Dogs have different digestive systems than humans. Some foods that are safe for people may or may not be harmful to dogs.
This article looks at several foods that are safe for dogs to eat, and which ones they should avoid.
It is important to remember that this will depend on each dog.
Many foods that people can eat are safe for dogs. However, they should only be eaten in moderation.
Carrots are a healthful food for dogs. Chewing on carrots can help remove plaque from their teeth and promote good dental health.
Cooked, plain white rice can be a good option for a dog with an upset stomach. It is easy to digest and helps bind stool.
Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and plain yogurt, may be safe for dogs to eat in small quantities.
That said, eating too much dairy can cause digestive problems. This is because dogs have low levels of lactase, a digestive enzyme that breaks down the sugars in milk.
The B vitamins in shrimp can also help maintain a dog’s digestive system and promote healthy blood circulation.
It is important to cook fish before feeding it to a dog, as uncooked fish can contain harmful parasites.
Plain, boiled chicken with no seasoning is a good option when a dog has an upset stomach.
Unsalted peanut butter with no added sugar or sweeteners is safe for dogs to eat in moderation.
However, it is vital to check that the peanut butter does not contain a sweetener called xylitol, which is
Anyone who suspects that their dog has ingested xylitol should immediately contact a veterinarian or call the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC).
Make sure dogs do not eat any unpopped popcorn kernels, as this could cause them to choke.
Unseasoned, cooked pork is safe for dogs to eat, according to AKC.
Refrain from feeding dogs bacon or processed ham due to the high salt content.
Cooked turkey is safe for dogs to eat, but it should be plain and unseasoned. Many commercial dog foods contain turkey, as it is a good source of protein.
Before giving cooked turkey to a dog, remove the fat first. Too much fat can cause pancreas issues in dogs.
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Bananas are full of magnesium, which is important for good bone health.
However, due to their high sugar content, bananas should only be an occasional treat for dogs.
Cucumbers are a safe, low-calorie snack for dogs, and they can be a good option for those who are overweight.
Cucumbers also contain plenty of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K.
Dogs can eat green beans cooked or raw. However, avoid seasoning them and chop up the beans first to prevent choking.
A person should consult a veterinarian to see if their pet needs extra fiber in addition to what is included in their diet.
Watermelon is safe for dogs to eat, but it is important to remove all the seeds first, as these can block the intestines.
Chewing on the rind can also cause an upset stomach, according to the AKC.
Watermelon has a high water content, so it can help keep dogs hydrated. It is also a good source of vitamins A, C, and B-6.
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Some foods that are perfectly safe for humans can cause problems or illness in dogs.
Anyone who suspects that their dog has eaten something toxic should call a veterinarian or the APCC immediately.
That said, further research is needed.
Chocolate, coffee, and caffeine
These products contain chemicals called methylxanthines, which are
Chocolate treats are available for dogs, but these contain a special chocolate substitute that is safe for them to eat.
Raisins and grapes
Refrain from giving dogs any product that may contain these foods, such as fruit cake or malt loaf.
Citrus plants and their fruits, such as oranges and lemons, contain citric acid. While eating small amounts of the peeled fruit is okay for some dogs, it can cause an upset stomach in others.
In larger quantities, citric acid can lead to nervous system depression.
- difficulty breathing
- liver disease
Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs and may cause
- weakness (particularly hind limb weakness)
- abdominal pain
Symptoms of toxicity may develop 12 hours after consuming macadamia nuts.
Some dogs may have an
Onions, garlic, and chives
Raw or undercooked meat
Cooking the meat properly kills the bacteria.
Although certain manufacturers have promoted the benefits of raw meat for dogs, the
In addition to food poisoning in dogs, several of the organisms that pets can get from raw foods are transmissible to people and can make them sick as well.
Too much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination in dogs, as well as
Symptoms of this poisoning can include:
- involuntary shaking, or tremors
- high temperature
Xylitol is a sugar substitute that manufacturers add to a variety of human foods.
However, xylitol is
While bread is generally safe for dogs, the dough can be dangerous.
The yeast in dough can cause it to keep expanding inside the dog’s stomach, which can cause bloating and lead to dangerous complications. The yeast also produces ethanol, and this can cause alcohol poisoning.
Many human foods are safe and nutritious for dogs. However, a person should generally feed dogs these foods in moderation, as larger quantities can lead to health issues.
Below is a list of foods that are generally safe to eat or harmful and toxic.
|Generally safe||Harmful or toxic|
• white rice
• some dairy products
• cooked fish, chicken, pork
• unsalted peanut butter with no added sugar
• plain popcorn
• green beans
• coconut products
• coffee and caffeine
• citrus fruits
• raisins and grapes
• macadamia nuts
• raw meat or eggs
• bread dough
• onions, garlic, and chives
• salty foods
It is crucial to keep any foods or substances that are dangerous for dogs out of their reach.
If in doubt about a particular food, speak to a veterinarian before giving it to the dog.
Anyone who suspects that their dog has ingested something potentially harmful should immediately call a veterinarian or the APCC for advice.