Can My Dog Eat….
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.