From playing together and cuddling all day to sharing a bed一your dog and you have been through thick and thin. But why stop here? What about sharing food? What human food can dogs eat?
You can’t NOT think of showering your pup with treats, so here is a list of everything you need to know about human foods can dogs eat!
Whether you’re thinking about feeding your dog fruits, veggies, dairy, baked goods, or anything else in between, we’ve got you covered. But which ones can dogs eat and which ones should we avoid?
Here’s a look at the food chart for your paw-some friend:
List of Human Food Sources
If you find yourself perplexed by what to feed your dog, especially when choosing from fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy and many more, this comprehensive list will help you decide:
When we talk about fruits, we mean fleshy, juicy, crunchy, and healthy fruits, NOT artificially flavored fruity gummies or treats.
So if you finally saw the red flag of artificially flavored food items, here is a list of fruits you and your dog can munch together OR NOT!
While acai can be fed to dogs in moderation, it is often best to skip out on this one and instead opt for other berries. Similar to chocolate, acai contains theobromine which is poisonous for a dog’s digestive tract.
Rich in vitamins A and C, with healthy fiber, apples are an excellent fruit for your dog! Dogs can eat apples. The only catch is removing the seeds and core before feeding them, as they have amygdalin, which can be toxic.
YES! Dogs can eat apricots, which can be a good snack for your dog to bite. The only condition is NOT to let your dog get their paws on the seed or the pit of apricots. The seeds usually have amygdalin which releases cyanide when ingested.
Dogs can eat avocados in small amounts; the issue lies in a toxin called persin, which is present in avocados’ skin and pit. Choking hazards due to the size of the pit would be the primary concern.
Dogs can eat bananas! They have low calories, are tasty, fibrous, and are packed with vitamins, biotin, potassium, and fiber, making them great for pups. The only negative here is the sugar content, which is why it is an occasional treat.
This sweet juicy berry is loved by humans and dogs alike. So, yes, dogs can eat blackberries. However, blackberries should be strictly a treat, and you shouldn’t feed more than 2-3 berries to your dog.
Blueberries are a great low calorie treat, so yes dogs can eat blueberries! They contain antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins K and C, making them a superfood and a great addition to a dog’s diet!
Like most melons, dogs can eat cantaloupes safely. Filled with hydrating minerals and nutrients, it makes for a great summer treat. However, remember to feed these in moderation.
Unfortunately, dogs cannot eat capers. Despite containing minerals and powerful antioxidants, capers have high sodium content, making them hazardous to dogs.
Known to be a chocolate substitute, dogs can eat carob! In fact, this fancy treat is high in calcium, vitamin B2, iron, and magnesium, while missing harmful elements like caffeine and theobromine. You can feed your dog carob treats without any issues.
With their sweet and refreshing taste, cherries are a delight. So you shouldn’t worry if your dog has eaten one or two cherries. Dogs can eat cherries, but need to steer clear of cherry pits and stems. Similar to apple seeds, cherry pits contain cyanide which is harmful.
Dogs can eat coconuts! The fruit is non-toxic to dogs and can even be a healthy snack. However, they do cause bloating and gastrointestinal damage.
Dogs can eat cranberries and they love the taste. It’s squishy, sweet and a superfood filled with antioxidants! Ensure that the cranberries you feed them are natural and not processed with any kind of additional sugar or artificial sweeteners. Dogs can eat both dried and fresh cranberries.
No, definitely not. Dogs cannot eat grapes, raisins, or currants, as they can cause serious gut issues and kidney failure. Feeding your dog any of these can even potentially kill them, so avoid it at all costs.
Dates are quite the sweet treat for your dog being on their best behavior. But be warned, these treats can quickly become addicting, causing weight gain and obesity. Hence, dogs can eat dates in moderation if balanced between meals.
16. Dragon fruit
Yes, dogs can definitely eat dragon fruits. Filled with nutrients, it tastes fresh and amazing! Unlike humans, dogs can synthesize vitamin C in their own livers, so they’re not really worried about getting an additional immunity boost from dragon fruits.
Yes, dogs can safely eat a few bites of durian without any worry. However, while the fleshy part is safe to consume, you need to beware of the seed, which is toxic and can cause intestinal damage.
Dogs can eat these ripe black berries known as elderberries, although the root, stem, leaves, and unripe fruit might be considered dangerous for them. Additionally, the berries may also contain small amounts of cyanide, making them toxic for dogs and humans alike.
Yes, dogs can eat figs in moderation. Figs are a great source of calcium, dietary fiber, and potassium – all the essential nutrients your dog needs for great bone health, strong teeth, and a healthy digestive system. However, the leaves and sap of figs can be toxic for dogs.
While dogs can eat the grapefruit flesh, due to its sour taste, most dogs may avoid it. In this case, don’t force your dog as the citric acid in the fruit can often cause vomiting, loose stools, or an upset tummy.
All types of grapes 一 whether dried, cooked, peeled, or fresh, is toxic for dogs as it can cause renal failure in them. Even a small amount can be enough to become a hazard. Hence, you need to avoid grapes and any grape product as well, which includes jam, jelly, or raisins.
Dogs can eat guava as it’s safe for them. The fruit contains Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and magnesium that makes it a special treat. However, guava also contains a high amount of sugar so try to make it an occasional treat.
Healthy, hydrating and nutritious, dogs can definitely eat honeydew! It will also be a special treat during the hot summers. However, be sure to feed them in moderation, as the natural sugars in the fruit might cause tummy issues.
Jackfruits are safe for dogs as long as it is served without the seeds, skin or latex. These can cause health problems in dogs which includes gastrointestinal upset. Hence, dogs can eat jackfruit in moderation.
Most peppers are not safe for dogs, especially jalapeños. Dogs cannot eat them without adverse effects as they contain capsaicin, which gives the pepper its spiciness and your dog intestinal problems.
Dogs can eat kiwi on a few occasions and in small amounts. As a fleshy, juicy fruit, kiwis can help keep your dog hydrated and be a great addition to salads. However, consult with your vet before you feed them any. Some dogs might have sensitive stomachs or digestive issues that can be triggered by a kiwi.
Lemons are loaded with compounds and acids that can be toxic to dogs or not even palatable. Additionally, dogs don’t prefer anything this tangy on their own too. So if you do try to feed them some, ensure that your dog is comfortable with it and your vet gives you the green flag.
Not at all. Dogs cannot eat limes as the citric acid amount in this fruit can cause poisoning. Limes contain essential oils such as limonene and linalool, which is harmful to a dog’s gut health.
While dogs can eat longan, vets will not recommend it. While they are rich in vitamin C and fiber, longans are also high in sugar content, which is not safe for dogs.
If the fruit is ripe and the seed is removed, then you can feed your dog lychees as an occasional treat. Small amounts of lychee can benefit dogs due to the fiber and nutrients that they contain. However, similar to longans, lychees are also high in sugar, which needs to be avoided.
The answer is yes. Dogs can eat mango and they totally love it, as long as you remove the pit. The fruit is a great addition to your dog’s diet as it is healthy and packed with yummy nutrients. However, mango is also sweet and dogs can become addicted to the sugar rush, which is not a good sign.
Unlike most fruits with high sugar content, melons are a great source of hydration for dogs! These fleshy and juicy fruits have almost no calories, and can be used to make fun treats like salads and pup-sicles for dogs. Most melons, like the bitter melon, can be a good option if you want to hide medicine.
Considered as a non-toxic fruit, dogs can eat mulberries without any issues, if fed in moderation. Make sure that the mulberries you pick are fresh, ripe, and cleaned properly. However, many pet parents have noted that feeding too many mulberries can cause tummy problems, and even lead to severe diarrhea in dogs.
Dogs can eat muskmelon in moderation. Simply ensure that you remove the rind and seeds before you serve them some. Rinds are a choking hazard for dogs, but the melon itself is fine as long as you chop it into small pieces.
Although dogs can eat olives, they need to be fed in moderation. It can be a healthy little snack maybe twice or thrice a week, as long as the olives are plain and unsalted.
You’d be surprised to know that vets are okay with you feeding your dog oranges! Packed with Vitamin C, potassium, fiber, and other nutrients and vitamins, it’s a tasty and healthy treat. Dogs can eat oranges and they enjoy the fruity freshness. However, you should feed them a piece or two at best and not exceed that.
This tropical fruit is not considered dangerous so dogs can eat papayas with ease. Papayas offer several health benefits for a dog’s digestive health and immune system, so it can be an occasional treat. Ensure that the fruit is chopped properly and you remove the seeds and rind, which can be a choking hazard and toxic.
38. Passion fruit
This fragrant fruit tart is high in sugar, while its seeds and rind contain cyanide, making it dangerous for dogs. Hence, dogs cannot eat passion fruit.
As peaches are not a regular part of a dog’s diet, we already know that it’s meant to be a rare or occasional treat. Hence, dogs can eat them, but in small quantities. Be sure to remove the pit as it can be a choking hazard. Additionally, steer clear of canned peaches as they contain extra sugar content, which can cause obesity in dogs.
Pears are high in fiber, copper, and vitamins C and K, making it a power-packed snack. Dogs can eat pears, but you need to chop it up into small pieces, and remove the stem and seeds. The seeds contain traces of cyanide and hence, are not a great option.
While the fruit itself is low in monounsaturated fats and can help lower cholesterol, pecans are not safe for dogs. Pecans contain juglone, similar to walnuts, and can induce neurological issues, vomiting, and tummy upsets in dogs. Even a small amount can affect your dog.
Persimmons can be an occasional treat for dogs, if given in small amounts. While dogs can eat the fruit’s skin, they need to steer clear of the seeds, which can be a choking hazard.
Dogs can eat pineapple. In fact, the raw fruit is nutritious for both humans and dogs. However, you should monitor your dog while feeding him any pineapples to ensure that their sensitive stomachs are not affected.
Dogs can eat plums, but in moderation. Plums are a fleshy treat and contain important nutrients, making it a good occasional treat. However, beware of plum pits as they contain cyanide, which can be toxic for dogs.
Pomegranates are packed with fiber, potassium, and antioxidants, making them a great superfood. While it’s not toxic for dogs, pomegranates can still make dogs quite sick and cause gastrointestinal issues. Besides that, even small quantities of raw pomegranates are not a great option for them.
Pomelo is high in vitamin C, potassium, and copper, making it a good treat. Dogs can pomelo, granted that you don’t overfeed them, as the fruit also has a high sugar content.
As a dried up grape, raisins are not safe for dogs. You should definitely avoid feeding your dog any. As both grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage and renal failure in dogs, it would be wise to skip this treat.
Rambutans look similar to lychees, but are considerably safer for dogs to consume if given in moderation. The fleshy part of the fruit offers great nutritional benefits and dogs often love the sweetness. Remember to remove the seed to avoid choking.
Yes. Dogs can eat raspberries. In fact, it can be a great treat for senior dogs, as the fruit’s anti-inflammatory properties can help alleviate joint pain. However, you should feed your dog this fruit in moderation as too much of it can induce diarrhea, vomiting, and tummy aches. Limit it to ½ cup a day at best.
50. Star fruit
Similar to limes, star fruits often contain a high amount of citric acid which can cause poisoning in dogs. Hence, dogs cannot and should not eat star fruits. The soluble calcium oxalate crystals in the fruit can cause kidney failure and death.
Strawberries are filled with fiber, and vitamin C, which can be beneficial for your dog’s health. Hence, dogs can eat strawberries. The fruit also contains an enzyme that helps whiten a dog’s teeth, when they eat them, making it a tasty fruit that offers real value for dogs. However, you need to be careful of the sugar content in them.
While tamarind has the potential to be a healthy treat, it is not recommended as it can be toxic to them. Besides causing intestinal blockages, it can also cause blockages, making it uncomfortable for dogs.
Yep, dogs can eat tomatoes, but only the ripe ones. Any green part of a fruit or a vegetable, such as stems and leaves, mostly contain solanine, which is toxic for dogs. Additionally, consuming the green parts can cause nausea, vomiting, tummy aches, anorexia, and lethargy.
No, dogs cannot eat watercress as it causes significant digestive issues in them. While the fruit itself is non-toxic, watercresses can cause nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea in dogs. Hence, you can avoid this one.
Dogs can eat watermelons and they love it! Watermelons are THE PERFECT fleshy and juicy fruits for your dog, especially during the summer. And the best part is unlike apples, watermelon seeds are safe for dogs as they contain negligible traces of cyanide, making them non-toxic.
When it comes to vegetables, lettuce say dogs are big fans!
From pumpkins, green beans, and broccoli *gasp* to even kale and spinach, dogs have a few favorite vegetables they love to chow down on. But are all of them safe for dogs?
Here’s a list to help you decide:
1. Alfalfa sprouts
Alfalfa sprouts are a good source of vitamins A, B1, B12, C, D, E, and K, making them an excellent source of plant-protein for dogs. However, raw sprouts may contain dangerous bacteria, and the best way to avoid that is by cooking the sprouts before offering.
While dogs can safely eat the amaranth grain to some extent, the same can’t be said about the plant. The leaves and flowers are toxic for dogs, but the seeds provide protein, fiber, and essential minerals which can be beneficial for them.
Dogs can safely eat arugula without any worries as it does not contain any toxins. As a leafy vegetable, arugula can offer many essential nutrients. However, arugula must be fed in moderation.
Raw asparagus? Definitely not. They might look like a potential crunchy evening snack, but it can be hard for your dog’s metabolism to break it down. This human food is not something that’s mandatory for a dog’s diet. However, dogs can eat asparagus if cooked properly.
A superfood for super dogs! Dogs can and should eat beans. Beans have all the goodness of vitamins A, C, K, and B6, are low in calories, and are recommended by vets, especially if they’re plain.
Yes! Dogs can eat beets! Like most vegetables, beets contain a large number of micronutrients, fiber, folate, manganese, and vitamin C that’s beneficial for dogs. However, beets need to be served fresh and in moderation.
7. Bell peppers
Bell peppers make for a healthy snack and can be a great low-calorie treat every now and then. So yes, dogs can eat bell peppers.
8. Black beans
Dogs can eat black beans, but normally have a hard time digesting them. However, they can be great additions if you’re looking to divert your dog’s attention from canned goods.
9. Bok choy
If given in moderation, bok choy makes an excellent low-calorie treat for dogs. While this green, leafy vegetable contains a lot of nutritious vitamins and minerals, it should never replace your dog’s balanced diet.
As a superfood for superdogs, dogs can eat broccoli! As long as you don’t add seasonings or oil, dogs can eat them both raw or cooked. However, this vegetable can cause mild gastric issues in dogs.
11. Brussel sprouts
Brussel sprouts make for great nutritious snacks, so yes, dogs can eat them. But beware. This vegetable does make your dog quite gassy (you’ve been warned), so maybe feed them in moderation.
12. Butternut squash
Butternut squash is rich in vitamin A and C, fiber, and potassium, making it quite healthy for dogs. Not only does it support a healthy colon and muscles in dogs, but also their vision and so much more. So, dogs can eat butternut squash.
If you’re confused between red and green cabbage, don’t be. Dogs can eat cabbage, irrespective of color. Although, you can choose to opt for the red cabbage since it has more vitamins and minerals than the latter.
Dogs can safely eat cactus, although in moderation, as some cacti are toxic and can harm a dog’s health. The sap of the cacti plant can cause allergies in dogs if ingested and would require medical intervention.
Yes, dogs can eat carrots. This vegetable is high in fiber and beta-carotene, while being low in calories, making it a great addition to your dog’s diet. In fact, it is often preferred in a lot of dog food and treats.
Besides offering valuable nutrients, cauliflower has a large amount of antioxidants that boost a dog’s immune system and health. So, yes, dogs can eat cauliflower.
Dogs can eat celery as it is packed with fiber, nutrients, and potassium; celery can even help with your dog’s weight! They are crispy and healthy for your dog to munch. You can chop the celery into bite-size pieces and reward them with celery instead of unhealthy treats!
Spicy foods should never be considered for dogs as it can cause painful tummy aches, gas, and diarrhea. Hence, dogs cannot eat chili. Avoid feeding them any treat that contains chilies.
19. Collard greens
Dark, leafy vegetables like collard greens are quite safe for dogs. They contain vitamins A, K, and C, fiber, riboflavin, and folic acid, which support a dog’s immune system and overall health. Additionally, the calcium in this strengthens bone health.
Corn’s a good snack for dogs and so they can eat them. Corn on the cob, frozen, raw, or cooked, dogs can eat corn if fed in moderation. However, you need to make sure there are no cobs present. Corn on the cob is a no for them.
21. Corn cob
Well, dog’s can eat corn, but not corn cobs. The basic reason is that it’s got a whole cob on it. How is a dog supposed to eat that? Besides choking dogs, it can also get lodged in their gastrointestinal tract and cause problems.
Besides melons, cucumbers make a perfect summer snack. They’re low in calories, hydrating, and contain about 8 calories per one and a half cup of serving. What’s not to love?
Dogs can eat cucumbers with no sweat. Pun intended.
Dill is relatively safe for dogs and can be fed in small amounts. You can easily sprinkle some, fresh or dried, on your dog’s food, as long as you avoid overfeeding it. Fresh dill contains antioxidants that promote a healthy gut, but can also cause tummy upsets in large amounts.
It’s safe to say that plain edamame are non-toxic for dogs, so yes, they can eat edamame. However, since it belongs to the soya family, maybe you can refrain if your dog has allergies.
Dogs can eat eggplants, although in moderation. Cooked eggplants are usually preferred as it’s free of stems and leaves, which contain solanine, a deadly toxin. Besides that, the eggplant skin can also be consumed by dogs, although in moderation. Remember to keep the pieces small as it can be a choking hazard.
Yes, dogs can safely eat fennel. It contains vitamins A and C, iron, potassium, and calcium, which promote overall health, as well as prevents bad breath and indigestion in dogs.
Definitely a BIG NO! Garlic has disulfides and thiosulphates, albeit less than onions, but enough to cause diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, or in short– a nightmare for your dog and you! While a tiny clove won’t immediately harm a dog, garlic should not be something you feed your dog!
Yes, dogs can eat ginger, although in small quantities. This tropical plant is generally not considered toxic for dogs, so it can be added in small snacks or treats. The powerful antioxidants and medicinal properties in ginger can be great for blood circulation and heart health in dogs.
While the outer skin is not recommended, dogs can safely eat the white flesh of the jicama in moderation. You need to prepare it well and avoid adding the leaves, stems, skin, and seeds, which are toxic to dogs.
Kale is generally considered safe for pets, so dogs can eat kale. It supports vision, colon health, and liver detoxification in dogs. However, feeding your dog too much kale can also cause kidney and bladder stones, as this leafy green is rich in calcium oxalate.
31. Kidney beans
Yes, cooked kidney beans can be added to a dog’s balanced diet, as long as it’s in moderation. The beans themselves offer fiber, protein, and antioxidants to dogs, which can be beneficial for them. However, remember that not all dogs are fans of kidney beans.
Kohlrabi or German turnip is safe for dogs to eat. As a member of the cabbage family, it offers a lot of vitamins and minerals, making them a nutritious treat. Remember to feed dogs kohlrabi in moderation and not overdo it.
Well, similar to onions, chives, and garlic, leeks are a part of the Allium family, making them poisonous to cats and dogs. So, under no condition should you feed your dog leeks in any shape or form.
Romain, arugula, or iceberg, whatever the kind, dogs can eat lettuce. As a leafy green, lettuce is 90% water and is hence, quite low in calories. It makes for a good training treat as dogs enjoy the crunchiness of each bite. And what’s more, you can even make it into a nutritious salad for your dog!
Dogs can eat mushrooms if it’s raw and uncooked. Packed with vitamins B and D, along with necessary minerals and antioxidants, these vegetables have no cholesterol or fat, are low in calories, and contain very little salt, making them a great treat.
Well, surprisingly, dogs can eat okra with ease. It contains vitamins B and C, magnesium, calcium, folic acid, and potassium, making it healthy for a dog’s bones, muscles, and overall health. In fact, even the seeds and pods are perfectly edible.
Onions and garlic are the villains in every dog’s story. Onions contain a toxic principle, known as N-propyl disulfide, that breaks down the red blood cells in dogs and causes anemia. Even if fed in small amounts, dogs can experience some mild indigestion, while higher quantities can have more severe consequences.
Call them a superfood because parsnips are totally safe and healthy for dogs to consume. The vegetable contains vitamins B6 and C, as well as potassium and folic acid, which supports a healthy nervous system. And is great for dogs with kidney disease.
Dogs can eat peas, and not just one. Almost all types of peas, be it green peas, sugar snap peas, English peas, snow peas, etc. are edible and safe for dogs. Peas are naturally rich in fiber, protein, and other essential vitamins and minerals.
Dogs can eat potatoes and it’s a popular ingredient in a lot of dog food items. When preparing potatoes for your dog, ensure that it’s cooked, plain and not seasoned with salt or spices. However, you can avoid serving them raw or boiled potatoes as it contains solanine, which can cause heart problems, difficulty breathing, and an upset tummy.
Dogs can eat pumpkin and it’s a popular favorite among dogs. Normally the vegetable is used in dog treats and snacks. It can even be an addition to your dog’s diet. If you purchase canned pumpkin, make sure you check the ingredients to avoid anything that’s not dog-friendly.
Radishes contain Vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, making them safe for pets. Hence, dogs can eat radishes, but in moderation. However, they are less nutritious when compared to other vegetables on this list. Plus, radishes can cause gas in your dogs, leading to a very smelly doggo.
Known as cabbage turnips, rutabaga is safe for dogs to eat. Packed with protein, fiber, and antioxidants, this vegetable can be a good addition to your dog’s food. Ensure that you wash it thoroughly before offering it to your dog.
Dogs can definitely eat seaweed. Kelp and nori, known to be the edible vegetables of the sea, can be fed to dogs in moderation. It’s 25% protein and beneficial for dogs, as long as you don’t add salt or any seasoning to it.
As part of the Allium family, shallots are similar to onions, garlic, leeks, and chives, making them poisonous to dogs. Besides gastrointestinal issues, it can cause serious pain and even land your dog at the vet’s. Definitely sit this one out.
Dogs can eat spinach, but you need to limit it to 1-3 tablespoons and not more. Spinach is high in oxalates and sodium, which can block a dog’s body from absorbing calcium and cause kidney damage. Consult your vet beforehand, and feed your dog spinach once or twice a week, after cooking it properly.
Yes, dogs can eat squash. As long as you remember to remove the seeds and rind, squash can be a tasty and healthy food option for dogs. In fact, a lot of homemade dog food recipes include squash in them.
48. Sweet potatoes
Sweet potatoes are considered to be one of the best dietary sources of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight, coat, nails, and overall well-being. This fiber-rich healthy treat is loved by dogs and can be a great treat if prepared properly.
49. Swiss chard
Packed with vitamins A, C, and K, as well as fiber, swiss chard promotes healthy vision, liver, colon, blood and immune system functioning, besides providing more health benefits. Dogs can definitely eat swiss chard.
While taro is nutritious and beneficial for humans, the same cannot be said for dogs. As taro contains calcium oxalate crystals, it can cause kidney failure and pose other dangerous risks such as renal and nephron tubules blockage.
Yes! Dogs can eat turnips! Not only are they delicious, they also provide essential nutrients and promote overall dog health. You can safely add it to your dog’s food without worrying too much about it.
We suggest you avoid raw yams, but cooked ones can definitely be consumed by dogs. Since it’s a starchy root vegetable, you should clean it thoroughly and cook or boil them to remove any tannins that may be present.
Zucchini is safe for dogs when fed in moderation. Dogs can eat zucchini as it is low in calories, and high in fiber, making it a nutritious treat. The satisfying crunch also makes it a delightful treat as dogs love chewing on it. And you can keep the skin on! The skin adds to the nutritional value of this vegetable.
Nuts & Seeds
Contrary to popular belief, quite a few nuts and seeds are safe for dogs, while some are unsafe. These tiny treats can be great to munch on, but are they really good for dogs?
Here is a list of everything your dog can and cannot munch on!
Acorns are spikey, hard nuts, which contain tannins, making them poisonous to dogs. So to prevent that, make sure you keep an eye out if your dog’s foraging around in the backyard.
Almonds are not toxic for your dog, but they can very easily become a choking hazard and cause discomfort! Even if dogs tend to love the taste of almonds, the nut can cause gastrointestinal distress, lethargy, and a loss of appetite. So maybe avoid this treat altogether.
3. Brazil nuts
This large nut is not poisonous to dogs, but should be avoided as a treat. Brazil nuts are known to be the fattiest of nuts, and can cause serious pancreatitis or blockages if consumed.
Yes, dogs can eat cashews! Unlike macadamia nuts, cashews are considered to be generally safe for dogs. But you should feed them three to five at best to avoid digestion issues.
Well, chestnuts are safe for dogs to eat. At least the ASPCA approved ones — like the American chestnut or sweet chestnuts. The only exception to this rule are horse chestnuts that can be quite toxic for dogs.
6. Chia seeds
Chia seeds are technically superfoods, but dogs can eat them in very small portions. Give ¼ teaspoon daily for every 10 pounds of your dog’s body weight, so they can receive all the nutritional benefits without being overfed.
While hazelnuts are not toxic for dogs, it’s often recommended not to feed them any. However, if they eat a piece or two, then that’s fine, but not more than that. As a pet parent you need to ensure that your dog isn’t fed hazelnuts frequently or in large quantities as it impacts their health negatively.
8. Macadamia nuts
If your dog is craving something crunchy, these nuts are the last thing you should consider! Macadamia nuts are NOT safe for dogs, even as a small treat! They can show symptoms like vomiting, weakness, and even depression! It is toxic for dogs, so keep it away from your dog’s prying eyes!
No. Dogs should not be fed nutmeg, as it has the potential to be toxic for them. Even as little as 1 teaspoon is enough to cause poisoning in dogs, stomach upset, or disorientation, due to it containing the hallucinogenic compound myristicin.
Peanuts are certainly on the list of foods that dogs can eat. Roasted, plain, and shelled peanuts are great for dogs and have healthy fats that can promote good coat and dog health. However, overconsumption can cause diarrhea and even vomiting.
11. Pine nuts
Dogs can eat pine nuts in moderation. These are the edible seeds found inside pine cones and are rich in healthy fats, vitamin E, iron, protein, and magnesium, promoting overall dog health. And they can help improve a dog’s coat, skin, and organs.
Yes, dogs can eat pistachios. But not the salted kinds. So, you need to ensure that you serve them plain pistachios and in moderation. Although you should also consult your veterinarian before making these an addition to your dog’s treat list.
13. Sesame seeds
Sesame seeds are actually safe for canine consumption, granted that you feed them in small amounts. Packed with important vitamins, sesame seeds are a powerhouse of proteins, and the best part is that you can use them to make treats as well. So, dogs can eat sesame seeds.
14. Sunflower seeds
Yes, dogs can eat sunflower seeds in moderation. Ensure that the seeds are shelled, natural, and unsalted seeds, and fed in small amounts. Remember that overindulgence can cause diarrhea and intestinal distress.
While dogs can eat a few pieces, feeding them walnuts is not a great choice. Store-bought and unsalted walnuts can be an occasional treat, as large amounts of walnuts can cause pancreatitis, which can be life threatening and even cause blockages.
If we list crucial food sources for dogs, it would be complete with proteins. Proteins are vital to their overall health and well-being and provide the amino acids necessary for muscle development, growth, and immune function.
Picture it as fuel while the dog would be the car. No energy means the car won’t run. Duh.
But are all protein sources safe for dogs? Let’s check it out:
Dogs should not eat bacon as it’s high in salt and fat. Seasoned bacon with spices and salt is not ideal for a dog’s health and is not something you should feed your dog. Also, rashers of raw bacon can be challenging for the dog to digest, and they might induce vomiting.
Yes, dogs can eat bison meat. Packed with vitamin B2 and niacin, and minerals like selenium, bison meat has anti-inflammatory properties and reduces stress. In general, dogs should eat only 2-3% of their body weight daily.
If dogs could talk, they would tell you all the reasons why they love gnawing on bones. Bone marrows are rich in fat and calcium, making them tasty and nutritious. Chewing bones can also be pleasurable and alleviate boredom. However, remember to supervise when you feed your dog.
Dogs can certainly eat chicken. As compared to other meats, cooked chicken meat is lower in fat and high in protein. Hence, it is no surprise that it’s quite a common ingredient in most dog foods, commercial or homemade.
5. Chicken bones
Contrary to popular belief, chicken bones are actually not that great for dogs, especially if they’re cooked. Cooked bones make them soft, and dogs can easily break these brittle bones into splinters. The best option is to freeze uncooked chicken bones for two weeks before dogs can eat them.
Crabs are definitely not poisonous to dogs and there are plenty of dogs that do enjoy them. So dogs can eat crabs. However, you need to make sure that they’re not allergic to them, and keep an eye on the iodine content that dogs are usually sensitive to. Besides this, a little crabby treat once in a while is okay!
Yes! Duck meat is actually a great source of protein for dogs and a healthier alternative to other meats in case dogs have allergies. It also has a high level of protein to meet your dog’s nutritional needs. Most parts of the duck including its neck, certain organs, and liver can be consumed.
Dogs can eat eggs as they are rich in protein, fatty acids, and vitamins that help support a dog’s overall health and development. One thing to watch out for is raw egg whites, as they contain avidin, and consuming them raw prevents a dog’s body from absorbing biotin.
Fish are actually considered to be part of a healthy diet for dogs, given there’s no additional oil or seasonings. If you can avoid them then dogs can eat fish with ease. Make sure it’s a fish that’s considered okay for dogs and doesn’t contain high levels of mercury. Additionally, if you can remove the bones and watch out for any allergies, you’re good to go.
While it’s not toxic for dogs, ham is generally not recommended as a treat for dogs. Not only does ham contain salt, but also grease and fats, which can be consumed by humans, but can cause long-term health issues in dogs. If your dog has snatched up a small piece, no need to worry. However, avoid feeding them ham on your own.
11. Ham bones
Absolutely not. Avoid feeding your dog either ham or ham bones. Ham bones can splinter easily and cause gastrointestinal issues in dogs. Besides this, they can also cause blockages and become a choking hazard. If you do try to feed your dog ham bones, ensure that it’s raw and has been frozen for a while to kill off any unwanted bacteria.
Yes, dogs can eat lamb. The meat is a rich source of protein, and contains vitamin B12, niacin, dietary fats and essential amino acids that can support your dog’s overall health. Cooked lamb without seasoning is also great for maintaining body tissue and energy levels.
While pepperoni is made out of animal meat, it is still a processed product. Hence, dogs should avoid pepperoni, as it contains high levels of salt and seasonings. These can cause digestive issues, obesity, pancreatitis, and salt poisoning.
Yes, dogs can eat pork in moderation. Like any meat that you feed dogs, ensure that the pork is cooked properly, without any added seasonings or garnishings. Maybe save those for your dish and instead make a plain version for your dog. However, it is not recommended to feed them pork on a regular basis.
15. Quail eggs
Dogs can eat quail eggs if fed in moderation. These tiny eggs are packed with powerful protein and nutrients such as iron, and vitamins A and B12, making them great as an occasional treat. However, due to the eggs also containing high levels of fat and cholesterol, keep it limited.
While you’re shocked, yes, dogs can eat rabbit meat. What’s even more surprising is that rabbit meat is considered more eco-friendly than other protein or meat products that you may feed your dog. Hence, it can be a healthy addition to your dog’s diet.
17. Raw meat
Yes and no. Dogs can eat raw meat, however, it’s advised that you don’t feed them that. Raw meat contains harmful bacteria such as Salmonella, E. Coli, and Listeria, which can be harmful for dogs. In such cases, cooked meat is always preferred as it’s clean and nutritious for dogs.
Although it’s a meat product, you should not feed salami to your dog. Most salami is normally processed meat, and contains fats and salt not recommended for dogs. Feeding dogs salami can lead them to gain weight, pancreatitis, and multiple health issues later on.
Dogs can absolutely eat salmon but in moderation. Salmon is full of Omega-3 fatty acids which can help keep their coats shiny and support their immune system. However, you need to ensure that the salmon is plain and cooked to your dog’s requirements. Uncooked or raw salmon may contain bacteria and parasites that can harm your dog’s health.
Scallops are a rich source of magnesium, protein, phosphorus, along with other vitamins and minerals that make them beneficial for dogs. Hence, dogs can eat scallops as long as it’s cooked and given in moderation. Remember that it’s not a regular treat and is only okay once in a while.
Generally, seafood contains necessary Omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, protein, among other minerals and vitamins that are recommended by vets. However, the seafood has to be cooked without any seasoning and fed in moderation. Some seafood contains mercury so ensure that you’ve checked with your vet before feeding them to your dog.
Shrimp can be safely consumed if it’s cooked and prepared properly. Additionally, they are high in cholesterol and sodium, so dogs can eat shrimp only in small amounts. While cooking, ensure that you clean it thoroughly, remove the tail, shells, and vein as well.
Spam is certainly not a great option for dogs. As a canned meat product, you know that it is highly processed and contains a high amount of sodium and other preservatives which are unhealthy for dogs.
The tilapia fish is low in calories and contains important nutrients that your dog needs. Hence, yes, dogs can eat tilapia. Make sure you clean it properly before serving!
Since tofu is plant based, dogs can eat it without any issues. While it does not contain enough protein to fulfill all their nutritional needs, it is still great as a snack if fed in moderation. Check if your dog actually likes the taste first though.
Yes, dogs can eat tuna. IF it is canned tuna and not fresh tuna. Contrary to most foods, fresh tuna contains a high level of mercury, which can be fatal to dogs. Besides this, you need to ensure that the canned tuna you use is plain and not the oily or salty variant.
If cooked properly without any added seasonings, turkey can actually be a healthy occasional treat. For a typical 25 lb dog, 40 gm of white meat turkey or 30 gms of dark meat turkey, excluding the skin, should be perfectly fine. Hence, dogs can eat turkey.
Deer meat or venison contains a high amount of vitamin B, giving your dog the energy they need to go about their day. Packed with nutrients, iron, and zinc, dogs can eat venison as it promotes a healthy immune system and overall functioning of their bodies.
Grains and Baked Goods
We’re gonna bake our way through this grainy question! Even though dogs might LOVE to eat bread, it can be a ruff road.
To make sure it all goes smoothly, here is a list of everything you knead to know before feeding your dog grains and baked goods:
Being low in cholesterol and high in fiber, dogs can eat barley without any problems. However, similar to most foods on this list, ensure that barley is fed in moderation. As it’s also a carbohydrate, it should not be a primary ingredient in your dog’s diet.
In short, yes. You can feed your dog bread! However, bread should be fed in moderation. Plain white and wheat bread are safer in comparison to other fancier ones. Additionally, you might want to avoid spreading unnecessary elements to a slice of bread before serving it to your dog.
Yes, dogs can eat couscous. In fact, it is one of the prime ingredients used in homemade dog food, as it contains selenium, an antioxidant that helps prevent cancer.
Dogs can certainly eat flaxseed if given in a healthy amount. Not only does it increase the nutritional value of any dog food, but also increases the fiber content. For new dogs, it might be better to slowly introduce it in their food in small amounts.
Dogs can safely consume flour. Although it contains benefits like – vitamin B1, iron, phosphorus, selenium, niacin, etc, which help your dog’s health, it also has a lot of carbs, so it should be off a daily menu!
Are you cereals about granola? We are too, and we expect our dogs to be too! Those crunchy-munchy treats can be hard to resist by dogs, but make sure that your dog is eating plain granola and not the one with chocolates, raisins, macadamia nuts, etc.
Yes, dogs can eat millets! As a grain, it’s high in vitamin B, iron, and phosphorus, helping dogs to maintain energy levels, healthy bones, and overall health. Pearl millet, proso millet, and foxtail millets are definitely some of the most preferred ones.
If you’re aware of your dog’s likes and dislikes, it’s quite easy to prepare oatmeal treats and snacks. Dogs can eat oatmeal if prepared properly. Ensure that it’s cooked and avoid adding milk in it. Instead, you can substitute it with water, which is much safer when it comes to your dog’s digestion.
Yes, dogs can eat quinoa. The edible seed is actually used in a lot of high-quality dry dog foods, making it an old favorite. With a strong nutritional presence, it’s a healthier alternative to grains such as wheat, or even to soy, and corn.
Dogs can eat rice. It’s definitely one of the few grains that actually aids your dog when they have an upset tummy. Most dog snacks and treats that you purchase contain some amount of rice served in them. Hence, it’s also recommended by vets.
Packed with protein and fatty acids, wheat is recommended for dogs. Wheat is an excellent nutrient source, and is important for heart health, cognition, and immune functioning, as well as promoting good coat and skin health.
Dairy and Dairy-Based Products
Let’s moo-ve to the question, “Can dogs eat dairy products?” There needs to be more clarity around dogs and dairy.
So here we have the list of all paw-sibble dairy products your dog can and cannot eat!
Butter is not toxic for dogs, but it has fats that can lead to pancreatitis and gastronomic issues such as vomiting and diarrhea. So, while dogs can eat butter in small servings, they can also sit this one out.
Small cheesy bites will not harm your dog’s health, so dogs can eat cheese. It is not poisonous or harmful if ingested in minimal amounts as a treat! But steer clear if your dog is lactose intolerant.
Dogs can definitely eat ghee in moderation. Known to be a source of healthy fat, ghee can help improve a dog’s skin and coat. However, overconsumption may cause diarrhea, pancreatitis, or even vomiting.
4. Ice cream
Dairy products are usually not recommended for dogs once they’re weaned off as puppies. While a small lick is not harmful, dogs can find it hard to digest to their sensitive stomachs. Plus, lactose intolerance in most dogs may make this worse.
5. Whipped cream
Your dog can eat whipped cream until and unless they are lactose intolerant. It should be fed in moderation and keeping in mind that whipped cream should not be a big part of their diet. Therefore, you don’t have to worry as dogs can eat whipped cream. Just ensure that it is plain and not flavored.
Dogs can eat yogurt, although it’s not recommended if they’re allergic. So it’s only natural that yogurt should be fed to them only if your vet’s okay with it. Besides this, you can look at safe options like greek yogurt, which are considered healthier than your standard ones.
With all the snacks and treats in the world, our list of food items is undoubtedly not limited to fruits, vegetables, and protein sources. The comprehensive list we’ve compiled will answer queries on what to feed your dog:
1. Aloe vera
NO! Dogs should be kept away from aloe vera as it can cause diarrhea and an upset tummy.The plant’s leaves can cause diarrhea, loss of appetite, or urinary changes. Additionally, aloe vera contains a very harmful chemical called saponin, which causes problems in digestion and the stomach!
Dogs can eat applesauce in moderation. If your dog has been diagnosed with diabetes, having sugar content can be fatal for your dog. Whenever you want to serve them applesauce, make them plain without adding sugar!
3. Cat food
Well, if you’re out of dog food and options, then dogs can eat cat food. However, since the ingredients aren’t designed to suit a dog’s needs, maybe you can refrain from turning it into a long-term or frequent habit.
While dogs can eat cheerios in moderation, they should not be the only treat or even the main treat. Since cheerios are made from whole-grain oats, and are low in sugar, dogs like their taste and crunch. However, they have no essential nutrients for dogs.
Dogs should not eat cheetos. Although they are not harmful, they offer no nutritional value, and contain high amounts of sodium. High salt intake is a big no-no for dogs.
Fried potato chips are not recommended for dogs, even if it’s homemade. With the amount of salt and additional seasoning that goes into chips, it can cause sodium poisoning and excessive thirst. Besides that, they are also high in saturated fats and oil which can be harmful.
Chocolates have theobromine which is, guess what? CAFFEINE! Yes! It’s toxic and yet another “not-so-safe for dogs!” food item. Feeding dogs chocolate can even prove to be fatal in some situations.
Cinnamon is not toxic for dogs but should be avoided by being given in high amounts. It can cause skin and digestive irritation and sensitization in people and pets. But dogs can be fed cinnamon in small amounts.
Eggshells are filled with calcium and can be a great nutritional treat for your dog. So dogs can eat them, but not in all forms. Ensure that the eggshells have been boiled or cooked, as raw eggshells pose a risk of salmonella.
10. French fries
While it’s considered to be non-toxic for dogs, at the end of the day it’s fast food. The high salt content and grease can cause serious health issues for dogs. So even if dogs can eat french fries once in a while, vets would advise you not to feed them this treat.
11. Gummy bears
Dogs should not be fed gummy bears. These candies are formulated with high levels of sugar, intended only for human consumption. Besides the additives and artificial sweeteners in such candies can be harmful for dogs, cause weight gain and other health issues.
Honey is actually a great replacement if your dog has a sweet tooth, although in small amounts. Dogs can eat honey as it isn’t an artificial sweetener like xylitol. However, ensure that the honey is organic and free from any added sweeteners.
13. Hot dogs
Similar to most fast foods, dogs can eat hot dogs but it’s best to avoid it. Although hot dogs are non-toxic for dogs, they contain a high amount of salt and grease, which is fatty and can cause obesity, heart conditions, and other health issues in dogs.
You should avoid feeding your dog ketchup as it contains ingredients like onion powder, garlic, salt and sweeteners which can be harmful for their health. Besides causing an intense intestinal pain, it may also cause vomiting or cause them to fall sick.
No, licorice should not be fed to dogs. While licorice roots are considered poisonous for dogs, the licorice extract also contains glycyrrhizin, which can increase blood pressure and decrease potassium levels if ingested in large amounts or over long periods of time.
Dogs can be fascinated by their sweet scent, but marshmallows are a BIG NO-NO for your pooch! It has a dangerous ingredient- xylitol, a toxin for dogs. Additionally, it can also be a choking hazard or get lodged in a dog’s canine.
No. Dogs cannot and should not be fed mustard, even as table scraps. While it may not cause poisoning in dogs, it can, however, cause gastrointestinal upsets. Check with your veterinarian if any mustard is ingested.
Containing many medicinal properties, dogs can consume oregano in moderation. This herb is non-toxic for dogs and offers many health benefits. However, overconsumption can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Simple pancakes can be consumed by dogs without any problems. Just ensure that you use dog-friendly ingredients and avoid using syrup or artificial sweeteners. Otherwise, pairing fruits and pancakes can be a great occasional treat!
While paprika is not toxic for dogs, it’s definitely on the list of spices to avoid for dogs. The spice can be dangerous to dogs and cause serious gastrointestinal problems and excessive thirst.
If you’re unsure about this, know that dogs can eat pasta, as long as it’s plain and not cooked with added seasonings. You can avoid salt as well. As a treat with high carbs, pasta can actually be a great energy booster for dogs.
22. Peanut butter
Dogs can eat peanut butter and most of them start drooling at the thought of it. However, before feeding them any, make sure to check the ingredients to ensure there’s no added sweetener, especially if it’s store-bought. Remember to feed them regular peanut butter.
The peppermint itself might not be toxic for dogs, but it’s still not recommended for them. Dogs can get an upset tummy from consuming peppermint, besides artificial sweeteners in peppermint candies like xylitol or pennyroyal oil is dangerous to canines.
Dogs can eat pickles as long as they’re plain and not mixed with garlic, onions, or peppers, as these are considered to be hazardous for them. However, that doesn’t mean you go about feeding them a pickle when you feel like it. Pickles should be fed in moderation and not be a substitute for other healthy foods.
Most ingredients found on a pizza are certified toxic or not recommended for dogs. This can include onions, garlic, dairy, spices, oil, high fat and crazy amounts of salt. All of this can cause digestive issues and even severe problems in some cases.
Yes and no. Dogs can eat plain popcorn without stressing about it. It’s the salted, buttered, and flavored ones that you need to look out for. Since corn is not toxic for dogs and low in calories, a corn product is also safe if it’s prepared with your dog in mind. In fact, dogs enjoy the satisfying crunch of popcorn.
Popsicles are usually the go-to treat for every pet parent during the hot summer months. And dogs love them! It’s tasty, hydrating, and packed with nutritional goodness to avoid heat strokes. However, you need to ensure that the popsicles do not contain artificial sweeteners and have been made with fruits.
Pretzels are not toxic for dogs so they can try grabbing a piece from you. Try to avoid feeding them any. Dogs should not be fed pretzels as they contain high levels of salt, carbs, and additives, which are not at all dog-friendly and can lead to an upset tummy.
29. Soy sauce
Vets will never recommend that you feed your dog soy sauce. Dogs should not eat soy sauce in any food item as it has a high sodium content. And when consumed in large quantities can lead to salt poisoning in dogs. Salt poisoning can cause severe neurological damage in dogs.
30. White chocolate
Dogs SHOULD NOT eat chocolate of any kind, be it white or dark chocolate. Since chocolates contain theobromine, they can be toxic to dogs as they settle into a dog’s system in deadly amounts. Hence, your dogs can definitely sit this one out.
Although a lot of human food items are safe for dogs, there are some you need to think twice before serving. If you and your dog keep roaming the house searching for evening munchies, having cashew nuts, apples, and even celery salad would be great.
Fruits like watermelons and bananas are an excellent cure for dehydration and lethargy, while on the other hand, fruits like apples, apricots, and avocados require caution.
However, you cannot give your dog EVERYTHING you eat in a day. For example一garlic bread, raw bacon, sweet candies, or uncooked asparagus! The key here is to feed food items in small amounts to be safe for dogs!
Armed with these options, you are ready for a date with your furry friend!