We are cooking dinner for our family, while our Fur babies look at us with begging eyes. We bought the best processed food in the market with no additives or chemicals on it, but let’s be honest, who would choose dry packaged food when we smell and see delicious homemade meals right in front of us.
So we ask ourselves, can I feed my dog human food? What are the benefits of homemade pet food?
We need to keep in mind that dogs have a different digestive system from humans and this means that some foods that are safe for people can be harmful or even very dangerous for dogs.
However, many human foods are also safe for our Fur Babies and can provide important nutrients and health benefits.
Which human foods can dogs eat?
While many human foods are safe for dogs, they should generally only eat in them moderation. But, which human foods can we feed our dogs? here is a list of safe foods you can add to your pup’s diet.
Note: We recommend you ask your vet first, especially if your Fur Friends suffers from diabetes, weight issues, food sensitivities, liver or kidney disease, or any other health concerns. Some common human foods that are safe for dogs include...
Carrots are a safe food for dogs, they can be considered a chewing toothbrush! Chewing on carrots can help remove plaque from their teeth and otherwise promote good dental health.
As for us, carrots are a great source of vitamin A, supaw beneficial for our Fur Friend’s immune system, skin, and coat. However, too much vitamin A can be toxic, it is very important to feed carrots in moderation.
Apples provide many important vitamins for dogs, including vitamins A and C. As well as being a great source of fiber, which can help regulate a dog’s digestion.
Keep in mind that eating rotting apples can lead to alcohol poisoning in dogs.
3. White Rice
Just plain cooked white rice is a great option when our pooch has an upset stomach, as it is easy to digest and helps bind stool.
If your dog has diabetes, please ask your vet since white rice can cause blood sugar levels to rise.
4. Dairy Products
Dairy products, such as milk, cheese, and plain yogurt, are safe for dogs to have in very small quantities.
We recommend the use of raw goat milk, also know as the “universal milk” since is the most digestible milk available. This is due to the small size of its molecules and has naturally occurring probiotics.
If your pup has lactose intolerance, they should not eat dairy products. Signs of lactose intolerance include diarrhea or vomiting after consuming anything that contains dairy. So if you observe any of these signs please contact your vet as soon as possible.
Some safe fish for our Fur Friends are salmon, shrimp, and tuna, and they are great sources of proteins.
Especially salmon and tuna, sources of omega-3 fatty acids, that help keep a dog’s immune system, coat, and skin healthy. And Shrimp is a great source of B vitamins, help maintain a dog’s digestive, promote healthy blood circulation.
But, it is supaw important to cook fish very well before feeding it to our pooch, as uncooked fish can contain harmful parasites.
Chicken is a great source of protein. Simply plain, boiled chicken with no seasoning is a great meal option, especially when a dog has an upset tummy.
7. Peanut Butter
Peanut butter in moderation is a great source of vitamins E and B, niacin, healthful fats, and protein.
However, it is very important to keep in mind that it cannot contain added sugar, salt or sweeteners. And most important, it needs to be xylitol free since this sweetener is highly toxic to dogs.
Another great protein source is unseasoned, cooked pork. Pork is safe for dogs to eat, however, they should only consume small portions, as the high-fat content is hard for dogs to digest.
Turkey is another food safe for dogs to eat. You can feed them plain, unseasoned cooked turkey. Just remove the fat first, since too much fat can cause pancreas issues.
Blueberries are safe for dogs to eat and a supaw source of fiber, antioxidants, and phytochemicals, as well as antioxidants. Blueberries are a great anti-aging food for our Fur Friends.
Bananas are a great source of magnesium, supaw important for healthy bones.
However, due to their high sugar content, we should only feed our adorable dogs bananas in moderation.
Cucumbers make a great summer treat! They help our pups stay hydrated and are a great source of vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin K.
Cucumbers are a low-calorie snack for our pooch, being a great option for those struggling with overweight.
Watermelon is a great snack for hot days since its high water content, helps keep dogs, is a great source of vitamins A, C, and B-6.
Our lovely dogs can safely eat the flesh, but do not feed them the seeds or rind as these can block their intestines.
Which foods can harm dogs?
When we decide to prepare and feed homemade meals for our Fur Friends, we need to keep in mind what some foods can harm them. There are lots of foods that are perfectly safe for humans but will cause problems or illnesses in dogs.
IMPORTANT! If you suspect that your pup has eaten something toxic, you should call your veterinarian or Animal Poison Control Center immediately.
What foods are toxic to your dog?
As mentioned before, there are some foods that you should never give a dog.
We might think that they are safe for our pups since we can eat them and they are healthy and packed with nutrients. But please avoid giving your dog:
Avocados are not safe for dogs to eat. They contain a substance called persin, which is toxic for them and can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Cherries are ok, the problem is with the pits. Cherry pits contain cyanide, which is highly poisonous and they are a choking hazard if our Fur Friend swallows them.
3. Chocolate, Coffee, and Caffeine
NEVER EVER give CHOCOLATE, COFFEE, or anything with CAFFEINE to your dogs.
All these foods have chemicals called methylxanthines, which are highly toxic for our Fur Friends. The chemicals on chocolate, coffee, and caffeine products can cause vomiting, an abnormal heart rate, seizures, and sometimes death.
4. Raisins and Grapes
Grapes and its derivations ( raisins, sultanas, and currants) are all highly toxic to dogs. Even small quantities of these foods can cause kidney failure, and in some extreme cases, death.
5. Citrus Fruits
Citrus plants and their fruits, such as oranges, tangerines, and lemons, contain citric acid. Even tho eating small amounts of the peeled fruit is okay for some dogs, it might cause an upset, and in larger quantities, it can lead to nervous system depression.
Cinnamon in small amounts is not toxic for our Fur Friends. However, like in humans, large amounts can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and liver disease.
7. Macadamia Nuts
Although we do not recommend feeding any type of nuts, Macadamia nuts are highly poisonous for our Fur Friends and can cause muscle weakness, vomiting, lethargy, and hyperthermia.
8. Store-Bought Ice cream
Store-bought Ice Cream contains high amounts of sugar and preservatives that are not safe for our dogs.
9. Onions, Garlic, and Chives
Onions, garlic, and chives are all part of the Allium genus, containing substances called organosulfoxides. These substances are toxic to dogs and may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and stomach pain as well as causing anemia.
These are some of the most common foods that you need to avoid when considering homemade meals for your pooch.
Xylitol is a sugar substitute present in many store-bought human foods. However, xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs, causing liver failure and dangerously low blood sugar levels.
Many human foods are safe and nutritious for dogs. However, we need to feed them in moderation, as larger quantities can lead to health issues.
We recommend you double-check with your vet since your Fur Baby might have some conditions that you need to take into account before deciding what human foods you feed your dog.
Symptoms of food poisoning
- Involuntary shaking, or tremors
- High temperature
If you suspect that your dog has ingested a potentially harmful food, you should immediately call your veterinarian or contact Animal Poison Control Center for advice.
Our PLOP Family has been feed with homemade Organic foods for more than five years and our Fur Friends are healthy and supaw happy!
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