Foods In Your Kitchen: What Dogs Can and Can't Eat

I gave my dog a piece of a carrot one time and now whenever I eat them he runs over somehow recognizing the crunch. For being a 15lb oversized chihuahua, I was surprised he was interested in a carrot at all, but they are in his dog food. People love letting their dog taste test kitchen items from carrots to oranges, but it is important to know that there are some items in your kitchen that are actually toxic for dogs. In fact, our favorite YouTube dog, Tucker, has a whole series about taste testing foods. As a responsible pet owner though, it is important to be aware of what is healthy and what is potentially toxic. Here are foods in your kitchen: what your dog can and can’t eat. 

Foods to never feed your dog 

Grapes 

Grapes as well as raisins are toxic to dogs. Even a small amount can cause kidney damage and can lead to kidney failure. Their bodies cannot digest these tiny fruits. It is recommended that if your dog does eat a grape to take it to the vet immediately.

Avocado 

Avocados are known to make dogs sick. Even a small piece can cause diarrhea and even breathing problems, especially for small dogs. You don’t want to give them any part of the avocado - from the skin to the seed. 

Tomatoes 

Ripe tomatoes can be okay, but unripe tomatoes contain ‘tomatine’ which is not healthy for dogs. Tomatine can cause kidney damage, cause digestive issues, and even affect their nervous system. If you have a garden, it is smart to have fencing around it so that your dog cannot take a munch of your unripe tomatoes on the vine. 

Onions 

Onions are not good for dogs, whether cooked or raw. They are hard for them to digest and can even cause damage to red blood cells. This includes chives, too. Onions are not good for cats too. It is also known that Japanese dog breeds such as Shiba Inus are especially reactive to onions. 

Seeds and Stones 

While you may be tempted to let your dog chew on an apple core, this is not healthy for them. Seeds and stones of fruits and veggies contain cyanide which is not good for them. It is best to not give them any seeds or stones, just as you wouldn’t eat them.

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Foods that your dog can eat 

Apples 

Apples are rich in nutrients and vitamins A and C. They also contain fiber which is good for digestion and is low in fat. They do contain sugar though so if your dog is supposed to avoid sugar, then avoid apples. Just always remember to not give them seeds or the core and small bites are the best for them to chew. 

Blueberries

Blueberries are a known superfood because they are rich in antioxidants that help cell damage for humans, as well as dogs. They also contain fiber. Not all dogs will like the sour taste, but if your dog is a fan, blueberries make a healthy treat. 

Cucumbers 

Cucumbers are okay for dogs to eat and can be a great snack for overweight dogs since they are low-calorie and mostly water. Cucumbers are loaded with vitamins, as well as potassium, biotin, and magnesium. 

Carrots 

Carrots are a great snack for dogs and are often an ingredient used in many dog foods. They are packed with vitamin A. Some dogs will not like raw carrots, but some go crazy for them, like my small dog. He has a small mouth though, so it is important for me to give him tiny bites that he can chew. 

Green Beans 

Dogs can eat green beans, and they are another vegetable commonly found in dog food. Dogs can eat chopped, canned, or even raw green beans, but opt for low-sodium for canned green beans. Green beans have vitamins, minerals, and fiber. 

Watermelon 

Watermelon is mostly water and can be an easy way to keep dogs hydrated on a hot summer day. They do however contain a lot of sugar so don’t overdo it. You also want to ensure there are no seeds because seeds can cause intestinal blockage. 

 

These are just a few of the most common fruits and vegetables that could be found in your kitchen, but before feeding anything to your dog it is always smart to discuss with your vet first. It is also important to keep in mind that, like humans, some dogs can have food allergies or intolerances that are not expected. With research and vet knowledge, letting your dog enjoy a tasty carrot can be a healthy treat for them.

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