Sweet potato, apples, and fish oil are just some of the many human foods dogs can eat that are included in nutritionally-balanced dog food. High-quality pet foods are the best option to feed as it contains ingredients that have a purpose to ensure a happy and healthy dog life.
Which human foods for dogs are safe?
There are some people foods dogs can eat in very limited amounts, occasionally. Other foods such as grapes and raisins or chocolate are very high risk and considered extremely dangerous foods for dogs.
If you have a pet with special medical needs, please check with your veterinarian before feeding any people food.
|Dogs must never eat||Dogs can eat occasionally, limit||Limited list, safe as a treat*|
|Grapes||leafy greens, cooked||Orange – 1 slice|
|Raisins||Broccoli, cooked||Peanut butter (without xylitol)|
|Chocolate||Green beans, canned||Watermelon|
|Pits, pips, cores of fruit||Raw carrot, minis||Strawberry, fresh|
|Coffee||Apple, a slice||Pear – 1 slice|
|Xylitol||Grains 1 tsp, no seasoning||Mango – 1 slice|
|Nuts||Chicken, cooked, no bones or skin||Beans|
|Onions and garlic or powders||Turkey, cooked, no bones or skin||Blueberries|
|Salt||Mashed potatoes, no seasoning|
|Spoiled food or moldy foods||Cheese|
|Any protein with bones||Tomato, ripe|
|Raw food including eggs|
*Treats should not make up more than 10% of a dog’s total daily food intake.
8 Rules about people foods for dogs
The truth about foods a dog can eat is that they do not require a variety in their diet the way people do. Most of the time, any human food a dog is getting serves them no purpose and can be high in sugar, salt, and calories.
Before sharing your favorite foods with your dog, check with your veterinarian about toxicity, safety, preparation and amount to give him.
- Always check whether veggies can be served raw like carrots and green beans.
- Canned vegetables must have no or low salt.
- Avoid giving your dog food that gives them gas like cabbage, limit dark leafy greens and broccoli.
- Never give a dog spoiled, rotten, fermenting fruit.
- Only serve a small slice of fruit every couple of weeks, make it last longer by freezing it.
- Never feed grapes or raisins, these are highly toxic.
- Err on the side of caution if you choose to share food, serve a teaspoon or one slice only.
- Do not give your dog lunchmeat or add seasoning to any food. Salt and other additives are not good for dogs.
People foods and dogs: Risks
Your dog is likely to enjoy eating anything he sees you eating. Dogs are well known to scavenge and can’t differentiate between rotting food or a slice of fresh, ripe fruit. The best way to care for your dog is to offer him fresh water daily and feed him nutritionally-balanced, quality dog food.
The potential risks of giving your dog human foods without understanding the effects are:
- Excessive gas
- Seizures in severe toxicity or poisoning cases
- Diarrhea or constipation with overconsumption.
- Digestive blockages, obstructions, tears in the delicate lining of the stomach, esophagus.
- Pain from digestive upset.
Learn more about feeding a dog