What Foods Can Your Dog Eat?

by | Dec 27, 2021 | Blog & News | 0 comments

Because our dogs are part of our families, they’re usually hanging around during holiday lunches and dinners. But not all table scraps are harmless—some could upset your dog’s stomach or, worse, require you to seek veterinary attention for them.

On the other side of the coin, however, there are plenty of foods that are safe for Fido to snack on. Keep reading to learn which foods your dog can eat and which should be avoided.

Foods Your Dog Can Eat

Just like for people, whole foods are typically good for dogs and are okay when given in moderation. Some of these foods, like carrots and apples, are even healthy alternatives to common dog treats. Keep reading to learn which foods are fine for your dog to eat.

Fruits and Veggies your dog can eat

  • Carrots (both raw and cooked)
  • Green peas
  • Broccoli
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Celery
  • Coconut
  • Blueberries
  • Pineapple
  • Apples
  • Watermelon
  • Blackberries
  • Mango
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries
  • Oranges

Meat your dog can eat

  • Eggs (cooked)
  • Salmon (cooked and boneless)
  • Chicken (cooked and boneless)
  • Pork (cooked and boneless)
  • Turkey (cooked and boneless)
  • Beef (cooked and boneless)
  • Shrimp (cooked)
  • Tuna (cooked)
  • Ham (cooked)

Other Foods your dog can eat

  • Cheese (in small quantities, as some dogs are sensitive to lactose and fats)
  • Yogurt
  • Popcorn (plain and air-popped)
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice (brown and white)
  • Peanut butter (without xylitol)

Foods your dog cannot eat

It goes without saying, but the bad stuff is food that should be avoided—because it’s toxic, dangerous, or harmful to your dog’s health. Take a look at this list, and make sure you and your guests don’t let your dog snack on any of these foods.


  • Macadamia nuts
  • Almonds

Fruits and Veggies

  • Grapes and raisins
  • Lemons and limes
  • Onions
  • Avocado
  • Corn on the cob
  • Tomatoes (especially green tomatoes)

Spices and Seasoning

  • Salt
  • Garlic
  • Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon


  • Chocolate
  • Coffee, tea, and alcohol
  • Raw yeast dough
  • Ice cream

The Final Verdict

If you’re ever unsure if something is safe for your dog to eat, err on the side of caution and withhold it from them. And keep in mind that some dogs have sensitive stomachs and food allergies, so healthy snacks that are usually fine for dogs to eat might upset your pup’s stomach.

It’s always best to consult a vet before making big dietary changes, and remember that all good things should be given in moderation. Overfeeding your dog—especially when it comes to people food—can cause health problems and obesity, even if those foods are healthy.

With all of that in mind, enjoy your holiday feasts, and throw your dog a healthy treat every now and then!