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When it comes to our furry friends, all it sometimes takes is their wanting looks up at the dinner table to convince us to give them a nibble to try. But as loving pet owners, we want to make sure we're feeding them the right things to keep them healthy and happy.

To help clear up some confusion, here are answers to the top 15 questions about what dogs can eat.

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Can dogs eat bananas?

Yes, dogs can eat bananas in moderation. Bananas are a great source of potassium, vitamins, and fibre, which can benefit your dog's digestion. However, be sure to remove the peel before feeding it to your pup, as the peel can be difficult to digest and may cause blockages.

Can dogs eat chocolate?

No, dogs should never eat chocolate. Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is toxic to dogs and can cause symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures and even death. Keep chocolate and any products containing cocoa away from your furry friend.

Can dogs eat apples?

Yes, dogs can safely eat apples as long as the seeds and core are removed. Apples are a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber. However, feeding your dog too many apples can lead to digestive upset, so it's best to offer them in moderation.

Can dogs eat grapes?

No, dogs should never consume grapes or raisins. Even in small amounts, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs, leading to symptoms such as vomiting, lethargy, and decreased urine output. It's important to keep grapes and raisins out of reach of your dog at all times.

Can dogs eat peanut butter?

Yes, dogs can enjoy peanut butter as an occasional treat. Peanut butter is a good source of protein and healthy fats for dogs, but be sure to choose a variety that does not contain xylitol, a sweetener that is toxic to dogs. Also, peanut butter should be given in moderation, as it is high in calories and fat.

Can dogs eat cheese?

Yes, most dogs can eat cheese in small amounts. Cheese can be a tasty and nutritious treat for dogs, as it is high in protein and calcium. However, some dogs may be lactose intolerant and may experience digestive upset after eating cheese. It's best to introduce cheese to your dog's diet gradually and monitor for any adverse reactions.

Can dogs eat carrots?

Yes, dogs can safely eat carrots, both raw and cooked. Carrots are low in calories and high in fiber and vitamins, making them a healthy snack option for dogs. Chewing on carrots can also help to clean your dog's teeth and promote good oral health.

Can dogs eat rice?

Yes, dogs can eat rice as part of a balanced diet. In fact, plain cooked rice can be beneficial for dogs with digestive upset, as it is easily digestible and can help to soothe an upset stomach. However, rice should only be given in small amounts, as too much can lead to weight gain.

Can dogs eat fish?

Yes, dogs can eat certain types of fish, such as salmon and tuna, in moderation. Fish is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which can benefit your dog's skin, coat, and overall health. However, fish bones should be removed before feeding fish to your dog, as they can pose a choking hazard.

Can dogs eat avocado?

No, dogs should not eat avocado. Avocado contains a substance called persin, which is toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal symptoms. Additionally, the large seed in the middle of the avocado poses a choking hazard. It's best to keep avocado away from your dog entirely.

Can dogs eat watermelon?

Yes, dogs can safely eat watermelon in moderation. Watermelon is low in calories and contains essential vitamins like A, B6, and C, as well as potassium and magnesium. However, be sure to remove the seeds and rind before offering it to your dog, as they can cause digestive issues. Additionally, too much watermelon can lead to diarrhea, so it's best to offer it as an occasional treat.

Can dogs eat cucumber?

Yes, dogs can enjoy cucumber as a refreshing snack. Cucumbers are low in calories and contain vitamins K, C, and B1, as well as potassium and magnesium. They also provide hydration due to their high water content. However, be sure to cut the cucumber into bite-sized pieces to prevent choking, and avoid giving your dog cucumbers that have been pickled or seasoned with spices.

Can dogs eat mango?

Yes, dogs can eat mango in moderation. Mangoes are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, as well as fiber and antioxidants. However, it's essential to remove the pit and peel before offering mango to your dog, as the pit contains small amounts of cyanide, which can be harmful. Additionally, too much mango can cause digestive upset, so offer it sparingly as a treat.

Can dogs eat blueberries?

Yes, dogs can safely eat blueberries as a tasty and nutritious treat. Blueberries are packed with antioxidants, vitamins C and K, and fiber, making them an excellent choice for promoting your dog's overall health. They can also help support cognitive function and may even aid in preventing certain age-related conditions. Just be sure to offer them in moderation, as too many blueberries can cause digestive upset.

Can dogs eat popcorn?

Plain, air-popped popcorn can be safe for dogs to eat in moderation. It's low in calories and contains small amounts of fiber and certain minerals. However, avoid giving your dog popcorn that is buttered, salted, or seasoned with spices, as these additives can be harmful. Additionally, unpopped kernels can pose a choking hazard, so be sure to remove them before offering popcorn to your furry friend. As with any treat, moderation is key to preventing digestive upset.

In Conclusion: Always Consult Your Vet

As much as we love treating our canine companions to new foods, it's crucial to remember that every dog is unique, and their dietary needs may vary. While many human foods are safe for dogs in moderation, some can cause digestive upset or even be toxic. That's why it's essential to introduce new foods gradually and observe how your dog reacts.

If you notice any signs of digestive issues, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or changes in appetite or behaviour after introducing a new food, it's essential to consult your veterinarian promptly. Your vet can provide guidance on whether the food is suitable for your dog and offer advice on how to adjust their diet accordingly.

By working closely with your veterinarian and being mindful of your dog's individual needs and sensitivities, you can ensure that they enjoy a healthy and balanced diet that keeps them happy and thriving for years to come.

And if you're still not sure, our range of dog treats is sure to satisfy!

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