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Foods that Are and Are Not Safe for Dogs

Keep Your Dog Healthy and Happy

Dogs tend to beg and want the foods that their humans are having. Most owners will want to share with their dogs. There are some foods that dogs are not allowed to have. These are some foods that are fine for your dog and some that are not.

Milk

Many wonder, can dogs drink milk? Most dogs can drink a small amount of milk, but other dogs are lactose intolerant and should not be given milk. Some dogs may have trouble digesting milk and it can lead to flatulence and discomfort. While most dogs are okay if they drink a little milk, it is not something that should be given on the daily.

Almonds

These nuts are not safe for the dog to eat. They can block the esophagus, and if they are just swallowed, they may tear the windpipe. If the almonds have been salted, they can increase the water retention, which can be fatal to the dog.

Bread

Dogs can eat a small amount of bread, but there are no benefits to the health of the dog by eating the bread.

Cheese

It is okay to give the dog cheese in moderation. If the dog is lactose intolerant, then it is not a good idea to feed the dog cheese. It is best to give the dog cheese that has been made with skim milk to cut out some of the fat.

Chocolate

Chocolate is toxic to dogs. Chocolate contains methylxanthines, which will stop the dog’s metabolism. Dark chocolate can cause vomiting. If the dog ingests a large amount of chocolate, it can have a seizure and the heart can stop functioning, which will lead to death. If a dog does happen to get into chocolate, it is necessary to call the Pet Poison Helping as soon as the ingestion is noted.

Coconut

Coconut contains lauric acid, which will help the dog’s immune system. It can also help clear up itchy skins. Coconut oil is also safe to give the dog.

Corn

Corn is fine for the dog but it should not be given the cob. The cob is hard to digest and can block the intestines.

Eggs

As long as the egg is cooked, it is safe to give to the dog. Eggs contain a lot of protein, which is good for the dog.

Yogurt

Plain yogurt is good for the dog. Avoid the yogurts that have added sugar, real or artificial.

Tuna

Tuna is a good source of omega 3 fatty acids for the dog. A little canned tuna packed in oil is fine to give the dog in moderation.

Peanut Butter

Peanut butter can be a good source of protein and vitamins for the dog. Peanut butter that contains xylitol should be avoided, as it can be toxic.

Ice Cream

A dog should not be given ice cream as it is high in sugar. While the dog may want some, it is best not to share this cool treat.

Ham

In moderation, it is okay to give the dog a couple of bites of ham. Ham is often high in fat and sodium, so it should be given to the dog in moderation.

Shrimp

A dog can have a few shrimp now and then. The shrimp needs to be cooked and the shell needs to be removed. Shrimp are high in antioxidants and other vitamins. They are also low in fat and calories.

Turkey

It is okay to give the dog some turkey especially around the holidays. The turkey should be free from seasonings and any fat and skin should be removed. Never give the dog the bones as they can splinter and damage the intestines.

These are some human foods that are safe and not safe to give to dogs. Before sharing human food with the dog, the owner needs to make sure it is safe and will not harm the dog’s health.

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