives that can make your dog look and feel better.

YES...Healthy additives and snacks                                         

  • Cottage Cheese, plain yogurt
  • Organic Eggs (hard boiled)
  • Sardines and Salmon(packed in water only)
  • Liver, Duck and Chicken (cooked)
  • Buffalo or Rabbit (cooked, stay away beef)
  • Vegetables (fresh or frozen, but cooked)
  • Leafy greens, barley grass, brown rice
  • Apples, Bananas, berries, fresh fruit (not from a can)
  • Sweet Potato (cooked and not white potatoes)


  • Raisins or Grapes (toxic)
  • Avocados, apricots, cherries, plums
  • Onions, cabbage (will upset stomach)
  • Chocolate (toxic)
  • Nuts and seeds (do not digest well)
  • Junk or Fast food (double "no")
  • Salty food (unhealthy)
  • No chicken, beef or duck strips from China....(recent warning from the vets who are seeing problems).

Introduce new food slowly. If adding to dogs food, try a limited amount at first to see how they tolerate it; Watch the stool for signs of an upset stomach.

Start reading all labels...the ingredients are sorted in order by what is most in the item.  First ingredient is always the most used, second ingredient is the second most used, third is next, etc.  Keep the ingredient list short and the food simple.  If the list is a long paragraph, with words you don't understand, skip the product.


  • Avoid corn, wheat products, or soy (allergy causing)
  • No pig ears, ham bones, smoked or colored (will make the dog sick)
  • Nothing with food color, additives, or chemicals (toxins)
  • No rawhide to eat (impacts the intestines)

 If you start with a high quality of kibbles and skip the junk, you will reduce the vet visits. The food you feed your dog today will predict their health in the future...so try adding a little human food.

Copyright @ Buyers Broker of Florida 2012 "Human Food for Dogs"

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Comment balloon 9 commentsMike & Eve Alexander • April 22 2012 09:45AM


Nothing but the best for our pups, they love seafood as well... mmm good that bbq salmon skin. And YES always read the ingredients

Posted by David Popoff, Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct (DMK Real Estate ) about 6 years ago

Nice post...very important to take care of our "fur people", the way we care for other members of the family.

Posted by Li Read, Caring expertise...knowledge for you! (Sea to Sky Premier Properties (Salt Spring)) about 6 years ago

Good day Eve. Interesting points. The toxic stuff, grapes, raisins and chocolate, most of us know about but the others are helpful. When my dogs are sick my Vet always suggested white rice and boiled skinless checken.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) about 6 years ago

When on a diet my lab got lots of carrots.  Took a while for her to adapt, but now she loves them.

Posted by Tammy Lankford,, Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville (Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668) about 6 years ago

Very good list - thank you for sharing.  I often wondered which table foods were okay and which ones were NOT!  I bookmarked your post.  :)

Posted by Joy Daniels (Joy Daniels Real Estate Group, Ltd.) about 6 years ago

David:  yes, if in doubt do fish.

Li: Oh, so true...

Sheila: Glad your vet recommended rice and chicken instead of a pill.

Tammy:  Great! You are on target...try celery for less sugar and green beans to loose weight.

Joy:  You are welcome, thank you!


Posted by Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers (Buyers Broker of Florida ) about 6 years ago

Eve,  My dogs are now going through allergies here in south Florida.  The season was very bad.  My little one has Greek yogurt added to her dinner.  We are also in the process of switching her to a hypoallergenic food, a novel protein and one starch - venison and potato.  My other one is on kangaroo and oat.  It has made a world of difference in her coat and personality.  

You're right, what we feed our dogs is so important.  Good post!

Posted by Elyse Berman, PA, Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI (Best Connections Realty, Inc.) about 6 years ago

Elyse: Wow....Kangaroo is really interesting, and I would guess expensive to get...on the radio show I listen to they were bragging about doing a "chili cook-off" using kangaroo meat.  Its great that you think so outside the box and you are correct, with allergies you have to feed outside the norm.

Posted by Mike & Eve Alexander, Exclusively Representing ONLY Orlando Home Buyers (Buyers Broker of Florida ) about 6 years ago

Eve, very valuable info on the good and the big no no's for our pets.....

Posted by Gary Woltal, Assoc. Broker Realtor SFR Dallas Ft. Worth (Keller Williams Realty) about 6 years ago