Since our dogs are part of the family, we tend to share everything with them including our food. Foods that we have no trouble digesting can be harmful to our canine friends. There are some human foods that our dogs can eat in moderation while providing health benefits such as improved immune system and joint health. Read this before falling for that sweet face craving your snack.
Not so Safe and Safe Foods for Dogs
Almonds: No. Almonds are not good for your dog due to the possibility of choking or esophageal blockage. Almonds are not toxic like pecans, walnuts and macadamia nuts but can cause problems if not chewed well. Also the salt which is usually added to almonds is not good for your dog.
Bread: Yes. Plain bread without spices in small amounts is safe. However, there is very little nutritional value and can provide excess calories. Wheat or white is okay. Avoid flavored breads particularly raisin bread as raisins are very toxic to dogs. Bread dough should not be given as when it rises it can cause intestinal distress.
Cashews: Yes. Cashews are okay but only a few at any one time. Cashews contain calcium, magnesium, protein and other antioxidants. Too many cashews can cause weight gain and other health issues related to obesity. Unsalted cashews are recommended.
Cheese: In small to moderate quantities, your dog can eat cheese. Although lactose intolerance is rare, some dogs do have a problem digesting dairy products. Avoid cheese if he is lactose intolerant. Cheese can actually be a great treat. Low-fat cheeses such as mozzarella or cottage cheese is best.
Chocolate: We have all heard that dogs should not eat chocolate and it is true. Your dog should not eat chocolate. Toxic substances like methylaxanthines are found in chocolate. Methylxanthines, which is higher in dark chocolate are stimulants that even in small amounts can cause diarrhea and vomiting. . Larger amounts can result in seizures, irregular heart beat and possibly death. If your dog eats any chocolate, you will need to call your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Cinnamon: Your dog should not ingest cinnamon. It can irritate the inside of your dogs’ mouth causing pain. It can cause dangerously low blood sugars as well as liver disease.
Coconut: Coconut have benefits so yes your dog can eat coconut. The lauric in coconut strengthens the immune system, help with bad breath, and help clear up itchy skin an flea allergies. Coconut milk and oil are safe as well.
Corn: Corn is okay for your dog. As you probably know it is a common dog food ingredient. Do not, however, let your dog have the cob as is can cause an intestinal blockage. It needs to be cut off the cob if you are going to feed it to your canine.
Eggs: Dogs can eat eggs. Eggs do need to be fully cooked. They are an excellent source of protein as well as help soothe an upset stomach. Do not give raw egg whites as biotin deficiency can result.
Fish: Fish has amino acids and good fats, so yes, your dog can eat fish. Sardines and salmon are especially nutritious due to the vitamins and protein in salmon and soft digestible bones for calcium in sardines. Canned tuna should be avoided due to high content of mercury and sodium. However, your dog should not consume uncooked or undercooked fish and should eat it no more that twice weekly.
Garlic: Your dog should not eat any part of the Allium family which include onions, leeks, chives and garlic. Garlic can cause significant anemia. Since garlic and onion poisoning can have delayed symptoms, it is important to observe your dog for a few days if you think he may have ingested some.
Ham: Ham is okay for your dog although not the healthiest. Since ham is high in salt and fat, a small amount is all right.
Honey: Yes, your dog can eat honey. Small amounts of honey can help with allergies. It also it has a significant amount of nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, and antioxidants. Honey can used topically to help treat burns and shallow cuts.
Ice cream: Your fur baby should not eat ice cream. Although ice cream can be quite refreshing it has a lot of sugar. Some dogs also can have lactose intolerance.
Macadamia nuts: No. Never feed your dog macadamia nuts. They are very poisonous. These are some of the most poisonous foods for dogs. Macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, increased body temperature, inability to walk, and lethargy.
Milk: Yes, dogs may have milk. Some dogs are lactose intolerant and have difficulty digesting milk. A small amount, if any, is better.
Peanut butter: Yes, your dog can eat peanut butter. It can be an excellent source of protein for your dog as it contains heart-healthy fats, vitamins B and E and niacin. Unsalted, raw peanut butter is the best option because it lacks xylitol — a sugar substitute that can be toxic to your dog.
Peanuts: Yes, peanuts are okay for your dog. Peanuts, unlike almonds are safe for your dog. They can provide benefits as they contain good fats and protein. Moderation is important as they can cause weight gain and pancreas issues due to the high fat content. Salted nuts should be avoided.
Popcorn: Yes, your dog is able to eat popcorn. It is best to give unsalted, unbuttered, plain air-popped popcorn and in moderation. Popcorn contains riboflavin and thiamine, which both promote eye health and digestion. You do not want to give your dog unpopped kernels due to the possibility of choking.
Pork: Yes, your dog can eat pork. Pork contains more calories per pound than other meats, is rich in amino acids and is a highly digestible protein. In addition, it may be less likely than some other meats to cause allergic reactions.
Quinoa: Yes, quinoa is okay for your dog. Some high-quality dogs foods are make with quinoa as an ingredient. It has better nutritional value that corn, wheat or soy.
Shrimp: Yes, your dog may eat shrimp in small amounts occasionally. Shrimp contain antioxidants, vitamin B12 and phosphorus as well as being low in carbohydrates, fat and calories. It is important to make sure it is fully cooked and the legs, head and tail are completely removed before feeding them to your canine companion.
Turkey: Your dog can eat turkey. Turkey is okay as long as it is not seasoned with garlic or other seasonings. The fat and skin should be removed as well as all bones before letting your dog eat turkey.
Wheat/grains: Wheat and other grains are perfectly okay to feed your dog. Wheat and corn are great sources of protein, essential fatty acids and fiber. Be aware that some dogs do have allergies to some wheat or grain.
Yogurt: Yes. Plain yogurt is okay and can be a good snack for your dog. If your dog can digest it well, probiotics in the yogurt can help strengthen the digestive system. Avoid yogurt with sugars and artificial sweeteners.