Can Dogs Eat Human Food? – Common Safe And Unsafe Foods

Have you ever found yourself asking, “Can My Dog Eat…?” Dogs love to eat, probably even more than their love for their human parents.  And don’t forget the Jedi mind trick stare dogs give you in hopes that they will compel you to provide them with some of that food you have on your plate!  You all know that look I’m talking about! Did you know that some of our favorite things to eat are toxic to dogs?

Everyone loves to feed their dogs human food, but do you know what is safe and what isn’t?  Foods like apples, blueberries, carrots, and chicken are safe to feed your dog. However, foods like chocolate, mushrooms, cherries, and ice cream can cause health issues and even death. Read on to find out the most common safe and unsafe foods for your canine friend. You might be surprised about some of the items on our list.

Here Is a List of SAFE Foods To Feed Your Dog

Can Dogs Eat Apples? Yes, dogs can eat apples
Can Dogs Eat Apples? Yes, dogs can eat apples

Apples: Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Apples are great are they not? Yes, apples are safe for your dog.  Remove the seeds and cores before feeding them to your dog. Apples are a great source of vitamin A, C, and fiber.  They are perfect for senior dogs as they are low in fat and protein. Come Halloween you and your pooch can go bobbing for apples!

Bananas and Dogs?
Bananas and Dogs?

Bananas

Bananas yum!  You can feed these to your dog as they are safe.  Bananas are an excellent low-calorie snack for a dog.  But make sure to give in moderation because they contain a high sugar content, which is not part of your dog’s everyday diet, and therefore can make your dog sick.  Bananas are high in potassium, biotin, fiber, vitamins, and copper. 

Dogs can eat blueberries
Dogs can eat blueberries

Blueberries

Blueberries are safe for your dog.  Like who doesn’t love blueberries? My dog loves them so much that she helps herself to our blueberry bushes at home.   Blueberries are considered a superfood loaded with antioxidants which are said to prevent cell damage in canines and humans.

Cantaloupe: Safe For Dogs To Eat
Cantaloupe: Safe For Dogs To Eat

Cantaloupe

Yes, Cantaloupe is safe to feed your dog.   The fruit is loaded with sugar, so give it to your dog as a treat because too much sugar can make for an upset tummy.  Make sure to peel/cut the grind.

Carrots
Carrots

Are Carrots Okay To Feed To My Dog?

Carrots are great for your dog’s teeth and safe for your dog to eat.   They are low in calories and are high in beta-carotene and fiber.

Cashews
Cashews

Cashews

You can feed cashews to your dog, but only in moderation.  They are high in fat, and high-fat diets can cause pancreatitis, which can be life-threatening if not treated early.  Since they are high in fat, they can lead to weight gain, diabetes plus joint problems.  Personally, I would avoid feeding cashews to my dog. 

Can Dogs Eat Celery?
Can Dogs Eat Celery?

Celery

Caesar anyone? Known to freshen your dog’s breath, celery is a great snack for your dog, and safe as well!

Cheese ... mmm ...
Cheese … mmm …

Cheese

Who doesn’t love cheese?  I know my dog loves cheese.  Every time I have cheese she is right there beside me trying to Jedi mind trick me into giving her some.  Cheese is safe to feed your dog, except for blue cheese.

Blue cheese can cause tremors and seizures. Do not feed your dog cheese if it is lactose intolerant. Most cheeses are high in fat, therefore you should be looking for low-fat cheeses.

Chickens (extremely raw, obviously)
Chickens (extremely raw, obviously)

Chicken

Chicken is safe to feed your dog.  Best to serve it boiled with no seasoning.  Chicken can also be given to your dog if he/she has an upset stomach.

Dogs can eat coconut
Dogs can eat coconut

Coconut

Coconuts are safe to feed your dog.  They contain Lauric which helps strengthen the immune system. Oils and coconut milk are safe for your dog as well.  Do not feed your dog the fuzzy outer layer as it can get lodged in their throat and cause choking.

Coconut is also known to help with skin conditions like itchy skin and fleas, help reduce inflammation, so if you have an older dog with arthritis coconut would be something to give your dog to help them with their pain.

Can Dogs Eat Cranberries?
Can Dogs Eat Cranberries?

Cranberries

Cranberries are safe to feed your dog.  Dogs may not like them as they are quite tart.  Too many may give your dog an upset tummy, so please feed as a treat.

Cucumber
Cucumber

Cucumber

Who doesn’t love cucumber water?  Right? And guess what, it is safe for your dog as well.  There are no carbs, fats or oils in cucumbers. They are said to boost energy levels. 

So, go ahead and put some cucumbers in your dog’s water bowl. He/she will love you even more.

Eggs are a great source of protein
Eggs are a great source of protein

Eggs

Shall we have sunnyside up or over easy? Can dogs eat eggs? Yes, eggs are safe to feed your dog.  The eggs must be fully cooked through, there must be no raw eggs. Feeding your dog raw eggs can expose them to Salmonella, and Biotin deficiency (biotin supports healthy skin, digestion, metabolism, and cells.)

Salmon, yum!
Salmon, yum!

Fish

Yes, fish is safe to feed to your dog.  Salmon and sardines are the most beneficial for your dog as salmon contain lots of vitamins and proteins, and sardines have soft, digestible bones that give your dog extra calcium.  With sardines as an exception, please remove all fish bones as they are skinny and sharp and can get stuck in your dog’s throat, or cut the inside of your dog’s throat.

Feed your dog only cooked fish as raw or undercooked fish can expose your dog to salmonella.  Limit the fish intake to two times per week.  

Green beans are safe for dogs
Green beans are safe for dogs

Green Beans

All types of green beans are safe for your dog.  My dog loves green beans. Just like the blueberry bush, she helps herself to our bean garden!

A pig is the living version of ham.
A pig is the living version of ham.

Ham

Can dogs eat ham? Ham is safe to feed your dog, but only a piece or two.  It isn’t very healthy and has a lot of sodium, fat, and preservatives. You might want to skip ham altogether. 

Honey
Honey

Is Honey Safe For Dogs?

Honey is safe to feed your dog.  It contains lots of vitamins and can help with boosting up the immunity system for allergies as it gives your dog a bit of pollen.  Honey may also be applied to the skin as a topical treatment for superficial cuts and burns.

Mangos
Mangos

Mango

Mangos are safe for your dog to eat.  Please remember to remove the pit as it contains cyanide and can be a choking hazard.

Milk
Milk

Milk

Yes, milk is safe for dogs unless your dog has is lactose intolerant, and are unable to digest milk well.  You should avoid milk altogether and just stick with water. 

Pasta
Pasta

Pasta

Cooked white pasta is safe to feed to your dog and can help with an upset stomach. 

Peaches - Remove the pit first
Peaches – Remove the pit first

Peaches

Good news, peaches are safe to feed to your dog.  Please cut around and remove the pit first as it contains cyanide. 

Peanut Butter
Peanut Butter

Peanut Butter: Can my dog eat Peanut Butter?

PB is safe to feed your dog.  So get out the Kongo ball and fill it up with PB!! This goes for peanuts as well.

Peanuts
Peanuts

Peanuts

Give peanuts only as a treat as they contain a lot of fat and too much fat can lead to pancreas issues.

Pears
Pears

Pears

As long as you remove the pit, they are safe to feed to your dog.  High in copper, vitamin k, and c and fiber, the pear makes a great refreshing treat for your dog. 

Peas are safe for dogs
Peas are safe for dogs

Are Peas Safe?

Peas are safe for your dog but do not give your dog canned peas due to a large amount of added sodium.

Sliced Pineapple
Sliced Pineapple

Pineapples

Pina Colada, anyone?  Pineapples are safe for your dog.  They contain bromelain, which is an enzyme that helps dogs to absorb proteins.   Just make sure to take off all the prickly parts as you don’t want your dog choking or scratching their throat.

Popcorn
Popcorn

Popcorn: Can My Dog Eat Popcorn

Don’t you just love sitting down to watch a movie with a big bowl of buttered popcorn? The good news is that popcorn is safe to feed your dog, but it has to be air-popped, unbuttered, and fully pooped. Unpopped popcorn can cause your dog to choke.

Roast Pork
Roast Pork

Pork

Pork is safe to feed your dog and is less likely to cause an allergic reaction compared to other meats.  But it does contain a lot of sodium, so I would give in moderation.

Quinoa
Quinoa

Quinoa

This is safe to feed your dog and is an ingredient found in high-quality dry dog food.  It is a healthier option than corn, soy, and wheat.

Raspberries
Raspberries

Raspberries

Delicious and are safe for your dog in moderation.  They are low in sugar. They are known to be suitable for senior dogs as they have anti: inflammatory properties that assist in taking the pain away from joints.

Dogs can eat rice
Dogs can eat rice.

Rice

Cooked white rice is safe to feed to your dog and can also help with an upset stomach.

Delicious Strawberries
Delicious Strawberries

Strawberries

Ok, who doesn’t love strawberries?  They are juicy and delicious! But can dogs eat strawberries? Yes! They are safe to give to your dog.  Strawberries are high in sugar, so please only give in moderation.

Shrimp
Shrimp

Shrimp

Yes, shrimp is okay to feed to your dog, but only if it is fully cooked and the shell removed.

Turkey
Turkey

Turkey

A bit of Turkey is safe for dogs to eat, just make sure that it is not cooked in garlic as it is very toxic to dogs.   Do not feed the skin to your dog as it contains fat, and be sure to take all the bones out as the bones can puncture the intestines and may get lodged in your dog’s throat.

Watermelon is safe for dogs
Watermelon is safe for dogs

Watermelon

Who doesn’t love watermelon, especially on a hot summer day?  The crunch and sweet juice are fantastic, not to mention the taste. Good news, everyone, watermelon is safe for dogs, yay!  Please make sure to remove the seeds and rind before feeding to your dog, as they can cause intestinal blockage.

Watermelon is made up of 92% water (as per American Kennel Club), so it also keeps your dog well hydrated on warm and humid summer days.

Here is the Not so safe list of foods that you should not feed your dog.

We recommend that you do NOT feed your dog any of the items on the list below. If your dog has ingested any of these items or you think it has, please take your dog to the vet right away.

Do Not Feed Your Dog Almonds
Do Not Feed Your Dog Almonds

Almonds: Can Dogs Eat Almonds?

Almonds are not toxic, but they can tear the windpipe and block the esophagus if not chewed thoroughly. Their cousins, Pecans, Walnuts, and Macadamia nuts are poisonous. Salted almonds are even worse as they cause water retention, which can be fatal to dogs that are prone to heart disease. 

Alcohol is a bad idea for your dog
Alcohol is a bad idea for your dog

Alcohol

Common sense tells you that alcohol is not safe for your dog to ingest.  Alcohol has many harmful side effects for dogs, such as vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma, and even death. (ontariospca.ca)

Don't let your dog have asparagus
Don’t let your dog have asparagus

Asparagus

Can dogs eat asparagus? Your dog should not eat asparagus as it is too tough to be eaten raw, and by the time it is cooked, it is too soft for the dog, and most nutrients have are gone.  The vegetable is not unsafe, but you are better off giving your dog something with more nutrients.

Avoid Avacado and Dogs
Avoid Avacado and Dogs

Avacado: Can My Dog Eat Avacado?

Who doesn’t love guacamole?  Sadly, you cannot feed avocado to your dog.  The avocado is healthy for humans, but for dogs, it is toxic.   The pit, skin, and leaves contain persin that causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.  The inside of avocado does not have the same amount of persin. However, it is still too much for your pooch to handle.

Proceed with caution when feeding bread.
Proceed with caution when feeding bread.

Bread

Bread: Ah, just imagine that smell of freshly baked bread!  Can dogs eat bread? Bread is safe to feed your dog, but unless you are making homemade bread, I would just avoid it altogether as the store-bought bread contains lots of carbs and unnecessary preservatives.

Don't do the dough
Don’t do the dough

Bread Dough: Can My Dog Eat Bread Dough?

Although bread dough usually is safe, it can cause bloat in your dog as the yeast can continue to expand in your dog’s stomach. Yeast also produces ethanol and can give your dog alcohol poisoning. (Medical News Today)

Broccoli is Bad
Broccoli is Bad

Broccoli

Can dogs eat broccoli? Broccoli florets contain isothiocyanates, which may cause mild – severe gastric irritation in some dogs.  Broccoli can obstruct the esophagus. Best to keep your dog away from broccoli.

Brussel Sprouts are not good for dogs
Brussel Sprouts are not good for dogs

Brussel Sprouts

These little guys can cause a lot of gas, but this vegetable is safe for dogs to eat.  Brussel sprouts are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants that are good for dogs and humans.

Keep the dog away from cherries
Keep the dog away from cherries

Cherries: Can Dogs Eat Cherries?

A summer favorite.  Can dogs eat cherries? These are NOT safe for dogs to consume as the cherry plants contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs.   Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, which means that your dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen. 

Signs that a dog has consumed cherries are dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, and red gums. No matter how much your dog begs, please do not feed him/her cherries.

NO!
NO!

Chocolate

Most of us love chocolate, and with good reason.  It is yummy and makes us happy. Chocolate contains methylxanthines which are very toxic to dogs, and contain stimulants that stop a dog’s metabolic process.  A small amount of chocolate can cause diarrhea and vomiting.

If a dog consumes a large amount, then it can cause seizures, irregular heart function, and most likely death. Please do not leave chocolate in an accessible area.  Contact Pet Poison Helpline and your vet if your dog ingests chocolate. 

Keep cinnamon away from dogs
Keep cinnamon away from dogs

Cinnamon

As lovely as cinnamon is, it is unsafe for your dog to consume.  It is not toxic to your dog; however, cinnamon can irritate your dog’s mouth.  Cinnamon can lower a dog’s sugar and can cause your dog to have diarrhea. It can also induce vomiting, increase or decrease your dog’s heart rate, and can cause liver disease.

Cinnamon, if ingested via powder form, can cause coughing and difficulty breathing.  As per the Pet Poison Helpline, it takes just a little more than a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon to start causing problems for your dog. It is best to keep cinnamon out your dog’s reach.

Citrus Fruits
Citrus Fruits

Citrus: Can Dogs Eat Citrus?

Do no feed Citrus fruits to your dog, as they are not safe for dogs.  It can cause an upset stomach and nervous system depression. (ontariospca.ca)

Never feed a dog grapes
Never feed a dog grapes

Grapes

Grapes are a big No-No. They are incredibly toxic for your dog that they can cause acute kidney failure. Raisins should be kept out of your dog’s diet as well.

Garlic is toxic to dogs
Garlic is toxic to dogs

Garlic

Smells great, especially when fried for pasta sauce.  Unfortunately, garlic is very toxic to your dog. It is in the Allium family like onions and leeks and is more toxic than the two. Garlic can create anemia in dogs, causing side effects such as pale gums, elevated heart rate, weakness, and collapse. 

Ice Cream is a bad idea for a dog
Ice Cream is a bad idea for a dog

Ice Cream

Oh, the joys of ice cream, so yummy and delicious and so many different flavors!  Sorry folks, but your dog should not eat ice cream. It contains a lot of sugar, and some dogs are lactose intolerant which is not a good thing for you or your dog.  There will likely be a messy clean up if you give your dog ice cream.

If you want your dog to have a yummy frozen treat, I suggest freezing some strawberries, apples, blueberries, pineapples.  Your dog will love it. 

Macadamia Nuts Are Not Safe For Dogs
Macadamia Nuts Are Not Safe For Dogs

Macadamia Nuts

These nuts are great in cookies, are they not? Can we feed them to our dogs? No, macadamia nuts are not safe for your dog to eat. These nuts are one of the most toxic foods for your dog.

They are part of the Proteaceae family and causes vomiting, increased body temperature, lethargy, and difficulties walking.  They have been known to cause issues with the nervous system. Do not ever feed Macadamia nuts to your dog. 

Keep your dog off the shrooms, man!
Keep your dog off the shrooms, man!

Mushrooms

Mushrooms are not safe to feed to your dog, they are poisonous and toxic to dogs and can cause death. When it comes to mushrooms, just say NO.

Onions are a no, no
Onions are a no, no

Can Dogs Eat Onions?

Onions are not safe for your dog to eat, along with leeks and chives.  They are in the family Allium, which is toxic to dogs, and can cause red blood cells to rupture, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain in dogs. 

Salt
Salt

Salty Foods

We all like salt, but too much is not suitable for us, and it is terrible for your dog.  Too much salt can give your dog sodium ion poisoning. Some symptoms of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, tremors,  high temperature, seizures. Sorry, no chips or salty nuts for your dog. 

Say no to spinach for your dog
Say no to spinach for your dog

Spinach: Can Dogs Eat Spinach?

Spinach makes you stronger, according to Popeye!  This green may cause problems for your dog like kidney damage due to the oxalic acid that blocks the body’s ability to absorb calcium.  They would have to eat a lot of spinach for this to happen. I suggest finding another treat for your pooch.

Tomatoes and Dogs Are Bad
Tomatoes and Dogs Are Bad

Tomato

It is not a good idea to give tomatoes to your dog, especially unripe ones and the green parts of the plant. They contain solanine that is toxic to your dog. Stay clear of tomatoes. 

Xylitol is a sugar substitute.
Xylitol is a sugar substitute.

Xylitol

Do not give Xylitol to your dog, as it is very to dogs.  It is a sugar substitute that is added to many human foods.  This sugar substitute can cause deficient blood sugar levels and liver failure.  Please check your food labels before feeding to your dog.

Conclusion

Many human foods are safe to feed to your dog, but we should always be mindful of how much we are feeding our furry friends. Some of our meals are very toxic to dogs. Safe human food should be given to them in moderation because large amounts can lead to health issues.    

Always consult your veterinarian before giving your dog human food if they have any of the below health issues.

  • Diabetes
  • Liver Disease
  • Kidney Disease
  • Weight Issues
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Other Health Issues 

If you think your dog has ingested something unsafe, contact your veterinarian right away or your local Animal Poison Center. 

Frequently Asked

What do you feed a sick dog that won’t eat?

If your dog is not eating or feeling well with an upset stomach, you can feed your dog some boiled chicken, plain with no seasoning and some plain white rice. 

Dark chocolate pieces
Dark chocolate pieces

Can My Dog Eat Chocolate?

No, do not ever feed your dog chocolate.  Chocolate contains methylxanthines which are very toxic to dogs, contain stimulants that stop a dog’s metabolic process.  A small amount of chocolate can cause diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, irregular heart function, and most likely death. Please do not leave chocolate in an accessible area.  Contact Pet Poison Helpline and your vet if your dog ingests chocolate. 

What do I do if my dog ate something bad?

If your dog has ingested something that it should not have, you should see your vet right away, or call a 24-hour emergency animal clinic and let them know the situation. If you suspect that your dog has ingested something poisonous, please call your nearest Animal Poison Center.

Sliced Pineapple
Sliced Pineapple

Can Dogs Eat Pineapples?

Pineapples are safe for your dog.  They contain bromelain which is an enzyme that helps dogs to absorb proteins.   Just make sure to take off all the prickly parts as you don’t want your dog choking or scratching their throat.

Are oranges safe for dogs?
Are oranges safe for dogs?

Can My Dog Eat Oranges?

Oranges are part of the citrus family and should not be given to your dog to eat.  Oranges can cause an upset stomach and nervous system depression.

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2 thoughts on “Can Dogs Eat Human Food? – Common Safe And Unsafe Foods”

  1. This article contains a lot of really useful information! Not only did I not know that broccoli is bad for dogs before reading this, but grapes came as a surprise too. I feel like a much more informed pet owner thanks to Farmer Jer and Christine who always provide lots of useful information in one condensed read!

    1. Christine Valitutti

      Thanks Meaghan! I put a lot of research into my articles, and I really appreciate the feedback. I’m glad that you found this article useful and that you feel like a more informed pet owner.

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