Healthy Foods That Are Safe For Dogs

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If you want a high-quality dog food that follows AAFCO nutritional guidelines, look for one with an abundance of whole, nutritious proteins near the top of its ingredients list and beneficial extras like omega fatty acids and joint-supporting glucosamine.

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Milk can be difficult for dogs to digest, while some species are lactose intolerant. Some nuts can also be toxic and pose choking hazards.



Milk, cheese and yogurt can generally be fed safely to dogs in small quantities; however, some types of cheese, such as Stilton or Roquefort may contain fungus that releases compounds that are toxic for dogs. Furthermore, many yogurts also contain xylitol which is an artificial sweetener which is highly toxic to canines.

Few dairy products should cause digestive upset in dogs; instead, only those low in lactose should be given. Otherwise, they could lead to gas, bloat, or diarrhea in some instances.


Salmon is an excellent protein source and also an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, which have proven their value for skin and coat health. Salmon can be found in various dog food formulas and makes an ideal option for pups with allergies.

Assure that the food contains deboned salmon or salmon meal as the first ingredient in its formulation to guarantee it contains sufficient amounts of this essential fish source, as cooked fish with small bones could present a choking hazard for your pup.


Blueberries make a nutritious treat for dogs that can either be added into their food or given as snacks. Packed full of antioxidants, these berries help combat oxidative stress which is the source of many health issues in pets.

As with other fruits, make sure that blueberries are thoroughly washed to rid themselves of dirt or pesticides and limit treats to 10% of your dog’s diet.


Bananas are an easy and delicious treat that provides our bodies with essential minerals like potassium, fiber, vitamin C and B6.

People foods should only be given as treats and should never replace your dog’s species-specific diet. Always consult your vet prior to feeding any “people foods” to your pet, particularly if they have health conditions or require special diets.


Turkey meat can be an ideal protein source for dogs, particularly as part of a raw food diet. Be mindful when offering turkey bones as these may splinter and pose a choking or obstruction risk to pups.

Raw turkey necks and wings pose a potential choking hazard to small dogs who frequently gulp down their food, so it is wise to steer clear from giving these parts to them altogether.


Popcorn can be safe for dogs if it’s plain and air-popped without salt, butter, or oils added – however too much consumption of this treat could lead to allergies and digestive issues for your pup!

Grain presents a choking risk for dogs and its hard kernels can get trapped between teeth, leading to gum disease and decay.


Pork can be a nutritious protein source for dogs, though its consumption should be in moderation due to being high in salt content and as it helps strengthen red blood cell production and enzyme function. It should be fed sparingly when given to those dogs with heart or kidney conditions. It contains iron which promotes red blood cell production as well as enzyme function.

Never feed raw pork or pig skin (pork rinds) to your dog as both contain bacteria that could potentially transmit trichinosis – an infection which is life threatening in dogs.


Watermelons can be an enjoyable treat for dogs, provided it does not contain seeds or the rind. Seeds are not toxic but large doses may lead to intestinal blockage in small dogs.

Watermelons contain many nutrients for dogs, such as Vitamin C, Lycopene and Potassium. Watermelon also aids weight control by keeping your pup full for longer.


Avocados contain “good fat,” which helps promote shiny coats in dogs. As such, avocados are commonly included as an ingredient in dog foods; however, large quantities of the skin or pit may be toxic for canines.

The pit can pose a choking hazard and its skin contains persin, which has long-term health effects in small mammals. Furthermore, excess avocado consumption often results in digestive upset among dogs who consume too much avocado.

Cherry pits

Cherries can be fed to dogs without fear, provided all pits, stems and leaves have been removed prior to feeding them as these contain cyanide that could prove toxic in large doses.

As it takes more cherries than usual to be harmful, if your dog consumes any and begins experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss or dilation of his pupils it’s wise to seek medical advice immediately.