Do you find yourself constantly Googling whether or not the food you are eating is safe to share with your dog? It’s so hard to resist those puppy dog eyes, but it’s very important to make sure that the human food you want to share with your dog is safe for them. Here is a guide to common foods that you can and cannot share with your furry friend:
Healthy & Safe
Proteins are great to feed to your dog! Keep in mind that all meat should be cooked and have no bones to avoid choking. Proteins that are safe for dogs include:
- Lean Beef
- Yogurt (in moderation)
- Cheeses (in moderation)
Many fruits and vegetables are also safe to share with dogs, but fruits should only be given to them in moderation since they are high in sugar. Safe fruits and veggies include:
- Watermelon (no seeds)
- Tomatoes (occasionally, as a treat)
- Sweet potatoes
- Green Beans
- Green Peas
Grains are also good in moderation to feed to dogs, but foods high in fiber should usually be avoided. Some grains that are safe for dogs are:
- Bread (plain bread is okay on occasion in small amounts.
- Peanut Butter (should not contain added sugar or xylitol)
Unhealthy & Unsafe
It’s great that so many human foods can be safely shared with dogs! However, it is important to avoid giving them the following foods that are unhealthy and potentially toxic for them:
- Coffee/Tea (avoid caffeine in general!)
- Anything containing xylitol
- Yeast dough
- Macadamia nuts
- Cinnamon (not necessarily “toxic” but can irritate their mouths)
- High-sodium foods (including bacon, unfortunately)
Dogs should be fed a balanced, nutritional diet just like humans. Also, like humans, though, it is perfectly fine to enjoy a treat here and there! Just consult this list to make sure those treats are not potentially harmful to your pup.
Chicken and Turkey Chips are healthy, single-ingredient, and delicious treats that dogs can enjoy. We always suggest talking to your veterinarian before feeding table food and how much food your pup should be eating daily.
Treat you Drooling Doggos next week!