Dogs Eating Food: What's Healthy and What You Should Avoid
Your dog gets into everything. You can hardly leave a bowl of cereal on the counter safely. Even if its the boring kind! We get it.
Dogs eat everything, even things they shouldn't. When they get into something, do you frantically Google if they'll be ok?
That's normal too. There are times when dogs eating food is fine and times where it's a straight rush to the vet.
Here's a short guide on what they can and can't eat below.
Dogs Eating Food: It's Ok!
In this list, we'll go over things you don't need to worry about your dog eating. We'll go alphabetically for simplicity sake.
Yes, your dog can eat apples! They're full of fiber but low in protein and fat - which make a great snack. They're also a great source of Vitamin A and C, as well as being a great way to help keep your dog's teeth clean!
Pro Tip: Try giving them frozen slices in hot weather!
That's a yes! Bananas are fine for dogs in moderation. They're a treat, though, not part of their regular diet.
A superfood for your dog? Absolutely safe. You can even use them instead of training treats since they're small and low calorie.
Broccoli and Brussels
Yes, these two green vegetables are safe for your dog occasionally. They can cause gas, but the fiber is good for their intestines.
Keep an eye on how your dog tolerates them before trying again.
Yes, your dog can have this water-packed snack. However, don't give it to diabetic doggies, it's high in sugar.
Save this for hot, hot days and serve it cold.
Carrots and Celery
Yup, you can give your dogs these crunchy snacks. They're full of fiber and vitamins.
Biting into these crunchy veggies is great for their teeth too.
Yes, your doggy can have cranberries. Especially if they're not getting enough water and you're worried about a UTI.
Moderation is the name of the game and your dog may not like their bitterness.
You know those ends you snap off your green beans? Chop them up and put them in some wet food. They're great and low calorie.
Mangos and Oranges
The color orange is usually safe for dogs. Only feed dogs what you'd eat yourself - they don't know to not eat the peel.
Peas and Potatoes
Both yeses! Don't give them anything you've boiled in salt or opened from a can, though. You don't want them to have that added sodium.
Keep them plain.
Spinach and Sweet Potatoes
Another set of foods safe for your dog. They're both packed with vitamins, but serve spinach in small portions.
Don't give your baby any sweet potatoes with butter or sugar and make sure they're cooled!
A List of No's
Now that you know some of the foods that are safe for your friend, here's what to avoid.
Safe Foods and Unsafe foods
With this guide, we hope we could calm your nerves about your dogs eating food. Not everything will hurt them and even if they get into a little of something they shouldn't, the most they'd need is a little medication.
If your pet eats something they shouldn't call your vet. They should have a nurse line open for emergency care.
Otherwise, use the YES foods to your heart's delight. Giving your furry friend a change in diet will make both of you happy.