Common Foods and Whether They Are Safe For Dogs To Eat-Part 1

Dogs’ and humans’ digestive tracks are quite different from each other. Because of that, some foods that are safe for humans may be indigestible and potentially very dangerous to dogs. On the other hand, there are also many human foods that are perfectly safe and even healthy for dogs to eat as a part of their diet or an occasional treat. Today, I would like to present to You some common foods and whether they are safe for dogs to eat…

Tomatoes

It’s fine to feed your dog tomatoes from time to time, as long as they are ripe. While green tomatoes are not toxic to people, there is evidence that suggests it may harm dogs, because they contain tomatine, which dogs can’t digest. Dogs that consume too much tomatine from tomatoes may experience nausea, an abnormal heart rate, muscle weakness and difficulty breathing.

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Oatmeal

Plain oatmeal is safe for your dog to eat. Oatmeal provides lots of nutrients like fiber, as well as some vitamins and minerals. It is important to only feed plain oatmeal to your dog, instead of artificially flavored oatmeal, because flavored oatmeals have additional ingredients that can be harmful to your dog.

Pineapple

A small amount of pineapple can be safely consumed by dogs. Additionally, pineapple is full of many vitamins, minerals and fiber, making it an excellent nutrient-dense snack for your dog. Like with many other foods, dogs may experience symptoms like nausea and diarrhea if they eat too much pineapple. Therefore, it is best to feed your dog only a small amount of pineapple at a time.

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Dairy products

Dairy products, such as milk, cheese or plain yogurt, are safe for dogs to eat, but can only be served in small quantities. Eating too much dairy can cause digestive problems. This is because dogs have low levels of lactase, a digestive enzyme that breaks down the sugars in milk. Dogs with lactose intolerance should not eat dairy products at all. If your dog has diarrhea or vomits after consuming anything that contains dairy, he may have lactose intolerance and you should not serve him any dairy products at all.

Avocado

Dogs should never eat avocados. This is because avocados contain a toxin called persin, which may lead to fluid accumulation in their lungs and chest, which can cause breathing difficulties, oxygen deprivation and even death. Persin is found in all parts of the avocado, including the fruit, pit, leaves and bark. Thus, you should always keep avocados away from your dog.

Garlic

You should never feed your dog garlic because it contains chemicals called thiosulfates, which are toxic to dogs. Thiosulfates may damage your dog’s red blood cells and lead to anemia. Garlic consumption may also lead to symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. In severe cases, dogs may need a blood transfusion if they consume very high amounts of garlic. 

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Almonds

It is best to limit almonds in your dog’s diet. Although unsalted almonds are generally safe for dogs to eat in small amounts, they are difficult for dogs to digest and may lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Almonds are also high in calories and fat and have the potential to cause obesity and pancreatitis in dogs. If you feed your dog almonds, it is best to give very small servings.

Carrots

Both raw and cooked carrots are perfectly safe, and even healthy, for dogs to eat. Chewing on carrots can help remove plaque from their teeth and otherwise promote good dental health. Carrots are low in calories and a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. This makes them a very healthy food for your dog to snack on. Before feeding carrots to your dog, make sure to cut them into bite-size pieces to prevent choking.

 

Eggs

Cooked eggs are safe and nutritious for dogs to eat. One medium egg provides lots of vitamins and minerals, and also lots of protein. It is important to note that you should avoid feeding raw eggs to your dog. While dogs typically do not get sick from eating raw eggs, bacteria, such as Salmonella, can spread from the dog to its human owners, increasing their risk of infection.

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Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a safe and healthy food for dogs to eat in moderate amounts. Sweet potatoes are easy for dogs to digest and rich in vitamin A, which is important for dogs’ good sight and a strong immune system. You can easily add a few sweet potatoes to your dog’s regular food or feed them to him as an occasional treat. However, keep in mind that too much vitamin A can lead to bone problems and muscle weakness in dogs. Because of that, you should avoid feeding your dog excessive amounts of sweet potatoes.

Chocolate

Most dog owners know that dogs should never eat chocolate. This is because chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, two stimulants that dogs cannot efficiently metabolize. If your dog eats chocolate, he may exhibit symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea and dehydration. These symptoms may lead to more serious complications, such as internal bleeding, muscle tremors, seizures and death. Darker and less sweet varieties of chocolate, such as cocoa powder and unsweetened baker’s chocolate, are more poisonous to dogs than sweetened varieties, such as milk chocolate. However, dogs should never eat any type of chocolate.

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Grapes and Raisins

You should never feed grapes or raisins to your dog because they contain toxic compounds that are harmful to dogs. Even small amounts of grapes and raisins can make your dog sick, so it’s important to avoid giving them to your dog altogether. They have the potential to lead to rapid kidney failure and death. 

All foods should be introduced into a dog’s diet gradually, so you can monitor him for negative effects like allergic reactions. Even if a food is deemed “safe” for dogs to eat, a good rule to live by is to feed it to your dog in moderation. This can help prevent weight gain and other possible negative effects. Still, it can be enjoyable to give your dog a treat every once in a while. Just make sure to only feed him foods that are non-toxic to dogs. If you have questions about specific serving sizes of foods to feed to your dog, ask your veterinarian. All dogs are different and servings will depend on breed, size and sex.

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