People Foods You Can and Absolutely Cannot Feed Your Pooch

Posted by Samantha Bubar
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Everyone loves to treat their pooches with table scraps. But some things on the table should be left for the humans. 

No matter how much I tell myself I'm not going to give my pup some of my dinner, those big Chihuahua bug eyes glaring at me from across the room usually convince me to hand over a bite or two.

There are some foods that are toxic to dogs, and there are others that are actually beneficial to our canine companions in moderation. Here is a list of some harmful and helpful foods as well as a few treat recipes.

Dangerous People Foods:

Gum and Candy


Anything containing Xylitol can cause an insulin release which can send the liver into failure. That increase in insulin is called hypoglycemia which is lowered sugar levels.

Signs that your pet is suffering from hypoglycemia are: lethargy and vomiting, as well as loss of coordination.


Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, depression of the central nervous system, tremors, abnormal levels of blood acidity, coma and possibly death in severe cases.

Pets shouldn't be given any alcohol under any circumstances.

Chocolate, Caffeine, and Coffee

These three Cs all contain a toxin called methylxanthine which can cause a host of problems for your pooch, including excessive thirst and panting, tremors, abnormal heart rate, and seizures.

Dark chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate as it contains more of the toxin.

Grapes and Raisins

Grapes are highly dangerous to pets due to an unknown toxin- grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure.



With varying levels of citric acid, citrus fruit isn't harmful to your pup but can cause some stomach upset.

Garlic, Onions, and Chives

These allium vegetables are only an issue when consumed in excess- these foods can cause gastrointestinal discomfort and red cell damage.

Beneficial People Food: 


Yogurt can be very beneficial for your pup due to the probiotics (make sure you choose the live active bacteria).

Frozen yogurt is a good hot-weather treat for your pooch.



Avocado is considered toxic to quite a few pets including birds, rabbits, horses, goats, and sheep, but isn't highly toxic to dogs or cats.

It can cause vomiting, diarrhea or constipation though, so if you suspect your pooch has gotten into some avocado- keep a close eye on them.

Flax Seed

Flax seed is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acid which benefits your pup's coat.


When cooked, this fish is another great source of Omega-3 fatty acid.

As well as helping with the condition of your dogs skin and coat, salmon gives their immune system a boost.


Pumpkin is very beneficial for a dog's digestive system and a great source of fiber and Vitamin A.

Pure pumpkin, not the pumpkin pie mix, can be offered to dogs experiencing digestive issues.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are another great source of fiber that also have a plethora of vitamins, including B6, C, beta carotene and manganese.

Potatoes are a great treat for dogs and make a good chew toy for puppies. Check out this Sweet Potato Chew Recipe.

Garlic, Onions, and Chives

These allium vegetables are only an issue when consumed in excess- these foods can cause gastrointestinal discomfort and red cell damage.

Green Beans


Green beans are a great source of plant fiber and vitamins K and C. This snack is a good low calorie option for pets that put on weight quickly.

Raw Meat 

The same bacteria that is harmful to humans is harmful to our pets. It's best to keep small meat bones from dogs as well, as they can cause blockage if ingested or splinter and send your pup to the vet.

But there is such thing as a raw diet for dogs and marrow bones are okay to give your pet as a treat. Make sure they are big enough that your dog can't swallow them and NEVER give them cooked bones, as these can easily splinter. You can usually find marrow bones in the frozen section in stores.

Eggs (Cooked)


While raw eggs are an obvious no-no, cooked eggs are a great option for pets with an upset stomach as they are an easily digestible protein.


Another good source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber, are apples. Watch for the seeds as those can be dangerous and toxic to your pup.

Make a note of these foods!

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