Safe and Toxic Food for Dogs

Your dog can’t eat everything you eat. Their body can’t digest the same things we can. And some of the food is just plain toxic to dogs. Usually, it takes more than just a couple of bites for your dog to show any adverse symptoms, but somethings do only take a single bite.

Today I want to share with you some foods that are safe for your dog to eat, some that aren’t safe, and some that are considered to be controversial. 

Please remember when you add new food, monitor your dog closely for any signs that your dog’s body can’t handle it. Not all dogs can process the same foods and it’s important for you to know which ones your specific dog can’t have.


Safe and Toxic Foods for Dogs

The Controversial Foods

There are a few foods that have been thought to be toxic to dogs but recently have been found to not be true. So I'm putting these under the controversial foods because there is such a big debate surrounding these.

Research these and make your own decision on if you want to add them to your dog's diet or not. 

  • Avocados (no pit)
  • Garlic 

Safe Foods for Dogs

Variety in your dog’s diet is extremely important, just like it is in your diet. Too much of one thing always has the potential to be a bad thing.

Fruits tend to be high in sugar so it's best to limit the amount of those in your dog's diet.

This is not an extensive list, just some foods to get you started.

  • Apples without the seeds (the seeds are toxic)
  • Bananas
  • Beef
  • Bell Peppers
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli (can cause gas)
  • Brussel Sprouts (can cause gas)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Cheese (certain varieties
  • Chicken
  • Cucumber
  • Eggs
  • Green Beans
  • Kale
  • Kefir
  • Mango
  • Oranges
  • Peaches (no pit)
  • Pears (no seeds)
  • Peas
  • Pineapple
  • Pumpkin
  • Raspberries
  • Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Potato
  • Turkey
  • Watermelon (seedless)
  • Yogurt (plain, no added sugar)
  • Zucchini

Related: DIY Dried Banana Dog Treats 


Toxic Foods for Dogs

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chives
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Gum/Candy
  • Grapes
  • Leeks
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Onions
  • Pits and seeds from fruit
  • Raisins
  • Sugar
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast



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