Dedicated dog lovers tend to be very kind people. We share our hearts and homes (and for some lucky pups, even the foot of our beds) with our canine pals. Indeed there is nothing wrong with sharing our favorite people’s foods with our dogs not eat. Not necessarily. Many foods, such as fruits and vegetables that people digest just fine, can wreak havoc on a dog’s body, causing severe health problems. On the other hand, some foods people eat can be introduced to a dog’s diet just fine and even provide health benefits such as joint strength, better breath, and allergy immunity.
But before giving the dog foods you crave, read on and learn which foods are safe and can send your dog straight to the emergency vet. And always be mindful that even healthy foods fed in excess can lead to canine obesity, a significant health concern for U.S. dogs. Always choose quality dog food as your dog’s main diet.
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No, dogs shouldn’t eat almonds
. Almonds may not necessarily be toxic to dogs like macadamia nuts are, but they can block the esophagus or even tear the windpipe if not chewed thoroughly. Salted almonds are especially dangerous because they can increase water retention, potentially fatal to dogs prone to heart disease.
Cinnamon: No, dogs shouldn’t eat cinnamon.
While cinnamon is not toxic to dogs, it’s probably best to avoid it. Cinnamon and its oils can irritate the inside of dogs’ mouths, making them uncomfortable and sick. It can lower a dog’s blood sugar too much, leading to diarrhea, vomiting, increased or decreased heart rate, and even liver disease. Cinnamon can cause difficulty breathing, coughing, and choking if they inhale it in powder form.
No, dogs shouldn’t eat garlic.
Like onions, leeks, and chives, garlic is part of the Allium family and is five times more toxic to dogs than the rest of the Allium plants. Garlic can create anemia in dogs, causing side effects such as pale gums, elevated heart rate, weakness, and collapse. Poisoning from garlic and onions may have delayed symptoms, so if you think your dog may have eaten some, monitor them for a few days, not just after consumption.
No, dogs shouldn’t eat ice cream.
As refreshing of a treat as the ice cream is, it contains lots of sugar, so it is best not to share it with your dog. Also, some dogs have lactose intolerance. To avoid the milk, freeze chunks of strawberries, raspberries, apples, and pineapples to give your dog a sweet, icy treat.
No, dogs should never eat macadamia nuts.
These are some of the most poisonous foods for dogs. Macadamia nuts, part of the Proteaceae family, can cause vomiting, increased body temperature, inability to walk, and lethargy. Even worse, they can affect the nervous system. Never feed your dog macadamia nuts.
Toxic Foods for Dogs
- Apple, Apricot, Cherry, & Plum Seeds/Pits
- Caffeine & Coffee Grounds
- Chicken & Turkey Skin, Ham, & Other Fatty Cuts of Meat
- Grapes & Raisins
- Macadamia Nuts, Almonds, & Pistachios
- Milk & Dairy Products
- Nutmeg & Cinnamon
- Onions, Garlic, Chives, & Leeks
- Spicy Food
- Sugar-Free Gum & Candy (Xylitol)
- Tomatoes & Raw Potatoes
- Yeast & Raw Dough
- Raw Meat
The pet owner is solely responsible for your dog’s health and wellbeing. It means, along with feeding him a healthy and balanced diet, that you ensure he isn’t eating the wrong things. Sometimes it’s easy to think that a food that is healthy for us humans (take an avocado, for example) would make a healthy treat for our dogs. But there are a lot of toxic “human” foods out there, and it’s up to us to ensure our cherished pets don’t get ahold of them.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY DOG HAS EATEN ANY OF THESE?
Even small amounts of these items can be fatal if consumed, so always act immediately and take your dog to the vet.
Yes, dogs can eat mangoes. This sweet summer treat is packed with four different vitamins: A, B6, C, and E. They also have potassium and both beta-carotene and alpha-carotene. Just remember, as with most fruits, remove the hard pit first, as it contains small amounts of cyanide and can become a choking hazard.
Dogs can’t properly digest almonds. While consuming one or two might not cause any issues, too many can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, gas, lethargy and appetite loss. Pancreatitis: Almonds are high in fat content.
Yes. Beans can be a part of a dog’s healthy diet. They are rich in fiber and have some protein, too. Dogs can have beans as a treat.