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Can Dogs Eat Apples?

Apple pips are not good for dogs, they even contain some cyanide. But the flesh of an apple is safe and can be nutritious too.

Apples are best fed as a once in a while snack or treat if your dog likes them. Like most fruits they are higher is sugars and, in comparison to leafy green vegetables or berries, apples are not as nutritious for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Apricots?

Apricots are safe for dogs, but the stone from an apricot is not. They can be given as an occasional snack or treat, providing a small amount of  extra vitamin C and A for your dog.

As with most fruits they can be higher in sugars so feed sparingly.

Can Dogs Eat Avocado?

The stone and the rind of an avocado are unsafe for a dog, they can even cause vomiting and poisoning at times. The flesh of an avocado is thus also felt to be unsafe as it contains traces of the toxic compounds in the stone and rind.

However, interestingly, there are dog food companies adding avocado to their foods. Many holiday makers, to places avocados grow wild, also report noticing local strays dogs eating avocados that have fallen to the ground. We would urge on the side of caution, although avocados do contain some useful nutritious fatty acids there is little other need for them to be in your dog’s diet.

Safe or not there are more nutritious fruits available.

Can Dogs Eat Acai Berries?

Acai berries are not good for dogs. Do not panic if your dog eats one or two by accident but, if they eat quite a lot, these berries can cause vomiting and excessive thirst and if left unchecked by a vet they could cause kidney issues.

The reason is that acai berries contain the same compound in chocolate known to be poisonous to dogs, called theobromine.

Almost all berries are truly superfoods, and very beneficial to dogs but acai berries are not one of those.

Can Dogs Eat Almonds?

Almonds are safe for dogs, much better fed as a crushed nut or powder. There is a risk of choking or intestinal blockage if they are fed whole. This won’t definitely happen as it all depends on your dogs’ individual digestive health.

Some brands of Almonds also have a mould toxin called Aflatoxin, which is not ideal for a dog to eat and can contribute to skin issues, nausea or even in extreme circumstances seizures.

The mould is all down to the storage, which as the end buyer is difficult to predict. If the Almonds have been kept in an appropriate way, with no Aflatoxin growth, then the powder or crushed version can provide useful additional good fatty acids, Vitamin E, B Vitamins, minerals such as Magnesium and Manganese and even some Calcium too.

Can dogs eat Artichokes?

Globe Artichokes and Jerusalem Artichokes are safe for dogs. Dogs can eat Globe Artichokes but will only digest them properly if they are cooked. The Artichokes sold in oil may not be healthy for dogs, fresh is safer.

Like many vegetables Globe Artichokes are fairly high in Magnesium and Folate (B9), they also contain many other B vitamins, Vitamin C and minerals. The most useful attribute of Globe Artichokes is their ability to support the Liver in detoxification.

As a member of the thistle family they contain anti-oxidants known as Cynarin and Silymarin similar to the well-known liver herb Milk Thistle.

Whilst there is no medicinal dosage for feeding them it is worth noting and perhaps including them in your dogs food every now and again.

Jerusalem Artichokes are good for dogs. These are more of a root than a vegetable, and do not need to be peeled before feeding to your dog. They do however need to be lightly cooked for proper digestion to occur. This root vegetable is high in Inulin a well-known prebiotic that feeds and sustains the good bacteria of your dog’s microbiome.

They are a great prebiotic to add to your dog’s dinners every week or even more frequently. As well as the prebiotic they contain a fair amount of Iron, B Vitamins and Potassium.

Can Dogs Eat Asparagus?

Asparagus is safe for dogs. In fact Asparagus is one of the most useful vegetables for dogs due to its high prebiotic content, coupled with higher Vitamin K and Folate (B9).

These nutrients all make the Asparagus great for your dog digestive system, supporting and even leading to enhancement of digestive function. Asparagus contributes to the natural balance of your dogs’ gut bacteria. Asparagus also contains useful flavonoids and anti-inflammatory compounds such as Quercetin.

You can feed Asparagus to your dog a few times a week, perhaps rotated with other prebiotic foods too. Or even every day for a few weeks to enhance microbiome. Aim to feed lightly cooked, chopping off the bottom third of the Asparagus as that part might be too tough for a dog to digest even after cooking.

Can Dogs Eat Aubergine?

Aubergine is not toxic to dogs. However, it is not suitable for dogs with inflammatory conditions or dogs with kidney ailments. Whilst it would be safe if your dog accidently ate some Aubergine it wouldn’t be a vegetable we recommend you add to your dog’s food bowl as part of a meal.

Many dogs carry internal inflammation showing up as skin ailments or joint issues, Kidneys can also be compromised without outward symptoms showing so it is better to offer other more useful vegetables such as leafy greens or the cucumber family.

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Can Dogs Eat Blackberries?

Blackberries are safe for dogs. Many dog owners will notice their dogs picking them in the autumn months from hedgerows.

Blackberries contain a good amount of the mineral manganese, this is partly how they get their rich dark colour.

If your dog has skin ailments, digestive complaints, anxiety or need a boost to their bone growth, extra natural manganese is useful. As with many berries, blackberries are also a Prebiotic, supporting the balance of microbiome in your dog’s digestive system. Depending on the size of your dog as few or a handful is enough to add to your dog’s food bowl, they can be added daily.

Can Dogs Eat Banana?

Banana is safe for dogs. Banana in its ripe state is a good prebiotic for a dog, supporting the balance of essential gut bacteria.

They also contain a good amount of potassium, copper and B6, each useful for anxiety, skin conditions and liver health. However, bananas do contain a fair amount of sugar too and so should be fed sparingly. If your dog likes them, they could act as a great squishy alternative to cheese for hiding tablets in!

Can Dogs Eat Blackcurrants?

Blackcurrants are not entirely safe for dogs. They are in the grape family and while no definitive science says they are toxic, they can contain the compounds that effect a dog’s kidneys.

A more beneficial option would be blackberries or blueberries which are safe and very nutritious for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Blueberries?

Blueberries are safe for dogs. They are in fact one of the better fruits and extra foods you could add to a dog’s meals.

Blueberries are a wonderful prebiotic, helping to support and balance your dog’s microbiome. Depending on the size of your dog, you could add a few or a handful to their bowl of food every day. They have a good amount of vitamin K, C and manganese all super for boosting and repairing the digestive system.

Finally they contain useful anti-oxidants that help with repair and oxidative stress linked to aging or high-activity.

Can Dogs Eat Brussel Sprouts?

Brussel sprouts are safe for dogs to eat, raw or cooked, however as with all vegetables, dogs will usually digest them better if they are diced or lightly cooked.

They are high in Vitamin K and C, great for your dog’s immune system, for blood clotting, and bone health. The high Vitamin C content also ensures your dog can absorb lots of iron from the meat they eat.

Believe it or not, Brussel sprouts are one of the highest plant sources of Omega 3 fatty acids too, coupled with their high antioxidant content this makes them great for reducing inflammation. They can be included regularly on your dog’s menu to help relieve ailments such as arthritis or skin issues.

Can Dogs Eat Bacon?

Bacon is not ideal for dogs, whilst it shouldn’t be unsafe if snapped up in small amounts it is often far too high in salts and preservatives, even natural versions, for your dog.

Natural freeze-dried meat treats are a much tastier safer option.

Can Dogs Eat Bones?

Dogs benefit from raw bones but must never eat cooked bones. Cooked bone is dry, often brittle and is known to cause digestive issues, and may even damage your dog’s mouth. Raw bones are full of moisture, chewy, flexible and have been part of wild dog diets since the dawn of evolution.

When fed a raw diet dogs often have raw meaty bones included. Many dogs on this diet swallow smaller raw bones whole, gulping them. This is safe and makes digestion easier as dogs do not have digestive enzymes in the mouth as we do, their digestion begins in the stomach itself. A dogs’ oesophagus is created to stretch and cope with smaller raw meaty bones.

Large chewing bones then become leisure bones rather than meal bones. If your dog has eaten cooked bones of any kind, perhaps stolen from a leftover garden BBQ plate, you must keep an eye on them and call your vet if you are worried, dry cooked bones can compact in the gut system, and cause digestive upsets in ways raw moisture rich bones do not.

Can Dogs Eat Beef Ribs?

Dogs benefit from raw bones but must never eat cooked beef rib bones. Cooked bone is dry, often brittle and is known to cause digestive issues, and may even damage your dog’s mouth. Raw bones are full of moisture, chewy, flexible and have been part of wild dog diets since the dawn of evolution.

When fed a raw diet dogs often have raw beef rib bones included. Many dogs on this diet swallow raw bones whole, gulping them. This is safe and makes digestion easier as dogs do not have digestive enzymes in the mouth as we do, their digestion begins in the stomach itself. A dogs’ oesophagus is created to stretch and cope with smaller raw meaty bones.

Larger bones such as beef ribs then become leisure, chewing bones rather than meal bones. If your dog has eaten cooked rib bones of any kind, perhaps stolen from a leftover garden BBQ plate, you must keep an eye on them and call your vet if you are worried, dry cooked bones can compact in the gut system, and cause digestive upsets in ways raw moisture rich bones do not.

Can Dogs Eat Biscuits?

Dogs shouldn’t eat biscuits. The ingredients that make up biscuits are not good for dogs: dairy, wheat, grains, sugars or sweeteners. The final biscuit product containing saturated and heat altered fats that contribute to inflammation, yeasts, skin and joint issues.

Biscuits also usually contain a lot of sugar which can upset your dogs’ blood sugar levels and lead to behavioural problems, high energy and even aggression in some dogs.

As we humans look for alternatives to sugar many biscuits are being created with sweeteners instead of sugars, some of these sweeteners are toxic to dogs.

With the vast range of dehydrated meat based, super healthy, treats available for dogs nowadays there is simply no need to take the risk with food items such as biscuits.

Even biscuits labelled for dogs can have many grain-based ingredients that contribute to blood sugar imbalances, inflammation and yeasts. The Bonio may be iconic, but it’s not nutritious.

Can Dogs Eat Brazil Nuts?

Brazil nuts are safe for dogs, if fed as a crushed nut or powder. There is a risk of choking or intestinal blockage of they are fed whole. This won’t definitely happen as it all depends on your dogs’ individual digestive health.

Some brands of Brazil nuts also have a mould toxin called Aflatoxin, which is not ideal for a dog to eat and can contribute to skin issues, nausea or even in extreme circumstances seizures. The mould is all down to the storage, which as the end buyer is difficult to predict.

If the Brazil nuts have been kept in an appropriate way, with no Aflatoxin growth, then the powder or crushed version can provide useful additional fatty acids and a good amount of Selenium which can be deficient in many dogs diets.

Brazil nuts also have lots of Magnesium and some Iron and Calcium too.

Can Dogs Eat Beetroot?

Beetroot is safe for dogs, however it would need to be fed cooked if included as part of the diet or a meal.

As a root vegetable the starchy, sugar aspect of Beetroot is not ideal for the dogs digestive system so if Beetroot is included in the diet only a small amount would be recommended.

Can Dogs Eat Broccoli?

Broccoli is great for dogs your dogs can eat Broccoli safely. Feed Broccoli cooked as an addition to meals adding lots of nutrients such as high Vitamin C and Vitamin K.

Many dogs need extra Vitamin C including dogs experiencing anxiety, stress or are recovering from injury. One of the best things about Broccoli are its bioactive compounds such as Kaempferol proven to reduce inflammation and even to protect from cell damage in certain types of cancers.

Most dogs can enjoy Broccoli as a regular part of their diet, a few times a week, or once a week as a boost.

Can Dogs Eat Butternut Squash?

Butternut Squash is safe for dogs. Cooked Squashes can be used as an alternative to Pumpkin in balancing out digestive issues such as constipation or loose stools.

Butternut Squash is high in vitamin A, worth noting if you feed quite a few organ meats too, it has useful amounts of B vitamins, including B1 and B6, Magnesium and even Manganese.

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Can Dogs Eat Cherries?

Cherries are not so good for dogs. The stone is a real worry as it is high in cyanide but the flesh also contains traces of the same compounds known to cause toxicity.

Your dog should be fine if they eat the odd cherry, without the stone, but if they eat a handful, do keep an eye on them and keep your vets number handy.

Can Dogs Eat Coconut?

Coconut is safe for dogs. Coconut flesh, milk, juice and oil is all safe for dogs. The natural flesh can be a fun addition to your dog’s diet rather than an everyday part of their meal, although avoid the sugared or sweetened versions.

Coconut water is safe and contains many nutrients including potassium, manganese, natural sodium and electrolytes to support hydration. Dogs do not need very much to benefit, over consumption could lead to vomiting. Coconut oil is perhaps the best known and most useful part of a coconut for your dog. The oils contains anti-microbial compounds that are healing for the gut and a nutritious fatty acid spectrum, including lauric acid, that boost healing of skin issues, both used topically and added to the diet daily.

Many dogs enjoy it so much they will lick it off a spoon, always more fun to present than adding it to their bowl.

Can Dogs Eat Cherimoya or Custard Apple?

Cherimoya is safe for dogs. Be aware the seeds are not good for dogs! Cherimoya seeds are poisonous to dogs, and even to humans.

The flesh has a creamy texture which is where its alternate name of Custard Apple comes from. It is quite high in sugar and thus carbs and so isn’t an ideal food for dogs. However if your dog eats some Custard Apple, without the seeds they will be safe. If your dog eats the Custard Apple including the seeds we would recommend calling your vet.

Can Dogs Eat Cranberries?

Cranberries are safe for dogs; even cranberry sauce is safe in small amounts. However, be warned that cranberry sauce could contain quite a bit of sugar which isn’t favourable for dogs. Cranberries themselves are great for dogs. They are in fact one of the best berries and fruits dogs could eat.

Cranberries are unusual in that they contain and abundance of specific antioxidant compounds that reduce inflammation, support heart and kidney health and can even be antihistamine.

Some of the rare compounds they contain act to prevent bacteria such as E.coli from affecting your dog’s bladder and urinary tract. Cranberries are wonderful for relieving UTI’s (urinary tract infections). They can be added to your dog’s meals at these times, or even every day for maintenance and wellbeing.

Cranberry powder is a practical way to add a higher amount of the Cranberries medical value to your dog’s diet. Cranberry juice is often high in sugar and lower in overall nutrition.

Can Dogs Eat Christmas Pudding?

Christmas pudding is not safe for dogs! If it contains dried fruits including raisins and currants it could even cause severe kidney issues. Christmas pudding also usually contains wheat or cereal flour and sugar, these are to be avoided by dogs too. Not to mention the alcohol content often present.

The concerned amount would be around 6 raisins per kg of bodyweight.

Please contact your vet if your dog has eaten your Christmas pudding this year!

Can Dogs Eat Chocolate?

Chocolate is not safe for dogs; it can even be toxic in certain doses. Whilst every dog is different the darker the chocolate the higher the risk of poisoning, vomiting, seizures and kidney problems.

70grams is a risk for smaller dogs, 400grams for bigger Golden Retriever size dogs.

If your dog has eaten chocolate this Christmas, we urge you to contact your vet.

Can Dogs Eat Carrots?

Carrots are safe and nutritious for dogs. They are a starchy, more sugary vegetable though and so are best suited to more active dogs as an everyday food item.

They contain lots of the antioxidant Beta-Carotene which your dog’s body converts to Vitamin A, Vitamin C and several of the B vitamins. Some dogs enjoy them raw as a treat to chomp on. They will be better digested if lightly cooked or finely chopped.

Can Dogs Eat Chicken Bones?

Dogs benefit from raw bones but must never eat cooked chicken bones. Cooked chicken bone is dry and especially brittle as it has many air pockets inside that support the bird in flight. Cooked bones of all kinds are known to cause digestive issues, and may even damage your dog’s mouth.

Raw chicken bones are full of moisture, chewy, flexible and have been part of wild dog diets since the dawn of evolution. When fed a raw diet dogs often have raw meaty chicken bones included. Many dogs on this diet swallow raw chicken wings whole, gulping them. This is safe and makes digestion easier as dogs do not have digestive enzymes in the mouth as we do, their digestion begins in the stomach itself.

A dogs’ oesophagus is created to stretch and cope with smaller raw meaty bones like Chicken wings.

You do not need to call the vet in concern if your dog does this. If your dog has eaten cooked chicken bones, perhaps left over from your Sunday roast, you must keep an eye on them and do contact your vet if digestive issues begin to show.

Should Dogs Swallow Raw Chicken Wings?

Many dogs swallow raw chicken wings whole, gulping them. This is safe and makes digestion easier as dogs do not have digestive enzymes in the mouth as we do, their digestion begins in the stomach itself.

A dogs’ oesophagus is created to stretch and cope with smaller raw meaty bones like Chicken wings. You do not need to call the vet in concern if your dog does this.

Can Dogs Eat Crisps?

Crisps are not ideal for dogs, some may even contain enough salt to upset your dogs’ tummy and digestive system or even affect their kidneys.

The odd accidently fed or found crisp is unlikely to cause such issues but if fed as treats more often they could do. Crisps contain heat altered fats called Trans-fats that can lead to inflammation, digestive issues and even contribute to skin conditions.

Many dogs fed a diet of processed food become used to sodium and similar flavourings to crisps that are added to pet foods. This naturally leads them to crave crisps but is not a sign they need them.

It is best not to begin feeding your dog crisps and set them up for the cravings that can follow.

Can Dogs Eat Cheese?

Cheese is not good for dogs. As a very occasional treat or used as a high value find during scent work it can suffice, but whilst not toxic to dogs’ cheese is not ideal for them either.

As with all dairy from Cows cheese contains growth hormones and residual antibiotics. It is also high in saturated fats, yet unfortunately not the type of fats your dog can create efficient energy from.

Can Dogs Eat Cake?

Dogs shouldn’t eat cake. The ingredients that make up cakes are not good for dogs: dairy, wheat, grains, sugars or sweeteners. The final biscuit product containing saturated and heat altered fats that contribute to inflammation, yeasts, skin and joint issues.

Cake also usually contains a lot of sugar which can upset your dogs’ blood sugar levels and lead to behavioural problems, high energy and even aggression in some dogs.

As we humans look for alternatives to sugar many cakes are being created with sweeteners instead of sugars, some of these sweeteners are toxic to dogs.

With the vast range of dehydrated meat based, super healthy, treats available for dogs nowadays there is simply no need to take the risk with food items such a cake.

Can Dogs Drink Coffee?

Coffee is not good for dogs at all. They may appear to sometimes enjoy the taste of a cup of coffee and whilst it is not toxic for dogs it can cause digestive upsets and contribute to adrenal fatigue.

It is not recommended to feed caffeine to dogs, even caffeine free tea will have a residual amount. These drinks begin to dehydrate a dog. The moisture content of a dogs’ diet is key to health. Coffee usually contains milk too, milk is not good for dogs either.

Can Dogs Eat Cashew Nuts?

Cashews are safe for dogs, always better fed as a crushed nut or powder. There is a risk of choking or intestinal blockage if they are fed whole. This won’t definitely happen as it all depends on your dogs’ individual digestive health.

Cashews are a softer nut, so more easily digestible, they are in fact a seed rather than a nut. Some brands of nuts also have a mould toxin called Aflatoxin, which is not ideal for a dog to eat and can contribute to skin issues, nausea or even in extreme circumstances seizures.

The mould is all down to the storage, which as the end buyer is difficult to predict. If the Cashew nuts have been kept in an appropriate way, with no Aflatoxin growth, then the powder or crushed version can provide useful additional fatty acids and lots of lovely Magnesium, which they are pretty high in.

Magnesium is much needed to work with Calcium in both skeletal building and the immune response.

Can Dogs Eat Cabbage?

Cabbage is safe for dogs, fed cooked or raw its safe for your dog to eat, however its most useful state is when fermented into the superfood Sauerkraut.

There are not too many nutrition benefits for dogs from Cabbage as fed, although purple, red cabbage has more useful anti-oxidants than the green cabbage.

Sauerkraut created with green Cabbage, and no vinegar, has been shown to act as a natural probiotic supporting the balance of your dogs microbiome and improving digestive issues.

You can make it yourself easily or find a ready-made from health food stores. It is easier to make from the green variety of cabbage.

Can dogs eat Cauliflower?

Cauliflower is safe for dogs. It is better to feed Cauliflower to your dog cooked, perhaps steamed to keep in the nutrients, but it is safe if your dog eats some raw too. Cauliflower has plenty of Vitamin C and, K and B vitamins.

Even though it is mostly white or pale in colour Cauliflower is actually packed with useful compounds such as anti-oxidant carotenoids and glucosinolates. The anti-oxidants in Cauliflower have been shown to offer anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects.

A reason indeed to offer them to your dog at least once a week or so as a boost to their meals and nutrition.

Can Dogs Eat Celery?

Celery is safe for dogs. Celery is high in water content making it a practical treat or meal addition for your dog in the summer months, offering hydration for your dog and nutrition at the same time.

This salad vegetable has small amounts of the minerals Magnesium, Manganese and even Calcium as well as B vitamins and a fair amount of vitamin K.

It is also well known for its anti-inflammatory benefits with over 20 anti-inflammatory compounds so far discovered in Celery. It is quite crunchy so many dogs eat Celery raw and in this case it is safe as the water content makes it easier for them to digest, better a small amount raw than a cooked Celery meal addition which would be much lower in nutrition.

Can Dogs Eat Chilli Peppers?

Whilst Chilli peppers are not poisonous to dogs they are unsafe due to the irritation they can cause to a dogs gut lining. The compound Capsaisin is often too much for a dogs digestive tract.

Most dogs wouldn’t eat a Chilli pepper alone but if your dog has eaten some as part of tables scraps it may be worth ringing your vet or keeping an eye on them and doing so if need be.

Ornamental peppers often grown and safe to consume by humans are not safe for dogs. These contain a compound called Solanaceae which can be toxic to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Courgette?

Courgette is safe for dogs. They are from the same family as a Cucumber and also contain a lot of water, making them easier for a dog to digest than some vegetables.

Feeding Courgettes or Zucchinis cooked helps the dog digest the out rind of a Courgette, but over cooking would usually deplete nutrients making the feeding of them a less useful exercise.

If fed lightly cooked Courgettes can provide useful amounts of Vitamin C for your dog, supporting injuries, or at times of stress. They also contain Vitamin A, B Vitamins and many minerals including Manganese, Phosphorus, Copper and Potassium.

Courgettes could be added to a dogs meal every now and again, whilst safe they do not contain as many nutrients for dogs as other green vegetables.

Can dogs eat Cucumber?

Cucumber is safe for dogs. It is in fact one of the better anti-inflammatory salad vegetables dogs can eat.

Not only does it provide wonderful hydration for dogs with inflammatory conditions such as digestive complaints or itchy skin, but it also contains many phytochemicals, such as Ligans, Flavonoids and Triterpenes, that have been shown to influence inflammation. You can feed Cucumber to your dog raw.

It is safe to add Cucumber to a dogs meal every day for wellbeing reasons or to add it as a treat, or additional nutrient value including Vitamin K, C and minerals such as Potassium.

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Can Dogs Eat Dragon Fruit?

Dragon fruit is safe for dogs. Do not feed the pink skin, but uniquely the seeds of a dragon fruit are safe for dogs.

They are a little different to many fruits as the vitamin C is lower, but they provide many other nutrients including useful amounts of magnesium which is rare for a fruit. Magnesium is wonderful for your dogs’ nervous system, known as the nerve mineral, and works with calcium for bone health too.

Because your dog can eat the seeds of a dragon fruit too they can provide beneficial fatty acids great for skin and joint health. Dragon fruit is also a great prebiotic for your dog with studies showing its potential in supporting gut microbiome in dogs. Your dog could enjoy dragon fruit a couple of times a week, or once a week if they are having a variety of fruit or vegetables. The only drawback is the very bright pink colour it can have! Those juices can get everywhere!

Can Dogs Eat Durian?

Durian flesh is safe for dogs. As with almost all fruits, the seeds and rind are not good for them. The seed is more like a stone in size and easily removed.

Despite its slightly off-putting smell it is incredibly nutritious. Containing rich amounts of B vitamins B1, B2,B3, B6 & B9 (folate, magnesium, manganese, potassium and of course vitamin C. If your dog likes this fruit you can add this once a week or so, as a treat/snack or contribution to variety in their meals. Durian is low GI, as the sugar content of Durian is not as high as some fruits but still to be considered and limited in your dog’s diet for that reason.

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Can Dogs Eat Elderberries?

Small amounts of the ripe black or purple looking Elderberries are safe for dogs. However too many may cause vomiting, unripe berries or any other part of the plants such as the leaves are not safe for dogs.

As there are many other useful, safe berries for dogs, it is better to leave these out of your dog’s diet.

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Can Dogs Eat Figs?

Figs themselves are safe for dogs, the plants leaves or stem wouldn’t be though. As with many fruits they are quite high in sugars and so not ideal as a meal addition, more of a treat or snack if your dog likes them.

They can occasionally be used for their assistance in the digestive tract, helping constipated dogs to stool more easily again. Your dog would only need one or two for this support, however there are other more beneficial choices for constipation such as cooked pumpkin, which make figs a secondary choice for this kind of support.

Can Dogs Eat Fennel?

Despite looking a bit like an onion Fennel is actually safe for dogs. If they like it! Fennel has quite a pungent Licorice like flavour that may put most dogs off eating it.

Fennel seeds are of the most use to your dog. They are fantastic for relieving digestive discomfort and have strong anti-inflammatory properties.

A couple of teaspoons of these can be made into a tea, strained and given for your dog to lap up, they can also be added directly to food to help with gas or digestive discomfort.

To fully benefit from the medicinal herbal support of Fennel seeds we recommend speaking to a veterinary herbalist.

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Can Dogs Eat Grapefruit?

Grapefruit is safe for dogs however they can also be too acidic for a dog and cause digestive upset.

The bitter taste is likely to put your dog off eating a grapefruit but don’t panic if they do. The fruit is also high in sugar so, not ideal for a dog snack.

Can Dogs Eat Gooseberries?

No, gooseberries are not safe for dogs. If your dog has eaten one berry accidently, don’t panic but if they eat a few and show signs of vomiting or lethargy please do contact your vet.

Can Dogs Eat Guava?

Guava is safe for dogs. Avoid feeding the skin, peel or pips. Guava contains one of the highest amounts of in vitamin C in a fruit, providing dogs with a great extra boost.

Dogs may need extra vitamin C if they are under stress or healing from an injury. Vitamin C is involved in the skin collagen repair so also very useful for dogs with skin ailments.

Your dog only needs a few cubes, or even just one cube for a small dog, every now and again in order to benefit from this fruit.

Can Dogs Eat Grapes?

Grapes are not known to be safe for dogs. They contain a compound that affects the kidneys, even one grape can be bad for your dog.

The severity depends on the dogs’ size, amount eaten and the dogs’ health individually. Your dog is likely to vomit initially but can suffer seizures from eating grapes.

We would suggest calling your vet if you are worried that your dog has consumer grapes. raisins are dried grapes, so they are a no-no too!

Can Dogs Eat Goji Berries?

Goji Berries are safe for dogs. They are also known as Wolf Berries although nobody seems to know why. Perhaps wolves were originally seen nibbling on them, self-selecting as they so often do in nature.

These berries are high in vitamin A, B2 iron and copper, contains fair amounts of zinc, potassium and vitamin C but unusually for berries they also have a high amount of selenium. A mineral important for the thyroid, immune system health and brain function.

They are also packed with anti-oxidants. For dogs it is always better to provide the real berries rather than the dried versions as dried fruits has a higher sugar content per gram. However, as these berries are often difficult to buy whole, you could consider a powder.

These are a food, not a medicine, and so there is no ‘dosage’ for supporting ailments.

Use common sense to provide a small amount of the powder to dogs depending on their size, a few times a week. Or as directed by a canine health professional.

Can Dogs Eat Gravy?

With its meaty smell, gravy could be very appealing to your dog. Whilst gravy in a small amount is safe for a dog to eat, there will often be ingredients that are not great for them to eat or drink in volume.

Salt levels are often high in gravy, instant gravy will also often contain wheat, preservatives or colourings too.

Can Dogs Eat Garlic?

In safe doses garlic is safe for dogs! In fact used in safe medicinal doses it is a wonderful herb vegetable that provides benefits to dogs.

It is a well-known anti-biotic and prebiotic meaning it will balance your dog’s microbiome, helping to reduce any negative bacteria and support the growth of the beneficial bacteria at the same time.

It is often recommended as a natural alternative to anti-biotics, and used as a blood purifier to put off biting insects such as fleas.

We would recommend you speak to a veterinary herbalist about dosages for specific anti-biotic requirements however the safe amount is around ¼ of a clove for a toy or small dogs (4-7kg), ½ a clove for a medium dog (5-18kg) and 1 clove (not bulb!) for a larger dog (20kg up).

Our Nutrition Specialist Caroline keeps garlic as her go to herb if her dog has eaten something stinky out on a walk, or shows signs of an infection. Simply chopping it and adding it to her dogs’ meals.

Most dogs will enjoy it, to ensure it is of the most use as a go to anti-biotic it is better fed as and when needed rather than simply given every day. This is also the safer way to feed it, just in case any of the un-safe compounds in Garlic built up in your dogs’ system beyond the helpful amounts.

Can Dogs Eat Ginger?

Ginger is safe for dogs, however it is better utilised as a herbal remedy than a food type.

Most dog owners know that Ginger is useful for nausea, motion sickness and thus car travel for dogs. Specific herb supplements are available it is also possible to present your dog with a mild ginger essential oil, such as a ginger hydrosol to gain similar benefits.

The best and safe amount of minced or very finely chopped ginger to add to your dog’s food is around ¼ of a teaspoon for a toy or small dogs (4-7kg), ½ teaspoon for a medium dog (5-18kg) and ¾ teaspoon for a larger dog (20kg up).

Many studies have shown Ginger to be both anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer, and so the herb is worth looking into. A veterinary herbalist can further support you with specific doses for ailments.

Can Dogs Eat Green Beans?

Green Beans are safe for dogs. Your dog will find them much easier to digest if you feed them cooked.

Like many green vegetables they contain good amounts of Vitamin C, A and Folate (B9) which your dogs’ body needs for healthy red blood cells and to convert any carbohydrate they may eat, such as that in vegetables. into useable energy.

Green beans contain a good amount of both Calcium and Magnesium, two minerals that work together in your dogs’ body to ensure healthy joints , immune and nervous system.

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Can Dogs Eat Hazelnuts?

Hazelnuts are safe for dogs, if fed as a crushed nut or powder. There is a risk of choking or intestinal blockage if they are fed whole. This won’t definitely happen as it all depends on your dogs’ individual digestive health.

Some brands of nuts also have a mould toxin called Aflatoxin, which is not ideal for a dog to eat and can contribute to skin issues, nausea or even in extreme circumstances seizures.

The mould is all down to the storage, which as the end buyer is difficult to predict. If the Hazelnuts have been kept in an appropriate way, with no Aflatoxin growth, then the powder or crushed version can provide useful additional fatty acids and some minerals, plus Vitamin E, Iron, Vitamin B6 and even some Magnesium.

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Can Dogs Eat Jackfruit?

Jackfruit is not considered toxic to dogs but it is recommended this fruit is not part of their diet.

The seeds and two layers of rind are all toxic, should your dog eat some jackfruit flesh accidently this should be safe. However much of the jackfruit flesh available is flavoured to suit ours human tastes and these flavourings could potentially be upsetting for your dog.

It is simply a fruit better avoided by dogs.

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Can Dogs Eat Kiwi fruit?

Kiwi fruits are safe for dogs. They have lots of lovely vitamins in them and can really provide a boost in nutrition for your dog if they like them.

Ironically they are also called Chinese Gooseberry, and gooseberries are not good for dogs, but kiwi fruits are.

They contain good amounts of anti-oxidants like lutein and zeaxanthin which are great for the eyesight. They also contain folate, potassium, vitamin K and are water rich, making them great as summer treats to improve hydration, or cold winter when our central heating systems are higher. Kiwis do contain sugars, and although natural sugars they wouldn’t be recommended to feed every day for this reason, 2 or 3 of times week in is great.

Can Dogs Eat Kale?

Kale is great for dogs, Kale is not toxic for dogs. Some of the best vegetables to add to your dog’s bowl are the leafy green vegetables, such as Kale.

Kale highlights include a wonderfully nourishing amount of Vitamin K, Vitamin A and Vitamin C. This makes Kale a brilliant vegetable to add if your dog has any kind of constipation issues, as Vitamin K is required for large intestine health and stool movement.

Finely chop and cook the Kale before feeding it to your dog, try to remove the harder stems too, these can be tougher for your dog to digest even when the vegetable is cooked.

Kale is also higher in Manganese than many vegetables which is a nutrient often lower in a real food, raw food diet. Kale can also act as an anti-histamine for your dog.

Kale contains flavonoids such as Quercetin the known anti-histamine, feeding a few times a week or every day for a 10 day period is safe to do and useful for Histamine if no allergies to vegetables are presenting.

We could discuss Kales benefits much more, including the anti-cancer compounds such as sulforaphane and indole-3-carbinol. Finally Kale has a low volume of oxalates, which reduce even further during cooking. Unless you feed Kale in great volumes consistently every day your dog should never achieve too high oxalates from eating Kale.

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Can Dogs Eat Lemon?

Lemon is not toxic to dogs but does usually cause them to froth or vomit, its ok if your dog accidently ate a slice of lemon, but do keep an eye on them.

The rind is more harmful than the flesh of the fruit. Despite the lovely high vitamin content other fruits provide a more beneficial way to obtain those nutrients.

Can Dogs Eat Lime?

Lime is not good for dogs, it can be toxic too, with the rind being more toxic than the flesh. If your dog has eaten lime you must keep an eye on them.

Anything more than an accidental slice and you may need to contact you vet. The compounds in sour fruits called psoralens are known toxins to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Liquorice?

Liquorice is fairly safe for dogs; it contains a compound called Glycyrrhizin which can cause vomiting and kidney issues if eaten in large amounts.

Please call your vet if your dog has eaten a large volume of this. The odd accidental sweet shouldn’t cause a problem.

Can Dogs Eat Lamb Ribs?

Dogs benefit from raw bones but must never eat cooked lamb rib bones. Cooked bone is dry, often brittle and is known to cause digestive issues, and may even damage your dog’s mouth. Raw bones are full of moisture, chewy, flexible and have been part of wild dog diets since the dawn of evolution.

When fed a raw diet dogs often have raw lamb rib bones included. Many dogs on this diet swallow raw bones whole, gulping them. This is safe and makes digestion easier as dogs do not have digestive enzymes in the mouth as we do, their digestion begins in the stomach itself. A dogs’ oesophagus is created to stretch and cope with smaller raw meaty bones.

Larger bones such as lamb ribs then become leisure, chewing bones rather than meal bones. If your dog has eaten cooked lamb rib bones, perhaps stolen from a leftover garden BBQ plate, you must keep an eye on them and call your vet if you are worried, dry cooked bones can compact in the gut system, and cause digestive upsets in ways raw moisture rich bones do not.

Can Dogs Eat Leeks?

Leeks are not safe for dogs. They are part of the Onion family and so not ideal to be fed to dogs.

If your dog accidently eats a small piece of cooked or raw Leek all should be well, but if they eat more you need to look out for signs of anaemia, pale gums and vomiting perhaps, and call your vet if you are worried.

Can Dogs Eat Lettuce?

Lettuce is safe for dogs, Little Gem, Romaine or Iceberg. Lettuce doesn’t contain many useful nutrients for a dog and so is not of much value as an addition to their bowl of food.

The main components of lettuce are water and Vitamin A, your dog can obtain better Vitamin A from other sources.

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Can Dogs Eat Melon?

Yes, dogs can eat watermelon, Honeydew melon and dogs enjoy Cantaloupe melon too.

Melon is a nice snack for a dog and they are useful too. Melon is also known to contain compounds called cucurbitacin which support natural worming. but as they are also quite high in natural sugars, melon is not ideal for an everyday part of your dog’s dinners. Feed a few cubes of them  one or two days a week, alongside pumpkin seeds and cucumber, as part of your dog’s natural anthelmintic, anti-worm protocol.

Like many fruits they contains lots of vitamins A, anti-oxidants and vitamin C which can be useful to dogs recovering from injury or stressful situations.

Can Dogs Eat Mango?

Mango is safe for dogs. A few cubes or slices will provide lots of extra vitamin C for your dog.

Dogs can make their own vitamin C but they often need extra if they are recovering from an Injury, stressful situations or simple have had an over-active day!

Mango is also higher in copper than many other fruits, helping to ensure your dog gets enough of this essential mineral.

Can Dogs Eat Mulberries?

Ripe mulberries are safe for dogs in small quantities but can cause digestive upsets if too many are eaten.

The amount will depend on the size and weight of your dog but a few should be ok in a medium sized dog. Unripe mulberries should not be fed to them. As there are lots of really great berries for dogs we recommend avoiding mulberries and instead feeding berries such as blueberries or raspberries that have wonderful attributes for dogs.

Can dogs eat Mangosteen?

Mangosteen is not toxic dogs. This Southeast Asian fruits flesh is safe for dogs, but do not feed the rind or skin as this is too hard to be digested and may cause intestinal blockages.

Mangosteen has been hailed as something of a superfood for people and is often sold as juices in health food stores. Whilst it does contain lots of vitamins, they are in lower amounts in comparison to many other fruits. Its magic comes from anti-oxidant compounds called xanthones which have been shown to reduce inflammation and have anti-cancer effects in people. Its sugar content is a little too high for dogs to eat this regularly, an occasional snack is safe.

Can Dogs Eat Mince Pies?

Mince pies are not safe for dogs. If they contain dried fruits including raisins and currants, they could even cause severe kidney issues. Mince Pies also usually contains wheat flour and high amounts of sugar, these are to be avoided by dogs too.

The concerned amount would be around 6 raisins per kg of bodyweight.

Please contact your vet if your dog has eaten your mince pies this year!

Can Dogs Drink Milk?

Dairy from cows is not ideal for dogs, although not toxic as such it has many drawbacks for dogs. The proteins and sugars, known as Lactose, are difficult for a dog to digest contributing to gut health issues in many dogs.

Milk, especially from cows is ultimately questionable for all animals except the animal nature designed it for, the baby cow. It contains growth hormones, pus molecules and even residual anti-biotics as the study here shows.

Dairy from goats or sheep have a different composition which means they are better digested by dogs than dairy from cows. Organic goat milk and goat kefir products can be very useful at times. Puppies for instance can benefit and Kefir is known for its skin and gut healing abilities.

Can Dogs Eat Macadamia Nuts?

Macadamia nuts are not safe for dogs due to their toxicity. As well as a potential risk of choking or digestive blockage these nuts contains compounds which create vomiting, weakness, muscle tremors and fever is dogs. Dogs should not be given Macadamia nuts.

It is recommended you contact your vet is you suspect your dog has eaten these.

Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms?

Kitchen cooking Mushrooms are safe for dogs. Button mushrooms, Chestnut mushrooms, Portabello, Porcini and Shiitake mushrooms are all safe for dogs.

In most cases mushrooms wouldn’t offer nutrition unless your dog needed extra Vitamin D content. Dogs would obtain most of their Vitamin D content from the Offal, such as Liver, included in their diets.

If your dog cannot have offal or organs you can include Mushrooms to increase Vitamin D. Shiitake are the highest Vitamin D content, 18iu in 100g. You would need to add quite a few Mushrooms to your dog’s diet to reach the target 500iu of Vitamin D per kg of food, but they can be fed every day and a supplement used also.

A simple trick to increase the amount of vitamin D in your mushrooms is to lay them in the sun for a few hours, upside down. Mushrooms make Vitamin D from sunlight just like we do and the nutrient value then goes up. Studies have shown it goes up over 5 times as much!

Some Mushrooms have wonderful therapeutic abilities for your dog. These Mushrooms are often found as tinctures and can support illness such as inflammation and even reduce cancers. Have a look for veterinary prepared medicinal mushrooms such as Reishi, Chaga or Lions Mane.

Wild mushrooms should be considered toxic, please called your vet if you suspect your dog has eaten wild mushrooms.

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Can Dogs Eat Nectarine?

Nectarines are safe for dogs, however they contain a lot of natural sugars which can raise your dog’s blood sugar a little too high.

The stone of a Nectarine should not be fed to dogs.

If your dog likes this fruit, it is better given as a very occasional treat.

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Can Dogs Eat Olives?

Olives are safe for dogs, both the green olives and the black olives. Dogs cannot eat the seeds or pips of an olive but the flesh is safe if it hasn’t been salted or mixed with something spicy, with tomatoes or with garlic.

Whilst olives are not toxic to dogs, they are not very nutritious either, we recommend other fruit such as blackberries or kiwi instead. Olive oil has a more concentrated amount of the fatty acids called mono-unsaturated fatty acids than olives themselves. This oil can be good for dogs that need heart support or have skin issues.

Can Dogs Eat Onions?

Onions are not safe for dogs. All types of Onion can be toxic to dogs. Reducing there red blood cell count and affecting organs. If you suspect your dog has eaten even a small amount of Onion please do contact your vet.

The initial signs would be lethargy, anaemia including pale gums and weakness. It is unlikely your dog would choose to eat onion but watch out for onion included in meat products created for human consumption such as blended minces, beef burgers or sausages.

Raw or cooked these could cause your dog more than just the calorific value at family BBQ’s!

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Can Dogs Eat Papaya?

Papaya is safe for dogs. As with all fruits the seeds are not safe for dogs, remove those before sharing papaya with your dog.

Papaya has many vitamins, including high vitamin C and A, B5 and B9 so they are great as boosts for your dog. Perhaps the most useful attribute of the papaya though is the digestive enzyme they contain called papain. This enzyme can help dogs to digest proteins, supporting them with digestive ailments. You can find dehydrated papaya treats in natural healthy pet stores, you could also make your own.

Whilst there is no exact medicinal dose to the effects of papain in dog digestion, a couple of pieces a day for a bigger dog, or some a few times a week even, would be an addition to your dog’s digestive support protocol.

Can Dogs Eat Peaches?

Peaches are safe for dogs, however they contain a lot of natural sugars which can raise your dog’s blood sugar a little too high.

Tinned peaches usually contain sugar syrup too which would mean they are definitely not great for dogs. The stone of a Peach should not be fed to dogs. If your dog likes this fruit, it is better given as a very occasional treat. You would not need to peel them to do so. Tinned peaches usually contain sugar syrup too which would mean the tinned variety are definitely not great for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Pineapple?

Pineapple is safe for dogs. Avoid feeding your dog dried pineapple or tinned pineapple, especially in syrups, both will be too high in sugars for your dog.

Fresh raw pineapple also has quite a high sugar content and may also be too much for your dog, every dog is different though. Some dogs enjoy a few pieces and could be fed pineapple once a week as a treat if they enjoy it. One benefit to Pineapple is the digestive enzyme they contain called bromelain, which is known to support the digestion of proteins and be an anti-inflammatory.

For these reasons pineapple can be fed to your dog once a week or fortnight to support dogs with digestive ailments such as pancreatitis. Just a few chunks for a medium sized dog is enough. You can give your dog bromelain in a supplement form too.

Can Dogs Eat Passion Fruit?

Passion fruit is not great for dogs. It is not toxic as such but the seeds, and the rind are.

As it is quite difficult to separate the seeds from the flesh it is not advised to feed passion fruit to your dog. There are lots of lovely fruits and vegetables much better suited to your dog’s needs and diet.

Can Dogs Eat Plums?

Plums are safe for dogs. The stone would not be safe for dogs. However, Plums do contain quite a bit of sugar, although natural sugars, it is too much for your dog and with little nutrient benefit to outweigh the sugar levels.

We recommend adding berries, kiwis or even a little papaya instead of feeding plums to your dog. At least you know if they accidently eat them fallen from the tree, as long as they didn’t consume the stone, they are safe.

Can Dogs Eat Pear?

Pear is safe for dogs. A few slices or chunks can be enjoyed by your dog as an occasional snack, or if they happen to have eaten fruit fallen from a tree in your garden this is safe.

The seeds may not be though so if your dog has for some reason eaten a lot of pears they may vomit. The sugar content of the pears and the seeds would cause this.

Pears contain anti-oxidants, useful flavonoid nutrients for anti-inflammation properties and have a quite a high water content. They can feel hydrating for your dog to eat.

Can Dogs Eat Pomegranate?

Pomegranate is not toxic to dogs; however, it is pretty difficult to separate the seeds from the flesh and so it is best not to feed pomegranate to your dog. The seeds would be hard for your dog to digest and may cause gastric upsets.

A little fresh pomegranate juice may be enjoyed by your dog  if they like it. It has a high vitamin C and anti-oxidant (anti-aging) properties. Offer it sparingly, as this is also high sugar content.

Can Dogs Eat Prunes?

Prunes are dried plums. Both Prunes and Plums are ok for dogs, but not recommended due to higher sugar content.

Prunes especially have a high sugar content as the water has reduced in them leaving the stick sugary parts behind. Prunes will not help a dog with constipation. Dogs have a different digestive system to us humans. Prunes would be more likely to cause upset stomach than solve digestive issues in dogs. Some prunes would also have preservatives on them which may not be healthy for your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Parsnips?

Parsnips are safe for dogs to eat; they will be better digested fed cooked.

However, they are often high in starches or sugars and are to be fed in limitation. There are many other vegetables more beneficial to dogs, but if your dog particularly likes them, they can be safely used as occasional diet additions or treats to chomp on.

Can Dogs Eat Pistachio Nuts?

Pistachio nuts are safe for dogs, if fed as a crushed nut or powder. There is a risk of choking or intestinal blockage if they are fed whole. This won’t definitely happen as it all depends on your dogs’ individual digestive health.

Some brands of nuts also have a mould toxin called Aflatoxin, which is not ideal for a dog to eat and can contribute to skin issues, nausea or even in extreme circumstances seizures.

The mould is all down to the storage, which as the end buyer is difficult to predict. If the Pistachio nuts have been kept in an appropriate way, with no Aflatoxin growth, then the powder or crushed version can provide useful additional fatty acids and some minerals, plus Vitamin E and even some Manganese.

Can dogs eat Peanuts?

Peanuts are safe for dogs, if fed as a crushed nut or powder, perhaps you add Peanut butter to your dog chew toys as well. There is a risk of choking or intestinal blockage if they are fed whole. This won’t definitely happen as it all depends on your dogs’ individual digestive health.

Some brands of Peanuts also have a mould toxin called Aflatoxin, which is not ideal for a dog to eat and can contribute to skin issues, nausea or even in extreme circumstances seizures. The mould is all down to the storage, which as the end buyer is difficult to predict.

If the Peanuts have been kept in an appropriate way, with no Aflatoxin growth, then they can provide useful additions of Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Potassium and Phosphorus for your dog.

Peanut Butter is safe for dogs, as long as you look for a brand that does not contain the sweetener called Xylitol, Xylitol is toxic to dogs. Its is fairly high in fat so should be supplied sparingly.

Aflatoxins can also be present in peanut butter, whilst usually they do not form studies have shown them to be present. Use with awareness.

Can Dogs Eat Pecan Nuts?

Pecan nuts can be toxic to dogs. As well as a potential risk of choking or digestive blockage these nuts contain a compound called Juglone which can cause create vomiting, weakness, muscle tremors in dogs. Dogs should not be given Pecan nuts.

Whilst not as toxic as Macadamias they do pose a risk.

Can Dogs Eat Pine Nuts?

Pine nuts are not ideal for dogs. Whilst not toxic as such they are in fact a seed and being smaller, coupled with being a less digestible food source for a dog they can cause digestive issues.

It is ok if your dog accidently ate a few, and cooked would be far easier for them digest than raw pine nuts, but they are not an ideal food to present to your dog as part of a meal.

Can Dogs Eat Peas?

Peas are a legume and so not ideal for dogs, although they are safe. Even the pods are safe if eaten accidently.

Peas should be fed sparingly for boost of Vitamin C, K or A rather than included as a part of the diet every day.

Two problems with Peas for dogs are:

Peas contain lectins which can cause digestive issues in some dogs if fed for a while and more worryingly Peas contain Phytic acid which can block mineral absorption.

However, they are not toxic so don’t panic if your dog eats some.

Can Dogs Eat Potato?

Dogs should not be fed raw potato but cooked potato is safe for them. Potato is a starchy vegetable and so if fed is only needed in small amounts.

If your dog needs a carbohydrate in their diet then Potato is better than Rice, but the truth is dogs are not biologically designed to eat volumes of starchy carbohydrates. A little is tolerated by many, but they are not a staple part of a dogs nutritional needs.

Can Dogs Eat Pumpkin?

Pumpkin is safe for dogs. Pumpkins should be fed to your dog cooked, but it is safe if they accidently eat some raw.

Cooked Pumpkin can be very useful for dogs with constipation, it nourishes and moistens the digestive tract, as well as providing extra vitamins to support in healing.

You can feed Pumpkin to your dog as a treat too, or as part of their meals if perhaps you are looking to fill your dog up a little more on a weight loss plan. They contain Vitamin C, A and K, as with most vegetables, but Pumpkins also contain useful amounts of Vitamin E too which is unusual for a vegetable and much needed by dogs with inflammatory issues or skin ailments.

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Can Dogs Eat Radishes?

Radishes are safe for dogs. They are not the most nutrient filled vegetable though so would be better as a fun treat rather than a part of a meal. They can be fed raw in small amounts.

Can Dogs Eat Raspberries?

Raspberries are safe for dogs. They are easy to feed and contain useful prebiotics that boost your dogs gut microbiome.

They also offer a boost of nutrients such as vitamin C , lots of lovely manganese and small amounts of other minerals and vitamins too. Quite the superfood in many respects. They are a great alternative if your dog doesn’t enjoy blueberries. Just feed between a few to a handful a day, depending on your dog’s size, for an added nutrient boost and the prebiotic support.

We recommend offering a variety of berries including raspberries, blueberries, blackberries and strawberries to your dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Rhubarb?

Rhubarb is not always safe for dogs. The long reddish green stems we eat can be, but the leaves growing in your garden are very toxic. Rhubarb is pretty low in nutrients and so is not very useful to feed to your dog.

It also contains malic acid, which in higher doses can cause vomiting. If your dog has eaten some of your rhubarb crumble the rhubarb in this will not be toxic, but this fruit (often fed alongside fruit in a fruit crumble) is not an ideal offering for your dog.

Can Dogs Eat Redcurrants?

Redcurrants are not entirely safe for dogs. They are in the grape family and while no definitive science says they are toxic, they can contain the compounds that effect a dog’s kidneys.

A more beneficial option would be raspberries or blueberries which are safe and very nutritious for dogs.

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Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?

Strawberries are safe for dogs. Your dog can enjoy slices or chopped strawberries on their meals every day, or a few times a week, for the lovely anti-oxidant content and the prebiotic effect that these berries provide.

Prebiotics are useful for balancing the gut microbiota and supporting the digestive system as a whole. Strawberries are also slightly bigger berries and so provide a little more water content to your dog than smaller berries. Strawberries are high in manganese, B9 (folate) and vitamin C, they also contain a high number of a type of anti-oxidant called anthocyanins. These nutrients are anti-inflammatory and have even shown anti-cancer benefits.

We recommend alternating the berries your dog enjoys in their meals, feeding every day as digestive supports or a few times a week as a maintenance once your dog’s digestive system is settled.

Can Dogs Eat Starfruit?

Starfruit is not safe for dogs. This should not be shared or fed to them.

Even a small amount can cause vomiting and even kidney failure due to starfruit’s high levels of a molecule called calcium oxalate. This molecule, despite its name, actually binds too and severely reduces the calcium in your dogs’ body effecting their kidneys.

We recommend you call your vet if your dog has eaten starfruit.

Can Dogs Eat Satsumas?

Satsuma, Tangerine, Clementine and Mandarins are safe for dogs. They do not hold much nutritional value for a dog though.

Dogs obtain better Vitamin C from green leafy vegetables. Your dog can eat them if they enjoy them as a treat, however we are pretty sure they would prefer dehydrated or freezer dried meaty treats.

Can Dogs Eat Sweet Potato?

Sweet Potato is safe for dogs. Feed it cooked, raw will not be very digestible for your dog.

Also called a Yam in some part of the world Sweet Potato is not from the same family of vegetables as white potato. They are not actually a potato! They do contain an amount of starch but this is far less than white potato.

If your dog needs something to bulk out a meal these can be fed safely and more in line with a wild diet than white potato. Sweet Potato is high in Manganese, a nutrient which can often be lacking in a raw or real meat diet, they also contain many anti-oxidants and useful amounts of Vitamins.

Cooked Sweet Potato can be used to help a dog with constipation. It will nourish the digestive tract with both fibre, vitamins and moisture supporting this ailment.

Can Dogs Eat Spinach?

Spinach is safe for dogs. However it does contain higher amounts of what are called Oxalates than most other vegetables and so should be fed only once a week and definitely cooked as cooking reduce the oxalate content of Spinach considerably.

If Spinach wasn’t so high in other nutrients I am not sure it would make the grade as a recommendation to feed your dog. But due to its wonderful amounts of Vitamins A, C and K, Minerals (especially Iron) and anti-oxidants it is not a vegetables to avoid entirely if your dog likes it and needs extra nutrition.

Like Kale, Spinach contains the anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine compounds called Quercetin, Kaempferol, Lutein and Zeaxanthin.

Can Dogs Eat Spring Onions?

Spring Onions are not safe for dogs. Like all the onion family they can affect the red blood cell count and cause organ damage to your dog.

Do call your vet if you feel your dog has eaten Spring Onions.

Can Dogs Eat Swede?

Swede is safe for dogs. Although dogs are unlikely to digest it very well if fed to them raw, cooked Swede can safely be fed.

For a dog Swede doesn’t hold a great deal of nutritional value, a little extra Vitamin C or a small amount to bulk out a meal maybe be the only reasons to feed your dog Swede. See also Turnip.

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Can Dogs Eat Turkey Bones?

Dogs benefit from raw bones but must never be fed cooked bones. Cooked bone is dry, often brittle and is known to cause digestive issues, or may even damage your dog’s mouth. Raw bones are full of moisture, chewy, flexible and have been part of wild dog diets since the dawn of evolution.

Many dogs enjoy a raw turkey neck to chew on, and other a raw turkey carcass blended just like our Christmas dinner for dogs. Many dogs swallow raw bones whole, gulping them. This is safe as dogs do not have digestive enzymes in the mouth as we do, their chewing needs to happen in the stomach itself.

If your dog has eaten cooked turkey bones keep an eye on them, feeding something lighter in the evening or not at all that evening would be beneficial to their digestive system as it digests the dry bone content.

Can Dogs Drink Tea?

Tea is not good for dogs. They may appear to enjoy the taste of a cup of tea and whilst it is not toxic for dogs it can cause digestive upsets and contribute to adrenal fatigue.

It is not recommended to feed caffeine to dogs, even caffeine free tea will have a residual amount. These drinks begin to dehydrate a dog. The moisture content of a dogs’ diet is key to health. Tea usually contains milk too, milk is not good for dogs either.

Herbal teas can be great for dogs. Make sure to choose a herbal tea you know is safe for dogs or that your veterinary herbalist has suggested.

Can Dogs Eat Toast?

Toast is not ideal for dogs. Whilst bread and toast are not toxic they offer very little nutritional value and can contribute to common canine well-being issues.

Toast is usually created from wheat, a grain many dogs have intolerances or allergies to. The higher sugars in refined products such as toast, bread, cakes and pastries can unbalance a dogs’ blood sugars levels and also block nutrient pathways for needed nutrition such as vitamin C and essential fats. They are also known to contribute to yeasts, gut issues, skin, ear and inflammation.

Can Dogs Eat Tomatoes?

Ripened Tomatoes are safe for dogs, fed raw or cooked in small amounts. Unripe Tomatoes are toxic to dogs, these would have parts still green or be all green.

Unripe Tomatoes can cause sickness, intestinal damage even drowsiness in your dog. As a moisture rich salad vegetable there is little nutritional value for your dog in a tomato. However if they like to share your lunch and you have a small slice of red tomato in your sandwich, its safe to share.

Can Dogs Eat Turnips?

Turnip is safe for dogs. Although dogs are unlikely to digest it very well if fed to them raw, cooked Turnip can safely be fed.

For a dog Turnip doesn’t hold a great deal of nutritional value, a little extra Vitamin C or a small amount to bulk out a meal maybe be the only reasons to feed your dog Turnip. See also Swede.

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Can Dogs Eat Weetabix?

Breakfast cereals including Weetabix are not ideal for dogs. Each breakfast cereal will have a slightly different ingredient list but as most are made up of grains, corn and usually include sugars. Breakfast cereals are not ideally suited to our dogs.

Dogs gain very little nutritional value from being fed grains and yet they have been known to contribute to inflammation and can contribute to digestive ailments or encourage yeasts.

Weetabix itself is a breakfast cereal with less ingredients, it is also quite mushy and so in the past has been provided to puppies weaning.

Nowadays though we know that puppies can have fresh real meat blended into a finer mince and should never need grain, there is very little nutrition in the grain of Weetabix.

Can Dogs Eat Walnuts?

Walnuts are safe for dogs, although they are much better fed as a crushed nut or powder. There is a risk of choking or intestinal blockage if they are fed whole. This won’t definitely happen as it all depends on your dogs’ individual digestive health.

Some brands of Walnuts also have a mould toxin called Aflatoxin, which is not ideal for a dog to eat and can contribute to skin issues, nausea or even in extreme circumstances seizures. The mould is all down to the storage, which as the end buyer is difficult to predict. If the Walnuts have been kept in an appropriate way, with no Aflatoxin growth, then the powder or crushed version can provide lots useful Omega 3 fatty acids, which support a reduction in inflammation, some minerals including a good amount of Copper and will even be a useful source of Vitamin E.

They are known as a brain nut because they contain nutrition useful for the brain, not to mention the fact they resemble the brain visually.

Can Dogs Eat Watercress?

Watercress can be toxic to dogs. Ideally dogs should not be fed Watercress. It seems to divide the dog community somewhat, with many suggesting it causes nausea, vomiting and some describing kidney or thyroid issues.

Whereas veterinary herbalists can often rely on it for certain phytonutrient value. We would recommend only using Watercress for dogs under the guidance of a veterinary herbalist.

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Caroline Griffith

Author | Pet Industry Nutrition Consultant | Founder of Canine Flow \ Canine Mystery School

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4 responses to “Can My Dog Eat….”

  1. Margo Lee says:

    Thank you this is a useful short guide.

    • ProDog says:

      Hi Margo

      Thanks so much for your feedback. We are always striving to provide as much information as we can to help you and your doggos when it comes to nutrition and many other aspects of their health and happiness.

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  2. Lajren says:

    This is so helpful! The most comprehensive info I’ve come across so far. Thanks so much.

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