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The Do’s and Don’ts of Human Food for Dogs

Posted by Kristen Baureis on 7/17/2017 to Diet and Nutrition

Being a dog owner myself, I adore my fur babies and I am quite mindful when it comes to their health. I eat fairly clean and I make sure they do too. My boyfriend and I started making their food about a few months ago, since healthy pet food can be pricey. We cook a huge batch about once a week. We always make the dogs chicken and rice with an assortment of vegetables. I usually do green beans, carrots and celery and sometimes I’ll add cucumbers, sweet potatoes or spinach.  In the mornings, I give them a hip and joint supplement and an omega-3 supplement (by Now Pets) with their breakfast. Every now and then, I’ll make the pups oatmeal with peanut butter, bananas, chia seeds and flax seeds. I like to give my dogs a variety of nutrients, and whenever we cook for ourselves, we tend to give them our leftover fruits and vegetables, such as berries, zucchini, broccoli and sprouts.

Feeding your dog human food can be tricky if you don’t know what’s healthy or unhealthy for them to eat. If I am unsure of a food, I will do my research to see if it’s safe for consumption.  I have provided a guide of which human foods dogs can and cannot ingest.

Safe Foods:


1.       Benefit the heart, eyes, teeth and lungs

2.       Rich in phytonutrients, vitamins A, K, and C, and beta carotene

3.       Lowers risk of heart disease, improves eye sight and cleans  teeth


1.       Assists with digestion

2.       Anti-inflammatory

3.       Detoxifies the body

4.       Improves eye and heart health

5.       Repairs skin damage

Sweet Potatoes

1.       Benefits the coat

2.       Boosts immunity

3.       Excellent source of beta carotene, manganese, Vitamins A and C


1.       Good source of fiber, magnesium, potassium

2.       Helps with digestion and bone growth

3.       Allows body to produce protein and absorb vitamins


1.       Ease digestion

2.       Balances blood sugar

3.       Good for the heart and brain

4.       Excellent source of antioxidants and fiber


1.       Freshens breath

2.       High in fiber and vitamins A and C

3.       Make sure to remove core and seeds

Peanut Butter

1.       Good source of protein and healthy fats

2.       Rich in vitamins B, E and niacin

3.       Choose raw/unsalted


1.       Assists with digestion/bowel movements

2.       High in fiber

3.       Safe for those allergic to wheat

4.       Served cooked with no added sugar


1.       Great source of protein, amino acids and glucosamine

2.       Helps build strong bones

Fish oil

1.       Nourishes the skin and coat

2.       Anti-inflammatory

3.       Helps with allergies

4.       Contains omega fatty acids

Some other healthy foods:  kale, spinach, pumpkin, green beans, nori, oranges, watermelon, eggs, salmon, white rice

Unsafe Foods:


1.       Toxic for dogs

2.       Can cause kidney damage/failure

3.       May dehydrate and cause lack of urine production


1.       Contain disulphide

2.       Can cause Heiz-body anemia (condition where the red blood cells are destroyed)

3.       Symptoms includes weakness, vomiting, breathlessness, little interest in food

Milk and Dairy products

1.       Although some milk and dairy products may be okay in moderation, they can cause diarrhea, upset stomach and may set off food allergies

Fat Trimmings and Bones

1.       Fat trimmings might cause pancreatitis

2.       Dogs can choke on bones

3.       Bones can splinter, causing damage to the digestive system

Macadamia nuts

1.       Can be fatal

2.       May cause muscle tremors, vomiting, rapid heart rate, raise in body temperature, weakness

Seeds and Pits of Peaches, Persimmons, Plums

1.       Ingesting the seed or pit can cause inflammation and intestinal obstruction

2.       Contains cyanide which is toxic for both humans and dogs

Chocolate, candy, gum

1.       Chocolate contains caffeine, theobromine and methylxanthines which are toxic to dogs

2.       May cause diarrhea, muscle tremors and seizures

3.       Any food sweetened with xylitol (or other types of artificial sweeteners) causes an increase in insulin, dropping blood sugar levels


1.       Leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain persin

2.       This toxin may upset the stomach and cause difficulty in breathing

Other foods that are harmful include bacon, walnuts, mushrooms, raw meat, salt, alcohol, and caffeine.




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