How many times since owning your dog have you typed into Google "Can my dog eat that?"
Too many to count. That's why we've gathered all the answers right here in one place. We've fetched the top 40 most googled "Can my dog eat..?" foods where we cut through the confusion and serve up the facts about your fur baby's food choices.
Let's dig in!
1. Can my dog eat chocolate?
I hope it's no surprise that chocolate is a definite no-no. Trust me when I say the consequences will be shitty (literally). Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine. While humans can metabolise theobromine relatively quickly, dogs process it much more slowly. Therefore theobromine can be toxic to dogs and can cause various symptoms, such as increased heart rate, restlessness, vomiting, diarrhoea, muscle tremors, seizures, and even cardiac issues.
2. Can my dog eat grapes?
No so grape for dogs (see what I did there?)
Even in small amounts, grapes and raisins have been known to cause severe kidney damage in dogs.
3. Can my dog eat rice?
Rice is like the plain and simple option on the doggy menu. It can be soothing for upset tummies and a good source of energy. Just serve it plain without any added seasonings.
4. Can my dog eat avocado?
Avo-no-no. The substance persin in avocados can be toxic to our four-legged pals causing tummy troubles and in some cases pancreatitis. The persin compound is more commonly found in the skin and out of the avocado versus the flesh. While a very small amount will do no harm, we prefer to leave this one out.
5. Can my dog eat yogurt?
Yes, dogs can enjoy some yogurt goodness. It's packed with probiotics that can be good for their gut health. Just make sure it's plain and unsweetened. If you are letting your dog lick the bottom of the tub of your favourite flavour (my Pepsi loves it!), be sure to keep it to a minimum. Don't want your pupper consuming too much sugar. But more on that later.
6. Can my dog eat bacon?
A little nibble won't hurt. Just remember, bacon is high in fat and salt. So, keep it as an occasional treat. Some advise maybe we could take on board too!
7. Can my dog eat broccoli?
Dogs can munch on this green goodness. It's a crunchy veggie packed with vitamins. But, remember to serve it cooked and in small portions so that it's easy to chew and digest.
8. Can my dog eat mushrooms?
Best to steer clear. Some varieties can be toxic to dogs and make them sick to the stomach. Best to avoid mushrooms altogether and keep your pup's tummy safe.
9. Can my dog eat almonds?
Almonds are not a dog's best friend. While not toxic for our puppers, they can be a choking hazard and hard to digest. Plus, their high fat content may lead to tummy troubles. Better to stick with dog-friendly treats.
10. Can my dog eat sugar?
They're sweet enough! It's not something dogs need in their diet. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, dental issues, and even diabetes. Keep the sugary stuff for yourself (in moderation). There are low sugar dog treats that have health benefits such as probiotics. Check them out here.
11. Can my dog eat strawberries?
Berry good for dogs! Not just little bursts of yumminess, strawberries are a healthy treat packed with vitamins Just remember to wash them and remove the green top before serving.
12. Can my dog eat onion?
Another definite no-no! They're toxic for dogs and can make them feel pretty rotten. They contain compounds that can permanently damage a dogs red blood cells. Keep the onions in the pantry and out of your pup's dish.
13. Can my dog eat pasta?
Dogs can have some plain, cooked pasta without any added sauces or spices. It's like a carb-filled delight, but remember to keep the portions small and stick to moderation. Beyond letting them have a taste, there's no real reason to add it to your dogs diet.
14. Can my dog eat honey?
Dogs can enjoy honey in moderation. It does contain trace amounts of Vitamin C, calcium and magnesium. Just remember, it is extremely high in sugar content. Keep it as a limited special treat.
15. Can my dog eat bread?
Like pasta, it's not a dog's must-have. It offers little nutritional value and can lead to unnecessary weight gain. A little bit of toast maybe the size of a coin won't hurt. If you want to share a carb-loaded snack, opt for dog-friendly alternatives with added health benefits.
16. Can my dog eat banana?
No drama with the banana. They're loaded with potassium and make a healthy and tasty snack. Be sure to break the banana into tiny pieces. It's an unusual texture for dogs that they can find difficult to figure out how to chew.
17. Can my dog eat watermelon?
Watermelon is a juicy delight! Dogs can enjoy this watery wonder in moderation. It's a refreshing treat on a hot day. Just make sure to remove the seeds and rind before sharing.
18. Can my dog eat tomatoes?
Toma-NO! The red and juicy fruit is a no-go for dogs. The high acidity in tomatoes will cause digestive issues. They can cause tummy upset and some varieties contain a substance called solanine, which is toxic.
19. Can my dog eat garlic?
First of all it's not a flavour that dogs appreciate. Maybe it's natures way of telling them it's bad for them? Like onions, garlic can cause permanent damage to red blood cells amongst the expected symptoms of an upset tummy.
20. Can my dog eat peanuts?
A little nibble is okay, but don't go nuts. Plain, unsalted peanuts can be a tasty treat in moderation. Like us, dogs can have peanut allergies. So introduce it teeny tiny amounts.
21. Can my dog eat chicken?
Cluck yeah! Chicken is like the superstar of doggy dining. It's a great source of lean protein. Just be sure it's boneless, skinless, and cooked to perfection. It might surprise you to learn that dogs can be allergic to chicken. It manifests in stomach and skin issues. So always start with small servings. If your dog presents any symptoms consult your local vet.
22. Can my dog eat apple?
Dogs can enjoy this crunchy and juicy fruit. It's a healthy snack that's packed with fibre and vitamins. Just remember to remove the seeds and core as they can be choking hazards.
23. Can my dog eat spinach?
While small amounts of cooked spinach are generally safe, be sure to not over do it. When consumed in large amounts, spinach can interfere with calcium absorption and potentially lead to the formation of bladder or kidney stones.
24. Can my dog eat corn?
Dogs can munch on cooked corn kernels without the cob. It's a nice addition to their meals and adds a little crunch. With its high carbohydrate content and the stomachs ability to digest it (even in humans) it's safest to keep the serving of corn minimal.
25. Can my dog eat potato?
Dogs can enjoy plain, cooked potatoes in small amounts. They're a good source of carbs and can add a little something extra to their meals. Just avoid any seasoning or fancy toppings, because dogs prefer simplicity. And so do their tummies.
26. Can my dog eat blueberry?
Blueberries are like little balls of yummy vitamin boosts. They're packed with antioxidants and vitamins, making them a healthy and tasty snack.
27. Can my dog eat prawn?
This one may surprise you. Dogs can enjoy some cooked, plain prawns as an occasional treat. They're a good source of lean protein. Just make sure they're peeled and the tails are removed.
28. Can my dog eat orange?
Orange you glad you asked? While dogs can have a small taste of orange flesh, it's best to avoid giving them the peel. The acidity may upset their tummies. So, share the juicy sweetness sparingly.
30. Can my dog eat peas?
Peas, please! Dogs can enjoy these little green goodies. They're like tiny balls of nutrition. Whether fresh or frozen, cooked or raw, peas can be a healthy addition to their meals. So, let your dog join the pea party!
31. Can my dog eat coconut?
Coconuts are a tropical treats for dogs. They can enjoy some small amounts of fresh coconut meat. It's a good source of healthy fats. As with other foods on this list moderation is key, and coconut bikinis are strictly for humans!
32. Can my dog eat peanut butter?
Dogs go nutty for this tasty treat. Just make sure it's all-natural and doesn't contain any artificial sweeteners like xylitol. Slather it on a lick mat and watch the slobbery happiness unfold. It's also a great boredom buster.
33. Can my dog eat cheese?
Dogs can enjoy some cheese as an occasional treat. Just make sure they're not lactose intolerant and start with small amounts. It's like a little indulgence that will make their tails wag with delight. As a huge cheese fan myself, who can blame them!?
34. Can my dog eat pineapple?
Dogs can enjoy some pineapple in moderation. Like other fruits on this list it can be high in acidity. That said, it's a tropical delight that's packed with vitamins. Just make sure to remove the tough core and those prickly eyes and serve it in small pieces.
35. Can my dog eat celery?
Munch munch, crunch crunch. Dogs can snack on this low-calorie veggie. It's a great source of fibre and can add some extra crunch to their meals. Just make sure to cut it into small, manageable pieces.
36. Can my dog eat salmon?
Salmon a nutritious addition to their diet. It's rich in omega-3 fatty acids and protein. Just make sure it's boneless and doesn't contain any seasoning. Salmon does wonders for the skin and coat. If you're not a fan of cooking up fish yourself, our Fish & Chip Dog Treats are an all natural salmon snack full of omega 3.
37. Can my dog eat ice cream?
While regular ice cream isn't the best choice for dogs, a wee bit will get their tail wagging and not do them any harm. For example, I let my Pepsi lick the stick of my plain vanilla ice cream once I'm done. Making sure that any chocolate (if any) is all gone.
38. Can my dog eat pork?
Dogs can have some lean, cooked pork as an occasional treat. Just make sure it's boneless, skinless, and doesn't contain any seasoning. Pork is a rich meat, and can be quite fatty. So we must emphasis the importance of only giving them lean cuts. Avoiding anything too fatty, and certainly not the crackling. Who wants to share that anyway!
39. Can my dog eat popcorn?
Plain, air-popped popcorn can be a fun and low-calorie treat for dogs. Skip the butter, salt, and any other seasonings that might be harmful. Another to consider is the choking hazard. Popcorn can make the best of choke. So if your dog is the type to swallow their treat without chewing, best give the popcorn a miss.
40. Can my dog eat eggs?
Absolutely! Your dog can definitely enjoy eggs, but make sure they are thoroughly cooked. Raw eggs may contain harmful bacteria, so it's best to cook them completely before serving. Eggs are a protein powerhouse, providing essential amino acids for muscle development. They also offer important vitamins and minerals for a healthy coat, strong bones, and a robust immune system. Just remember to avoid seasoning or adding salt.
So there you have it. If you have any other favoured or forbidden foods let us know in the comments below.
If in doubt, they can go without I say. Or you can come back to our list anytime! Save it to you phone, pop it on the fridge and share it with your pet parent friends.
Remember, the answers provided are general guidelines, and it's always a good idea to consult with your vet regarding your dog unique health history and allergies.