For the Dogs: What They Can and Can’t Eat

Dogs love to share our food, but you might not know that several of the foods we love, even some of the healthy stuff for us humans, are not so good for our pets.  Of course, there are the obvious ones, like alcohol, caffeine, and (most of us know) chocolate.  However, did you know that grapes are so toxic to dogs that they could cause kidney failure?  Or that you could be poisoning your pet with onions?

We were very surprised, too.  We decided to do a little research, and put together a list of some of the foods that are both good and harmful.  We don’t want to keep this to ourselves, though, so we thought we would share it with you.

Now, we are not experts, nor do we have any medical or veterinary training.  This list was generated by consulting several sources, including the American Kennel Club and PETA.  We have included the links to these resources at the end of this post, which include much more in-depth information.

Also, over the last couple of weeks, we have converted our dogs from a normal meat-based dog food brand to a vegan diet.  If you are interested in vegan dog food, we have tried a couple of home made dog food recipes recently, which our dogs really love!  We’ll link to those, too.  Currently, we mix a vegan kibble with these recipes, about half-and-half, and they actually prefer all of it over the old stuff. ?

Here is the list.  You’ll notice that we did not go into full detail on each item.  After all, we want it to be easy to read, instead of a 5000-word essay.  We advise you to click the links at the end for all the information on each of these items.  We are also creating a printable with information.  Be sure to subscribe below for your downloadable copy!

The Good:

  • Cooked potatoes
  • Cooked sweet potatoes
  • Blueberries
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Green Beans
  • Peas
  • Coconut
  • Corn
  • Quinoa
  • Cooked Rice
  • Wheat
  • Beans
  • Chickpeas
  • Flax Seed
  • Lentils
  • Oatmeal, Plain, Cooked
  • Squash
  • Zucchini
  • Bell Peppers

OK in moderation: 

  • Apples (no core or seeds)
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Brussel Sprouts (too much could cause gas)
  • Cantaloupe
  • Cranberries
  • Asparagus (small pieces)
  • Watermelon (without seeds)
  • Mango (no pit)
  • Pears (no seeds which contain cyanide)
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Spinach
  • Bread
  • Cashews (it’s a seed – not a nut)
  • Peanuts / Peanut Butter (not really a nut – legume)
  • Pumpkin

Best to Avoid:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Uncooked Bread Dough
  • Cinnamon
  • Salt
  • Avocado
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions (essentially poisonous)
  • Leeks
  • Cherries (except for fleshy part around seed, contain cyanide!)
  • Raw potatoes
  • Tomatoes (fruit OK, but plant and stalk are toxic – better safe than sorry)
  • Garlic
  • Currants
  • Apricot
  • Rhubarb
  • Grapes / Raisins
  • Nuts (Macadamia Nuts, Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans)
  • Pistachios
  • Peaches (pits are toxic – better safe than sorry)
  • Plums (pits are toxic – better safe than sorry)
  • Persimmon (pits are toxic – better safe than sorry)
  • Xylitol – This is a sugar substitute found in sugar-free products like gum and candy, and might be found is certain peanut butter.  You definitely want to check the label.  In larger quantities, this can be life-threatening for dogs.

There you have it.  Of course, there are probably other foods that are either good or bad for you dogs.  Do a little research to make sure that Rover is happy and healthy, especially if you are looking to convert him to a vegan or vegetarian diet.

As promised, here are two of the homemade dog food recipes we were telling you about.  One recipe is made in the Instant Pot, from our local friend Amy Johnson (@mrsplantintexas).  We found the other on the Peta website.

Homemade Vegan Dog Food: Instant Pot Recipe

Homemade Sweet Potato–Peanut Butter Vegan-Dog Delight

Resources:

American Kennel Club: “Fruits & Vegetables Dogs Can and Can’t Eat” 

American Kennel Club:  “Human Foods Dogs Can and Can’t Eat”

WebMD: “Slideshow: Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat”

Indigree Angels Trust: “21 Nutritional Foods For Doggie”

Pet Indulgence: “Feeding Dogs Fruit & Veggies”

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