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

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.

Dry dog food vs wet dog food: which is best?

As long as it’s good quality, both dry and wet dog food will provide your pooch with the nutritional value they need. However, each option has its benefits:

Benefits of dry dog food:

Dry dog food, also known as kibble, can be better for your dog’s teeth and digestive system. Also, owners often find it more convenient and cost-effective than wet food.

Benefits of wet dog food:

Wet food, including tins, trays, and pouches, are full of moisture. This means it can both help hydrate and fill up a hungry pooch without overfeeding them.

What human food can my dog eat?

Dogs love treats, and what dog lover doesn’t enjoy seeing their waggy tails when we reward them with a tidbit or two? While there are plenty of dog treats on the market, it can often be healthier and more cost-effective to cut up some of our “people food’. Here are some healthy human snacks dogs can eat:

  • Apples
  • Carrots
  • Pear
  • Strawberries
  • Boiled chicken
  • Boiled white fish

Bear in mind, the fruits listed above are quite sugary and so should be given sparingly.

Many people also ask if their dogs can eat eggs. Eggs are fine, as long as they are cooked. Scrambled eggs are best, but don’t use milk to make them.

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, this expert help is always at hand and won’t cost a penny. Whether you have an owner or a sitter membership, you can call the Vet Advice Line and talk to one of our Registered Veterinary Nurses, 24/7.