Many dog owners believe that their furry friends can eat just about anything, but this is decidedly not the case. In fact, there are a number of foods that are definitely not safe for dogs to eat and should be avoided at all costs.
Here are foods that you should avoid feeding your dog:
Can Dogs Eat Sugar?
Dogs are like people in that they have different dietary needs. Some people need to avoid sugar, while others can eat it in moderation. The same is true for dogs. Some dogs can eat sugar without any problems, while others may experience health problems if they consume too much sugar. In general too much sugar consumption in dogs can lead to obesity, dental problems and possibly diabetes.
This is one food category that is particularly dangerous for dogs because of the risk of bacteria contamination. Not only is this food potentially harmful to your pet’s health, but it can also lead to serious intestinal blockages and even death.
Also known as sushi, raw fish is a popular food choice that many people enjoy. The problem is that many of these dishes contain high levels of mercury, which can be extremely toxic to your pet’s system.
Raw eggs are bad news when it comes to your dog’s health. For one thing, they’re extremely high in cholesterol, which can lead to serious health conditions such as heart disease and kidney failure. Secondly, raw eggs can also be contaminated with salmonella bacteria.
These are found in many of the so-called health foods we buy at the supermarket. The problem is that these foods are often high in trans fats, which can be extremely toxic to your pet’s system.
Human foods that are safe for dogs
Many people think that human food is safe for dogs, but this is not always the case. Some human foods can be toxic to dogs. However, there are also many human foods that are safe for dogs. In fact, many dog owners give their dogs human food as a treat or as a part of their regular diet. Popular foods that are safe for dogs to eat include cooked white rice, cooked fish, chicken, turkey and pork.
Can dogs eat strawberries?
Yes, dogs can eat strawberries, but they should not eat the leaves. Strawberries are a good source of Vitamin C and dogs need Vitamin C to keep their immune system healthy. However, strawberries contain small amounts of salicylic acid, which can be harmful to dogs in large quantities.
Can dogs eat bananas?
Bananas are a type of fruit that can be enjoyed by humans and dogs alike. Bananas are a good source of dietary potassium, vitamin C, dietary fiber and vitamin B6. Bananas can also help with weight loss and digestion. While bananas are safe for dogs to eat, they should only consume them in moderation as they can also be high in sugar.
Kibbles and Bits? Yes. Chocolate? No. Their own excrement? Yes, sadly. Avocados? Sadly, no. Find out what you cannot feed your pooch via this handy infographic guide.
An especially relevant chart considering that, in these modern artisanal times, some of you cook organic meals for your pets. Bone Appetit!
Further Reading: How to find the best dog food for Shih Tzu
Original infographic via Hellawella, content updated in June 2022.