Dogs, they are our best friends, and being the nice humans we are we want to share everything with them.
But be careful, some of the things you are feeding your dog can potentially be very harmful.
In this article we will cover some foods you dog can and can not eat. Including that age old question: Can dogs eat bananas?
What Human Foods Are Safe For Dogs to Eat?
Can Dogs Eat Bananas?
Although its not as easy for your dog to get into a banana as a monkey when you are not too busy using it as a gun, a cell phone or a boomerang it is perfectly fine for your dog to eat bananas.
Bananas are a fantastic way for your dog to stock up on nutrients such as Potassium, vitamins B & C and Biotin. Biotin is a B complex vitamin which is perfect for helping your dog maintain nice healthy skin and a shiny coat.
Being super high in fibre bananas also help keep your dog stay nice and regular.. dont go bananas though too much can cause constipation.
Can Dogs Eat Grapes?
It might be your dogs dream to by lying in bed with you feeding them a bunch of grapes. Unfortunately, we’re going to have to burst your dog’s bubble.Grapes can be very harmful to dogs and can result in canine kidney failure or other dangerous and quite possibly life threatening illnesses.
However, for some strange reason, this is not the case for all dogs. Some dogs absolutely love grapes and it is even widely known that dogs can be trained using grapes as a treat.
If you have fed your dogs grapes in the past and have not noticed any issues dont stress, just mention it to your vet next time you go in for a check up. If you have fed your dog grapes and you see the signs of toxicosis (fatigue, diarrhoea or vomiting) you should get to your vet ASAP!
Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?
Like us dogs love blueberries. Fortunately, it is safe for our little friends to eat them! Because of their high fibre content and vitamins A, B, C, E & K they are even loaded into a lot of common dog foods.
Also just like us, if your dog eats too many blueberries they are going to get an upset stomach and probably spend a couple of hours on the doggy toilet. So be sure to keep an eye on how much you feed them.
For a perfect treat after a walk on a hot day, try feeding your little guy a handful of frozen blueberries!
Can Dogs Eat Apples?
Like us, dogs have a sweet tooth. Unfortunately, they cant get their fix from a block of chocolate like we can, so apples are a great way to get them their sweet fix. An added bonus is that apples have even been known to be good for their teeth!
Be careful though, you dont want to go giving your dog a whole apple to chew on. The seeds contain cyanide which is poisonous to both humans and pets. The cores can also be quite tough for smaller dogs and could be a choking hazard.
Just like blueberries too much apple can cause diarrhoea and a sore stomach so be sure to only give out this treat in moderation.
Can Dogs Eat Kale?
Yes kale is safe for dogs to eat! Again just keep on eye on how much they eat, too much kale can cause diarrhoea and stomach discomfort.
Most dogs really love chewing on the thicker stalks of the kale for a treat!
Can Dogs Eat Carrots?
Do you want your dog to see in the dark? Yeah so do we. Unfortunately, carrots wont give you dog super powers, however being high in beta-carotene carrots are great for your dogs general eye health.
Carrots will help maintain your dogs skin and coat so are a perfect snack for all dogs, especially if those with a longer coat.
You can feed your dog both raw and cooked carrot, just be sure to cut them down into bite sized pieces to limit any choking hazards. Carrots also have a high sugar content so be careful not to give them too much in one sitting or once again you will quite possibly have a dog with an upset stomach.
So if you want to be a responsible pet owner or become a pet sitter, you need to know what your dog can or can’t eat!
Can Dogs Eat Bread?
However, just like in humans there isn’t much nutritional value in feeding your dog bread.
If you do choose to feed your dog bread make sure you are not feeding them bread with any nasty additions like raisins or preservatives. Also try to stay away from plain white bread!
Bread is full of carbs so just like us humans, bread can be very fattening for dogs so be careful!
Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?
Yes dogs can eat strawberries!
Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C and fibre. Be sure to never feeb your dog canned or pre frozen strawberries, these can contain nasty additives that can be harmful to your little one. Remember fresh is best!
For a great summer cool down snack (for you and your dog) freeze strawberries! For smaller dogs you might be best to cut into smaller chunks.
Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?
Yes dogs can eat watermelon! Well seedless watermelon.
Since watermelon is basically a big ball of water they are a fantastic way of hydrating your dog.
The only issue with dogs eating watermelon is dogs should eat watermelon seeds or chew on the rind. The seeds can cause blockages in the animals intestine and chewing on the rind can cause quite an upset stomach.
Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?
Dogs can eat tomatoes, however, again you need to be careful.
You need to make sure that if your dog does eat tomatoes they are ripe!
Green or unripe tomatoes have something in them called tomatine. Without getting to technical this chemical and dogs don’t mix.
If you dog does ingest a tomatoe with tomatine, it could have difficulty breathing, feel nautilus, feel weak or have an unsual heart rate.
If you suspect your dog has ate some unripe tomatoes consult a vet!
Can Dogs Eat Oranges?
Yes it is safe for your dog to eat oranges!
Oranges are a great sweet treat for dogs. Oranges are a good source of vitamin C.
Be careful not to fed your dog orange rind through, the rind can be difficult for dogs to digest which can cause problems.
It is also worth noting that Oranges are high in sugars so too many can cause a little weight gain!
Can Dogs Eat Avocado?
It is safe for dogs to eat a small amount of avocado. Avocado can improve your dogs coat, is great for their immune system and can even help keep their skin in good condition.
However, do proceed with caution. Too much avocado (or avocado skin) can be harmful to dogs. Avocado has a chemical called ‘persin’ in it. Too much of this can cause nausea, diarrhea and vomiting in some cases.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?
Yes raw pineapple is safe for dogs to eat!
Pineapple contains a huge amount of vitamins and minerals thats are great for your dog!
A couple of things to watch out for though. Ensure that you peel the pineapple first, the skin of a pineapple is tough and spikey. This can cause problems for your dog to eat and digest.
Also ensure that you are only feeding your dog fresh pineapple. Canned or dried pineapple contain a lot of sugar and additional nasties.
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli?
Broccoli is safe for dogs! Broccoli is safe cooked and raw and is another great source of vitamins and minerals.
Broccoli can cause minor stomach issue for some dogs so start off by feeding your dog small amounts to start with.
Can Dogs Eat Almonds?
Most dogs love almonds and thankfully they are safe for most dogs!
However, for smaller dogs or dogs with weaker stomachs they can cause little issues because they can be hard to digest.
Can Dogs Eat lettuce?
There are many different types of lettuce out there, and they are all safe for dogs!
Lettuce is a great way of keeping your dog hydrated, and bulk out their meals without adding in too many additional calories.
Just be careful not to over feed them lettuce, that can cause diarrhea!
Can Dogs Eat Cheese?
If you have been following us for a while you probably know that 3/4 of our diet is cheese. However, is it safe for us to give cheese to the pets we look after?
It is safe to feed dogs cheese, and most dogs love it! Sometimes it is the perfect thing to use as a training tool.
Do just keep in mind – although its not common dogs can be lactose intolerant, so be careful when you start feeding you little guy cheese. Also try and go for low fat types to stop any additional weight gain!