We all love our dogs that we want to spoil them by sharing our food in the table. However, just because a food is safe for us, doesn’t mean it’s also safe for your dogs. Dogs digest differently than us, therefore it’s crucial to know which food is compatible with them. Here are human foods dogs can and can’t eat.
Common foods dog can and can't eat
1. Dog CAN eat bread
Whole grain and plain white bread are both safe for your dogs. Make sure the bread doesn’t contain extra ingredients like raisins. Also, be reminded that bread contains calories so too much can cause weight gain.
2. Dogs CAN eat eggs
Cooked eggs are nutritious and perfectly safe for your little pooch. A single egg contains lots of protein and almost every vitamin and mineral known.
Note: do NOT give your dog some raw eggs. Always cook it first; boiled egg is advisable. Raw eggs can be a breeding ground for salmonella and can spread from animals to humans.
3. Dogs CAN eat peanut butter
This is also a safe treat for your dog, especially for a malnourished one. Peanut butter is high in fat and calories, making it an effective way for your dog to gain weight. That said, do not give an overweight dog too much peanut butter as it can worsen the situation.
4. Dogs can NOT eat chocolate
You may already know but take this as a simple reminder never to give your dog any chocolate. If somehow he managed to take one of your chocolate bars, make sure you know how to make a dog throw up to prevent further damage.
Chocolates may be delicious but for dogs, it can lead to seizures, muscle tremors, internal bleeding, and worse death.
5. Dogs CAN eat salmon
Cooked, boneless salmon is as good to dogs as it’s good to humans. Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is known to promote healthier skin and fur. It also reduces inflammation.
Make sure to give your dog only cooked salmon. Never serve raw as it may contain some parasites that can cause poisoning.
6. Dogs can NOT eat macadamia nuts
It seems macadamia is not for dogs. You should NEVER give your dog macadamia nuts. They contain an unknown toxin that leads to muscle weakness, vomiting, hyperthermia, tremors, and even depression. Even a small piece is enough to trigger these symptoms.
7. Dogs CAN eat popcorn
As long as it doesn’t contain any other ingredient, popcorns are a safe treat for dogs. Make sure it’s plain and does not contain salt. Oil and butter also shouldn’t be added to the popcorn you’re giving to your pooch.
8. Dogs can NOT eat onions
NEVER give your dog onions. The N-propyl disulfide is a compound present in onions and is toxic to dogs. This puts your dog at risk of anemia wherein the red blood cells are damaged, decreasing the oxygen delivered through the body.
9. Dogs CAN eat oatmeal
Oatmeal is safe for dogs to eat, as long as plain and not the flavored. Only give your dog a moderate quantity as it can cause weight gain.
10. Dogs CAN eat green peas
While most nuts are not recommended, green peas are generally safe for dogs. Matter of fact, it’s a common ingredient in almost all types of dog food. Not only are they full of nutrients, but dogs also find them quite delicious too.
11. Dogs can NOT eat coffee and tea
If there’s one thing you shouldn’t give to dogs, it must be caffeine. This substance is present in both coffee and tea, putting your dog at risk of elevated heart rate, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, and more. Caffeine can also cause abnormal heart rhythm and lung failure.
12. Dogs CAN eat chicken
Cooked chicken is advised for your dog. Most dog food has chicken meat as one of the main ingredients. This one is an excellent source of protein, known to promote dog growth.
Note: Remove the chicken meat from the bone to avoid choking risks. Dogs may like bones but it’s actually dangerous when swallowed; bones can puncture the digestive tract.
13. Dogs CAN eat pork
Plain cooked pork is also safe for dogs, as long as it’s cooked properly. Make sure to feed them cooked pork without added sauce, spices, or seasonings.
You should never give your dog any raw or undercooked pork. This increases the risk of bacterial infection. Further, processed pork such as bacon, hotdog, and ham should not be fed to dogs due to their salt content.
Vegetables dogs can and can't eat
1. Dogs CAN eat carrots
This vegetable is good for your little pooch as it contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Carrots are also low in calories so they don’t contribute to making your dog fat.
You can serve either raw or cooked carrots to your dog. Note that this vegetable is a solid food so make sure you slice them into bite-size pieces before giving it to your dog.
2. Dogs CAN eat broccoli
This vegetable is known to contain high amounts of nutrients, making it a healthy food for your dog if given in moderate quantities.
You can feed either raw or cooked broccoli. However, too much of it may irritate your dog’s digestive system.
Fruits dogs can and can't eat
1. Dogs CAN eat grapes
While there are people who love grapes and raisins, they shouldn’t be given to dogs. Toxic compounds are present in grapes and raisins that can potentially harm your dog.
Note that even small amounts of grapes can make any dog sick. This food can potentially lead to rapid kidney failure and worse, death.
2. Dogs CAN eat blueberries
Small in size and rich in antioxidants, blueberries are a perfect treat for your dogs. This fruit also contains lots of vitamins and minerals for your dog’s health. Further, blueberries are a good source of fiber which promotes better digestive health.
3. Dogs CAN eat blackberries
Blackberries are as safe as blueberries for dogs. They are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals, as well as fibers that all work in promoting a healthier dog. You can give your little pooch both frozen and fresh blackberries.
4. Dogs CAN eat pineapple
It’s almost anything that’s rich in fiber is good for dogs. Fresh pineapple is a great treat for dogs, but only in small amounts. It’s dense in nutrients and rich in fiber that aids in digestion. However, make sure your dog doesn’t eat too much of it.
5. Dogs CAN eat watermelon
The watermelon fruit on its own is a good treat for dogs. It’s packed with nutrients (including Vitamin A and C) and low in calories as well.
Watermelons are safe as long as it does not contain seeds or rind. These are choking hazards and your dog might not be able to digest them.
6. Dogs can NOT eat Avocado
Persin is a toxin present in avocados that are highly poisonous to dogs. This toxin can found in the pit, leaves, and skin of avocados.
7. Dogs CAN eat bananas
This is a great low-calorie treat for your pooch. Bananas are high in potassium, fiber, biotin, and copper.
8. Dogs CAN eat apples
Apples that have been sliced, cleaned (no more seeds) are healthy for your little pooch. Apples are solid and hard so make sure to cut them into bite-size pieces. More importantly, do not feed the apple seeds.
Apple seeds contain cyanide, known to be a dangerous chemical. Always remove the seed before feeding an apple to your dog.
Foods dogs can eat but on LIMITED
1. Salt: LIMIT
Don’t put your dog at risk of salt poisoning by giving him too many salty foods. Dogs can eat salts but not too much. Make sure not to deprive your furball of water.
Too much salt and water deprivation lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and seizures. In worse cases, salt can cause death. If you’re not confident enough, just don’t give your dog any salty substances like chips.
2. Cheese: LIMIT
This one’s safe for most dogs but only in small quantities. Cheese has lactose and fat content that may cause some stomach pain if taken in large quantities.
Note: Mozzarella is the best type of cheese for dogs. Introduce cheese in small amounts and mixed with your dog’s daily meals.
3. Cashews: LIMIT
Roasted, plain, and unsalted cashews are safe for most dogs. Limit your dog’s cashew intake to only one or two. Too many cashews can lead to pancreatic and weight gain.
4. Almonds: LIMIT
It’s like almost every nut is not for dogs. Almonds are difficult for dogs to digest so it’s best not to give them at all. But if you really want to, make sure it’s totally plain, unsalted, and just a very small amount.
5. Tomatoes: LIMIT
Only give ripe tomatoes to your dog and only occasionally.
Feeding our dogs the wrong food may lead to potential health problems or worse death. As a pet parent, it’s important to know which human foods dogs can and can’t eat.