While your dog might be begging for everything you eat, there are some foods that can be very harmful to their health. We’ve compiled a list of common foods that your dog can and cannot eat. Make sure to consult with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet and if you notice any adverse effects after eating human food.
Many dogs’ favorite treats are cheese, which isn’t harmful in small quantities. Make sure you’re picking a lower fat cheese, like cottage cheese or mozzarella to keep your dog healthy. While it is rare, dogs can be lactose intolerant. If your dog is experiencing digestive problems after eating cheese, they might be lactose intolerant.
While they might not be toxic to your dog, almonds can block your dog’s esophagus or tear their windpipe. If covered in salt, almonds can also increase water retention, which could be harmful to dogs with heart disease.
This might be the most well-known poisonous food for dogs, but you should never feed your dog chocolate. Even a small amount can cause diarrhea and vomiting, while a large amount of chocolate can cause irregular heart function, seizures, and even death. If your dog does ingest chocolate, contact your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Bread has no nutritional value for your dog, so, while it won’t hurt your dog, it won’t provide any health benefits, either. It’s better to give your dog homemade bread, which won’t contain the unnecessary preservatives commonly found in store-bought bread.
Garlic is part of the Allium family along with onions, leeks, and chives, and can cause negative side effects in your dog. Your dog could develop anemia or become poisoned. Symptoms can continue to develop for days after eating garlic or onions, so monitor your dog for a few days if you think they may have consumed garlic.
Fully-cooked eggs are safe for dogs and are a great source of protein for dogs. They can also help soothe an upset stomach. However, raw eggs can be harmful to your dog, so make sure to fully cook the eggs before feeding them to your dog.
Your dog shouldn’t be eating foods with such high sugar content, so offer them a different refreshing treat instead. Freeze chunks of raspberries, apples, or strawberries to give your dog a sweet, cold treat.
Corn is a safe food for your dog and is commonly found in dog foods. If you’re feeding your dog corn, make sure it is off the cob because the cob can be hard to digest and may cause intestinal blockage.
A commonly loved treat, peanut butter is a great source of protein for dogs and contains healthy fats and vitamins. Be careful with which peanut butter you feed your dog and make sure it does not contain xylitol, which can be toxic to dogs.