Dos & don’ts of human foods for dogs

human foods for dogs

If you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, your dog may have a hard time resisting the delicious aromas and flavors. But know that while some human foods offer tremendous health benefits, others are harmful to dogs.

5 human foods to avoid


Onions can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, which could lead to anemia.


Chocolate contains a toxic agent called theobromine that can make your pup extremely ill and even lead to death.


Grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs.

Macadamia nuts

While other nuts are healthy for dogs, this variety can make your pup ill and are sometimes fatal.

Fat trimmings and cooked bones

While these may be tempting, increased fat could lead to pancreatitis and cooked bones can splinter, break teeth, and cause a blockage.

5 human foods to share


These delicious berries contain “anthocyanin,” the pigment that gives them their color. Anthocynanin is known to lower the risk of certain cancers, and aids in urinary tract health, memory function, and healthy aging.


Salmon is rich in Omega-3s, promoting healthy skin, coat, and joints.


Chickpeas are rich in prebiotics, which stimulate the activity of bacteria in the GI system, adding to healthy digestion.


Rich in vitamin B, papaya helps with cell metabolism, and also contains papain, a digestive enzyme.


Spinach is full of vitamin k, which allows calcium to bind to bones and teeth.

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