Do you love your dog as much as they love you? Then you probably spend time with them every day, and they’ve likely played a role in your life for some time now. That being said, canines are very different from us regarding what they’re able to eat. Dogs are omnivorous animals, which means they can eat plant- and animal-based food. Dogs eat human food very happily.
However, this doesn’t mean that dogs will enjoy eating the same foods that we do (of course!). In fact – like humans – dogs have their own preferences regarding what they enjoy on occasion. Therefore, we’ve put together an ultimate list of what your dog can eat so that you know what to keep in mind whenever your furry friend requests a new food appearance!
Eggs are a great protein source and easy to incorporate into a diet. Raw eggs are safe for dogs to eat and are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. However, the FDA recommends that raw eggs shouldn’t be fed to dogs under 6 months, as they may contain harmful bacteria that could cause salmonella poisoning.
So, while they’re safe for all other dogs, these eggs are not great for very young dogs since they could end up with gastroenteritis if they eat them. Because of this restriction, we don’t recommend feeding eggs to your dog if they’re a young puppy.
Beef is a relatively high-protein food that’s great for building muscle mass in both dogs and humans, and is a good source of iron, zinc, and other nutrients that support your dog’s growth and health. If you feed your dog a high-quality diet, then beef will likely be the only non-vegetarian ingredient they consume. However, beef should not be fed to dogs with gastrointestinal diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease or colitis.
Broccoli is an excellent source of vitamins, especially vitamin C and folate, which help support your dog’s immune system, is also rich in fiber, which helps to relieve intestinal stress and prevent constipation. However, you should be careful when feeding broccoli to your dog; some dog foods include broccoli as an ingredient, but the broccoli isn’t removed before the food is packaged. Therefore, be sure to check the ingredients of any dog food that you buy.
Like many of the vegetables on this list, carrots are a good source of beta carotene, which your dog can use to form their own Vitamin A. This helps to support growth and eyesight in your dog. Beta carotene can be destroyed by light and air, so try to store your carrots in a cool, dark place. You should also avoid letting your dog consume many carrots if they’ve never eaten them before, as they’re a bit of a novelty for dogs.
Cheese is a good source of protein, calcium, and other important nutrients for bone and tooth health. However, you should be careful when feeding cheese to your dog; some dog foods include cheese as an ingredient, but the cheese isn’t removed before the food is packaged. Therefore, be sure to check the ingredients of any dog food that you buy.
Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are a great source of vitamins and minerals, but they should make up only a small portion of your dog’s diet. Too many vegetables can lead to poor nutrient intake and an increased risk of urinary problems. Some fruits, such as apples and pears, are a bit high in sugar and should be fed sparingly, if at all.
Milk and Other Dairy Products
Milk and other dairy products are a great source of protein and are easy to incorporate into a dog’s diet. Dairy products shouldn’t make up the bulk of your dog’s diet. Too much milk can lead to excess calcium in the urine and other problems. Instead, limit your dog’s intake of milk and other dairy products to once or twice a week.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are a good source of protein and fibrous nutrients, but they should make up only a minor portion of your dog’s diet. Too many nuts or seeds can lead to poor nutrient intake and an increased risk of pancreatic issues in your dog. Some examples include almonds, cashews, walnuts, and sunflower seeds.
Raw meat and Bones
Raw meat is a good source of nutrients, especially Vitamin A, iron, zinc, and selenium, best fed in moderation, as too much of it can lead to excess nutrients and increased urinary issues. Best served alongside fresh vegetables as a meal and should not be eaten as a snack.
Dogs are omnivores, which means they can eat both plants and animals. However, this doesn’t mean that dogs will enjoy eating the same foods we do. Instead, they have their own preferences regarding what they enjoy on occasion. While there are a few things that your dog can eat, such as eggs, beef, and broccoli, most canines don’t enjoy these foods very often. To keep your dog healthy and happy, try feeding them a mixed diet of plant- and animal-based foods.