In a world where we hear so much each day, and where we rely greatly on information at our fingertips, we need to know from RELIABLE sources what is true and what is false. Real information counts no matter the subject, and when it comes to the health of your dog, it is crucial to get it right. So, here is a list of human foods dogs can eat safely without any fear of them falling ill. However, they come with some cautionary words.
List of Human Foods Dogs Can Eat Safely
Fruits Dogs Can Eat
Watermelon – but ensure all seeds are removed to avoid intestinal blockage. The fruit is fine but not the rind, as this can lead to gastrointestinal upset.
Pineapple – absolutely, but remove the prickly outside beforehand. It’s an excellent treat loaded with nutrients and vitamins.
Strawberries – in moderation only due to their being high in sugar. But, they provide a good source of Vitamin C and fiber.
Blueberries – give your dog blueberries instead of commercial treats when they are in season. Not only are they delicious, but also prevent cell damage.
Bananas – only in moderation. They have a high sugar content in addition to being nutritious. So, give your dog a banana as a treat.
Apples – but remove the core and any seeds before giving them to your dog. Apples are an excellent snack for dogs.
More Good Veggies for Dogs
Mango – but remove the pit, as it, like the pit of peaches and cherries is toxic because it contains cyanide.
Cherries – they’re okay to feed them to your dog but ONLY if you’ve removed the pits. If your dog eats too many cherry pits, they may get cyanide poisoning (where the blood cells get limited oxygen, prohibiting cellular oxygen transport).
Pears – but cut them into small pieces, ensuring the pit and seed are completely removed.
Peaches – but cut them into small pieces and remove the pit because it contains cyanide, which is highly toxic. They make great summer treats, but don’t give your dog canned peaches because they contain too much sugar.
Raspberries – are a great superfood, containing lots of antioxidants, but only give them in moderation. Because of their anti-inflammatory properties, they can be good for senior dogs, helping relieve joint pain. However, raspberries contain a bit of Xylitol, which is toxic so give them less than a cup each time.
Oranges – but just the fleshy fruit, not the peel, which can be hard on your dog’s digestive system.
Vegetables Dogs Can Eat
Corn – but not the cob. Better yet, don’t give them corn on the cob as this (the cob) can cause intestinal blockage.
Coconut – as an oil or as milk, it can help fight viruses, clear bad breath and skin conditions. However, don’t let your dog near the shell exterior as the furry surface can get stuck in his throat.
Carrots – definitely. They are a great snack that’s good for their teeth and is high in fiber.
Beans – Garbanzo, black beans, and soybeans are all great superfoods for dogs. They will benefit in many ways from eating these beans, including to regulate blood sugar levels, and to boost your dog’s immune system. Also, beans are a great choice for overweight dogs, which will help them to burn fat.
Broccoli – but only in small quantities as it might cause gastric irritation.
Kale – but only when thinly chopped and cooked. Do not give your dog kale if it has kidney disease or bladder stones. Other than that, your dog will get beneficial vitamins and nutrients from this antioxidant-rich superfood.
Kelp – but not Californian kelp. Sprinkle powdered kelp over your dog’s food to give him an abundance of minerals, such as iron, selenium, and calcium, among others.
Cucumbers – a great snack for all dogs, especially those that are overweight. Cucumbers are tasty, refreshing, and loaded with lots of good vitamins.
Celery – a wonderful snack for Fido. Freshen bad breath and promote a healthy heart.
Potatoes – in moderation, but only when fully cooked. No raw potatoes, however, and no mashed potatoes if they are seasoned and prepared with other ingredients.
Sweet Potatoes – but only cooked, unseasoned, and peeled. They are loaded with great nutrients and fiber.
Dairy Products Dogs Can Eat
Yogurt – but only plain without any artificial sweeteners or added sugar. The probiotics in the yogurt will strengthen his digestive system.
Cheese – in moderation, as they are high in fat.
Fish, Poultry, and Meat Dogs Can Eat
Fish, including salmon and tuna in moderation (if canned, due to the mercury and sodium content). Do not give your dog canned fish preserved in oil and do not prepare such meals with spices. Fresh fish must be fully cooked. Under-cooked fish can, in extreme cases, cause death in dogs due to parasites. Ensure ALL BONES are removed before serving it to your dog. Shrimp is also ok, once in a while, but it must be fully cooked and shelled completely.
Chicken – but not seasoned or with any bones, and it must be cooked thoroughly.
Turkey – unseasoned and definitely without any garlic is fine. Remove all bones, which are a choking hazard, and the skin and any excess fat.
Pork – surprisingly to many who may have heard otherwise, pork is safe for dogs. It is a highly digestible protein, but it must be cooked thoroughly.
Other Human Foods Dogs Can Eat Safely
Quinoa – but it must be boiled for 15 minutes. It can be mixed with other homemade foods to provide protein and to reduce the risk of diabetes and cancer.
Unsalted peanuts and cashews are safe for dogs, but NOT other nuts. Peanuts and cashews can be enjoyed in moderation.
Popcorn is fine for Fido in moderation, but it must be PLAIN – no salt, no butter. Do NOT give him any unpopped kernels, however. Here and there, popcorn promotes eye health and helps digestion.
Honey – but only a tablespoon twice a day. They’ll get lots of vitamins and nutrients to build a stronger immune system and help allergies.
Peanut butter – but it must not contain XYLITOL, which is an artificial sweetener that’s toxic to dogs.
Eggs – but, they must be fully cooked as raw eggs can cause biotin deficiency in dogs. Alternatively, a hard boiled egg can make an upset stomach feel better.
To sum up, some people foods good for dogs can provide numerous health benefits, but proceed with caution. If in doubt, don’t give those foods to your dog until you are certain that they won’t harm him. For instance, if you’re considering giving your dog a particular food but haven’t found any information on it, avoid doing so until you check with your veterinarian. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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