In the following infographic, we break down 105 different foods and explain whether your dog can eat them or not. We also have complete descriptions of each food type and what specifically makes that food good or bad for dogs in the section following the graphic.
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The list below contains a description of each of the foods mentioned in the infographic, and explains in greater detail whether they are dog-safe or not. Of course, the best way to know for sure whether a food is safe is to ASK YOUR VET! Please use the information on this page as a starting point, but confirm any information with a professional.
Foods below are listed in alphabetical order:
Can Dogs Eat Almond Butter? Yes, in moderation
Almond butter can be a fun, healthy alternative to peanut butter.
Owners with dogs who love peanut butter, but are wary of the high fat content and processed ingredients, often opt for almond butter as a tasty treat for their pup. Almond butter features a 14% fat content compared to peanut butter’s 50%, and has a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E. Natural almond butters are abundant, but slightly more costly than your average peanut butter. Salt content should also be monitored, as high sodium levels in dogs can lead to sodium ion toxicosis.
Can Dogs Eat Almonds? Not Recommended
While not toxic, almonds can cause several digestion problems for your dog.Almonds are absolutely one of the healthiest foods for humans, but dogs simply do not process them well unless they are already broken down, like in almond butter. The consumption of almond nuts in canines often leads to upset stomachs and cases of vomiting or diarrhea. The salts that coat flavored almonds can also pose a risk to your dog, with high salt intake leading to sodium ion toxicosis. If your dog consumes almonds it is most likely not in any imminent danger, but should be monitored closely for signs of intestinal distress.
Can Dogs Eat Apples? Yes!
Apples can be a great treat skin on or off, just be sure to remove the core.One of the healthiest snacks for dogs and humans, apples can be safely served with the skin, and dogs love the crunch! Apples are an excellent source of fiber, vitamins A and C, and a multitude of other vitamins and minerals. We always recommend buying organic in order to avoid feeding your dog harmful pesticides. The core should also be removed before consumption, as it poses a choking hazard and the seeds contain trace amounts of cyanide.
Can Dogs Eat Applesauce? Yes, in moderation
While still a healthy, easy to eat treat, not just any applesauce should be fed to your dog.Applesauce provides all the nutrition of an apple, in an easy to eat form with virtually no choking hazards. The only downfall is that the majority of commercially available applesauce is packed with sugar or sugar substitutes that can cause upset stomach or diarrhea. Organic, sugar free applesauce should be the only type served to your dog. The best way to ensure that all colorings, preservatives and pesticides are avoided is to make your own homemade applesauce. It’s easy, and only takes about 30 minutes.
Can Dogs Eat Asparagus? Yes!
One of the world’s healthiest foods, asparagus makes a nutritious dog treat.Asparagus are packed with nutrients and can be enjoyed by your dog raw, or lightly sautéed. Its complete profile of vitamin and minerals will promote healthy skin and teeth, as well as immune and organ function. Packed with fiber, asparagus is a hearty snack that attributes to digestive health. If you are a home-grower, be aware that the asparagus ferns on the plant are toxic to dogs, and call your veterinarian immediately if ingested by your dog. Don’t be alarmed if your dog’s urine has a unique odor after it eats asparagus, the same thing happens with humans and it’s completely natural.
Can Dogs Eat Avocados? Yes!
Despite dated theories that avocados are toxic to cats and dogs, they are completely safe for consumption.Avocados contain persin, an oil-soluble toxin long known to be toxic in birds, horses, and cattle. Veterinarians prefer a rather safe than sorry approach, and assumed that avocados would also be poisonous to dogs and cats. Recent discoveries have shown that dogs and cats are actually not affected by persin, meaning avocados are not only safe to eat, but also a healthy snack. Avocados high quantities of potassium, fiber, and healthy fats make it a nutrient dense, hearty treat. The central pit should never be accessible to your dog, as it can cause serious choking or intestinal blockage issues.
Can Dogs Eat Bacon? Not Recommended
The canine consumption of high fat foods like bacon can lead to pancreatitis.While dogs demand a diet rich in meat, and crave the taste of it, not all meats we eat should be fed to our dogs as well. This is especially true with all meats that have a high fat or salt content. Allowing your dog to digest large amounts of fat can lead to pancreatitis, an often-fatal condition that causes problems with digestion and nutrient absorption Another potentially fatal condition, bloat, has been reported in large dogs who drink too much water due to bacon’s immense salt content.
Can Dogs Eat Bananas? Yes, in moderation
Bananas are tasty and healthy, but should be fed in moderation due to their high sugar content.While many dogs enjoy sweet flavors, their systems simply aren’t meant to process sugars like human’s are. Even foods high in healthy, natural sugars like bananas can cause constipation after moderate amounts of consumption. High in potassium, vitamin C, and other antioxidants, banana treats will help promote proper immune function and prevention of future diseases. Bananas are best served as thin, bite-sized slices in order to avoid choking hazards, and the peels should never be eaten.
Can Dogs Eat Beans? Yes!
Several types of beans, such as green, black or white are safe and nutritious.Beans should always be served cooked, as some raw beans contain harmful toxins, and raw vegetables are typically more difficult for dogs to digest. Black beans, soybeans, and garbanzo beans all provide excellent sources of natural fibers that help regulate digestive functions and battle diabetes. Beans’ complex proteins and minerals attribute to healthy immune function and fat burning. While beans are high in protein, dogs still require meat proteinsto attain necessary amino acids, so beans cannot substitute meat in a dog’s diet as is seen in many human diets.
Can Dogs Eat Beets? Yes, but not canned varieties
Beets are an excellent source of fiber and beet pulp is a common dog food ingredient.Beet pulp is often seen listed in a dog food’s ingredients, due to it being cheap, readily available, and exceptionally high in fiber. The same is true for fresh beets, which can be served as a nutritious treat to your pup. Beets’ high quantities of insoluble fiber can lead to healthier stools, as well as promote colon health. Only fresh, organic beets should be served to your dog. Canned beets are usually loaded with salt and preservatives that can cause serious digestive issues in dogs.
Can Dogs Eat Bell Peppers? Yes!
Red, yellow or green, your dog will love the crunch of these sweet peppers.Bell peppers are a perfectly safe and healthy snack. They provide a variety of nutrients, and their strong smell and taste make them extremely palatable to dogs. Bell peppers, especially red ones, are excellent sources of beta-carotene and fiber. They are also rich in vitamins C and A, along with several other antioxidants that will promote overall health in your dog. They can be enjoyed raw or slightly sautéed, but the seeds pose a choking hazard and should always be removed. A simple recipe is to simply cut the bell peppers into slices. (See if dogs can eat red peppers here).
Can Dogs Eat Black Beans? Yes, if they are cooked
Cooked black beans make for a hearty, easy to digest treat.Provided they are cooked, black beans are an excellent source of plant-based protein, natural fibers, as well as many other vitamins and minerals. Dried black beans are recommended over canned ones. They are cheaper and free of the added salt and preservatives in canned goods. Black beans can be served alone as a treat, with rice, or mixed into your dog’s food. Just keep in mind that although black beans are high in protein, dogs’ systems require meat-based protein to survive and thrive.
Can Dogs Eat Blueberries? Yes, in moderation
A “superfood” for humans, blueberries are a tasty, convenient treat for dogs as well.Rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals; blueberries provide a myriad of health benefits. They are conveniently bite-sized and their natural sugar provides a sweet taste dogs love. Blueberries’ many antioxidants, including selenium battle free radicals that damage cells and can even cause cancer. The fruits’ complete mineral and vitamin profile will promote overall wellbeing in your dog, and recent studies have even shown their ability to improve cognitive function. Like all treats, moderation is key. Two or three blueberries make an excellent snack. Try frozen blueberries for a cool summer treat!
Can Dogs Eat Bread? Yes!
Dogs can eat and digest bread safely, but the food provides little nutritional value.A staple in human diets, bread is not the healthiest food for your dog. Bread contains few of the vitamins, minerals, and proteins that your dog requires. Some dog owners do like to use a slice of bread as an occasional treat or vehicle for a pill, but regular consumption of the unnecessary sugars, calories and carbs can lead to weight gain. Before giving your dog any bread, assure that it is not intolerant to gluten. Homemade bread will certainly be healthier for your pup, but never allow your dog to eat any raw dough. The yeast has a tendency to rise in the animal’s stomach and can cause serious complications.
Can Dogs Eat Broccoli? Yes, in limited amounts
While still a healthy, crunchy treat, in excess broccoli can lead to an upset stomach.Broccoli is an excellent source vitamins and minerals, and contains a crunch that dogs love. It is exceptionally high in vitamin C, and low in fat and cholesterol. Unfortunately, broccoli florets contain isothiocyanates, which after a moderate amount of consumption can cause potentially severe gastric distress in your dog. As such, your dog’s broccoli consumption is recommended not to exceed 5% of its daily calorie intake. Brocoli stalks can also be a choking hazard if your dog has a tendency not to chew its food, so you may want to chop them into bite-size pieces before serving.
Can Dogs Eat Brown Rice? Yes!
A featured ingredient in many high-quality dog foods, brown rice is a healthy, easy to digest food for dogs.With grain-free diets gaining popularity, many people wonder if dogs can eat an ingredient featured in many premium foods: brown rice. Unless your dog has gluten or grain intolerance, brown rice is an excellent carbohydrate source. Brown rice is high in fiber, low in fat, and processed much less than white rice. The rice also features antioxidant and minerals that assist with weight loss and healthy blood sugar levels. Rice, a bland meal, has long been used as a natural remedy for upset stomachs.
Can Dogs Eat Carrots? Yes!
Carrots can be a great snack with a sweet, tasty crunch that dogs love, but must be prepared for your dog to enjoy its nutritional benefits.Carrots are low in calories and fat, and feature an impressive amount of vitamin A to promote vision health. This makes them an excellent treat for elderly or overweight dogs. Raw carrots can promote dental health by acting as a natural tool to scrape away plaque buildup while chewing, but your dog won’t gain the vegetable’s nutritional benefits until the cellulose that surrounds each cell is broken down. The nutrients can be made accessible by pureeing the carrots or cooking them lightly before serving. Be aware of carrots’ high natural sugar content. While not unhealthy for your dog, a moderate amount of consumption could cause an upset stomach.
Can Dogs Eat Cashews? Yes, in moderation if cooked
Several nuts are toxic to dogs, and it is always wise to do some research before feeding them to your dogs. Cashews are not among the nuts toxic to dogs, provided they are cooked thoroughly.Cashews are a good source of fiber, healthy omega-3 fatty acids, as well as other vitamins and minerals. Adversely the nuts are high in salt, fat and calories, and are therefore not recommended for regular consumption. Cashews are also high in phosphorus, which, after repeated exposure, can increase the chance of bladder stones. However, the occasional snack of cashews can be a perfectly safe, and even beneficial treat for your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Cat Food? Not Recommended
While not toxic to your dog, cat food is likely to cause an upset stomach.All dogs seem to love cat food, and pet owners often wonder if their dog is going to be okay after raiding the cat’s bowl. The good news is that there should never be anything poisonous to a dog in cat food. The bad news is that cat food is tailored for a cat’s digestive system, not a dog’s, and therefore has the tendency to cause an upset stomach, vomiting, or diarrhea, especially in dogs with sensitive stomachs. Due to cats being strictly carnivorous, cat foods feature a higher protein percentage, and also a fair amount of fat. Excess protein and fat consumption in addition to a dog’s own diet also increases the risk of weight gain and pancreatitis.
Can Dogs Eat Celery? Yes!
Celery is one of the healthiest, low calorie treats available for your dog.With zero cholesterol, minimal calories, no fat, and tons of fiber, celery is a staple for heart health in humans and canines alike. The veggie has even been shown to single handedly reduce blood pressure. Celery features exceptional amounts of potassium and vitamin C, which along with it’s complete profile of vitamins and minerals will assist in the health of your dog’s vital organs as well as its skin, teeth, and fur. Your dog will best enjoy celery after all roughage is removed and a thorough washing. Fresh, organic celery will provide the most nutrients to your dog, as pre-packaged or frozen vegetables are stripped of their nutritional value.
Can Dogs Eat Cheese? Yes, in moderation
Although high in fat and cholesterol, there is nothing wrong with the occasional cheese treat.Dogs generally love cheese, and as long as they are healthy and not lactose intolerant, there is no reason not to allow your dog an occasional treat of cheese. It is recommended that all treats, especially unhealthy ones, should be kept below 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake. With cheese being exceptionally high in calories, the quantity fed should be monitored closely. When deciding what type of cheese to give your dog, low or reduced fat varieties are wiser options. Celebrity dog trainer Cesar Millan suggests cottage cheese.
Can Dogs Eat Chocolate? No!
All chocolates, but especially dark, bitter chocolates are highly toxic to dogs.A favored delicacy for humans, chocolate can prove lethal to dogs. Caffeine and theobromine, ingredients abundant in chocolate, are methylxanthines that dogs are not able to process. Moderate consumption of methylxanthines in dogs can lead to minor symptoms such as vomiting or diarrhea, while a considerate amount can lead to seizures, cardiac failure, and coma. Methylxanthine levels vary from chocolate to chocolate, but are often more abundant in dark bitter chocolates, as opposed to milk chocolates.
Can Dogs Eat Coconut? Yes, in moderation
Coconuts offer unique, beneficial fatty acids not apparent in other foods.Coconuts are primarily made up of Lauric acid, a fatty acid chain that’s only other natural source is human breast milk. After synthesizing in your dog’s body the substance helps fight viruses, ward off infections, and boost your dog’s immune system. Coconut oil is also commonly administered to dogs due to its density of fatty acids and oils that can assist with digestion, skin conditions, immune health, and metabolic function. These same fatty chains and oils can lead to loose stools in some dogs. Avoid messes by introducing the food slowly, and monitoring your dog afterwards.
Can Dogs Eat Corn? Yes, but not the cob!
Cooked corn kernels are a fine treat, but corncobs should be avoided.Corn is commonly found in commercial dog foods as a top ingredient. Due to this, pet owners are often led to believe corn is a nutritious and beneficial food for their dogs. Unfortunately, corn is included so frequently due to its inexpensive nature, not because of its health benefits. However, cooked corn kernels are undoubtedly of a higher quality than the processed corn meal used in dog food, and will offer higher nutritional value. Be aware that canine consumption of corncobs is extremely dangerous, as even a small amount of the cob can cause intestinal blockages that require emergency surgery to repair.
Can Dogs Eat Cucumbers? Yes!
Fresh cucumbers are an excellent treat, especially for dogs struggling with weight gain.Cucumbers are listed as non-toxic dogs, cats, and horses by the ASPCA. The veggie offers a refreshing crunch that makes it an exceptional treat for a hot summer day. Cucumbers contain considerable amounts of vitamins K, C, and B1, as well as potassium, magnesium, and biotin. With next to no carbs, fats, or oils, cucumbers provide nutrition without packing on pounds. The veggie is also loaded with phytochemicals that kill odorous bacteria, effectively eliminating doggy breath. Opt for fresh, organic cucumber to provide your dog with the most nutrition.
Can Dogs Eat Dates? Yes, in moderation with pits removed
Dates are safe for dogs to enjoy, however too many may cause diarrhea.Like most fruits, dogs tend to love the sweet flavor dates offer. Luckily, dates are non-toxic and completely safe to share with your furry companion! Dates are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber, and low in fat and cholesterol, making them a healthy treat for your dog. However, it is important to keep in mind that dates are around 80 percent sugars, so even a moderate amount of dates could cause intestinal discomfort or diarrhea. While dates’ pits, unlike those in many other fruits, are not toxic, they still pose a serious choking hazard and should always be removed before feeding dates to your dog.
Can Dogs Eat Edamame? Yes!
Edamame, or ripe soybeans are perfectly safe for your dog to eat.Edamame, being soy, is a great source of protein and fiber, as well as several other vitamins and minerals. The beans are non-toxic to dogs and pose no known health risks. It is important to note than edamame beans are often covered with flavored salts that are not healthy for your dog to consume. Always serve unsalted edamame treats to your dog. Fresh edamame is usually boiled before being enjoyed, and the soft beans will be very easy for your dog to eat. They are small, so be aware of the possible choking hazard to dogs not prone to chewing thoroughly.
Can Dogs Eat Eggplant? Yes, if cooked
While completely safe for most, some dogs are allergic to eggplant.Being high in fiber, calcium and iron, but low in fat and calories, eggplant makes for a hardy, healthy treat that your dog will love. However, eggplant is a known canine allergen, so take caution when feeding it to your dog for the first time. Eggplant is best enjoyed plain, but cooked thoroughly. Salts or seasonings that often accompany eggplant could pose risks to your dog. If you grow own eggplant, is important to be aware that the leaves can be fatally toxic to dogs. Symptoms range from abdominal pain and diarrhea, to convulsions, collapse and even death.
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