Here at Mud & Paw, we are suckers for some big puppy dog eyes and a sad little whine, but we also know that sometimes what your dog wants isn’t what’s best for them. If you’ve ever seen their tail start wagging a mile a minute at the sight of a chocolate bar, you know what we mean.
Not everything we eat is safe for the sweet (or dastardly – depending on how you look at it) Bellas and Buddys in our lives. And while we’ve already gone over some of what your dogs can eat, separating them into the camps of “good treat” or “danger Will Robinson,” there’s still plenty more ground to cover. Here are a few more foods that your dog can eat and a couple they absolutely should not.
Can Dogs Eat Pineapple
Pineapple: sweet, sour, super refreshing, and fantastic on pizza if we’re taking a side, it’s one of the tastiest tropical fruits out there. Your four-legged friend will also probably agree if for no other reason than it’s a snack you can share with them now and again.
The yellow treat is actively good for dogs in small quantities, partially because it is very water-dense. In fact, pineapple is a little over 80% water, meaning it can go a long way to keeping your pup hydrated – which some dogs frequently struggle with – while also supplying plenty of awesome vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin C, A, and B6 are plentiful in it, supporting immune function, regulating fluid balance, hormones, brain function, and encouraging a healthy coat and skin. On top of this, bromelain, a powerful anti-inflammatory, also makes an appearance, potentially helping with any skin irritants since it acts as a natural antihistamine.
Do be careful in how often you give your canine companion some of this sweet snack, however. Pineapple is loaded with good stuff, but it also has high natural sugar content. This can be bad for dogs since it can quickly pack on the pounds or spike blood sugar, particularly dangerous in dogs with diabetes. Give them just a few bits, though, and you shouldn’t have any problems.
How to Serve It: Just like with humans, some parts of the pineapple simply should be discarded rather than given to your dog. For example, that tough and slightly spiky skin or core? Yeah, best throw that in the trash. It’s way too harsh for a pup’s digestive system and could cause intestinal blockages or pose a choking hazard.
After you do this, you can chop up the inner fruit to chewable bits and feed them plain or mix them into yogurt. You can also puree it and make doggie smoothies or even puppy-approved popsicles.
Despite being a common nibble for all manner of animals, carrots aren’t ideal for everything. After all, what’s healthy for some animals can be extremely harmful to another. So, are carrots on the no-go list or can your fuzzy friend have a few bites? Good news: it’s the latter of the two.
These orange vegetables are actually one of the most ideal snacks you could give a dog. This is because, unlike many other foods we’ve discussed in the past, they’re low in calories and relatively low in sugar in addition to being tasty, sweet, and nutritious. Turns out, you can have your cake and eat it, too. Well, kind of. Just go with the analogy.
The vitamin A in carrots is partly to thank for this, essential in just about everything from bone growth to cellular differentiation, and more. It’s a key to good overall health and makes this vegetable one of the first to reach for should Benji start begging at your feet.
Bonus? Its fibrous texture also makes it great at cleaning teeth, helping to polish their (maybe not so) pearly whites, scrubbing away sticky plaque, and reducing the likelihood of tartar build-up. All add up to better dental hygiene – something that can also in turn deeply affect your pup’s general wellbeing.
How to Serve Them: Now that you know carrots are actually encouraged as a part of your dog’s diet, how exactly should you feed them? Vets seem to be split on the best recommendation because they all come with separate perks.
Peeled and raw in small chunks are ideal if you’re trying to get the most dental benefits out of the treat, but cooked and pureed tends to result in the best vitamin absorption, ideal for dog’s who need that extra vitamin boost. Take this information and serve accordingly based on your favorite good boy or girl’s needs. Should you want to get a little jazzy with it, they’re also easy to use in baking.
There are few simple pleasures better than curling up on the couch with a movie and a bag of popcorn at the end of a long day. It’s tempting to want to share in the experience, but you might want to leave the popcorn out of the occasion if your loyal companion happens to have fur and maybe an affinity for tennis balls. There’s a lot you can incorporate into their diet, but this treat shouldn’t necessarily be one of them.
Now, that’s not to say that popcorn is always actively dangerous to your pooch. On the contrary, plain, unsalted, and unbuttered popcorn is a rather nutritious choice. Filled with fiber, protein, iron, and carbohydrates, it gives dogges plenty of energy to run and play, while keeping their minds, muscles, and digestion fit as a fiddle.
The problem lies in the fact that most of the popcorn we humans eat are coated in salty, buttery deliciousness. Not only this, but it’s also usually got all sorts of sneaky ingredients thrown in, including sugar, and other additives that don’t play all that well with the bodies of our fur babies. All of this is to be avoided, and unless you’re willing to eat plain popcorn with them, it’s probably better to nix it off the menu altogether.
There are two nearly universal truths about children: their dog is one of their best friends and they’ll do almost anything to not eat the broccoli that has invaded their plate. Unfortunately for parents everywhere, there’s a simple solution that works for both these truths. Just feed the dog the broccoli. Delectable treat for doggo and no icky vegetables for kiddo. Everyone benefits, everyone’s happy. Well, except the parents.
Can this become a problem for the pup, however? Or, beyond this scenario, is there any harm in Rover having some broccoli as a snack? By and large, no. Broccoli is pretty much as safe for dogs and as nutritious as it is for us. This crunchy green veggie has tons of fiber for proper digestion and also has a good amount of vitamin K, C, and folic acid to keep their bones strong as they age, aid in avoiding sickness, and maintain healthy cells.
Similar to carrots, broccoli is also very low in calories, sugars, and is composed of a considerable amount of water. Even without all the awesome nutritional benefits attached, they make for a tasty, crunchy addition to a dog’s diet guilt-free. The only thing to keep in mind is that you shouldn’t feed them the stems. They’re often too rough for dogs to digest easily, potentially causing an upset stomach, diarrhea, or even a blockage.
How to Serve It: Broccoli is one of the most straightforward to serve your puppy. Your main two options are either cooked or raw, both cut up into small pieces that you know your dog can chew. Don’t want any choking hazards!
If you’re planning on cooking them, just be sure to avoid baking, sautéing, or steaming them with any additional seasonings, oils, or other ingredients. This is where most people run into trouble. Keep it simple. Some people also blend them up and use them in canine-friendly smoothies! That might sound gross to us, but dogs seem to love it.
Not everyone necessarily appreciates seafood, but for those who do, shrimp tends to be one of the meals of choice. It tempting to slip your four-legged buddy a few while you chow down, but should you? The short answer is like it often is for cooked meats or vegetables: it depends.
Shrimp on its own can be a good thing to sneak into a dog’s food routine every once in a while. It’s got all sorts of nutrients that can benefit our furry children. Vitamin B12, B3, and phosphorous just make up a few of these, and play critical roles in digestion, enzyme function, and supporting strong bones even as the years pass by. Shrimp also has a considerable amount of protein, something that serves as the basis for any healthy dog’s diet.
All signs point to shrimp being good, yes? Well, they do and it is in the right circumstances. Like popcorn, though, we humans rarely eat shrimp in a form that anyone could consider healthy – for us or our pampered pooches. We have a habit of taking away all the good things and elevating the bad, coating them in batter and frying them, or serving them highly seasoned or with rich butter sauces. Doesn’t exactly scream “dog-friendly,” does it?
In these forms, they certainly shouldn’t be fed to your pup. All the extra grease, seasoning, etc. is particularly bad for them, and potentially even toxic depending on any other ingredients mixed in. Steamed shrimp, on the other hand, is perfectly fine in small quantities. So, if your dog’s been ogling your seafood platter lately, you might want to consider making up their own plate for special occasions.
How to Serve It: As said before, steamed, plain shrimp is the way to go. It’s also smart to completely remove the shell as they can pose major choking hazards and can’t be digested well. In addition, always pay close attention that the shrimp is properly cooked. No matter how many people insist all raw is the way forward, raw seafood comes with an increased risk of pathogens. You don’t want to risk your doggo friend getting sick, so take heed.
Practically everyone has their vices in this life, and an absolute need for coffee (or a sugary beverage that supposedly utilizes it) before they get the day started is perhaps one of the most common. It provides just the jolt people need to start functioning, working, and generally become willing to talk to people. That means a Starbucks run. Luckily, you can feel slightly better about the indulgence since you can grab your dog a treat, too, thanks to their puppicinos.
Dogs go nuts for it, despite its simplicity. It’s just whipped cream in a cup, but it’s an absolute delight for them. And, thankfully, it’s also a snack that’s on the safe list. Of course, there are a few rules you should follow, namely, to not give it too often. There’s nothing wrong with a little whipped cream now and again, but it still is sugar.
Too much can have dogs packing on the pounds – a nice side effect for those who are underweight but problematic for any who are already struggling in that department. The sugar in this can also cause problems for dogs who are diabetic or who are lactose intolerant, since it’s dairy-based. To avoid any blood sugar issues or uncomfortable tummy issues, a tight leash on the amount and frequency is a must.
How to Serve It: Whipped cream is decadent and delicious all on its own, so serving it takes little thought. Simply serve it in a bowl or cup and your dog’s tail will be wagging ninety-to-nothing. A good rule of thumb is to portion out a serving around the size of their paw. You can also put it on top of other doggy snacks you’ve baked for an extra bit of sw