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What Can Dogs Eat?

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Layne is an animal lover who grew up in a household full of rescued critters. She is a registered veterinary technician.

What Can Dogs Eat?

What Can Dogs Eat?

Which People Foods Are Safe for Dogs?

Dogs will eat just about anything—the good and the bad. Foods vary in their risk and reward. Some foods, which are not actually toxic or poisonous, may still create issues for your dog, like loose stool, gastrointestinal upset, allergy, or even worse—GI impaction. Things like small fish bones in fish, pits in stone fruit, or cyanide in apple seeds are what we need to look out for as pet owners. Here is a list of foods dogs can eat and what dogs shouldn't eat, as well as commonly asked questions.

Can Dogs Eat Avocado?

Dogs should never be fed the peel, leaves, and pits of the avocado. All of these three components of the avocado contain persin (a naturally occurring toxin or fungicide) which in high amounts can cause health problems. If ingested, the peel, leaves, and pit of the avocado can case gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea) and heart damage. In addition, the pit or stone of the fruit of the avocado can be a choking hazard and cause intestinal obstruction.

Dogs can, on occasion, eat small amounts of the pulp of the avocado, but avocado is also high in fat, which can cause acute pancreatitis if consumed in large amounts. In addition, foods made with avocado like guacamole contain other ingredients that dogs should not consume (onion, garlic, salt, etc.).

Avocado oil can be good for dogs, alternatively, if produced responsibly and does not contain persin—this makes it potentially safe to use in small amounts in dog food and dog products. Please note that avocado is toxic to other animals, particularly predatory mammals (wildlife), farm animals (goats, rabbits, horses), and birds.

Dogs cannot consume beer.

Dogs cannot consume beer.

Can I Give My Dog Alcohol or Beer?

No, and offering your dog beer or any type of alcohol is cruel. Dogs can become intoxicated by small amounts of alcohol (ethanol-containing drinks such as hard liquor, beer, or wine) and anything containing hops. Do not feed your dog vodka, whiskey, gin, or any type of hard alcohol. Even a little amount can kill them. Still, you might be wondering if a little bit of beer will hurt your dog (sometimes they consume it accidentally).

Will a little bit of beer hurt my dog?

It depends on the quantity of beer that your dog consumes, the size of your dog, and its health status. Just like humans, dogs can get alcohol poisoning and toxicity from intoxication (and dogs are much smaller than humans). In addition, your dog's liver is not made to process alcohol. Your dog still might act like it loves beer because it has a sweet taste and might show interest in drinking it, but that doesn't mean they actually like it. They are just being curious.

What happens if my dog licks beer?

Most times, a single lick will not cause any issues. However, if your dog ingests a large quantity of alcohol, you will notice the signs of alcohol intoxication rather quickly. Signs of intoxication include lowered respiration rate (breathing), lowered body temperature (hypothermia), dehydration, lethargy, unresponsiveness, coma, and eventually death if it goes untreated (this can happen within 12-24 hours). The effects of alcohol will be noticeable within 30 to 60 minutes. Your dog needs emergency veterinary care if you believe they consumed a large amount of alcohol.

Raw meat bones can splinter and cause intestinal obstruction in dogs.

Raw meat bones can splinter and cause intestinal obstruction in dogs.

Can My Dog Have Bones?

Bones, in general, are a risky item to offer your dog, which can be confusing for most pet owners. After all, dogs are related to their wild wolf relatives, so one would think they can tolerate animal bones. However, the risk with animal bones is that they can become lodged in your dogs esophagus, digestive tract, or even splinter in their GI tract and cause serious emergent issues.

Pork Bones and Rib Bones

Pork bones and rib bones raw or uncooked can put your dog's health at risk. When your dog chews on them, they will splinter. Splintered bones can cause choking, intestinal blockage, and injury to the esophageal and intestinal lining. In addition, this can cause intestinal obstruction. Raw park bones also fall into this category and should not be offered to your dog, no matter how tempting or even if they've "been fine with them before." All it takes is one accident to cause the need for an emergency abdominal surgery.

Can my dog have turkey bones?

Chicken bones and turkey bones (poultry bones) are especially dangerous for dogs and should not be fed to them. These bones are small in size and splinter easily, which puts your pet at risk of soft-tissue damage or puncture (esophagus, stomach, intestines) and even a dangerous impaction of the digestive tract. You should not feed your dogs turkey legs.

Cranberries or Dried Cranberries

Can dogs eat cranberries or dried cranberries? Cranberries can be eaten by dogs in moderation or small quantities. Some dogs will not like the taste of cranberries due to their sour flavor, and because of their tartness, too many can cause gastrointestinal upset. More importantly, do not feed your pet a berry blend—pay close attention to what is combined with the cranberries. For example, raisins/grapes and currents are highly toxic to dogs and should not be fed to them, ever.

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Cranberry juice should also be avoided because of additional additives like sugar and alcohol. Cranberry sauce also contains high amounts of sugar, which is not good for your dog. It's important to note that some dogs will have an allergic reaction to certain foods, so watch your dog carefully after you offer them cranberry.

Can cranberries prevent UTIs in dogs?

There is not enough research to support whether cranberries prevent UTIs in dogs. Cranberries may still may be used in supplement form if provided as a vet-approved formula, but this should not be used in exchange for proper medical care.

Powdered cinnamon is ok to offer dogs in small amounts infrequently.

Powdered cinnamon is ok to offer dogs in small amounts infrequently.

Cinnamon

Cinnamon is not toxic to dogs, but should be offered in moderation and infrequently. Too much cinnamon (as with humans), can cause gastrointestinal upset (diarrhea and vomiting), altered blood sugar levels, changes in heart rate or rhythm, and can cause liver disease. Cinnamon is sometimes incorporated into dog treats—this is normal. The compound coumarin, which is found in cinnamon, can be toxic in large amounts. Otherwise, cinnamon has great anti-inflammatory properties, is high in antioxidants, and can help to lower high blood pressure and blood glucose levels.

According to the Pet Poison Hotline, a teaspoon of cinnamon in a medium-sized dog will have no toxic effects. Avoid giving cinnamon oil to your dog, however, as these products are highly concentrated.

Important: Nutmeg, which is often combined in spice blends with cinnamon, is toxic. Do not feed nutmeg to your dog.

Can Dogs Drink Soda?

Soda, or anything carbonated, will upset your dog's stomach and should never be fed to them. In addition, soda often contains high amounts of sugar and caffeine which is toxic to dogs. Sugar will cause your dog's blood sugar levels to elevate, and caffeine is especially toxic to dogs and can be fatal in large amounts. If your dog has ingested caffeine, you might notice agitation, hyperactivity, and increased urination. You will need to bring them to a vet for observation and so that they might receive intravenous fluids to flush them out.

Can I give my dog Sprite for upset stomach?

Absolutely not, as this will lead to further gastrointestinal issues (gas, bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain). You cannot give any type of soda (Ginger Ale, Coke, plain soda or pop) to your dog, let alone for an upset stomach. You will only cause them more harm and discomfort.

Plain, unsweetened yogurt can be consumed by dogs on occasion and in small amounts.

Plain, unsweetened yogurt can be consumed by dogs on occasion and in small amounts.

Dairy and Milk

Can dogs drink milk? Milk (cow or goat milk) is generally ok to offer your dog in small quantities as a treat, but only in moderation. However, some dogs are lactose intolerant and will have gastrointestinal upset after ingesting milk. Dogs do not have an abundance of lactase, the enzyme needed to digest the sugars in cow milk, and might not be able to tolerate milk in adulthood. In addition, nursing puppies should never receive cow's milk as a supplement for their mother's milk. This can cause severe diarrhea and ultimately dangerous dehydration. Some dogs particularly love the taste of milk because its thought that it might remind them of their instinct to nurse.

What milk is best for dogs?

Goat milk is actually the best type of milk to offer your dog. Avoid offering your dog large amounts of high-fat milks as this can cause acute pancreatitis due to the high dairy fat content. When it comes to nut milk, almond milk is generally ok in small amounts so long as it does not contain the toxic sweetener xylitol. Cashew milk is also generally safe but is not recommended as a regular dietary inclusion since only 3-4 cashews per day should be offered to a 20-pound dog (according to Rover.com). Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs.

Yogurt

Dogs can eat plain yogurt, including Greek yogurt, so long as it doesn't contain the toxic sweetener xylitol. However, because it contains lactose, your dog might have a difficult time digesting it as dogs can have lactose intolerance as well.

How much yogurt can I give my dog?

One spoonful or plain yogurt for a small-sized dog is a safe serving size. Two spoonfuls is generally ok for a medium size dog, and three spoonfuls for a large-sized dog. Keep in mind that certain full-fat yogurts in high quantities can cause acute pancreatitis and GI upset in dogs, so watch your dog carefully after offering said yogurt. Plain Greek yogurt offers a good amount of probiotics, calcium, and protein to your dog. In addition, you can stuff a rubber Kong with Greek yogurt and freeze it as an added treat for your dog. Some people mix in peanut butter or raspberries for additional flavor.

Mayonnaise

Regular plain mayonnaise is generally non-toxic to dogs. Mayonnaise is essentially a combination of oil and egg yolks with vinegar and lemon juice. Although dogs may tolerate it and be interested in it, it is not a recommended treat due to its high fat content. High fat foods can cause acute pancreatitis and further gastrointestinal upset in dogs.

Bread

Yes, bread is a generally safe food to feed your dog, especially plain white bread, wheat bread, and sourdough bread. However, if your dog has any type of allergy (like gluten), you should withhold from feeding bread as it can cause skin allergy, upset stomach, diarrhea, and other manifestations of allergies. Be wary of what is in the bread. Bread that contains macadamia nuts, xylitol (sweetener), pomegranate, high fat cheese or dairy, or onion and garlic, should not be fed. Be sure to review what the bread contains and do not feed it if you suspect any unusual ingredients that might be toxic. Never feed your dog raw dough or batter.

Dogs can consume cooked eggs depending on their size.

Dogs can consume cooked eggs depending on their size.

Egg

You can absolutely feed your dog cooked egg. Avoid feeding your dog raw egg as there is a slight risk of salmonella and other bacteria which can cause illness and gastrointestinal issues. Always serve your dog unseasoned egg. Some of the best ways to offer your dog egg is by cooking it scrambled, hard-boiled, or sunny side up.

How many eggs can I feed my dog?

A general rule is to watch your dogs calorie intake. Eggs are high in cholesterol, therefore, they should not necessarily be offered as a dietary staple. You can feed your large dog one whole egg a day; smaller dogs should be limited to one a week. Overfeeding your dog eggs can cause weight gain.

Dogs can eat strawberries but not cherries with pits.

Dogs can eat strawberries but not cherries with pits.

What Fruits Can Dogs Eat?

Can dogs eat fruit? The answer varies by the type of fruit and the quantity of fruit. In general, certain types of fruit are healthy for dogs and can be a great addition to their regular diet. Most importantly, you need to watch the amount of sugar in the fruit you are feeding your dog to prevent blood glucose issues and weight gain. Some fruit is toxic and some fruit is perfectly health for your dog.

Apples

Apples are indeed good for your dog. They offer essential nutrients like vitamins A and C as well as antioxidants and fiber. You may find that your dog naturally wants to eat apples. They can eat green apples, if they so choose, despite the sometimes bitter flavor. Apple skin is also ok for dogs to eat.

Can dogs eat apple cores and seeds?

No, dogs cannot eat apple cores and seeds. Apple seeds contain small amounts of cyanide when smashed, ground, or chewed. In addition, an apple core may pose as a choking hazard for your dog.

Bananas

Yes, dogs can have bananas and many dogs enjoy them. Bananas are low in calories and offer some amazing nutritional benefits such as vitamins, potassium, copper, fiber, and more. Bananas are still high in sugar and should only be offered as an occasional treat.

Cantaloupe

Yes, dogs can have cantaloupe. Although the seeds, too, aren't bad for your dogs, you will want to make sure you feed your dog seedless cantaloupe. If you are going to feed your dog cantaloupe, only feed them small one or two-inch pieces. In addition, remove the rind as it can be hard to digest and can cause an intestinal impaction. Similarly, honeydew and watermelon can be fed to your dog. Make sure that both fruits/melons are seedless and rindless.

Cherries

While cherry skin and flesh are non-toxic to dogs, avoid feeding cherries to your dogs. The pit of the cherry contains cyanid and can also become a choking hazard or lead to impaction and gastrointestinal upset.

What if your dog eats a cherry?

One or two cherries likely won't hurt a larger breed, but if it's a smaller breed, watch your dog for intentional blockage in the next few hours or days. Intestinal blockage includes loss of appetite, constipation, lethargy, and vomiting.

Citrus

While citrus like lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit are generally not toxic to dogs, you will not want to feed your dogs these fruit. All of these fruits are highly acidic and can cause indigestion and/or sensitivity in dogs. Alternatively, dogs sometimes enjoy the sweet flesh of am orange (e.g. mandarin orange), which contain vitamin C, fiber, and potassium.

Can dogs have oranges?

Oranges are ok to offer your dog in small amounts if your dog seems to like them, however, your dog's digestive tract was not designed to digest citrus due to the acidity. Oranges are not toxic and are rich in vitamin C, therefore, small amounts of the flesh of a mandarin orange might be ok occasionally.

Can dogs drink orange juice?

No, you should not give your dog orange juice. It is high in sugar and citric acid which will adversely affect your dog's digestive track and blood sugar levels. The same can be said about apple juice and any other fruit juice. Fruit juice is too high in sugar for your dog.

Figs

Dogs can occasionally eat figs, as they are rich in fiber and help with the digestive tract. Like many other fruits, however, they are high in sugar and should only be given once in a while. In addition, dogs may have dry figs, but when feeding a smaller dog, cut the piece up and don't feed too many as your dog can develop an impaction or choke. The same can be said of dates, but they must be pitted.

Nectarines

As with any stone fruit, keep the pits away from your dog at all times. Although nectarines are not toxic to your dogs, you do not want to feed your dog nectarines as a regular treat or on a regular basis. These fruits are high in sugar and can upset your dog's GI tract. Similarly, peaches, pears, apricots, and plums are non-toxic to dogs but are high in sugar. An occasional small taste is ok, but this shouldn't be a regular thing.

Pineapple

Pineapple is high in sugar and slightly acidic, so although it is not harmful for your dog, it should only be fed as an occasional treat. The amount of pineapple that your dog can handle is only a couple of bites. This pineapple should also be raw and not come from a can in a sweetened syrup, as the excess sugar can be problematic.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is not in itself toxic to dogs, but it can make your dog sick. The skin and peel of the pomegranate as well as the seeds can cause intestinal blockage and impaction since these parts of the fruit are poorly digested. While the fruit itself might be incorporated into vet-approved dog foods and treats, due to it being high in antioxidants and polyphenols, it is advised to only let your dog consume pomagranate as such.

Strawberries

Are strawberries good for dogs? Strawberries are not toxic or poisonous for dogs, and are generally good for dogs if fed in moderation. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C and fiber and can be given as a treat. Because strawberries contain a lot of sugar, you will want to limit how much and how often you feed them to your dog.

How many strawberries can a dog eat?

It is generally advised to offer your small dog one strawberry cut up into smaller pieces. Medium-sized dogs can have two strawberries cut in half, whereas larger dogs can have three strawberries, etc.

Tomatoes

Can dogs eat tomatoes or are they bad for them? Dogs can eat tomatoes in very small amounts. Ripe tomatoes are not toxic to dogs and can be fed if your dog enjoys them, but most dogs don't like them. Do note that dogs should only be given little taste of ripe tomato. Dogs can get tomato poisoning if they consume too many tomatoes that are unripened—this usually happens after they gorge themselves. Tomato poisoning may occur if your dog gets into a garden, for example. Your affected pet might present as lethargic, drowsy, have gastrointestinal upset (vomiting and diarrhea), a slowed heart rate, and additional issues.

Ginger

Ginger is ok to offer dogs in small amounts. The ginger root itself contains a ton of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger can aid in digestion and help to improve circulation. Do note that some sensitive dogs will show signs of skin irritation or allergy. If using a product designated for dogs that is vet-approved, always dose according to the product label.

Dogs can eat certain types of nuts but should never be fed macadamia nuts.

Dogs can eat certain types of nuts but should never be fed macadamia nuts.

Can Dogs Eat Nuts?

Dogs can consume a variety of nuts while other nuts are toxic to dogs. Find out which ones are safe to feed and which ones need to be avoided.

Almonds

Dogs should not be fed almonds. Dogs can get almond poisoning from as few as seven almonds. Almonds are high in fat, and although your dog might show interest in them or accidentally eat one or two and be fine, too many can cause problems because of over-consumption. In addition, if your dog accidentally consumes seasoned or salted almonds, the salt can also be especially risky. Dogs don't digest almonds well, so too many will likely cause severe gastrointestinal issues.

Can dogs eat almond butter?

Almonds are not toxic to dogs, so your dog may occasionally have a taste of almond butter. Many butters contain added salt or toxic sweetener like xylitol, so avoid these. In addition, almond butter is high in fat, so offer it as an occasional but not regular treat. Always read the label and make sure that if you do offer your pet human food such as almond butter, that you only allow them a small taste.

Cashews

Dogs can eat cashews, but again, they should only be offered a few unseasoned and unsalted cashews in a day (average-sized dog). One risk is that cashews are high in salt, fat, and calories. Feeding your dog too many can also cause digestive problems, especially in small dogs. In addition, raw cashews are toxic to cats. It's best to avoid feeding them entirely.

Peanut Butter

Peanuts are generally healthy for dogs and peanut butter is an ok treat for dogs so long as it is unsalted and does not contain any artificial sweeteners like xylitol (which is dangerous for dogs). Go for organic, all-natural varieties of peanut butter. While peanut butter offers dogs proteins, healthy fats, and vitamins B and E, it should be offered in moderation due to its high fat content. When feeding small dogs peanut butter, offer them only a teaspoon. Large dogs should not have more than a tablespoon per day.

Pistachios

Pistachios, which are technically a seed, should not be fed to your dog. The shells are extremely dangerous and will cause intestinal blockage in your pet. In addition, pistachios are high in fat and calories and are not a necessary part of your dog's diet. They are rich in B6, which is a great vitamin, however most dogs receive these nutrients in their regular food. Overfeeding your dog high-fat foods can cause acute pancreatitis.

Macadamia Nuts

No! Dogs cannot eat macadamia nuts. They are extremely toxic. Macadamia nuts are at the top of the list of things to avoid feeding your dog. If too many are consumed, macadamia nut ingestion can cause back-leg weakness, hyperthermia, depression, nausea, and vomiting. Generally, if your dog accidentally eats one or two nuts (depending on their size—if a large breed), they will likely be ok and can be watched at home. However, if you dog eats many, you will notice signs of toxicity and poisoning quite rapidly. In this case, you need to bring your dog into the vet for emergency treatment. In most cases, your dog will be fed a cathartic, which will help to absorb the toxins and allow your dog to pass them quickly (or an emetic, to make them vomit). Symptoms generally appear within 3-12 hours. Also watch out for foods containing macadamia nuts like cookies, chocolate, or baked goods.

Melatonin

You might be wondering if you can give your dog melatonin. The ASPCA states that melatonin is not considered unsafe for dogs, therefore, it is tentatively safe for dogs. However, you will want to check with your veterinarian before feeding your dog melatonin and only use a vet-approved formula. Some dogs, like those with diabetes, should not receive melatonin.

Just like in humans, melatonin has sedative-like properties and can make your dog calm and sleepy. Sometimes it is even used for dogs with severe anxiety like separation anxiety. Brand names of melatonin for pets include Regulin and Circadin. Melatonin is considered a hormone supplement and may be prescribed and dosed appropriately by your veterinarian. Never give your dog a human supplement.

Dogs may occasionally eat mushrooms that are sold for human consumption. Other wild mushrooms are highly toxic or deadly.

Dogs may occasionally eat mushrooms that are sold for human consumption. Other wild mushrooms are highly toxic or deadly.

Mushrooms

Most pet owners know that the majority of wild-growing mushrooms are toxic and/or negatively affect dogs, whereas store-bought mushrooms that are sold for human consumption are generally safe for dogs. Some of the safer varieties that dogs will not have a negative reaction to are portobellos, shiitake, and cremini.

Wild mushroom toxicity, however, is extremely dangerous for dogs. Generally, dogs show signs of mushroom toxicity within 15 minutes to up to 12 hours later after exposure or ingestion. Some of these mushrooms can cause seizure, coma, and death. It is actually best to skip feeding mushrooms to your dog altogether, as they are frequently prepared with garlic, onions, butter, and other foods that are bad for pets. Some known toxic mushroom types are: death cap, jeweled deathcap, deadly Glerina, false morel, Clitocybe dealbata, and deadly agaric.

Olive Oil

Dogs can consume olive oil in small quantities and as it actually carries some major health benefits. If you are offering your dog olive oil, it should be organic and of high quality without any additives. Olive oil is high in healthy fats and antioxidants and offers anti-inflammatory properties.

You can drizzle a small amount of olive oil on your dog's food. It is generally recommended that no more than 1 teaspoon is given per 30 pounds of dog in a day. If your dog is not used to consuming olive oil, go with smaller quantities. Oils might sometimes cause upset stomach and GI issues when initially introduced to your dog's diet.

Cooked pumpkin can be a great dietary supplement for dogs.

Cooked pumpkin can be a great dietary supplement for dogs.

Pumpkin

Canned, plain, cooked pumpkin without seeds is an excellent addition to your dog's diet. It is high in fiber and nutrients and can help with healthy bowel movements. In addition, dogs love it. Pumpkin is also recommended daily for dogs that have bowel irregularities.

When feeding your dog pumpkin, offer just one to four tablespoons per meal. Never feed your dog raw pumpkin (with the pulp and seeds), as this can make your dog sick and cause indigestion. If your dog is unable to pass the bulkiness of the raw food, they might get an intestinal blockage and experience vomiting and pain, which requires a vet visit.

Turkey

Dogs love turkey, and feeding your dog boneless all-natural cooked turkey is generally ok. Turkey is not toxic to dogs and can be incorporated in small pieces with their regular kibble or wet food. You will also find that turkey is a main ingredient in many commercial dog foods as it is rich in protein and phosphorous.

Avoid feeding your dog deli meats, as these contain preservatives and excessive salts. In addition, turkey hot dogs and processed meats are also not a good choice. Too much rich turkey (like that which is served on Thanksgiving), can cause acute pancreatitis in dogs. The small bones in turkey can also splinter and cause breathing and/or stomach issues and perforations in the bowels. Make sure any cooked turkey is temperature-tested to avoid thermal burns if feeding it to your dog.

Potatoes

Dogs can eat cooked, unseasoned potatoes as they are a common ingredient in many commercial brand dog foods. Potatoes, especially raw potatoes, do contain solanine, which is a toxic compound to dogs. For this reason, potatoes should always be prepared and cooked thoroughly via baking, broiling, or boiling. If feeding potatoes to your dog, do not add fatty ingredients like butter or seasoning and skip the salt. The potatoes should be plain and can be served cooled and broken up or mashed. In addition, only offer potatoes on occasion or in regular small amounts. They are especially useful for dogs with bouts of diarrhea.

French Fries and Potato Chips

Occasionally, your dog might snatch up a potato chip or a french fry. Generally, a single taste won't cause any harm so long as they are unseasoned, but fried, oily foods can cause acute pancreatitis and added salt can also cause health issues. Also, if the fry has not cooled completely, your dog could get a thermal burn it its mouth.

Can your dog eat raw potatoes?

No, if your dog has ingested raw potato, solanine intoxication can occur which is indicated by vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. If you are worried about your dog, take them to the vet ASAP.

Never feed your dog spicy food even if they act like they enjoy it.

Never feed your dog spicy food even if they act like they enjoy it.

Can Dogs Eat Spicy Food?

No, do not feed your dogs spicy food. Spicy foods cause gastrointestinal issues and can be extremely irritating for your dog and their sensitive mucous membranes (nose, eyes, and mouth). In addition, your dog might develop severe gastrointestinal upset, like hyper-salivation, stomach ache, and explosive diarrhea.

Can dogs feel spicy food?

Yes, dogs can feel and experience spicy foods like humans. Capsaicin can actually be extremely irritating to dogs and produce the same effects as you see in humans—cough, hyper-salivation, eyes, nose, and throat irritation, and gastrointestinal upset. Do not feed your dog spicy food, even if they love it (Hot Cheetos, chilis, Takis, jalapenos, and hot sauce are a no-no).

Occasionally, raw sushi-grade fish might be fed to your dog, but it's not worth the risk.

Occasionally, raw sushi-grade fish might be fed to your dog, but it's not worth the risk.

Can Dogs Have Raw Fish?

You should not feed your dog raw fish. Fish can contain salmonella and a number of parasites, so by feeding your dog raw fish, you are putting them at risk. Cooked fish, alternatively, is a safe option, but the fish needs to be deboned and skinless. Fatty fish like salmon and salmon skin can, in large quantities, cause acute pancreatitis in dogs.

Common fish types that dogs like to consume are salmon, mackerel, smelt, sardines, trout, herring, and anchovies. Always makes sure the fish you are feeding are deboned. In addition, freeze-dried fish with skin still on can be tough and hard to digest. Small bones in fish can irritate the stomach and intestines and cause perforations and blockages.

Is sushi ok for dogs?

Sushi-grade fish—with nothing else on it and in small quantities—is generally not high-risk for your dog, but there is always some risk in feeding your dog raw fish, sushi, or sashimi. Raw fish can carry parasites. Soy sauce is extremely salty and should not be fed to your dog. Wasabi is also extremely irritating and should not be fed to your dog. If the fish has wasabi or soy sauce on it, do not feed it to your pet.

Raw Pork

No, dogs should not eat raw or undercooked pork. As with humans, raw pork can carry parasites which cause a parasitic infestation called trichinosis. Often, meat animals can be infected with these parasites, and if the consumer ingests it undercooked or raw, they can acquire the parasitic egg or oocyte. The trichinosis parasite enters the gastrointestinal system of the animal that ingests it (dog or human). Feeding your dog raw meat is not recommended, despite the raw food movement. There is a lot of bacterial and parasitic risk if the food is not prepared properly.

Quinoa

Yes, dogs can eat quinoa and it is often included in high-quality dog food. Quinoa is a seed and a dietary staple in South America. Quinoa is high in protein and fiber and other nutrients. If you intend to offer your dog cooked quinoa, start slow. Sometimes, high-fiber foods can cause sudden diarrhea. It's also possible that if your dog suffers from other allergies, they may develop symptoms of allergy to quinoa, so watch them closely. Start out by offering your dog small portions. Quinoa is a complex carbohydrate and can be a better alternative than some common grains.

How much quinoa can a dog have?

For a medium-sized dog, start them out on 1 tablespoon cooked and unseasoned quinoa once a day. For larger breeds, you can work them up to 1/4 cup per day.

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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

© 2022 Laynie H

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