Feeding your dog can be quite expensive. Whether your dog is eating dry food, wet food, grain free food or even human food, understanding what can dogs eat is essential. This mainly applies when feeding “Human” foods such as fruit and vegetables. A dogs digestive system is very different to a human and some foods can be poisonous to dogs and lethal.
If you are sat wondering, I wonder if my dog can eat this, but your not quite sure, don’t feed it them. I have researched the below foods to see what can dogs eat sometimes or not at all to help you along your way in trying new foods with your dog.
If you have any other questions regarding foods on this list OR want to know / see other foods listed here, please feel free to comment and I will do my best to get them updated.
Now lets take a look at each of the foods above and the reasons why they can or can’t eat them.
- 1 What Can Dogs Eat? And Why?
- 1.1 Can Dogs Eat Bananas? – YES!
- 1.2 Can Dogs Eat Apples? – SOMETIMES!
- 1.3 Can dogs eat carrots? YES!
- 1.4 Can dogs eat mushrooms? – NO!
- 1.5 Can dogs eat grapes? NO!
- 1.6 Can dogs eat blueberries? YES!
- 1.7 Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter? YES!
- 1.8 Can dogs eat cheese? SOMETIMES!
- 1.9 Can dogs eat chocolate? NO!!!!!!!!
- 2 Overview: What Can Dogs Eat?
What Can Dogs Eat? And Why?
Can Dogs Eat Bananas? – YES!
Bananas are full of goodness for humans and dogs. The nutrients inside are bananas are hard to find in other foods so there are definitely at the top of the list. Vitamin B and C are found inside bananas and will definitely be great for your dog.
If your dog has become a little constipated or doesnt go regular enough, the fiber in bananas will really help with this. As with Humans, fiber will ensure that your bowels move.
Do not give your dog too many bananas, like a full bunch, as this can cause constipation. Make sure you give an appropriate portion size and do not over feed.
Can Dogs Eat Apples? – SOMETIMES!
Apples, like most other fruits, contain all the vitamins and minerals you and your dog need. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away!” Vitamin K, C and Calcium are some of the main nutrients found in apples.
Cesar Milan, the mexican dog behaviourist and greatest dog trainer on the planet, advises that apples are a great alternative to dog chews. As apples are tough that act as a great for cleaning your dogs teeth helping with their dental hygiene.
But why can dogs only have them sometimes, if they are so GREAT?
Three main parts of an apple that are dangerous are the core, stem and seeds. Believe it or not, each of these contain cyanide and aren ot jsut dangerous to your dog, but also to humans too.
Apple seeds are sneaky and hide deep inside the apple core making it difficult to keep them out of harms way. Always make sure you remove all the seeds, stem and core before give your dog an apple. I always prefer to peel an apple before giving them to Ralph, this prevent peel getting stuck in his teeth.
Can dogs eat carrots? YES!
Carrots for dogs are probably the best human food you can give to a dog. They are probably the healthies snacks you can give your dog, but they are also the messiest.
Carrots are in almost all dog foods as they are great for your dogs eyes, i am not sure if they will be able to see in the dark though. Carrots will also ensure that your dog maintains a healthy natural skin and coat. Naturally carrots will be great for longer haired dogs.
Ralph has carrots regular and he really enjoys them, the only problem we find is when eating them he leaves so much mess behind. We have always noticed a big difference in his coat and how much shinier it gets. We only feed him raw carrots as a treat but when he has them, they dont last long.
Can dogs eat mushrooms? – NO!
Dogs can eat mushrooms in moderation however it is not recommended. The biggest problem with mushrooms are those you find in parks and fields. Dogs can only eat supermarket mushrooms.
Finding mushrooms in the park is very simple but the problem is you just dont know how toxic they actually are. Supermarket mushrooms are clearly safe as we humans buy them all the time. Toxic mushrooms found in fields and parks are very difficult to identify and if consumed, your dog could suffer severe consequences including death.
Other problems that wild mushrooms can cause are all internal, liver, kidney and digestion damage are just a few serious problems your dog could face.
Although I have stated that you can NOT feed your dog mushrooms, their is no harm done if they do eat them. However, I wouldn’t recommend making mushrooms part of your dogs diet.
Can dogs eat grapes? NO!
Grapes have long been a great treat for dogs to help with training. Only recently has it been discovered that grapes can actually cause kidney problems within dogs. How? It is uncertain but it has been linked to grapes.
If you have fed grapes to your dog already before reading this but your dog has not shown any problems / side affects do not worry, just advise your vet on your next visit.
Your dog will experience vomiting and diarrhea should that have an adverse affect to grapes. If this is the case, immediately take them to the vet before they are in pain and much worse, suffer kidney failure.
Can dogs eat blueberries? YES!
When looking for what human foods dogs can eat, Blueberries are on the best. Not only are they full of all the vitamins you and your dogs needs, they are also great treats too. Like Grapes, they are small and effective. Blueberries are full of Vitamin A, B, C, E and K PLUS lots of Fibre.
A bigger bonus with Blueberries is they are simple to grow your own.
Blueberries can be found in a lot of the Best Dog Foods.
If you make your own dog food then adding blueberries to this is a great idea. Do not, however, give your dog a bowl full as this, like all fruits, can cause diarrhea, stomch upset and vomiting. Dogs will continue to eat and eat so make sure you keep them to a reasonable portion.
Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter? YES!
Setting the record straight, peanuts are not nuts. Dogs CANNOT EAT NUTS but they can eat Peanuts. Peanuts are very healthy for humans and dogs as they are full of great nutrients and health fats that will ensure you and your dog live a long happy life with a strong beating heart.
Peanut butter can be used all the time in dog treats. A couple of great examples.
Smear peanut butter around the KONG Treat Toy – This will keep your dog busy for hours OR place spponfuls of peanut butter in an ice cube tray and freeze overnight. When you check in the morning you will have amazing peanut butter cube treats ready for your dog.
When buying peanut butter always gets the unsalted version. Other branded jars of peanut butter are full of sugars and salts and you will have a hyper dog that will end up fat and unhealthy. Don’t be over keen with the portion sizes neither, the calories in Peanut Butter is high.
Can dogs eat cheese? SOMETIMES!
Cheese, mmmm cheese. I love a great piece of Mature Cheddar with my salad or even on a sandwich with a pickled onion. Dogs however, especially Ralph, love cheese and will eat more and more. Cheese is not harmful to dogs, unless they are lactose intolerant. It is also full of protein which is why dogs should only eat cheese sometimes.
Processed cheeses bought in the supermarket can be full of chemicals which can be harmful to dogs, so most dog owners avoid these.
If you want cheese in your dogs diet, or part of your dogs treats, make sure you check the ingredients and also make sure that it is a less fatty cheese. Your dog can quickly become ill from too much cheese and you need to be careful or you could end up with a high vet bill.
Can dogs eat chocolate? NO!!!!!!!!
Seriously. If you own a dog and did not know this, then you shouldn’t have a dog. Ok, maybe a little harsh, but this is the most common fact for dogs. Chocolate is extremely harmful to dogs as caffeine is toxic to dogs.
Darker chocolate is even worse and should also be avoided along with sweets, treats and candy. Avoid everything.
If a dog eats chocolate you could be looking at a huge vet bill (£500 +) and run the risk of your dog suffering or having potentially fatal injuries.
Dogs will immediately vomit after eating chocolate and when I say vomit, I mean, every single things in there insides will be extracted all over your house.
DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG CHOCOLATE!!
Overview: What Can Dogs Eat?
Dogs can eat a lot of human foods a lot of the time. They can also eat others in moderation. It all depends on your dog really. Making your own dog food is a great way of keeping your dog healthy and ensuring you know whats in your dogs food. Make your own treats from Peanut Butter or even providing fruit as a simple snack can really help your dogs immune system.
Always avoid the foods above that are a NO! – these can not only make your dog poorly but long term health effects can be very serious to your dog. Some can result in losing your dogs life.
Look after your dogs diet as you would your own. Remember, a dog is for life not just for Christmas!