Feeding our dogs what I like to call “People Food” is all too common when it comes to pet owners. Our dogs run up to the dinner table when they smell food, sit there and just wait for us to give them a little treat from our plates. Some of our dogs even beg or do tricks for it. We throw them a little piece and think of it as harmless. But is it? Can dogs eat our food? Can dogs eat bananas; can they eat fruit or meat or snacks like popcorn?
Some foods are harmful to our dogs and can even be fatal in large amounts so it is very important to know what not to feed them. Lots of foods, like bananas, are perfectly fine to feed to your furry friend. Below is a more in-depth look at what is okay, what is acceptable, and what is not okay for dogs to eat.
Feeding Your Dog Bananas
Can dogs eat bananas? Yes they can. Your dog needs kibbles and canned dog meat but a banana every now and then is perfectly fine for it. Bananas are filled with nutrients such as vitamin B, vitamin C, fiber and potassium which are great for your dog. A little banana snack can be a good thing for your dog if it likes it.
Below is a list of foods your dog can eat. These are foods that are okay to feed to your dog whenever you want to, assuming that these foods are treats and not served as its regular meal. Dogs need the proper nutrition that is served in kibble and canned dog meat.
Dogs can eat the following foods:
- Cooked white rice
- Peanut Butter
- Spinach and Lettuce
Feeding Your Dog Peanut Butter
Can dogs eat peanut butter? Yes they can. Dogs cannot eat nuts (more information on that below) but they can definitely enjoy a spoonful of peanut butter every now and then. Just to clarify: peanuts are legumes, not nuts. Peanut butter has nutrients such as vitamin B and E plus they are loaded with healthy fats. Good for us and good for the dogs! Dogs go crazy for peanut butter because it tastes so good and they can spend an awfully long time lapping it up. It’s also a good way to distract them when needed or give them a fun treat. It’s also an easy way to slip in a pill when you have a stubborn dog that doesn’t want to take its medication.
Just be sure to give them unsalted peanut butter and only a spoonful every once in a while since it is very high in calories.
Feeding Your Dog Carrots
How to feed carrot to your dog (Source: Youtube.com)
Can your dog eat carrots? Yes they can. Dogs usually will prefer peanut butter and bananas over carrots, but carrots are an awesome snack for dogs if they enjoy eating vegetables. Some dogs love carrots because they are like big crunchy sticks they can eat. Plus, the beta-carotene in this orange vegetable is great fo their eyes, skin and coat.
Below is a list of foods your dog should never eat. If you think your dog has accidentally eaten a medium to large amount of the following foods, you should take it to the vet. If it had eaten a very small amount then just look after your dog to make sure it seems okay for the rest of the day.
Dogs should never eat the following people foods:
Feeding Your Dog Chocolate
Chocolate is a well-known and prime example of what not to feed your dog. They absolutely should not have any because caffeine and theobromine, both of which are found in chocolate, are very harmful to dogs. It can even be toxic. If your dog accidentally had a pea-size amount of brownie or chocolate, it will be okay. But a whole candy bar will definitely be a trip to the vet’s office.
This also means your dog cannot have brownies, chocolate ice cream, cookies, chocolate chips, etc. Dark chocolate is even more harmful than milk chocolate.
Feeding Your Dog Nuts
As I mentioned briefly earlier, dogs cannot eat nuts. Nuts almost always give dogs an upset stomach and may mean a trip to the vet. Avoid feeding your dog nuts at all times because they cannot digest them. If you think or know your dog has eaten nuts and is vomiting or has diarrhea, take it to the vet immediately.
Below is a list of foods that are okay if your dog has eaten but it is highly recommended that you do not give it to your dog intentionally due to it’s indigestible nature to the dog.
If your dog eats the following, it’s okay but don’t allow it to eat more:
Feeding Your Dog Popcorn
As you can see in the list directly above, I do not recommend feeding your dog popcorn. For the most part, it is because the kernels can cause problems and upset stomach in the dog if digested.
I used to feed popcorn to my dog, a few pieces at least, every time I made some because she loved it so much. But now I am extra careful to only give her two pieces and I always make sure that it has been fully popped.
There is no nutritional value to popcorn so it is definitely not something a dog will ever benefit from but it is best not to feed it popcorn. There are some store bought popcorn brands that don’t have kernels and some brands online made specifically for dogs so if you really want to give your dog popcorn to make it happy, I would suggest one of those options.
Feeding Your Dog Celery
Do dogs eat celery? (Source: Youtube.com)
Foods like celery and popcorn made the “not recommended” list not necessarily for their nutritional value or toxic elements (because there are none) but because of a dog’s inability to eat and digest the food item.
Celery is not a bad food for a dog but it can become very stringy and chewy and very difficult for the dog to chew it completely before swallowing.
The stringy vegetable can get stuck in a dog’s digestive system and cause upset stomach and constipation.
However, celery is packed full of vitamins, crunchy and hydrating! If your dog is the type to get a treat and want to waff it down, then I do not recommend it. If your dog is more likely to chew and be mindful of what it is eating then it should be fine.
Below is a list of foods that are okay to feed to your dog. The difference between this list and the “Okay” list is that the below foods have no nutritional value for your dog and could possibly cause digestive issues or upset stomach so you should only give a little bit at a time.
A little bit of the following foods is okay:
- Hot dogs
- Pineapple and watermelon
- Blueberries and Strawberries
Feeding Your Dog Hot Dogs
Is feeding your dog hot dogs okay? This is a common question because a hot dog is a fast and delicious treat for your dog.
However, Hot dogs do contain chemicals and preservatives that are not good for your dog. While all dogs love meat, they deserve high quality foods and meat geared toward dogs.
As we all know, hot dogs are never made of the best types of meat. So, feeding your dog a few pieces of hot dog or a full hot dog every once in a while is okay. But it is much better to buy it real meaty treats if you can!
Feeding Your Dog Cheese
This is one I never thought about. I never gave my dogs cheese because I figured dogs shouldn’t eat dairy. But in fact, a little bit of cheese is okay for them.Cheeses are high in protein and that protein can be of great benefit to dogs!
However, cheese is heavily processed and can have a lot of chemical ingredients so that’s why we want to steer clear of giving our furry babies too much cheese. But if you want to sneak it a delicious treat or a bite of your cheesy sandwich, it should be fine.
If you do end up giving your dog cheese, I recommend taking note if your dog doesn’t go to the bathroom or seems to have an upset stomach. Some dogs are lactose intolerant.
If you feel your dog may be lactose intolerant, do not give it any more cheese.
What about “non-people food”…
Some dogs accidentally eat our food from the table or sneak a bite when we’re not looking! It happens. But what do we do if our dog eats the cat’s food? Maybe the dog was eye-balling it, thinking it was for him or was feeling peckish and wanted to steal the cat’s food. Will it be okay?
Yes, they will. Dogs will be okay if they went and ate the cat’s food. The small change in diet should not affect it. Some dogs may throw it up if they are really sensitive to diet changes but that may just teach it a lesson.
If you suspect your dog may have been eating that cat’s food for a while now, the change in diet may lead to obesity in the dog. It would have been receiving an overabundance of protein and vitamins that cats need much more than dogs need. So, overall, dogs should not be eating cat food on a regular basis.
What is Okay and What Isn’t
There is such a mixture of foods that are okay for your dog and that are a big “no-no” that it is hard to keep track! Some vegetables are perfectly fine and some aren’t. Some fruits are good for your dog and others should be avoided. It can be a lot of information to remember. I believe that is why there are many dog owners out there that choose not to ever feed their pets human food. It not only ensures that the dogs don’t eat something that they shouldn’t but it also ensures that they are more well behaved. See, dogs that aren’t ever fed food from the table or from the couch know not to beg for it. They don’t beg because they know that food is not for them! So it is up to you if you want to feed your dog some of your meal or not but just know that if you give it the occasional hot dog bite then it could be coming up to your plate every time you eat a meal!
There are quite a few foods that are okay for them to eat such as cooked white rice, bananas, carrots, meat, fish and peanut butter. I believe those are all yummy treats I have been tossing to my dog for years now! There are also some foods that are okay in small portions and foods that are okay if the dog eats it but should never be fed them. Then there is the important list of what dogs should never eat. Out of all the lists, this one should be well known. I will reiterate it here: Onions, Chocolate, Nuts, Gum, Grapes, Garlic, Beer, Pomegranate, and Walnuts.