I’m highly passionate about canine nutrition and have published many posts about dogs and food. One of my most popular posts discusses the the foods all dog breeds must avoid. Other posts deal with specific foods commonly found around the home. In this post I’m going to provide answers to the question… what foods can dogs eat?
This post will be a type of summary for a number of different foods we humans consume that our dogs have access to as a result. Many of these I’ve already written about individually in some detail and I’ll provide links to these throughout.
I hope to provide answers to questions you might have regarding the foods dogs can eat. I’ll look at specific foods, provide a yes, no or maybe and the reasons why certain foods might not be good for your dog to eat.
Table of Contents
- Brown Rice
- Greek Yoghurt
- Raw Eggs
Can Dogs Eat Brown Rice?
Yes, dogs can eat brown rice!
Brown rice provides a number of health benefits to dogs. It’s a carbohydrate so it delivers energy and fibre vital for a healthy digestive system. Brown rice is also packed with essential minerals and vitamins.
What About Carrots?
Yes, dogs can eat carrots!
Carrots are a very safe and healthy way of supplementing your dog’s diet with a range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They’re also very low in calories and contain zero fats.
Find our more about dogs and carrots.
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Can Dogs Eat Cucumbers?
Yes, dogs can eat cucumbers!
Cucumbers make ideal healthy and natural treats for your dog at any time of the year. They’re completely safe for dogs, and they make an especially hydrating treat given they contain around 96% water. With a variety of vitamins and mineral, cucumbers are a great supplement and quite clearly a great food dogs can eat.
What About Chickpeas?
Yes, dogs can eat chickpeas.
Chickpeas are a great source of protein, fibre, vitamins and minerals…. indeed many dog food manufacturers use chickpeas in their products.
If you’re planning on using them at home to make chickpea based dog treats for example, be sure to use only unflavoured varieties that aren’t stored in a salt solution.
Can Dogs Eat Greek Yoghurt?
Yes, all dogs can eat greek yoghurt… but with some caveats.
Although greek yoghurt is an excellent source of calcium and protein, as a dairy product it also contains lactose (though it’s lower in lactose than many other types of yoghurt). Lactose can cause gas and diarrhoea in adult dogs.
Furthermore, you must ensure that any yoghurt you give to your dog is plain and contains no sweeteners such as Xylitol, which is toxic to dogs.
What About Pepperoni?
Yes, dogs can eat pepperoni. However, as with salami, you need to tread carefully!
Pepperoni is high in fast and salt and of course it’s high in calories too. While it’s not poisonous, excessive overfeeding pepperoni to your dog can considerably shorten it’s life.
Pepperoni, like many cured sausages, often also contains garlic, which really isn’t something any dog should eat.
Find out more about why dogs shouldn’t eat pepperoni.
Can Dogs Eat Persimmon?
Yes, dogs can eat persimmon… but you need to exercise care.
The flesh of persimmons is delicious and nutritious: high in vitamins, minerals and fibre. However, the if your dogs eat the seeds of the persimmon, they can cause a digestive blockage, which can be very dangerous.
Persimmon is also high in sugar. Excessive sugar consumption can lead to obesity and a range of health problems.
If you’re going to give persimmon to your dog as a treat, don’t do so excessively and be sure to remove all the seeds.
Find out more about dogs and persimmon.
What About Pretzels?
Yes, dogs can eat pretzels, but they really shouldn’t at all.
An occasional pretzel snaffled by an opportunistic dog will likely not cause immediate harm. However, pretzels are high in sugar and salt. If your dog consumes a large amount of pretzels in one sitting, there is a real risk that your dog will experience a serious health issue.
Excessive salt consumption can lead to dehydration, which will make your dog extremely thirsty. In worst cases, it can cause sodium ion poisoning, which results in sickness, diarrhoea, seizures and even death.
Though one pretzel will probably not cause illness, it’s probably best to keep pretzels away from your dog at all times!
Can Dogs Eat Quinoa?
Yes… dogs can eat quinoa.
Quinoa contains a range of nutritional benefits for dogs… after all it’s a superfood! It’s high in protein, antioxidants and a range of important vitamins and minerals.
Some dog food manufacturers actually substitute use quinoa instead of grains to make gluten free feed.
Find out more about quinoa in this detailed post: Can dogs eat quinoa?
Can Dogs Eat Raisins?
No, dogs should never eat raisins!
It might seem bizarre that something as innocuous to us as raisins, are actually toxic for dogs. They can cause liver and kidney failure.
It’s not known how or precisely how many raisins it takes to create a serious health problem like those I’ve mentioned, but it’s best never to feed raisins to a dog and always store them somewhere where you little friend can’t get to them.
Find out what happened when our Whippet ate raisins.
What About Raw Eggs?
No, dogs should not eat raw eggs.
Though there is some disagreement on this, raw eggs to have the potential to cause E. coli and salmonella infection. Both can have severe symptoms, and in the very worst cases they can be fatal.
Even though opinion about whether or not dogs should eat raw eggs differs, it’s probably safest not to feed your dog eggs that have not been cooked.
Can Dogs Eat Salami?
Yes, dogs can eat salami… but you need to be careful with it.
Many vets advise not to feed salami to dogs. Though it’s high in protein, it’s also high in calories, fat and salt. Excessive feeding of salami can lead all sorts of health problems over time.
Often, salami also contains garlic, which is a food dogs should avoid.
Find out more about feeding salami to dogs.
What About Watermelon?
Yes, dogs can eat watermelon!
Watermelon is very low in calories (it’s 92% water after all) but high in minerals like potassium and vitamins A, B6 and C. It’s also a great food to hydrate your dog if it’s been playing hard when the temperature rises.
As with many foods dogs can eat, you still need to be careful.
Watermelon has lots of seeds… and seeds can cause a problem for many dogs if they block the intestine. Watermelon rind can also upset a dog’s stomach.
Assuming you remove the seeds and rind, watermelon is a perfectly safe treat for your dog.
I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out what foods dogs can eat.
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