Dogs are a constant companion that we love having in every part of life. However, we often wonder what’s okay for them and what is dangerous. While it might be obvious that they can’t walk on the pavement when it’s very hot outside, what they can eat is much less clear. Dog food comes in dry, wet, and raw. Unless you are feeding the last type, chances are you don’t handle the fresh ingredients of your pet’s chow.
During a summer outing, you’re left asking, “Can dogs eat apples/grapes/eggs?” Knowing what is okay and what isn’t is what is like playing a hard game of Minesweeper. Today, we have the answers to the top issues in regards to what dogs can or can’t eat!
Before getting started, let’s take a look at what dogs should be eating. Though dogs are generally carnivores, eating vegetables isn’t out of the question. Proponents of the raw diet will know that meat with pumpkin and carrot can create the perfect meal for a dog. In addition, chewing on raw, uncooked bone can help them clean their teeth after a meal.
Now, that’s not to say that all meats are equal or that you can give as much carrot or pumpkin as you want. Everything lives in moderation, and the meat you give should be human quality, nothing less. Remember to talk to a vet before feeding a raw diet as your pet could have special needs that limit or change your options.
In the Wild:
With all the pet food advertisements, you’ve probably seen pet food pride itself as being what your dog’s ancestors ate. Before we get started on what your pet can eat, let’s take a look at what wild dogs, specifically wolves, are known to eat.
Wolves are carnivores; this means that they eat meat as their main food source. Most wolves will eat large hoofed animals depending on where they’re natural feeding grounds are located. However, wolves do require more than just meat to stay healthy. Many wolves can be seen eating berries, apples, and pears in the wild. In addition, they will eat grass for fiber and an upset stomach just as dogs do.
Are Dogs Color Blind?
The first question that you may have is can a dog tell the difference between a grape and a blueberry? The answer, yes but they might not care. Dogs don’t see as many colors as we do, but they are not color blind. Their eyes mostly pickup the yellows, blues, and violets of the world. That said, while they can tell the difference between foods and colors, they might not care too much. Their determining factor? If they think they can eat it.
Can Dogs Eat…
Now for the fun part, all your “can dogs eat” questions, answered. After each food type, we’re going to talk about if it’s okay to eat, how much can be eaten, and why. Hopefully, by the end of this, you’ll have a great understanding of what your dog can eat and how to keep them healthy. First, we will take a look at what foods can and can’t be eaten. In the end, we have added a few bonus thoughts on food additives that can make your pets sick.
Apples make a delicious and healthy treat for your pet. They’re crunchy and rich in antioxidants and fiber. However, your dog should not be allowed to eat the core or any seeds. The seeds found in apples contain cyanide, a toxic substance. A dog’s more sensitive body, especially smaller dogs, can’t handle this and your pet could become very sick if exposed to a large number of seeds over time.
High in potassium, vitamin B6, and vitamin C, Bananas are a healthy alternative to fatty and salty treats. However, everything good should be eaten in moderation. Because bananas are so high in sugar, they should be used sparingly. A dog’s body doesn’t process sugar as our does, and it can lead to fast weight gain.
Add grapes to your never feed list! Grapes and raisins are highly toxic to dogs leading to kidney failure and even death. Though research hasn’t been able to pinpoint exactly what in grapes is fatal, it is known that as few as three could be fatal to your beloved pet.