We often treat our dogs as family members, but we must acknowledge their specific dietary needs to keep them healthy. Resisting the temptation to feed human food to dogs can be difficult, especially when they turn on those big puppy dog eyes. It isn’t ALWAYS necessary to resist, however! If you’re asking, “Wait, can my dog eat human foods?” then you’ve come to the right place friend.
Many human foods are acceptable for your dog to eat in moderation. However, some can be harmful to them. Pet owners should be cautious when feeding their pets people food. Our food can be oily and fatty to dogs causing diarrhea and stomach upset. Furthermore, consuming toxic food is one of the most common causes of dog poisoning worldwide. Understanding which human foods are safe for dogs and which are not is vital.
Follow these guidelines when treating your dog with human foods:
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Yes, many dogs love cheese and can enjoy it occasionally as a snack. It can make a great training tool but should be consumed in moderation. Discontinue feeding if your dog exhibits signs of lactose intolerance or intestinal distress.
Most nuts are not good options for our pets. Certain nuts can be consumed safely by dogs. Unsalted peanuts and cashews are safe for dogs to consume in small amounts. But others (such as almonds) can be a choking hazard, and Macadamia nuts are highly toxic to dogs. Other snack options provide better health benefits.
Eggs are safe for dogs to consume. The protein, fatty acids, and vitamins they contain can benefit your pups! Most veterinarians advise cooking them before feeding them to your dog.
While they don’t necessarily need it in their diets, many dogs enjoy eating fruit. Fruits have higher sugar content naturally, so consuming large amounts may not be beneficial.
The top five healthy fruits for dogs include:
Similarly, dogs may enjoy vegetables, but it is not necessary to their diet. The top 5 most nutritious vegetables for dogs to enjoy are:
Two noteworthy vegetables to avoid:
Avocados and mushrooms are popular in many human diets that may not always be safe for your dog. Read more below.
Avocados: While avocados are a nutritious snack for humans, dogs should avoid eating them. It may not be harmful in small amounts, but avocados contain a fungal toxin that can be dangerous for dogs.
Mushrooms: Mushrooms are tricky. The varieties you buy in the grocery store are ok for consumption. However, wild mushrooms can poison humans and animals alike. Over 100 species of mushrooms are poisonous and extremely dangerous if ingested. Even seasoned foragers can find it challenging to identify certain toxic mushrooms, so it’s best to keep your dog away from wild mushrooms altogether.
Although it should not be a regular part of a dog’s diet, they can safely eat it in moderation.
There is some debate on this issue. Some dog owners choose to feed their dogs a raw diet because before, dogs were domesticated, they survived in the wild on uncooked foods. As omnivores, a dog’s diet consists of both plant and animal sources. To safely feed your dog raw foods, you must be very careful in preparing the food so that you don’t expose your dog or other family members to pathogens.
Yes, dogs can eat honey in small quantities. The sugar content makes it a rich, once-in-a-while treat option.
There are plenty of pup-friendly options on the market that are more suitable options for dogs. Some dogs may be able to handle ice cream, but most are lactose intolerant, and it can cause significant tummy troubles. After the puppy stage, their bodies produce less lactase, an enzyme needed to break down their mother’s milk.
Yes, dogs can eat cat food without harm. Cat food often has a strong scent and is mainly made up of meat, which may pique your dog’s curiosity. Dogs and cats have different nutritional needs, so cat food should not be their primary source.
Of course, there’s an app for that! The Can Dogs Eat It app is a great resource that provides quick and easy access to information regarding what foods are safe for your dog. The app offers information on the nutritional value, health benefits, risks, and recommended serving sizes to help your pup maintain a healthy and balanced diet. This information can help prevent unwanted distress and vet visits for your dog!
Some human foods are dangerous for dogs. Memorize this list and keep your pet away from these foods.
Likewise, dogs and cats are sensitive to caffeine. Large amounts of it can cause caffeine toxicity and can be detrimental. Excess caffeine increases blood pressure, elevates heart rate, can cause seizures, and can lead to gastrointestinal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. If you suspect your pet has consumed caffeine in any form, do not delay veterinary care, as it can be fatal.
First, identify the cause of any diet changes. Every dog has different caloric needs depending on size, breed, and activity level. Is your dog a picky eater? Have recent life changes caused stress and loss of appetite, or is there an underlying health concern that needs to be addressed? If you have noticed significant changes in your dog’s appetite or those changes have become problematic, it’s time to explore why.
Possible reasons your dog might be underweight or experience a change in appetite:
Pet owners should provide their dogs with a proper diet for optimal health and well-being. Dogs can consume some human foods but may not always be nutritionally appropriate. Resisting their puppy dog eyes can be challenging, but sticking to a well-balanced diet benefits their health.
It’s essential to be vigilant about foods that can be toxic to dogs. Certain foods that are safe for humans are poisonous to pets. If you are uncertain if a food is safe for your pet to eat, consult your veterinarian. Add your vet’s emergency number to your contact list in case of an emergency so you don’t have to search for it in a panic.
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