There are a number of healthy human foods that dogs can eat that will provide them with much needed nutrients they may not obtain from their own dog food. However, there are also some foods that can be extremely detrimental to your dog’s health and should not be given to them.
In this article, we will outline the foods that dogs can and cannot eat that come straight from your kitchen table and not from the dog food aisle.
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Fruits and Vegetables That Are Safe for Dogs to Eat
According to Healthline, carrots, celery, bananas, ripe tomatoes, and mangoes are good healthy snacks that can provide vitamins, minerals, and fiber while keeping the calorie count low. They can be cut up (and peeled and pitted, in the case of mangoes) in order to avoid a choking hazard.
Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries are high in antioxidants to help fight disease as well as other important nutrients and can make a great addition to your dog’s meal. Pineapple, oranges and broccoli also contain a lot of nutrients essential for dogs but should be fed in small amounts as too much cause digestive issues like diarrhea and nausea.
The pink fruit of watermelon is rich in vitamins A and C and are good for dogs. Be sure to remove seeds and rinds, however, which can not only be a choking hazard but also cause digestive issues.
Corn and peas, high in vitamins and minerals, are already common ingredients in dog food and can be fed cooked plain (and off the cob in the case of corn) at a serving size of one or two tablespoons a day.
Apples and cherries are rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants and make a great addition to your dog’s breakfast bowl. Be sure to remove any seeds which contain cyanide and can poison your pup in high quantities.
Coconut meat and oil can be very beneficial for your dog’s skin and fur but should be fed minimally as it is very fatty and can cause unhealthy weight gain if not carefully monitored.
Fruits and Vegetables That Are Not Safe for Dogs to Eat
Never feed your dog raisins or grapes because they harbor toxins that can cause kidney failure and death. Onions and garlic are also dangerous for a dog’s consumption as they contain a toxin that can lead to anemia in dogs.
Avocadoes are very poisonous to dog’s and can cause the lungs to fill fluid which leads to suffocation and death. Limes and lemons can cause severe digestive issues in dogs such as vomiting or diarrhea and in severe cases liver failure and death, so never feed these to your dog.
Meats and Meat Products That Are Safe for Dogs to Eat
Cooked eggs are an excellent source of protein and vitamins for your dog and makes a great breakfast food for both you and your pup.
Cooked salmon contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids that are great for your dog’s skin and fur. Never feed your dog raw salmon as the fish could contain a poisonous disease that could prove fatal to your pup. Shrimp provides similar protein benefits and should also be served cooked to avoid sickness.
Chicken, beef, and turkey are common ingredients found in most dog foods and is a great source of protein. Be sure to remove any bones which may present a choking hazard. Pork is another great source of protein but processed forms like ham and bacon should not be fed to dogs because they have a high salt content.
Milk and cheese can also be fed to dogs in small amounts but not if your dog is lactose intolerant. Large quantities of dairy regardless of tolerance can cause digestive issues.
Other Foods That Are Safe For Dogs to Eat
Peanut butter is a favorite among a lot of dogs and can be fed in small amounts as it is high in fat which can lead to rapid weight gain if not monitored. Plain, unsalted, unbuttered popcorn can also make a good snack for dogs – just watch for stray unpopped kernels that can pose a choking hazard.
Unsalted cashews, peanuts, and almonds, if given in very small amounts of one or two nuts a day, are a good treat for pups. Bread is safe for dogs to consume in limited amounts to avoid unnecessary weight gain.
Oatmeal can provide lots of fiber and vitamins for your pup and makes a great breakfast food for his/her bowl. Sweet potatoes are a great addition to your dog’s diet because they are high in vitamin A which is beneficial for your dog’s immune system and eyesight.
Cooked potatoes and mushrooms are also a good nutrient provider for your pup if served plain.
Other Foods That Are Not Safe For Dogs to Eat
Healthline also recommends steering your pup away from chocolate. The caffeine and other compounds in chocolate can cause severe digestive issues, internal bleeding, seizures, and even death. Coffee and tea should not be given to dogs because of the same issue with caffeine.
Macadamia nuts are also off the table for your dog’s food dish as that contain toxins that can lead to vomiting and hyperthermia. Anything containing xylitol such as candy and gum should never be fed to a dog because it can cause dangerous spikes in blood sugar.
Alcohol and raw yeast dough (which produces alcohol as it ferments) can be fatal to dogs in a number of ways and should never be available for your dog’s consumption. Nutmeg is a spice that is highly toxic to dog’s causing a myriad of problems including increased blood pressure, seizures, and disorientation.
While salt is beneficial in small doses, dogs can easily overconsume salt in a plethora of human foods and care should be taken to closely monitor your dog’s salt intake. An overabundance of the mineral can lead to severe dehydration and death.
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