Sweet Treats for Sweeter Pups: Human Foods Dogs Can & Cannot Eat
Sharing is caring! By giving your dog a treat, you might reinforce good behavior, switch up their food for just a moment, or simply share a sweet treat to make your dog's day.
Some treats are for humans and dogs, and some are better left to our secret snack drawers. Here are a few foods you can share with your dog, and some you'll want them to steer clear of.
Foods Dogs Can't Have
Why Dogs Can't Have Chocolate
Easy one we all know: dogs can't have chocolate! But why? As delicious as chocolate is for humans, it contains methylxanthines, which are toxic to dogs. They're stimulants that stop a dog’s metabolic process.
Any kind of chocolate, but especially dark chocolate (Science.org), can cause diarrhea and vomiting. So be careful leaving out your Halloween candy next month or putting chocolate somewhere your dog can easily get it.
Is Cinnamon Okay for Dogs?
On the other hand, cinnamon is not toxic to dogs, but it’s best to also steer clear of this common spice. Cinnamon and its oils can irritate the inside of dogs’ mouths, making them uncomfortable and sick (Wild Earth Blog). Something to keep in mind, especially as you bake up for your favorite pumpkin pies and apple crisps this fall.
Can Dogs Have Ice Cream?
Ice cream is also a no-go for pups (Trupanion). Your dog may dive for a lick of ice cream if it's offered, but it's best not to give them too much. It's delicious, of course, but it also contains lots of sugar so it is best not to share with your dog. Also, some dogs have an intolerance to lactose.
If you want a sweet treat to share on a hot day or give your dog something to chew on, try freezing chunks of fruit like strawberries, raspberries, and apples!
Good Foods to Give Your Dog
Honey = Nutrients!
Honey is packed with nutrients! When you give your dog a lick of honey, know they're also getting vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K. So many good things there to help your pet's health and give them a little something, too.
Every dog is different but it's also possible that if your dog deals with allergies, to feed your dog local honey and help relieve symptoms (Pure Pet Food UK). It can sometimes build up a tolerance to allergens. Give it a try and consider consulting with your vet first!
Coconut is also okay for dogs to eat. It contains lauric acid, which can help combat bacteria and viruses (American Kennel Club). It can also help with bad breath and clear up skin conditions like dry patches or itchy spots.
Coconut milk and coconut oil can be safe for dogs, too. The main thing to keep in mind is that if you give your dog a whole coconut, keep an eye on them as the shell can be a choking hazard.
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