But Please? Please?!Oh, those puppy dog eyes. All your sweet little dog wants is one single solitary morsel of what you're about to put in your mouth. Just. One. Taste. Pleeeeeaaaaasssseeee.
We've all looked at our pleading friend and down at our food and thought “Can dogs eat that?”.It's so easy to just give in. You want to show him you love him more than anything. Before you do, make sure you're not giving him poison without even realizing it. Read on, it's time to become the expert on what dogs can eat—he's counting on you. Same, But Different
Their Insides Are Still WildWe know you and your pooch think alike, dress alike and go everywhere together but there are fundamental differences that make what you both should eat so different.
Mouth Your jaw moves up and down, side to side. Dogs only move up and down, but their sharper teeth make up for this. While ours are flat, they have flesh-tearing teeth that can handle big chucks of raw meat at once. But they're still cute and sweet. Both of our mouths contain saliva to help break food down before we swallow it. Your dog's mouth also has antibacterial properties. Wait, what? Well, how do you think they eat their own poop? Just sayin.
Stomach Because dogs are genetically predisposed to eat mainly meat, their stomach acid is up to 100 times for acidic than ours. Yeah, bones and cartilage are harder to break down than cottage cheese and pasta. They need it, we don't.
Digestive Tract As humans, our digestive tract is way longer than our furry friend's. Because, in the wild, dogs eat internal organs and maybe even rancid meat, their tract needs to be shorter so they can quickly dispel potentially toxic food.Want proof of their short digestive tract? Give your dog a carrot (on the safe list) and watch how quickly it… ahem, comes out in the wash.
To Eat or Not to Eat
Well, that's the question isn't it? Surely there will be a time when you will give in to those insanely cute eyes and pleading face. When you do, make sure you're sneaking your pooch something good for him.
We've Made a List and Checked It TwiceLet's start with the good news. There are a ton of foods you eat that are actually good for your dog. He'll never know you slipped him something good for him, if you're eating it, it's gold and he wants it—now.
Can Dogs Eat Vegetables?
Some dogs go crazy for vegetables and some will look at you like they're worried they've never really known who you are. Vegetables are a great way for us to get vitamins and nutrients we need but are all vegetables something dogs can eat?
Can Dogs Eat Fruit?
Nothing is better on a summer day than a bowl of fruit. That's a lie. Ice cream is first, then pie, then fruit. So, can dogs eat a little piece of that sumptuous fruit you're nibbling on? Let's see.
Now we're getting to the good stuff. Who doesn't love a good grain? Well, we mean pasta and bread because… delicious. It's so easy to want your furry friend to enjoy the better things in life. Check out our list before you do.It may be as hard on your dog's system as it is on your waistline—no judgement.
Can Dogs Eat All Protein?
Protein can come from a lot of different sources but not all are good for your dog. Before you scrape all those leftover pieces of meat into your little's guys bowl, know whether you're doing him a favor or just trying to win points.
Sitting around on a Friday night watching movies with our dog sounds like a perfect evening. Add in some snacks and we may never get up.Snacks are particularly important to understand because they're the most likely to drop without you knowing—we've seen your couch cushions—so you may not even know you've exposed your movie companion to something harmful.Know of your surroundings or maybe just eat your snack one bite at a time. We're kidding, shove it in there like the rest of us. Just check out our list first.
Can Dogs Eat Coffee, Beer and Spices OH MY?!
Whether you're hanging out with your buddy in the morning, reading the Sunday paper as you sip coffee or wearing your matching jerseys during the big game over a few beers. It's natural to want to make sure nobody is watching and slip your pal a little sip on the side.The best of intentions can have terrible consequences and beverages are a dangerous category for your pooch. Take note, we only have a “Don't” box here.
Beverage and Spices Don'ts
So, what should you do if your dog gets his grubby little paws on a piece of food he's not supposed to have? First, stay calm. Remember, your little guy knows you're the leader of his pack and if you freak out, he'll know something is wrong, his heart will beat faster, and he will metabolize the bad food more quickly than you want.Next—find out what he got and how much if possible. Write it down so you don't have to worry about remembering. Make your best guess about the time he ingested it. Make the Call
If he's showing any signs of side effects get him immediately to your vet or an emergency vet if it's after hours. Don't mess around and hope the symptoms will go away.
Check for: Vomiting Diarrhea Lethargy Stumbling or muscle weakness Panting You know your guy and you know when “something's not quite right”. That's a valid symptom.If he just ate or drank the forbidden fruit (or vegetable), step one is to continue to stay calm. Give animal poison control
There's such a thing. Their number is 888-426-4435. It's a good call to make before heading to the vet if you're unsure about the danger involved. They're 100% trained in what dogs can eat safely.
Here's a little tip—most vets call that very same line when you take your dog in. You may just save yourself a trip to the vet by doing this step on your own. If there's a remedy you can do at home, they'll walk you through it.The Best Medicine
Prevention!! That's the answer! We all realize our dogs are seriously like having a perpetual two-year-old around. You need to toddler proof your house. Put all dangerous foods on the top shelves of pantries and refrigerators—all that bragging about your dog being smart is true.Where there's a will, there's a way—takeaway their way, ok? If you have one of those dogs that can not only wolf something down in two seconds but would prefer a treat above all else, you need to be extra vigilant in your efforts to save him from himself. Don't leave coffee, tea, plates or snacks on a table as you sneak out for two seconds—that's all it takes.
Yay! A Babysitter!
So, you're going away overnight, for a weekend or even a real live week-long vacation. You want your little guy to be as comfortable as possible, so you hire a sitter or guilt your sister into watching your fur baby.You can't go traipsing into the big wide world without letting the sitter know of all the innocuous dangers lying around the house. You're not a monster, for crying out loud. You'll want to print this out and tape it to the fridge. And the front door. And the bathroom mirror. You get it—she has to know if dogs can eat certain things or not.
You'll also want to leave the poison control number, vet number, emergency vet number, secondary babysitter number and all your vacation details. Right about now you're talking yourself out of a vacation. It's ok—go. Just make sure the sitter sends pics daily or hourly—whatever you need to get through your glorious trip away. What's in the Box?
So, with danger lurking in every corner of the world, can you even trust store bought food and treats? You can. Talk to your vet about any health issues you may need to worry about that are breed, age or your pet specific and ask for their recommendations.Go online and look for reviews. Amazon is a good place for honest reviews—just know there's always “that guy” who will put the fear of God in you. It's fine. You have to feed your little guy something. If 10,000 people say it's great and one says it's not, it's ok—because, math. Who Wants a... Do You Want a…
If you really want to indulge your baby with some homemade doggie treats—do it!! We have a favorite one, but a simple search will yield a variety of recipes.For your doggie to get the most nutrients out of his treat, look for ones that are mostly grain free. It's hard to avoid completely but minimize where you can. When you see ingredients like salt, sugar or spices, omit them. Your dog doesn't need them, he certainly won't miss them and not every blogger knows if dogs can eat all the ingredients safely.
Happy Dog, Happy Jog of Life
Your main goal is to keep your furry friend happy and healthy for as long as possible. Annnd, you probably want to feel like a rock star owner and slip him some people food now and then. We get it.
We want you to win “Best Human Friend of the Year” too. Your knowledge of safe vs. toxic food will keep him healthy and happy because he'll still get human treats now and then.
Think of how soundly you'll sleep without all that worry... Wait, did he just spin three times before laying down? He always spins four...