As a dog owner, you often want to be able to share your tasty and flavorful food with your four-legged companion as a way to bond and show them your love. It takes a great deal of self-discipline to keep the foods to yourself when the dog is excitedly wagging its tail.
Dogs and humans metabolize food differently. While some foods are perfectly safe for you to consume, they can be toxic, unsafe, and deadly for your pooch. On the other hand, there are delicious treats that are completely safe and healthy for dogs to consume.
In this article, we share an overview of foods dogs can and can’t eat so you can be well-prepared before offering your four-legged friend a bite off your plate.
Food That Dogs Can Eat
As long as the quantity of safe foods you give your dog is limited, there are plenty of foods that dogs can eat. But as we have already mentioned, the vast majority of the dog’s daily calorie needs should be met through top-quality dog food.
When it comes to food that dogs can eat, it’s also essential to keep in mind that your dog could potentially be allergic to one or more foods.
Cooked, unsalted chicken
Boneless and unsalted chicken that has been cooked properly can be a good and protein-rich snack for the dog. The chicken skin and fat are also okay to give to the dog, as long as the skin has not been seasoned.
You can cook the chicken in any way you want, but it is best to either cook it in the oven or to boil it. It is also possible to grill or fry the chicken, but you should then minimize the use of oil or butter.
Eggs are perfectly okay to give to the dog as long as it is cooked or fried. A raw egg is certainly not dangerous to the dog, but you should avoid giving your dog this food raw. The reason for this is the risk of salmonella poisoning.
And even if you give your dog a boiled egg, you should not salt the egg. Also, make sure that the dog doesn’t swallow the shell.
Cheese is rich in vitamin A, calcium and healthy fatty acids. Many dogs are also attracted to the cheese taste. Therefore, cheese in various forms can be experienced as candy that the dog values highly.
It’s worth noting, however, that even dogs can be lactose intolerant. And if this is the case with your dog, cheese can take a toll on their digestive system and make their tummies upset and gassy. Then it may be better to give the dog some other good and safe food. Also, keep in mind that cheese is a calorie-dense food and therefore should be given in very limited amounts.
Food That Dogs Can’t Eat
Dogs are often experts at eating things they should not. It’s also not easy to keep track of what is dangerous and what is not. Some things can be directly life-threatening, while others are only toxic in large quantities. Here we list some of the things that can cause poisoning in your dog.
Dough that’s gone through the process of fermentation isn’t good for dogs to eat. It begins its fermentation process inside your pooch’s stomach and carbon dioxide and ethanol are formed. The condition is rarely life-threatening but can create great discomfort. Therefore, be sure to put the dough out of the reach so that the dog is unable to smell it.
Onions contain allicin which is toxic to dogs. Allicin is found in both raw and cooked onions and can cause anemia in your dog. It’s difficult to know how much onion can lead to poisoning. Therefore, do not give your dog any kind of onion. For those who usually give their dogs leftovers, it’s important to keep in mind that our leftovers often contain large amounts of onions.
Macadamia nuts are considered especially toxic to dogs. Salted nuts can lead to salt poisoning. Symptoms usually include decreased appetite, vomiting, bloody stools, hepatic impairment, diarrhea, stomach problems, dizziness, lethargy, paralysis. Consuming nuts may also lead to death.
There are many foods that we humans eat daily that we can share with our pups. But we must be sure to do this in moderation and always be on the safe side when it comes to the ingredients.
If you’re unsure whether a particular food is suitable for dogs always double-check. And if you don’t find the information you’re looking for, it’s better to refrain from giving the dog something that could potentially be dangerous.