We love our dogs, sometimes more than we love people. One way of showing that love is by providing them with plenty of treats. But have you wondered that can you share a meal with your beloved pooch? It is kind of weird but as it turns out, you totally can! But some people food is off limits, as humans and dogs metabolize food differently. For this reason some foods that are safe for us to eat can cause allergies, poisoning or can potentially be life threatening to dogs.
What puppy want, puppy gets — it is something you are familiar with if you have a dog. When a dog begs you for a nibble of food that you are eating, giving your pet a hard no is actually a perilous situation. But when it comes to food, what’s safe and what’s not — you should know far better than them.
So here is the list of foods that are safe to feed your dog.
Yogurt is a good for your dog as it’s a good source for calcium and protein. But you have to be careful when choosing yogurt, pick the one that doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners or preservatives. Make sure you select a fat free yogurt to avoid your pet getting pudgy.
Pumpkin is enriched with fiber and beta carotene. Fiber is an essential nutrient for dogs to have in their diet. It also helps keep their metabolism and digestive system working properly.
Pineapple is very safe and a very healthy treat for your dog to have, as it’s a rich source of minerals, vitamins and fiber. But don’t over feed pineapple to your dog, as it may cause nausea and diarrhea. So occasional or small amounts of pineapple at a time is okay.
All varieties including whole wheat or plain pasta is safe for your dog, just avoid sauces that are acidic, fatty or high in sugar and salt.
Rinds or seeds in watermelon can be a choking hazard for dogs and can also cause digestion issues.
However, watermelon when cleaned of rind or seeds can be a very healthy treat for dogs, it is rich in nutrients such as vitamin A, vitamin C and also low in calories.
Cheese can cause digestive issues, such as diarrhea or nausea in some dogs. But it’s okay to feed cheese occasionally or in small amounts.
If your dog does not have any allergies, then wheat or plain white bread is usually safe for them to eat. Occasional bread treats then and now won’t hurt or cause any digestion issues provided that you exercise your pet and feed him/her a well-balanced diet.
Broccoli is a good snack for you pup. You can feed them cooked or raw broccoli but in moderation, as broccoli contains isothiocyanates that can mess with your dog’s digestive system.
Chicken is one of the healthiest food you can offer your dog. It is rich source of protein and other nutrients, even most dog foods have chicken as an ingredient.
Just be sure the chicken is cooked and deboned so it doesn’t pose any infection or choking hazard.
Avoid feeding your dog raw potatoes as they are difficult for them to chew and can cause problems.
However, plain baked or boiled potatoes are very safe for dogs. Just avoid potatoes fried in oil or have butter and salt added to them, as they can cause digestion issues.
Coconut is a safe food for dogs when consumed in moderation. It is high in fat and contains medium chain triglycerides, which can cause bloating, gastrointestinal issues and unnecessary weight gain.
Not all berries are good for your dogs, but black are safe for them to eat and they contain plenty of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.
So, feeding few each day is a good treat for your dog.
Corn is safe for dogs in moderate amount. It is also used in most dog foods, as it is a good source for many vitamins and minerals.
Feeding corn on cob is not a safe practice as it can be a choking hazard for dogs, otherwise it’s a great treat.
Cinnamon isn’t toxic to dogs at all, but it should be given in a limited amount.
If large quantity is consumed by a dog, it can cause digestive system and mouth irritation. Also if cinnamon powder is inhaled by the dog, it may cause choking, coughing and breathing difficulties.
Mangoes are a very safe treat for your dog. However, the mango’s biggest attraction to dogs is not the juicy flesh, but the flat, large and chewable seed.
Mangoes are a good source for many nutrients, but you should peel their skin off before feeding it to your dog as it can be hard for them to digest and can upset their stomach.
Carrots whether cooked or raw, are safe for your dog. Carrots are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and are low in calories. Before feeding, just cut them into small pieces to prevent choking.
Peanut butter is a delicious and safe treat for dogs.
However it should always be fed in moderation, as it is high in calories and fat. So that, unnecessary weight gain can be avoided.
Eggs whether cooked or boiled are nutritious and a safe snack for your dog. Eggs are a good source for protein, selenium and riboflavin. Eggs can also help elevate digestion problems in dogs.
Make sure you cook or boil the egg before feeding to your dog, as raw eggs can cause Salmonella and biotin deficiency.
Occasionally ripe tomatoes are safe for dogs to eat. But green potatoes contain high amounts of solanine which is very toxic to dogs, even the leaves and stem of young green tomato are highly toxic.
If your dog eats green parts of tomato, you should keep a watchful eye to spot any signs of tomatine poisoning.
Green peas are often used in dog foods, they are a tasty treat for your pal. But you should avoid feeding canned peas, as they are often coated in salt, which can be harmful in large amounts.
So, you should always feed your dog fresh or frozen peas.
Oatmeal is safe for dogs to eat but in moderation. Oatmeal is a great source for many nutrients and protein, but should not be fed often to avoid gaining extra weight.
Also you should also stay away from flavored oatmeal, as they can have extra chemicals and compounds that could harm your dog.
Mushrooms sold at grocery stores such as Portobello mushrooms are non-toxic and safe for dogs.
However, you should only feed mushrooms that have not been combined with extra ingredients like garlic and onions, as they are harmful for dogs.
If your dog accidently swallows a mushroom grown outdoors, depending on the type of mushroom poisoning can be seen even if it is ingested a little bit. You should take him to a vet right away.
It is okay to feed your dog plain potatoes that have been cooked. Cooked potatoes have reduced solanine levels, which is a compound very toxic to dogs. Potatoes are also very high in carbs, so you should feed it in moderation to avoid unnecessary weight gain.
If your dog is having urinary issue, then feeding celery can make your dog urinate a great deal more than usual.
In small amounts, celery is a good and safe snack for dogs. Be, sure to cut it into bite-size pieces, so it’s easier for him/her to digest and to prevent choking hazard.
Fresh pitted cherries are okay for dogs to eat.
However, cherry pits can cause upset stomach and diarrhea, as they contain cyanide which is poisonous for dogs.
Additionally, cherry pits can be a choking hazard. Limit your dog to one or two cherries at a time.
Apples with cleaned off seeds, and have been cut to bite-size bits are completely safe and nutritious treat for your dog.
Apple seeds contain cyanide, which is toxic to dogs. So, you should strip it off of any seeds, also do not feed the core of the apple, as it can be a choking hazard.
If you want to feed pork to your dog, just make sure it is without any added spices, sauces or seasoning. Pork is safe for dogs to eat, but processed pork such as ham and bacon should not be fed to dogs, as they are often high in salt, that leads to digestion troubles.
Also, make sure you only feed cooked pork to prevent any parasitic or bacterial infections.
Salmon is one of the most nutritious food you can offer your dog. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and proteins, which help keep your dog skin & fur healthy and reduce any inflammations.
Just make sure, you cook it properly before feeding, as salmon often contain parasites that is known to cause salmon poisoning disease, which can be fatal for dogs.
Blueberries are completely harmless and nutritious food item for dogs. They are small in size and low in calories, making them an ideal health conscious treat. They are also rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients which help in keep your dog healthy and running.
Popcorn are okay as an occasional treat, as long as they don’t have any extra ingredients added.
Butter and oil are two common ingredients used in making popcorn, they are high in fat and can lead to medical conditions such as pancreatitis. It is best to feed only plain and air popped popcorn. Do not feed any un-popped kernels as they can be a choking hazard.
Un-salted, plain and roasted cashews are safe for dogs to eat. But you should keep the quantity you feed moderated, as cashews are high in calories and fat and may lead to medical conditions such as pancreatitis and weigh gain. 1 or 2 cashews treat occasionally, is fine.
Dogs enjoy the taste of almonds. Although not toxic, almonds are not easy to digest and can upset your dog’s stomach and create gastric intestinal distress, which can lead to diarrhea or vomiting.
Almonds are also high in calories and fat, and can cause unwanted weight gain or pancreatitis. So, if you are going to feed your dog almonds, it is best to keep it occasional and in small amounts.
Honey can help relieve some of your dog’s allergies due to its antibacterial properties. But as you know, honey is high in sugary contents, which can contribute in unwanted weight gain.
So, keep it occasional and not more than 1 teaspoon at a time.
Also, raw honey should not be fed to diabetic, obese or dogs with compromised immune system, as it may contain botulism spores which can be fatal for them.
Dogs are lactose intolerant on varying degrees. Some dogs who drink milk can experience mild distress, loose stools, diarrhea, gas and vomiting, while others can have severe clinical signs such as allergies or food poisoning.
So, avoid feeding too much milk to your dog, occasional or 2, 3 table spoons of milk a day is okay.
Plain cooked turkey without any seasoning or additional ingredients is safe for your dog. Ingredients such as garlic and onions are extremely harmful for your dog and can potentially be fatal.
Additionally, make sure the turkey is skinless and boneless before feeding to prevent choking hazard.
Plain cooked, white or brown rice are safe for dogs to eat. Rice is an easily digestible food, and can help relieve upset stomach.
You can toss in some chicken or turkey with rice for extra protein and to make it a tasty meal.
Lean meats are safe for dogs to eat. Meat is actually in a dog’s natural diet and is used as a common ingredient in almost all dog foods. It’s an excellent source of protein, mineral and vitamins, that are essential for a dog’s overall health.
Just make sure, the meat you feed to your dog is plain, boneless, cooked and without any extra sauces or seasonings such as, peppers or salt, as they are extremely toxic to dogs.
Bananas are safe for dogs to eat. Despite being an excellent source of fiber, minerals, biotin, copper and many vitamins, bananas can also help relieve symptoms of nausea.
Bananas are high in sugary content, so dogs should not have them as a regular part of their diet. Occasional slice or two is okay to feed.
Dogs can safely eat strawberries, but in moderation.
Strawberries are low in calories but high in nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants, so they make a very healthy treat for dogs.
But, you should avoid feeding your dog, canned or strawberries in syrup. Also, make sure to cut them into small bite-size bits to prevent choking hazard.
Oranges, tangerines, and clementines are safe for dogs to eat.
However, they are high in sugary contents, and can cause stomach upset. So, they should always be fed in moderation.
Dry roasted peanuts without any salt or extra ingredients are they only peanuts that are safe for dogs.
Also, peanuts are high in fat, just like any other type of nuts. It may contribute to unwanted weight gain and pancreatitis if eaten too much.
Shrimp is safe for dogs to eat, but only if it’s cooked and without any additional ingredients. Raw shrimp may contain harmful bacteria or pathogens that can make him sick. So, it should always be fed cooked.
Also, remove the shell completely to avoid choking hazard.
You should always keep in mind that, one dog may tolerate a food just fine, while it may cause adverse effects in other. Even if a food is considered safe for dogs to eat, you should feed it to your dog in moderation.
All foods, should be introduced to a dog’s diet gradually. So that, any adverse effects or allergies can be monitored.