Sharing your food with your pup can be a great way to show them love and affection, but it’s essential to be aware of the risks involved. While it may seem like a harmless gesture, some foods can be dangerous for dogs to consume.
If you’re considering sharing your food with your dog, it’s essential to understand the potential risks.
Here are some tips to help you keep your pup safe while still showing them some extra love:
- Be aware of foods that are toxic to dogs. Chocolate, grapes, and onions are just a few items that can be dangerous for your pup.
- Many human foods contain high levels of fat and salt, which can cause digestive issues in dogs.
- Make sure only to give your pup small amounts of food. Dogs have smaller stomachs than humans and can quickly become sick if they overeat.
- Avoid giving them table scraps as these can contain unhealthy ingredients or spices that can harm their health.
Showing your pup some extra love by sharing your food with them can be a great way to bond with them, but it’s essential to do so safely.
Safe Foods for Dogs
- Brussel Sprouts
- Baby Food Jars (Not all varieties)
- Green Beans
- Cashews (Crushed only, choking hazard)
- Mashed potatoes
- Plant-based kinds of milk (only some varieties)
- Slices of apple
- Apple Sauce (not all varieties)
- Jacket potatoes – with caution
- Cottage cheese – with caution
- White plain Rice
- Butternut Squash
- Pumpkin seeds
- Mango Fruit
- Goat milk
- Hazelnuts (Warning)
Unsafe Foods for Dogs
- Christmas Cake
- Scones (all varieties)
- Bologna Meat
- Salmon skin
- Hummus (Chickpeas = Yes)
- Macadamia Nuts
- Mince Pies
- Corn on the Cob
- Artificial SWeetener
- Ice cream
- Brie Cheese
- Meat fat trimmings
- Cooked Bones
- Mouldy Food
- Raw Prawns
- Pigs In Blanket
- Sage and onion stuffing
Some dogs are lactose-intolerant; don’t give them any dairy at all.
Dogs that have previously been given significant portions of high-fat foods could suffer from a bout of pancreatitis.
Dogs started as the grey wolf with a carnivore diet, meaning they only eat meat. However, they began to scavenge for other foods as time went on.
Dogs have a completely different digestive system to us, and they can’t digest certain foods as we can.
Remember to check the list before you offer some off your plates “only tiny, tiny amounts.” if you must
It would be best if you didn’t give your dog any extra bits of your plate in an ideal world, and I learnt the hard way.
Some people are very passionate about this, but if you “really” have to refer to the list above and choose wisely, it’s your dog.
Your dog might have different dietary requirements than usual, so the above does not apply. Please consult your vet at all times.
By sharing my story with you, I hope it will give you a better knowledge of what foods you can and can’t deliver to your dog, if any at all. I wish I had read something like this before it was too late.
Always consult your vet if in doubt.