What Foods Can My Dog Eat?

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Foods that are safe for dogs and foods that you should avoid!

Last Updated: 3/6/2020

We all know the look. You sit down at your dinner table and all of a sudden, your dog is giving you the puppy dog eyes. Of course you want to give your furry friend some delicious table scraps. But which foods are okay for them to eat?

Safe Food

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a tasty treat for your dog. It’s packed with protein, healthy fats, vitamin B and vitamin E. However, ensure that the peanut butter is unsalted and is not low fat. Too much salt is bad, and low fat peanut butter could contain artificial sweeteners like Xylitol, which is bad as well! Always do additional research on the type of brand you are giving your dog!

 

Salmon

Fully-cooked salmon can be a very healthy option to feed your dog. Salmon is an excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids. This helps keep your dog’s coat shiny. It also may support your pup’s immune system and promote brain and joint health. However, make certain that the salmon is cooked properly. Raw or undercooked salmon can lead to parasites that are deadly for canines.

 

Carrots

Carrots are a wonderfully nourishing snack for your dog. They contain vitamin A, potassium, fiber and other vitamins essential for proper canine nutrition. Plus, carrots have been reported to help your dog’s dental health!

 

Chicken Breast

Boneless and skinless chicken breast is a very light source of lean protein for your dog. Chicken breast has essential vitamins and minerals that support your canine’s immune system. Chicken is also a good entrée to feed your dog when they’re sick, as it’s very easily digested. Just ensure that it’s cooked correctly.

 

Lean Ground Beef

Ground beef is a tasty and healthy option for your pup. It's is packed with protein, omega-3 fats and vitamin E. Always try to make sure that the ground beef is cooked properly and avoid excess salt or seasoning.

Not Safe Food

Chocolate

Chocolate is not safe for dogs, and is in fact one of the most harmful foods for them. It contains methylxanthines, stimulants that can stop a canine’s metabolic process. The repercussions of ingested chocolate range from vomiting to even death.

 

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are a very toxic substance for canines. If they're eaten with chocolate it can lead to even more severe symptoms. If ingested, macadamia nuts can lead to muscle tremors, vomiting, raised temperature, or even an inability to walk.

 

Ice Cream

As tempting as it might be to give your dog a lick of your ice cream cone on your walk during the grueling Chicago summer, don’t. Pups don’t digest dairy as well as humans do, which can lead complications such as diarrhea or vomiting. Cheese however is considered safer because they contain less lactose than something like milk or ice cream.

 

Garlic

It’s important to ensure that food you give your dog does not contain garlic. Garlic can be very toxic to canines, killing their red blood cells and/or causing gastrointestinal irritation.

 

Grapes and raisins

Grapes and raisins are extremely poisonous to dogs. Although the exact substance within grapes and raisins that is toxic to man’s best friend is unknown, it is reported to cause kidney failure.

We here at Sparky Steps are all about ensuring that our furry friends live the healthiest and happiest life possible. We hope this list provides some insight on what is okay for your pups to eat. Another tip for you to keep in mind would be avoiding excess sugar or salt whenever possible. Also, with things such as chicken, fish, or steak, avoid giving your dog bones, as they can be hazardous.

If your dog has ingested any harmful substances contact an animal hospital immediately. It's always a good idea to know your where nearest animal shelter and have ongoing yearly or better yet monthly vet check ups!

Check out the list below to see which vet is nearest you:

http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/April-2009/Vetting-Vets/

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/top-lists/chicagos-best-veterinarians-and-animal-hospitals/

 

Written by Christian Harvey

 

Sources:

http://www.akc.org/content/health/articles/human-foods-dogs-can-and-cant-eat/

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets

http://pets.webmd.com/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat

http://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/evr_multi_lean_proteins_pet_food_how_it_can_help

http://www.akc.org/content/health/articles/six-foods-to-feed-your-dog-when-hes-sick/

 

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