Best Table Scraps for Your Pupper

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A highlight of many dog’s days is mealtime, and it’s not always their mealtime. If you have owned a dog for more than 24 hours, you have likely seen your dog give you puppy eyes or put their paws on your lap in hopes they’ll get some of your dinner. The term “puppy eyes” comes from the sight of dog eyes when they want something. Can you honestly say no to a cute dog? Unfortunately, sometimes you have to because many people foods are bad for dogs. However, lots of food are A-okay to share with your furry family. 

Acceptable veggies

People don’t always like to eat their veggies, so it’s a good thing that we can dump them on our dogs sometimes. Animal Trust says that lots of veggies are okay for dogs to eat, like the ones listed below.

Okay for your pupper

  • Sweet corn (off the cob)
  • Fresh green beans
  • Carrots
  • Squash 
  • Broccoli

Only give a little of these

  • Cucumber
  • Celery

Animal Trust says that although these plants are approved table scraps, some are not okay, namely onions and mushrooms. These veggies are toxic to dogs and can give them diarrhea and even anemia depending on the amount given and the dog. Even if it’s good for you doesn’t always mean it’s good for the puppy. Be cautious when giving your dogs other plant-based foods too.

 

Acceptable fruit

The American Kennel Club (AKC) says that dogs can eat many fruits. Fruits are delicious, and don’t you want to share them with your dog? You can only say no to the begging face for so long. You don’t have to say no so long as you give these fruits. However, fruit is high in sugar, so don’t give your puppy too much. In addition to limiting the amount, remove seeds and pits. 

AKC approved fruits

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Peaches 
  • Pears
  • Pineapple
  • Watermelon

Approved in Moderation (Most if not all fruit should be given in moderation, but especially be mindful when giving these to your dog)

  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Oranges
  • Mango
  • Cantelope

Lots of fruits are dog safe, but plenty are not. AKC says never feed your dog cherries, grapes, tomatoes or avocadoes. Fruits are not the only fruit you should be careful with when sharing with your pets.

 

Acceptable nuts

Dogquestions.org says that some nuts are okay for dogs. However, all of even the acceptable nuts should be given in small portions. 

Okay for your dog

  • Almonds
  • Pistachios
  • Walnuts
  • Cashews

The reason why dogs should not eat too many nuts is that many of them have toxins, plus sometimes they are hard to digest and can make your dog overweight because of the fat content. 

Giving your dog table scraps is fun for you and your furry family. Lots of healthy foods for humans are healthy for your doggies as well. There plenty of downsides to this list of people food; now you have no excuse to not share your meals with the dog. Who can say no to a dog’s begging eyes?

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