Can My Dog Eat This?!
March is Pet Poison Prevention Awareness Month. So, I found it only fitting to talk about feeding your dog table scraps. It is a fairly controversial topic among dog owners and trainers. A lot of people ask, “Can I feed my dog human food?”
I have also put together a printout for you on what is safe and toxic to your buddy. You can get it here.
So, what is the answer? The simple answer is there are foods that dogs can not eat. These foods will cause them to have different health problems. I will go over some of the foods your dog can and cannot eat in this article.
But, before you change any of your dog’s diet or add in any new “treats” please make sure you discuss it all with your vet. Just like humans, all dogs are different. This means different dogs can tolerate some foods better than others.
For instance, Ryder has allergies to different foods. He is on a pretty strict diet. Some of the foods listed on okay to eat list, he can not have. To avoid complications always talk to your vet about your dog’s diet first.
The No-Eat List
There are some foods every dog owner knows not to give their dog, like chocolate. But what about all the other human foods? Are they safe for dogs?
There are actually quite a few foods that can cause severe reactions and illness to your dog. Some foods can even be fatal if your dog eats them.
Some of those foods will taste gross to a dog – a natural protection against poisonous foods. But, some dogs either don’t have this instinct or don’t care. In that case, they’ll try all the harder to get them. You have to be responsible for your dog’s diet.
Let’s dive into some of the foods your dog should not have and why.
Onions and Garlic
Chocolate and Caffeine
Citrus Oil Extracts
Grapes or Raisins
Hops and Alcohol
Supplements with Iron
Pecans, Walnuts, and Macadamia Nuts
Potato, Rhubarb, and Tomato Leaves
Fruit Seeds and Pits
Yeast or Dough
Everything mapped out above has been proven to cause a direct threat to your dog’s health. However, just because something is not listed above does not mean it is okay to feed your dog, such as table scraps.
As a dog parent, you have to be on the lookout for any potentially tempting situations for your dog. Keep a locking lid on your trash cans. Do not leave food on the counter. It is your responsibility to make sure your dog is safe and to make sure they have a proper diet.
Remember, they are happy to have whatever you feed them, but that does not mean it is good for them. Rich, potentially damaging fatty foods from your table can be just as bad in the long run as any of the above foods.
So, What human food can I give my dog?
There are a few human foods that your dog can really enjoy as a special treat or a little additive to his regular diet. Like I mentioned above, please make sure you talk to your vet before you change anything about your pooch’s diet.
Peanut butter and peanuts
Cooked Chicken, Turkey, Ham
Shelled Sunflower Seeds
Fully cooked unshelled Shrimp
Pasta and Rice
If you would like to read up more on what is okay to give your dog, this article by I Heart Dogs is a good one to take a look at.
Remember to download your copy of my list of foods you can and cannot feed your dog. It is really handy to hang on your fridge when your buddy comes around for a snack and you ask yourself, “Can my dog eat this?”