Can my dog eat this? Everything to know about what is good or bad for your dog

“Can my dog eat ____?” If you’re a dog parent, you’ve probably asked yourself this question a time or two (or a hundred). And we think it’s a sign of a good dog parent when you’re questioning the safety of different foods for your pet. So if you’re here, good on you! 

To help make your life a little easier, we compiled a guide full of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and other ingredients. That way, you can easily identify what’s safe - and what’s not safe - for your dog. 

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  1. Can dogs eat mangoes, cherries, & strawberries? A list of fruits dogs can and can’t eat
  2. Can dogs eat celery, broccoli, & peas? A list of vegetables that dogs can & can’t eat 
  3. Can dogs eat chocolate, peanut butter & hummus? More foods your dogs can and can’t eat  
  4. How much should dogs eat? 
  5. Nutrition tips for your dogs
  6. Safe & delicious vegan dog food recipes
    1. Blueberry Hemp Dog Treats
    2. DIY Vegan Dog Biscuits 
    3. Turmeric Doggy Donuts
  7. Check out our full collection of vegan dog food - everything is full of ingredients that are good for your dog! 

Please note, we compiled the below information to provide you with general guidelines. But each dog is different with their own needs and preferences. Your dog may have a more sensitive digestive system compared to others. Always stay attuned to your dog and their reactions when introducing new ingredients in their diet.

Can dogs eat mangoes, cherries, & strawberries? A list of fruits dogs can and can’t eat

Pair of hands slicing vegetables

From apples and blueberries to mangoes and cherries, see below for a comprehensive list of fruits that are safe and unsafe for your pet. Since fruit is generally high in sugar, we recommend integrating them into your dog’s diet in moderation. But they’re also loaded with vitamins and good-for-you nutrients, so as long as it’s safe - they make for great treats!

And we’d skip the canned fruits altogether, as they’re often loaded with extra sugars and syrups. Fresh fruits only. 🍌🍓 🍊

Fruit Safe or Unsafe
Apples Safe. Just be sure to remove the seeds
Avocado Unsafe. Toxins are dangerous to dogs.
Bananas Safe.
Blueberries Safe.
Cantaloupe Safe.
Cherries Unsafe. Because cherries contain cyanide, they are toxic to dogs.
Cranberries Safe.
Cucumbers Safe.
Grapes Unsafe. These are very toxic to dogs and can lead to kidney failure.
Mango Safe
Oranges Safe. Be sure to toss the peel and the seeds.
Peaches Safe. Remove the pit.
Pears Safe. Get rid of the pits and seeds.
Pineapple Safe. Just remove the spiky skin and crown.
Strawberries Safe.
Tomatoes Unsafe.
Watermelon Safe. Just be sure to remove the seeds and rind.

**Note: All the above information is compiled from the American Kennel Club

Can dogs eat celery, broccoli, & peas? A list of vegetables that dogs can & can’t eat 

See below for a list of vegetables that are safe and unsafe for dogs. 🥦🥬 🥕🍄

Vegetable Safe or Unsafe
Asparagus This one’s not necessarily unsafe, but it’s very tough and not nutritious for them by the time it’s softened enough to be edible.
Broccoli Safe - but only in small quantities.
Brussels Sprouts Safe.
Carrots Safe.
Celery Safe.
Green beans Safe.
Mushrooms Unsafe.
Onions Unsafe.
Peas Safe.
Spinach Safe.

 **Note: All the above information is compiled from the American Kennel Club

Can dogs eat chocolate, peanut butter & hummus? More foods your dogs can and can’t eat  

Other ingredients to put on your radar! 🥜 ☕🍿🍫

Ingredient Safe or Unsafe
Almonds Unsafe.
Bread Safe in small amounts.
Cashews Safe in small amounts.
Chocolate Unsafe - you probably know this one already!
Coffee Unsafe.
Hummus While homemade hummus with chickpeas is safe, any hummus made with processed ingredients with garlic and onion would be unsafe.
Macadamia nuts Unsafe.
Peanut butter Safe. But choose unsalted!
Popcorn Safe. But choose unsalted!
Quinoa Safe.
Wheat/ Grains Safe.

 *The above information is pulled from the American Kennel Club

How much should dogs eat? 

Bowl of Vdog handed over to a dog

This depends not only on the breed and dog size but also the dog’s age. For example, puppies generally need more frequent smaller feedings and senior dogs often eat once or twice a day. But generally, according to AKC, most dogs need to eat twice a day

Check out this comprehensive food chart from PetMd that breaks down how much a dog needs to eat based on their weight.  Of course, activity level also comes into play. So if you went on an extra-long walk, you may want to adjust the amount you feed. 

Nutrition tips for your dogs

Much like humans, dogs need a mixture of minerals, vitamins, carbohydrates, protein, water, and fats. 

Treats given to a dog

The ASPCA also reports that obesity is a common problem in pets and can have detrimental impacts. So be sure that you’re not over-feeding your dog even though we know how fun it is to feed your dog treats! 

Safe & delicious vegan dog food recipes

Ready to whip up a yummy homemade treat for your dog? We’ve got a full library of vegan dog food recipes that are full of safe and nutritious ingredients. 

Check out our full collection of vegan dog food - everything is full of ingredients that are good for your dog! 

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