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:
- 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
- Rhubarb leaves
- 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”.
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