Despite how much your dog might try to convince you that they can eat that piece of chocolate you’re holding in your hand by looking at you with their big, puppy dog eyes, there are some things that they simply cannot eat.
Most people know the basics, like chocolate and pizza, but there are actually quite a lot of foods that your dog definitely should not eat, as well as a whole bunch that get the vet’s trick of approval.
Foods Your Dog Shouldn’t Eat
Human foods that are toxic to dogs (or can be with excess consumption) include caffeine, alcohol, some nuts (including almonds, macadamias, pecans, pistachios and walnuts), yeasty foods (like pizza), chocolate, sugar, artificial sweeteners like xylitol, excessive salt, grapes, raisins, plums, peaches, persimmons, onions, garlic, chives, chilli, and some mushrooms.
Cooked bones can be a choking hazard as the bones are easily splintered and avocado nuts and corn cobs can cause gastrointestinal obstructions (even though the foods themselves are a perfectly healthy addition to your dog’s dinner), so these are best avoided in their whole form.
While milk and citrus fruits are not toxic, they can cause stomach upsets and are generally best avoided.
Foods Your Dog Can Eat
Within moderation, your dog can eat a pretty varied diet and there’s loads of scientific evidence that points to this being the way to go for your pup’s longevity. From bananas, eggs (including their ground up shells) and carrots to peas, pumpkin and boiled chicken, it’s important to remember that a balanced diet is the key to keeping your pet healthy, so consult your vet to ensure you’re putting in all the right vitamins and nutrients into your pet’s dinner bowl. It’s important to remember that, like humans, all dogs are different so certain foods might not agree with them (ie. yoghurt) so it’ll come down to trial and error. And if you’re in doubt, Google it!
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