I have a dog. His name is Ralph. I like to joke that Ralph is part kangaroo, because seriously, the dog jumps as high as my waist. When there’s food in my hand, I could almost swear that tiny wings sprout from his back, because Ralph will do everything in his power to try and get me to give him the food. Sometimes I do, sometimes I don’t.
Now, I know that doggy lovers and doggy owners are very passionate about their furry pals and the question about whether or not you should give them “people food” is a controversial one. Some people are sticklers about giving their dogs ONLY food made for dogs, while other people are more relaxed about it.
Since most of us in the Test Kitchen love food and also have dogs, I thought I’d ask my coworkers what they feed their dogs. I’m also sharing some tips and doggy-friendly recipes I found on the web…
Of course, you should ALWAYS follow your vet’s advice when it comes to your doggy’s diet. I am no expert and neither are we (we’re the experts on people food!). These are just some of the things I’ve learned from researching on the Internet and asking other fellow pet owners.
To begin with, here’s a list of Foods That are Hazardous to Dogs, according to the ASPCA.
- Bread Dough (Raw)
- Alcohol/Alcoholic Drinks (Ethanol)
- Macadamia Nuts
- Moldy Foods
- Onions and Garlic
- Xylitol (artificial sweetener)
Looks like I’ll have to eat more chocolate, so I won’t be tempted to share with Ralph. By the way, here’s what he looks like (he’s the hairy one up front!):
Of course, there are some people foods that are considered safe for most dogs, according to this list by famous dog trainer, Cesar Milan. They include:
- Peanut butter
- Cooked chicken
- Baby carrots
- Green Beans
- Apple Slices
Bella, Gracie, and Chloe love to eat their veggies!
Like I mentioned before, just because it’s okay for some dogs to eat something may not mean that all dogs can eat the same thing. For example, our Video Director, Dave, is the very proud human of two, rescued, Goldendoodles who have Megaesophagus. Despite their birth defect, they enjoy happy lives because Dave follows the vet’s instructions on what to feed them and how to feed them.
By the way, did you know that dogs can have diabetes too? I learned about this when Jessica introduced me to her dog, Payton. You can find out more about it by clicking here.
There are some dogs (like mine!) that love to eat everything…
And there are some dogs whose humans only give them food that’s especially made for doggies.
It seems like there are as many options for dog diets as there are people diets! Here are some great sites that have feature “doggy-approved” recipes:
Before I ask you all to share a photo of your dog with me, or to let me know where you stand on this issue, I have to make sure you know about the most-talked-about-dog here in the Mr. Food Test Kitchen, Truffles.
Patty and Howard are Truffles’ humans, and there is nothing that they wouldn’t do for her…and she knows it.
Okay, now I want to know…
Do you feed your dog “people food”?
(I’d love it if you would share some photos or talk about your dog too!)