You are busy cooking or eating dinner, and your canine pal is looking at you like you are leaving him out of something important and how could you do this to them? Should you give him a little scrap from your plate? Is it healthy or potentially harmful?
Here are 11 foods dogs can eat and seven they can’t.
- Peanut butter
Dogs love peanut butter, and peanut butter is healthy for them. It is a good source of protein, heart-healthy fats, niacin, Vitamin E and Vitamin B. Don’t, however, give your dog sugar-free peanut butter as it may contain Xylitol, a sugar substitute that is toxic for dogs. Raw, unsalted peanut butter is best.
When your doggy chews a carrot, he may also be removing plaque from his teeth. Carrots are high in fiber and help to prevent runny poo. Carrots are packed with nutrition good for both humans and dogs, including beta-carotene/Vitamin A. They provide a low-fat and low-calorie snack.
You can give your dog canned or cooked pumpkin to help with digestive issues. Pumpkin is also a good source of beta carotene/Vitamin A and fiber.
Salmon is very healthy for both dogs and humans with protein, healthy fats like Omega 3s and amino acids. Salmon is good for the brain, joints, immune system and a healthy coat.
No sushi for the doggy! Raw salmon can have parasites that can make dogs sick and cause vomiting and diarrhea. Be sure to cook salmon thoroughly before giving it to your dog.
5. Some berries
Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are all berries that are healthy for dogs to eat. Strawberries have fiber and are high in Vitamin C. They also contain an enzyme that helps to whiten dogs’ teeth. Blueberries are full of antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals. Blackberries are also full of vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Try giving your doggy frozen berries as a snack.
Cooked eggs are healthy for dogs and have the benefits of protein, riboflavin and selenium.
Coconut has a number of benefits for dogs, including boosting the immune system and helping combat bad breath and skin conditions.
8. Green beans
Green beans are a good snack that are high in fiber but low in calories.
Yogurt is good for protein and calcium and has probiotics that are good for your dog’s digestion. Plain yogurt without flavors or sweeteners is best.
Oatmeal has vitamins and minerals and dietary fiber that is good for a dog with digestive issues.
People Foods Doggies Can’t Eat
You may have heard that chocolate is bad for dogs, and that is right. Chocolate contains methylxanthines that are toxic for dogs. It can cause diarrhea and vomiting. A large amount can cause seizures and even death. Dark chocolate is especially harmful.
2. Garlic and Onions
Onions and garlic can kill red blood cells and cause anemia.
3. Certain Nuts
Macadamia nuts, walnuts and pecans are toxic for dogs. Macadamia nuts are especially toxic and can cause vomiting, lethargy, inability to walk and can affect a dog’s nervous system. Cashews and peanuts are safe and okay in moderation.
Almonds are not toxic to dogs like some other nuts are, but if your dog does not chew it properly, it can get lodged in the esophagus or tear the windpipe.
Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure for dogs and can cause vomiting and other symptoms even in small amounts.
Avocados have persin, a substance that might cause vomiting or diarrhea for your dog.
Now when you sit down to eat and your doggy looks at you with longing eyes, you will know what you can safely give him.