A Quick Guide To Feeding Human Food To Dogs
While you’re sitting at your breakfast nook eating eggs and toast, your furkid comes in and stares at you longingly. Should you give him a bit of egg? Would it be safe to pass along the toasted bread with butter? Every doggy parent has this dilemma! But you don’t have to worry anymore. Here’s the ultimate list of human food that will lay out what’s safe and unsafe for your dogs.
Human Food That You Can Feed Your Dogs
It’s hard to resist those eyes when they come begging for food. But we’re only human! So, here’s a short list of human food that are safe for dogs.
Considered as the pet superfood, pumpkins are super nutritious. Fresh ones are highly recommended. This vegetable helps with weight loss, supports the digestive processes and urinary health, keeps your pets’ skin and fur healthy, and promotes increased hydration. Plus, they’re delicious so you won’t have problems giving them a low-calorie veggie
What’s not to love about peanut butter? Even hoomans can’t keep their hands off peanut butter. This yummy human food has healthy fats that help control appetite and boost metabolism. The vitamin B factor helps keep the fleas and lice at bay. Just make sure not to give too much to pups the first time they eat peanut butter.
Need protein? Eggs, of course! This human food is packed with all the protein goodness your dogs need. When you have an active dog, eggs can give them the energy they need. Does your dog have an upset stomach? Eggs can help with digestive problems.
Carrots are not good for rabbits, but they’re the perfect nutritious snack treat for your dogs. These root vegetables are rich sources of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that can also help reduce the risks of eyesight degeneration as dogs grow older.
Slices of zucchini can help fight off common illnesses that come from vitamin C deficiency. Senior and sick dogs and active canines can boost their vitamin C supply from snacking on this highly nutritious, low-calorie summer squash.
Human Food To Be Given in Moderation
It’s a given that all types of food should be given in moderation. But here’s a list that should absolutely be limited in portion size:
Some dogs are lactose tolerant and that’s mainly the reason why we shouldn’t be giving ice cream to our dogs. Aside from the artificial flavors, the ice cream we love has high sugar content. If you’re feeling sorry for your furkid while you’re happily eating ice cream, make sure to give him just a little bit of vanilla ice cream.
People think that cheese is bad for your furry pal. But the truth is, it’s okay for dogs to eat cheese just as long as you don’t give too much. Cheese is high in fat and should not be given to dogs who are lactose intolerant.
It’s okay for dogs to eat potatoes as long as they’re cooked. Raw potatoes have solanine, a toxic compound that’s also found in tomatoes. If you’re boiling or baking potatoes, make sure not to add salt, butter or oil. Potatoes should be avoided if your dog is diabetic or have weight problems.
Our canine pals are carnivores, but it doesn’t mean that you should give them raw pork. It’s not safe to. Cook pork that’s devoid of onion, garlic, or oil. And if you’re thinking of handing your pooch some of that yummy barbequed chops, stop right there. Sauces contain various flavorings, additives and high in sugar and salt. Plainly cooked pork will do for your furry pal.
Human Food That Are Absolute No-Nos
We’ve given you the list of foods that are okay to eat and those that your pup should not have too much of. In this list, you’ll find foods that shouldn’t be included when preparing their meals or given to them even when they beg you and stare at you with those soulful eyes.
Onions and Garlic
There was a time in the past that garlic was given to dogs to keep the fleas at bay. That was probably way before we ever found out that onions and garlic are highly toxic to our dogs and cats. These vegetables can lead to Heinz body formation (or red blood cell destruction) and anemia. Take note that veggies belonging to the Allium family are not safe for your dogs. These include leeks, chives, and shallots.
If you can give potatoes to your dogs, why can’t you give french fries to them? For the simple reason that they’re deep fried in oil and seasoned with a lot of salt. They’re not toxic to dogs, but if they continue to eat these greasy fast food, they will likely cause pancreatic inflammation and kidney problems.
Fruits and vegetables are good for dogs (and humans). But there are some plants that contain components that are harmful to them. Surprisingly, tomatoes are not good for dogs at all. Since they belong to the nightshade veggie family, their leaves and stems contain solanine.
It’s important to keep your box of chocolates away from your dog’s reach. Chocolates contain a toxic substance called theobromine. Large amounts of this toxic component can lead to heart attack, seizures, muscle tremors, and internal bleeding. Chocolates that have higher theobromine levels include cocoa, dark chocolate, and chocolate used for cooking.
Oh, how humans love our wine and scotch! But even if you’re lonely and needing a drinking partner, it’s best to call your BFF instead of your loyal pooch. You see, dogs can get ethanol toxicosis or alcohol poisoning from drinking wine, beer, and other alcoholic beverages. Canine livers are not made for alcohol consumption. It’s best to keep Jack Daniel’s, Johnny Walker and Bailey’s away from your beloved companion.
The Bottom Line
We love to spoil our pets, but sometimes giving them everything they want can be detrimental to their health. For your pets’ well-being and safety, put your vet’s number on speed dial and the Animal Poison Control Center Phone Number (888-426-4435). Bookmark this post for future reference as well.