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Can Dogs Eat Baby Food? (Different Varieties)

If you have a hungry dog and no other food available, then yes, it’s safe to feed your dog the baby food as a one-off. However, firstly check on the back to ensure that it doesn’t include any harmful ingredients such as onion powder and garlic powder. 

We know that baby food is generally safe for dogs to eat. However, good quality dog-specific food is really what a dog needs. If you have no other options and cannot go to the shops or wait for a delivery, then baby food is okay for them as a temporary replacement. 

The good thing about baby food is that it’s made without any additives and are usually low in fat. Baby food also contains low sugar amount and salt. Which again is pretty perfect for a dog as a temporary option only. 

Different Types of Baby Food Jars

Here is a list of different baby food jar flavours that are safe or not safe for dogs to eat. But each baby food brand will have different ingredients in it. So be sure to read the label before you give your dog any.

Safe

  • Pumpkin Puree is safe for dogs to eat.
  • Vegetables Puree is safe for dogs to eat.
  • Peas Puree is safe for dogs to eat.
  • Sweet Potatoes Puree is safe for dogs to eat.
  • Chicken Puree is safe for dogs to eat.
  • Beef and Carrot Puree is safe for dogs to eat.

Not Safe

  • Leek and Potato is not safe for dogs.
  • Courgette, Pea and Leek is not safe for dogs.

Harmful Ingredients

Since it’s for babies, it should be healthy without any added additives. However, you still need to double-check the ingredients listed on the back. Look out for garlic powder and onion powder as its toxic to a dog. If it’s listed on the back regardless of the list above, don’t give it to your dog. 

  • Garlic: this is a toxic ingredient. It can make the red blood cells damaged. These red blood cells have the important task of carrying oxygen around the body. When damaged, they dont function correctly. 
  • Onion: this ingredient is highly toxic to a dog, just like garlic and can destroy the red blood cells within a dog’s body, leading to sickness.
  • High Salt levels: high salt levels can affect your dog’s heart rate and kidneys functions and are even more damaging in older dogs. 
  • High Sugar Levels: can cause a dog to become hyperactive, vomit, have uncomfortable gas and have diarrhoea. In the long run, it can cause obesity and diabetes.
  • Leeks: are a part of the allium family, meaning they are highly toxic to a dog. Like garlic and onions, leeks damage the red blood cells within a dog’s body, which leads to health complications.

Allium Family of Food Include 

The below all share one thing, they are toxic to dogs! 

  • Onions
  • Shallots
  • Chives
  • Spring onion
  • Garlic
  • Leeks
Recommended Read: Allium Family Foods And Dogs

Can diabetic dogs eat baby food?

As suggested by your vet, good quality food is the better way forward for your diabetic dog. Diabetic dogs can eat baby food jars such as pumpkin, pea, chicken, or beef jars. However, keep away from the fruit jars as they have a lot of natural sugar. Baby food is safe as a temporary fix if you have no other food for your dog to hand. Since baby food is low in salt and sugar and has no additives, it is generally classed as safe for dogs but will not provide them with the daily nutrients they need to stay healthy in the future. 

Can dogs eat baby food puffs?

Although they aren’t toxic to a dog, baby puffs dont have the nutrient content that a dog needs. They are low in nutrients as they are mainly just puffs of air. The good thing is they are not a choking problem as the puffs pretty much melt in the mouth straight away. 

There are many other healthy treats you can give a dog over baby puffs. Try making your own boiled chicken treats instead for a dog. Much more beneficial for them.

Can dogs eat baby food with onion powder?

No, do not feed your dog baby food with any onion, whether powder or fresh. Onions are toxic to dogs and can damage the red blood cells that carry the vital oxygen around a dog body.

Can dogs eat baby food with garlic powder?

No, do not feed your dog baby food with any garlic in at all, be it powder or fresh. Garlic is very toxic to dogs, and they should not consume garlic. Garlic can cause anaemia and general sickness in dogs.

Can I feed my sick dog baby food?

When dogs feel sick, they generally refuse to eat, and sometimes baby food may help temp them into eating something. Yes, you can feed your dog baby food as long as no toxic ingredients, such as any onion family members and garlic, are found on the back.

Recommended Read: list of safe and unsafe food to feed a dog

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