No matter how hard we try to keep our dogs on a strict, healthy diet—we’re all guilty of sharing our favorite foods with our furry friends. While their tummies can handle many of the same foods that we can, a few of humans’ favorite foods can contain hidden dangers for our four-legged friends. 

Our friends at Kurgo shared the best and worst foods to share with dogs: 

Best Foods 

  • Not only are carrots super healthy and low in calories, but they are also high in vitamin A and beta-carotene, which are great for oral health and eyesight.
  • Apples are a great treat for dogs, but be sure to remove the seeds and core when feeding to dogs—they are a choking hazard and contain cyanide, which can cause serious side effects.
  • Feeding dogs pumpkin all year round can give them a boost of vitamin A  as well as keep his or her GI tract functioning properly.
  • If you’re enjoying a filet of salmon for dinner, it won’t hurt to share with your four-legged friend. Salmon is full of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids to keep your dog’s coat looking healthy and shiny.
  • Adding rice to your dog’s food is great for any pup with an upset stomach. It is not only easily digestible, but is a great source of energy.

Worst Foods 

  • Milk and other dairy products contain levels of sugar that are not easily digestible for dogs. Avoiding dairy can prevent gastrointestinal issues such as vomiting and diarrhea.
  • Everyone’s favorite, trendy superfood avocado contains a fungicidal toxin known as persin, which is dangerous to dogs when consumed in large quantities. It can lead to difficulty breathing, severe abdominal pains, and other allergic reactions such as fluid buildup in your dog’s chest.
  • Avoid feeding dogs onions and garlic. These flavorful foods are very toxic to dogs and can damage red blood cells, leading to body weakness and lethargy.
  • Although most people already know, it never hurts to remember that chocolate is extremely dangerous for dogs. If a dog consumes chocolate, especially dark chocolate in large amounts, it can cause vomiting, dehydration, stomach pain, irregular heartbeat, fever, seizures, and even death.
  • Like onions and garlic, grapes and raisins can cause some heartbreaking effects if consumed by dogs. Vomiting and diarrhea may occur, as well as dehydration and lethargy.

It’s natural to want to share tasty treats with everyone we love—furry and human—but the best way to avoid any issues and potential threats is to avoid feeding dogs “people” food all together. Protect your customers’ furry friends by sharing this list of best and worst foods to share with dogs and encouraging them to do further research on all things good and bad!