What Can Dogs Eat?

Can dogs eat bananas?


When it comes to dogs, if adequately dosed, bananas are perfectly safe. In fact, many dog nutritionists recommended replacing traditional treats with banana chunks.

Bananas are not only tasty but also have many health benefits. They are packed with a plethora of health-promoting nutrients. To be more precise, bananas are excellent sources of minerals (potassium, manganese, copper), healthy fibers, vitamins (B, C, and biotin).

Bananas have an extremely low content of sodium and cholesterol but re relatively rich in sugars. Their sugar content is the main reason why bananas should be used as treats rather than complete meals.

Bananas can be used either raw or baked into delicious treats. When feeding your dog bananas, keep in mind that too many bananas may lead to constipation.

That you should never give your dog the banana’s peel. Same as for humans, the banana peel is tough to digest and may cause a blockage.

Can dogs eat apples?


As long as apples are used in moderate amounts, they are safe for dogs. As with any other fruit, apples are packed with healthy nutrients like vitamins and minerals.

Apples are exceptionally rich in calcium, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, fiber and phytonutrients (healthy plant chemicals).

Also, because of their texture and crunchy consistency, apples are good for cleaning the dog’s teeth. They are a cheaper and healthier alternative to dental chews and veterinary dentists.

Considering the above-stated benefits, it is only logical to ask why apples are recommended just in moderation. The answer is simple. Although the apple itself is healthy, its seeds, core, and peel are not.

Peels are hard to digest, the core poses a choking hazard, and the seeds contain cyanide. A few pieces of seeds are not immediately harmful, but if fed frequently the cyanide can accumulate and eventually lead to poisoning. To avoid giving “hidden” apple seeds, apples should be served sliced in small pieces.

Can dogs eat grapes?


Grapes, as well as their dried form – raisins, can be quite toxic for dogs. We put the accent on the word can. It is quite an interesting fact that some dogs can eat tons of grapes without experiencing any significant side effects and signs of illness.

On the other dogs, in some dogs, even few pieces of grapes can be fatal. There is no scientific explanation for this peculiar case. It has been demonstrated that age, breed, and size are not contributing factors when it comes to grapes toxicity in dogs.

Toxic ingestion of grapes manifests with:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration
  • Abdominal pain
  • Renal failure.

Because there is no insurance whether your dog is or it is not predisposed to grapes toxicity and because there is no determined safe dose, it would be best not to give your dog grapes and raisins.

Can dogs eat strawberries?


Strawberries are nutritional powerhouses not only for people but dogs too. They are full of fiber, antioxidants, vitamins (B1, B6, C, K), minerals (potassium, manganese) and phytonutrients (flavonoids).

Generally, strawberries are good for boosting the immune system, fighting cell damage, preventing inflammations and maintaining healthy and optimal body weight. Additionally, berries contain an enzyme that is good for keeping the dog’s teeth white and clean.

When giving strawberries to your dog, you should only use the fruit part. The stem and the leaves on the top should be removed. You also need to keep in mind that strawberries have high sugar content and therefore should only be used in moderate amounts.

If you go overboard and give your dog too many berries, it may end up with stomach upset.  Another strawberry related concern is allergy. Same as in humans, many dogs can be allergic to strawberries.

Can dogs eat oranges?


If used in small quantities, oranges are tasty treats for dogs. All types of oranges (regular oranges, tangerines, clementines) are safe for dogs.

They are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium and fiber. Because of the high vitamin C content, oranges boost the immune system and help in overcoming stress. The vitamin C is also suitable for neutralizing toxins that accumulate in the body.

Nevertheless, it should be noted that oranges are also high in sugars. Therefore, it is not advised to use them in large portions.

A safe, but at the same time, health-promoting dose, would be two orange segments per day. Dogs with diabetes should not eat oranges at all.

The outer rind of the orange is more abundant in vitamins and minerals than the actual edible part of the fruit. However, the rind is hard to digest and should not be given to dogs. If eaten, the rind may cause mild to severe gastrointestinal distress manifested with vomiting and diarrhea.

Can dogs eat watermelon?


Watermelons are a safe and nutritious treat option for dogs. Watermelon treats are perfect for hot days. Being made of up to 90% water, They will keep your dog hydrated throughout the entire day.

Watermelons are powerhouses low in calories and fats and packed with healthy nutrients like vitamins (A, B6, C), minerals (potassium), antioxidants (lycopene) and fiber.

Although watermelons contain plant-based sugars which are usually not recommended for dogs, because of the high fiber content, these sugars are insulated and released into the bloodstream gradually.

All in all, watermelons are beneficial for keeping the immune system strong, maintaining healthy vision, fighting cell damage and maintaining proper hydration.

However, taken into consideration the amount of water in watermelons, it is safe to assume that too much watermelon may lead to watery stool or even diarrhea. Luckily, these changes are temporary and resolve on their own.

Can dogs eat blueberries?


Blueberries are healthy and safe treats for dogs, as long as they are used in moderation. Used in moderation refers to giving your dog a few blueberries now and then.

Giving an entire bowl of blueberries will undoubtedly lead to gastrointestinal issues (vomiting, diarrhea).

However, when correctly used, blueberries are beneficial for dogs. They are nutritious and packed with vitamins (A, E, K, B, C), plenty of antioxidants, phytochemicals, and fiber. Because of the antioxidants and phytochemicals, blueberries have many health benefits such as:

  • Boosting the immune system
  • Fighting free radicals and preventing cell damage
  • Promoting healthy brain function.

Blueberries are low in calories, which makes them perfect for dogs that need to lose some weight.

Blueberries are small in size and can be given whole. They can be used raw, dried or frozen.

Can dogs eat tomatoes?


Ripe tomatoes are considered relatively safe for dogs. However, their leafy green parts and stems, as well as unripe tomatoes are toxic for dogs. Because separating the non-toxic from toxic parts can be tricky, it is safer to assume that tomatoes are not recommended for dogs.

The toxic substance found in tomatoes is known as tomatine (part of the solanine group), and it has several adverse health effects:

  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Cardiac issues
  • Loss of coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Tremors

However, it cannot be denied that ripe tomatoes have beneficial nutrients like minerals (potassium), vitamins (A, C), fiber and most importantly a phytonutrient – lycopene (reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, and cancer).

Bottom line, when answering the above-stated question the right answer will be both yes and no. Yes, because ripe tomatoes are beneficial and healthy. No, because unripe tomatoes, leafy green parts and tomato stems are dangerous.

Can dogs eat pineapple?


Pineapples are safe for dogs. They are both tasty and healthy. Pineapples are packed with vitamins (C, B6, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate), minerals (manganese, potassium, copper, iron, calcium, phosphorus and zinc), healthy fiber and natural sugars. Being particularly rich in vitamin C, occasional pineapple snacks serve as tremendous immune boosts.

However, due to the high fiber and sugar levels, some dogs find it hard to digest pineapples properly. If your dog shows signs of gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting and constipation or diarrhea, pineapple is not the best treatment option for him. Also, pineapples are not recommended for overweight dogs prone to obesity.

The pineapple should always be given sliced up into bite-sized pieces. The pineapple skin and core are not edible. Also, they pose a choking hazard, especially for dogs that tend to swallow without chewing. It is always recommended to use fresh pineapple. Canned versions are safe as long as they do not contain added sugars.

Can dogs eat carrots?


Carrots are fantastic and healthy snacks for dogs. Many veterinarians and dog nutritionist recommended replacing regular treats with carrots.  Because of their texture and consistency they can keep dogs busy for quite a while. In the dog’s eyes, the carrot is a tasty and chewable stick – what could be better?

The most important health benefit of carrots is due to their high content of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is a pro-vitamin form of the vitamin A, and vitamin A is essential for good eye health. Carrots are also rich with potassium and fibers.

Aside from promoting good eye health, carrots are beneficial for the skin and coat.  Being low in fat and calories, carrots make the ideal treat for overweight dogs. Because of these health-promoting effects, carrots are an integral part of almost every store-bought dog food.

It should be noted that carrots contain sugar and should not be fed to dogs with diabetes. In fact, this is the only limitation when it comes to carrots.

Can dogs eat avocado?


Avocados contain a chemical compound called persin. The persin is a fungicidal toxin mostly concentrated in the plant’s leaves. However, it is also present in the pits from where it leaks in the pulp.

Persin is toxic to many animals, and even though dogs are more resistant when compared to other animal species, they are still susceptible to a plethora of issues. In fact, avocados are frequently listed among the top 10 human foods dangerous for dogs.

If your dog eats a small amount of avocado, there is no room for panic. Small amounts lead to gastrointestinal upset, followed by vomiting and diarrhea. On the flip side, ingesting large amounts of avocado are linked with inflammations of the mammary glands and heart failures.

Another problem with the avocado is the size of its pit. Since dogs tend to be overzealous eaters, they can easily swallow the pit which can lead to obstruction.

Can dogs eat almonds?


Out of all nuts available on the market, almonds fall under the category of least harmful. One or two pieces of almonds are not going to cause any significant side effects nor hospitalize your dog. However, even though almonds are not toxic, they are still considered as not recommended food and should be avoided.

This is because dogs, or better said their digestive systems are not able to properly digest almonds. Undigested almonds can cause gastrointestinal distress that manifests with:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Gassiness
  • Lethargy
  • General discomfort.

Another problem with almonds is that they are high in fats and even if your dog digests them if fed in larger quantities can lead to pancreatitis. Last but not least, almonds pose choking and obstruction hazards especially for smaller dog breeds.

Can dogs eat broccoli?


It is true that broccoli is healthy even when it comes to dogs. It is high in fiber, low in fat and packed with vitamin C. However, the broccoli’s beneficial effects do come with a price. Simply stated, broccoli is considered safe for dogs if the total ingested amount does not exceed 10% of the total daily food intake. Everything over 25% is considered to be toxic.

The broccoli’s toxic effect is due to its potentially harmful ingredient known as isothiocyanate. This chemical compound is found in the florets of the broccoli and is capable of causing mild to severe gastric irritation. Some dogs are more resistant to this ingredient.

All in all, as far as it is used in moderation, broccoli is safe for dogs. It can be used raw or cooked. Since broccoli stalks can be choking hazards, it is recommended to offer your dog broccoli cut up into bite size chunks.

Can dogs eat eggs?


Eggs are incredibly healthy supplementation for every dog’s diet. Eggs are high in proteins, essential amino acids, and healthy fatty acids. Besides, eggs are the perfect source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium. Last but not least, eggs have been shown to settle upset stomachs.

It is advisable to use cooked whole eggs. Even though the yellow part is edible in its raw form, it poses a risk of contracting Salmonella. On the other hand, the white part unless well cooked it is not edible.

Raw egg whites, aside from being potential Salmonella sources, contain an enzyme that ties up biotin and prevents its absorption. Therefore the prolonged use of raw egg whites can lead to biotin deficiency. Overweight and obese dogs should not eat eggs on a regular basis.

All in all, eggs are considered a healthy and beneficial snack for dogs. Egg treats provide the dog’s with a powerful protein boost.

Can dogs eat peanuts?

Unlike most other nuts, peanuts are not considered toxic. However, they are not entirely harmless either. Peanuts are extremely high in fats, and since dogs have issues digesting fatty foods, peanuts may easily cause gastrointestinal upset followed by vomiting and diarrhea.

Also, consuming larger quantities of peanuts over a prolonged period may lead to pancreatitis (painful and severe inflammation of the pancreas).

However, an occasional peanut treat is acceptable. Just be cautious and pay attention to the type of peanut you give your dog. Only dry-roasted and non-salted peanuts are considered safe.

Fried and salted peanuts are not a wise option due to their high contents of fats and salts respectively. Too much salt can lead to intoxication. Peanuts with flavored crusts and toppings should also be avoided. Another thing to watch for is the presence of xylitol in sweetened peanuts. Xylitol is extremely toxic for dogs.

Can dogs eat lettuce?


As part of the leafy greens, lettuce is a perfectly safe vegetable for dogs. In fact, all types of lettuces (Iceberg, Romaine) are not only safe but also beneficial for the dog’s health. This crunchy green is low in calories and fats, while rich in fiber, vitamins (A and C) and minerals (iron and calcium).

Lettuce has draining properties which means she stimulates frequent urination, thus being perfect for dogs suffering from high blood pressures. Additionally, being rich in fibers and water content, lettuce helps with constipation issues. The fibers nurture the microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract and boost the dog’s immune system.

Lettuce should be served finely chopped because it is relatively hard to choose. Keep in mind that too much lettuce may lead to stomach upset and diarrhea. It is good to know that some dogs prefer the crunchy parts, while others prefer the softer parts of the lettuce.

Can dogs eat popcorn?


Popcorn is not toxic for dogs, but they are not healthy either. So the answer to the above-stated question would be both yes and no. On the one hand, popcorn does contain traces of several minerals (magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc) and vitamins, but on the other hand, it poses a choking hazard.

Also, kernels can quickly get stuck between the dog’s teeth, causing pain and discomfort. Simply stated, since the healthy nutrients are only present in small amounts, popcorn is not worth the risk.

However, an occasional treat of plain and fully air-popped popcorn is not forbidden. Just make sure the popcorn is plain. Buttered popcorn, heavily salted popcorn and popcorn covered with different toppings should be avoided because of their high salt and fat contents.

Bottom line, while it is not recommended to feed your dog popcorn, eating a few fully-popped, dropped pieces of popcorn here and there is not a reason for concern.

Can dogs eat cheese?


There is no denying that all dogs love cheese. Also, cheese contains high protein content, essential fatty acids, minerals (calcium) and vitamins (A, B-complex).

Fortunately for dogs, this delicious treat is not prohibited. However, there are specific factors that need to be taken into account when feeding dogs with cheese. First of all, the super-rich and fatty cheeses are relatively hard to digest and promote obesity.

It is recommended to choose lighter, low-fat cheese alternatives such as cottage cheese and mozzarella. Another factor is the salt content. Some types of cheese are very high in salt and dogs cannot process salt as well as humans can.

Excess salt intake may lead to vomiting, dehydration, and dizziness. Last but not least, more and more dogs are reported to be lactose intolerant. If this is the case, the lactose in the cheese can cause an adverse reaction (bloating, gassiness, diarrhea).

Bottom line, low-fat and non-slated types of cheeses, when used in moderate amounts are safe for dogs (as long as the dogs are not lactose intolerant).

Can dogs eat celery?


On paper, the celery has absolute nutritional values. It contains plenty of vitamins (A, E, K, C, B) and has high water content. Also, celery is part of the leafy greens family, and we know that most leafy greens are safe for dogs.

However, in spite of the above-listed facts, celery is not recommended for dogs. This otherwise healthy vegetable should not be used for dogs because of its tough consistency and stringy texture.

These issues would not be a problem if dogs chewed their foods properly. Unfortunately, we all know that most dogs are voracious eaters that stuff everything into their mouths without bothering to chew.

Therefore, the celery may pose a severe choking hazard if it ends up in the windpipe. Besides, if it ends up in the intestines, its strings may curl up and cause a blockage.

Bottom line, considering the possible side effects, celery is not recommended for dogs.  There are far healthier and safer treatment options available.

Can dogs eat mushrooms?


That the only approved mushroom option for dogs are the store bought mushrooms. Never risk with wild picked mushrooms – even the most trained eye can get fooled.

Wild mushrooms that are dangerous for people are even more dangerous and toxic for dogs. Some wild mushrooms are known to cause severe and life-threatening problems in dogs. These include:

  • Digestive issues
  • Liver damage
  • Kidney failure
  • Neurological problems.

There is an available online list of mushroom species that state which are safe and which are toxic for dogs. Another problem with mushrooms and this one goes for store-bought, is that many dogs are either allergic or intolerant to them.

Bottom line, if you bought the mushrooms from a supermarket (for example Portobello mushrooms) and your dog is capable of adequately digesting them, then it is safe to use them as occasional treats.

Can dogs eat shrimp?


Shrimps are a safe and tasty treat for dogs. They are very nutritious and offer many health benefits. Shrimps are rich in vitamin B12, niacin, phosphorus, and antioxidants. The vitamin B12 aids the metabolic processes and supports gastrointestinal health.

The niacin is vital for proper enzymatic function and energy production, and it improves the blood circulation.  The phosphorus promotes healthy bones, and the antioxidants fight free radicals.

Shrimps are low in calories and carbohydrates. However, they have high cholesterol contents. That is why shrimps are only recommended as occasional treats.

Keep in mind that the shrimps need to be well-cooked. Under well-cooked me mean preferably steamed. Fried and breaded shrimps add unnecessary fats to their nutritional value.

Raw shrimps contain harmful bacteria that can cause a condition known as shellfish toxicity. In addition to being cooked, the shrimps should be adequately prepared – with removed tails, shells, and veins.

Can dogs eat cucumbers?


When it comes to dogs, cucumbers are perfectly safe treatment options. They are tasty and crunchy and can keep your dog busy while munching. Cucumbers have amazing health properties.

For starters, cucumbers are high in water and suitable for maintaining proper hydration. Additionally, they are deficient in calories, low in fats and low in sodium. Because of the low levels of these nutrients, cucumbers are ideal for overweight and obese dogs.

Cucumbers are good fillers – they add bilk to the meal without adding unnecessary calories. It has been estimated that one cup of chopped cucumbers contains around eight calories. As a contrast, the average medium-sized biscuit treat contains about 40 calories.

When using cucumbers, you need to pay attention to three factors. First, too much cucumber treats can lead to watery stool or diarrhea.

Secondly, the cucumber should always be used peeled because the peel is hard to digest. Last but not least, whole cucumbers can be dangerous. It is advised to give them to your dog chopped in small pieces.

Can dogs eat potatoes?

Generally speaking, potatoes are safe for dogs. Nevertheless, just because something is safe, it does not mean it should be used on a daily basis. Potatoes are the perfect example. Potatoes are easily digestible, starchy vegetables and serve as good carbohydrate sources.

Also, they are rich in many essential vitamins and minerals (mostly potassium). If eaten unpeeled the vitamins and minerals are in even higher concentrations. Today, potatoes are used in many prescription diets.

However, there are specific concerns when it comes to potatoes. First of all, because they are rich in starch, potatoes are not recommended for dogs prone to putting on weight.

Besides, regardless of whether you will use them peeled or not, potatoes must be thoroughly cooked. Undercooked potatoes may cause gastrointestinal irritation and elevate the body temperature.

When adequately prepared, it is advisable to serve them mashed. Last but not least, before cooking potatoes for your dog you need to make sure there are no green parts on them. The green parts contain a dangerous toxin – solanin.

Can dogs eat mango?


Dogs can safely enjoy this delicious tropical fruit. Mangoes are quite sweet, and dogs love how they taste. In addition to being tasty, mangoes are quite healthy. They are rich in vitamins (A, E, B6, E) and high in fibers.

Some dogs may have troubles digesting foods that contain too many fibers. If your dog shows signs of gastrointestinal discomfort (vomiting, diarrhea) perhaps mango is not the wisest treat option for him. However, most dogs can handle mangoes perfectly fine.

Before giving a mango to your dog, you need to peel it and remove the pit. Dogs should only eat this fruit’s flesh. Technically speaking dogs can eat the peel but it is hard to digest, and as with any other fruit it may contain harmful pesticides.

The pit not only poses a choking hazard but it can also obstruct the bowels. Also, mango pits contain a small amount of cyanide.

Can dogs eat onions?


Onions, together with garlic, leek, and chives are all members of the Allium family. All members of this family are strictly forbidden for dogs. Onions contain an ingredient called thiosulphate which is toxic to dogs.

The thiosulphate damages the hemoglobin (the substance found in red blood cells, responsible for carrying oxygen). As a result of the damage, the red blood cell rupture and are removed from circulation.

This leads to a severe condition – hemolytic anemia. Even if the amount of ingested garlic is not enough to cause toxicity, it will probably provoke gastrointestinal irritation.

Since the number of onions required to cause toxicity is very low, you need to be extra careful when giving your dog store-bought foods. Onion is found in a surprisingly wide range of food products (for example soups).

All parts of the onion (flesh, leaves, juice) and all forms of onions (raw, cooked, dried, powdered) are toxic to dogs.

Can dogs eat cherries?


The short answer to the above-stated question would be no. However, the long and more appropriate answer would be that cherries are not recommended for dogs because of several reasons.

First of all, the pits contain cyanide which is extremely toxic and potentially fatal. Even the leaves and stems contain cyanide. The pits, if swallowed, can cause an intestinal obstruction which is also a serious condition. Pits also pose a choking hazard.

With that being said, it is only logical to ask whether dogs can eat cherries with removed pits. The answer is still no. The fruit of the cherry is quite likely to cause gastrointestinal discomfort.

What about maraschino cherries? Even though they are pits-free, maraschino cherries are additionally sweetened with tons of sugars, and you already know that too much sugar is never a good choice.

Bottom line, with all the troubles cherries, may cause, they are just not worth it.

Can dogs eat cantaloupe?


Cantaloupe is perfectly safe for dogs. In fact, it is not only safe but also healthy and quite nutritious. Cantaloupes are packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, niacin, certain minerals such as potassium and dietary fiber.

Therefore, cantaloupes are useful for maintaining healthy eyesight, reducing the risk of cancer and preventing cell damage. Also, they have some anti-inflammatory properties.

However, as with any other safe fruit, it should not be used in excessive amounts. After all, the dog’s gastrointestinal system is not designed for digesting high-fiber foods.

Too much fiber may lead to gastrointestinal upset. Cantaloupe is also not the ideal treatment choice for obese and diabetic dogs because of its high sugar content.

That the only part of the cantaloupe dogs should eat the fruit’s meat. The seeds, although not toxic, pose a choking hazard and are considered dangerous. The rind is too hard to digest and not edible.

Can Dogs Eat Cashews?


Unlike most members of the nuts family, cashews are generally safe for dogs. Cashews are rich in proteins, dietary fiber, minerals (calcium, iron, magnesium), phytonutrients (flavonoids) and antioxidants. Therefore, cashews have can be healthy, if you follow some basic guidelines when feeding them.

First of all, cashews should only be fed in moderation and as occasional treats. Eating too many cashews leads to stomach pain and eating too often can cause pancreatitis because they are rich in fats. Another important rule is that cashews need to be roasted or cooked.

Raw cashews contain a toxin which can only be eliminated with high temperatures. Besides, some dogs can be allergic to cashews and show signs such as swelling, skin rashes or hives.

Bottom line, if your dog is not allergic, it can safely enjoy the benefits of an occasional roasted/cooked cashew treat.

Can Dogs Eat Corn?


Corn is among the most popular cereals in the world and depending on the exact type it contains several vitamins and minerals. Because of its low price, corn is found in many commercially available dog diets.

Contrary to popular belief, corn is more than regular filler and has nutritional benefits for dogs. It is an excellent source of proteins, carbohydrate, linoleic acid, dietary fibers, and antioxidants.

However, the pork used in commercially available diets is already processed and pulverized. Giving cooked or canned corns to dogs is not a good idea just because they will not be able to process it. Chances are the corns will come out of your dog looking the same way as when they went in. Therefore, although corn is not toxic, it is not recommended for dogs.

Nevertheless, if you decide to treat your dog with corn, make sure to remove the cob. If swallowed, the cob can cause intestinal blockage.

Can Dogs Eat Pistachios?


Unlike most nuts, pistachios are not toxic to dogs. However, they are very rich in fats, and the dog’s gastrointestinal system is not equipped for digesting them. Pistachios also have high levels of salt and phosphorus which can be harmful to dogs. They also pose choking hazards.

If fed in large amounts or too often they can lead to severe and chronic inflammation of the pancreas. Eating large quantities of pistachios also has temporary, short-term consequences – they cause gastrointestinal distress followed by vomiting, diarrhea, and stomachache.

All in all, although pistachios on their own are not toxic to dogs, they are still not recommended. Simply stated, the risks outweigh the benefits. In addition to this, pistachios are incredibly prone to harboring molds from the Aspergillus family.

Aspergillus molds produce a substance known as aflatoxin. The aflatoxin is extremely toxic to dogs and the exposure results in severe consequences.

Can Dogs Eat Cinnamon?


Cinnamon is not toxic for dogs, but just because it is not toxic, it does not mean that it should be sprinkled on top of your dog’s kibble.

It is true that adding cinnamon to your dog’s diet has many health benefits. Nevertheless, it is also true that too much cinnamon may have its side effects.

Adding cinnamon to the diet is linked with improved brain function, fighting yeast infections, lowering the risk of diabetes, reducing inflammation processes, improving joint health and reducing arthritis related pains. Also, cinnamon has antibacterial properties and keeps the food from spoiling.

On the other hand, some dogs are sensitive to cinnamon and consuming it may lead to gastrointestinal upset and skin rashes. Chewing cinnamon sticks can cause mouth irritation while inhaling powdered cinnamon can lead to coughing and impaired breathing.  Besides, cinnamon contains a substance – coumarin which at high doses causes liver damage.

Bottom line, if used with extreme precautions and in small amounts, cinnamon can be safely used for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Honey?


Honey is nature’s most potent and versatile remedy. This statement goes for dogs too. The natural sugars found in the honey have a variety of medicinal properties. Also, honey contains antimicrobial and antifungal components.

Because of the honey is good for soothing upset stomachs, relieving allergies and even treating skin wounds. New researches suggest that feeding honey, to dogs suffering from Kennel Cough and Parvovirosis, helps in their recovery and increases the chances of survival.

It should be mentioned that a particular type of honey, known as Manuka, has more beneficial properties. This honey comes from New Zealand and is quite pricey. It is also important to emphasize that raw honey is not suited for small puppies and immune-compromised dogs due to the possible presence of botulism spores.

Regardless of which type of honey you choose, use it in moderate amounts. Due to its high sugar content, honey can promote obesity and cause tooth decay if used often. Honey should not be fed to dogs with diabetes.

Can Dogs Eat Peanut Butter?


As surprisingly as it may sound peanut butter is both healthy and amazingly tasty treat option for dogs. Peanut butter is an excellent source of protein, healthy fats and vitamins (B, E, and niacin). Because of its high caloric density, peanut butter should not be used in large amounts.

However, there are specific factors that need to be taken into consideration. Home-made peanut butter is always a healthier option because its ingredients can be easily controlled.

On the other hand, store-bought peanut butter may have high sodium levels, added sugars and a variety of additives and preservatives. If going with store-bought peanut butter, make sure is a non-salted version and that it contains as little as possible artificial additives and preservatives.

When buying a jar of peanut butter read all the ingredients carefully. Some peanut butter contains a sweetener known as xylitol. Xylitol is extremely toxic for dogs even in small amounts, so make sure the peanut butter you choose does not include it.

Can Dogs Eat Garlic?


Garlic, together with onion, leek, and chives are all members of the Allium family. Containing a substance called N-propyl disulfide, all members of this family are toxic for dogs.

The N-propyl disulfide damages the hemoglobin (a substance found in red blood cells, responsible for carrying oxygen). As a result of the damage, the red blood cell rupture and are removed from circulation.

This leads to a severe condition – hemolytic anemia. Even if the amount of ingested garlic is not enough to cause toxicity, it will probably provoke gastrointestinal irritation.

In recent years, the popularity of garlic supplementation for dogs has risen. Many non-conventional dog nutritionists promote the garlic’s health benefits. According to them, if properly prepared, the toxic substance in the garlic can be deactivated thus making it perfectly safe for use.

However, the scientific data that support this movement is still not sufficient, and until future changes and discoveries, garlic is considered toxic for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Peaches?


Both regular peaches and nectarines are healthy and tasty treats for dogs. They are considered safe, as long as used in moderate amounts. Peaches are an excellent source of vitamin A and healthy fiber.

Peaches are good for dogs because they:

  • Promote cardiovascular health
  • Maintain the fur healthily and shiny
  • Fight intestinal parasites
  • Inhibit tumor growths.

Dogs should only be given the peach’s juicy meat and never the peel and pit. The peel is hard to digest and usually full of harmful pesticides. The pit, on the other hand, contains a toxic, cyanide compound known as amygdalin.

What is more, the pit due to its size can easily cause choking. If swallowed, the pit can cause intestinal blockage. Even if it does not cause blockage, because of its rough and serrated surface, it can damage the lining of the intestinal walls.

Bottom line, given the plethora of health benefits peaches, provides, they should be included in your dog’s diet but moderation.

Can Dogs Eat Pears?


When it comes to pears, the rules are more or less the same as with apples. As long as given in moderate amounts and without the peel, core, and seeds, they are perfectly safe and healthy.

As mentioned, the peels are hard to digest, the core poses a choking hazard, and the seeds contain cyanide. Additionally, the seeds, if not adequately digested can be hard to pass.

Pears are tasty and make excellent treats. They are extremely rich in vitamins (A, C, E, B1, B2, folic acid, niacin), minerals (phosphorus, potassium, copper), digestive fiber and pectin.

It should be noted that canned pears are not recommended for dogs. Canned pears contain too much sugar that not only promotes obesity but also irritates the digestive tract. Fresh and ripe pears are by far a healthier treat choice.

Bottom line, occasional fresh pear slices (peeled and seeds free) make a tasty and healthy treat.

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus?


Asparagus is considered a safe veggie treat option for dogs. It has a deep flavor and plethora of healthy nutrients. The asparagus is loaded with vitamins (K, A, E, B1, B2, C, folate), minerals (iron, potassium, copper, manganese), antioxidants (glutathione) and dietary fiber.

Due to the nutrients as mentioned earlier, asparagus is suitable for reducing the risks of some diseases like certain types of cancer and arthritis.

Dogs can eat both raw and cooked asparagus, but the cooked (steamed, roasted, grilled) is much easier to digest. The asparagus’ stalks are too hard and require thorough chewing.

Since we all know that dogs are not big fans of chewing, to avoid potential choking issues, it is best to serve the asparagus finely chopped into bite-sized pieces.

It should be noted that some dogs can be more sensitive to asparagus and prone to digestive distress manifested with vomiting, diarrhea, gassiness, and stomachache.

Can Dogs Eat Nuts?


When it comes to dogs, the general rule of the thumb is to avoid giving nuts entirely – that means all types and under all circumstances. Bearing in mind the huge variety of nuts available, it is hard to keep track of which nuts are dangerous and which are generally safe.

Some types of nuts, such as macadamia nuts and pecans, are extremely toxic for dogs even if ingested in small amounts. Most of the toxins found in nuts can cause seizures and other neurological conditions.

Other types of nuts, such as walnuts and almonds, are hard to digest and can cause mild to severe stomach upset. Besides, they are very rich in fats and can quickly lead to pancreatitis.

At last, all nuts pose choking hazards, especially for smaller dog breeds. Plus, if a whole piece of nut is swallowed without being adequately chewed (which dogs tend to do often), it can cause an esophageal or intestinal blockage.

Can Dogs Eat Turkey?


Turkey is lean, white meat and it is considered to be an excellent source of easily digestible protein for dogs. Turkey is rich not only in proteins but vitamins (B2) and minerals (phosphorus).

Well-cooked and plain turkey meat is part of most home-made dog food diets. Turkey is also a common ingredient in commercially available kibble, specially designed for dogs with food sensitivities.

However, safely feeding your dog turkey requires respecting some rules. First of all, the turkey meat, under no circumstances can be used raw. It needs to be well-cooked to kill and deactivate all potential pathogens found in meats.

The bones should be carefully and thoroughly removed. They are not only choking hazards but can also lodge and damage the gastrointestinal tract. Another thing that needs to be removed is the skin.

As with any other meat skin, the turkey’s skin is full of fats and deposited toxins. Eating a little bit of skin will not harm your dog in the long run, but it may cause a temporary gastrointestinal upset.

Can Dogs Eat Bread?


The short and simple answer would be yes – dogs can eat bread. However, bread on itself is not very nutritious, and although it does not cause harm, it does not have beneficial effects either. Plus, being high in carbohydrates, bread is not specifically recommended for dogs prone to obesity.

Nevertheless, plain white and wheat bread, if given in moderation is safe and can serve as good filler. Keep in mind that some dogs can be allergic to the gluten found in bread.

When discussing the bread’s safety for dogs, it must be stated that under no circumstances dogs can eat raw bread dough made with yeasts. Raw yeast dough is extremely dangerous and toxic.

Simply put, it has an expanding tendency, especially in warm condition. The dog’s stomach offers the perfect conditions for the dough to expand.

Also, the dough ferments and releases toxic ethanol levels in the bloodstream. Eating even small amounts of bread dough can have fatal consequences.

Can Dogs Eat Spinach?


Spinach is often described as a powerhouse plant and is safe to use for dogs. Spinach contains vast amounts of vitamins A, B, C, and K, as well as beta-carotene, iron, antioxidants, and fiber or roughage that stimulates the digestive tract.

However, it should be noted that spinach also contains a group of chemicals known as oxalates. Oxalates impair the body’s ability to absorb calcium and over time can lead to kidney damage. The oxalates are potentially harmful to dogs, but to experience any side effects, dogs should eat vast amounts of spinach.

Bottom line, since the spinach’s benefits outweigh its dangers, it is considered that spinach is safe for dogs. Nevertheless, just like any other leafy green, spinach may be hard to digest for some dogs and cause gassiness. Besides, due to its high water content, spinach may lead to the watery stool which is entirely reasonable.

Can Dogs Eat Yogurt?


Yogurt is tasty, healthy and approved by dog nutritionists and veterinarians. Yogurt is an excellent source of easily digestible protein and bio-available calcium. Also, the live bacteria found in the yogurt serve as potent probiotics thus promoting the overall health and well-being of the gastrointestinal microorganisms.

When choosing the ideal type of yogurt for your dog pay attention to its ingredients. It is always better to choose a low-fat variety instead of a full-fat variety.

Also, make sure the yogurt you choose does not contain fat substitutes and added sweeteners (regardless of whether they are natural or artificial). Always choose a yogurt that contains many live bacteria.

The only situation in which dogs cannot drink yogurt is if they are lactose intolerant. Even though yogurt is fermented and its amount of lactose is much smaller than in milk, it can still pose a problem for susceptible dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Coconut?


Coconut is a safe and quite beneficial treat for dogs. The coconut meat is rich in lauric acid. Lauric acid is a medium chain fatty acid which means the dog’s body is able of absorbing her as a whole and using her as a direct source of energy.

Lauric acid is powerful in the fight against viruses (influenza), internal and external parasites (Giardia, Microsporidia spp.) and yeasts.

It also has anti-inflammatory properties and is suitable for soothing arthritis-related discomfort. What is more, coconuts are packed with antioxidants and can boost the immune system.

Coconut can be used either raw or as oil. A tablespoon of coconut oil, added to the regular meal, is useful for preventing constipation in dogs. Besides, coconut oil promotes healthy and shiny skin and coat.

Keep in mind that coconut has a high content of fats which may lead to gastrointestinal upset and bloating in sensitive dogs. Therefore, it is best advised to use coconut in moderation.

Can Dogs Eat Rice?


Well-cooked rice is perfectly safe for dogs. In fact, many commercially available dog diets use rice as a carbohydrate source. Rice serves as a cheap energy source and easy to digest filler.

Rice is an integral part of well-balanced diets because it does not contain harmful fats, cholesterol, and sodium.  It is rich in vitamins (B1, B2, D, niacin), minerals (calcium), dietary fiber and starch. Brown rice is also a safe and even healthier option.

Rice has several gastronomical health benefits. Rice or even better rice water is perfect for fighting diarrhea and comforting upset stomachs.

It supports the growth of beneficial gastrointestinal bacteria, thus promoting healthy bowel movements. Also, being low in sodium, rice is perfect for dogs with high blood pressures.

Keep in mind that rice is rich in carbohydrates and has a high glycemic index. Therefore, it is not suitable for dogs with diabetes.

Can Dogs Eat Cranberries?


Although cranberries are not toxic for dogs, they do have certain disadvantages that make them not very suitable for dogs. Cranberries are very difficult to digest and are very likely to cause digestion issues.

It is a popular misconception that cranberries can help dogs fight urinary infections and diseases. The truth is much different. Cranberries promote the forming of calcium oxalate stones in the urinary bladder – a condition associated with long-lasting and painful consequences.

Dried cranberries are also not recommended due to their high sugar content. Also, dried cranberries often come mixed with other dried fruits (for example raisins) and nuts that are toxic for dogs. Cranberry juices and cranberry sauces also contain too many sugars.

Bottom line, in fed in small quantities, cranberries are generally safe for dogs, but there are much healthier and safer snack options.  d

Can Dogs Eat Green Beans?


Beans are a great, healthy and safe treat for dogs. They are an excellent source of healthy fiber, protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins (A, K, E, C, B1, B2, B6, niacin) and minerals (manganese, copper, chromium, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, iron).

Because of their nutritional properties, Green beans are ideal for overweight dogs and dogs prone to putting on weight. Simply put, green beans promote satiety and make the dog feel full while being extremely low in calories. Therefore, they are perfect for maintaining healthy body weight.

However, too many green beans, if fed on a daily basis can lead to specific nutritional deficiencies. It is recommended to use green beans at no more than 10% of the dog’s total food intake.

Green beans can be safely eaten raw, cooked or frozen. If they do not contain too much salt and additives, even canned green beans are safe for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Pork?

Pork, as meat is generally safe for dogs. However, due to its high caloric value and the levels of fat, it is not recommended to staple your dog’s diet on this protein source. Pork can be used but only as an occasional meal or treat, not as an everyday meal.

It is essential to pay attention to three factors. First, the pork must be well-cooked. As any other uncooked meat, pork can be a source of many pathogens and harmful parasites.

Then, the meat should be cleaned of its bones. Bones are choking hazards and can cause gastrointestinal damages. Last but not least, the meat must be plain, without any seasonings.

When talking about pork, we need to review some pork products. Bacon and ham are irresistibly tasty for dogs.

However, they are highly processed foods and contain carcinogens, artificial additives, and preservatives. They are also rich in salts. Because of these ingredients, processed pork products should be avoided at all costs.

Can Dogs Eat Cauliflower?


Cauliflowers are healthy, tasty and most of all – safe for dogs. As with any other fruit or vegetable, cauliflowers are safe as long as they are used in moderation.

Cauliflowers are extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, and soluble dietary fiber. Also, cauliflowers contain a substance known as isothiocyanate. The isothiocyanate is a powerful cancer blocker. It is capable of not only blocking the cancer cells of developing but also from further spreading.

Cauliflowers, just like their relatives – broccoli, can be hard to digest, especially for sensitive dogs.

Too much cauliflower may lead to gastrointestinal issues like vomiting, diarrhea, and gassiness. In fact, you should be aware that even small amounts of cauliflower cause gassiness, but that is normal, even in humans.

Cauliflowers can be used either raw or cooked. However, the cooked version (steamed, boiled, roasted) is more preferable because it is more easily digestible.

Can Dogs Eat Chocolate?


When it comes to dogs, chocolate is strictly forbidden. Chocolate contains a group of substances known as methylxanthines (caffeine and theobromine). When introduced in the organism, the methylxanthines act like potent:

  • Diuretics (increase the elimination of fluids from the body)
  • Heart stimulants (make the heart work stronger and faster)
  • Blood vessel dilators (make the blood vessels larger in diameter, thus decreasing the general blood pressure)
  • Smooth muscle relaxants.

These effects are the same for both humans and dogs. However, humans are capable of breaking down the methylxanthines quickly. On the flip side, dogs metabolize them slowly, thus increasing their chances of acting toxic.

Different types of chocolate contain varying amounts of methylxanthines. Generally speaking, the darker and more bitter the chocolate the more danger it holds.

For example, milk chocolate is toxic if ingested in amounts of 0.7 ounces per pound of body weight. Semi-sweet chocolate if ingested in quantities of 0.3 ounces per pound of body weight. Dark chocolate if ingested in quantities of 0.1 ounces per pound of body weight.

Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?


Walnuts are dangerous and should never be fed to dogs. The consequences of eating walnuts depend on the exact type of walnut and vary from mild stomach upsets to fatal toxicosis.  There are three walnut varieties – black, English and Japanese.

Black walnuts contain a toxin known as juglon. However, dogs are not bothered by this toxin but rather than from the gastric upset the walnut causes while being digested. Besides, these walnuts are prone to getting molds. If molded, they can contain tremorgenic mycotoxins that cause seizures.

English walnuts cause upset stomach and same as black walnuts are prone to developing molds with tremorgenic mycotoxins.

Japanese walnuts are not toxic even if ingested in more significant quantities. However, they do cause gastrointestinal distress and pose an obstruction hazard. Same as the previously described walnut types, Japanese walnuts easily get molds.