Although we like to think of our dogs as another family member, you always need to remember that humans and dogs have different digestive systems. This means that there are some foods that you may love and often have in the household that could potentially be dangerous to your pup’s health. Don’t forget that those delicious chocolate biscuits can’t be enjoyed by everyone! This is your guide on what human food dogs can eat so that you know you’re keeping your favourite furry friend safe and healthy.
What can my dog eat?
Whether it’s leftovers, or you’re looking for something to give your dog when they’ve got an upset stomach, boiled chicken without any seasoning can be a nice treat for your dog. Think twice before giving it to them if it’s got lots of herbs and spices, or a rich marinade on it. The last thing you want is to give your pup a mouthful of chilli!
Carrots are a healthy snack option for your dogs, that can also help in removing plaque build-up on their teeth as they munch through them. Carrots contain a solid amount of vitamin A, which can give a healthy boost to your dog’s fur coat, skin and immune system.
Peanuts are also safe for your dog to eat (as long as you’re avoiding those overly salted ones that we all love). Make sure that you feed them peanuts in moderation though, as although they’re packed with beneficial proteins and fats, too much fat can give your dog issues in their pancreas. Peanut butter is also fine, as long as you’re giving them raw, unsalted products that don’t contain xylitol.
Another great source of protein and fats, a cooked salmon fillet is a great meal option for your dog. If you want to keep their joints nice and healthy, think about incorporating some salmon into their diet, as their brain and joints will thank you! Make sure that you cook the salmon all the way through, as you could make your pup unwell by undercooking it or giving it to them raw.
Cooked eggs are a good way to help your dog’s upset stomach and again are packed in protein. Make sure you are fully cooking your eggs though, as raw eggs can lead to a biotin deficiency.
As long as your dog doesn’t have any kind of intolerance to lactose, you can give them some small amounts of cheese. Try and go for low-fat varieties of cheese such as mozzarella, as you don’t want to be filling your pup up with too much fat and salt.
Honey is filled with all sorts of incredible nutrients and can also help your dog’s allergies as it’ll introduce bits of pollen into their systems. This builds up their immunity to different allergens around your neighbourhood that they might pick up when you’re out on a walk.
What can’t my dog eat?
These are some common foods that you might have in your pantry or fridge that you should NEVER give your dog, no matter how delicious you might think they are.
Chocolate is one that you may be aware of already, but you should never give your dog any kind of chocolate (particularly dark chocolate). Even a small amount can cause vomiting and diarrhea, so it’s best to get in contact with a vet if you think your dog has gotten into your chocolate stash.
Another sugary treat that we love to keep handy in our freezers, ice cream should never be shared with your dog, as it contains a large amount of sugar. Some dogs are also lactose intolerant, so the dairy in cow’s milk-based ice cream could upset your pup’s stomach.
Raisins & Grapes
Fruits like grapes, currants, sultanas and raisins are extremely toxic for dogs, as even little amounts can result in kidney failure. Avoid these at all costs! Check on products like a fruit loaf, which contains raisins, before giving it to your pup.
Garlic is very toxic for dogs and can create anemia in pups. The effects from eating garlic or onions can be delayed, so keep an eye on your dog if you think they’ve consumed some. If they aren’t acting themselves, be sure to take them to the vet just to be safe.
Although we all love our avocado toast, you should never give your leftovers to your dog as avocados contain persin, which is a toxic substance for dogs.
Keeping your dog healthy
The food that you give your favourite companions can have a huge impact on their health, so always keep an eye on what they may be nibbling on in the corner of your kitchen. Keep foods that dogs can’t eat in a safe and secure place, so you know that they won’t be able to sniff their way into trouble or jump up and eat something off a table that they’re not supposed to.
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