Can I Feed My Dog Table Scraps?

/, Nutrition/Can I Feed My Dog Table Scraps?

Can I Feed My Dog Table Scraps?

The answer to this question is: Use your common sense and avoid toxic or risky foods for dogs!

If you’re uncertain whether or not a specific food is good for your dog, don’t offer it.

Some people foods can be dangerous to your dog.

Some are absolute dangerous to him, while other foods are best avoided because they can lead to obesity and a variety of health problems.

For example, you should not give your dog the following:

Dog eating table scraps

  • Caffeine
  • Candy, pie or ice cream
  • Fried foods
  • Uncooked or Undercooked Meats
  • Cooked bones
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Large amounts of garlic
  • Spicy foods
  • Raw eggs
  • Avocados
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Mushrooms
  • Citrus fruits
  • Persimmons, peaches, plums
  • Food with gobs of fat
  • Cheese and other dairy products

Cooked bones can break and leave an uneven edge that can rub or pierce a dog’s esophagus or gastrointestinal system.

Cheese and other dairy products are not advisable for dog because dogs do not have large quantities of lactase, which helps break down dairy in the intestine.

For this reason, feeding your dog cheese or other dairy can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems.

You can learn more about chocolate toxicity in our article named: “Top 5 Questions about Chocolate Poising”.

Good Treats

The following list of foods contains some of the foods that you can offer to your dog as a treat.

However you should keep in your mind that a good special formulated dog food contains all the nutrients that your dog needs in balanced amounts.

  • Vegetables: carrots, broccoli, cooked squash, zucchini and potatoes
  • Fruits: peeled apples, melons and berries
  • Grains: rice, plain pasta
  • Meats/Dairy: steak, chicken, turkey, hamburger, plain yogurt
As a veterinarian, I believe that if you are cautious about what you give your dog from the table or kitchen, and you don’t alter the nutritional balance of your dog’s normal dog food, table scraps can be a harmless addition to your dog’s diet.

My Advice:

It is very important that you don’t give so many table scraps that they make your dog ignore his regular food.


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.


  1. mark schienle April 28, 2015 at 4:56 am - Reply

    why are peachs bad for a dog?? i have a chihuahua that likes them!!!

    • Dora Mancha April 28, 2015 at 7:59 pm - Reply

      The tender flesh of a prepared peach is innocuous for dogs in limited quantities, but peach pits or peaches in heavy sweet liquid should be avoided. If your dog is unfamiliar to this fruit, even a restricted quantity of peaches can cause a digestive upset, mostly in the form of transitory diarrhea.
      Additionally, when the source of peaches is unknown, there is a risk that the fruit has been sprayed with pesticides, which can be toxic to dogs.
      Peach pits represent the greatest threat to dogs. Swallowed whole, peach pits can get stuck in the throat and cause a dog to choke. The rough and serrated edges of peach pits are scratchy and may cause irritation of the small intestine. And ingesting peach pits can lead to obstruction, which can then lead to intestinal inflammation.
      Moreover, peach pits contain a naturally occurring chemical, a sugar-cyanide compound called amygdalin. A dog would have to have eat a number of peach pits and have its digestive enzymes release sufficient cyanide from the stone for it to have toxic effects, but it is a risk factor to be alert.
      Canned and preserved peaches are regularly treated with artificial sweeteners and other chemical preservatives, which can upset your dog’s digestive system. Actually, the natural sugars found in peaches are sufficient to cause stomach upset in dogs.

  2. Gary Word April 28, 2015 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    My dog loves cheese–she is a 10 lb chihuahua— it is on the list not to feed… but she gets some cheese every day….. will it really hurt her???

    • Dora Mancha April 28, 2015 at 8:38 pm - Reply

      Cheese and other dairy products are not toxic to dogs but they are hard for dogs to digest. Dogs do not have large amounts of lactase, which helps break down dairy in the small intestine. Thus, feeding your dog cheese can cause diarrhea and other digestive issues. Additionally, some dogs are sensitive to dairy products. Some even to the point of being lactose intolerant just like humans. In these cases you should avoid cheese as a treat.
      If you offer cheese to your dog you should elect for low or reduced fat varieties and don’t overfeed. Cottage cheese is classically a good choice.
      On the other hand moldy cheeses are toxic. Roquefort and other blue cheeses hold an element called roquefortine C, which is a substance produced by the fungus used to produce these cheeses. Dogs are sensitive to this substance and in more severe cases can cause dogs to develop muscle tremors and seizures.

      • Tillie February 23, 2016 at 1:12 pm - Reply

        Our vet told us to give our dog yogurt, because it gives her good bacteria in her digestive system. She loves it and gets it when her tummy is growling.

  3. Betty Smith April 28, 2015 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    I saw caffine as being bad, I have a chihuahua that loves coffee, i try not to give it to her, but sometimes she’s like a “old woman” & pouts if I don’t give her at least a little.

    • Dora Mancha April 29, 2015 at 9:17 am - Reply

      Dogs appear to be more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than people. While one or two licks of coffee, will not contain enough caffeine to cause poisoning, the consumption of moderate quantities of coffee grounds can easily cause death in a small dog.
      Caffeine is a drug of a class called Methylxanines and its effects on the body are central nervous system stimulant; cardiovascular stimulant, increase blood pressure and nausea and vomiting. It is never a good idea to feed anything to your dog that contains caffeine. Since caffeine acts like a stimulant, it may cause diarrhea, increased thirst, restlessness and an increased heart rate. These signs can occur between 30 minutes to 12 hours after ingestion.

Leave A Comment

Why was the Dog Food Selector created?

Each dog has unique needs... The approach "one food for all dogs" isn't the more suitable. Dogs have different sizes, different life stages, unique breed characteristics, health conditions and a few other factors... Choosing the right food for your dog may help him or her life a longer and healthier life! We exist to make that task easier for you.

How does the Dog Food Selector work?

It's quite simple... It's a 1-2 step process. You just have to fill in the form with your dog's characteristics, like gender, age, size, activity, health conditions and a few other important data and click "search". Then, you'll see a list of dog foods with the highest review score. If you wish you can see all the detailed review of each individual dog food.