Depending on your parenting approach, feeding your dog human food might be a casual habit that doesn’t get much second thought. For the most part, this approach is okay because generally, dogs can stomach the foods that humans enjoy. That said, there are some foods which are particularly harmful to dogs’ digestive systems and others that can even be deadly. Knowing which foods to avoid will allow you to raise a table-feeder safely. As far as the long list of foods that your dog can eat, some actually provide a decent amount of nutrition and are considered healthy!
Below, we’ve listed the human foods that dogs can eat and which should be avoided. Check it out!
Healthy Human Foods for Dogs
Peas and green beans
The top of every dog’s wish list, peas, and green beans fuel a dog’s diet with potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin K.
If your pup is licking your plate clean of peanut butter, no worries. As long as it is all-natural and xylitol-free, peanut butter is perfect for adding protein and fiber to the diet.
For all those apple-eaters out there who can stomach the sweetness for about three juicy bites, relax knowing you can feed your pup the remainder. Not only do dogs love a sweet apple, but the hydrating fruit provides pups with plenty of Vitamins A and C as well.
Non-dairy yogurt is another good source of protein for dogs, but make sure it isn’t loaded with preservatives or sugar.
Sweet potatoes and pumpkin
Just as they are for the human, these sources of vitamin A and beta-carotene are excellent for dogs’ digestive systems.
If your kids can’t finish their salmon, share some of the omega-3 fatty acids with your dog to enhance their coat and skin health.
Rice and Pasta
These starches, especially whole wheat pasta, are easy for dogs to digest and great for high-impact energy. Be mindful of the sauces that are on the pasta, try to avoid anything too acidic.
Human Foods that Dogs Cannot Eat
The purer the chocolate is (dark, cocoa, cacao), the more toxic it is to a dog. One bite of a pure chocolate can lead to a dog’s death. No chocolate for dogs!
Gum contains Xylitol, which is dangerous to your dog’s liver, glycemic index, and digestive system. Gum can also lead to death, so don’t leave it lying around on counters.
Avocados contain a toxic principle known as persin that can cause diarrhea and vomiting in dogs.
Milk and Dairy
Humans have a lactose-breaking enzyme that dogs do not, so overfeeding pups dairy and milk can be disruptive to their digestive systems.
A few licks out of your coffee cup can lead to heart complications in your pup. If he gets into more than a few sips, the caffeine effect can be deadly, so get to a vet or ER immediately.
The damaging effects of alcohol vary amongst breeds, but the smallest provisions of beer and wine quickly trigger depression, diarrhea, vomiting, shortness of breath or death.
Grapes can cause kidney disease in dogs, so it’s best to keep them out of reach.
Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic are disruptive to the gastrointestinal tract and can negatively impact the red blood cells – be wary of ‘healthy’ foods you are feeding your dog that are flavored with these herbs and vegetables.
If you have a tendency of feeding your dog food off your plate or succumbing to their irresistible begs for scraps, do a little research on the common items in your kitchen and on the dinner table. Dog food is the best option for pups, human food is a supplementary treat. Reach out to AMP Floracel with questions or to learn more about healthy supplements for your dog’s diet.