Apr 08

People Foods that are Safe for Dogs

Knowing which people foods are safe for our pups and which ones to avoid is key to keeping them healthy and happy. With this knowledge, we can ensure our beloved four-legged companions stay thriving and full of life, free from any avoidable food offering mistakes. Here’s a rundown of safe human foods that most dogs can enjoy:

Lean Proteins

Opt for boneless, unseasoned cooked chicken, turkey, or lean beef to provide a protein-packed treat for your pup.


Delight your dog’s palate with safe fruits like apples, bananas, blueberries, and watermelon, which offer a sweet and nutritious snack.


Incorporate a variety of veggies into your dog’s diet, such as carrots, broccoli, green beans, and sweet potatoes, either cooked or raw, to add fibre and essential vitamins.

Rice and Pasta

When your dog’s stomach needs a gentle touch, plain, cooked rice or pasta can provide easily digestible carbohydrates to soothe any tummy troubles.


While some dogs may be lactose intolerant, small amounts of plain yoghurt or cheese can offer a tasty and calcium-rich treat for those who tolerate dairy well.

Balance is key

Complete and balanced nutrition supports healthy growth, muscle development, and overall vitality. We know that an incomplete diet will lead to a dietary imbalance. A common imbalance we see in practice is calcium deficiency, there are many more. 

When it comes to safe treats – make sure these make up no more than 10% of the diet daily to ensure their diet remains balanced. 

Know what to avoid

While it’s fantastic to understand what you can feed your furry friend, it’s equally crucial to familiarise yourself with what to avoid. Take the time to learn about toxic treats to steer clear of any potential risks. Your pup’s health and happiness are worth the extra effort!

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About The Author

Claire is a QLD graduate with 19 years experience as a neighbourhood Veterinarian in Australia and the UK. Animal lover and the founder of VetChat, born from a passion to help pet carers everywhere access trusted advice earlier, for healthier, happier pets. Grateful to be carer to her beautiful Red-dog.