Have you watched the popular video of a dog puckering up after tasting lime?
For a brief moment, those scowling looks can be amusing. However, allowing your dog to consume lime and other human foods can have far-reaching health consequences, ranging from vomiting and nausea to death in drastic cases.
As a result, learning about dog-friendly human foods is essential for your dog’s good health and safety. Some can even make excellent dog goodies!
So let’s get started.
Fruits Your Dog Can and Can’t Eat
Apples are packed with vitamins A, C, and fiber, making a healthy and delicious dog treat. Since they are low in fat and protein, they are also a good choice for older dogs. Don’t forget to core the apple and remove the seeds as it contains cyanide.
Bananas are high in biotin, fiber, vitamins, potassium, and copper; on top of that, they are low in calories! Dogs are known to love a nice ripe banana. However, they should only consume it as a treat. Since bananas are high in sugar, it is vital to give them in moderation.
Blueberries contain phytochemicals and a lot of fiber, making them a superfood for our fur buddies. They are also high in antioxidants, preventing cell damage in humans and dogs.
Cantaloupe is a safe food for dogs to consume as they contain fewer calories and are chock full of fiber and nutrients. However, it should only be given in moderation since it contains a lot of sugar. Moreover, diabetic and overweight dogs are not advised to have it.
Cranberries, fresh and dried, contain high amounts of manganese and vitamin C; therefore, they make an excellent treat for dogs to munch on. An important thing to note is that cranberries are tart, which can strain your dog’s gut when consumed in considerable amounts.
Cucumber is just water mixed with vitamin K, C, B1, magnesium, copper, potassium, and biotin, so they cause no harm to your dog’s health. They are an ideal treat for obese dogs who need a little energy boost.
Mangoes are a perfect summertime treat as they contain copious amounts of vitamins B6, E, A, and C. They are also packed with potassium and alpha-carotene, and beta-carotene. However, all this goodness is mixed with lots of sugar, so make sure only to serve mangoes to dogs occasionally. Diabetic and overweight dogs are better off with it.
Oranges are an excellent way to add vitamin C, fiber, and potassium to your dog’s diet. Do not forget to remove the peels and de-seed the oranges so your dog can easily digest them.
Peaches are packed with fiber and vitamin A and are considered goodies for dogs. However, canned peaches are a big no-go as they contain exceptional amounts of sugar and can rapidly deteriorate your dog’s health if consumed in high amounts. Ensure the pit is removed before serving it up to your dog, as it contains cyanide.
Pears have been shown to reduce the risk of strokes in dogs by a substantial 50%. They are high in fiber, copper, and vitamins K and C, making them a superfood in the canine kingdom.
Bromelain present in pineapples helps dogs to soak up protein better. They also contain fiber, vitamins, and minerals, making them a great sweet dog treat.
Like cucumbers, watermelons are also 92% water mixed with vitamins B6, C, A, and potassium. Watermelons are the go-to fruit during the summertime when your dog needs that extra hydration. Before serving, make sure to remove the rind and seed.
The green parts of the tomato plant contain a toxic substance known as solanine. This is responsible for causing tomatine poisoning in dogs. However, the ripe fleshy fruit of the tomato is safe and can be consumed.
You may love the avocadoes, but your furry friend is better without them. A toxin called persin is found in the avocado’s skin, leaves, flesh, and pit. It can cause diarrhea and vomiting in dogs.
Grapes and raisins are incredibly harmful to dogs and can cause severe kidney failure and even death in some circumstances. It is advised to keep both raisins and fresh grapes away from dogs.
The cherry plant contains exceptional amounts of cyanide, which can disrupt the oxygen transport mechanisms of the cell when it enters the dog’s metabolic system. It can lead to dilated pupils, red gums, and breathing difficulties. Therefore, vets advise pet owners to keep the cherries away from dogs.
Vegetables Your Dog Can and Can’t Eat
Broccolis are rich in fiber and vitamin C content and low in fat, so they are considered excellent human foods safe for our fur buddies. Although, broccolis may be a choking hazard. In addition, when broccolis are consumed significantly, it may cause gastric irritation in some dogs, as broccoli florets contain isothiocyanates.
Brussels sprouts are chock full of vitamins K, C, and antioxidants; therefore, they are safe for dogs. Nonetheless, both brussels sprouts and cabbage can cause flatulence in dogs.
Many commercial dog foods have carrots in their ingredients list as they are rich in vitamin A and fiber. Carrots are also known to aid dogs’ dental health, and due to their bright color, dogs love a nice carrot for a treat.
Celery is a fantastic snack for dogs as they contain vitamin A, B, and C. They are also known to boost the cardiac health of dogs and can even help fight cancer. Additionally, they also give your dog a fresh breath.
Green beans are rich in minerals, vitamins, and fiber and are safe for serving dogs. When feeding your dog green beans, make sure they are plain and do not contain any salt.
Green peas, sugar snap peas, garden peas, English peas, and snow peas are all considered safe for dogs. They are rich in potassium, fiber, and vitamin B. However, canned peas are high in sodium and should not be given to dogs.
Onion, leeks, and chives are poisonous to all pets, including cats. They can cause the rupturing of red blood cells leading to diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach ache.
Mushrooms are generally toxic to dogs and can even lead to death. Hence, vets say it is best to stay away from them.
The whole plant of Rhubarb is toxic to dogs. The green parts of the plant, like the stem and leaves, can lead to vigorous trembling and even coma, while the stalk can disrupt your dog’s digestive system causing diarrhea.