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Can My Dog Eat My Food?

We share everything with our furry friends. We want to give them the best, so it makes sense that we would look to share our food. But do you know what foods are safe for your precious pups? Keep reading to learn about what your pooch can eat, and what they can’t. 

Can: Apples

Sliced apples are a great snack for your dog. They are full of vitamins and nutrients, as well as fiber, which is essential to a healthy digestive system. Just be sure your dog doesn’t eat the seeds. They contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans and dogs.

Can't: Chocolate

Now we all know that chocolate is terrible for dogs, but do you know why? Chocolate has a chemical called theobromine in it. Humans have the ability to digest this chemical quickly, while dogs process it slowly. The slow process can allow the chemical to build up to lethal levels.

While a small amount of chocolate may only induce vomiting or diarrhea in your dog, higher levels can result in seizures, tremors, internal bleeding, and even death. Bottom line: Your dog wants treats, not chocolate.  

Can: Pumpkin

Pumpkin is an amazing cure for constipation and diarrhea in dogs due to the high fiber. It can be easily baked into treats that will help you keep Rover regular. Just make sure not to give them too much. 

Can't: Grapes

Grapes, no matter how many you give your dog, is harmful. It can lead to rapid kidney failure or death. It’s best to keep this snack to yourself. 

Can: Peanut Butter

I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but dogs LOVE peanut butter. That being said, intake should be limited since peanut butter is high in calories and fat. Fresh peanut butter is recommended, but any brand can be used so long as it doesn’t contain xylitol.

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is in many human foods. It is toxic for your dog, so be sure to read the ingredients on the peanut butter jar carefully, as well as any other processed food. 

Can't: Raw Meat

It seems like omnivores like dogs would be able to eat raw meat, right? That may be the case in a perfect world. Unfortunately, raw meat can contain salmonella which is terrible for dogs, just as it is for humans. 

If you do choose to feed your dog raw meat, be sure to purchase the highest quality available to lessen the chance for illness. 

Can: White Rice

A fabulous source of fiber, rice can give your dog the support they need during a case of upset stomach. You can also mix this with cooked veggies and cooked chicken for a delicious and wholesome dinner. 

Can't: Garlic

Do not feed your dog garlic. The thiosulfates contained in garlic are terribly poisonous for your pet, causing damage to red blood cells, anemia, vomiting, and diarrhea. This is an ingredient to avoid at all costs.

Can: Watermelon

Without the rind or seeds, watermelon can be a great summertime treat for pups. The rind and seeds can be a choking hazard, so it’s best to cut up watermelon before serving. This is an especially good treat on hot summer days. Watermelon is not only a good source of vitamins, but also provides some much needed hydration during the summer months. 

Can't: Mushrooms

Store-bought mushrooms are fine for dogs, as long as they aren’t mixed with inedible ingredients like garlic. However, wild mushrooms can be toxic. Be sure to monitor your dog’s outside activity to ensure that they don’t munch on a toxic mushroom.

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