We’ve all heard time and time again dogs can eat “this” but they can’t eat “that”, but you have to admit it’s pretty hard keeping track of what’s on the “No” and “Yes” list. That’s why we’ve compiled this handy guide of five foods you should never feed to your pets, as well as some tasty alternatives they can safely enjoy. Please refer to this list whenever you’re in doubt, and don’t forget to share it with your pet-owning friends. It’s our responsibility to keep our fur family healthy, happy, and safe!
Dogs CANNOT eat salt
When you and Fido are sharing the couch, you may be tempted to throw him a couple of salty potato chips. However, this isn’t a good idea. Salty foods can cause excessive thirst and urination leading to sodium ion poisoning. Watch out for symptoms of vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, high temperature, and seizures — or just avoid giving salt to dogs.
Dogs CAN eat salt-free snacks like popcorn and pretzels
We can’t resist them and are pretty sure your dog can’t, either. Once the smell of that fresh popcorn or oven-baked pretzels hit their noses, you know your four-legged friend will be begging to have a bite. Feel free to share just as long as they’re unsalted. In the end, less salt and butter will be good for both of you!
Dogs CANNOT eat fruit seeds and cores
Make sure when feeding your dogs fruits like apples, pears, persimmons, peaches, and plums to get rid of pits and seeds. Persimmon seeds can cause inflammation of the small intestine, while apple/pear seeds and peach/plum pits contain cyanide that poison both humans and dogs.
Dogs CAN eat fruit salads
As long as you feed your dog the meat of fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, apples, melons, and bananas, it’ll be a sweet treat for them to safely eat! Blueberries and apples, in particular, are so rich in vitamin and minerals that both are considered “super foods” you need to start feeding your dog. But take care when choosing which fruits go into your salad, because dog find grapes (and therefore raisins) incredibly toxic, even if they’re seedless or peeled. Experts don’t know exactly why dogs can’t eat grapes, but it’s wise to keep them safely out of reach.
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Dogs CANNOT eat yeast
In order to bake bread, the dough needs to rise — and yeast won’t make any exceptions inside your dog’s stomach. If your dog consumes anything with yeast, the dough will begin to stretch your dog’s abdomen and can cause severe pain. Yeast also ferments dough in order to make it rise, producing alcohol which can lead to possible alcohol poisoning.
Dogs CAN eat pasta
As long as your noodles are cooked, pasta — which includes simple ingredients like flour, water, and eggs — is safe for your dog to eat.
Dogs CANNOT eat raw meat, fish, bone and fat trimmings
We’ve all heard the nursery rhyme that goes “give the dog a bone,” but have we really thought about what bones, fat trimmings, raw meat, and fish can do to canine tummies? Unfortunately, what seems like an all-time doggie treat is more harmful than enjoyable. Bones and fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis in dogs and raw meat and fish both contain bacteria that can cause food poisoning. So avoid using your dog as a garbage disposal if you want to keep him happy and healthy.
Dogs CAN eat canned tuna
Canned tuna is no longer a delicacy for just cats. Tuna is great for Fido too because it’s healthy and packed with protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Dogs CANNOT eat chocolate
We all know chocolate is poisonous for our pets but do you really know why? What makes chocolate bad for our four-legged friends is theobromine. A toxic agent found in all kind of chocolate, even white, the most dangerous amounts of it can be found in dark chocolate, chocolate mulch, and unsweetened baking chocolate. Eating chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and even more serious symptoms in dogs. So it’s important to keep Fido away from the box of chocolates.
Dogs CAN eat carob
Carob is a chocolate substitute that many dog lover’s have given and found to be loved by their pooch pals. Carob does not contain caffeine or theobromine that makes chocolate deadly for dogs. Instead it has many health benefits such as vitamins, minerals, fiber, and pectin.