Revealing the Truth about 10 Foods Your Dog can ROCK!

Posted by donna@pethangout 11/21/2016 0 Comment(s)

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Has your dog ever begged for some of what you are eating?  Well, we already know the answer and the answer is a big ole YES!  Before you quickly toss a nugget to your pet, you always want to be sure it is safe for them.    Also, some foods you normally wouldn’t think of giving your dog can actually be quite healthy and good for them.

Before we begin, let us say this:   Too much of a good thing IS NOT a good thing.   As humans, we can overeat  on just about anything and upset our system.   Your dog is no different.   So, we encourage you to keep this in mind when you decide to feed them any of the foods we are about to review.   Also, note that we have put warnings beside some on our list.  



1.  Can dogs eat watermelon?  - Yes, this is a wonderful treat for your dog.   Watermelons are soaked rich with nutrients such as vitamin A, B6 and C.  They also carry bunches of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.  

  • Warning:  DO NOT feed the rhine or seeds.  Both could cause blockage in their intestines.
  • Tip:  Since dogs love ice, we recommend freezing some crushed watermelon in an ice tray.   Your dog will love this freezy treat.



2.  Can dogs eat bananas?We think your dog will go bananas for some banana!  They are rich in potassium and fiber.    An awesome treat to aid in digestion and heart health.   Also known for their weight loss properties since they are so filling.

  • Warning:  DO NOT feed the peel OR expect them to peel it!
  • Tip:  Dip in peanut butter for an extra special treat



3.  Can dogs eat oranges?Oranges are awesome for vitamin C and fiber.  Vitamin C helps the immune system fight hard and strong.    This will help your dog’s health stay at its optimum best.

  • Warning:  Remove seeds and rhine before feeding.  Toxins can be found in them and could make your dog sick if they digest a lot of either.
  • Tip:  Squeeze fresh juice from the orange and freeze in trays.  Your dog will say, “yum, yummy” and have fun eating them.



4.  Can dogs eat peanuts?Peanuts are considered safe for your dog but please be careful which kind you feed.   We recommend unsalted or roasted only.  They are high in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, minerals, and antioxidants for optimum health.    

  • Warning:  Avoid salted varieties which are tough on a dog’s system.   It is not an ingredient that their system is prepared to process efficiently!
  • Warning: Avoid feeding too many since they are very high in fat.   Excessive amounts could cause weight gain, belly bloat, gas, and diarrhea.  
  • Warning:  Like humans, some dogs may be allergic to peanuts.  Make sure your pet is not allergic before feeding them peanuts.   Your vet can administer a test.
  • Tip:  Use as an extra special treat when you catch them doing the right thing or when they master a new trick.



5.  Can dogs eat cheese?Cheese is among the highest source of calcium which builds strong bones.   It also has vitamin B12 which is good for the nervous system.   However, when it comes to giving to your dog, please feed in moderation only. 

  • Warning: Too much cheese can constipate your pet. 
  • Warning: Cheese can be very high in sugar and fat - your dog’s enzymes cannot break down.   If too much cheese is given, it may cause bloating, gas, and throwing up.
  • Tip: Give a bite of cheese after a trip to the vet or after being boarded.  These aren’t necessarily fun for your dog and a special reward upon return will make these trips seem a little less dubious.



6.  Can dogs eat mushrooms?This different nutritional source only works if bought from the store  AND if you cook them.   Since their cell walls are not digestable, you must expose to heat to unlock the goodness for your pet.  When you do this, they are rich in selenium, copper, niacin, potassium, vitamin C and protein.

  • Warning:  Some wild varieties are poisonous so do not chance it please - this is why we only recommend store bought.
  • Tip:  Brush with olive oil and bake for a crispy treat



7.  Can dogs eat tomatoes?The list is quite endless on the good things in tomatoes:  Vitamins C, K, B6, E and A, copper, potassium, manganese, folate, niacin, phosphorus and dietary fiber – whew!  Yes, these are great for your pet but again in moderation please.

  • Warning:  DO NOT give stem and leaves (tomatine is found in here which can be toxic in large amounts).
  • Warning:  High acidity could upset some pet's stomachs.
  • Tip: Give the very small tomatoes (called cherry).  They are a perfect bite size. 



8.  Can dogs eat eggs?Eggs are a cheap source of protein, vitamins, and minerals.  Raw or cooked you ask?  We recommend cooked only because it is just not worth it to possibly expose your pet to e-coli and salmonella (which can be found in raw foods). 

  • Warning:  Careful with raw due to e-coli and salmonella concerns.
  • Tip:  Sprinkle a cut up 1/2 boiled egg onto your dog’s food for an added protein boost.



9.  Can dogs eat popcorn?Popcorn provides whole grains, fiber and antioxidants.  We recommend natural and air popped only due to heavy butter and salt existing in other varieties.

  • Warning:  Stay away from the microwave variety which has heavy salts and butter.
  • Tip:  Toss high in the air and see if your dog can catch!  Have a competition with him or her and see who can catch the most!



10.  Can dogs eat apples?Apples are awesome for your pet with rich antioxidants, flavanoids, and fiber.   Regular feeding may reduce the risk of cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.   And did we mention the natural teeth cleaning action of eating an apple?

  • Warning:  DO NOT feed apple core – Has toxins in it that could fatally harm your pet.  (note:  for that matter, never feed any core or pit from any fruit – has same harmful toxins).
  • Warning:  Some dogs may not like the skin – you may need to peel.
  • Tip:  Dip a slice of apple in peanut butter for an ultra yummy treat.

dog with apple


That is our round up of people foods  that are good for your dog, in moderation of course.   Please remember to remove seeds, stems, pits, rhines, and peels from all foods before feeding to your dog.   By regulating your dog with sensible quantities of these foods, he or she can reap a huge benefit from the vitamins, minerals, and protein found in them.  

Our last tip before going:  For your dog’s birthday and other special occasions, why not scramble an egg and sprinkle with low fat grated cheese to make your dog feel like a king at breakfast!

You might also like to see Pet Hangout's recipe for healthy, homemade dog treats. If you don't feed your dog the right nutrition, he or she could fall ill with an upset stomach. Learn to troubleshoot your dog throwing up so you can have peace of mind.


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