We’ll be honest, in a perfect world, doggies would only ever eat YaDoggie dog food and treats. Man, doggies would be so healthy if that were the case! It’s clean, it’s filling, it’s healthy. Win-win-win.
But, the reality is, human food makes it’s way into doggie mouths all the time. Whether you or your children drop something on the floor accidentally, or you intentionally give them pieces of food off your plate, the odds are, many doggies are eating people food. The thing is, you need to know which foods are safe for doggies, and which must be avoided.
Quick disclaimer – if your dog just ingested some food and you’re not sure it’s safe, please call your vet.
Alright – let’s take a quick look at people food that doggies can and can’t eat.
Animal Proteins: SAFE
Hey, YaDoggie dog food wouldn’t be here if this weren’t true. Doggies can benefit from the minerals, vitamins, and nutrients found in animal protein. Beef, lamb, duck, turkey, salmon, and tuna are all fine options for doggies when cooked and prepared properly.
Grains – SAFE
Whole grains, oats, quinoa, and corn are fine for most doggies. Making DIY snacks with these ingredients is generally fine. As with anything, please consult your vet if you have questions on specific grains and safe amounts.
Dairy: MOSTLY SAFE
Use caution, here, since some doggies lactose intolerant and we don’t want to go around giving our favorite friends tummy troubles. In general, a little milk and yogurt is okay. Eggs are fine, too.
Fruits + Veggies: MOSTLY SAFE
Apples, carrots, lemons, broccoli, corn – all good for doggies! Most veggies and fruits are fine, but alliums – onions, leeks, garlic – are not okay, and ingesting them can even cause anemia. Garlic is especially potent and can cause a doggie to become ill, so if you think your doggie might have had some, please call your vet.
Nuts – LIMITED SAFETY
Peanuts and peanut butter are both fine for doggies, and can be a great ingredient to use when whipping up a batch of homemade biscuits. If you need to give your doggie medicine, a spoonful of peanut butter is often a tasty and helpful vehicle to help your doggie swallow is down. But other nuts – almonds, macadamias, cashews – need to be avoided.
Sweets – LIMITED SAFETY
Chocolate? No. Ice cream? No. Honey? Yes – in small doses. Honey might actually mitigate allergies, besides being a sticky, tasty treat for your doggie.
Herbs + Spices – LIMITED SAFETY
Turmeric can help inflammation, parsley and mint can give bad breath a refresh, but cinnamon is a big-time no-no. No pumpkin-spice for your pup! Cinnamon can make a doggie’s mouth uncomfortable, and can even cause vomiting or diarrhea. It’s best to avoid it.
Does your doggie like to help themselves to whatever you’re having? Tell us your doggie’s favorite “people food” in the comments below.