The Safest Common ‘Human’ Foods for Your Dog
It’s probably safe to say most of us dog owners have fed our pets from the table at least once or twice. Those adorable, begging eyes are just too hard to resist sometimes! Some owners even stick to mostly raw-food diets for their dogs, which can be a great choice based on breed and dietary needs, among other factors. However, it’s important to know which foods are compatible with your dog's system - and which ones could land you at the vet’s office.
Some common household foods that should always be kept away from your dog’s bowl include chocolate, grapes, citrus, avocados, ice cream, nuts, onions, and anything with xylitol - a sweetener commonly found in candy and baked goods - in it. Everything from liver failure to diarrhea can result from giving your dog even small amounts of these foods. Some of them, like avocados, pose a choking hazard - the large seed at the center can become lodged in your dog’s throat and cause breathing impediments. Others, like onion and garlic, can cause internal turmoil for your poor puppy, resulting in nasty things like dehydration and anemia. If your dog accidentally gets ahold of any of these things, it’s important to monitor him or her for symptoms such as vomiting, breathing problems, trouble with coordination, and sudden weakness. If anything seems off, it’s safest to take your pet to an emergency clinic as soon as possible.
So what can you give your dog that won’t run any risks? Generally, more plain foods, such as bread without spices or nuts among the ingredients, are safe to give your dog in controlled amounts. Dogs can also have cheese safely as long as they are not intolerant - in fact, most common dairy products, such as milk and yogurt, are also safe for dogs to consume - keep an eye on your dog’s diarrheal health if you want to give him a small amount. Cooked eggs are great for dogs due to their high levels of protein. Corn removed from the cob is commonly found in dog foods and is safe to give your pet, as well as fish, which is full of healthy fats and amino acids. Salmon and sardines are the best options for dogs as far as seafood for the presence of important vitamins and digestibility. Ham and pork are safe for dogs to eat, but in smaller amounts, as they contain high levels of saturated fat and sodium. Fully cooked shrimp is full of antioxidants and can be given to dogs as long as the head, tail, and legs have been fully removed. Turkey is another great protein for dogs as long as it is unseasoned and there are no bones. Peanut butter is a favorite among many dogs and is a great source of healthy fats and proteins.
We all have moments of weakness - especially when it comes to our dogs! So if you feed your pup from the table once in a while, don’t feel guilty! Just make sure what you’re giving your pal is safe and digestible.