Dog food for thought: What can and can’t my dog eat?

Liam Beauchamp

Being a good boy must be hungry work because, boy oh boy, do dogs love to eat. In fact, a lot of dogs will chomp on any food they can find. That’s why it’s up to us pet lovers to make sure our pooches are snacking safely by knowing what our dogs can and can’t eat.

Here to help make sure we’re all clued-up on the dog food facts are the veterinary nurses at our dedicated Vet Advice Line. We served them our questions around what dogs can and can’t eat and, as always, they happily served up their expertise.

So, if you’re wondering “Can my dog eat eggs?” or want to know if strawberries are safe for dogs to eat, it’s time to tuck into the answers below:

What can my dog eat?

The short answer to this question is dog food. To ensure your pooch thrives, provide them with a good quality dog food that is appropriate for their life stage.

A dog’s diet has to be very well balanced, ensuring they have the correct vitamins and minerals. It’s for this reason that it can be so hard to keep dogs healthy on a home-cooked diet of human food.

What can’t my dog eat?

When we’re eating a tasty treat and see those big puppy dog eyes, it can be hard not to share our food. And, as long as it’s only now and again, it’s fine to feed them human food that is safe for dogs.

With a world full of food to choose from, the easiest way to know what your dog can eat is to first learn the foods dogs can’t eat. So, to keep your pooch safe, we’ve provided a list of the most popular foods you should definitely avoid giving to your dog:

  • Plain chocolate and cocoa powder: this can be very toxic, even in small amounts
  • Milk chocolate: if enough is eaten, this can also have a toxic effect. Always check the amount with a veterinary professional before assuming it will be ok
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Caffeine
  • Raisins, grapes, and sultanas
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Garlic and onions: Any member of the onion family can cause your pooch to become poorly
  • Avocado skin and leaves
  • Xylitol: Anything that contains xylitol, such as sugar-free chewing gum
  • Blue cheese
  • Cooked bones
  • Mushrooms

It’s important to note that this list of harmful foods for dogs is not exhaustive and so if you’re ever unsure about a snack, seek expert advice before providing it to your pooch.

For TrustedHousesitters members, you can do this anytime while on a sit by calling our dedicated Vet Advice Line — and it won't cost you a penny. Available 24/7, anytime you need it, simply dial the number on your dashboard to get help and advice from our team of dedicated veterinary nurses.

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