We are MAJOR dog lovers around here! If you are anything like us, you often feel sorry for your cute pooch when you see him eating the exact same meal, day after day. How can they possibly live their whole life content with the same old dog food, without experiencing the unlimited, delicious human food options?!
Most dogs will eat absolutely anything edible you place in front of their mouths, so before you give your dog free access to the refrigerator, be sure to familiarize yourself with the foods that are both safe and dangerous to your furry friend. Dogs’ bodies react much differently than ours do to the food they consume, so please play it safe!
Since this is a produce-focused website, we are keeping our list limited to just fruits and vegetables. The phrase “can dogs eat apples” is searched over 700 times every day on Google, so obviously this a subject matter that needs to be addressed.
**Please note that even if a fruit or vegetable is safe for dogs to eat, it is not recommended that fruits and vegetables are a regular part of your dog’s diet. Only feed them safe fruits and vegetables in small amounts. Dog food was invented for a reason, you know! 🙂
Safe Foods for Dogs
Apples: Apple slices in small amounts are a safe option. Be sure to remove all seeds before feeding it to the dog.
Bananas: Small pieces of banana are safe to feed your dog. Be sure they do not ingest the banana peel, however.
Blackberries: Blackberries offer safe nutritional benefits to your dog, such as antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins!
Blueberries: Just as blueberries are a “superfood” to humans, they also provide nutritional benefits to dogs!
Broccoli: Broccoli is safe for dogs in very small amounts. It is not recommended to feed them broccoli regularly, as it can lead to intestinal issues in some rare cases.
Carrots: Carrot sticks and baby carrots are safe for dogs, as long as the green leaves are removed.
Cauliflower: Cauliflower is safe to feed your dog in small amounts. Feeding your dog cauliflower on a regular basis is not recommended, however.
Cucumber: Cucumber slices or chunks are safe for dogs, but try to limit the amount of cucumber skin/peel they ingest.
Green Beans: Green beans are safe for dogs, as long as they have been washed and are not eaten straight from the garden in the backyard!
Oranges: Oranges are safe for a dog as long as the peel and seeds have been removed.
Peas: Peas are jam packed with nutritional value for humans, and offer small amounts of value to dogs. It is not recommended to regularly feed your dog peas, but it is safe in small amounts.
Potatoes: Small amounts of baked potato are safe for dogs. Make sure the potato is cooked in some fashion, not fed to them raw.
Strawberries: Strawberries contain safe antioxidants and Vitamin C for your dog, as well as an enzyme that helps whiten their teeth!
Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes are safe for dogs and are a common ingredient found in dog food. Try making these sweet potato treats for your pooch:
Watermelon: Seedless watermelon is safe for dogs in small amounts. Both the white and black seeds are not easily digested, so be sure to remove all seeds. Do not allow the dog to eat the watermelon rind, either.
Zucchini: Small amounts of zucchini slices or chunks are perfectly safe for your pooch. However, try to limit the intake of zucchini skin/peel.
Dangerous or Toxic Foods for Dogs
Avocados: Avocados contain a substance called persin. Persin is harmless to humans who aren’t allergic but may be toxic to dogs in large amounts.
Garlic: Garlic is extremely dangerous to dogs, in all forms – cooked, raw, or powdered. It can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food and trouble breathing.
Grapes: Grapes (and raisins) can cause kidney failure in dogs, even in small amounts. You should notice signs within one day, including repeated vomiting, or becoming lethargic and depressed.
Onions: Onions are very dangerous to dogs, in all forms – cooked, raw, powdered, or dehydrated. It can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food and trouble breathing.
Peaches and Plums: The main danger in peaches and plums is the pit of the fruit. The pit contains cyanide, which is poisonous to both dogs and humans. Pits can also cause obstruction in the intestines if swallowed.
Raisins: see “Grapes”
*OTHER: Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nuts are one of the worst things your dog could consume. Eating as little as six nuts can lead to muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and a rapid heart rate, which can turn fatal. Get your dog to a veterinarian immediately if they consume macadamia nuts.
We hope this list helps keep your dog safe and happy! Let us know your pups favorite fruit or veggie in the comments below.
For more information on dog health and wellness, visit http://pets.webmd.com/dogs/