Can My Dog Eat That? (7 Popular Foods Examined)
It’s a natural tendency when you are eating to want to share. In fact, when your precious puppy is looking up at you with those eyes that scream, "Feed Me!" You just may be tempted to do that.
It’s important to note that while your intentions may be good, what could result is far from it. Here is a look at some human foods and how they can affect your dog.
Can My Dog Eat French Fries or Chips?
Have you already done this? If you have, it's probably a good idea that you STOP. Salty foods can cause many problems for dogs. Eating too much of these foods, which can happen if you turn your back and your dog gobbles up your bag of chips and French fries, can lead to bigger problems.
When your dog eats too much salt, this can lead to sodium ion poisoning. What are some of the other consequences of eating too much salt?
Here are some of them:
Not so good. Skip the French Fries and chips all together and you could be saving not only your dog’s health but yours as well.
Can My Dog Eat Steaks?
The good news – YES, they can eat steaks. Just make sure if you do, that they are cooked thoroughly. The same goes for chicken as well.
What you want to do though is remove excess fat and skin.
Watch the salt and other seasoning as well; while you may want to spice it up for your pooch, you may want to think twice. See the previous mention on salt and you’ll see why.
There’s nothing wrong with serving it up plain. These lean meats already taste great as is.
Can My Dog Eat Raisins or Grapes?
Remember the California Raisins commercials? Anyone that has ever snacked on these treats knows just how tasty they can be.
You may also be tempted to add some to your dog’s bowl as a treat, but before you do, there is something that you need to know – Kidney failure can be caused by grapes and raisins.
Even in smaller amounts, these tasty human treats can make a dog sick. Your best bet when it comes to raisins? Well, just keep them out of their reach.
Additional read: Is it Safe To Feed Your Pooch From The Holiday Table
Can My Dog Eat Avocados?
Who doesn’t enjoy a nice big bowl of guacamole with their tortilla chips? Often times we look at fruits and vegetables as being of the healthy variety, but upon closer inspection they could be deadly to your dog.
Avocados specifically carry in it something called Persin. If you aren’t allergic to it, then you can enjoy your avocados. In bigger amounts, this could be deadly for your dog. If you have an avocado tree, then it’s important to keep your dog away from it as Persin can be found in other areas of the tree such as the seeds and leaves.
Can My Dog Eat Candy?
This can be dangerous especially with children in the house. Some kids want to share with their family dog. While that may be cute to think about, what aren't is the effects that can come about from a dog eating candy.
If the candy contains xylitol, it can create more insulin to pulse through your dog. What's the result of this?
It’s not good. This can cause your dog’s blood sugar to lower and in some cases can cause liver failure in just a matter of days.
Halloween is a time when you need to be on high alert. While you may have candy set out for your neighborhood trick-or-treaters, be sure that your dog isn’t getting into the candy bowl OR that one of the neighborhood kids accidentally gives them some to eat.
Can My Dog Eat Fruits That Start With A "P"?
Sounds silly, but fruits like peaches and plums can wreak havoc on your dog. Not only are the seeds and pits a big cause for concern because of the obstructive problems they can bring about in the throat, BUT they can cause other problems as well.
What are some of them? Well, some of them can cause inflammation in your dog’s intestines. Some can be even more lethal as peaches and plums’ seeds contain cyanide. Don’t stop eating these fruits for yourself, just don’t eat the seeds and pits, but you already knew that.
The takeaway? Your dog doesn’t know that. Keep them away and avoid this problem all together.
Can My Dog Chocolate?
This is one of those areas that can be difficult. For many. Chocolate is such a great treat and when it comes to our dogs WE WANT TO SHARE, don't we? Some advice -DON"T!
You have probably already heard someone tell you about the dangers of dogs eating chocolate; well you need to heed their advice.
Failing to do so could prove fatal in some cases. What you’ll find is even with just a little bit of chocolate, your dog will experience vomiting and diarrhea.
Don’t even let them lick the spoon if you plan on baking chocolate goodies.
Help My dog has eaten chocolate! (Video)
This short list covered many different types of foods that you may have wanted to feed your dog. In fact, there is a chance that you already have fed your dog one of the foods on this list.
If you have, and they have not suffered any ill effects, then please DO NOT TAKE ANY CHANCES.
When you introduce any new foods to your dog’s diet, be sure to check in with your veterinarian to see if it is okay.
What may seem normal and fine for human consumption could actually be deadly and lethal to your precious puppy.
Stick to the foods that you know are okay for your pup and you should be able to help them live a long and healthy life with you.
If you suspect your pooch may have potentially ingested any of the above or a toxic substance, call the Pet Poison Control Center at (855-764-76610) OR contact your local veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you have any further questions about your dog’s diet or just want to share some experiences of your own, please drop us a comment below. We welcome the change to talk to you and hear your own stories and dietary experiences with your own dog.