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What are some human foods that are safe for dogs to eat?

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Many fruits and vegetables are safe for dogs to eat, including green beans, pumpkin and apple slices. Lean meats such as salmon or skinless chicken can also be good for dogs in moderation.

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What are some human foods that are safe for dogs to eat?
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Berries, including strawberries and blueberries, are good treats for most dogs. Peeled bananas are safe, and freezing the banana first can provide the dog with a nice treat during hot weather. Carrots and greens such as spinach and lettuce are also safe, as are sweet potatoes.

Rice is another healthy ingredient for dogs to eat, especially those with a sensitive stomach. Oatmeal can be good for these dogs. Yogurt is generally healthy, although low-fat varieties without added sugar are usually best. Probiotics in yogurt can support healthy digestion in dogs, just like in people.

Peanut butter is another safe food choice for dogs. This is a good way to give medication to dogs that do not want to take it. It can also be used in food-dispensing toys, such as Kongs, to help keep a bored dog busy. Cheese is a healthy treat for training.

Foods to avoid include anything with chocolate or the artificial sweetener xylitol. Grapes and raisins can also cause poisoning. Onions and garlic might be toxic, particularly in larger amounts. Fruits with pits should be avoided because the pits are often toxic and can also be a choking hazard or damage the dog's teeth.

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