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Welcome to Can Dogs Eat Answered – your comprehensive guide to understanding what foods your furry friends can and cannot safely consume. Our mission is to provide dog owners with reliable, easy-to-understand information about canine nutrition and dietary safety.

In this space, we dive deep into the diverse world of dog diets and analyze everything from common household foods to specialized dog treats. We understand that every dog is unique and has their own tastes and nutritional needs. Hence, we offer a wide range of information to suit all kinds of canine palates and health requirements.

Our articles are meticulously researched and vetted by veterinary professionals to ensure that you receive accurate and up-to-date advice. We cover a vast array of food items and explain not only which foods are safe or harmful but also why. This approach helps you make informed decisions about your dog’s diet.

Can Dogs Eat Answered is more than just a resource; it’s a community. We encourage interaction and sharing of experiences among dog owners. Whether you’re a new puppy parent or a seasoned dog lover, this site is your go-to destination for all questions about what your dog can and cannot eat.

Join us in our journey to ensure the health and happiness of our canine companions through proper nutrition and informed choices. Let’s explore the world of dog-friendly foods together!

Meet The Team


Roy Norris

Roy Norris, an expert in canine nutrition with extensive experience in animal science, specializes in creating balanced diets for dogs of various breeds and life stages, and educates owners on nutritional health. With years of experience and a rich background in animal science, Roy has dedicated his career to understanding and improving the dietary health of dogs.


Jeff Olson

Jeff Olson, a devoted dog lover, has extensively self-educated in canine nutrition to provide optimal care for his dogs. Though not a professional, his knowledge on how nutrition impacts a dog's health, behavior, and longevity is well-regarded in his community, where he actively shares insights and advice.


Elizabeth Torrance

Dr. Elizabeth Torrance, a seasoned veterinarian specializing in canine nutrition, expertly blends scientific research and clinical experience to tailor dietary strategies for dogs of all breeds and life stages. Renowned for managing diets for dogs with specific health conditions, her holistic approach and contributions to the field are highly valued.


Graham Jones

Graham Jones, a distinguished pet nutritionist in canine nutrition, combines academic and practical expertise to formulate balanced diets for dogs of various breeds and health conditions. Known for making complex nutrition accessible, he collaborates with veterinarians and educates owners on the significance of proper canine nutrition.

Food Categories - What can your dog eat?


Dairy products, while often considered a staple in human diets, have a different and complex role in canine nutrition. Understanding how dairy affects dogs is crucial for responsible pet ownership.

Firstly, it’s important to note that many dogs are lactose intolerant. Dogs have varying levels of lactase, the enzyme needed to break down lactose found in milk and other dairy products. Puppies typically produce more lactase, enabling them to digest their mother’s milk. However, as dogs age, their production of lactase often decreases, which can lead to lactose intolerance.

Despite this, not all dairy is off-limits for dogs. Some dogs can tolerate small amounts of certain dairy products. For example, plain yogurt and cottage cheese, which have lower lactose levels due to fermentation, can sometimes be safely consumed in moderation. These foods can offer benefits such as probiotics and calcium. However, it’s essential to avoid flavored or sweetened varieties, which often contain harmful additives or excessive sugar.


Fruits play an interesting and varied role in canine nutrition. While some fruits offer health benefits to dogs, others can be harmful, so it’s essential to understand which fruits are safe and how to properly include them in your dog’s diet.

Fruits should be given as a treat and not a main part of the dog’s diet. Remove all seeds, pits, stems, and leaves before offering a fruit to your dog. Introduce new fruits slowly to check for any allergic reactions or digestive issues.

Remember, each dog is unique, and what might be safe for one dog may not be for another. It’s always best to consult with a veterinarian before introducing any new foods into your dog’s diet.


Vegetables can be an excellent addition to a dog’s diet, offering a range of health benefits due to their high nutrient content. However, like with fruits, it’s essential to know which vegetables are safe and beneficial for dogs, and which should be avoided.

Vegetables should be an addition to a balanced diet and not the main part. Cook and chop or puree vegetables to aid in digestion. Cook vegetables plain, without salt, garlic, onion, or other seasonings that can be harmful to dogs. Start with small amounts to ensure your dog tolerates the vegetable without any adverse reactions.

It’s important to remember that dogs are primarily carnivorous, and their diets should be predominantly based on animal proteins. Vegetables can serve as a supplement or treat, not as a staple. Always consult with a veterinarian before making significant changes to your dog’s diet, especially if your dog has health issues or dietary restrictions.

Grains and Legumes

Grains and legumes can be a part of a balanced diet for many dogs, providing essential nutrients and serving as a source of energy. However, their inclusion in a dog’s diet should be approached with consideration of the dog’s individual health needs and potential sensitivities.

Some dogs may be allergic or intolerant to certain grains or legumes. Symptoms can include itchy skin, ear infections, and digestive upset. Grains and legumes should be cooked plain, without spices, butter, or sauces. These foods should not replace protein sources in a dog’s diet but can be included as part of a balanced diet. There have been recent concerns regarding grain-free diets and their association with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs.

Each dog is unique, and their dietary needs can vary based on their age, size, activity level, and health status. It’s always advisable to consult with a veterinarian before making significant changes to your dog’s diet or if you have concerns about food allergies or sensitivities.

Meat, Fish and Eggs 

Meat, fish, and eggs are fundamental components of canine nutrition, providing essential nutrients that dogs need for optimal health. These protein sources are vital in a dog’s diet due to their high biological value and the array of amino acids, vitamins, and minerals they offer.

Always cook meat and fish thoroughly to kill harmful bacteria and parasites. Avoid adding harmful ingredients like onion, garlic, and excessive oils. Be cautious of the fat content, especially for dogs that are overweight or have pancreatitis. Avoid cooked bones as they can splinter and cause choking or damage to the digestive tract. Some raw bones are acceptable under supervision, but this is a topic with varying opinions and potential risks. Offer these protein sources in moderation and as part of a balanced diet. Be aware of any specific allergies or sensitivities your dog may have.

It’s important to remember that while meat, fish, and eggs are crucial for a dog’s diet, they should be part of a balanced nutritional plan that includes appropriate amounts of carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Consulting with a veterinarian or a canine nutritionist can provide guidance tailored to an individual dog’s needs.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds can be included in a dog’s diet, but it’s essential to be selective and cautious due to potential health risks and nutritional imbalances. While some nuts and seeds offer beneficial nutrients, others can be harmful or even toxic to dogs.

Nuts and seeds are high in fats and calories and should be given in very small quantities to avoid weight gain and digestive issues. Ensure nuts and seeds are unsalted, unflavored, and, if necessary, ground or chopped for easier digestion. Be aware of the size and hardness of the nuts, which can pose a choking hazard or cause intestinal blockage, especially in smaller dogs. Like humans, dogs can have allergic reactions to nuts, so introduce them slowly and watch for any adverse reactions.

While nuts and seeds can be a source of proteins, healthy fats, and various nutrients, their inclusion in a dog’s diet should be carefully managed. Always prioritize a balanced diet that primarily focuses on high-quality animal proteins and other essential nutrients for canine health. 


Snacks and treats play a supplementary role in canine nutrition, offering variety and enjoyment for dogs, but they should be given thoughtfully to maintain a balanced diet and prevent health issues. While treats can be used for training or as a show of affection, it’s crucial to choose them wisely and consider their impact on a dog’s overall dietary intake.

Treats should only make up a small percentage of a dog’s daily caloric intake (generally recommended to be no more than 10%). Overfeeding treats can lead to obesity and associated health problems. Snacks should not replace balanced meals. They should be considered extras, not staples. The size and frequency of treats should be appropriate for the dog’s size, weight, and activity level. Treats can be a powerful tool in training, but it’s important to use them wisely to encourage good behavior without overfeeding.

In summary, while snacks can contribute positively to a dog’s life, they should be given in moderation and with consideration of the dog’s overall diet and health. Always consult with a veterinarian or a canine nutrition expert for advice tailored to your dog’s specific needs, especially if your dog has health issues or dietary restrictions.

Now that we’ve gone over all the food categories, let’s discuss what insights we provide in regards to each food that we review:

Can Dogs Eat a Particular Food Safely? 

In our detailed guides, we provide a brief yes or no description on whether or not your dog can eat that particular food. Additionally, we also provide the portion size you should be feeding your dog. If your dog cannot eat that particular food, we provide the reasoning as to why. 

Benefits of a Particular Food 

Next, we offer insights into the benefits that a particular food may have for your canine. This can range from metabolism effects to gut nutrition and more. 

Harmful Effects of a Particular Food 

Once we’ve discussed the benefits, we go over the harmful effects that a particular food may have. Keep in mind that foods that your dog can eat safely can still have harmful effects if fed in excess or if they’re not prepared in the correct manner. 

Things to Know (Facts) About a Particular Food 

After that, we discuss some facts that you may want to know about the particular food that we are discussing. This could range anywhere from its texture to its fat content and more. 

Nutritional Value of a Particular Food 

Next, we discuss the nutritional value of the particular food in terms of the carbohydrates, protein, fats, minerals and vitamins that it provides your canine. We conduct thorough research to bring you the most accurate results in terms of what a 100 g portion of that particular food provides your dog. 

How to Feed Dogs a Particular Food 

In this section, we provide detailed instructions on how you can prepare the particular food for your dog. Alongside instructions on how to prepare the food, we also provide precautions you must take when preparing the food for your canine. 

Alternative Forms of a Particular Food 

In this section, we discuss alternative forms of a particular food that your dog may or may not be able to consume. Oftentimes, people assume that a dog can eat a particular food, then they’ll be able to eat alternative forms of it as well. 

However, this may not always be the case which is why it’s essential that you go through this section to ensure your canine’s dietary health. 

Other Foods in the Same Category 

Next, we provide other food options in the same category that your dog can safely consume. If a particular food is unsafe for dogs, then you might want some alternatives. This is exactly what this section provides. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 

Finally, we provide answers to some frequently asked questions regarding canine nutrition and that particular food. This section hopes to cover anything that we might’ve missed up until that point in our article(s). 

Final word? 

Thank you for visiting Can Dogs Eat Answered. Our journey through the complex world of canine nutrition aimed to enlighten and empower you, the dedicated dog owner, in making informed decisions about your furry friend’s diet. We hope our comprehensive guide on what foods dogs can and cannot eat has provided valuable insights and clarity.

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