Some pet owners are excellent at denying their dog table scraps. Then, there are the rest of us dog owners that struggle desperately saying ‘no’ when their dog looks at them with those big pleading eyes, and drool creeping from the corner of their mouth.
When you slip your dog some scrambled eggs you might wonder, is people food really bad for dogs? The truth is somewhere in the middle. Some people food is horrible, and potentially life threatening to dogs, but other people food is 100% harmless and even healthy for dogs.
Here we break down some of the best and worst people foods for dogs so that you can spoil your canine while still keeping them safe and healthy.
10 Human Foods Your Dog Can Eat That Are Actually Good For Them
1. Cooked chicken is a great source of protein for you and your dog. Plain unseasoned chicken can be added regularly to your dog’s normal diet.
2. Peanut butter is a treat many dogs go barking crazy over! Peanut butter, so long as it is raw and unsalted, is actually good for your four-legged friend. Peanut butter contains protein, as well as heart healthy fats such as vitamin B, vitamin E and niacin.
3. Cheese is a surprisingly okay human food for most dogs, so long as portions are small and your dog is not lactose intolerant. Low or reduced fat cheeses are the safest options, as some cheese can be incredibly high in fat. A great option is cottage cheese.
4. Goat yogurt makes a healthy addition scooped on top of your dog’s regular dinner. Just make sure you find an all-natural yogurt with no added sugars or artificial sweeteners. Yogurt works as a probiotic for your dog, just like it does for humans.
5. Oatmeal gives your dog a healthy dose of soluble fiber. If you have a senior dog with irregular bowel movements oatmeal can be rather helpful. Oatmeal makes a great grain substitute if your dog is allergic to wheat. Just make sure the oatmeal is cooked and does not contain flavor additives or added sugar.
6. Carrots cut up into small pieces make a healthy and yummy snack many dogs adore. Carrots are low calorie and high fiber, plus they are good for your dog’s teeth!
7. Eggs are just fine for dogs to eat; in fact they can even be healthy for your dog because they contain riboflavin and selenium.
8. Pumpkin is good for dogs too. When Halloween rolls around you now know it is safe to give your dog some pumpkin—just say no to the pumpkin pie! Pumpkins offer a healthy dose of fiber, and beta-carotene/vitamin A. They can also help keep your dog’s GI tract moving and ease a number of digestive issues.
9. Green beans are a yummy, healthy treat for dogs because they are low in calories but very filling. Just make sure the green beans you select have no added salt.
10. Salmon provides omega 3 fatty acids to your canine, which promotes a healthy, shiny coat and helps improve your dog’s overall immunity.
6 Human Foods That Are Bad For Your Dog
1. Macadamia nuts have recently been identified as bad for dogs; in fact some dogs experience a toxic reaction after ingesting macadamia nuts. If your dog reacts poorly to this type of nut they may experience weakness–especially in their rear legs, vomiting, lethargy, hypothermia, and tremors.
Grapes and raisons are healthy for you and I, but not so much for your dog. Some dogs are more susceptible to damage from eating grapes and raisons than others. Worst-case scenario they can cause rapid kidney failure, or vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy.
Avocado pits, bark, fruit and leaves contain persin, a toxin to dogs. Persin can cause an upset stomach, difficulty breathing, and fluid buildup in the chest. The pit is also easily swallowed and can obstruct the gastrointestinal tract.
Apple cores are bad for dogs because they contain cyanide, although apple slices are good for your dog. Plums, peaches, pears and apricots also contain cyanide.
Caffeine contains Methylated xanthine, which stimulates the nervous system and can cause vomiting, heart palpitations, restlessness and even death.
Bacon might seem like your dog’s dream food but it can actually cause a number of issues related to digestion and nutrient absorption. Bacon is rich in fat, which contributes to the development of pancreatitis in dogs.