If you’re a responsible dog owner, you probably limit or even restrict the amount of human food that you feed him.  You’re definitely on the right track as too much people food can make dogs sick or even overweight.  However, there are some human foods that dogs can eat in moderation without any problems.  If your dog seems uninterested in his usual food, try feeding him some of these options to see if his appetite changes.

1)    Peanut Butter is one of the best foods that dogs can eat. The natural, preservative free kind that is, is safe and delicious for dogs to eat.  Most of them are quite fond of it, so it can be used to conceal medicine or for an occasional tasty treat.

2)    Cheese.  Just like humans, dogs love cheese.  You can offer your pet small amounts of cheese at a time, but beware of lactose intolerance—a common condition in humans that can affect dogs too.

3)    Yogurt is full of nutrients and especially probiotics, which are healthy for your pets digestive system.  Give your dog some plain, all-natural yogurt so he can receive some extra nutrition.

4)    Watermelon is one of the safest fruits for dogs.  In fact, any kind of melon is safe for canines to eat in moderation.  Avoid mixing watermelon with other fruits and feeding them to your pet, though, before asking a veterinarian if it’s okay.

5)    Salmon is typically enjoyed by cats, but that doesn’t mean dogs can’t enjoy it too!  Salmon contains plenty of protein and omega-3 fatty acids which will help your dog maintain a healthy immune system, skin and fur coat. 

6)    Rice is another safe human food that dogs can eat.  They may not enjoy it as much as all of your other food, but it can be just what your pup needs if he is experiencing stomach problems.  White rice is the way to go when it comes to dogs because it is easier for them to digest.

7)    Carrots do not seem like a typical dog food, but chances are that your pet will like them.  They are rich in vitamin and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin B6, iron and potassium.  Try steaming, chopping or shredding them to see what your dog likes best.

8)    Meat.  If you’re a dog owner, you have probably realized that dogs love meat.  Chicken, turkey, fish, beef, you name it, they love it.  Whatever you choose to feed him, make sure it’s free of bones and completely cooked.  It is also better to feed dogs organic meat that doesn’t contain any preservatives or extra ingredients. 

There you have it—8 human foods that are safe for dogs.  Now, this doesn’t mean you can start feeding your dog these foods in place of his own formulated dog food, but you can give him them as treats occasionally.  This will help fend off boredom with his food and even prevent him from becoming overweight.  Remember that you should ask a veterinarian first if you have any doubts about a food, and have fun experimenting with your pet!