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Dog Pet Health: Foods You Can Sneak to Your Dog Without Making Him Sick

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By    |   Monday, 19 Jan 2015 03:41 PM

Beseeching eyes and a wagging tail make it tough to think of your dog’s health and avoid offering foods on the sly that might or might not be good for your pet.

But there are foods you can sneak to your dog that won’t cause any problems, although you may want to do so as a special treat and not on a regular basis. WebMD said people food shouldn’t constitute any more than 5 to 10 percent of a dog’s diet.

Here are eight foods that are OK to add to your pet’s diet:

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Peanut butter, the unsalted raw kind, is a popular treat for dogs. Cesar Millan, the well-known dog trainer, said it’s a good source of protein and other vitamins, such as B, niacin and E.

Pumpkin supplies fiber and beta-carotene/vitamin A, Millan said, and it can help your dog with digestive issues.

Yogurt — the type with live bacteria that supplies probiotics — is good for dogs, according to Modern Dog magazine. Don’t give them yogurt with fat substitutes or artificial sweeteners. To bump up the healthy value, add some flax seed to the yogurt, too. It’s a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your pet’s skin and coat and also supply fiber, the magazine said.

Cooked eggs are a great way to supplement your dog’s diet with protein, riboflavin, and selenium, Modern Dog said. They can be especially good for dogs with digestive problems.

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Pasta and rice — think "Lady and the Tramp" and the iconic shot of the two dogs sharing spaghetti — are OK for your dogs. No sauce, said WebMD, and cook the pasta; brown rice is better for them, just as it is for people.

There’s not a dog that doesn’t turn on the full-fledged begging charm trying to score some meat. Chicken, steak, hamburger, bacon – you name it, they want it. WebMD said feeding your dog small amounts of lean meat is just fine. Don’t give them old or spoiled meat, and stay away from the fatty cuts (so that bacon is not such a good idea).

Most fruits are good for dogs, except for grapes and raisins, WebMD said. Pieces of cantaloupe, apples and blueberries will give your pet a bit of a sweet treat.

Oatmeal offers soluble fiber, which Millan said can help older dogs who are having bowel troubles. Cook the oatmeal, and don’t give your pet any that has added sugar or flavors.

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