We are all guilty of spoiling our dogs. That occasional scrap from the dinner table or the last lonely chip on the plate or maybe we switch them to a holistic all natural diet which is comprised of fruits, veggies and nuts. Any time we do this there is always that nagging question of “Can my dog eat that?” and “Is it safe for them?”. These questions lead us to create a list of foods and snack that are not only safe for them to eat but jam packed full of healthy nutrients. Enjoy and Bon Appetit!
“Can my dog eat that?” NO!
We start off with the no list because this one is typically the one that raises the most concern when your dog gets into something they shouldn’t have. Some foods which are edible for humans, and even other species of animals, can be hazardous for dogs as most all animals have different chemical and genetic makeups. Some foods may cause only mild digestive upsets, whereas, others can cause severe illness, and even death.
“Can my dog eat that?” NOT RECOMMENDED
Although your pet may enjoy many of these foods, most vets recommended not to feed them to your dog. You should avoid feeding your dog human foods that are salty, sweet (high in sugar content) or very fatty as these can potentially cause an allergic reaction. Not all dogs are alike, just because someone else’s dog didn’t have an adverse reaction to a particular human food doesn’t mean that your pet will behave the same way. Your dog could react differently to the taste of the food, or he could even have an allergy to one or more of its ingredients.
Cherries, corn, almonds, celery, marshmallows, shrimp, popcorn, peppers
“Can my dog eat that?” IN MODERATION
There are many human foods that can be safely added to your dog’s meals in moderation to give a nutritional boost to Fido’s diet and add a bit of variety to his food bowl. As a responsible and informed dog lover, you also know that too much “people food” can make your dog ill or overweight. These foods can help provide a balanced, healthy diet but should only be fed to your dog in moderation.
Broccoli, cheese, pineapple, potatoes, tomatoes, bread, strawberries, mushrooms, apples, watermelon
“Can my dog eat that?” YES!
Dogs like their wolf ancestors are omnivore and every once in a while crave more than just meat in their diet. Fruits, vegetables and some nuts are key staples in their diets and provide them with vital nutrients to keep them healthy and thriving. This can be seen in the labels of most of your high-quality dog foods and treats.
Lettuce, sweet potato, meat, fish, peanut butter, bananas, spinach, pumpkin, carrots, cantaloupe, pears, rice