Knowing what you can and can’t feed to your pup is a challenge. We see them sitting under the kitchen table during dinner with their big puppy-dog eyes, just waiting for you to “accidentally” drop something. But some foods that humans eat can be very dangerous for dogs. So what exactly is and isn’t okay for your dog to eat? We’ve laid out a guideline to help you give your dog a treat while also looking out for their health.
Foods That Are Okay For Dogs To Eat
Peanut Butter – peanut butter is a good source of protein and contains heart healthy fats, but make sure to choose raw, unsalted peanut butter for your pup!
Carrots – carrots are good for dog’s teeth and are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamin A.
Green Beans – Green beans make a great treat for dogs and are filling and low in calories. Choose beans that have no added salt.
Apples – apples help clean residue off of dogs teeth and are a good source of fiber, vitamin A and C. Make sure the seeds are out before feeding them to your dog.
Bananas – bananas are great for dogs because they are low in calories, cholesterol, and sodium, but high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper.
Watermelon – watermelon is full of vitamin A, B-6, and C, and potassium. Just make sure to remove the rind and all the seeds first.
Strawberries – strawberries are full of fiber and vitamin C, and contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth.
Blueberries – blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which prevent cell damage for dogs.
Lettuce – lettuce is full of fiber and nutrients, and dogs love playing with lettuce before they eat it.
Foods That Are NOT Okay For Dogs To Eat
Chocolate – chocolate contains a very toxic substance called methylxanthines, which can stop a dog’s metabolic process.
Garlic – garlic can create anemia in dogs, causing elevated heart rate, weakness and collapsing.
Macadamia Nuts – macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, increased body temperature, inability to walk, and lethargy. They can even affect the nervous system.
Onions – onions can make dogs very sick and cause damage to their red blood cells.
Grapes & Raisins – grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure.
Avocado – avocados contain toxins called persin that can cause upset stomachs and breathing difficulties.
Tomatoes – the green parts of a tomato contain a toxic substance called solanine with is very dangerous for dogs.
Mushrooms – certain mushroom species are toxic and can really hurt your dog or even lead to death.