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People Food That’s Okay for Dogs

Image of woman and her dogFebruary 2022

It’s no secret that dogs love “people food.” You’re also probably aware that eating some human foods can cause weight and digestion issues. The good news is that there are options that can be safely added to your dog’s meals to give them a nutritional boost and provide variety.

Let’s start with people food dogs CAN eat. 

  1. Carrots are an excellent option for small treats for your pup and can boost their immune system. Also, carrots help improve your dog’s dental hygiene by removing plaque from their teeth. 
  2. Eggs are safe for your dog and provide a great source of protein. If your dog deals with an upset stomach, try giving them a little bit of cooked egg. 
  3. Oatmeal is safe to feed dogs and can aid dogs who have trouble maintaining regular bowel movements. Avoid feeding sugary, flavored oatmeal, and stick to plain cooked oatmeal.
  4. Dairy products are safe to give your dog in small quantities. However, it’s important to note that if your dog eats too much dairy, it can cause digestive problems. So, if you have a piece of cheese leftover from your charcuterie board, it’s safe to give it to your dog in small amounts.
  5. Fish is a great food to feed your dog in moderation because it has a lot of protein and helps your dog’s digestion. Salmon, in particular, contains a lot of omega-3 fatty acids and is known to help your dog’s skin and coat.
  6. Apples are also a good choice because they contain fiber, which is good for a dog’s digestion. However, the seeds from apples contain cyanide, which can be extremely dangerous if eaten by your dog. 
  7. Turkey is beneficial for your dog because it has a good source of protein. So next time you’re making your turkey sandwich for lunch, consider giving your pup a small piece of turkey.  
  8. Unsalted peanut butter is a classic dog treat. Make sure that the peanut butter doesn’t contain a sweetener known as xylitol, which is very dangerous for dogs. 

Let’s move on to people food dogs CAN NOT eat.

  1. Chocolate is poisonous for your dog. This may be one of the most commonly known foods dogs should not eat, but it is still one that dogs seem to get into often. Remember not to give any food that contains chocolate, coffee, or caffeine to your dog because they contain chemicals known as methylxanthines, which are highly toxic.
  2. Anything containing xylitol, an artificial sweetener, should not be given to your dog. Xylitol can be found in sugarless gum, baked goods, and even in your toothpaste. In severe cases, it can cause your dog’s blood sugar to drop life-threateningly low and lead to liver damage.
  3. Raisins and grapes should never be given to your dog. It’s important to know that even the smallest raisin or grape can cause kidney failure and, in some cases, death.
  4. Ice cream. Yes, we said it, no ice cream for your favorite pup. Ice cream has a lot of sugar and can lead to stomach and digestive issues.
  5. It’s never a good idea to give your dog nuts because it can cause them to vomit and have diarrhea. Severe cases can cause your pet to develop pancreatitis.
  6. Avocados should be avoided at all costs as they contain persin, which can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.
  7. Raw or undercooked meat poses a risk to your dog as it contains bacteria such as Escherichia coli and Salmonella.
  8. Pets should not be given salty foods because they can cause excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning. So next time you have friends over, try avoiding feeding your dog any salty Chex Mix.

At Erie Station Village, we’re pet friendly and proud of it. If you’re thinking of getting a pet, you can learn more about our policies on our FAQ page and by contacting the leasing office at 585.334.6870 or emailing