Most dog owners know that one of the hidden benefits of having a pooch in the house is that you essentially have a mobile vacuum cleaner. No need to spend too much time cleaning up that spill, because your dog is usually on the case!
But if you’re going to ever let your dog enjoy the occasional morsel of human food, it’s essential that you know what they should — and shouldn’t! — be scarfing down. Otherwise, your dog could be in serious trouble.
So, let’s answer the question: can my dog eat this?
1. Chocolate: Absolutely not.
No. This is one everyone knows about, but they usually don’t know why it’s bad for your dog. Chocolate has a chemical called methylxanthine in it that can stop a dog’s metabolic process; better to keep it out of reach.
2. Shrimp: Surprisingly, yes!
Yes! Shrimp, as long as it’s fully cooked and all of the shell, legs, and tail are removed, is full of antioxidants and is low in fat, calories, and carbs. Just make sure it’s only a “once-in-a-while” treat.
3. Eggs: It’s a tricky grey area.
Yes and no. Raw eggs can be harmful to your dog and lead to a biotin deficiency, but cooked eggs are great. They’re high in protein and can even help an upset stomach.
4. Turkey: You bet!
Yes. Turkey is okay for dogs to eat as long as it doesn’t have a ton of garlic and spices on it. Be sure to check for bones, as well.
5. Garlic and onions: Absolutely not.
No! The most dangerous of the allium family, which includes also pet unfriendly foods like onions, leeks, and chives, garlic can lead to anemia in dogs. If your dog ingests some, keep an eye on them for a couple days.
6. Peanut Butter: Yep!
Yes! Peanut butter is full of awesome proteins, fats, and vitamins that are great for your dog. Just make sure it’s not a brand that contains xylitol, which can be deadly!
7. Popcorn: You bet!
Yes. As long as it’s popped and unsalted and unbuttered, popcorn is fine for your dog.
8. Cinnamon: Forget about it!
No! Cinnamon has oils that can irritate a dog’s mouth, and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and liver disease. Keep it away from your dogs.
9. Pork: Yes.
Yes. Pork is packed with highly digestible proteins. As usual, just make sure it’s cooked and not covered in spices and oils.
10. Macadamia Nuts: Never.
No! Macadamia nuts are some of the worst foods that a dog could get into. It can cause vomiting, lethargy, and can even affect the nervous system.
11. Cheese: Yes, thank god.
Yes. Cheese can be an awesome treat (or a way to hide some medication) but it shouldn’t be a common one.
12. Tuna: Just a smidgen!
Yes! In small doses, canned tuna can provide omega-3 fatty acids, which promote heart and eye health. But it also has mercury and sodium, so make sure it’s not a common treat.
13. Avocados: Nope!
No. Avocados have a chemical compound called persin that can be toxic to dogs.
14. Grapes: No.
No. Grapes might be delicious but they can cause kidney failure in dogs.
15. Salty snacks: Sadly, no.
No. A single chip or pretzel isn’t the end of the world, but large amounts can cause sodium ion poisoning. It’s best to keep the Utz out of reach.
16. Bones: Be careful!
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