Comprehensive Guide on Human Foods Dogs Can and Cannot Eat
In this overview we are going through common human foods dogs can and cannot eat. We will also provide you with a table on human foods dogs can and cannot eat.
Table of Contents:
- Fruits and Vegetables
- Cheese and nuts
- Food table and overview
Passionate dog owners tend to be very kind people. We share our lives (and for some lucky dogs, even our beds) with our best pals.
You would think: There can't be anything wrong with sharing our favorite foods with them too, right? It depends. Some of the foods people eat can be introduced to a dog’s diet fine. In a lot of cases, they even provide health benefits such as joint strength etc.
Well according to vets some human foods can be very good for pets.
But before you feed your dog foods that you crave, read on. Learn which foods are safe and which can send your dog straight to the vet.
- Fruits and Vegetables
Can dogs eat avocado?
Dogs should not eat avocados. While avocado may be a healthy snack for people, dogs should not have it at all. The pit, skin, and leaves of avocados have persin in them. This is a toxin that often causes vomiting and is bad for your dog's health.
Can dogs eat bananas?
Dogs can eat bananas. Bananas are a great low-calorie snack for dogs. They’re high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, and fiber. But, be aware that bananas are high in sugar. Thus, you should feed your dog bananas as a treat, not part of your dog’s main diet.
Can dogs eat blueberries?
Dogs can eat blueberries. Blueberries are a superfood because of its antioxidants content. This prevents cell damage in humans and animals alike. They’re packed with fiber and phytochemicals as well. Blueberries are also a fun way to train your dog how to catch food. Definitely try blueberries as an alternative to other, low-quality treats.
Can dogs eat carrots?
Raw and cooked carrots are healthy options for dogs. They are good additions to meals. Carrots are generally safe. But, it is important to cut whole carrots and even carrot sticks into smaller sizes before feeding. You will want to prevent choking, especially in the case of smaller dogs
Can dogs eat cherries?
No, dogs should definitely not eat cherries. Cherry plants contain cyanide and are thus toxic to dogs. Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport. This means that the blood cells of your dog can’t get enough oxygen.
Can dogs eat cucumbers?
Yes, dogs can eat cucumbers. Cucumbers are especially good for dogs who are overweight. As they no carbs, fats, or oils and they can even boost energy levels. They’re loaded with vitamins K, C, and B1, as well as potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin.
Can dogs eat grapes?
No, dogs should NOT eat grapes. Grapes and raisins (dried grapes) have proven to be toxic to dogs. Grapes are so toxic that they can lead to sudden kidney failure. This is not a good fruit for dogs
Can dogs eat Mango?
Yes, dogs can eat mangoes. This is a treat for your dog. Mangoes are full of different vitamins: A, B6, C, and E. They also contain potassium, beta-carotene, and alpha-carotene. But, remove the hard pit first, as it contains small amounts of cyanide and can become a choking hazard. Mango is high in sugar, so use it as a rare treat.
Can dogs eat oranges?
Yes, dogs can eat oranges. Oranges are fine for dogs to eat according to vets. Oranges are in fact a good source of vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. In small quantities, the juicy flesh of an orange can be a lovely treat for your dog. Be careful though, oranges have a lot of sugar too.
Can dogs eat peaches?
Yes, peaches are easy for dogs to eat. Small amounts of fresh or frozen peaches are a good fiber and vitamin A source. This can even help fight infections. But like cherries, the pit contains cyanide. As long as you completely cut around the pit first, fresh peaches can be a great summer treat. Don't use canned peaches.
Can dogs eat pears?
Yes, dogs can eat pears. Pears are a great snack for dogs because they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and fiber. Be sure to cut pears into bite-size chunks and remove the pit and seeds first. Seeds contain traces of cyanide. Do not use canned pears with sugary syrups.
Can dogs eat pineapples?
Pineapples are safe for dogs to eat. A few chunks of pineapple are a great treat for dogs. Again, be sure to remove the peel and crown first. The sweet fruit contains a lot of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that makes it easier for dogs to absorb proteins.
Can dogs eat raspberries?
Yes, dogs can eat raspberries. Raspberries are a good treat in moderation. They contain antioxidants which are great for dogs. They’re low in sugar and calories, but high in fiber and vitamin C.
Raspberries are especially good for older dogs because they have anti-inflammatory properties. This can help against aging joints. But, raspberries do contain small amounts of xylitol, so limit your dog to less than a cup of raspberries.
Can dogs eat strawberries?
Yes, dogs can eat strawberries. Strawberries contain a lot of fiber and vitamin C.
They also contain an enzyme that can help whiten your dog’s teeth as he or she eats them. They contain sugar, so be sure to give them in moderation.
Can dogs eat spinach?
Many sources agree that a dog would have to eat very large quantities of spinach to cause damage. Dogs with healthy kidneys can process small amounts of soluble oxalates. Be aware that cooked spinach loses most of its nutrients, and that raw spinach is difficult for a dog to digest.
Can dogs eat tomatoes?
They can. But you should avoid them. The ripened fruit of the tomato plant is generally considered safe for dogs. But, the green parts of the plant contain a toxic substance called solanine. A dog would need to eat a large amount of the tomato plant to make him or her sick. Yet, it is better to skip tomatoes all together just to be on the safe side.
Can dogs eat watermelon?
Yes, dogs can eat watermelon. Just remove the rind and seeds first, as they can cause intestinal blockage of your dog. Otherwise, watermelon flesh is safe for dogs. It has a lot of vitamin A, B-6, and C, as well as potassium. Watermelon contains 92 percent of water. Thus, it is a great way to help keep your dog hydrated during hot summer days.
- Nuts and cheese for dogs
Nuts contain a lot of good fats for dogs. This can help against shedding.
Even though nuts and cheese are a great snack for dogs, be aware to feed in moderation, as they are high in fat.
Can dogs eat cheese?
Cheese is a great treat for a dog as long as he/she isn't lactose intolerant, which only a few are. Make sure to check your dog's reaction. Opt for low or reduced-fat varieties and don't overfeed, as many kinds of cheese can be high in fat.
Can dogs eat almonds?
Are almonds good for dogs? As with most of the nuts we’re looking at, almonds are not toxic for dogs. Yet, as with most of these nuts, almonds are high in fat. This makes them difficult for dogs to digest in large quantities.
Can dogs eat peanuts?
Peanuts are one of the most common nuts we eat. Thus it's easy to throw them. Raw or roasted, removed from their shells, and unsalted, dogs can eat a few peanuts. Dogs don’t tend to experience peanut allergies like us. But they do occur. Peanuts do contain more fat than is good for dogs, so a few peanuts should be okay. But don't overdo it
Can dogs eat peanut butter?
Peanut butter is a different game. Creamy peanut butter with low sodium content and in limited quantities tends to be ok. As passionate dog lovers, though, we wouldn’t recommend feeding a dog anything for entertainment. Also, be aware that any peanut butter you’re feeding your dogs does not contain xylitol. It is toxic to dogs.
Can dogs eat pistachios?
Without their shells, pistachios can be okay for dogs. But, they are not recommended. Pistachios are not toxic to dogs but are high in fat. Large quantities can be a problem. Do not feed your dog pistachios with their shells still. Like other nuts, the shell can cause digestive blockages that can be dangerous for your dog.
Can dogs eat cashews?
Cashews are high in fat and healthy. Again, it doesn’t take many cashews to reach high calories. Thus, too many cashews can lead to weight gain and pancreatitis.
Can dogs eat walnuts?
Walnuts are also high in fat. For dogs that can be a problem. That aside, walnuts also tend to be larger than nuts such as peanuts or pistachios. Dogs don’t chew their food as humans do. Thus, larger nuts like walnuts are more difficult to digest.
Can dogs eat pecans?
No, not at all. Not is their fat content too high, they are also too large and difficult to digest. They can also upset the stomach of your dog.
Can dogs eat sunflower seeds?
Unsalted and removed from their sharp shells, yes, sunflower seeds are okay for dogs. Again, small amounts are key.
Can dogs eat macadamia nuts?
This is the worst nut for dogs. They are toxic to dogs, even in limited quantities. No one knows why at the moment.
A few macadamia nuts can cause real short-term neurological problems for dogs. — tremors, dizziness, and even temporary paralysis. Your dog is better off without macadamia nuts.