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Foods Dogs Can and Can't Eat

By Aviram K.
Published in Food & Nutrition
Updated at January 23, 2021
1 min read
Foods Dogs Can and Can't Eat
🏥 The information in this article is not a substitute for professional help.

Food is one of the ways humans express love. Who doesn’t want to give their puppy all that his little heart desires? Unfortunately, dogs’ digestive systems are very different from ours. Many common human foods are very toxic to dogs, and other seemingly okay foods can still be unhealthy for them in the long term. For this reason, it is essential to recognize which foods to keep away from your dog and which are safe for him to eat.

Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

  • Acorns
  • Alcohol
  • Apple Seeds
  • Caffeine
  • Cherries
  • Chicken Bones
  • Chives
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus
  • Coffee
  • Corn Cobs
  • Currants
  • Garlic
  • Grapefruit
  • Grapes
  • Green Tomatoes
  • Gummy Bears
  • Hops
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Mustard
  • Nutmeg
  • Onions
  • Parsley
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Raisins
  • Raw Potatoes
  • Raw Meat & Fish
  • Raw Sweet Potatoes
  • Refried Beans
  • Rhubarb Leaves
  • Tobacco
  • Tomato Leaves & Stem
  • White Chocolate
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast Dough

Foods Your Dog Can Safely Eat

  • Applesauce
  • Bananas
  • Basil
  • Beets
  • Bell Peppers
  • Black Beans
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Butternut Squash
  • Cabbage
  • Catnip
  • Cauliflower
  • Chicken (Cooked)
  • Chickpeas
  • Cilantro
  • Coconut
  • Coconut Oil
  • Crab
  • Cucumbers
  • Dates
  • Edamame
  • Egg Shells
  • Eggs (Cooked)
  • Figs
  • Ginger
  • Green Beans
  • Green Peppers
  • Lentils
  • Lima Beans
  • Nectarines
  • Okra
  • Olive Oil
  • Papaya
  • Peas
  • Plantains
  • Radishes
  • Rosemary
  • Sardines
  • Sauerkraut
  • Strawberries
  • Turmeric
  • White Rice
  • Zucchini

List of Foods Dogs Can and Can’t Eat

We have compiled a detailed list of the foods dogs can and can’t eat below. While this is by no means a complete list of all foods available, it should cover many common foods people ask about. If you have requests for new foods to be added to the list, please comment below.

Food Safety Categories

  • ✔️ Safe: This food can be eaten safely without significant health risks. However, keep in mind that any food can have adverse effects if over-consumed.
  • ⚠️ Potentially Unsafe: It is a good idea to avoid this food. The food is not considered toxic for your dog, but some health risks are involved when consuming it. If you decide to proceed with this food, make sure you familiarize yourself with the risks, carefully prepare it, and feed it to your dog in minimal amounts. To learn more about the risks, check the attached source.
  • Unsafe/Toxic: Avoid this food. It can be toxic, harmful, or potentially life-threatening for your dog. If your dog eats any of these foods, even in small amounts, immediately contact an animal emergency room or a professional vet.
FoodSafe For Dogs To Eat
Acorns❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Alcohol❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Almond Butter⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Almonds⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Apples⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Applesauce✔️ SafeSource
Apple Seeds❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Apricots⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Asparagus⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Avocados⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Bacon⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Bananas✔️ SafeSource
Banana Peels⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Basil✔️ SafeSource
Beans⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Beets✔️ SafeSource
Bell Peppers✔️ SafeSource
Berries⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Black Beans✔️ SafeSource
Black Olives⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Black Pepper⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Blackberries✔️ SafeSource
Blueberries✔️ SafeSource
Boiled Eggs✔️ SafeSource
Bones⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Bread⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Broccoli⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Brown Rice⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Brussel Sprouts⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Butter⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Butternut Squash✔️ SafeSource
Cabbage✔️ SafeSource
Caffeine❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Canned Tuna⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Cantaloupe⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Carrots✔️ SafeSource
Cashews⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Cat Food⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Catnip✔️ SafeSource
Cauliflower✔️ SafeSource
Celery⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Cheerios⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Cheese⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Cherries❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Chia Seeds⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Chicken⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Chicken Bones❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Chickpeas✔️ SafeSource
Chili Peppers⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Chives❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Chia Seeds⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Chocolate❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Cilantro✔️ SafeSource
Cinnamon⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Citrus❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Clementines⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Coconut✔️ SafeSource
Coconut Oil✔️ SafeSource
Coffee❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Corn⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Corn Cobs❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Cottage Cheese⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Crab✔️ SafeSource
Crackers⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Cranberries⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Cream Cheese⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Cucumbers✔️ SafeSource
Currants❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Dates✔️ SafeSource
Edamame✔️ SafeSource
Egg Shells✔️ SafeSource
Eggplant⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Eggs✔️ SafeSource
Fat Trimmings⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Figs✔️ SafeSource
Fish⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
French Fries⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Fruit⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Garlic❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Ginger✔️ SafeSource
Gingerbread⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Graham Crackers⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Grapefruit❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Grapes❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Greek Yogurt⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Green Beans✔️ SafeSource
Green Peppers✔️ SafeSource
Green Tomatoes❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Grits⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Gummy Bears❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Ham⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Ham Bones⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Honey⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Honeydew Melon⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Hops (Found in Beer)❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Hot Dogs⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Hummus⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Ice Cream⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Kale⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Ketchup⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Kidney Beans⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Kiwi⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Lemons❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Lentils✔️ SafeSource
Licorice⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Lima Beans✔️ SafeSource
Limes❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Macadamia Nuts❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Mandarins⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Mangoes⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Marshmallows⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Mashed Potatoes⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Melons⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Mint⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Mushrooms⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Mustard❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Nectarines✔️ SafeSource
Nutmeg❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Nuts⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Oatmeal⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Okra✔️ SafeSource
Olive Oil✔️ SafeSource
Olives⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Onions❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Orange Peels⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Oranges⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pancakes⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Papaya✔️ SafeSource
Parsley❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Pasta⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Peaches⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Peanut Butter⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Peanuts⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pears⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Peas✔️ SafeSource
Pecans⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Peppermint⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pepperoni⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Peppers⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Persimmons⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pickles⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pineapple⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pistachios⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pizza⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pizza Crust⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Plantains✔️ SafeSource
Plums⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pomegranate⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Popcorn⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Poppy Seeds❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Pork⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pork Bones⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Potatoes⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pretzels⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pumpkin⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pumpkin Pie⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Pumpkin Seeds⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Quinoa⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Radishes✔️ SafeSource
Raisins❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Raspberries⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Raw Bacon⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Raw Beef⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Raw Chicken⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Raw Eggs⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Raw Meat⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Raw Potatoes❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Raw Pumpkin⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Raw Shrimp❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Raw Sweet Potatoes❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Red Peppers⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Refried Beans❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Rib Bones⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Rice⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Rhubarb⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Rhubarb Leaves❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Rosemary✔️ SafeSource
Salami⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Salmon⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Salt⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Sardines✔️ SafeSource
Sauerkraut✔️ SafeSource
Sausage⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Scrambled Eggs⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Seaweed⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Sesame Seeds⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Shrimp⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Spaghetti⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Spicy Food⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Spinach⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Strawberries✔️ SafeSource
Sugar⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Sunflower Seeds⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Sweet Potatoes⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Tangerines⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Tobacco❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Tofu⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Tomatoes⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Tomato Leaves & Stem❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Tomato Sauce⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Tuna⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Turkey⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Turkey Bones⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Turmeric✔️ SafeSource
Walnuts⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Watermelon⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Whipped Cream⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
White Chocolate❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
White Rice✔️ SafeSource
Xylitol❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Yams⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Yeast Dough❌ Unsafe/ToxicSource
Yogurt⚠️ Potentially UnsafeSource
Zucchini✔️ SafeSource


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