10 Foods You May Not Know Your Dog Is Allowed to Eat or Not

Dog lovers have a tendency of being kind people. We always like to share our homes and hearts with our furry friends. And certainly, there`s nothing wrong to share some of our favorite foods as well, right? Actually, not really!

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Lots of the foods that humans consume on a normally basis can harm a canine`s body, leading to serious healthy issues.

However, other types of foods that humans eat just fine can also be added to our little pals` diets and even add some health advantages like immunity to allergies, joint strength or improved breath.

So, before offering your little one that you may like, do a little research on which foods are ok and which aren`t before sending your pooch to the veterinarian clinic without intention.

Lobster

Yes, lobster is safe for dogs to consume. As you probably know already, cooked lobster is a wonderful source of Omega-3 fatty acids and proteins, but also of important minerals such as magnesium, zinc and phosphorus.

Protein aids your dog keep his muscles healthy. Phosphorus is important for the health of his bones, magnesium helps with the mineral and vitamin absorption, while zinc aids in keeping his joints healthy. Omega-3 fatty acids boost overall health.

Note: Raw lobster may be a carrier of intestinal parasites. This is also the reason it needs to be cooked before consumption. Also, a lobster shells can harm small canines, so remove them first.

Okra

Yes, Okra is allowed to be added into canines` diets. It contains folic acid, B-group vitamins, vitamin C, calcium, potassium and magnesium.

All these minerals and vitamins help with the support of immunity, bones, metabolism, muscles and nerves.

Okra is also great when it comes to the prevention of cancer. It`s also wonderful for our little friends with diabetes as it aids regulate the levels of blood sugar.

Tums

We all know the benefits of tums in regards to digestion issues, tummy aches or diarrhea. Tums do actually make our stomach feel better, but can this offer the same benefits to our canine pals?

Well, yeah, it could! It could offer some relief, at least for a while. But this isn`t really the most efficient treatment option!

Still, you have to get in touch with your vet first and you definitely have to follow some guidelines before starting to use it so you can avoid making your dog sicker.

Dosage Guidelines:

  • Small canines –1.250 mg > 24 hours
  • Medium canines –2 g to 4 g > 24 hours
  • Large canines – 4 g to 6 g > 24 hours
  • Giant canines – 6 to 10 g > 24 hours

Caramel

Actually, this time the simple answer will be “no!” Caramel by itself doesn`t have any toxic properties regarding dogs. Still letting your dog consume raw sugar isn`t a wonderful idea!

Consumption of sugar could lead to diabetes, teeth-related disease and obesity in our furry friends (just like it does in humans).

If your little pal has consumed an increased amount of sugar, it can be noticed in his behaviour like difficulty when he needs to focus or hyperactivity, followed by irritability or lethargy.

Keep an eye out of your dog after consuming caramel, and if you should have any concerns, get in touch with your veterinarian.

Jalapenos

Although jalapenos isn`t toxic for canines, it`s just not a good idea to give it to your dog by itself due to its spiciness. One of those 1,700 taste buds from your little friend`s mouth will detect it anyway and probably say “no” in an instant.

And if you wonder what has spicy foods to do with taste buds, it`s simple actually! Recent studies have proved that our furry friends are able to make the difference between the same 4 main taste types as us humans do: sweet, sour, bitter and salty.

And pups things aren`t any different either. Puppies` digestive system isn`t really used to “manage” foods that are spicy. Jalapenos isn`t poisonous to pooches, but could lead to some real discomfort as well as stomach pains.

Cilantro

Cilantro, or more commonly known as coriander, is a well known herb often used in lots of dishes. Obviously, you are curious how our furry pals feel about this plant, since people most of the time love it!

This herb is completely safe for dogs as long as it`s given with moderation. The good news is that it might even offer some health benefits to your canine.

Some of them are: helping their little bodies fight infections or maintain healthy vision and skin, amazing source of vitamin K and antioxidants or improving the little one`s overall health.

Note: Remember – the main key is moderation!

Cheetos

No, your dog cannot have high processed types of food like cheetos.

Besides the fact that this doesn`t have any nutritious values that could help your dog in any way, it does however have various ingredients like monosodium glutamate or enriched cornmeal that will do anything but help your little one`s organism.

Dogs shouldn`t receive junk food, because in the end, any food that`s empty of any nutritional values is exactly that: junk food.

If you`ll give your pal cheetos, you would be in fact filling his little stomach with just that – filler!

Grapefruit

We all know about the nutritious values of grapefruit, but do they apply to our furry friends as well?

Let`s make things clear! First of all, this fruit has an acidic tasting (very bitter), although this is not really the main reason why dogs shouldn`t have grapefruits added to their diets.

The main concern is that the toxicity level of this citrus makes it off-limits to our little pals.

Grapefruit`s essential oils could harm your dog. There`s a specific compound within this particular fruit, known as psoralen, which is quite toxic for canines, according to the ASPCA.

So, although this wonderful health fruit has so many benefits to offer to humans, it shouldn`t be added to a dog`s diet.

Imitation Crab

Besides the fact that there`s not much nutritional benefits coming from imitation crab meat, there aren`t too many reasons not to let your dog consume this type of food. But it`s not really recommended either!

For instance, if we are to talk about cooked crab meat, this includes Omega-3 fatty acids, which is a natural fighter against inflammation. It also includes vitamin B12, which is of great help when it comes to your little friend`s digestive system.

When talking about imitation crab, this is usually safe for canine consumption, but because your dog won`t see any real benefits from eating this food, it may be best to avoid it.

Soy Sauce

Even though some soy sauce may be disappointed, this good ingredient is a no-no for a dog.

One of the main reasons for which this type of sauce isn`t recommended to be given to canines is because is full of salt. And although consuming this sauce doesn`t mean your little pal will experience salt poisoning, it`s not recommended either.

Dogs can be quite sensitive to sodium. Researchers have proven that anything around or above 4 g/kg is toxic for pooches. However, any negative effects could also appear with lower doses. That may include depression, diarrhea, tremors or vomiting.

Overall

We can never be too cautious when it comes to our furry friends. Anything new we need to add to their diet has to be well researched in advance. In addition, talking to a veterinarian if we aren`t too sure what to do can always help as well.