11 People Foods Doggies Can Eat and Six They Can’t

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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?

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Here are 11 foods dogs can eat and seven they can’t.

  1. Peanut butter
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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.

2. Carrots 

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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.

3. Pumpkin

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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.

4. Salmon

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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

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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.

6. Eggs

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Cooked eggs are healthy for dogs and have the benefits of protein, riboflavin and selenium.

7. Coconut

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Coconut has a number of benefits for dogs, including boosting the immune system and helping combat bad breath and skin conditions.

8. Green beans

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Green beans are a good snack that are high in fiber but low in calories.

9. Yogurt 

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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.

10. Oatmeal

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Oatmeal has vitamins and minerals and dietary fiber that is good for a dog with digestive issues.

11. Apples

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People Foods Doggies Can’t Eat

  1. Chocolate
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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

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Onions and garlic can kill red blood cells and cause anemia.

3. Certain Nuts

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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.

4. Almonds

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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.

5. Grapes/Raisins

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Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure for dogs and can cause vomiting and other symptoms even in small amounts.

6. Avocados

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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.

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Happiness is Two Warm Golden Retrievers

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Charles Schulz said, “Happiness is a warm puppy.” I agree with him. The happiness extends to full grown dogs … even two full-grown large Golden retrievers.


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I do some sitting for other people’s dogs, and for the past three days, it’s been with two six-year-old Golden retriever sisters named Casey and Amber. I don’t want to suggest by the title that I have a particular prejudice towards Golden retrievers. I watch other breeds and mixes of breeds, and I love all of the doggies in my life. Even so, there’s a lot to love about Goldens. They are gentle, even-tempered and loving, intelligent, loyal and playful.

From my very first meeting with them, they were eager to meet me and love me. It reminds me of Pixar’s Dug the Dog from the movie Up. (I’m pretty sure Dug is a Golden retriever.) Dug loves his master, Carl Fredricksen, from the moment he meets him.

Amber and Casey both nosed at each other in their eagerness to get to me and receive some attention, a theme that stayed through the three-day stay to come. Amber, the sister with the darker, deeper coat, pranced in place, her toenails clicking against the floor, and whined at me, while Casey mostly succeeded in pushing her sister to the side. Soon, I had Casey’s front paws on my torso. Some people would consider “jumping up” to be bad dog behavior, but I understood it as friendliness and love, mixed with a lot of enthusiasm.

In the foreground, a distracted Amber. Behind her, a distracted Casey and me. Photo by Linda Smith Pursley

Giving the dogs equal attention was a challenge. Casey had a habit of pushing her sister away in order to get undivided attention for petting and affection. Sometimes, I managed to sit in the recliner and pet a different dog with each hand. Casey often had a way of wriggling herself and pushing her sister to the side. Often, she did a full rotation and leaned her butt against me, and I would talk to them, saying, “I have Casey’s butt and Amber’s head,” as I petted each. Once situated this way, Casey liked to sit between my feet or even on them. I didn’t mind this foot warmer, and I supposed she wanted me to be able to pet her back and sides, which I did. Amber, pushed aside, would complain with her voice and, perhaps, giving up, lie down in another part of the room.

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I discovered one way to keep them both content was to sit on the floor between them. At one point, I had Amber’s head on my lap, and Casey lying with her full length against my right leg. I sat with them for quite a while, lavishing them with petting and affection. They were both quite happy and calm in this situation.

Casey, me, and a playful Amber who wants me to hold her paw. Photo by Linda Smith Pursley.

Both girls liked to give me their paws and let me hold them, and I sometimes serenaded them with a line or two of Beatles parody, “I want to hold your paw.” I’m not sure what they thought of my serenade, but they listened very seriously.

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Their owners had warned me that I would have Golden alarm clocks during my stay. That was another funny situation. Every so often, during the night, there were Golden noses on the edge of my bed until I whispered for them to go back to their own beds. In the early morning, bouncing and wriggly noses returned to the edge of the bed. As their patience for me to be up diminished, they were like children on Christmas morning. The noses were wriggling among my layers of covers — it was cold — to find my face and give me morning kisses. Later, front legs and paws joined noses on the edge of the bed.

So, I got up around 7:30 — as the owners predicted — and gave them breakfast and let them out. How could I be upset with all of that enthusiastic affection? Happiness is a warm puppy or a full-grown dog … or two.