It’s Grilling Season! What Can Dogs Eat or Not Eat?

Summer is an exciting season and all around the Best. Season. Ever. Along with summer comes the gatherings, the people, and the barbecues! And along with the gatherings comes the endless - “Can I give your dog ___________?” 

Here’s the breakdown of what your dog should not eat (or should eat): 


Can Dogs Eat Onions?

No, your dog must NOT eat onions - cooked or uncooked. This includes dehydrated forms of onions like onion powder. Onions are highly toxic to dogs and can eventually lead to gastrointestinal distress and even red blood cell damage if eaten in large enough quantity. What happens when doggo eats onions? If your dog ingested a small slice of onion you dropped on the ground while cooking, watch for symptoms of onion toxicity. If your dog experiences any loss of appetite, has a lack of coordination, or is lethargic, you know it’s time make your way to your vet immediately. Most likely a small amount will not harm your dog, but we think it’s always best to stay on the safe side.


Can Dogs Eat Bones?

Doggo loves bones but doggo should never eat cooked (hard) bones. Here’s why:

Bones have the potential to break or splinter in your dog’s stomach and intestines, if swallowed. Cooked chicken bones in particular are a major health hazard, as they splinter easily and can cause serious issues for your dog(s).

(Hard) Bones as Chews are okay

Studies have suggested that chewing raw bones are great at keeping your dog’s teeth and gums healthy. According to a Rutgers University study, chewing raw bones have a major impact in reducing bacteria on the teeth. This study examines a variety of ways dog owners choose to keep their dogs dental health in check - CET toothpaste + brushing, VeggieDent chews, bully stick chews and raw bones. Although all these treatments were successful in reducing the amount of bacteria on a dog’s teeth, raw bones are the most effective treatment according to the study - with a reduction of 79.0%, followed by CET toothpaste + brushing (70.3%).

(Soft) Bones as Food are Great

It is a common myth that dogs can’t digest any bones at all. The truth is, dog can digest certain types of bones. These bones are edible (even by humans!) and they are rich in nutrients and can aid in dental care, growth, and digestion. Soft, edible, bones in chicken feet or chicken neck are great for dogs.

While bones can be great and exciting for the dogs, ALL bones should always be fed with caution and under supervision. The last thing you want is to find your dog choking and vomiting in the kitchen.


Can Dogs Eat Avocado?

Avocado contains a toxic compound called persin, which is especially dangerous to birds, rabbits, and a few large animals like horses. For them, avocados can cause respiratory distress, congestion, fluid accumulation around the heart, and even death.

Don’t worry - it’s not as bad for cats and dogs. It is unknown what amount of persin is lethal for dogs, however, we do know that large amounts can cause some damage to your dog’s health. On top of that, the avocado’s high fat content may lead to gastrointestinal upset and pancreatitis in dogs.
We say better safe than sorry - keep the dogs away from the avocados!


Can Dogs Eat Grapes?  

Grapes (and raisins) have been connected to the development of kidney failure in dogs. This is known as “grape toxicosis”.

What happens when my dog eat grapes?

Researchers have found that toxicosis in dogs are a dose-dependant issue. This means: smaller dogs may be affected with a smaller dosage of grapes compared the larger dogs. If your dog is experiencing grape toxicosis, your dog may vomit or have diarrhea within 12 hours of ingestion. The dog may also become increasingly lethargic and dehydrated, may have a loss of appetite, and may show an increase in urination. Death due to kidney failure may occur within 3-4 days. Yikes! 

No grapes, for sure.


Can Dogs Eat Watermelon?

Yes, yes, and yes! Watermelons (especially the cold ones) are a great way to cool down your dog on a hot day. Watermelon is loaded with water (it packs 92% water) and most importantly, it has no fat or cholesterol. What a great guilt-free hydrating treat! Watermelon is also rich with fibre and aids in digestion.

It’s time to put on that watermelon outfit. You gotta dress the part to get to job, right?


Can Dogs Eat Strawberries?

Strawberries are tasty, fresh and a great summer treat. They are healthy - low in calories, full of antioxidants and high in fiber and Vitamin C.

It’s a definite yes to strawberries!


Can Dogs Eat Mushrooms?

We all know that not all mushrooms are safe to consume. This rule also applies to dogs. Because there is so many different types of mushrooms, we will break this down to a short and simple answer: yes, the ones from the grocery store.

Unless you are a biologist or mycologist, you should stick to store-bought mushrooms for your dog. Plain (store-bought) mushrooms are great sources of Vitamin B and Potassium for doggos (and humans)!

More shared meals with doggo.... mmm yes. 


Everything in Moderation

It goes without saying that moderation is the essence of everything in life - including doggo diets. Feed them in moderation. Yes, that means they can’t have 5 watermelons in a day.




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