When your 4th of July party kicks off and food is all around the house, your pet will certainly be curious about what the humans are eating. Though it is recommended that your dog stick to their regular diet, there are human foods that are safer than others for your dog to consume on purpose or on accident.
Dog Friendly Fruits
- Apples (minus the seeds)
Dogs don’t know how to spit out pits in peaches, plums, and other fruits which can be a choking hazard. Aside from that, there are also fruits that are dangerous to a dogs digestive system.
The Toxic/Dangerous Side to Avoid
- Raisins and grapes should never give to dogs
- Cherries can be toxic if eaten in large quantities
- Anything with pits or stones
- Large pieces (i.e. a whole or half apple) that your dog could choke on if he/she tries to gulp it down.
The Veggie Safe Side
- Sweet Potato
What to Avoid:
- Corn on the cob
Dogs Love Meat
Your dog well and enjoy eating:
- Cooked lean poultry
- Cooked fish with no bones
What to Avoid:
- Raw Salmon
- Full fat hamburger
- Fried foods
- Spicy foods
Dogs are not built to handle fatty, spicy, or salty meats. This upsets their stomach and over time causes other problems such as pancreatitis. Raw salmon carries a parasite that is harmless to humans but dangerous for dogs.
Excess sugar is not good for your dog. There is no nutritional value for them, and they will most likely enjoy any other healthy treat you give them just as much. That being said, a bite of ice cream once in a while will probably not harm your dog.
Desserts to Avoid:
Sugar free or reduced sugar products can contain xylitol, which is toxic to dogs, meaning these items should never be fed to your dog. Never feed dogs anything that contains chocolate.
Although dogs can handle many human foods, it is recommended you stick to their regular diet and treats made for them. You can also find dog treat recipes that are safe and enjoyable for something special.