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bowl of shelled peanuts

The quick answer: Yes, in moderation, barring any allergies.

Benefits of peanuts

This oily legume is not like other nuts— it grows more like a potato underground, likely why cats don’t eat too much of these in the wild. Peanuts in particular add crunch and fat to dishes and are used in many cuisines across cultures. They can be a nutritious snack for people if eaten in moderation, but other than being crunchy and possibly entertaining, they don’t do much for a cat’s diet.

As carnivores, cats don’t need too much of the nutrients that peanuts offer, but they’re not necessarily bad for cats provided you don’t overdo it. 

Hazards of peanuts for cats

Carbohydrates really aren’t great for cats, and peanuts have plenty of them. Though there’s some protein and fat, the carbohydrates can cause long-term health problems for your cat if you feed them peanuts regularly. So while the errant piece won’t be poisonous, it’s still not an ideal snack. 

Proteins may be present in peanuts, but they aren’t complete proteins with everything a cat needs. Though people can substitute plant proteins for a mostly complete diet, this doesn’t work the same for the meat-obsessed little-big cat in your home. 

Fat is also a concern; cats need proper amounts of good fat, but it’s preferred that they get this from animal sources to satiate their carnivorous needs. Cats shouldn’t be eating people foods that are high in fat if they want to stay healthy and happy. Vegetable-derived fats can mess with the stomachs and metabolisms of cats over time, so avoiding them is mostly the best strategy. 

Allergies can always occur with unfamiliar foods in cats, so be on the lookout for reactions when they eat new things. Choking on small, hard pieces is always a concern, especially with younger cats. They don’t have the proper mouth shape or tooth setup to be processing nuts or kernels, so beware especially with younger or older cats. 

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cat sniffing salmon

The quick answer: Yes, cats can eat cooked salmon in very small amounts.

Carnivorous felines need to eat meat in order to get the essential proteins, amino acids, healthy fats, and other vital nutrients for survival. Your cat may be drawn to salmon because of its strong, fishy smell. However, salmon doesn’t provide enough vitamins and nutrients for your cat. 

Though a taste of freshly cooked salmon here and there won’t hurt, salmon meat does not contain the right nutrient balance to sustain a cat’s healthy lifestyle. If a cat’s primary source of protein is salmon, she will quickly become malnourished because it lacks enough taurine to meet her needs.

When sharing salmon with your cat, be sure the salmon is freshly cooked and unseasoned, and only serve in small amounts.

Hazards of salmon for cats

Be sure to avoid giving these to your cat:

  1. Canned salmon: This often contains high amounts of sodium and other preservatives which can be very dangerous to a cat. 
  2. Bones: Fish bones are small and pose the threat of choking or internal obstruction. 
  3. Raw fish or skin: Raw fish can be contaminated with parasites or E. coli which can have serious health consequences for a small animal like a cat.

If your cat develops a taste for salmon, it may become more difficult to get her to eat her regular, nutritious food as she begs for more fishy goodness. Use your best judgment and always moderate your cat’s intake of treats and snacks that are not part of her regular diet.

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avocado

The quick answer: Yes, the “meat” of avocado as well as avocado oil are safe for cats, in moderation. Avocados contain healthy fats and they are a great source of natural and complete proteins.

How cats can eat avocado

You can mix avocado into your cat’s food or offer them small nibbles as a treat. Some cat foods and treats are formulated with avocado oil or fruit, so these might be a good place to start since you can be sure your cat is getting the right amount and not consuming too much avocado.

Hazards of avocados for cats

Avocados contain a toxin called persin which is mostly concentrated in the leaves but can also be found in the fruit and pit. Persin is dangerous to other animals such as birds, rabbits, guinea pigs and large animals like horses, cows, and goats. However, for pets like cats and dogs, it only poses a mild risk of gastrointestinal upset.

Though your cat should be able to safely try a few nibbles of plain avocado, consuming larger quantities can cause tummy aches, resulting in vomiting or diarrhea. If your cat experiences severe symptoms, be sure to seek veterinary care.

Be sure to note that guacamole is a no-no for pets since it often contains onions and garlic which are toxic to dogs and cats.

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dog in the garden

Key Takeaways

  • If you have a surplus of produce from your garden, many fruits and vegetables can be fed to your dog or cat, in small amounts.
  • Most fruits and vegetables that can be fed to your dog are also healthy for your cat, although they may be less interested.

As gardening season approaches, people with green thumbs may be planning out what to plant this year. Most gardeners value any produce they can grow because of the time, nurturing, and sense of satisfaction that comes from producing their own food.

Maybe you are a gardener who lives in a fertile place, and you end up with more fruits and vegetables than you could ever consume, and everyone at the office already has all the zucchini they need.

In that case, you might consider sharing some of your harvest with your pets. Many fruits and vegetables are safe for pets and even have nutritional value that can benefit them. Remember that almost all human foods that are OK for dogs and cats should be given in small amounts to avoid stomach upset or diarrhea.

As omnivores, dogs are more likely to be interested in produce as cats are purely meat-eaters and can’t taste sweetness. But if your cat enjoys vegetables, they pack a nutritional punch. Most foods that are safe for dogs are also acceptable for cats.

Here are some commonly grown fruits, vegetables, and herbs that you can share with your pet:

Asparagus (unseasoned):

Plain asparagus is an acceptable food for dogs and cats in small amounts as long as you leave off seasonings, butter, and oil. Too much can cause tummy upset. Asparagus is high in fiber and has antioxidants, folate, copper, and vitamins, C, E, and K. Raw asparagus is tough to digest, so cooking it is best. Make sure to cut it into tiny pieces to reduce the risk of choking. Beware, the inedible fern part of the plant is toxic.

Apples:

Can Dogs Eat ApplesDogs can eat apples, as can cats, and they are beneficial for providing fiber, antioxidants, and fresh breath. Just make sure to core and seed the apple before giving it to a pet to prevent choking, and the seeds are toxic. Many dogs love frozen apple slices and applesauce for summertime treats. However, dogs or cats with diabetes should not eat apples because they can raise blood sugar levels. Serve small portions of apples to reduce reactions.

Beans:

Green and lima beans straight from the garden, without seasoning, are good foods for dogs and can be incorporated into homemade dog food. Cats can have them too, but steam them first. Green beans are filled with protein, calcium, iron, fiber, and vitamins A, B6, C, and K.

Bell peppers:  

Bell peppers are fine for dogs and cats. All colors are a good source of vitamin C and beta carotene. The main issue is that most people cook with a variety of seasonings when preparing bell peppers; remember to only feed your dog or cat unseasoned, plain vegetables.

Berries

can dogs eat blueberriesMost berries are healthy for dogs and work well as all-natural treats. Cats can have them, too, as long as they are small or cut up. Strawberries and blueberries are safe for dogs and full of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. Blackberries and raspberries are relatively safe for dogs but have naturally occurring xylitol, so limit these berries. Most dogs don’t like cranberries, but they are not toxic for dogs. Avoid gooseberries, marionberries, serviceberries, and salmonberries.

Broccoli (small amounts):

Small quantities of broccoli are safe for dogs. Cut broccoli up into small pieces and serve it to your dog as an occasional treat. It has fiber and vitamin C while being low in fat. However, limit the amount of broccoli you offer because it contains isothiocyanates that can irritate some dogs’ tummies. Both raw and cooked broccoli are fine for dogs, but just make sure to leave off any salt, garlic, or seasonings. Cats can enjoy a little broccoli too if you can convince them to try it.

Cabbage:

Cabbage is great for dogs as it is antioxidant-rich and aids in digestion with its high fiber, plus it’s said to be good for the skin and coat. It is sometimes added to homemade dog food for a nutrition boost. Moderation is key though; too much can lead to thyroid issues and painful gas. Cats can benefit too, if you lightly cook the cabbage first.

Carrots:

can dogs eat carrots

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Carrots are safe for dogs and cats to eat and one of the top vet-recommended foods. Both raw and cooked carrots are healthy to give your dog because they are low in calories and a good source of fiber, vitamin A, and potassium. For cats or dogs with sensitive digestion, the carrots should be baked or steamed first. Teething puppies benefit from chewing on cold carrots for relief. Just cut carrots up into small chunks to avoid choking.

Celery:

Dogs and cats can eat plain celery. It is rich in calcium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B, and C. Celery is mostly water and fiber, making it a healthy, hydrating snack. It’s a great food for overweight dogs and cats to help them feel full longer. Substitute celery for dog treats and your dog will also get a teeth-cleaning benefit. For cats, fast eaters and small breeds, chop celery into small pieces to prevent choking.

Cucumber:

Great for overweight dogscucumbers are full of water and are extremely low calorie, but they also have vitamins K, C, and B1, and potassium, copper, magnesium, and biotin. Cats can have cucumbers too, and it can help cool them down on a hot day.

Eggplant

Eggplant is an acceptable food for dogs. Dogs can eat raw, grilled, baked, or roasted eggplant. Eggplant contains folate, niacin, potassium, vitamins B6 and K, and phytonutrients and is also high in fiber and low in calories to help dogs on diets feel full. Your cat is unlikely to be interested in eggplant, but it should be avoided for them.

Lettuce and spinach:

spinachIt’s fine to give your dog lettuce, if they will eat it. Although you shouldn’t prepare your pup a full salad with toppings, leafy vegetables are generally okay, such as romaine, iceberg, and arugula. These foods are mostly water and serve as a low-calorie snack or training treat for overweight dogs. Make sure you properly wash lettuce and leave out any salad additions or dressings. Again, cats are unlikely to be interested in lettuce but it won’t hurt them to consume it.

Small amounts of spinach are safe for dogs and cats. Spinach contains vitamins A, B, C, and K, as well as iron, fiber, and beta carotene. Dogs can eat cooked or raw spinach, but steaming is the best option to preserve nutrients. However, spinach does contain oxalates that can cause bladder and kidney stones if consumed in large quantities. Choose organic spinach for your pet to avoid pesticide exposure, and wash it thoroughly before serving.

Pears:

Pears are safe for dogs and cats, and a healthy natural snack in moderation. Pears’ nutrients include potassium, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and K. Make sure to remove the core and seeds of the pear before giving it to your pet. Skip pears if your dog or cat is diabetic because of the sugar content. For something special, try making homemade baked dog treats with pears, honey, coconut oil, coconut flour, and water.

Peaches:

peachesDogs can eat peaches but pet parents should proceed with caution. Peaches are known to cause an upset stomach or diarrhea in dogs, and the pits and leaves, in addition to being a choking hazard, contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs and cats. However, the flesh of a peach contains vitamins A and C, and fiber, which are beneficial for dogs. Choose fresh peaches over canned ones to avoid giving your pet too much sugar. Cats should not have peaches as it could cause stomach upset.

Peas:

Dogs and cats can safely eat peas, including snow peas, sugar snap peas, and English peas. Peas are a common ingredient in commercial dog food. As long as they’re offered plain and free of sodium, dogs can eat them frozen, fresh, or boiled. Don’t give peas to dogs or cats with kidney problems.

Potatoes:

Dogs can eat plain baked or boiled potatoes with the skin removed and they are also OK for cats, but you shouldn’t give raw potatoes to pets. Potatoes provide pets with carbohydrates for energy, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C. Avoid unripe potatoes because potatoes are members of the nightshade family and can be toxic. You can share cooked potatoes in moderation only due to the high carbohydrate content.

Squash and zucchini:

dog chewing on pumpkin stemZucchini and other squash are healthy treats for your canine and cats if cooked and cut into small pieces. Zucchini contains healthy magnesium, potassium, and manganese. Some commercial cat foods even contain these ingredients.

Tomatoes:

You should generally not feed tomatoes to your dog or cat, but plain ripe ones with the greenery removed will not hurt them. Tomatoes are low-calorie foods with lycopene, beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber, folate, and potassium. In any case, don’t allow dogs or cats access to the tomato plant as they are members of the nightshade family and the leaves and stems contain solanine, which is toxic. Some pups are also allergic to tomatoes.

Fruits and vegetables to avoid

Be sure to keep these common fruits and vegetables out of reach of your pet, especially if your garden is unfenced: Grapes or raisins, onions, garlic, cherries, rhubarb leaves, mushrooms, tomato plant leaves, most citrus, gooseberries, marionberries, serviceberries, and salmonberries, and currants.

See a full list of human foods your dog can and cannot have.

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cat sniffing ham

The quick answer: Maybe. If your cat is healthy, they can eat ham, but only in very small amounts.

Ham for cats

Ham is rich in protein which is why it might be so tempting to your kitty. Cats are carnivores, meaning they need to consume protein daily to meet their nutritional needs, so ham might seem like the perfect food. However, we recommend sharing only small pieces of ham every once in a while rather than making it a permanent part of your cat’s diet.

Hazards of ham for cats

Ham is high in sodium which can be harmful to your cat’s health when consumed regularly or in large quantities. Cats don’t naturally tend to drink enough water to stay hydrated (one reason wet cat food is recommended over dry food) so consuming extra sodium can cause them further troubles related to dehydration and sodium imbalance. If your cat has kidney or urinary issues, it’s a good idea to avoid sharing ham and any other high-sodium foods with them.

Plain, cooked ham is your best bet when sharing a nibble with a healthy adult kitty. Added spices, sugars, or mustard can make your cat sick. As with any treat or snack outside of your cat’s regular diet, only share in moderation. Remember that your cat is much smaller than you, so what may seem like “just a bite” can actually be quite a large amount to a cat.

Ham should not replace a balanced cat food diet because it does not contain all of the nutrients your kitty needs, and as previously mentioned, it is high in sodium. 

Kittens have sensitive digestive systems, so it’s best to let them rely on mother’s milk or kitten food until they are more mature and ready to explore new foods.

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bacon in a skillet

The quick answer: Yes, cats can eat bacon sparingly, but it is not recommended to feed bacon to your cat regularly.

We all can agree that bacon is delicious, salty, crunchy, and one of the best parts about Sunday brunch. As obligate carnivores, cats, too, love meat and may be tempted to try a bite of your crispy breakfast side. The good news is that a little bite of bacon is safe to share with your cat, but we don’t recommend feeding bacon to your cat on a regular basis.

Hazards of bacon for cats

It’s no secret that bacon isn’t particularly healthy. It’s quite salty, fatty, and full of calories. 

There is a real concern for salt poisoning with pets because too much sodium can have very harmful effects. Cats get all the sodium they need from a balanced cat food, so adding bacon to their diet means they are consuming far too much sodium. Too much salt can cause dehydration, high blood pressure, and even life-threatening seizures.

Because of the high fat content in bacon, even a small piece can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or other tummy troubles. Plus, the extra calories can lead to obesity.

Though your kitty’s ancestors subsisted on raw meat, it’s best to avoid sharing raw bacon with your cat because it could contain harmful bacteria. Cooked meats are always the safer option.

Don’t be fooled: even though turkey bacon is a “healthier” alternative to pork bacon, it still contains high levels of sodium, and it certainly isn’t fat-free.

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peanut butter in a bowl

The quick answer: Technically yes, but it’s best to avoid.

Though peanut butter isn’t unsafe or toxic for cats, it is not beneficial to their diet and could (in rare cases) prove dangerous.

Benefits of peanut butter

Humans and dogs can benefit from the nut-based proteins and fats from peanut butter. All-natural peanut butter without any added sugar or other ingredients also contains magnesium, fiber, potassium, and vitamin E. Many dog parents know that an additional perk is to use peanut butter to disguise medications that are given orally.

That said, those same benefits do not translate to cats, unfortunately. A cat’s diet is ideally comprised of mostly protein, which should come from animal sources. Cats’ bodies do not process other types of food very well, such as plant-based proteins from peanut butter, because it does not contain all the amino acids that animal proteins do, according to an article by Chewy. In fact, peanut butter does not offer any nutritional value at all to cats.

Hazards of peanut butter for cats

Peanut butter contains many different types of fats, which can affect cats’ small bodies quite a bit and lead to obesity or diabetes. Ingesting too much peanut butter can cause vomiting or diarrhea in some cats. Additionally, because of its sticky consistency, peanut butter could be a choking hazard. (Or, just a huge mess.)

Some peanut butter brands contain added sweeteners, xylitol which is toxic to cats, or other ingredients that could make your cat sick.

In many homes and residential neighborhoods, peanut butter is often used in pest catching devices and traps. Regularly sharing peanut butter with your cat may train him to enjoy it and seek it out. If your cat is trained to enjoy peanut butter, he might end up following the trace of one of these rodent traps and end up far from home and/or getting hurt. For this reason, it’s best to avoid exposing your cat to peanut butter.

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cat on couch with bowl of popcorn

The quick answer: No. Popcorn presents a potential choking hazard as well as seasoning contraindications.

Corn itself is not toxic to cats, so popped corn is also safe in physical composition, but it’s the irregular shape and pieces of hardened kernel that could cause choking in cats and small pets. Though not toxic to cats, corn and popcorn’s feline nutritional benefits are minimal.

With lots of energy in the form of carbohydrates, which cats don’t need in large amounts, popcorn is a junk food for cats even without any added fat and salt. Though a minuscule amount of carbs can be found in kibble, that’s more than enough and some would even say too much for a feline. Cats need very little carbs and lots of quality protein for optimal diets.

Hazards of popcorn for cats

Even if they could eat this oddly shaped snack, the immense amount of seasoning that humans like to pile onto popcorn tends to be decidedly not cat-friendly. Salt, butter, garlic, onion, spices and cheeses are all not recommended for cat snacks. Fatty, intense human foods are generally just as unhealthy for cats as they are for us, and keeping them from getting overweight is important for long term cat health.

Cats are much smaller than us, so everything that poses a hazard to our health poses a proportionately larger hazard to theirs. Avoiding foods that could cause choking or poor nutrition is an important responsibility for cat parents. Anything that could cause gagging or choking is just not worth the risk.

Popcorn may be a fun looking toy for cats to slap around the house with their fluffy paws, but their small little mouths just aren’t equipped to chomp on these kernels. Choking is but one problem, and getting pieces stuck in their gums, esophagus and intestines is another more hazardous and potentially expensive issue altogether. Since cats like contact with the vet even less than dogs, it’s on us pet parents to keep them safe and warm at home.

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pumpkin spice latte

Colder weather is here, which means many of us are taking to indoor activities, including getting back into baking. Nowadays, you can find just about anything pumpkin spice; in addition to coffee, there’s also snacks, cereals, candy, liqueur, and even deodorant! It’s clear that we love our fall spices, and as you pull them out for this year’s baking, it’s a good idea to know which ones may be toxic to pets. So, which of the following spices are safe for dogs and cats to eat? Let’s review.

Can my pet eat…

Cinnamon: Yes. Cinnamon is not toxic to pets, so it is safe to consume in small amounts when mixed in with other ingredients. Dry cinnamon can pose respiratory problems because it could be accidentally inhaled. Cinnamon offers many benefits, including anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. It can also help regulate blood sugar levels for diabetic dogs.

Nutmeg: No. In significant amounts, nutmeg is toxic to dogs and cats and can cause symptoms like disorientation, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and seizures. However, because it a pet would need to consume a great quantity of nutmeg to experience toxic symptoms, the amount of nutmeg baked into a pastry (most recipes are usually only ¼ to ½ teaspoon) is typically not enough to cause serious problems.

Ginger: Yes. Ginger is safe for dogs and cats in small doses, and can even be used as a homeopathic treatment for motion sickness, nausea, and gastrointestinal problems. Ginger is also a natural anti-inflammatory and may be sprinkled onto your dog’s food or baked into homemade dog treats to help dogs with arthritis.

Cloves: No. High quantities of cloves or clove oil are dangerous to pets because they contain eugenols, according to Patton Veterinary Hospital. Eugenols can cause liver toxicity in cats, including symptoms like vomiting, seizures, and staggering. Patton Veterinary Hospital states that cloves appear to be relatively safe for dogs.

Allspice: No. Allspice also contains eugenols, so it’s best to avoid sharing this spice with pets. If your pet consumes a baked good made with allspice or cloves, it is unlikely to pose serious health issues since the quantity and concentration of the spice is typically very low. But because these spices are toxic to cats, be sure to keep allspice, cloves and clove oils well out of paws’ reach.

Pumpkin pie spice: No. Pumpkin pie spice is a blend of spices, containing nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and sometimes allspice. Because it contains nutmeg and cloves, pumpkin pie spice should not be shared with your pet or included in homemade pet treat recipes.

Too much of any dry spice can cause coughing and choking because it can be accidentally inhaled into the respiratory tract. Be sure to consult with your veterinarian before adding spices to your pet’s diet.

The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your veterinarian or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical diagnosis or condition.

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Sharing food is a universal way to bond with loved ones, including pets. However, some foods that are perfectly safe for people to eat can be toxic or unsafe for dogs and cats. Be sure you know what foods are safe to share with pets before offering your four-legged friend a bite off your plate.

Toxic ingestion emergencies: If your dog has eaten something poisonous, call or visit your local veterinarian or emergency veterinary hospital immediately.

Pet Poison Helpline: The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 at 855-764-7661. A consultation fee may apply.

Almonds:

No, it is not recommended that dogs eat almonds. Although these nuts are healthy for humans with vitamin E, magnesium, healthy fats, and protein, they are not easily digested by dogs. Almonds are not toxic to dogs but can cause gas, vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. They are also high in fat, which puts your dog at risk of pancreatitis and obesity. Call an emergency clinic if your dog has consumed many almonds.

Apples:

Yes, dogs can eat apples, and they are beneficial for providing fiber, antioxidants, and fresh breath. Just make sure to core and seed the apple before giving it to a dog to prevent choking. Many dogs love frozen apple slices and applesauce for summertime treats. However, some dogs are allergic to apples, and dogs with diabetes should not eat apples because they can raise blood sugar levels. Serve small portions of apples to reduce reactions.

can dogs eat apricotApricots:

No, it is not a good idea to give apricots to your dog. Although the fruit of an apricot is safe for dogs, the pit and stem are toxic and pose choking hazards. If you give your dog apricot fruit in moderation, remove the pit and stem to prevent cyanide poisoning. Symptoms to watch for include difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, panting, constipation, and vomiting. If your dog swallows an apricot pit, seek immediate veterinary care.

Asparagus (unseasoned):

Yes, plain asparagus is a fine food for dogs. Too much can cause tummy upset, and make sure to leave off seasonings, butter, and oil. Asparagus is high in fiber and has antioxidants, folate, copper, and vitamins, C, E, and K. Raw asparagus is tough to digest, so cooking it is best. Make sure to cut it into tiny pieces to reduce the risk of choking. The inedible fern part of the plant is toxic.

Avocados:

No, you should not feed an avocado to your dog. Avocados contain persin that can cause upset stomach, and the large seed can obstruct a dog’s gastrointestinal tract. Dogs should also avoid avocado plants that are growing in your yard because persin exists in the seeds, leaves, bark, and fruit of avocados. If you think your dog swallowed an avocado seed, seek treatment from your vet right away.

Bananas (peeled):

Yes, as long as you remove the peel, bananas are safe for dogs. Bananas are low in sodium and cholesterol while being high in fiber, making them a healthy dog treat. They do have high amounts of natural sugars, which is why they are best served in moderation. Banana peels are non-toxic but difficult to digest and can cause blockages. Avoid giving dried banana chips to dogs because of the high sugar levels.

Beans:

Yes, dogs can eat some types of beans. Beans are heart-healthy foods with B-vitamins, iron, protein, potassium, fiber, magnesium, and antioxidants. However, beans can cause gas and should be fed only in moderation. Cooked pinto, black, kidney, soy, and garbanzo beans are non-toxic and beneficial for dogs. Green beans, cooked lentils, and lima beans without seasoning are also good foods for dogs and can be incorporated into homemade dog food.

Berries (small amounts):

Yes, most berries are good for dogs and work well as all-natural treats. For example, strawberries are safe for dogs and full of fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. Blackberries and raspberries are relatively safe for dogs but have naturally occurring xylitol, so limit these berries. Blueberries are great sweet treats for dogs. Most dogs don’t like cranberries, but they are not toxic for dogs. Avoid gooseberries, marionberries, serviceberries, and salmonberries.

blueberriesBlueberries (small amounts):

Yes, delicious blueberries are safe for dogs and enjoyed by many pups as a summertime treat. These berries are full of fiber, vitamin C, and antioxidants. They don’t need to be cut up before serving, even for small dog breeds. Just don’t overdo it with blueberries in your dog’s diet to prevent diarrhea or gastrointestinal upset. Never feed blueberry muffins, pie, or other deserts to dogs due to high sugar and the other ingredients.

can dogs eat bread

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Bread:

Yes, bread is safe for dogs to eat. However, bread should not be fed to dogs on a regular basis and only feed cooked bread in small portions. It does not have harmful side effects, but it also doesn’t have any real nutrients that your dog isn’t already getting from a normal canine diet. Never give your dog raw bread dough because it is toxic, and avoid flavors and toppings that make bread delicious for humans.

Broccoli (small amounts):

Yes, small quantities of broccoli are safe for dogs. Cut broccoli up into small pieces and serve it to your dog as an occasional treat. It has fiber and vitamin C, while being low in fat. However, limit the amount of broccoli you offer because it contains isothiocyanates that can irritate some dogs’ tummies. Both raw and cooked broccoli are fine for dogs, but just make sure to leave off any salt, garlic, or seasonings.

BBQ Foods:

Yes, your dog can enjoy some BBQ foods with you. Hamburger meat is a high-value treat; however, burgers for dogs should not have onions, garlic, or seasoning. Hot dogs and potato salad are not healthy for dogs, but salmon is safe if it is free of bones and seasoning. Dogs should definitely not drink beer, and ice cream can be problematic due to the sugar, lactose, and artificial sweeteners.

cantaloupe dogsCantaloupe:

Yes, you can share cantaloupe with your dog. This is a low-calorie and hydrating fruit with vitamins A, B6, and C and also fiber, niacin, potassium, and folate. Cut cantaloupe into small pieces and remove the seeds as a safety precaution for choking. Remove the rind because it’s difficult to chew and digest too. Try pureeing fresh cantaloupe and freezing it in a Kong toy for a summertime treat!

Carrots:

Yes, carrots are safe for dogs to eat and one of the top vet-recommended foods. Either raw or cooked carrots are fine to give your dog because they are low in calories and a good source of fiber, vitamin A, and potassium. Lightly cooked or steamed carrots are more easily digested by dogs. Teething puppies benefit from chewing on cold carrots for relief. Just cut carrots up into small chunks to avoid choking.

Cashews:

No, it is not advised to feed cashews to dogs. They can cause GI issues and pancreatitis, and they are also high in fat. Eating cashews regularly can cause a dog to become obese. A few cashews here and there will not usually harm a dog though unless nut allergies are present. Mixed nuts, trail mix, and any cashews with salt or seasoning added should be avoided for the sake of your dog’s health.

celeryCelery:

Yes, plain celery can be fed to dogs. It is rich in calcium, iron, sodium, phosphorus, and vitamins A, B, and C. Celery is mostly water and fiber, which makes it a healthy, hydrating snack. It’s a great food for overweight dogs to help them feel full longer. Substitute dog treats with celery and also get a teeth-cleaning benefit. Especially for fast eaters and small breeds, chop celery into small pieces to prevent choking.

Cheese (small amounts):

Yes, cheese is safe for dogs, and they often love the taste of it. Cheese is rich in protein and calcium, which are beneficial for dogs. However, it’s not necessarily the healthiest snack, so give your dog cheeses that are low in fat and sodium. Good options are mozzarella and cottage cheese. Cheese makes a great training treat, but make sure to give your dog cheese in moderation.

chia seedsChia Seeds:

Yes, dogs can eat chia seeds just fine. Chia seeds are high in fiber and antioxidants, which helps a dog prevent constipation and stay active. They also have iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, and magnesium. Sprinkle chia seeds on meals for a health boost and to control blood sugar and improve overall health. They don’t need to be ground down before using them, but some vets recommend soaking seeds before serving to prevent choking.

Chicken (unseasoned):

Yes, dogs can eat chicken, and this is a primary ingredient in dog food. It is a safe protein source that dogs love. Chicken also has omega-3 fatty acids that are good for the skin and coat. Make sure that chicken is cooked and not raw to avoid bacterial infections. Be aware that some dogs are allergic to chicken and that bones must be removed since they are choking hazards. Lean breast meat is best.

Chickpeas:

Yes, you can feed your dog chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. These beans are safe as long as they are cooked plainly and do not contain any garlic, onion, or lemon juice. This is actually a common ingredient in natural dog foods and homemade dog food recipes. Chickpeas contain fiber, vitamins B and C, fiber, protein, potassium, magnesium, and folate. For dogs, choose fresh chickpeas rather than canned ones that contain too much sodium.

Chocolate:

No, dogs should never have chocolate. All cocoa-based products pose risks for dogs due to the theobromine and caffeine content that can affect the nervous system and heart rate. Cocoa, bitter, and dark chocolate are the most dangerous, while milk chocolate and white chocolate are less toxic but still should be avoided. Large amounts of chocolate can result in vomiting, diarrhea, rapid panting, increased heart rate, seizures, internal bleeding, heart attack, and other symptoms. Call your vet or a pet poison helpline ASAP if your dog has eaten chocolate.

Pet Poison Helpline: The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 at 855-764-7661. A consultation fee may apply.

Cinnamon (small amounts):

Yes, dogs can typically eat cinnamon without an issue. It is not toxic and has anti-inflammatory properties and antibacterial properties that are beneficial. Cinnamon may help regular blood pressure in diabetic dogs. However, don’t give too much cinnamon to your pup to avoid an upset stomach. Inhaling the spice can cause coughing and difficulty breathing. Half a teaspoon with food on an occasional basis is a good rule-of-thumb for giving cinnamon to dogs.

Coconut Oil:

Yes, dogs can safely consume coconut oil, which may improve a dog’s digestion, energy, skin, and coat. You can rub a small amount of coconut oil on a dog’s skin to boost hydration. But ask your vet before offering coconut oil as a supplement for cognition or digestion. Coconut oil is high in saturated fat and may need to be avoided if your dog is overweight. Try about ¼ teaspoon for small dogs to start.

Couscous:

Yes, dogs can eat plain cooked couscous in moderation. It is a good source of fiber, protein, magnesium, vitamin B6, and selenium. Although selenium may help prevent cancer, according to research studies, it can also be toxic to dogs in large quantities. Avoid feeding couscous to dogs if it contains garlic or onions in fresh or powdered form. Also, make sure the couscous is not salted before giving it to a dog.

Cucumbers:

Yes, cucumbers are safe for dogs to eat. They are high in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory benefits while also being low in calories and low in fat. Try cucumbers as healthy treats for dogs who need to watch their weight. Cucumbers help dogs have fresh breath because they contain phytochemicals that reduce smelly bacteria. These crunchy snacks also make for great videos of your pup!

can dogs eat currantsCurrants:

No, dogs should not eat currants because they are toxic and very dangerous for dogs. Even in small amounts, currants can cause serious damage and symptoms that include vomiting, diarrhea, increased thirst, weakness, and acute renal failure. If your pet ingests any number of currants, seek veterinary care immediately so that your dog’s system can be flushed out, medication administered right away, and ongoing monitoring pursued.

Dates (small amounts):

Yes, dates are safe for dogs but should be given in moderation because they are high in sugar. Unlike raisins, dates are non-toxic. They contain calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, fiber, and vitamins A, B, and C. However, too many sugary foods, like dates, can lead to diabetes. Remove date pits before giving them to dogs so they don’t choke. Also, cut dates into tiny pieces so they are easier to chew and digest.

can dogs eat edamameEdamame:

Yes, dogs can eat edamame because it is non-toxic. However, it is not recommended food for dogs on a regular basis. don’t add any sauce or salt to edamame before giving it to a dog. Soy allergies are common in dogs, and regularly eating soy may have long-term health effects, so try only a small amount to start. If tolerated, the benefits of edamame are omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin C, fiber, calcium, and fiber.

Eggplant:

Yes, eggplant is a fine food for dogs. Dogs can eat raw, grilled, baked, or roasted eggplant. Eggplant contains folate, niacin, potassium, vitamins B6 and K, and phytonutrients. It is also high in fiber and low in calories to help dogs on diets feel full. However, some dogs are allergic to eggplant, so try it in small doses. Dogs with arthritis or kidney problems should avoid eggplant because of the oxalates it contains.

white and brown eggs in bowlEggs:

Yes, dogs can eat eggs, which are a good source of protein, amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. Make sure that eggs are cooked and not raw before giving them to dogs so you don’t risk salmonella exposure. Dogs with weight issues may need to skip eggs, so ask your vet to confirm. The healthiest ways to serve an egg to a dog is by boiling or poaching. Scrambling and frying typically involve other unhealthy ingredients.

Grapefruit:

No, it is not recommended that dogs eat grapefruit because it can cause digestive distress. Grapefruit rind is toxic to dogs because of the essential oils it contains, and the citric acid in grapefruit can cause dogs to vomit and have diarrhea. Instead of grapefruit, give your pup slices of cucumbers or tangerines as alternatives. Also, be careful where you dispose of grapefruit seeds so that your dog can’t find and eat them.

Grapes or Raisins:

No, dogs can never eat raisins or grapes. Eating these foods results in a medical emergency that requires immediate treatment. Your vet will likely have to induce vomiting if your dog has consumed these foods. Even a small number of raisins or grapes can cause kidney failure, which can be fatal within a few days. The symptoms of toxicity include diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, lethargy, and increased urination. Keep these foods far from reach of dogs.

Pet Poison Helpline: The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 at 855-764-7661. A consultation fee may apply.
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Green Beans:

Yes, green beans are a dog-friendly food. They are nutritious and low in calories, and they can be served fresh, frozen, or caned as long as there is no salt or seasonings added. Green beans are filled with protein, calcium iron, fiber, and vitamins A, B6, C, and K. Try treating your dog with green beans rather than dog biscuits to promote healthy weight loss. Talk to your vet about the “green bean diet.”

Hamburgers:

No, it is not a good idea to give your dog an entire burger to eat. However, certain components of burgers are fine to give dogs. Burger foods that are safe to give dogs are an unseasoned meat patty, bun, sesame seeds, lettuce, and tomato. You can give dogs these burger components sparingly: bacon, pickles, cheese, ketchup, mustard, and mayo. However, onions are toxic to dogs and damage red blood cells, leading to anemia.

Holiday Foods:

Yes, the holiday season can be toxic and hazardous to dogs. Christmas trees pose issues because of dogs chewing on branches, swallowing tinsel, eating ornaments, and ingesting needles. Garlic, onions, tomatoes, bones, fatty foods, raw dough, and foods containing xylitol all pose hazards to pets. Festive holiday plants, like mistletoe and holly, are also harmful to dogs and can cause symptoms if ingested. Keep these items out of a dog’s reach during the holidays!

honey in a jarHoney:

Yes, adult dogs can eat honey in moderation. Honey is non-toxic for dogs and contains manganese, calcium, potassium, and vitamins A, B, C, D, and E. Puppies age three month or younger should not have honey or any dogs with compromised immune systems due to botulism spores. However, healthy adult dogs can enjoy honey in small quantities. Too much honey can result in tooth decay, obesity, high blood sugar, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Honeydew:

Yes, honeydew melon is fine for dogs and non-toxic. This summer fruit is refreshing and has vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Remove the seeds and rind before cutting it into small pieces and serving it. This is a very fiber-rich fruit, so be careful not to feed too much of it to your dog to prevent vomiting or diarrhea. It also contains natural sugars, so consult your vet before giving honeydew to a diabetic dog.

Hot Dogs:

No, it is not a good idea to feed hot dogs to your dog. While they are not necessarily toxic, hot dogs are typically packed with preservatives, salt, and seasonings that can harm dogs. Onion and garlic seasonings are especially toxic, while spicy seasonings can cause diarrhea. Hot dogs can be choking hazards for dogs and are high in fat, so avoid serving hot dogs to your pups.

Ice Cream:

No, it’s not a good idea to feed your dog ice cream. Although many dogs love it, ice cream can harm lactose intolerant dogs and affect any dogs with its fat and sugar content. Even plain vanilla ice cream can lead to an upset tummy. The worst types for dogs are chocolate and rum raisin flavors, ice creams with macadamia nuts, and sugar-free varieties that contain xylitol. Plain, unsweetened frozen yogurt is a better option.

Lemons:

No, it is not recommended to feed your dog lemons. Lemons don’t necessarily harm dogs, but they often cause gastrointestinal distress. Lemon seeds and peels also pose choking hazards, and the citric acid in lemons can be too much for a dog’s digestive system to handle. Instead of feeding lemons to your dog, consider using them as a natural flea and tick repellant. Lemon is a common ingredient in all-natural pest repellants.

Lettuce:

Yes, it’s fine to give your dog lettuce. Although you shouldn’t prepare your pup a full salad with toppings, leafy vegetables are generally okay, such as romaine, iceberg, and arugula. These foods are mostly water and serve as a low-calorie snack or training treat for overweight dogs. Make sure lettuce is properly washed and leave out any salad additions or dressings. Choose lettuce over dark leafy greens, like spinach and kale, for your dog.

dogs and limesLimes:

No, you should not feed limes to your dog. Although limes have lots of vitamin C and antioxidants, they are likely to cause choking or an upset tummy in dogs. The peel contains essential oils that are dangerous for dogs and can lead to poisoning. Symptoms of eating lime peels include lethargy, low blood pressure, and liver failure. If your dog eats limes, seek veterinary care immediately. Always keep limes out of reach of dogs.

Mangoes (small amounts):

Yes, your dog can have mangoes in moderation due to the high sugar content. Only serve a dog the fruit with the skin peeled and without the pit. The pit of a mango is not toxic but it is a choking hazard. This exotic fruit contains vitamins A, B6, C, and E, as well as fiber to benefit your dog’s health. Mangoes are recommended for dogs that are constipated because of their high fiber content.

Mushrooms:

No, pet parents should not give wild or store-bought mushrooms to dogs. If your dog eats a wild mushroom in the outdoors, try to remain calm, collect a sample of the mushroom, and call your vet or an animal ER immediately. Store-bought mushrooms pose less of a risk but should still be avoided out of caution. Many types affect a dog’s gastrointestinal tract, while amanita mushrooms cause liver and central nervous system damage.

Pet Poison Helpline: The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 at 855-764-7661. A consultation fee may apply.

Nutmeg:

No, do not give nutmeg to dogs because it’s toxic. This spice contains myristicin, which is toxic in large quantities but doesn’t usually cause serious issues in very small amounts. Symptoms of toxicity include increased heart rate, disorientation, high blood pressure, dehydration, and seizures. A baked treat with nutmeg may cause mild stomach symptoms and also should be kept away from dogs because of other potentially harmful ingredients, such as raisins and chocolate.

Onions:

No, dogs should definitely never eat onions. As members of the Allium family, onions are toxic and can be life-threatening for dogs. The N-propyl disulfide compound in onions damages red blood cells and can cause them to rupture and result in anemia. Symptoms of eating onions include weakness, pale gums, increased heart rate, red or brown urine, drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea. Also, avoid onion powder and any broths or meats cooked with onions.

Oranges:

Yes, it is fine to feed an orange to your dog. Orange, including tangerines, mandarin oranges, and clementines, provide a dog with vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. However, you should limit the amount of oranges your dog consumes because they can cause diarrhea and gastrointestinal upset. Oranges have a lot of sugar, which can be a problem if your dog has diabetes. Orange peels are non-toxic but remove them for safety.

peachesPeaches:

Yes, dogs can eat peaches but pet owners should proceed with caution. Peaches are known to cause an upset stomach or diarrhea in dogs, and the pits contain cyanide that is toxic to dogs and also a choking hazard. However, the flesh of a peach contains vitamins A and C, as well as fiber, which are beneficial for dogs. Choose fresh peaches over canned ones to avoid giving your dog unnecessary sugar.

Peanut Butter:

Yes, dogs can eat peanut butter safely and often love it. Peanut butter has vitamins B and E, protein, and niacin and is vet-approved. Unless your dog has a peanut allergy, it’s great to put inside a Kong toy to keep a dog busy. However, not all peanut butters are equal. Choose ones that are raw, unsweetened, and unsalted. Avoid sugar-free and light peanut butters that have artificial sweeteners that can be toxic for dogs.

Peanuts:

Yes, you can feed peanuts to dogs if they are unsalted and roasted or raw. Never feed peanut shells or seasoned peanuts to a dog, however. Peanuts provide protein, vitamin E, vitamin B-6, niacin, and healthy fats for dogs. However, they can cause pancreatitis if eaten in excess or put your dog at risk of salt poisoning if the peanuts are salted. Peanut butter is safe for dogs if it is unsweetened, unsalted, and raw.

green pearsPears:

Yes, pears are safe for dogs and a healthy natural snack. The nutrients in pears include potassium, fiber, antioxidants, and vitamins A, C, and K. Make sure to remove the core and seeds of the pear before giving it to your dog. Skip pears if your dog is diabetic because of the sugar content. For something special, try making homemade baked dog treats with pears, honey, coconut oil, coconut flour, and water.

Peas:

Yes, dogs are able to safely eat peas, including snow peas, sugar snap peas, and English peas. Peas are a common food in commercial dog food. As long as they’re free of sodium and plain, dogs can eat them frozen, fresh, or boiled. Peas offer protein, antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins, A, B, and K. Try giving peas as a treat instead of high-calorie biscuits. don’t give peas to dogs with kidney problems due to purines.

can dogs eat picklesPickles:

No, you shouldn’t intentionally feed your dog pickles, but if she gobbles up a dropped one, it should be okay. Pickles are often made with onions and garlic that are toxic to dogs. They can have a high salt or sugar content, which is also not good for dogs. Pickles are frequently soaked in vinegar, which is another food on the “no” list for pups. Avoid giving dogs pickle juice as well.

Pineapple:

Yes, dogs can eat pineapple in moderation. Choose fresh pineapple over the canned version though to avoid excess sugar. Cut raw pineapple into small pieces to give them the benefits of vitamin B6, vitamin C, thiamin, niacin, iron, magnesium, potassium, folate, manganese, copper, and riboflavin. Just make sure to remove the tough and spiny skin of the pineapple because it is difficult to digest and can cause an obstruction.

Pomegranate:

Yes, you can feed pomegranate to your dog, but only in very small amounts. Proceed with caution because pomegranate often makes dogs sick. It’s not poisonous to dogs, but the fruit seeds can cause a tummy ache and vomiting. Be careful to monitor your dog while eating pomegranate to prevent accidental swallowing. The peel of a pomegranate is too hard for a dog to digest and is a choking hazard, so discard this portion.

Popcorn:

Yes, dogs can eat popcorn in moderation every once in a while. It is high in fiber, carbohydrates, magnesium, zinc, manganese, and phosphorous. Just avoid giving your dog any popcorn with salt, butter, seasonings, or oils to avoid upset stomach and increase the risk of obesity. Only give dogs fully popped pieces because kernels can choke dogs and get stuck in teeth. Also, keep popcorn bags away from dogs to prevent suffocation.

Pork (unseasoned):

Yes, dogs can safely eat pork if unseasoned. Pork is a source of protein, vitamin B12, vitamin C, selenium, zinc, phosphorus, and niacin. It is important, however, to avoid garlic and onion seasoning on pork because they can cause upset stomachs and anemia. don’t feed dogs raw or undercooked pork because to avoid parasitic infections. Processed pork products, such as bacon and ham, are high in fat and salt, which makes them unhealthy for dogs.

white potatoesPotatoes:

Yes, dogs can eat plain baked or boiled potatoes, but raw potatoes shouldn’t be given to dogs. Potatoes provide dogs with carbohydrates for energy, iron, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C. Avoid unripe potatoes because potatoes are members of the nightshade family and can be toxic if unripe. With potatoes, avoid seasoning and high-fat additions that humans love, like bacon bits and sour cream. Allow in moderation only due to the high carbohydrate content.

dog chewing on pumpkin stemPumpkin:

Yes, you can give your dog the fall-favorite treat of pumpkin. It is a member of the squash family, and full of protein, copper, magnesium, fiber, beta carotene, and vitamins A, C, and K. Pumpkin is beneficial for dogs that experience diarrhea and constipation because it balances the digestive system. Fresh or canned pumpkin is fine as long as it’s plain. Dogs can also eat raw or roasted pumpkin seeds that are plain.

Radishes:

Yes, you can feed radishes to your dog in moderation. Radishes are non-toxic and a good source of potassium, vitamin C, and fiber. They can also remove plaque from your dog’s teeth because of their rough texture. Dogs who enjoy food rewards and benefit from stimulation do well with crunchy vegetables, like radishes. However, not all dogs like the taste of radishes or prefer the flavors of carrots and sweet potatoes.

Rawhide:

Yes, rawhide can be safe for dogs but only if you choose products that are not overly processed with chemicals. Aggressive chewers should not be given rawhide because it can cause intestinal tears and blockages. Carrots are a good natural alternative to rawhides. Bully sticks, yak’s milk chews, fish skin sticks, and antlers are also good options. Talk to your vet about your dog’s chewing habits to find a treat that is safe and recommended.

rhubarbRhubarb:

No, it’s not a good idea to intentionally feed rhubarb to your dog, but if he gets a dropped scrap, it should be fine. The stalks of rhubarb are safe for dogs but the leaves are poisonous. Rhubarb is high in fiber, low in calories, and contains vitamin C, manganese, and potassium. Due to the toxicity of the leaves, it’s best to keep pets away from rhubarb in the house and outdoors in your garden.

Salmon:

Yes, most cooked fish, including salmon, is safe to give to dogs. Salmon contains omega-3 fatty acids that are good for coats and hearts, is high in protein, and contains other vitamins and minerals too. don’t give raw salmon to a dog because it can cause gastrointestinal issues and even death. Also, remove bones from fish because they are a choking hazard. Salmon skin is safe but high in fat, so only give it sparingly.

Salt or Salty Foods:

No, salt and salty foods are not recommended for dogs. These foods cause dehydration, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and serious health complications in excess. Yet sodium is a natural part of a dog’s diet and necessary at moderate levels to balance bodily fluids and help nerves function. Ask your vet how much salt your dog should be getting. Salt poisoning can result in a swollen stomach and a dog seeming very tired or having stiff muscles.

Seaweed:

Yes, dogs can eat commercially produced seaweed that’s plain or in supplement form. But don’t let your dog eat seaweed found on the beach because it can expand in the digestive system and cause potentially fatal blockages. Wild seaweed can also contain pollutants and harmful organisms. Non-wild seaweed is nutritious and contains omega-3 fatty acids, iron, iodine, vitamin B12, and magnesium. You can sprinkle a seaweed supplement on your dog’s food for these benefits.

can dogs eat sesame seedsSesame Seeds:

Yes, sesame seeds are safe for canines to eat in moderation. You’ll find these tiny seeds in hamburger buns, energy bars, and other human foods. They contain calcium for strong bones, copper for joint health, and antioxidants to prevent disease. However, overconsumption in dogs can cause bowel irritation, vomiting, and diarrhea. There are some great homemade dog treat recipes that you can try to incorporate sesame seeds into your dog’s diet.

Spinach (small amounts):

Yes, small amounts of spinach are safe for dogs. Spinach contains vitamins, A, B, C, and K, as well as iron, fiber, and beta carotene. Dogs can eat cooked or raw spinach, but steaming is the best option to preserve nutrients. However, spinach does contain oxalates that can cause bladder and kidney stones if consumed in large quantities. Choose organic spinach for your dog to avoid pesticide exposure, and wash it thoroughly before serving.

dog strawberryStrawberries:

Yes, strawberries are safe for dogs to eat and also beneficial because they contain fiber, antioxidants, and vitamin C. Strawberries are good for a dog’s teeth too. Only feed your dog a few of these delicious berries to avoid an upset stomach though. Choose fresh strawberries instead of canned ones to avoid excess sugar and xylitol, which is toxic for dogs. There are even delicious dog-friendly recipes with strawberries to try.

Sugar:

No, you should not feed your dog granulated sugar or sweet treats. Natural sugar from many fruits is safe for dogs. However, granulated sugar can put dogs at risk of weight gain, diabetes, cavities, and metabolic conditions. This can lead to heart complications, arthritis, oral infections, and many more health conditions. So, skip sugar when feeding your dog because it is not necessary and causes more harm than good.

sweet potatoSweet Potatoes:

Yes, you can safely give your dog sweet potatoes. This is a favorite food of dogs and filled with fiber and vitamins A, B6, and C. The firm kind with gold skin and pale flesh, as well as the soft kind with copper skin and orange flesh, are both fine for dogs. Sweet potatoes are healthier than white potatoes for your pup. Make sure that the sweet potatoes don’t have added salt, seasoning, or oils.

Thanksgiving Foods:

Yes, there are delicious foods that dogs can enjoy with you for Thanksgiving. These include sweet potatoes, turkey, green beans, carrots, pumpkin, rolls/bread, and apples. But make sure to monitor what your dog eats on Thanksgiving because diarrhea in dogs is very common due to overeating rich foods. Too much can result in pancreatitis, which can be life-threatening and costly to treat. Try making Thanksgiving-themed, homemade dog treats instead of unhealthy options!

Tomatoes:

No, you should generally not feed tomatoes to your dog, but plain ripe ones with the greenery removed may be okay. Tomatoes are low-calorie foods with lycopene, beta-carotene, vitamin C, fiber, folate, and potassium. However, they are members of the nightshade family and contain solanine, which is toxic in the leaves and stems. Some pups are also allergic to tomatoes. Tomato soups and sauces are high in salt and sugar and should be avoided.

Turkey Bones:

No, turkey bones are not safe for dogs. They are enticing to pups but are a hazard and can cut your dog’s gastrointestinal tract and cause severe damage. Dogs can choke on turkey bones, and the bones can become stuck in the esophagus or stomach, become lodged in the teeth or jaw, and cause intestinal blockages. Thoroughly seal trash cans to prevent dogs from getting into the trash and finding turkey bones on their own.

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Turkey (unseasoned):

Yes, plain turkey without seasonings or salt is safe for dogs. Choose the white meat of turkey with excess fat and skin removed for the best source of protein and nutrients. Fatty areas of turkey legs and turkey skin can lead to pancreatitis, which is painful and cause vomiting and diarrhea. Plain ground turkey is also safe for dogs. However, you should make sure to remove all of the bones that pose a choking hazard.

Vegetables:

Yes, dogs can eat many different types of vegetables. Good vegetables for dogs include bell peppers (red, green, and yellow), asparagus, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, cauliflower, celery, corn, cucumber, lettuce, peas, potatoes, and pumpkin. Other dog-safe foods are spinach, sweet potato, squash, zucchini, green beans, cabbage, carrots, and cauliflower. However, keep garlic, onions, mushrooms, rhubarb, and tomatoes away from dogs because they are dangerous.

Vinegar:

No, it is not a good idea to give vinegar to dogs. This is because some dogs do not react well to vinegar, and you may not know until it’s too late. Undiluted vinegar can cause gastrointestinal upset for dogs that are small, have kidney disease, sensitive stomachs, or other issues. Vinegar is generally okay for cleaning if you dilute it with water and close your dog off from a room when you’re cleaning.

dog fruit eating food treatsWatermelon:

Yes, you can feed the refreshing summertime treat of watermelon to your dog. Watermelon is a hydrating snack, which is good to know for preventing heat stroke on hot days. However, you need to remove most of the seeds and not let your dog eat the rind because these parts of the fruit can cause intestinal discomfort and upset tummy. Watermelon is a good way to give your dog extra vitamins A, B6, and C.

White Chocolate:

No, do not feed your dog white chocolate. Although it is not as toxic as dark chocolate, it is still dangerous and can cause serious symptoms like seizures and heart attack. White chocolate is also high in fat and sugar, which can lead to pancreatitis, weight gain, and urinary tract infections. Call your vet or pet poison control if your dog eats any amount of white chocolate because the vet may need to induce vomiting or administer and IV.

Pet Poison Helpline: The Pet Poison Helpline is available 24/7 at 855-764-7661. A consultation fee may apply.

Xylitol:

No, dogs cannot have xylitol because it is one of the most toxic ingredients for dogs. Gum, sugar-free peanut butter, toothpaste, chewable vitamins, and many other human foods contain xylitol. It is prevalent in low-fat and sugar-free products. Xylitol stimulates the pancreas to produce too much insulin, causing blood sugar to drop dramatically. Diabetic dogs are especially prone to this. It is essential to visit a vet or emergency clinic immediately after xylitol pet poisoning.

Yogurt:

Yes, dogs can eat yogurt as long as they are not lactose intolerant. In fact, yogurt is very good for dogs because it is high in protein and calcium, and it has probiotics and aids digestion and immunity too. Give your dog plain, unsweetened and unflavored yogurt that is low fat and has live bacteria. Greek yogurt is also a great choice because it is higher in protein and lower in sugar and salt.

 

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Monk fruit tea

Key Takeaways

  • Monk fruit is the source of a popular new natural sweetener with zero calories and no known health side effects.
  • While monk fruit extracts appear to be safe for dogs, you should not intentionally feed your pets sweetened foods, whether with sugar or other substances.

Monk fruit is a type of melon grown in southern China that is said to be super sweet, and reputedly has a range of health benefits. Monk fruit extracts have taken off as a natural sweetener that is said to be 200 times sweeter than sugar, but with no calories and none of the negative health impacts of sugar, according to several studies.

Monk fruit sweeteners are created by removing the fruit’s seeds and skin, crushing the fruit, and collecting the juice.

While you probably won’t find the small green fruit at your local grocery store (apparently China guards it jealously), hundreds of products are now based on the fruit, in the form of a granulated or powdered sugar replacement, liquid drops, baking mixes, and syrup. While the Lakanto brand is dominant, several other brands of monk fruit sweeteners are also available in the U.S.

Health-conscious consumers call monk fruit sweetener “the next stevia” after the other super sweet and natural additive. But some enthusiasts go further by describing qualities that make it sound like a miracle fruit. Besides having no calories, there is some evidence that the extract may have other positive health benefits such as helping with weight loss and blood sugar control, according to The Grinning Monk, one of the U.S. companies selling the product. The sweetener is often recommended to those on a diabetic or ketogenic diet.

Can You Feed Monk Fruit to Your Dog?

You may be wondering if your dog can have monk fruit sweetener. Generally, it appears to be safe for dogs as long as it doesn’t contain xylitol, which is dangerous and often fatal to dogs. In a 2006 study, six dogs were fed some monk fruit sweetener every day for a couple of months, and there was no difference in any blood, organ, or tissue testing, and all the dogs were healthy.

That doesn’t mean you should intentionally feed it to your pet, but if they accidentally ingest some or eat a treat that contains it, it appears that it won’t do any harm.

According to the American Kennel Club, sweets or artificially sweetened foods should not be part of a healthy pet’s diet. Stick to high-quality dog food and an occasional healthy treat, such as plain cooked veggies or fresh fruit.

If you buy some monk fruit sweeteners for yourself, make sure it’s the kind made with erythritol (sugar alcohol), which is also safe, in case your pup gets into those cookies you’ve baked. And for your own health, look for a monk fruit product that is produced in the U.S. and is certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, so that you know it’s been tested and deemed safe.

Curious about what is okay and not okay for your dog to eat? Check out our comprehensive guide on what human foods are safe and not safe for dogs.

Monk fruit is safe, but not all fruits are safe for pets. Consider protecting your dog in case he ingests something toxic with a pet insurance plan to help cover the veterinary care. Start by getting a quote.

 

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dog in sunglasses with ice cream cup

There’s nothing like a cold, refreshing treat on a hot summer day. Your dog may be giving you puppy eyes while you relax with a delicious ice cream cone, but it’s not a good idea to share your ice cream treats with your pup. Frozen treats made for people may contain ingredients that aren’t safe for dogs, such as chocolate, xylitol, or a concentrated amount of fat that could cause pancreatitis.

However, you can easily make homemade dog ice cream with a few simple ingredients you may already have at home. Here are three dog-friendly ice cream recipes your pup will be drooling over this summer.

Peanut Butter Banana Dog Ice Cream

Recipe from DogTipper

Ingredients

  • 3-4 ripe bananas, peeled
  • 32 ounces plain yogurt, low-fat
  • 1 cup peanut butter, organic

Instructions

  1. Add bananas, peanut butter, and yogurt to a blender.
  2. Blend until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Pour into ice cube tray and freeze.

Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Recipe from Bigger Bolder Baking

Ingredients

  • 10 fresh chopped strawberries
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 cup (10oz/280g) natural plain yogurt (low fat, non fat)

Instructions

  1. Mash the strawberries using a potato masher. You want very small pieces of food so your dog can swallow them easily.
  2. Add in the banana and continue to mash up.
  3. Stir in the yogurt and mix all ingredients until well-combined.
  4. Pour the mixture into ice cube tray or freezer-safe air-tight containers and then freeze for a minimum of 4 hours.

Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Ice Cream

Recipe from Fake Ginger

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 2 tbsp creamy peanut butter, no sugar added
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 32-ounce container plain whole milk yogurt

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together pumpkin, peanut butter, and honey until smooth. (You may need to warm the peanut butter and honey to make it easier to stir.) Fold in yogurt until combined.
  2. Divide into freezer-safe containers and freeze for at least 2 hours. Let your pup enjoy them all summer long!
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