Human Food Gentle on a Dog's Stomach
For most, our dogs are a member of the family and their health is a concern and a priority. It can be difficult to resist giving our pets a treat from our plates, but many foods that are acceptable for humans to consume may cause digestive problems for our canine friends. Some foods may even be extremely hazardous to your dog’s health, so it is important to know which foods are ok to share and which to avoid completely.
Vegetables are an excellent snack for dogs. Carrot sticks are gentle on their stomachs and a fun treat for them to chew on. Cucumber slices are also a good choice. Green beans offer dogs a good source of plant fiber as well as vitamin K and vitamin C. Dogs should never be given onions or garlic whether it be in raw or cooked form, because it leads to stomach upset as well as the destruction of red blood cells and anemia.
Fruits are a healthy treat for dogs, and most are gentle on the stomach, but some fruits should never be given to your pet. Apples, bananas, oranges, and watermelon are all safe fruits that are gentle on a dog’s digestive system. All stems and seeds need to be removed from fruits to avoid a choking or laceration hazard. Fruits that should never be given include grapes and raisins because of possible stomach upset and kidney failure. Persimmons, peaches, and plums also should not be given due to possible inflammation of the small intestine related to the cyanide contained in the pit of these fruits.
Lean meats like chicken and salmon are great for your dog. Salmon is a good source of Omega-3 acids, protein, and B vitamins. All meat should be cooked; especially the salmon, as uncooked meats are dangerous for dogs. Dogs should never be given the fat from meats as it leads to digestive problems as well as pancreatitis. Bones also pose a risk of choking and laceration of the digestive system.
White rice and cooked pasta are gentle on your dog’s tummy. Peanut butter is a great source of protein, folic acid, and vitamin E, and dogs love it.
Some foods need to be avoided at all cost due to the potential for stomach upset, or toxicity for dogs. Avocados contain persin and this is ok for humans but toxic for dogs. Milk and other dairy products may cause digestive upset and diarrhea. Macadamia nuts can lead to stomach upset, muscle tremors, vomiting, paralysis, and may be fatal in small amounts. Other foods to avoid include coffee, teas, and chocolate.
Giving our begging pets a treat is hard to resist, and most of us cant. It is acceptable to offer your dog the occasional human food treats, as long as it is safe and gentle on their stomachs. It is imperative for pet owners to know which foods are acceptable and which pose a potential health risk, after all, most of us consider our dogs a part of the family, and we want to keep them safe and healthy.