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Can My Dog Eat That? A Guide to Fido-Friendly Foods

Thu, Nov 08, 2018 at 1:25PM

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During the holiday season, deliciously festive food abounds. Heaping plates of roasted meats, vibrant veggies, and sweet, handmade desserts delight the whole table—and even those sitting under it, too.

That’s right. Naturally, our four-legged friends want in on the fun! And while most dog parents may be prone to sharing the occasional table scrap here and there, you may still be wondering—what human foods are good for my furry friend?

Wonder no more. Read on as we share a quick guide to the human foods Fido can safely eat—and the ones you’d be better off keeping on the table. Take a look.

What not to eat

It’s always helpful to remember the key foods Fido should avoid, in case they happen to feature in any of your holiday meals. The following ingredients are toxic to pups (or have individual parts that are toxic or potentially stomach-irritating):

  • Chocolate
  • Avocado
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Pecans, walnuts, Macadamia nuts
  • Onion, garlic, and chives
  • Xylitol (a sweetener in gum, mints and some foods)
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherries

In addition, it can be helpful to avoid even non-toxic foods that overly flavored, fatty, salty or sweet. You might also add milk and dairy to that list, since some dogs are not able to digest lactose well. Also be mindful of the shape and size of your food, which could affect your pup’s ability to chew and swallow safely.

For once-in-a-while treats…

Of course, there are certainly many foods that your pup can safely eat! These include:

  • Carrots
  • Corn OFF-the-cob
  • Apples
  • Grains, like wheat and rice (plain and unsalted)
  • Bananas
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli
  • Brussel sprouts
  • Cantaloupe
  • Celery
  • Cranberries
  • Cucumbers
  • Green beans
  • Pears
  • Peaches
  • Raspberries
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries
  • Peas

And, of course, meat, such as turkey, are all able to be enjoyed by your furry friend. However, avoid skin and any other trimmings (these may have onions, garlic, etc.), and instead simply share a bit of the plain, lean white meat. Cut larger pieces into easily chewable portions for your pet, similar to what he eats in his food bowl.

When it comes time to carve the turkey or other roast meats, you may be tempted to give Fido the bone—dogs love them, after all! However, it’s a hazard to give cooked bones to pets as they are smaller to chew and may get lodged between there throats. Therefore, it is better to safely store the bones in the garbage (out of his reach). Instead, treat him to store-bought bones.

You can feel even better about sharing the spread with Fido by balancing out his dog food routine—so if he’s had more table scraps than usual, you can give him a little less than his usual meal, to help it all equal out.

The bottom line? If a scrap or stray bite falls from the table, and it’s not toxic or tough-to-eat for dogs, feel free to let Fido have the treat! In addition to practicing moderation, check with your pup’s veterinarian for more specific guidelines suited to your unique pet, for many more stress-free holiday meals to come.


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