Eight Foods That Dogs Can Eat

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While you are probably familiar with some foods that your dog can and can not eat, you may be extremely surprised by some items that are toxic/not toxic for dogs. Of course we all know that dogs can not eat chocolate and can eat peanut butter, but did you know they can eat sweet potatoes but not tomatoes? 

1. Carrots: Can Eat

Both raw and cooked carrots are safe for your dog to eat. Carrots have a lot of health benefits including many vitamins, fiber and low calories. Before giving carrots to your dog, make sure to cut them into bite-size pieces to prevent choking.

2. Salt: Limit

While salt is safe for dogs in small doses, it should be limited in your dog’s diet. High levels of salt intake may cause salt poisoning or water deprivation in dogs, which can result in vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures. 

3. Peanut Butter: Can Eat

Peanut butter is a healthy and safe treat for dogs to eat in moderate amounts. That being said, it is still best to limit your dog’s peanut butter intake, as peanut butter is high in fat and calories. High fat and calories can lead to weight gain later on. Also opt for unsalted peanut butter, as salt in large doses can be harmful to your dog. 

4. Eggs: Can Eat

Cooked eggs are perfectly safe and nutritious for dogs to eat. One medium egg provides some of almost every vitamin and mineral, plus lots of protein. Additionally, some people claim that eggs may also help relieve nausea in dogs, although there is no scientific evidence to prove this yet. Also, it is important to note that you should avoid feeding raw eggs to your dog. While dogs typically do not get sick from eating raw eggs, bacteria (Salmonella), can spread from the dog to its human owners, increasing their risk of infection.

5. Salmon: Can Eat

Cooked, boneless salmon is a safe and healthy food for your dog (and you!). Salmon is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which are known to reduce inflammation and help keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy.  However, you should avoid giving raw salmon to your dog. It may have a parasite that is known to cause salmon poisoning disease. 

6. Cheese: Limit

Cheese is safe for most dogs to eat in small quantities, although it is best to start with very small amounts. The large amounts of fat and lactose may leave some dogs with digestive symptoms, such as stomach pain and diarrhea, after eating it. To avoid unpleasant symptoms, it is best to introduce cheese into your dog’s diet very slowly. It may also be wise to only feed your dog low-fat cheeses, like mozzarella.

7. Blueberries: Can Eat

Blueberries are safe and nutritious for dogs to eat as they are a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants and provide a significant amount of vitamins, minerals and fiber, all of which may improve your dog’s health. Blueberries are also low in calories and small in size, making them an excellent health-conscious treat for your dog. 

8. Popcorn: Can Eat

Dogs can eat popcorn as an occasional treat, as long as it is just popcorn, no additives. Salt is often added to popcorn, which can lead to serious complications as we talked about above. Butter and oil are other common popcorn ingredients that are high in fat and may lead to pancreatitis in dogs. For these reasons, it is best to stick to just unseasoned air-popped popcorn.  Also, popcorn kernels are a choking hazard and may get stuck in your dog’s teeth, so double check to make sure you are only giving your dog fully popped kernels. 

*Information taken from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/human-foods-for-dogs#TOC_TITLE_HDR_55 

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