Mealtimes can be a sensory sensation for dogs as the smell of certain human foods are very tempting, but responsible owners need to be aware of what foods are a treat and what human foods are potentially toxic.
Dogs are pack animals and love to share food, especially if you are eating something with a strong meaty smell and flavor. A tidbit from your plate may seem harmless enough but some foods can be harmful to a dog and potentially fatal if enough is consumed.
Foods Unsafe For Dogs
Some foods are toxic to dogs and can cause a lot of harm, the most common foods that veterinarians have to treat dogs for are:
- Chocolate (contains theobromine, toxic to dogs)
- Grapes and raisins (can cause kidney failure)
- Onions and garlic (in large amounts, can damage red blood cells)
- Avocado (contains persin, which is toxic to dogs)
- Alcohol and caffeinated beverages
- Macadamia nuts (can cause muscle weakness, tremors, and fever)
- Xylitol (found in sugar-free gum, candy, and certain baked goods)
- Raw dough or yeast (can expand in the stomach and cause blockage)
- Too much saturated and trans fats are bad and can lead to health problems such as pancreatitis
- Spicy or heavily seasoned foods
Keeping your dog away from these foods can be difficult especially as some of them are strong smelling. We also know certain dog breeds are more prone to eating anything and everything than others. However, understanding what foods can harm your dog means you will avoid giving them toxic ingredients and are able to react quicker if your dog accidentally eats something they shouldn’t.
Safe Foods for Dogs
Most dog foods, like Miracle Vet, are complete and have all the proteins, healthy fats and vitamins needed for a balanced diet.
If you do decide to give your dog additional food then there are some human meals that in moderation are good for your dog.
Foods you can give your dog:
- Lean meats (cooked thoroughly, without seasoning or bones)
- Plain cooked chicken (no seasoning or skin)
- Cooked eggs (avoid seasoning and ensure they are fully cooked)
- Plain, unsalted peanut butter (in moderation)
- Plain, unsalted cashews and almonds (in moderation)
- Plain yogurt (without artificial sweeteners)
- Plain, cooked rice or pasta (small portions)
- Pumpkin (cooked or canned, without spices or added sugar)
- Carrots (cooked or raw, in small pieces)
- Green beans (cooked or steamed, without seasoning)
All of these foods are considered safe for dogs in moderation, however, just like us, some dogs may have food allergies or intolerances so introducing these foods should be done gradually and make sure they are receiving the correct nutrition from other dog foods or multivitamin chews.
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