Foods Your Dog Can And Can’t Have

No matter what kind of food you may be eating or holding, your dog is right there next to you begging for it. Though you may want to give your four legged friend a nice treat, the food you may be offering them could be harmful to their health. In this blog, the expert veterinarians at Gateway Animal Hospital in Lake City have highlighted a few foods you and your canine comrade can both indulge in together, while also warning you of foods that they should stay away from. So, without further adieu, let’s dive into the foods your dog can and can’t partake in.

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There are a wide variety of nuts all around the world. From walnuts, to Brazil nuts, your four legged friend will most likely want to try them all, especially if you are. Here are a few of the more popular nuts that may be scattered about your house.


Peanuts are ok for your dog to eat. Not only are they high in protein, but they have heart healthy fats that your dog needs. Just be sure to give them unsalted peanuts only, as a lot of sodium can be bad for your four legged friend. Too many peanuts can lead to weight gain and even issues with your pet’s pancreas, so give peanuts in moderation.


Cashews are also safe for your dog to eat. Like peanuts, cashews have a lot of protein, but, unlike their smaller cousins, they don’t contain as much fat. Cashews are also packed with a bunch of antioxidants as well as magnesium and calcium. Make sure they’re unsalted and you only give your dog a few at a time, as weight gain and other health issues can occur if given too many.


Almonds aren’t good for dogs. Though not as toxic as some nuts, almonds have been known to tear dog’s windpipes and get caught in their throats. Even more dangerous are salted almonds, as they make your canine retain water, which is very bad for dogs with heart problems or breeds that have a history with heart disease.

Nuts your dog CAN’T have:
Macadamia nuts, walnuts, pecans

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Who doesn’t love a nice ice cream cone on a hot day? Or a nice glass of milk to go with your morning breakfast? Dairy is a regular part of the human diet, but can your dog have dairy products? Let’s find out!


The initial form of all things dairy, milk is safe for your dog to drink. For some dogs though, like their human companions, a lactose intolerance can cause stomach issues. If your dog does have a lactose intolerance stay away from dairy products as too much could lead to severe health problems.


In small quantities, cheese is a good snack for your dog. Some cheese can be high in fat though, so go for low fat cheeses. Like milk, cheese can be harmful to your pet’s health if they have a lactose intolerance. If you’re unsure your dog has a lactose intolerance, check with your local veterinarian before feeding them anything that may contain the substance.

Ice Cream

Ice cream is not a good food for dogs. Though it isn’t poisonous, the added sugar in ice cream won’t sit well with your dog’s stomach. Like other dairy products, if your dog has a lactose intolerance, ice cream won’t be digested well and could cause major health concerns. Frozen yoghurt, though still dairy, is a better frozen treat alternative for your dog.

Dairy your dog CAN’T have:
None if they’re lactose intolerant, otherwise most dairy is safe in moderation.

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Unlike other foods, most meat is perfect for dogs. Since they’re carnivorous animals, meat in most varieties is safe for your dog to eat. Poultry, beef, and pork are all safe and recommended to give to your dog. Just be sure that if you cook meat with a bone on it that your dog doesn’t get the bone, while never giving your dog poultry bones. After being exposed to high heat for an extended period of time, bones can splinter and get stuck in your dog’s throat, stomach, and intestines.


Like beef, poultry, and pork, most seafood is also safe for your dog. Fish, like salmon and sardines, is great for your dog. Shrimp and other shellfish are also fine in moderation. Just be sure the seafood is deboned, descaled, taken out of the shell, and fully cooked before giving it to your pup.


There are tons of different types of food your dog can have, and should have, that will make them happy, but will also benefit them. On the flip side though, there are plenty of foods your dog can’t have, as it will make them sick or cause other health issues.Bowl of RiceGrapes/Raisins: Grapes and raisins are very bad for your dog. Keep your dog away from grapes.

Honey: Honey is a great food for your dog in moderation. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals and can even help build immunity to certain allergies.

Corn: This popular vegetable is a great food for your dog. It’s the main ingredient in most dog foods, but don’t let them eat the cob.

Garlic: Keep your dog away from garlic as well as similar foods like onions, chives, and leeks. Garlic is highly toxic to dogs and can cause major health issues.

Grains: Contrary to recent beliefs, dogs can in fact eat grains. Most wolves eat wheat as a source of protein and fiber. Bread should be given in moderation, but quinoa can be a very healthy substitute.

From all of the veterinarians at Gateway Animal Hospital in Lake City, we hope this blog has helped shed some light on the various foods your dog can and can’t have. If you have any further questions about pet health, our pet hospital, or the veterinarian services we provide, feel free to contact us!

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