In one of my previous posts I presented the most dangerous foods for dogs. Since there are many foods that could harm your dog, you’re probably wondering: What should I feed my dog? What are the good foods for dogs?

This post presents some of the good foods that your dog or puppy can eat without any kind of problems.

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Lean cuts of meat. Most dogs enjoy this food and it’s quite healthy, especially if you remove the fats and avoid excessive seasoning. Also, make sure that the meat is well cooked and that there no bones left in it before feeding your dog.

Salmon. Although a fat fish, salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, an important ingredient for a healthy coat. Always try to buy fresh fish and cook it before feeding your dog. Raw salmon can poison your dog, the symptoms including diarrhea and vomiting. So, it’s very important to cook the fish before giving it to your dog.

Cooked rice and pasta. Dogs enjoy rice and pasta and both pasta and rice go well with some boiled meat.

good foods for dogsFresh vegetables: a wide range of vegetables are good for your dog, including carrot sticks, cucumbers, green beans, flax seeds, pumpkin, zucchini slices and sweet potatoes. Just carefully wash the vegetables before giving them to your dog. Steamed vegetables are also good, but avoid overcooking them because most of the nutrients are lost through the cooking process.

good foods for dogsA raw carrot is a great chewy treat. They are a great source of fiber, beta-carotene and vitamin A. Carrots can also be used in homemade recipes.



good foods for dogsGreen beans contain vitamin C and K and they are a regular way to maintain a dog’s weight because of their low number of calories. If your dog starts putting on weight, replace some of his foods with green beans.


good foods for dogsSweet potatoes are a good source of fiber and vitamins (B6 and C) and they can be given to dogs instead of treats, just like carrots.



good foods for dogsFlax Seeds, either oil or ground, are an important source of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for a shiny coat and healthy skin.



good foods for dogsSmall slices of fresh cucumber are just fine for your dog once in a while. Avoid large quantities as they can upset the stomach.



good foods for dogsPumpkins are good sources of fiber, potassium and beta-carotene. They can be a wonderful, raw, healthy treat. They can serve as a way to help your overweight dog lose some pounds. Just replace some of your dog’s food with canned pumpkin (or raw). Make sure that it’s pure pumpkin, not mixes and that it doesn’t contain sugar or preservatives.


good foods for dogsSteamed zucchini can help your dog lose some weight as they are low on calories.



good foods for dogsFresh Fruits like apples, bananas, oranges and watermelon are good foods for dogs. Avoid peaches, plums, persimmons because their seeds can cause intestinal obstruction. Avocado is toxic in all its forms and grapes and raisins are another bad choice because they can cause kidney failure.



good foods for dogsApples are one of the best treats you can give to your dog. They contain vitamins A and C and are an excellent source of fiber. Avoid feeding your dog the core of the apple, as the seeds might contain cyanide, a harmful chemical compound.


good foods for dogsWatermelons can be a great treat for summer days as they contain a lot of water. They are also a rich source of minerals and vitamins (A and B6).



good foods for dogsBananas are rich in vitamins and potassium. They can be a very handy treat. However, large amounts might be hard to digest and can cause diarrhea.


good foods for dogsOranges consumed in moderation are a tasty treat. The peel and seeds should be removed before you give them to your dog. Excessive amounts can cause diarrhea.


So, to draw a conclusion, all the presented fruits and vegetables are good foods for dogs but in small amounts. Moderation is the key. They can offer variety to your dog’s diet!

That’s about it! Stay posted!

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One Response to Good Foods for Dogs

  1. Gagdag says:

    A few years ago, Premium Edge had a “weight loss” as well “weight management” kilbbe.Look at bags for caloric values. You can also lower the amount you feed, and add some green beans, a spoon of pumpkin to make the dog feel more “full”

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