Top 5 healthiest and most harmful foods for dogs

katy towle 01 July 2021

 

Any pooch parent will know how hard it is to ignore your favourite four legged friend as they longingly stare at you anytime you eat a snack or when you sit down for a meal. While it’s difficult to ignore your pooch and not share your food, it is important to keep in mind that not all human foods are suitable for dogs and in some instances can be dangerous for dogs.

On the other hand, there are some human foods that are perfectly safe for dog consumption and can make a delicious and nutritious snack.

Read on to find out which foods are OK for sharing in moderation and which should be avoided.

Foods that your dog can eat

1) Apples

Apples are an excellent source of Vitamin A & C, as well as fiber for your pooch. Apples are also low in protein and fat making them a great snack for senior dogs too.
When feeding your dog an apple, make sure to remove the apple seeds and core.
You could even try freezing the apple to create a refreshing summer snack.

2) Blueberries

Blueberries are a safe and nutritious snack for dogs. Blueberries are a superfood and rich in antioxidants which prevents cell damages in dogs. Apart from this, they also contain lots of vitamins, minerals and fiber bringing lots of benefits to your pooch’s health.

Teaching your dog some new tricks? Why not try using blueberries as a tasty reward.

Did you know our Pooch & Mutt Turkey & Chicken wet food contains blueberries that are rich in vitamin K which the body needs to help wounds to heal. There's also anecdotal evidence that vitamin K supports strong and healthy bones.

3) Cranberries

Both cranberries and dried cranberries are safe for dogs to eat in small quantities.

Sweet tasting cranberries can actually help to improve your dog's bladder health, reducing the risks of UTIs. These tiny berries can also reduce tartar and plaque buildup leading to healthier gums and have anti-bacterial benefits. The anti-bacterial benefits of cranberries have even been known to help prevent cancer, among other illnesses and ailments. 

Our Superfood range combines chicken with a whole host of superfoods including cranberries.

4) Carrots

Carrots are another tasty, low- calorie snack that is suitable for our four-legged friends. Not only are carrots healthy for pooches, crunching on a carrot is great for your dog's teeth.

Carrots are rich in fiber, biotin, potassium and beta-carotene which produces vitamin A, its true that carrots help improve eyesight. Vitamin A supports the eye in converting light into brain signals resulting in improved vision in low light. Beyond supporting eye health, the high levels of Vitamin A found in carrots support our dogs immune systems and promote a healthy skin and coat.

All of our tasty wet food recipes contain carrots to support a thriving immune system.

5) Broccoli 

Dogs can eat both raw and cooked broccoli in moderation. 

Broccoli is an excellent source of both fibre and protein. It contains a whole host of vitamins (A, C, E and K) and minerals (iron, potassium, calcium) that help keep our dogs bones strong and hearts healthy.

It also contains  many antioxidants that work to reduce inflammation in the body. Naturally occurring luetin is known to support eye and heart health too.

When feeding your pooch broccoli, make sure to remove the stalks beforehand.


Foods that your dog can’t eat

1) Chocolate

Chocolate is a delicious sweet treat for humans, but is poisonous for dogs.
Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine which are two stimulants that dogs cannot efficiently metabolize.

Dark chocolate tends to contain more theobromine than milk chocolate so is more poisonous for dogs but all types of chocolate should be avoided.

2) Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and Raisins are toxic for dogs even in small quantities, so it’s important to not feed your pooch any of these.

3) Onions

Onions in every form (dry, raw and cooked) are poisonous to dogs.

They contain N-propyl disulfide, a compound that is toxic to dogs as it can damage your pooch’s red blood cells, reducing the cell’s ability to carry oxygen around the body.

4) Artificial sweetener (Xylitol)

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that is found in lots of different types of products such as baked goods and sweets.

If your pooch is a fan of peanut butter, make sure you choose one that's Xylitol free!

5) Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts contain a toxin that can affect your dog's muscles and nervous system so are best avoided.


What to do if your dog has consumed any of these foods

If your dog consumes any of these foods even in small amounts, it is important to act quickly and take them to the vets.