What can dogs eat?
What can they not eat?
Those two questions are vital for your dog’s wellbeing; one single mistake, and they might get sick, or worse… And we don’t want that, do we?
This is exactly why today, I decided to share with you an article about which aliments dogs you should give to your dog (or dogs, if you’re like Morgan from The Mindy Project), and which ones you should definitely avoid giving to your dog.
From bananas to strawberries to onions or even watermelon, we’ll tackle some of the most popular foods (for humans), and see if they suit dogs (or woof woof babies as I call them).
So, without further ado, here we go!
First things first, please go on and search “dog eating banana” on YouTube (this is adoooorable) before reading this.
The image of a dog eating bananas isn’t the first thing we would think of when we hear “dog food”, and yet, dogs can eat bananas!
Just like us, humans (or is it just me? I’m sure it’s not), dogs love eating bananas.
And that’s not half bad, considering that this fruit contains precious nutrients that dogs can’t get in other food, such as potassium, fiber, magnesium, and carbohydrates, which are all good for your dog’s health.
Bananas are especially good for dogs who suffer from inflamed colons or bowel problems, since the fiber in them regulates the bowel movements.
Many veterinarians recommend people to feed their dogs bananas, either mashed in their food, mixed with homemade peanut butter or yogurt (yeah, they can eat that too), or frozen, peeled, and sliced.
But, your dog should only eat bananas as a treat, and not as a regular part of his diet, since these fruits are high in sugar and might also cause constipation.
Your dog should eat everything in moderation, and bananas are no exception.
Watch out for peels though, they might not be dangerous to your dog's health, but they are hard to digest and may cause blockage.
Wondering what kind of treat you can make for your dog using bananas?
Check out this recipe.
We’ve always heard it: “One apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
Is it true for dogs too?
Absolutely, if you follow some simple rules.
Apples contain many nutrients that are good for your dog’s health: potassium, fiber, vitamin C, minerals, vitamin K, antioxidants, and calcium.
Apples are especially great for senior dogs or ones prone to certain diseases, since they’re low in fat and protein.
But, and there is always a but (this isn’t me trying to make a joke, I swear), make sure to feed your dogs apples the proper way.
First of all, make sure you remove all the seeds from the apple before feeding it to your dog, since they contain cyanide, which is, you know, nature’s way of telling us to go die poison.
Although a few apple seeds won’t really harm your dog, eating them over and over again can cause accumulation of cyanide in your dog’s system, which is, obviously, dangerous.
So, to be sure that you’re not poisoning your dog (that would traumatize you and him Tim Burton would have to make a sad movie about your life), remove the whole core from an apple before giving it to your precious friend.
The best way to feed your dog apples though would be as a treat.
You can cut the apple into small slices and give it to your dog with his food.
You can also freeze apple slices and then feed them to your dog, or make apple pops for your dog.
Be sure not to feed too much apple to your dog, as too much of a good thing can turn bad and upset your pet’s stomach.
Here’s a recipe for some dog apple pretzels that you can cook for your dog.
And of course, we’ll never say it enough.
Before introducing a new food to your dog’s diet, be sure to consult your veterinarian, they will answer all of your questions and give you the best way to add apples, or any other food for that matter, to your dog’s daily diet.
What about strawberries, you might ask?
Sure, strawberries are considered super fruits that give human a massive amount of good nutrients, but can dogs eat them?
The more you read this article, the more you’ll start thinking about dogs are rabbits.
I know, lame!
But yes, dogs can eat strawberries (now that you know that, I’m sure a Tibetan Mastiff doesn’t scare you anymore, just imagine it eating a strawberry!).
Strawberries are a sweet and fresh treat for our furry friends (no, I’m not talking about werewolves, although I wish we were all living in an urban fantasy novel).
Not only that, they are also full of vitamins and nutrients that prevent diseases, make dogs’ immune system stronger, and helps with aging and weight management.
Of course, like every kind of treat, give your dog too much of it and you might end up with a dog suffering from an upset stomach.
How to feed strawberries to your dog?
Easy: Cut one strawberry into small pieces and give them to your dog, or even better, mash them up into a puree and add them to your dog’s normal food.
Or even better, check out this frozen strawberry dog treats recipe that you can make yourself!
Are they good for dogs?
Sure, they’re great for humans, since they contain a great amount of vitamin C and other important nutrients, but can dogs’ stomachs accept them?
That’s the question.
And you might have guessed it; the answer is yes, absolutely!
Oranges are good for dogs, since they are full of nutrients and low in sodium.
But, since they’re also full of natural sugar, they shouldn’t be given to an obese dog or one suffering from diabetes.
You know what they say … better safe than sorry.
Some dogs actually go crazy for oranges, since they’re sweet and delicious.
And some dogs will not even get near them, since they don’t enjoy the tart after-taste of oranges.
If you have a small dog who is part of the orange-loving population, 1/4 to 1/3 of an orange daily is a good treat.
If your dog in on the big size, one whole orange is good for them, but not more, since it can upset your dog’s stomach.
What about orange peels?
Even though they’re not particularly dangerous, they can be hard to digest.
So it’s better to keep them away from your furry best friend.
And of course, when incorporating oranges to your dog’s diet, do it little by little, and if you see any unusual behavior after feeding it to him, stop it immediately.
And, we’ll never say it enough, but be sure to ring your vet before incorporating any kind of new food to your dog’s daily diet.
Those tiny fruits are called super foods because they do a lot of good to the human body, but about canine body?
What if I give my dog a blueberry and he becomes blue? (Okay sorry, I just wanted to make that lame joke).
Those tiny purple bombs (yes, they’re purple, not blue, I will fight you on this!) are full of antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fibers that are beneficial to your dog’s body and healthy in general.
Dogs don’t have any stomach issues when eating blueberries, either fresh or frozen, but of course, moderation is key, and too much of a good thing can turn bad.
So, give your dog two or three blueberries and watch his behavior: if his behavior is normal (define normal for dogs’ behavior though), then you can keep giving him blueberries as a treat.
But if there’s an issue, stop giving your dog blueberries and be sure to ring your veterinarian.
If your dog survives the blueberry test (sounds like a dog version of the Hunger Games), feel free to give you furry friend 2 to 3 berries every once in awhile throughout the day as a sweet and sour treat.
Believe me; he will not shy away from the berries, since dogs love them.
And if you want to get fancy, here’s the recipe for a blueberry treat that you can make for your best friend.
I personally have never seen the good side of watermelon… I actually hate the taste of it.
But hey, since 99% of humanity loves it, there must be something there, something that might also benefit Man’s best friend.
Are watermelons a safe treat for dogs?
Read away to know the answer to this question!
Yes, yes, and yes again!
Dogs love watermelon, and that’s a good thing, since it’s an excellent treat for our furry friends’ health.
Indeed, watermelon is loaded with water (so it helps your dog stay hydrated), beta-carotene, potassium, and several kinds of vitamins.
It is also low in calories, which makes it a perfect treat for obese dogs.
However, dogs can have watermelon only in moderation, since it can cause diarrhea, and no one wants that.
This means a few slices a day are sufficient to hydrate your friend and quench his thirst, especially during hot summer days.
Also, make sure not to feed your dog the watermelon’s rind, and to remove the seeds, since they are not the easiest to digest and can cause gastrointestinal discomfort.
Don’t know how to feed your god watermelon?
Here’s a recipe!
Ah tomatoes, some people still can’t figure out if they’re fruits or vegetables (or some kind of dormant aliens who will soon wake up and kill us all, but shht, that’s just my own theory).
All I know is that they’re delicious and I love eating them, and so do a lot of other human beings I know.
But what about dogs?
Can out furry friends eat tomatoes?
The answer is yes, but it can be problematic.
You see, tomatoes contain something called “tomatine” (the scientists who came up with this name didn’t have a lot of imagination), which is toxic for dogs if consumed in large quantities.
But, luckily for our canine friends, this substance is largely found in the green parts of tomatoes.
Which means only stems, leaves, and young green tomatoes can hurt your dog, but not ripe red tomatoes, which are safe to eat, in moderate quantities of course!
So, a bit of a ripe tomato is a good, healthy snack for your dog if consumed once in awhile, but nothing more than that please, your dog will thank you.
Here’s the recipe for some tomato and herbs cookies for your dog.
Pineapples remind us of a warmer weather and days on the beach.
They’re a favorite among many people, me included.
They’re sweet, sour, and give off tropical vibes.
But, can dogs eat them?
Sure, they can!
Ripe pineapples contain many nutrients, such as vitamin C, niacin, vitamin B6, magnesium, and iron.
Pretty neat, right?
This makes them a healthy and delicious treat for your furry friend.
But (as I said, there’s always a but in dog stuff … again, not a pun), since pineapples are high in fiber and natural sugar, feeding too much of it to your dog might have disastrous effects, such as diarrhea (that’s why I used the adjective disastrous, anyone who’s had a dog with diarrhea knows the struggle), gas, vomiting, or obstruction.
It’s also best to avoid feeding the central core or the spiky skin of pineapple to your dog.
How should it be fed to your dog?
Easy, give him small raw pineapple bites (never canned pineapple since it’s high in sugar), and if the weather is hot, frozen pineapple bites are great too!
We all know it, nuts contain a whole lot of good nutrients for the human body, and that’s even truer for almonds.
But, does this make them automatically good for dogs?
The answer is no, no, and NO!
I know it sounds like I’m exaggerating, but never ever give your dog almonds.
Not only could they cause obstruction and block your dog’s intestine for example, but they’re also too high in fat for your pet’s digestive system to handle.
So, the endgame here is: Never feed your dog almonds, unless you’re a sociopath.
Who would want to feed their dog broccoli though?
As it turns out, a whole bunch of people, and we’re here to give them the answer they’re seeking.
This is for you, broccoli eaters everywhere! Lovers of the green and the healthy!
Can you feed your best friend broccoli you monster?
The answer is mmm … yes, but if you follow some really important rules.
Broccoli is low in fat, high in vitamin C and fiber, and so, people think it’s the perfect healthy treat for a dog.
Sure, dogs can eat broccoli, but only in a small quantity.
When we say small, we mean really small; as in less than 10% of their daily food intake.
This 10% is different for every kind of dog, because a big dog is different from a small one.
Since broccoli contains a toxic substance for dogs called isothiocyanates, it is better to talk to your veterinarian before adding broccoli to your dog’s diet.
Anyone who’s ever had a dog knows that Man’s best friend loves peanut butter.
But what a dog wants to eat and what a dog should eat re sometimes completely different.
Is peanut and peanut butter safe for dogs?
You’ll find out right now!
Peanuts are full of nutrients: protein, healthy fats, vitamin B-6, niacin, and vitamin E.
But, there are some risks associated with feeding your dog both plain peanuts and peanut butter.
Indeed, if you want to feed your dog peanuts go with the roasted ones instead of the salted ones, since those contain more sodium than your dog actually needs and can harm his health.
Also, if you want to feed your dog peanut butter, go with homemade one instead of industrial peanut butter.
It will contain less fat, sugar and salt, and will be better for your dog’s health.
Feeding your dog peanuts as a treat shouldn’t be a regular thing, but just a once in awhile treat instead, and always, always remember to remove the peanut shell before giving it to your dog, as it can choke him.
This is a serious question that a lot of owners ask, and of course, we’re giving you the answer in this article.
Well the answer is yes and no.
Confusing, I know.
But let me explain.
In itself, popcorn isn’t really harmful for dogs since it contains many good minerals that are important for your dog’s growth, such as magnesium and zinc.
But, we don’t eat out popcorn all natural, we prefer it buttered, salted, or sweet, and that’s not good for your dog’s health (or yours, for that matter).
You can feed your dog plain, air-popped popcorn in small quantities, and be careful when feeding your dog popcorn; the hard popped kernels can hurt his teeth and gums.
What about mushrooms?
I know, weird food to give to a dog, but hey, dog owners can be weird sometimes.
Are mushrooms good for dogs?
Or would you be better off not feeding your best friend mushrooms?
There’s no definite answer, really.
Sue, mushrooms are some of the most nutritionally rich foods, loaded with vitamin D, protein, and antioxidants.
But, and this is a big one, stick with store bought mushrooms, since those are sure to be safe and not poisonous.
Stay away from wild mushrooms, even those growing in your own yard, since they can be extremely dangerous to your dog’s health.
One last thing: before feeding your dog mushroom, it would be better to plainly cook them, as they are easier to digest if consumed this way.
Celery is one of those boringly healthy foods that people eat when they’re trying to stay fit or lose weight (in case you didn’t know what celery was).
It’s healthy, of course, but is it good for dogs as well?
Celery is low in calories, nutritious, and high in anti-inflammatory properties, so it sounds like a terrific snack for our four legged friends.
Well, it is, if prepared properly.
Be sure to cut the celery into small bite sized parts, and remove all the stringy parts that might cause indigestion to your dog.
Here, now you have a healthy treat that you can give your dog! YEY!
Of course, it is possible to feed your dog raw celery, but it is a choking hazard, so cook it first instead to avoid any health problems.
And of course, everything with moderation.
Even if celery is very healthy for your dog, too much of it might be bad for his health.
I love shrimp.
A lot of people I know love shrimp too.
Shrimp is good for human beings’ health; it’s delicious and fun to eat.
But, does that mean it’s a good treat for our furry friends (again, not werewolves)?
Can we feed shrimp to our dogs?
The answer is: Yes, but again, with moderation.
Shrimp is loaded with great nutrients for your dog’s health: Vitamin B12, phosphorous, and antioxidants.
It’s also low in fats and calories.
But, it’s also high in cholesterol, and so, feeding it to your dog on a regular manner is not encouraged.
Another thing you should remember is that you should cook shrimp because feeding it to your dog, in order to kill harmful bacteria that might cause an upset stomach to your best friend, and no one wants that.
Finally, be also sure to remove the shell completely (which means removing everything from the tail to the head to the legs), since it can cause a digestive blockage.
Ah, potatoes! Who doesn’t love them? (Monsters, that’s who).
Potatoes are great!
We can make French chips with potatoes; we can eat them as a gratin or as a puree.
There’s so much to do with potatoes, but, can we feed them to our dog?
That’s the question!
Here’s the answer: Yes, but only if they’re cooked!
Indeed, raw potatoes are extremely toxic to dogs, and thus, should not be fed to your furry friend (obviously).
Potatoes contain iron, and vitamin A, B, and C (reminds me of a Jackson Five song).
As you can see, they’re nutritious, but you should feed them moderately to your dog, and never ever raw!
Because raw potatoes contain solanine, which can negatively affect your dog’s nervous system.
The best way then is to feed your dog small quantities of boiled or baked potatoes, and only once in awhile, since they contain a lot of carbs and can thus be dangerous to your dog’s health (and fitness).
So, what about cucumber?
I personally love it, even though some people might say it’s bland and boring (yes, there is such thing as a boring vegetable… cauliflower for example).
But, cucumber is full of nutrients and low in carb, so it’s good for humans.
But is it good for dogs too?
The answer is: HELL YES!
You can definitely feed your dog cucumber.
And here’s why:
Not only cucumber is safe to consume for your dog, it’s also full of good things from a high water content (which means your dog will always be hydrated) to minerals, to a whole bunch of vitamins that can benefit your dog’s health.
All in all, cucumber is a great food for your dog, so use it as a treat, especially during hot days, for some hydration.
Of course, like any other food, too much cucumber can cause discomfort to your dog.
And we’ll never say it enough, but before adding any kind of food to your dog’s diet, be sure to consult your veterinarian.
Onions are some of the most delicious vegetables there is once cooked (man, sautéed onions with butter are a taste of heaven).
But even though they’re good for us humans, it doesn’t mean they’re automatically great for dogs. Or are they?
The answer: Never ever feed your dog onions, raw or cooked.
For dogs, onions are the fruits (well, technically vegetables) of hell.
Onions are poisonous to dogs and can eventually kill a dog that’s consumed it, since they cause them Hemolytic Anemia, which can be deadly.
Even onion powder can be dangerous.
So always make sure onions are far of reach from your dog.
This is because onion contains a substance named Thiosulphate that destroy your dog’s red blood cells.
So, if your dog ever accidentally consumes onion, take him directly to the veterinarian!
Mango is this sweet, orange fruit that turns any smoothie into a party (no wonder they call it the king of fruits).
It’s delicious and filled with nutrients, but is it safe for dogs?
Well, as it turns out, IT IS!
Your dog will be stoked to hear this news, and eat some good mango.
Mango is not only a yummy treat for our furry friends; it’s also excellent for their health, as it contains vitamin A, potassium, and many other important nutrients.
But, be sure your dog is eating the seed along with the fruit, since, like a lot of other fruits’ seeds, it contains cyanide, which is extremely poisonous.
The mango’s seed is also pretty big, so your dog can choke on it.
And, make sure your dog doesn’t eat the mango skin either, since it might cause him discomfort.
Also, remember that moderation is key, and don’t feed your dog too much mango.
Cashews are healthy, and some people want to share them with their dogs.
But aren’t they putting their dogs’ health and body in danger by doing that?
As it turns out, they are.
Cashews are not toxic to dogs, but they still represent a danger to our furry friends.
Cashews are nuts and dogs (and pets in general) do not digest nuts well, which is why it’s better not to feed cashews to your dog.
If your dog really wants to eat cashews, you can give him some, but just as a special treat.
Too much nut consumption can lead to pancreatitis, a disease that can lead to severe complications that no one wants.
They can also gain weight since cashews are rich in calories.
Watching cartoons and movies, you might think that dogs love milk, and that might be true, but dogs and dairy don’t always mix well.
Many dogs are lactose intolerant, so they have difficulty to digest milk, especially straight cow milk.
But, still, some dogs digest milk pretty well and actually benefit from it, since it’s loaded with riboflavin, vitamin D, phosphorus, and calcium, which are all excellent for your dog’s health and metabolism.
Asparagus is that vegetable that’s super healthy but makes your pee smell funny.
Is asparagus safe for dogs?
That is the question!
The answer is: Yes, but only if you follow a certain number of rules.
Asparagus is a healthy treat for dogs, full of vitamins and minerals; but, before feeding it to your furry best friend, keep this easy set of rules in mind:
Beans can cause gas, and this is exactly why many pet owners prefer avoiding feeding them to their dogs, even though they're packed with fiber and protein (no one wants to get asphyxiated to death by their dog's farts, let's be real).
Sure, beans cause flatulence, but they're also full of nutritious goodies that will definitely make your best friend stronger and healthier.
So, can dogs eat beans? The answer is YES!
Dogs can eat beans, but only those that have been cooked first.
Also, as any other food, they should be fed to your dog in moderation.
And even though beans and lentils are full of protein, you should know that it's not a replacement for meat.
So don't you even dare thinking about putting your dog on a vegan diet, because that's just …. flat out stupid. Sorry not sorry.
Bell peppers are delicious (I will fight you on this one! Sorry, I'm being aggressive today) and healthy, which is why we naturally want to feed them to our dogs.
So, the question here is, can dogs eat bell peppers?
And the answer is -drumroll-: YES!
Pell pepper, especially red bell pepper (which has more beta-carotene and anti-oxidants), is a winner!
These beautiful, rainbow colored vegetables are full of good nutrients and low in calories, which makes it a perfect treat for dogs.
Bell peppers are a healthy, non-spicy option for dogs when, of course, fed to them in moderation (as I always say: moderation is key folks!).
And remember, do not give spicy (even mildly spicy) pepper to your dog, they're off limit and will hurt your best friend. No one wants that!
So, give your dog some chunks of plain bell pepper and let him happily chow down on it!
Blackberries are like little balls of superpowers and antioxidants, which means they are healthy as hell!
But does that mean they're healthy for dogs too?
Let's discover it together!
As it turns out, blackberries are a healthy treat for dogs, so yes for that!
But the thing is, your dog will survive even if he never eats a blackberry in his life.
So, if you think you can use the blackberry money for some better dog food, go on!
Blackberries are not necessary for dogs, even if they contain a crazy amount of anti-oxidants.
Who doesn't love bread?
Weird people, that's who!
Bread is delicious, and while some people say that it's not very healthy, I say "learn how to have fun, folks!".
Sure, it lacks nutritious value, but it's really good!
But, even if bread is delicious and your dog definitely knows it, should you be feeding him that?
Yes, but keep it very moderate!
While bread isn't a big threat to dogs, it is a filler food that lacks vitamins and minerals, which are both important for dogs.
Being full of carbohydrates, bread will only provide calories for your dogs, without anything else.
So, even if bread isn't lethal, it's better to avoid feeding it to your best friend.
Can I tell you a secret?
I hate Brussel sprouts.
Yes, I am a 22 years old adult with a toddler's taste, I can't help it.
But, as it happens, Brussel sprouts are crazy healthy!
And this kinda makes me feel bad about missing on them.
But, we're not here to talk about my dietary choices, but about your dog's dietary choices.
So, even though Brussel sprouts are a super food that's extremely good for humans, can we feed it to your dogs?
The answer is: yes, but in moderation.
You see, even if Brussel sprouts are full of vitamins, it can do more harm than good if you feed too much of it to your hairy best friend.
Another thing to know about Brussel sprouts is that they carry a risk of foodborne illness, so it is best to thoroughly cook them before feeding them to your dog.
To know more about how Brussels sprouts can benefit your dog's health, check out this full article.
Cabbage is like the older, buffer brother of Brussel sprouts, which means that just like those tiny green bombs, it's full of good nutrients, and for once, it is a leafy vegetable that I genuinely enjoy eating.
I am sure many of you enjoy it in a smoothie or a salad and you're asking yourselves if you could feed it to your dog.
So, should you be feeding your pet dog cabbage?
The answer is: yes, absolutely!
You see, dogs actually go crazy for cabbage (and this is why us, humans, are the superior race. I mean, who goes crazy for such a bland veggie?); and that's great, because cabbage is good for your dog's skin, it helps with digestion, and prevents cancer.
Sure, it causes gas, but when you compare this little inconvenience to all the advantages, it's worth it.
So, make sure to cook some cabbage and feed it to your dog!
Cantaloupe is a fan favorite, especially during the summer, when it's hot as hell and all you want is some sweet, fresh fruit to help you win this battle against the weather.
And when your dog sees you eating this juicy goodness, he too wants to partake.
Should you let him, though?
The answer to that previous question is: yes, but your dog should eat cantaloupe in moderation.
You see, cantaloupe is a healthy and refreshing treat to feed your dog, but it can also cause diarrhea if you give too much of it to your best friend.
Wondering how to feed your dog cantaloupe for the first time?
Check out this video.
Ah cauliflower, my personal nightmare (I can't help it, it smells really weird), but also one of the healthiest foods around.
It's full of antioxidants, which makes it great for our bodies.
But, does that mean it's good for dogs as well?
The short answer is: yes, but...
You shouldn't feed too much of it to your dog, since it makes our pets gassy.
It's low in calories, which makes it good for dogs, and can also be fed to them either cooked or raw.
Let's all be real for a second here: cheese, along with blueberry ice-cream, dark chocolate with cherries (very specific, I know), and Korean fried chicken (it's a thing, yes), is one the most heavenly foods out there.
Most people love it and would eat pounds and pounds of it if it didn't make them sick (or fat), but, should we be feeding it to our hairy friends?
The answer to this question is: mmm, maybe once a month, if not less.
You see, cheese is derived from milk, and although it doesn't have crazy amounts of lactose in it, most dogs are intolerant to it.
This is why cheese should be a special treat, even if your dog begs you to eat it.
The best thing though would be to avoid feeding it to him altogether.
Cherries, just like strawberries and other berries, are delicious.
They're also full of antioxidants, which makes them healthy for us humans.
But, are they good for dogs?
The opinions vary, but here is one fact: cherries contain cyanide, especially in the pit part, which makes them pretty dangerous to dogs.
Sure, you can feed your dog one or two cherries once in a while, but it would be better to stick to other foods.
If you still want to feed your best friend cherries though, make sure to remove pits, stems, and leaves before giving them to your dog.
You should also know that there are healthier alternatives to cherries, such as apples or blueberries.
So, in the end, it is all up to you.
Ah, the great question!
I mean, we've all seen it in cartoons: dogs love bones!
But, should you give your dog chicken bones?
The answer to this question is: yes, but only if it's raw.
You see, cooked chicken bones, or any other kind of cooked bones, are bad for your dog: they can become dry or brittle, and thus, can be a huge danger to your best friend.
Raw bones, on the other hand, are actually very healthy for your dog.
They contain nutrients such as calcium and phosphorus, and can help stimulate the production of your dog's saliva enzymes, which in turn helps keep his gum and teeth in good health.
I like a little bit of cinnamon sprinkled on my morning coffee or on my oatmeal, it's good for our health and adds a little flavor to anything we eat.
But, can you feed it to your dog?
The answer to that question is: you could, but you don't really need to.
A small amount of cinnamon will not harm your dog, and even if consumed in a large amount, your dog's body will naturally get rid of it (by either pucking everywhere or having diarrhea, which is why it would be better to avoid cinnamon).
You don't need to give cinnamon to your best friend though, simply because he will not benefit from it.
So, instead of feeding your dog cinnamon, go with food that will actually benefit him.
Cranberries are known to be a great source of Vitamin C, and cranberry juice is used to treat things such as urinary track infections.
But, is it as good for dogs as it is for humans?
Or should we avoid feeding cranberries to our dogs?
The answer is: it would be better not to feed your dog cranberries or cranberry juice.
Not only would it be a waste of money, there is also no direct evidence that cranberries or cranberry juice benefit your dog's health.
And when it comes to cranberry juice, most of them are loaded with sugar, which is definitely not recommended for your dog.
So, it would be better to spend that money on something else that will benefit your dog!
All right, let's be real for a second here folks: dates are kinda horrible.
They're boring people food, and most importantly, they're really waaay too sweet.
But, if you still want to feed your dog dates, you might need to read what's coming next.
As we know, dates are full of good nutrients for the human body.
They're loaded with fiber, vitamins (A, B, and C), minerals, proteins, and are low in fat, which makes them the perfect snacks for humans.
But, what about dogs?
Well, they can benefit from dates, but you should feed it to your dog in moderation, since they're full of sugar.
Also, remember to remove the pit, because even though it has no cyanide in it, it is still a choking hazard.
What about figs?
Like dates, they're full of fiber and other good nutrients.
They also happen to be delicious, which isn't something we can disregard.
But, can dogs eat them?
The answer is: yes, but...
You should be cautious when feeding figs to your best friend.
Sure, these fruits, whether fresh or dry, are really good for your dog and he can benefit from them big time, but feed your dog too many figs and he will end up with a bad diarrhea.
It's also important to note that figs have a serious amount of sugar in them, so don't feed them regularly to your dog.
Instead, make them a special treat and hopefully, all will be good!
Fish is delicious, healthy, and full of good nutrients for the body.
At least, for humans.
What about dogs?
Can we feed them fish?
The answer to this question is: yes, you can!
Being loaded with nutrients, it's healthy and works great as a food topper for your best friend.
Just be sure that the fish is not spoiled, and avoid feeding salmon to your dog.
Besides that, you can feed fish to your dog.
Most of us love French fries, especially the salty, greasy ones.
But let's be real for a second, that's a recipe for disaster and heart disease.
Yet, we love nothing more than chewing down on some delicious French fries.
Can we feed them to our dogs though?
The obvious answer is: no!
It would be better to feed your dog other kinds of food and avoid French fries, since they're unhealthy and don't provide any nourishment to your dog.
No, I am not asking if dogs can eat Ron Weasley (because he's a ginger, understand the joke?), and even though you might think "who would feed their dog ginger?", well, believe me, there are people out there who would, and this is for them!
Ginger comes with great health benefits, it helps against colds, nausea, and can even treat migraines.
But this is for the human body, and even though it's good for us, it doesn’t mean that it will benefit our hairy best friends (again, not werewolves).
So the question here is, can you give your dog ginger?
The answer is: yes, but in small amounts only.
If your dog is fed too much ginger, he will likely suffer from problems such as heartburn and gas, so make sure to limit your dog's intake of ginger.
You don't know how to feed your dog ginger?
No worries, we got your back! Here's the recipe of some delicious ginger dog biscuits that your best friend will go crazy about.
Grapefruits is known for being very nutritious and low in calories, but even though it can benefit human beings, does it mean that you can feed it to your dog?
The answer is: NO, GET THAT THING AWAY FROM YOUR DOG NOW!!!!
A bit dramatic, yes, but it works.
You see, besides being straight out disgusting (I mean, who genuinely likes eating grapefruit?), it is also extremely toxic to dogs since it contains psoralen, which isn't the best thing you could feed your best friend.
So, make sure your dog stays away from grapefruits, and feed him something else if you want him to have fruits. Apples are better, so go with one instead!
We've seen it many times in cartoons: a dog chewing away happily on a piece of ham.
But, even though ham is delicious, can you really feed it to your dog? Keep reading to know the answer!
As we all clearly know it, ham is full of salt and saturated fats, which means it's not good for our bodies, and thus, may be bad for dogs.
If you're thinking that, then you might be thinking right.
It is not recommended to feed ham to dogs.
Simple: ham is loaded with salt, but not just that.
Since ham is a form of pork, it can also come with parasites, harmful bacteria, and lots of preservatives, which naturally, are not good for your dog.
So, avoid ham and go with other types of meat that are healthier and less salty, your dog's body will thank you for that.
Just like ham, ham bones are not recommended.
Not only are they as salty and as fat as ham, there is also the possibility of the bone splintering and choking your dog or puncturing an organ, and no one wants that.
So, don't feed your dog ham bones, as simple as that, buddy!
As we all know, honey is the Holy Grail of healthy food, it's better than sugar, healthier, and can even cure a sore throat or a cold.
But, can you feed it to your dog?
If we're talking about pure honey here, then the answer is: yes, in moderation, and only to fully grown dogs.
It would be better to avoid feeding honey to puppies, and if you're feeding it to your healthy, grown dog, then be sure to do so in moderation.
A big consumption of honey can cause diarrhea in dogs.
So one teaspoon a day is enough!
You might love ice cream, but does that mean that you should share it with your dog?
Ice cream is fat and sugary, which means it doesn't make the best treat for a dog.
So, avoid feeding ice cream to your dog.
Although ice cream is not poisonous to our furry best friends, it contains dairy, which doesn't fare well with dogs' digestive system.
Many dogs can be lactose intolerant, and feeding ice cream to your dog can cause a violent allergic reaction.
I mean, seriously, why would a dog want to eat lemons?
I mean, even dogs have standards, right?
But, still, can you feed your dog lemons?
The answer is: it would be better if you avoided doing it.
You see, small quantities of lemon are not toxic to our canine friends, but they can upset your dog's stomach, cause vomiting or diarrhea.
Furthermore, lemons provide no benefit to your dog's health, so better stay away from it.
Lettuce is boring, but healthy (this is the curse of all healthy food: to be boring), but is it as good for your dog as it is for you?
We answer that question for you, so keep reading!
You will be happy to know that, yes, you can feed your dog lettuce!
Plain lettuce is good for your dog, but it shouldn't be a meal, it should just be a complement to a dog's meal.
So rince some lettuce, cut it into small pieces, and steam it (better for your dog's digestion) before using it as a food topping.
Ah, marshmallows, the perfect complement to a tasty hot cocoa during a rainy day, but, can your dog eat it?
We all know that dogs go crazy for sweet treats, and would love nothing more than eat a bunch of crispy s'mores, but should you give in?
As we know, marshmallows are not the healthiest foods around, even for humans.
They're loaded with sugar, which makes them bad for pets, since they can cause your dog diarrhea and vomiting if consumed in a large amount.
So, I would recommend you avoid feeding marshmallows to your dog.
Olives are delicious, they're the perfect side dish, and perfect with a cold drink, but, can we feed them to our canine friends?
The answer is easy: no!
Olives are not the best treats at all, and shouldn't be fed to dogs.
They can be too salty, and have no health benefits for your best friend, so it would be better to give him a dog treat instead of olives.
Pears are great, they're sweet and make for an amazing ingredient in pies, but, should we feed them to our canine friends?
The answer to this question is: yes, but, as always, with moderation.
Just like apples, pears are healthy for dogs, they're loaded with good fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A, but if you feed your dog too much of it, he will likely be sick.
After all, dogs' stomachs are not like our own.
Before feeding your best friend pear, make sure to cut it into little pieces and get rid of the seeds and core.
And for the fun, here's the recipe for pear and molasses biscuits for dogs that you can make at home!
Peas are packed with protein and other great nutrients that help the human body stay healthy, but does that mean that they're good for dogs?
As you might have guessed, not necessarily.
But for once, the answer to the "can dogs eat peas?" question is a positive one: yes, dogs can benefit from eating peas.
One way you can feed your dog peas is to mix fresh ones with his food for a nutritional boost.
Of course, even good things should be eaten in moderation, which means you should only give a small portion of pears to your canine friend.
Since dogs are omnivores, if they come across a piece of pork, they will definitely eat it.
But in the long run, is it a good idea to feed your best friend pork?
The answer is: yes, if some conditions are met.
If you're thinking about feeding your dog pork, you should cook it thoroughly, since undercooked and raw pork contain trichinella muscle larvae, which, from its name, doesn't sound like good news.
But, if you think you can't do this, then it would be better to avoid feeding pork to your dog.
After all, you know how the saying goes: better safe than sorry!
Pecans are great movie nights food.
They’re delicious, somewhat healthy, and just overall fun to eat.
But that’s just for humans.
When it comes to dogs, it could be different, and that is exactly why you are reading this.
So, can dogs eat pecans?
The answer is: NO, get that thing away from your dog, now!!! (yeah, 3 exclamation signs, because pecans are a serious danger for dogs).
Research have shown that pecans contain juglone, which is toxic to our canine friends.
Not just that, but pecans can also cause severe intestinal upset to your dog, as well as diarrhea, since they are hard to digest.
Finally, pecans are a fatty food, which makes them a bad choice for your best friend.
So, don’t feed your dog pecans, and if you suspect he’s munched on a bunch of them, take him to the vet right away!
I love jalapeno, and you probably do too (unless you’re one of those weak people who can’t stand spicy food).
Anyway, jalapenos are known for being a pretty healthy human food, they’re full of vitamin C, and a bit of spiciness is always good for the digestive system.
But, is it the same for dogs?
So, if you’re asking yourself whether you should be feeding your dog jalapeno or not!
Here’s your answer: no, no, and NO!
First of all, these spicy tiny peppers have no health benefits for dogs, and it doesn’t matter how much you like eating them, you’d better keep them off your canine best friend.
Dogs are not used to eating spicy food, and jalapenos are no exception to this rule.
Even worse, jalapeno consumption can cause diarrhea, bad indigestion, and some other unglamorous symptoms that you will have to deal with.
So, finals words: Keep your jalapenos far, your dog close, and don’t let them meet, because it’s going to end up explosive (and not in a good way, more in a diarrhea way).
I’ll let you into a secret: I am dead craaaaazy about pickles, and all other kinds of pickled food.
I just like the sourness in it, and some people probably feel the same as me about pickles.
Fermented food is great for human beings, and has a set of great benefits that most people don’t know about.
But, does that mean that we can feed our dogs pickles?
Keep on reading to know more!
So, can dogs eat pickles?
The quick answer is: yes, but in moderation.
Let me explain: pickles are technically cucumber, and cucumber is an excellent treat for dogs, but the amount of sodium in pickled cucumber (or pickles) isn’t that great for your furry best friend’s health.
So, one pickle isn’t likely going to harm your dog, just keep it to a minimum, and your best friend will be safe!
To know more about this, check out this fun and instructive video:
Pistachios are nice.
They’re colorful, very delicious, and just really fun to eat when they’re still in their shells (yes, unlike some people, I actually enjoy the process of taking a pistachio out of its shell, it makes me feel like I’ve earned it).
Pistachios are rich in fat, and when consumed moderately, can be good for our health, but, is it the same for dogs?
The short answer is: keep those nuts away from your dog! (I never thought I would write a sentence like this one day, but here we are…)
Long story short, pistachios are loaded in fats, which is not healthy for your dog.
Large quantities of fat can cause pancreatitis, diarrhea, and hyperlipidemia in dogs.
But not just that!
Pistachios can easily develop mold, and can contain aflatoxin, which can be deadly for dogs.
So better avoid feeding your pup pistachios.
Most people love plums, and it is understandable: they are sweet, refreshing, and just downright delicious.
And your dog might think the same, but can you feed him plums?
Plums are healthy, they are loaded with antioxidants, vitamin C, and iron.
They are also juicy, and the perfect fruit for a hot summer day.
Now, should you feed them to your dog?
The answer is: yes, but beware of the pit.
Like other fruits I’ve already written about, plum pits contain toxins that can be deadly to your dog, so be sure to remove it before feeding a plum to your best friend.
Use plums as a treat during hot days, and your pup will thank you!
Pomegranates are full of health benefits; it’s loaded with potassium and antioxidants, and high in fibers and vitamin C and folic acid.
Its few calories also make it a great snack for us, humans, but does this mean you can feed it to your furry best friend?
The short answer is: nope nope nope!
Pomegranates, just like grapefruit, can cause terrible stomachaches to your dog.
They are acidic and hard to eat (even for some humans), so it would be better to keep them away from your dog.
It’s not fall yet, but people are already waiting for their pumpkin spice lattes, and it’s understandable, that sh** is delicious as hell!
Pumpkin is a healthy food, but does that it’s good for dogs too?
The short answer is: YES!
Pumpkin is so healthy for dogs that you can add it to your best friend’s daily diet without being afraid of negative side effects that can harm him.
You can feed your dog fresh pumpkin every day of the week without being scared for his health, since this superfood is loaded with fiber, and can help with your dog’s constipation and/or diarrhea.
Let’s be real for a second here: who really eats quinoa for the taste?
Am I right?
And why, for the love of everything that’s good, would you want to feed it to your dog?
But well, that’s just me.
Anyway, some people would like to feed their dog quinoa, and they probably want to know if they can or not. So, can dogs eat quinoa?
Surprisingly (for me, at least), the answer is: yes, but just in small amounts, and it must be cooked first.
As it happens, quinoa is actually a great treat for dogs. It is gluten free (ugh) and loaded with amino acids, which makes it super healthy for our furry friends (again, not talking about werewolves).
Of course, you have to be careful while introducing new food to your dog’s diet, since it can cause an allergic reaction.
So, take a small amount of quinoa, rinse, wash it, and cook it, before feeding it to your best friend.
This way, you can avoid any complication or intoxication.
All in all, dogs can eat quinoa, and it’s healthy for them, but in small amounts.
And if you’re not sure, give your vet a call!
So, it’s raspberries season, and you’re munching on some because you’re trying to live a healthy life of healthy snacks (though, nothing beats chips, sorry).
Raspberries are not just delicious with some Greek yogurt, they’re also extremely healthy, so it makes sense to want to feed them to your best friend.
So, the question here is: should you feed your dog raspberries?
And the answer is (drumrolls): yes, but like all good things, in moderation!
Raspberries have unbeatable anti-inflammatory and antioxidants properties, but too much of them can make your pet’s stomach upset.
And finally, be sure to rinse them before feeding them to your best friend!
So, you’re thinking about feeding your dog raw eggs, am I right?
Raw eggs smell weird and taste weirder, but as you have probably learned throughout this article, you never know with dogs!
Eggs are an amazing source of protein and other good and healthy things, but, can your dog eat and digest them raw?
The answer to this is: despite the myths and fear, YES, you can feed your dog raw eggs!
Raw, eggs are full of protein, safe, and inexpensive.
Loaded with amino acids and vitamins, they constitute a highly nutritious food for dogs.
And don’t discard the egg shells either, as they are an amazing source of calcium.
Just grind them and add them to your dog’s diet.
Here’s a video explaining how you can do that.
All in all, a couple of raw eggs added to your daily dog’s diet won’t hurt.
But of course, if you notice any problem when feeding your dog raw eggs, stop it, and take him to the vet!
As I said before, DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG COOKED BONES, and this goes for rib bones as well.
They are a choking hazard, and can possibly cause blockages, internal bleedings, and pancreatitis, which is a serious health issue for dogs.
So, to stay safe, don’t feed your pup rib bones, as easy as that!
If you want to know more about the danger of feeding rib bones to dogs, check out this article.
Should dogs eat rice?
I mean, do you imagine a dog munching on rice?
Because I do, and it’s quite funny in my head.
Anyway, let’s get real for a minute: yes, dogs can eat quality rice, in moderation.
As it happens, quality rice is loaded with good carbohydrates, fiber, and minerals, which are all healthy.
So, yes, you can feed your dog rice, but be moderate about it, and, most importantly, feed him premium rice!
I love spinach, but, that’s just me.
Most people find it bland and tasteless, so, what about dogs? Do they eat spinach?
And most importantly, should they eat it?
We give you the answer!
Yes, dogs can eat spinach.
This green is full of good nutrients, such as iron, potassium, and various vitamins.
But, like with every good thing, moderation is key!
So, don’t feed too much of it to our dog.
Sunflower seeds are a healthy and delicious snack for humans, but, this does not always mean that dogs can eat it.
So, can you feed your best friend sunflower seed?
The short answer is: yes, but you must take some precautions first.
The seeds that you will feed your dog should be shell, salt, and flavor free. In summary, they should be plainly roasted.
Sweet potatoes are, supposedly, healthier than normal potatoes.
Since we already know that we shouldn’t feed potatoes to our dogs, shouldn’t we refrain from feeding them sweet potatoes as well?
The answer might surprise you.
As it happens, yes, dogs can eat sweet potato.
Rich in vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and other great nutrients, sweet potatoes make a delicious and healthy treat for our best friends.
Steamed or boiled sweet potato is best, and of course, everything in moderation!
Even though fishing tuna happens to be bad for the environment, we can all agree that this fish is exceptionally delicious, and our dogs might think the same.
But, can they eat it?
The answer is: no!
Tuna contains important amount of mercury, which is toxic to dogs.
So, save your pup a trip to the vet, and get him away from tuna.
Turkey is delicious, we can all agree on that, and I bet your dog does too.
It is healthy and many people eat it regularly.
But, can you feed it to your dog?
The answer is: yes, if it’s cooked plainly.
So yes, skip on the Thanksgiving turkey, which is sure to give your dog a bad stomachache.
Instead, cook a bit of turkey plainly, get rid of the skin and bones, and feed it to your dog.
I used to hate zucchini, now, I love it. It’s healthy, delicious, and full of good nutrients.
Does that mean it would be a good treat for dogs?
As you know, the answer isn’t always obvious.
So, should you give your dog zucchini?
The answer is: yes, in small portions.
You can serve zucchini to your dog either cooked or raw, he will definitely reap the various benefits of this vegetable!
The one thing we all need to remember before feeding our dogs anything is that just because one kind of food is good for human beings, it doesn’t mean it’s good for our furry friends, as you might have seen in this article.
So always, always, make research before feeding your dog anything unusual, and be sure to consult your veterinarian first.
Do you have experience feeding your dog "non-conventional" dog food?
Let us know in the comments how it went!
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