Everyone knows that when you’re eating your favorite treats, your dog suddenly has the saddest “I’m so hungry!” face on the planet. While we’ve all given in to our dog’s little tricks every now and again, we should always remember that your puppy should only be eating dog food. Of course, there are a few human foods that your puppy is able to eat.
Read on to find out what human foods you can and cannot feed your furry friend!
What human foods can my puppy eat?
There are many foods that your puppy can eat, and some of these foods are even healthy in small quantities. Just be sure to research and look into ingredient labels before you make any decisions. Here are some safe human foods your puppy can eat:
- Peanut Butter: Healthy and safe treat for your pup given in moderation! Always make sure the peanut butter is not one of the few that contain Xylitol, or have salt and sugar. There are a lot of natural peanut butters that will do the trick.
- Greek Yogurt: Plain greek yogurt is better and safer for dogs than any other type of yogurt. The high levels of protein are great for your pup, as well as the probiotic which helps fight yeast infections.
- Lean Proteins: Chicken and beef are one of the most common ingredients used in dog foods, since it’s an excellent source of protein. Your pup should eat these lean proteins without any seasoning or sauces, which may contain ingredients harmful for your pup.
- Apples: Sliced apples provide a significant amount of vitamins, minerals and fiver, which benefits your pup’s digestive system. Always remember to remove the seeds before!
- Pasta: Pasta is really nothing more than flour and water, which is safe for dogs. Make sure not to include any pasta sauce!
- Bread: Plain white or whole grain bread is safe for your pup as an occasional treat.
- Watermelon: Make sure to remove the rind and seeds before giving to your puppy. Watermelon is low in calories and packed with nutrients, which makes it a very healthy treat.
- Corn: Dogs can eat corn in moderate amounts, since it’s a good source of vitamins.
- Rice: Very easy for dogs to digest and may help relieve an upset stomach. Dogs can eat plain and cooked brown or white rice.
- Sweet Potatoes: Very rich in vitamin A, which is great for your dog’s eye health and immune system. Sweet potatoes are a safe and healthy food in moderate amounts.
What are common toxic foods for puppies?
While we wish our puppies could join us at the dinner table every evening, the truth is that some foods are too sugary, too salty, and too toxic for their bodies to process. The following human foods are ones you should definitely watch out for:
• Alcohol: Alcohol can impair coordination and breathing; consumption may result in coma or death.
• Avocados: Avocados contain persin, which is somewhat toxic; may cause vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or pancreatitis.
• Caffeine: Large amounts of caffeine can result in a fast pulse, hyperactivity, increased blood pressure, tremors, seizures, and even death. Seek veterinary help right away if your dog has consumed coffee grounds.
• Chocolate: Chocolate typically contains caffeine, but the real problem comes from the poison methylxanthine. Symptoms may not show up for hours. Ingestion can cause hyperactivity, vomiting, elevated pulse, tremors, fever, pancreatitis, or seizures.
• Cooked Bones: Cooked bones can splinter when chewed or can be swallowed in too-large pieces. This can cause choking, internal bleeding, or digestive blockages that could result in serious illness or death.
• Corn on the Cob: Dogs can easily chew and swallow the cob itself. Bits of cob can cause digestive blockages, a serious condition indicated by vomiting and diarrhea. If unresolved, a total blockage is fatal.
• Raw Fish: Raw salmon and trout are toxic if they harbor the bacteria Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which can be fatal to dogs if untreated. Symptoms generally appear 5 to 7 days after consumption and include fever, vomiting, yellow diarrhea, and discharge from the nose.
• Grapes, Raisins & Nuts : Grapes, raisins, and nuts contain a toxin that can cause liver damage, kidney failure, and sometimes death. Symptoms can occur from as little as one cup.
• Onions and Chives: Onions and chives contain sulfoxides and disulfides, both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells. A large quantity of food containing onions can cause hemolytic anemia. Symptoms include weakness, loss of appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, shortness of breath, and darkened urine.
• Pits and Seeds: Pits and sees, such as peach and plum pits and persimmon seeds are a source of the dangerous toxin, cyanide. Keep your puppy away from these foods.
• Processed Foods: Processed foods are more likely to contain ingredients dangerous to dogs. Chips often contain onion powder and excess salt; diet foods often contain Xylitol; cookies or granola bars contain raisins or chocolate.
• Xylitol: Xylitol is commonly found in chewing gum, breath mints, and sugar-free foods. Even small quantities of Xylitol can lead to insulin overproduction, kidney failure, and death.
This may seem like a lot to watch out for, but really it’s just common sense so always use your best judgment when giving your best friend a piece of human food.
You can try making your puppy some healthy and delicious puppy treats with one of our DIY recipes! Otherwise, you can learn some tips on how to choose the right food for your puppy in our blog: Choosing the Right Food for your Puppy.
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