Our dogs are valuable family members that not only bring us joy, but also make us worry about their well-being. As tempted as we can be, we know that we should not share everything with our beloved pets, especially when it comes to the food we eat. Our pets’ anatomies are drastically different than the human body’s, and because of that, their diets should be closely monitored. Of course, there are some common foods we know we cannot give our dogs, such as chocolate, but there is a whole list of substances, fruits, and vegetables that should not make its way to our dogs’ menus.

Despite what we grew up learning from cartoons, dogs are omnivores. So, make sure you add some veggies to their balanced home-cooked meal.

Foods you CAN give your dog

Fruits – apples, blueberries, bananas, cantaloupe, kiwis, mangoes, peaches, pears, pineapples

Vegetables – carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cooked potatoes (without skins)

Animal produce and processed goods – honey, chicken, eggs, cheese (in moderation), peanut butter, yogurt

Grains – rice, oatmeal

Foods you should NEVER give to your dog

Fruits – avocados, macadamia nuts, pits and seeds from fruits, grapes, raisins, rhubarb, walnuts

Vegetables – garlic, raw mushrooms, raw potatoes, potato skins

Animal produce and processed goods – alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, coffee, gum, fat trimmings, tea, yeast, and dough

What to do in case of poisoning

The most common signs of poisoning to look out for are diarrhea, foaming at the mouth, gagging and vomiting. In case your dog exhibits one or more of these symptoms, call your veterinarian immediately and do the following:

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