By Rob Colquhoun
Woofs Upon a Walk
At Woofs Upon a Walk, people often ask us what healthy human foods dogs can eat.
We know people want to provide the best possible care for their dogs and that starts with feeding them healthy diets. But there’s a lot of confusing — and often contradictory — information out there.
Woofs Upon a Walk created this handy info graphic to help clear up that issue up for dog owners. So without further ado, here’s our guide providing answers to the eternal question: Can my dog eat that?
Tips for adding healthy human foods dogs can eat
- Meat — Fish — especially salmon — is a great addition to your dog’s diet. Beef, chicken, and turkey are also good additions. If you add pork, know that it’s higher fat content can make it more difficult for your pup to digest. You also need to take care to make sure it’s cooked thoroughly. With all meats, be sure to remove bones. And never let your dog eat cooked bones. They can break your dog’s teeth and get stuck in his windpipe. If you want to give your dog a bone, make sure it’s raw. And then monitor your dog while he chews.
- Fruit — Most fruits are great additions. Dogs love most berries and apples. Just avoid the apple seeds. Don’t let your dog eat cherries, grapes or watermelon rind.
- Vegetables — Most vegetables are fine, but remember that both onion and garlic can be deadly.
- Moderation is key — Add healthy human foods dogs can eat gradually. Don’t add more than one or two at a time and just give your dog a few to try. Surprisingly, most dogs tend to have sensitive tummies and changing foods can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Your best bet is to give your dog a few bites of carrot or apple or green beans. Then wait a day or two and see what kind of reaction you get.
- Questions? Never hesitate to check with your vet. What your dog eats is the key to keeping him healthy and happy.