All the Human Food That’s Poisonous For Your Pupper

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If you’re a new furparent like me, then you’re probably also gripped with the overwhelming anxiety over every little thing your puppy gets its paws on. Whether that’s chewing the wall, eating grass, or sniffing the toilet bowl, a puppy’s curiosity is one quick way to turn your hair white.

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Dogs use their noses like we use our eyes. It’s the way they learn about the world, and by extension, that includes their ferocious impulse to eat everything. And we know it might seem “boring” to only feed them dog food. After all, if we’re enjoying homecooked meals, why can’t they? Well, human stomachs aren’t made the same as puppy stomachs, which can’t handle the human food we take for granted.

So before you give Coco that yummy piece of chicken or a bite out of your snack, you need to know all the dangerous food for your best friend.

What can’t they eat?

  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Chives
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Bones
  • Corn on the cob
  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Apple seeds
  • Avocados
  • Salt
  • Tea
  • Fat trimmings
  • Walnuts
  • Yeast dough
  • Candy

What can they eat?

  • Lean meat
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Bananas
  • Watermelons
  • Carrots
  • Green beans
  • Cucumbers
  • Baked potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Cooked white rice (plain)
  • Cooked pasta (plain)
  • Peanut butter
  • Cooked chicken
  • Yogurt
  • Salmon
  • Pumpkin
  • Cooked Eggs

Keep this list in mind before you give your dog a treat from the table. While you can feed your dog some human food, pet parents are generally not advised to do this unless you’re ready to commit to cooking for your dog three times a day. Dogs are known to stop eating dog food the moment they get a taste of human food.


To play it safe (and healthy), stick to a strict schedule of dog food and invest in the best brands in the market for your dog. There are some brands that are great to give your dog a boost in energy, others are made to keep their fur clean and healthy, while some offer overall dietary needs.

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If you have a dog with a breed, one brand to consider is Royal Canin’s Breed Health Nutrition (BHN) line, which offers different products of specific dog breeds. Each one is engineered with formulas tailored to fit a certain breed. Different dogs have different nutritional needs. Sometimes one size doesn’t fit all, so if you’re willing to invest in the best for your dog, visit the Royal Canin store.

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