4 Human Foods That Are Great For Your Dog (And 4 That Are Not)

Who hasn’t been tempted to share their steak or pot roast with their beloved dog from time to time? Those puppy dog eyes looking at you from under the table are hard to resist.  

Most people know that chocolate is poisonous for dogs, but did you know that avocado can also cause health problems, or that cooked bones should be avoided?

Some types of human food can provide important nutrients and health benefits for dogs, but others can be extremely dangerous. Read on to find out four human foods your dog can eat, and what is toxic to dogs. 

4 Types of Human Foods Your Dog Can Eat

Dog eating apple

Some human food is great for dog health and provides a valuable source of extra vitamins and minerals. You should only give these things in moderation, but it's great to know you can share some of your dinners with Fido! 

1. Lean Meat 

Lean chicken, beef, or pork is a great source of protein, B vitamins, and amino acids. You should avoid giving your dog cooked chicken bones though, as they can splinter and cause problems.

2. Fish

Salmon and tuna provide omega 3 fatty acids, which promote good brain function, a healthy immune system, and a shiny coat. Make sure that your dog's fish is well cooked, as raw fish could make your dog sick.

3. Carrots

You might think that dogs only eat meat, but there’s evidence that wild dogs have eaten vegetables for thousands of years. Chewing on carrots can remove plaque and promote good dental health. Carrots also provide vitamin A.

4. Fruit

Fruit might seem like a strange choice for a dog, but Dr. Billinghurst, the originator of the Biologically Appropriate Raw Food program, recommends that dogs' diets should be 10% fruit and vegetables. 

Apples are a good source of fiber and vitamins. Watermelon is a great snack to keep your dog hydrated in hot weather, as it has high water content.  Don’t forget to remove the seeds and rind though, as they can cause an upset stomach or intestinal blockages.

4 Types of Human Food That Are Dangerous for Dogs

Avocado with black x through it

Some human food is not safe for dogs and can cause serious illness and even death. You should never feed your dog any of these foods, and also ensure that they are kept out of reach.

1. Avocados

Avocados contain persin, which is toxic to dogs, causing vomiting and diarrhea. The large pit can also present a choking hazard.

2. Chocolate, Coffee, and Caffeine

These all contain chemicals called methylxanthines. These are extremely toxic to dogs and can induce vomiting, seizures, and even death.

3. Xylitol

Xylitol is a common substitute for sugar that is toxic for dogs, leading to liver failure and dangerously low blood sugar levels. Symptoms include vomiting, convulsions, and coma.

4. Alcohol

Never let your dog consume anything containing alcohol. It’s incredibly dangerous and could kill them. 

You can learn more here about what to do in an emergency if your dog has consumed any of these substances and you can't get to a vet easily. 

Human Food and Dog Health

All dog owners want to promote their dog’s health and well-being by providing a balanced diet and the occasional treat. Make sure you know which types of human food are safe for your dog, and only give them in moderation.

You should also consult your veterinarian before you make any changes to your dog's diet, especially if your dog has any health conditions.

Be sure to check out the rest of the site for other great articles on pet health and nutrition.

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