As dog owners, we love sharing our life with our furry companions. From sharing midday walks to sharing the bed at night, there are no shortage of memories to be made. So it’s only natural that at times we’ll want to share a meal or snack—or let the dog enjoy something we drop on the floor. But as a responsible dog owner, we all know that there are certain foods dogs should not eat.
You probably already know that chocolate is a big no-no, but what about other meats, fruits and vegetables? For example, did you know honey is actually a beneficial treat to help dogs ward off pollen allergies? Or that frozen blueberries can cool your dog off during a hot summer day?
To help you figure out foods dogs can’t eat, we created a comprehensive guide on the top 50 most troublesome human foods. We also created a 20 question quiz so you can test your knowledge and see how well you know your dog’s dietary do’s and don’ts.
Keep in mind that all human food should be given sparingly in conjunction with your dog’s regular meals to avoid weight gain and tummy troubles. Like people, some dogs have food allergies. So pay attention when introducing pets to new foods and keep an eye open for adverse reactions. Ready for the quiz? Okay, let’s get cooking.
Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Yes. The vitamin A and C in apples is beneficial for your dog, but make sure to remove the stem, core and seeds before giving them this naturally sweet snack.
Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Yes, but in moderation. The high potassium is beneficial for dogs, but because of their high sugar count, feed them only a small amount as an occasional treat.
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Yes. Because of its high water content, watermelon makes for a great snack on a warm summer day. Be sure to remove the rind and any seeds to avoid digestive issues.
Can Dogs Eat Grapes?
No. The toxicity in grapes and raisins is still unknown, but there have been cases of kidney failure in dogs who have eaten grapes. So it’s best to keep these out of your pet’s diet.
Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?
Yes. Strawberries are high in fiber and vitamin C, which helps aid in digestion. However, be aware that strawberries are high in sugar, so it’s best to feed your dog only one or two at a time.
Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?
Yes. This superfruit is just as beneficial for dogs, providing them antioxidants, fiber and phytochemicals.
Can Dogs Eat Oranges?
Yes. While safe to eat, be sure to remove the peel and give your dog small sections at a time to avoid choking or digestive issues.
Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?
No. While the ripened fruit is safe, the green stem of a tomato contains solanine which is toxic for dogs and best to avoid altogether.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?
Yes. Pineapples make for a sweet treat for your furry friend. It also contains bromelain, an enzyme that improves absorption of proteins. Just make sure to remove all the prickly exterior before feeding.
Can Dogs Eat Avocado?
No. Avocados contain persin, a toxin that in large enough quantities is harmful. The large seed also presents a choking risk.
Can Dogs Eat Peaches?
Yes. The fruit of peaches is safe for a dog, but the pit can be dangerous. It’s large enough for a dog to choke on, but also contains cyanide, a harmful toxin.
Can Dogs Eat Cherries?
No. The pits and stems to cherries present a choking hazard and digestive issues. Opt instead for safer fruits like blueberries and strawberries.
Can Dogs Eat Mango?
Yes. Similar to peaches, the fruit itself is safe to eat, but the hard rind and large pit are a dangerous choking risk.
Can Dogs Eat Pears?
Yes. Similar to apples, the actual fruit is safe for dogs, just be sure to remove the stem and seeds first.
Can Dogs Eat Raspberries?
Yes. Just like strawberries, raspberries are a healthy treat in moderation but their high sugar content means you should limit snacking to 2 – 3 berries at a time.
Can Dogs Eat Coconut?
Yes. Coconut contains Lauric, which helps strengthen your dog’s immune system. It can also freshen breath and improve skin condition from hot spots, fleas and other itches. The furry exterior though can cause throat irritation, so be sure to remove completely from the fruit inside.
Can Dogs Eat Carrots?
Yes. Carrots are high in fiber and beta-carotene, two beneficial ingredients for your dog. Plus, snacking on a carrot is a natural teeth cleaner!
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli?
Yes, but only the stems. Cut off the floral tops of a broccoli head (which can cause digestive issues) and you have a healthy snack of vitamin C and fiber.
Can Dogs Eat Cucumbers?
Yes. If your dog is overweight, cucumbers are a great treat to subside hunger as they have no carbohydrates, fats or oils.
Can Dogs Eat Celery?
Yes. In addition to vitamins A, B and C, celery is one of the few foods that can cut through stinky dog breath.
Can Dogs Eat Onions?
No. Onions, garlic, leeks and chives are all part of the Allium family and are highly toxic to dogs, causing anemia, elevated heart rate and weakness. Poisoning by onions is slow release, so monitor your dog for several days if you think they consumed any.
Can Dogs Eat Potatoes?
Yes, if cooked. A plain, unseasoned baked potato won’t cause any harm to your dog but avoid feeding them raw potatoes or one covered in butter and other seasonings.
Can Dogs Eat Corn?
Yes. Corn is actually a common ingredient in a lot of dry dog food kibbles, so corn kernels are safe to eat. Make sure to remove it from the cob as it could cause intestinal issues.
Can Dogs Eat Asparagus?
Yes. Asparagus is safe for dogs to eat as long as it hasn’t been overly seasoned with garlic or other toxic ingredients.
Can Dogs Eat Pumpkins?
Yes. We’re not talking the pumpkin you carve for Halloween, rather natural canned pumpkin (e.g. not what you use in pie filling). Pumpkins are a good source of fiber for dogs with digestive issues.
Can Dogs Eat Spinach?
No. While spinach is safe in small quantities, it does contain oxalates which in large quantities is dangerous to a dog’s kidneys.
Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potatoes?
Yes. Similar to potatoes, cooked and unseasoned sweet potatoes are safe for your dog. Even better than regular baking potatoes, sweet potatoes have healthy sources of vitamin A.
Can Dogs Eat Green Beans?
Yes. Green beans are safe for your dog, and are full of iron and vitamins. Be sure to feed your dog either cooked, canned (with no added salt) or frozen green beans for easy digestion.
Can Dogs Eat Peas?
Yes. Similar to green beans, peas are a low calorie snack that is safe for your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Shrimp?
Yes. Shrimp are high in antioxidants, vitamin B-12 and phosphorus, all beneficial vitamins for your dog. Just make sure to fully cook them and remove the entire shell (tail, head and legs).
Can Dogs Eat Turkey?
Yes. Avoid feeding your dog turkey that’s been overly seasoned with herbs, garlic or dry rub. Also, remove any skin or, excess fat and bones before tossing it to Fido.
Can Dogs Eat Pork?
Yes, but in moderation. Pork is full of healthy amino acids but, unlike other meats, isn’t as easy for dogs to digest. Feed it fully cooked, bones removed and without any seasoning.
Can Dogs Eat Fish?
Yes. Make sure to never feed your dog raw or undercooked fish, only cooked. Salmon and sardine are particularly beneficial because of its vitamins and protein. Be sure to remove extra bones and skin from the fish, with the exception of sardines as its tiny bones are easily digestible.
Can Dogs Eat Tuna?
Yes. The omega-3 fatty acids found in tuna promote heart health and eye health. If you’re feeding your dog canned tuna, feed them only small amounts as canned tuna is known to have mercury and sodium.
Can Dogs Eat Almonds?
No. Almonds are high in fats which can result in diarrhea and vomiting. While almonds are dangerous, peanuts are safe as they are a legume and are lower in fat.
Can Dogs Eat Popcorn?
No. Salty snack food like popcorn, pretzels and chips can cause excessive thirst and urination for a dog.
Can Dogs Eat Chocolate?
No. It’s true that dogs should never eat chocolate. Chocolate contains methylxanthines, which when ingested can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death.
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?
Yes. While nuts like almonds and pecans are unsafe for dogs, peanuts (and peanut butter) are safe. Containing heart-healthy fats, vitamins B and E and niacin, make sure you’re feeding your dog raw, unsalted peanut butter as some peanut butters use the artificial sweetener Xylitol, which can be fatal for dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Cashews?
Yes. Unlike almonds, cashews are safe in small quantities. They are filled with calcium, magnesium, antioxidants and proteins, but they are high in fat so be aware of potential weight gain.
Can Dogs Eat Cheese?
Yes, but in moderation. We all know the trick of wrapping a piece of medicine in cheese for a dog and it works! Opt for low-fat cheeses like mozzarella or cottage cheese. Some dogs can suffer from lactose intolerance, so introduce dairy carefully and in moderation.
Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?
Yes. Plain yogurt is healthy for dogs, it has protein, calcium and probiotics that strengthen the digestive system. Avoid any flavored yogurts that are laden with sweeteners and sugars.
Can Dogs Eat Ice Cream?
No. Dairy products with high levels of lactose can cause gastric distress in dogs, and the sugar content is unhealthy. If you’re looking for a sweet treat to cool down your dog, freeze chunks of watermelon or blueberries instead.
Can Dogs Eat Eggs?
Depends. Dogs shouldn’t be given raw eggs as it can cause E. coli. Raw eggs also contain an enzyme called avidin that impacts the absorption of vitamins, which can lead to skin and coat problems. But feeding Fido a fully cooked egg is beneficial, providing a source of protein and can help an upset stomach.
Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms?
No. Some mushrooms are toxic to dogs, while others aren’t, so play it safe and leave mushrooms out of your dog’s diet.
Can Dogs Eat Bread?
Yes. But just like in people, bread is high in calories and carbohydrates, so it’s not a healthy snack for your dog. Give them small amounts and avoid breads with a lot of spices or add-ins like raisins or chocolate.
Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?
Yes. Cat food isn’t dangerous for a dog, but depending on the brand and ingredients it can cause diarrhea or vomiting. Cats and dogs are different, therefore their dietary needs are too. Cat food is higher in fat and lower in fiber, which dogs need the reverse of.
Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?
No. The oil in cinnamon can coat the inside of a pet’s mouth and also lead to vomiting, diarrhea, increased or decreased heart rate and liver disease.
Can Dogs Eat Honey?
Yes. Opt for organic, local honey to ensure you’re giving your dog the best quality that’s low in preservatives. Locally produced honey can help a dog develop a tolerance for pollen in your area. But remember: Anything sweet can contribute to dental and weight issues.
Can Dogs Eat Rice?
Yes. Plain white rice is safe for dogs in small quantities. It’s often recommended by vets as a way to soothe digestive issues.
Can Dogs Eat Beans?
No. While certain beans are safe for dogs like black beans, varieties like red kidney beans are toxic. Additionally, most beans are known to cause digestive issues, including excessive gas.
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We understand it seems like a lot to try to remember, so we created below a handy reference guide of the top 20 food “stumpers.” Print it out to keep on your fridge or wherever your dog’s bowl is kept as a helpful reminder during meal time.