What People Food Is Safe To Feed Your Dog?

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What People Food Is Safe To Feed Your Dog?

When at the dinner table or enjoying a snack, you might find it hard to ignore those cute little puppy dog eyes begging for a bite. While many types of human foods may seem harmless, some foods can cause physical, behavioral and social problems in the long run.

People Food Dogs Can Eat



Liver

Liver is the most beneficial type of meat you can feed your dog. In fact, it contains 10 to 100 times more vitamin A and B, iron, protein, CoQ10 and other nutrients which are great for energy, the immune system and heart health.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is known for its high protein content, and it contains vitamin B and E, niacin and healthy fats. Because dogs love the taste, it is often made into dog treats or placed inside Kong toys.

Carrots

Carrots, both raw and cooked, are good people foods because they are high in vitamin A and beta-carotene yet low in calories and fats. In addition to benefiting your dog's eyes and immune system, they also work wonders for keeping a dog's stools regular.

Quinoa

Quinoa, often called a superfood, contains many nutrients not found in other foods. From thiamin and riboflavin to calcium and iron, quinoa's healing properties protect your dog from heart disease, cancer and other ailments.

Popcorn

As a favorite snack of many households, you might wonder if popcorn is safe for dogs. Unsalted and unbuttered popcorn is a healthy source of fiber and minerals. Check for kernels to prevent choking.

Apples

Dogs like to eat apple slices as a treat. Apples contain vitamin K and C, calcium and fiber, which can help with hip dysplasia, heart problems and skin allergies.

Bread

In general, plain or wheat bread is safe for dogs as long as they contain no nuts, seeds, garlic or raisins. Bread is lacking in nutritional value, but it can sometimes help if your dog has ingested a foreign object or has an upset stomach.

People Food Dogs Cannot Eat

Ice Cream

You may be in the habit of giving your ice cream without realizing that it contains lactose, a dairy sugar. Most dogs are lactose intolerant so feeding them ice cream will likely cause vomiting and diarrhea.

Macadamia Nuts

While cashews and peanuts tend to be okay, macadamia nuts are the most harmful to dogs. Their unknown mechanism of toxicity can cause your dog to vomit, become weak and feverish, and develop tremors.

Chocolate

Chocolate and other foods featuring caffeine contain toxic substances called methylxanthines, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, thirst, seizures and even death. The highest levels occur in dark chocolate and baking chocolate.

Grapes

Grapes are one of those foods that you should never feed your dog. It's unclear why, but they can lead to severe illness and kidney failure. Raisins are unsafe as well.

Avocados

Avocados tend to be more harmful to animals other than dogs because they contain persin. However, persin may cause your dog to have an upset stomach, or the pits could get stuck.

Peaches

Although the fruity portions of peaches might not be harmful, the pits contain poisonous cyanide, which can cause many symptoms including abdominal pains, coma and cardiac arrest.

Raw Eggs

Raw eggs are a common ingredient of raw diets for dogs because they contain high levels of protein, amino acids and fatty acids. Although some pet owners swear by raw diets, uncooked eggs are often contaminated with bacteria that can cause food poisoning.

While some foods are perfectly fine to feed your dog on occasion, others can make your dog deathly ill. If your dog has got its paws on food on the "do not eat" list, call your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center right away.

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