Do I have your attention now?
Truth be told, I love feeding my dog bits of human food from the table.
Like all pet parents, I’m guilty. (You’re probably grinning right now too!)
The problem is I needed a reminder of what my dog can and can’t eat.
Today, I decided to put 100 human foods for dogs together and share my complete collection with you.
From crunchy and tasty snacks to the foods I cook with daily in my own kitchen.
All in one place, to help keep your dog healthy and safe.
Chances are you’ll be surprised to hear some of the amazing health benefits below.
Yes, occasionally. (Avoid salt)
When it comes to letting your dog eat edamame, it’s best to keep this snack to a light minimum. This supermarket frozen food when cooked can often contain high levels of salt. (Depending on how it’s cooked, of course) If you avoid adding any salt and steam boil these green soy beans there are some great nutritional perks.
For starters, Edamame beans are packed with protein, iron and fiber. Their rich in vitamin K and B2, plus potassium, copper and magnesium. Not to mention, as an added plus, edamame beans contain omega-3 fatty acids for promoting a health immune system and radiant coat for dogs.
Yes, use caution, broccoli can be toxic.
Dogs can eat broccoli in small amounts with no health concerns, however this is generally true for larger dogs. With smaller dogs it’s a bit easier to exceed the daily intake of 10%, and when that happens, so do the problems. When broccoli is consumed in excessive amounts it can cause gastrointestinal irritation and discomfort.
This discovery first came to light when dairy cattle form California where fed broccoli crops. The result was more profound, considering it’s believed cows have a much faster rate of digestion than dogs. The toxic substance that emerged was isothiocyanate.
But don’t worry, you can still feed confident giving your dog broccoli as a human food treat. A quick six to seven minute steam and you’ll have a great source of vitamin C, K, and A. Plus eating broccoli has the perks of added folate and fiber.
Dogs can eat all colors of bell peppers, and truth be told, they’ll enjoy them all too. These nourishing vegetables will give you pup a punch of vitamin C, and a dose of vitamin A, E, K and B. There’s also phosphorous, magnesium, folate, beta-carotene, and fiber for health poops.
But what you might not know is that all of these great nutrients are sealed within the walls of the bell peppers. In order to make sure you get them out you’ll want to chop them up first. Taking the time to cook them helps to further break down the cell walls of the bell pepper, and of course make them a bit easier to digest for your dog.
Bell peppers also contain capsaicin which has been touted as having an analgesic and anti-inflammatory affect for humans with arthritis. It’s the same ingredient is found in those incredibly hot chili peppers that make your eyes water too. But when it comes to the bell pepper you can rest easy knowing they’re not spicy at all.
In fact, the dog food company Fromm has used bell peppers as ingredients in their “Salmon with Sweet Potato” formula.
The aroma of freshly baked, warm cinnamon rolls is surely enough to wake up even the deepest sleeper in the morning. You’ll be glad to know you can safely bake away buns, cookies and more in your kitchen. Cinnamon is a non-toxic human food for dogs. In fact, studies have shown it may have some antioxidant properties and help lower blood sugar. It’s commonly found inside supplements for diabetics and those with chronic health problems.
Though rare, it’s possible some dogs may have minor negative effects such as irritation on the skin when they come in contact with Cinnamon. This can occur with cinnamon oils, sticks, powder or simply by chewing on the tree itself. You may notice slightly redness but generally any irritation will occur inside of the dog’s mouth.
One thing to keep in mind is cooking with Nutmeg; in large amounts it can be quite toxic. Side effects in dogs include hallucinations and a elevated heart rate. Interestingly enough, when consumed in excessive amounts humans experience the same health issues.
Yes, great for stressed and sick dogs.
As a treat dogs can safely eat one to two orange pieces a day with no cause for concern. You’ll just want to limit the amount fed due to the high sugar content in oranges, tangerines and clementines. A whole orange typically contains 7 grams of sugar. Believe it or not, the leading cause for GI upset in dogs isn’t the citric acid found in this fruit, it’s the sugar.
For health benefits this human food delivers a big burst of vitamin C. And you probably already heard the story of sailors out on the seas getting “scurvy”, but what I’m going to tell you next might come as a surprise.. Did you know humans are the among the few animals in the world that can’t produce Vitamin C naturally? What’s really shocking is dogs can and do produce it in their own bodies.
Interestingly enough, when dogs are sick, stressed and have skin diseases, scientists discovered dogs had lower amounts of vitamin C in their bloodstream. And boy do dogs get stressed out! Even when we think our pup is perfectly find, we have to stop and considering: Emotional stress from moving and training. Plus physical stress from herding, hunting, injuries and growth.
When you feed your dog oranges research has also shown that the same is true for dogs as it is humans. Vitamin C gives your pup a greater resistance to disease, and often boosts the recovery time from illness and injuries. Often veterinarians recommend it for vaccinations, contagious diseases and even promoting healthy gums and teeth. Who knew such a tasty treat could be such a great cure!
Yes, unsalted only.
Crunchy, salty goodness. (Just hold the salt please) When it comes to letting your dog eat pretzels understand salt poisoning can be a moderate, severe and sometimes life threatening concern. From vomiting to kidney damage, tremors and more, make no mistake with dogs and salt.
For unsalted pretzels their nearly nutritionally void, with less calories and fat than the average bag of potatoes chips. (Just a tip for the next time you’re digging around in the snack bowl.)
When dogs eat pineapple the enzyme “bromelian” helps to decompose protein in their bodies.
But what goes in must come out.. And some dogs sure do love to eat their own poop. (Cocrophagia is the technical term.) The good news at least, is pineapples may help stop this unwanted behavior. It’s been said dogs with weak digestive systems will consume their own poop.
When pineapples are added to their diet, their ability to absorb essential nutrients is heightened. It’s possible this may be the solution, but others argue the sulphur content found in Pineapple, makes poop unbearable un-tasty. (As if it’s not already gross enough!)
Don’t forget to remove the skin before letting your dog eat Pineapple. One to two slices a day will be plenty, anymore and you’ll have to keep an eye on your dog’s sugar levels. A whole pineapple alone can contain upwards of 89 grams of sugar naturally.
Yes, but only select species, not all of them.
This spore-bearing fungus has long been debated among dog food experts and nutritionists. It’s natural to be cautious considering there are thousands of species out there.
For example, Button Mushrooms are low in calories, safe and provide a nice supply of Vitamin D. On the other hand, wild mushrooms can cause major health problems. If there’s one thing you want to do to protect your pet, it’s avoid wild mushrooms. Both in the woods and at any exotic food markets. (If you wouldn’t eat it, chances are your dog shouldn’t either)
The right kind of mushrooms can provide your dog with rich-levels of enzymes, protein, antioxidants and niacin, all great things! Generally you’ll find these at most local grocery stores. (White Button. Brown mushrooms such as Crimini, Portobello and Porcini.) Just be cautious and aware while feeding to ensure your dog is not allergic to mushrooms. Symptoms typically occur within 24-48 hours after consuming them.
Here’s what your pup can expect form mushrooms: Vitamins: B’s, folic acid, and pro-vitamin D. Minerals like potassium, iron, copper and more. Essential amino acids, sugars, lipids (omega-6), polysaccharides, antioxidants, fiber and much more.
Generally Yes, but avoid large amounts.
Chances are you’re in for one gas-y night and going to be dealing with diarrhea when it comes to Kale. When dogs eat Kale they are ingesting the oxalates found in other foods that make you toot, like spinach.
In small amounts you can “by pass” (Get it..) those unwanted smells. By feeding your dog Kale you’ll nourish them with high amounts of vitamin K, C and beta-carotene. Plus great minerals like calcium, magnesium and potassium. Perhaps one of the most profound benefits of Kale is it’s rumored anti-cancer nature with “Sulforaphane”.
On the other hand, large amounts of Kale can produce kidney or bladder stones in dogs. Both unpleasant and quite painful. Treatment involves medication, plenty of recovery time at home, and sometimes if considered necessary, hospitalization and assisted medical care.
Fun fact: It’s been said Kale is in 2.5% of all dog foods. It’s been used in everything from dog cakes to dog cookies too.
Yes, but avoid feeding puppies.
Ever wonder why the Pooh bear couldn’t resists those tasty honey pots? This sweet substance not only tastes good for bears, dogs and humans like, but it’s also rich in nutrients and acts as a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Dogs who eat honey take in vitamins B1-6 and C, several hormones, proteins, minerals and enzymes. All of which play their part to reducing inflammation in your pet’s intestinal tract. In fact, indigenous healers having been using honey for centuries to cure stomach ulcers. Today’s scientists and researchers have also studied honey’s effects on Crohn disease in humans, and the results were shockingly beneficial.
But here’s the real magic of honey. I’ve heard numerous stories of dogs eating honey for everything from ear infections to skin issues, allergies and more. A teaspoon of honey a day keeps the veterinarians away, or so they say. In any event, dogs who were feed honey stopped scratching and some of their mysterious disappeared.
Though for puppies, honey isn’t as sweet as it sounds. Truth be told, it can potentially be a harmful human food for puppies. The botulism spores are tolerated by adult and mature dogs, thanks to their developed immune system. However, when it comes to puppies who haven’t fully developed, it’s best to be careful and cautious.
No, high salt and fat.
Who doesn’t enjoy a nice slice of warm, roasted holiday ham? During the festive season it can be tempting to feed your dog ham from the table, but it can be quite fatal.
Dogs who eat ham also ingest large amounts of salt and fat, which in return, causes diarrhea and vomiting. As indigestion occurs, things only get worse with the more ham your dog eats. It can cause an inflamed pancreas (aka pancreatitis).
The bizarre and perhaps shocking part of all of this, is when the pancreas starts to leak digestive enzymes. These enzymes actually start digesting your dog’s own pancreas!
Yes, but avoid corn on the cob
You’ve seen the claims: Grain-free, corn-free plastered all over the dog food bags at the store. But when it comes to corn, it’s just another cheap fat-free carbohydrate, used as a filler. Corn itself is not toxic or harmful towards dogs. In fact, the only real concern corn presents is the possibility it can be a canine allergen.
As a whole grain, chances are you already know it’s not easily digestible in the stomachs of dogs. However, what may come as a surprise is that corn does not have a low glycemic index. And aside from those two facts, that’s pretty much all there is corn.
The biggest lesson any pup parent can take away from corn, is to avoid feeding it in the form of corn on the cob. Dogs will chew their way down to the core and just like a bone, they’ll try to eat it. When this happens it can cause intestinal blockage and cause health problems for your pet.
If your dog is nuts for coconuts, you’ll be glad to know I’m about to tell you next. Coconuts have remarkable MCFAs, (medium chain fatty acids) and lauric acid levels, plus antioxidant properties. They’ve been shown to slowly elevate the metabolism, improve digestion and provide lasting energy in dogs. So if you’re looking to help your dog with their weight loss goals, you’re in luck! Not to mention, when dogs drink this tropical plant it’s like giving their skin and coat a day at the spa.
Usually, 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight is recommended daily, or if the math is easier for you: 1 tablespoon for every 30 pounds. Just keep in mind coconut does contain triglycerides; too much can potentially cause bloating and intestinal discomfort.
Peanut butter on celery.. Yum! Just hold the ants (raisins) please. Celery is abundant in healthy vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, B and C, plus iron, phosphorous, potassium and much more. But that’s not all, celery also contains “pthalides”, which can potentially help lower your dog’s blood pressure and help fight cancer.
How pthalides work is by relaxing the muscles around the arteries allowing them to dilate. The calcium, potassium and magnesium play their part too by helping to regulate your dog’s blood pressure.
As an added plus, when dogs eat celery their breath smells fresh too!
Yes, but not bread dough.
Bread is a simply a carbohydrate, too much and your pup will start to pack on the pounds. But on the other end of the spectrum, it will also help your dog poop. Bread is fiber rich and great for constipated dogs who need a little boost. A nibble or two and bread will act like a mild laxative.
But there a few precautions when trying to determine if a dog can or can’t eat bread. Some dogs may be allergic, while others who are diabetic need to be careful of the sugar. (If your dog has allergies, replacing wheat with rice or rye sometimes does the trick)
For all dogs, it’s especially important to keep away bread dough. The yeast will expand in size within your dog’s stomach and cause ethanol toxicosis.
Yes, try to cook them before feeding.
A sweet treat indeed! Sweet Potatoes have a low glycemic index and won’t spike your dog’s blood sugar levels. They also have vitamin C, B6, carotene and manganese too. But with everything sweet there’s usually a catch.. It’s true dogs can eat sweet potatoes, but they’ll also pack on weight. Sweet Potatoes are loaded with starch.
Overall, sweet potatoes make for a great dose of dietary fiber. (Just cook them first when possible)
Generally Yes, always avoid artificial sugars.
The wrapper on the floor next to that innocent looking dog with puppy eyes.. Where did it come from? I’ll give you a hint: the Christmas tree. You know, humans aren’t the only ones who sneak tasty candy canes from the tree!
When it comes to peppermint, dogs can eat it. In fact, some pup parents use it as a digestive aid for sick animals. But you have to really know what’s in it first before feeding. Some peppermint candies and human foods can contain artificial sweeteners like xylitol which is exceptionally toxic to dogs. Most will often contain sugar, which can be a real problem for diabetic dogs.
For “mint” itself, there are a few species safe and non-toxic to dogs such as: wild mint, spearmint and peppermint. (CKC) Though the ASPCA warns the genus Mentha species: English pennyroyal (Mentha pulegium) is toxic and should be avoided.
Yes, a favorite dog treat.
Peanut butter.. Put it inside of a Kong toy and your dog will be busy for hours. Little does he know that eating creamy peanut butter is actually quite healthy. It’s loaded with all sorts of heart-healthy fats (omega fatty acids), plus has vitamin B, E and niacin.
Best of all, it’s balanced in protein and carbohydrates. And you might be surprised to know that dogs with diabetes can eat peanut butter too. These balanced levels can actually give your dog a boost in taking advantage of the sugar in their bloodstream.
For bad breath, peanut butter can be the cure. When dogs eat it, the fatty acids will cover up the unwanted and stinky bacteria in your dog’s mouth. Though, too much of it and you’ll be creating another stinky problem, oily stools. Not to mention, eating excessive levels of omega-6 found in peanut butter can cause inflammation.
Yes, but avoid peach pits.
Looking for a peachy treat dogs can eat? You’ve found it. Peaches have an abundant source of the powerful antioxidant vitamin C. When eaten, peaches can help against free radicals that cause cancer in canines. Plus, the high level of potassium, choline, and vitamin C combined can go a long way in supporting a healthy heart.
The only real downfall when it comes to this human food is diarrhea and loose stools. But generally, those two issues come about from overfeeding this delicious fruit. But perhaps the biggest thing to watch out for is the peach pit itself. There have been rumors about the pit containing cyanide, and while true, most don’t tell you the important details..
The amount of cyanide in the peach pit is low enough not to even worry about. However, when letting your dog eat peaches it’s best to avoid giving them the pit due to their size. Pits can easily become logged in the throat and intestines.
Remember back to when you watched Lady and the Tramp? You know, the two dogs sharing a romantic candle-lit dinner with one spaghetti noodle bringing them together. Now while that might be Hollywood, the truth is dogs can eat pasta safety.
Pasta is simply full of carbohydrates with little to no nutritional value. It can lead to obesity in dogs, but in moderation it’s just fine to feed.
No, but generally a lick or two isn’t toxic.
When life hands you lemons.. Don’t make dog treats. If you’ve ever seen the video of a puppy tasting a lime for the first time, you’ll know why some citrus fruits like lemons and grapefruit probably aren’t so good for dogs. (But chances are you laughed a bit too!)
While a lick or two will only cause sour taste bud shock, eating a whole lemon or slice itself can cause some potential problems. Most notably health problems incurring vomiting, diarrhea, depression and in some cases, sensitivity to light. Yet it hasn’t stopped some pup parents claiming lemons can rid fleas and bad breath away from dogs.
Regardless, if eating in large amounts it can cause digestive system irritation especially in younger dogs and puppies.
When your dog sneaks away with your chocolate rose on Valentine’s Day, he’s in for more than an earful. When a dog eats chocolate his stomach will metabolize the chemical “theobromine” (methylxanthines) slowly. So slow in fact, it stay in a dog’s digestive system for close to 20 hours. During this time frame the theobromine in Chocolate negatively affects the central nervous system, heart and kidneys. But that’s not all you have to worry about, there’s also caffeine in chocolate to make matters worse.
The amount of theobromine and caffeine do however, vary depending on what type of chocolate your dog eats. White and milk chocolates are considered less toxic in comparison to dark chocolate and dry cocoa powder. To give you a better idea, 8 ounces of milk chocolate will make a large, 50-lb dog sick. In comparison 1 ounce of dark chocolate will have the same effects.
And speaking of the toxic effects, they’re not pleasant for you pup. Vomiting, diarrhea, hyperactivity, high blood pressure and heart rate, plus more serious things like seizures and heart arrhythmia. Not to mention death in some cases.
Remember, the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous.
From digestive to cardiovascular support, you might be surprised at all the health benefits Cauliflower has to offer dogs. It’s super-rich in Vitamin K, omega-3 and glucobrassicin; all of which play a part in potentially reducing the risk of cancer and chronic diseases in dogs. Plus, with a high level of fiber, this great garden snack can also help support dogs with digestive issues.
Pee Yew! Cabbage will make your pup pass more gas, but at least you can rest easy knowing your dog’s gastrointestinal system is in top shape.
Sure, the stinky smell may seem toxic to your nose, but consider all of the good that goes into your pet when they eat Cabbage. It’s loaded with beneficial vitamins and anti-oxidants, which by the way, can also help improve your dog’s skin and coat.
It’s also been said that cabbage can help dogs who have night blindness thanks to its high vitamin A content. Not to mention, potentially prevent the growth of cancer cells thanks to indole-3-carbionol. Either way, this non-toxic human food makes for a great, but gas-y treat. You can limit the amount passed by slowing feeding smaller portions over time; feeding cooked instead of raw cabbage helps too.
Yes, you have to cook first.
Brussels sprouts are a fantastic source of vitamin C, K, A, B1 and B6; plus sulforaphane, fiber, and idole-3-carbinol. These tiny green ball treats will keep your dog’s digestive system in full swing, while also promoting strong, healthy bones. But we warned, too many and you’ll be in for one stinky night as “your dog’s pipes clear out”.
You’ll want to cook Brussels sprouts before feeding as raw ones can be a bit harder to digest for your dog. Boil, steam or microwave your way to this tasty treat.
Yes, but not all kinds.
Beans, beans the magical fruit, the more your dog eats, the more they will toot!
As an excellent alterative to animal-based protein, beans will give your dog lasting energy. Choose from pinto, kidney and black beans, just to name a few. But be careful as not all beans are safe human foods for dogs to eat. In fact, there are thousands of different kinds of bean species out there.
Black bean for example, will give your dog a boost of vitamin C, K and manganese. It will also help relieve constipation, support a healthy colon and regulate blood sugar levels in dogs with diabetes.
Remember to feed beans in moderation as dogs aren’t ideally equipped to digest these complex carbohydrates. You can typically expect gas, bloating and diarrhea to occur.
Rosemary, Thyme And Oregano
Add a dash of oregano if you’re looking for abundant antioxidants and flavonoids in your dog’s diet. Science has shown this antimicrobial and non-toxic human food can potentially reduce indigestion, diarrhea and gas in dogs.
Sprinkle on some rosemary for added antioxidants, calcium, vitamin B6 and petite levels of iron.
You’ll find thyme in around 3% of all dog foods and for a good reason. Thyme contains vitamin K, C and A, iron, calcium and manganese. Plus it functions as an antiseptic and has excellent antioxidant properties just like Oregano and Rosemary. A few sprinkles here and there and you’ll be supporting your dog’s brain, skin and coat, and gastrointestinal health.
For generations greyhounds that raced the track and sled dogs that plowed through the snow ate one thing: Raw meat. Today they call it “biologically appropriate raw food”, and it’s become quite the popular marketing buzz word. Marketing aside, some question if dogs can stand to benefit from following an evolutionary diet. Many veterinarians don’t entirely agree, but it really comes down to personally preference.
With multiple benefits to dogs eating raw meat treats there’s also some potential risk to factor in. When dogs eat raw meat they can potential achieve a shiny coat, healthy skin, lasting energy, cleaner teeth, and balanced stools. Though, risks can include bacteria from the raw meat, a potentially unbalanced diet and health complications from whole bones. (Broken teeth, choking or intestinal damage)
Some studies have dis-proven that the bacteria in raw meat will hurt your dog, but I’ll save those juicy details for my next dog food guide.
Dogs who eat raspberries will enjoy fiber, antioxidants, copper, iron, magnesium, vitamin C, K, B and more. Just serving your dog a treat of two or three will introduce them to abundant antioxidants. These antioxidants will work to help protect your pup against harmful, damaging free radicals, cancer and heart disease.
No, kidney failure.
Just like grapes, raisins are another toxic human food for dogs. When consumed raisins can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Other tell tale signs include refusal to eat even and a decrease in urination. Though, consider that some dogs may be just fine consuming raisins.
The science behind why raisins are toxic to dogs remains a mystery, even today. What is known however, is that grapes can potentially cause kidney failure (aka acute renal failure) in as little as 3 to 4 days after consumption.
Yes, but avoid wild radish.
Constipated pup? A few radishes can help. This all-natural treat is plentiful in fiber, potassium and vitamin C and will get your dog’s bowls moving in no time. Plus their rough texture scrubs away bacteria from your doggies teeth, much like a toothbrush cleans. Though, it may take some time for your dog to warm up to radishes as they are on the spicy side.
Watch out for wild radish, as it can contain toxic seeds. You can typically spot them with a yellow-white tone, and thick, fuzzy green leaves. These leaves change over time from rough to smooth as the plant grows and matures.
Yes, cook first.
Believe it or not, but Quinoa is not actually a grain. In fact, it’s a seed that comes from the spinach family. And it makes sense when you consider that these little seeds are packed with all sorts of healthy goodness. (This is one super food even Popeye would eat!) Quinoa seeds are rich in protein amino acids, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, minerals, fiber, antioxidants, and phytonutrients.
Their 9 essential amino acids will help your dog build strong, lean muscle. Plus the magnesium found in Quinoa seeds will further soothe and relax those muscles and lower blood pressure. Antioxidants like manganese and copper will help fight cancer, while the high fiber content will assist the digestive tract. Just keep in mind, it’s always best to cook quinoa seeds for letting dogs eat them. If fed uncooked, quinoa seeds can cause upset stomachs, diarrhea and vomiting in some dogs. (The same is true for humans!)
Overall, quinoa seeds can be a great replacement for picky eaters or dogs with sensitive stomachs. You’ll even find them in a handful of hypoallergenic dog foods too.
Yes, but not the stem or leaves.
Carving up a pumpkin for Halloween? It’s okay to scoop your dog out some of that goodness inside. Pumpkins are rich in fiber, beta-carotene, zinc, vitamin A, potassium, alpha-carotene and much more. When dogs eat pumpkin they’ll not only enjoy the taste, but also help support their digestive system.
Just remember to throw away the top stem of the pumpkin and any leaves attached to it. These hairs are sharp and can splinter inside of your dog’s digestive tract.
If you’re wondering about the seeds inside of the pumpkin, yes you can dogs those too! Pop them in the oven to roast, then serve. When possible, grind up the roasted seeds to avoid any possible choking hazards.
Yes, remove skins.
Did you know that inside of a potato you’ll find nearly every nutrient aside from vitamin A. In fact, potatoes are rich in vitamin C, but most of its lost in the cooking process. Their also full of potassium, iron, and copper just to name a few great things. And while potatoes are a safe, non-toxic human food for dogs to eat, there are some bad parts to avoid feeding.
Always discard and remove the skin, especially when green in color. These skins can contain high-levels of solanine toxins which can poison your pup. If eaten, dogs can experience a wide range of symptoms from loss of appetite, CNS depression, weakness, vomiting and more.
For dogs with gastrointestinal and indigestion problems, potatoes and rice can often be a great cure. (Just feed them in moderation).
Yes, watch for allergies.
Pork is no different than any other kind of meat, like chicken, beef, or lamb. All of which dogs can eat safely. On the plus side pork contains high levels of protein, B vitamins, zinc, and much more. And while it may be high in fat, consider this: When compared to the chicken breast, pork tenderloin has less fat ounce per ounce.
The only reason concern when it comes to pork is trichinosis, a food borne illness from intestinal roundworm. Though, you can generally by feeding your dog pork that is neither raw nor under-cooked. If consumed without being cooked first, trichinosis can lead to swelling eyelids, pain and general muscle soreness.
Keep an eye out for pork allergies as it’s estimated that nearly 50% of all dogs can’t eat it.
Yes, avoid buttered and salted popcorn.
It’s movie night and your pup is begging for you to pass the popcorn bowl. What do you do with those puppies eyes taking your attention away from the screen? Don’t worry, popcorn is a non-toxic human food that’s perfectly fine for dogs to eat. It’s rich in phosphorus, and has plenty of dietary fiber to offer.
Just remember to watch out for the microwave popcorn which can contain high amounts of butter, salt and fat. And of course, the small kernels at the bottom of the bowl which can sometimes be choking hazards.
Generally No, garlic and onion are toxic.
Everyone loves a hot slice of pizza fresh from the oven. That melt-y cheese, the gooey crunchy crust, and the salty, mouthwatering pepperoni. (It’s easy to see why!) But when it comes to your “pupperoni”, pizza can be toxic when you consider all the toppings dogs eat.
It’s a big no-no to feed any dog onion and garlic, yet it’s a common ingredient in most pizzas. While cheese is safe for dogs to eat, it can be difficult to digest as dogs are lactose intolerant. There’s also tomato sauce which is more than often riddled with lots of sodium and sugar. Tomato sauce itself can be toxic and cause hemolytic anemia, but the truth of them matter is this somewhat misleading: In order for tomato sauce in pizza to be harmful for your pet, they’ll have to ingest more than a few slices.. And more than just one whole pie. That’s a lot of pizza!
Although it’s generally accepted to that pizza can be harmful food for your dog to eat, a small nibble of plain pepperoni more than often won’t cause any serious or immediate health problems.
Yes, small amounts.
Pistachios are another safe, non-toxic human foods when eaten in moderation. However, like most nuts they contain high levels of fat and sodium. Dogs who eat pistachio nuts will likely experience gastrointestinal upset with the possibility of diarrhea or vomiting. Plus there’s always the risk of developing inflammation of the pancreases (pancreatitis) when adding too much fat to your pup’s diet.
Make sure you give the nutritional label a glance first as many pistachio nuts come pre-salted in heavy proportions. Too much sodium can lead sodium ion toxicosis in dogs.
When it comes to toxic human foods, onions rank right up there with grapes, chocolate and raisins. Regardless of how their prepared, whether it be raw, dry, cooked, powdered, or mixed in with other foods, their still dangerous to feed.
What makes onions so toxic to eat is that they contain both disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosuplhate). And when these two things enter a dog’s body, their red blood cells begin to burst. Once this happens the brain and other vital organs can’t get enough oxygen. It causes “hemolytic anemia”, a life-threatening condition that can occur even 2 to 4 days after ingestion.
If your dog eats onions you may notice symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and breathlessness. Toxcosis can happen with around 600 to 800 grams of onions or more than 0.5% of your dog’s body weight. Consumption of 15-30g/kg has been shown to cause hematologic changes.
Yes, choose black over green.
Dogs who eat olives can benefit from vitamin A, E, K, calcium, protein, and healthy monounsaturated fats in their diet. Olives can also improve your dog’s vision and coat, plus lower the risk of inflammation and cancer.
Both green and black olives can lower cholesterol levels in dogs and pep them up with lasting energy too. But be cautious when feeding green olives as they can contain extremely high levels of sodium. Black olives on the other hand are generally lower in sodium and have they have 50% less fat than green olives.
What better way to start the day than a bowl of oatmeal for breakfast. Oats can improve the gastrointestinal function in dogs thanks to their high level of soluble fiber.
Plus oatmeal contains a whole heap of wellness with: Vitamin B5, zinc, iron, manganese, and folic acid. Vitamin B5 and manganese help your pup’s coat plus assists in extracting all the energy out of carbohydrates, fats and proteins in your dog’s diet. Folic acid ramps up the production of red blood cells in your dog’s body, and has been said to do the same for bone marrow too.
Some dogs are allergic to grains like wheat, but oatmeal can be a great replacement, even though it does contain very tiny amounts of gluten. (Don’t worry, it’s less than what wheat contains.)
This fluffy treat is indeed safe to eat. And while it might be loaded in sugars and have no nutritional value at all, marshmallows are simply non-toxic. If you’re picky about your dog’s diet being all-natural, just remember these sponges of heaven are more than often full of artificial everything.
Although marshmallows can serve a good purpose for other things. For instance, if your dog has a difficult time swallowing pills you can try stuffing them inside of this spongy human treat. Chances are they won’t be able to figure out your magic trick!
This tasty fruit has amazing health benefits for both dogs and humans alike. Mangos are excellent sources for vitamin A, C, E, B6, potassium, alpha carotene and beta carotene. Some even call mangos one of the healthiest fruits in the world. But they do come with some downsides like traces of cyanide in their seeds. (Common with most fruits)
When feeding you’ll want to keep mangos to a minimum, because if you don’t, you’ll be dealing with diarrhea.
Give your dog a dose of fiber, potassium, and a burst of vitamin C with just a single slice of Kiwi. This tasty tropical human fruit also has flavnoids to protect your pups cells from harmful oxidation damage. Some research has even shown kiwis can potentially improve respiratory function and ward off macular degeneration as dogs age.
Jello And Gelatin
No And Yes, avoid Jello.
While homemade gelatin treats are safe to eat, Jello on the other hand can cause some serious health problems.
When it comes to Jello you’ll find artificial sweeteners on the ingredients label, look for ” Xylitol”. Xylitol is found in all sorts of common household products, including toothpaste. It’s toxic and can result in seizures and death in dogs even in small, trace amounts. In fact, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has reported a significantly growing number of dogs being poisoned by it year after year.
Gelatin on the other hand, can actually be quite beneficial for your dog to eat. When feed to younger dogs it can go a long way in helping prevent joint and cartilage problems in the future. Gelatin has also been said to fight against seizures, brain damage, and inflammation too.
You may notice a better looking coat and skin on your pup as blood cell growth ramps up. Stools may also seem to improve as Gelatin can do wonders for the digestive system in dogs. Should you have a dog with arthritis, Gelatin can often at times be a miracle thanks to its powerful ability to strengthen ligaments, muscles, bones and tendons.
When it comes to Gelatin, give your pup the green light to enjoy!
No, eating grapes can cause kidney failure.
This fruity berry has found its way into all kinds of human foods from jams, jellies, wines, juices and more. For human these little wonders are savored raw too. But when it comes to dogs, grapes can be a seriously toxic treat they should never eat.
Recent research has shown kidney failure in occurs some dogs, but there still remains a big mystery over grapes. Certain dogs can eat grapes with little to no health consequences, while others will find themselves in life-threatening situations. (Even with a just a few grapes.) It’s a bizarre mystery yet to be scientifically solved, but at least one thing we do know, is the ill effects will slowly creep up within the first 12 hours.
For toxicosis your pet will experience a range of health problems from vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy and more. When your dog refuses to eat and their urination decreases, it can be a serious sign to go to the vet immediately. Believe it or not, but kidney failure (aka acute renal failure) can happen three to four days after ingesting grapes. In any event, long-term kidney diseases can potentially occur afterwards, requiring treatment for healthy urine flow. In 2003 to 2004 alone, 140 cases were reported by the APCC, with 50 dogs showing health symptoms and 7 dying from consuming grapes.
While grapefruit may have many health benefits in humans, the opposite can be said for dogs. Small amounts of grapefruit when eaten can cause diarrhea, depression, sensitivity to light and vomiting. The toxic nature of grapefruit is caused by the essential oils within the skin and pit. Plus grapefruit also contains “psoralens”.
If consumed on accident, be on the lookout for other signs of ataxia such trembling and excessive drooling. In some studies, researchers also found a rash could grow around the dog’s groin area.
Ginger can be a miracle human food for dogs with upset and sensitive stomachs. It has been used for thousands of years to treat everything from heart disease to bronchitis, colitis and many other health problems. One of the best times to let your dog eat ginger is for when you need to elevate motion sickness
Say you’re going on a big road trip in the car and are worried about the nausea your dog will experience along the route. A bit of ginger will go a long way in making those gastro-intestinal issues disappear. From gingerbread to gingerbread cookies, chances are your dog will crave this sweet human food treat!
Yes, feed the whole egg with yolk.
Sure, raw eggs pose a few health concerns when you consider that their high in cholesterol, and can potentially cause salmonella poisoning and boitin deficiency.. But don’t let that fool you into thinking there a bad human food for dogs. The truth of the matter is that eggs are one of the most complete sources of amino acids, plus they contain high levels of protein. Eggs are also an excellent source for vitamin A, B12, riboflavin, folate, iron, fatty acids and more.
When we think of salmonella from eggs we often think of it in terms of what happens to humans. However, understand that dogs have a shorter digestion tract and a higher immunity to bacteria. (Don’t forget that you can always cook eggs too!)
Now, it’s been said egg whites can cause a biotin deficiency in dogs, but it takes a lot of raw eggs for that to happen. One of the easiest ways to protect your pet is to feed the whole egg, not just the egg whites. The yolk itself is high in biotin which goes a long way in promoting cell growth, healthy metabolism, and a radiant skin and coat.
Last but not least, you should know that egg whites do contain enzyme inhibitors. These can affect your dogs digestion, especially if they are younger or in their senior years. But don’t worry, it doesn’t mean you can’t let your dog eat raw eggs, it simply means you can’t overfeed them too many.
For dogs with kidney problems eggplant can be quite a lifesaver. It’s tremendously low in potassium, sodium and phosphorus. Plus eggplant features a whole bundle of healthy nutrients including fiber, vitamin B1, B6, K, folate, and phytonuritents including nasunin and cholrogenic acid.
Did you know that just one slice of cucumber can remove your dog’s stinky breath? Scientists believe cucumbers work by lowering the stomach temperature to stop foul odor at its source. And speaking of stomach, you’ll be glad to know cucumbers are very low in calories. They can help overweight pets feel full while also slowing down their digestive rate.
Plus cucumbers can give your dog a brain boost thanks to their anti-inflammatory flavonol, “fistein”. Fistein can go a long way in senior dogs to improve memory function, and guard against nerve cell deterioration caused by old age.
Dogs can safely eat crab legs, however some might be allergic to their iodine content. If your pup happens to be allergic, the tell tale signs include an upset stomach, lethargy, and water eyes and nose. Pets who can eat crab legs will enjoy a heart-healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids and high protein, in addition to lots of vitamins and minerals.
These sea food wonders have an excellent nutrition value, but it does come with downside: High sodium.
Yes, remove pit, seed and leaves
Fun fact, cherries have 19x more beta carotene than blueberries and strawberries! If that’s not impressive cherries also contain antioxidants (anthocyanins), melatonin, vitamin A (beta carotene), vitamin C and E, fiber, iron, fiber, and so much more.
The great part is that dogs can eat them too! Just as long as you remove the seeds, pits and leaves first. These parts of cherries can contain cyanide which is harmful to both human and dogs alike. (Though for a 22-pound dog, it would take more than 600 seeds for this human food to be toxic) Keep in mind though, dogs will continue munching down to the pit (center core) and swallow the whole cherry.
With minor preparations you’ll be see all kinds of health benefits from your dog eating cherries: Boosted brain health, prevention of memory loss, regulate sleep cycle, reduce inflammation from arthritis and gout, and a reduced risk of diabetes. And that’s just to name a few!
Plus, don’t forget about “cherry poops” since cherries are a natural laxative.
Generally Yes, but dogs are lactose intolerant.
Who cut the cheese! What happens when your dog eats cheese? Stinky farts, explosive diarrhea, and possible vomiting. Yuk! Milk and other dairy products aren’t toxic to dogs in small doses but they certainly aren’t digestible. Dogs are lactose intolerant and don’t have enough of the lactase enzyme needed to process Cheese in their body.
Yes, small amounts.
Cashews are a lot like a love hate relationship, but at least they won’t drive you nuts. Their loaded with high fat and sodium, but on the other hand cashews are also an excellent source of calcium, protein, flavonols, vitamin K, antioxidants, omega-6 fatty acids, and fiber. When fed to dogs cashews can help heal inflammation and support a shiny, radiant and soft coat.
Allow dogs to eat them in moderation as too much sodium and fat can lead to things like bladder stones, pancreatitis, and artery blockage. Some dogs may be allergic to cashews and show symptoms such as hives, sodium toxicosis or anaphylactic shock.
Did you know.. Cashews have less fat than almonds, walnuts and pecans!
When your dog looks up at you with those beautiful puppy eyes, you can feel good about feeding them carrots. Believe it or not, this healthy super food has been shown to potentially reduce the risk of eye senile cataracts by 40%. And thanks to the high level of beta-carotene in carrots, they’ll also help against macular degeneration too.
With Vitamin A, C, D, E, K, B1 and B6, there’s certainly a lot to love about carrots. Cook them, puree them, or simply feed them raw, and your dog with enjoy plentiful supply of health benefits. From radiant smile to strong teeth, carrots will polish your pup’s teeth up as they chew.
When it comes to fiber, antioxidants, and lower calories, carrots make for one balanced diet your pet will love.
Dogs and humans alike, everybody loves that melt in your mouth sugary sweet taste from caramel candy. It’s made by heating sugar and as you guessed it, yup, it’s primary all sugar. And when it comes to dogs and sugar, it can cause quite a bit of health problems. Caramel is of course non-toxic, but it does cause dental cavities in dogs.
Sugar also promotes bacteria and acid growth in the mouth which can be a real problem for teeth. To make matters worse caramel is sticky and will want to stay on your dog’s teeth long after they eat it.
Time to celebrate, blow out the candles and slice the cake! Just like birthdays, cake should be save for those special occasions. This sweet and spongy human food is safe for dogs to eat, but in terms of nutrition it’s actually quite void. A single slice of cake will add some carbohydrates into your dog’s diet, however it will also sneak in things you don’t want your dog to eat: like lots of fat and sugars.
The icing found on most cakes is more than often all-sugar which can be hard on dog’s teeth. And while vanilla on its own isn’t toxic for dogs to eat, the alcohol in vanilla extract is. (Includes imitation and pure) Most of it will evaporate it’s way on out during the baking process, but if you’re using vanilla frosting it can pose a health concern.
If your dog has a sweet tooth and you really want to celebrate, always try to go with frosting-free cake first. There are an endless number of ways to get creative when it comes to the frosting. Blueberries for example, would be a great celebratory choice.
Brown rice might be short on taste and nutrition but it does have one thing going for it: dietary fiber for a healthy digestive tract. In fact, brown rice has more fiber and protein than white rice. You’ll also find magnesium, selenium and antioxidants in brown rice which are great for stabilizing blood sugar levels and promoting a healthy weight.
And chances are you’ve heard that rice is an excellent remedy for dogs suffering from digestive problems like diarrhea or upset stomachs. But did you know that white rice is actually the better choice? Plus, it takes less time to cook than brown rice.
No matter what you chose, both are great choices for senior dogs thanks to their ability to easily digest.
Worried your dog will turn into a giant blueberry like the boy from Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory? Worry not, blueberries themselves are non-toxic human foods with incredible health benefits for dogs. In fact their used in a variety of dog treat brands from Caru to Fruitables, The Honest Kitchen and many more. Yet it’s easy to see why.
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and an excellent source for silicon, vitamin C, E, A and B, zinc, iron, and much more. The silicon in blueberries has been shown to improve and support cognitive functions in senior and ageing dogs. While other science studies have discovered that dogs who eat blueberries actually had a healthier cardiovascular health. In this study blueberries helped play a role in regulating the blood sugar levels in dogs.
Dogs can typically enjoy eating around two to three blueberries in one sitting as a healthy treat.
Some berries dogs can’t eat like holly, mistletoe, poke and juniper, but when it comes to blackberries their perfectly safe to eat. Their chock full of antioxidants and loaded with high levels of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Every berry contains a tasty dose of vitamin A, B, E, C, calcium and iron too.
If you were to compare their fiber content to brown rice, a (1/2) half cup of blackberries would have the same amount as nearly a full cup of brown rice. (3/4 cup to be exact.). Now that’s impressive!
You don’t have tell your dog to “beet it” when you accidentally drop beets on the floor. Save that line for when you’re out on the dance floor moving to Michael Jackson’s “Beat It”.
The truth is beets are great for clearing out your dog’s liver, and their loaded with vitamin C, B, iron, fiber, magnesium and potassium. Cook them or serve fresh beet slices for healthy snack.
Bananas make for an excellent dog treat thanks to their high vitamin C, B6, fiber and potassium content. Their low in sodium and packed with antioxidants that can potentially protect pup from cancer too.
The high amount of potassium found in bananas will work wonders for your dog’s bloodstream, and deliver more fresh oxygen to the brain and muscles. While the high fiber will help relieve unwanted constipation and diarrhea.
Generally No, only on rare occasions.
It would be a crime to deprive a dog of at least one strip of bacon in their lifetime. If I told you to stop eating bacon for the rest of your life would you do it? It’s crunchy, fatty, salty and like biting into a piece of heaven. I bet you can already smell it sizzling on the grill..
When it comes to understanding if dogs can eat bacon, at the core of “Bacon” is simply one thing: Pork. It’s the extras that are added in the preserving, curing and salting process that are harmful. If you look at the ingredients label on any package of bacon you’ll almost always fine high levels of sodium, or simply sodium nitrate. (A contributing cause to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
And we haven’t even talked about the high level of fat yet.. Too much bacon and your dog can develop pancreatitis, where inflammation occurs in your dog’s pancreas. It’s the vital organ responsible for realizing a stream of digestive enzymes to aid in nutritional absorption.
Bacon is tasty, but it’s not toxic. The health problems associated with eating it are the real culprit.
Yes, dogs aren’t affect by persin
Avocados have take up quite the buzz lately, but there’s also been a string of rumors that followed. The truth is, the oil-soluble toxic “persin” in Avocados is actually safe for dogs to eat. (-Dr. Lee, Pet Poison Helpline) This “fertility fruit” as the Aztecs called it, only has one real risk associated with it. The avocado seed is quite large, and of course, can get stuck in the esophagus, stomach or intestinal tract and cause your dog to choke.
But don’t let that scare you away, it happens with all kinds of foods. (No big deal). What might really surprise you though, is that avacodos have 60% more potassium than bananas. Their also loaded with fiber and good, heart-healthy fats that can potentially help lower bad cholesterol.
This wonder human food also is gluten, dairy and cholesterol-free. Perhaps we should start calling the Avocado a Supercado instead!
Yes, stinky pee is normal.
Asparagus is safe for dogs to eat, but get your nose ready.. It will make your pup’s urine super stinky and their poop turn green. If you’re still housebreaking your puppy you might want to hold off on this human food. Otherwise, you’re going to be holding your nose.
Cooked or raw, asparagus offers plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C and fiber to any dog’s diet.
Yes, remove pit, stems and leaves.
Just like apples, the seeds (pit), stems and leaves of Apricots can contain the toxic chemical: cyanide. But not to worry, after removing those parts of the Apricot your dog will enjoy a handful of healthy benefits. Apricots are rich in vitamin A and C, copper, fiber, potassium, and phytochemicals (carotenoids). Studies have shown these phytochemicals can help lower heart disease, bad cholesterol (LDL) and protect against certain cancers.
Low in calories and high in fiber, apricots make for one sweet dog treat!
Apples And Applesauce
Yes, remove core, seeds, stem and leaves.
It has always been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Humans aside, this delicious fruit might just keep the veterinarian away too. Apples are a sweet source of vitamin A, C and K, calcium and fiber. A simple slice or two will help remove reside from your dog’s teeth plus freshen their breath up.
When feeding you pup applesauce keep an eye on the amount of added sugar, go with a sugar-free applesauce when possible. Also make sure to remove any apple seeds, stems and leaves as they can contain cyanide. (Toxic for dogs) Not to mention the seeds themselves and core can potentially be choking hazards.
Did you know.. Applesauce can be found as an ingredient in dog food, like Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Pork and AppleSauce Dry Dog Food.
Boil, stream, grill, bake, fry or eat it raw, squash is a safe, healthy choice for dogs. With only 17 calories per 100 gram, zucchini is an exceptionally low calorie vegetable. It also contains no saturated fats or cholesterol and has a moderate amount of fiber.
Dogs who eat zucchini will enjoy plenty of heart-hearty potassium, and potentially lower their blood pressure. You’ll also be treating your pup to vitamin A, C, B-complex vitamins thiamin, riboflavin, pyridoxine, and vital minerals including zinc, phosphorus, manganese and iron.
The active cultures found in yogurt (aka probiotics) can go a long way in regulating your dog’s digestive tract. These friendly bits of good bacteria help keep the bad bacteria at bay. Just one small dollop of yogurt will introduce your dog to a diet rich in protein, calcium, vitamin B12, zinc, iodine, phosphorus and pantothenic acid. All of which go a long way in helping your dog’s body with healthy enzymes, energy production and cell repair.
Did you know.. If you’re dog has a hard time swallowing medicine you try putting them in yogurt. This trick usually works for picky eaters.
It’s juicy, yummy, and surprisingly healthy for dogs to eat. Watermelon contains all sorts of nutrients such as vitamin C and A, potassium, magnesium and of course, water for easy digestion. Just remember to remove the seeds and rind from the Watermelon before allowing your dog to eat it. (You can always buy seedless watermelon at the store too)
When feeding your dog watermelon a few squares will make for a good sized treat. Cut them up into small 1 by 1 inch and let your dog savor their sweet taste!
Yes, but only fresh.
If you thought peanut butter was a great human food for dogs, wait till you hear about walnuts! Walnuts are packed full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids for promoting a radiant skin and coat. They can boost heart health thanks to abundant antioxidants, and help your pup better deal with stress. If that wasn’t enough, some studies even show walnuts as having cancer-fighting properties.
For feeding this human food to your dog you’ll want to remove the shell first. (The shell can get stuck in the intestinal tract.) Another thing to keep an eye on is the freshness of the walnuts. It’s one thing to worry about the nutritional value decreasing over time, but the real concern is mycotoxins. As walnuts get moldy the mycotoxins can be deadly and cause neurological problems in your pup.
A tasty treat from the sea indeed! This ocean wonder is packed full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids which play a vital role in your pet’s cardiovascular health. Tuna fish is loaded with minerals and vitamins such as: Phosphorus, magnesium potassium, selenium, and vitamins B3, 12 and 6. And while it might be a lean-protein source, there are some precautions to keep your pup safe.
The ASPCA suggests canned tuna for dogs to avoid unwanted added fats. However, consider that canned tuna is more than often higher in sodium and mercury, which can lead to pancreatitis, increased thirsty and potentially stomach bloating and twisting. Though as an occasional treat, your dog will be just fine.
When comparing canned tuna verses tuna steak you might be surprised to know that the steak typically has more mercury it in. While canned white albacore tuna has more mercury than chunked light and white. Just remember to do your research before feeding your dog tuna.
Yes, avoid leaves, stems and green tomatoes
“Toe-mato”, “To-mato”. No matter how you pronounce this vegetable, one thing for certain is that dogs can eat it. Tomatoes have great nutritional value are and full of antioxidants, vitamins like A and C, plus folic acid. But there are some things you have to watch out for before feeding any tomatoes to your pet.
For starters, solanine is a substance found throughout this plant, but it’s highest concentration can be found in green the parts: Stems and leaves. It’s toxic for the heart, however in order to see any negative or severe effects, dogs would have to eat their body weight in tomatoes. Though, since it still is present in this vegetable it’s always possible for some dogs to have some light stomach discomfort after eating.
To ensure your pet’s best wellness, avoid feeding dog’s eat un-ripened green tomatoes. Always choose ripened red tomatoes instead.
Dogs can eat sunflower seeds safely, their a non-toxic human food. Just remember to remove their sharp shells first before feeding. It helps if your purchase the unsalted sunflower seeds too. You’ll most likely run into sunflower seeds at the ballpark where most patrons toss them all over the ground.
When you were a kid do you remember mom telling you not to eat too much candy? Chances are you didn’t listen and ended up with a belly ache! When dogs eat sugar the same rules apply. Sugar in moderation is safe for dogs to eat, but too much and you’ll start running into health problems like diabetes, obesity and weight issues and of course, lots of dental problems.
Consider also feeding dogs sugar is just like feeding a child sugar.. Too much and they’ll be on a sugar rush with lots of energy burn!
Always avoid anything that contains xylitol, the artificial sweetener used in a handful of “sugar-free” products. Researchers have found that is highly toxic to dogs.
Sometimes having a sweet tooth can be a good thing! Strawberries are a great way to add fiber, iodine, magnesium and potassium to your pup’s diet. As a treat, this juicy fruit also has an abundant supply of vitamin C, K, B1 (thiamin) and B6. Plus, did you know that strawberries also have folic acid and omega-3 fatty acids?
When dogs eat strawberries they’ll also be supporting the growth of their muscles and tissues. With a boost of vitamin B6 their bodies will better use amino acids, which are the protein building blocks. The vitamin C in strawberries can also help protect your dogs bones, immune system, and lessen the risk of bladder infections. Vitamin K also plays a role in your dog’s bone development, plus it helps with blood clotting.
There are many things to love about strawberries, their sweet, juicy taste is just one rather delicious reason. Even a half or single strawberry will go a long way in keeping your dog in their healthiest form.
If Popeye was a dog, he’d probably still eat spinach to grow big and strong. Spinach contains all sorts of nutrients your dog’s body craves, like vitamin A, C, B and K, beta-carotene and fiber. It can go a long way in building strong healthy bones thanks to its rich abundance in vitamin C and K. Plus spinach is great for treating gastrointestinal problems in dogs and ensuring the proper poops with its high level of fiber.
New science results have discovered that Spinach also contains zeaxanthin and lutein. The two protect your pup’s eyes from harmful retina damage plus improve their vision. Anemic dogs also benefit from spinach with improved blood circulation thanks it’s folate and iron.
You should be aware that leaves of spinach do contain oxalates which are in fact, toxic to dogs. There’s no doubt about it, oxalates can cause bladder stones and kidney problems in dogs. But here’s the truth you need to know: In order for any of these symptoms to occur, your dog would have to consume a ridiculous amount of spinach. It has yet to be proven that a dog can physically eat that much.
This heart-healthy omega-3 rich sea food is safe for dogs to eat. Shrimp has high levels of protein, vitamin D and B3, zinc, and plus, it’s carbohydrate-free. But the real beauty of this ocean treat is that it contains “astaxanthin”, which can potentially protect your dog’s skin and coat. Some studies even show shrimp reducing the risk of certain cancers thanks to its abundant selenium compound.
Though, while shrimp may be full of valuable nutrients it does come with one minor downside: Shrimp is high in cholesterol. (There’s around 200 milligrams in 12 large boiled shrimp). Yet recent scientific reporting has suggested cholesterol may not be as bad as we think it is.
In any event, moderation is always the key when it comes to feeding your dog human food. And so is cooking it; in the case of shrimp it’s always recommended to serve it cooked. Raw, uncooked shrimp when eaten by dogs can cause shellfish toxicity, just as it does in humans too.
Generally Yes, avoid dried beach seaweed
A few years ago I came across perhaps one of the most bizarre seed weed stories. Dogs were eating dried up seaweed from the Scotland beach shores, and nearly a third of them were dying from it. After some investigation they discovered that dogs would often swallow chunks of seaweed whole. When this happened their liquid in their stomachs and digestive tract would make the seaweed expand in size.
Vets had to remove the seaweed quick, otherwise it could get logged in the gut, block the blood supply and eventually explode sending toxic acids inside of the body.
However, assuming you take the right precautions, seaweed can actually be a safe food for your dog. It’s rich in vitamin B12, iron, potassium, iodine and fiber. Seaweed is digestible and does stay in the intestinal tract for a longer period of time, but it does help with your dog’s bowl movements. (Just watch the amount salt)
When it comes to sea algae, brown algae, aka kelp or fucus is the most nutritional beneficial. But these are also considered safe for dogs to eat too: Red algae, aka irish moss, nori, dulce and gigartina. Green algae, aka sea lettuce. And Blue-green algae, which as the highest concentration of chlorophyll.
Salmon is an exceptional, non-toxic human food for senior dogs and puppies. It’s gentle enough for sensitive stomachs and rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids (EPA, DHA, and ALA). If your dog suffers from skin allergies, inflammatory bowel disease, or is perhaps overweight salmon can be a great protein option.
When it comes to health benefits, let me tell you there are a lot! From radiant skin and coat to improved cognitive function in older dogs, and much more. Salmon can potentially help fight against heart, kidney and autoimmune diseases too.
And while it may be a great choice for dogs to eat, remember that dogs can contract Salmon poisoning disease or (SPD for short) when feed raw. The neorickettsia helminthoeca parasite has a long name for sure, but it can also cause quite a long list of health problems. From hemorrhaging in the small intestine tissue to over time, invading your dog’s entire body. Stay on the safe side and cook first!
You may also want to consider Chinook salmon, which can weigh close to one-hundred pounds and measures in at five feet long. Some consider this type of fish to have a higher protein and omega-3 fatty acid content with lesser fat.
Sure, dogs can eat salad, but will they really want to eat it? Probably not. In most cases they’ll simply lick off all the salad dressing and call it a day. And while salad might be a non-toxic human food there are some things to watch out for.
If you’re making a ranch salad for example, the dressing can often contain too much sodium, fat and seasonings. Not to mention dogs who are lactose intolerant may have problems digesting dairy bacteria cultures in the dressing.