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Have you found yourself asking Google if dogs can eat bread? Or cheese? Or anything weird and possibly not-so-wonderful that your pup found and ate?

Well, we can assure you that you’re not alone. Because of how popular these questions are for vets and the internet alike we’re taking a dive into all the top questions asked about what dogs can and can’t eat. Find all the answers to your questions and everyone else’s all in one spot.

Starting at the top

It’s neat that Google ranks their searches in order; it’s always interesting to see what pet parents are finding their pups eating most often. For no reason other than popularity, we’ll keep this list in the same order.

Just as a forewarning, your dog may not enjoy anything on this list – just like us, our furbabies have their own personal preferences. If you find something appealing on this list that’s healthy for our furry friends, it doesn’t mean they’ll enjoy it.

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Can dogs eat bread?

Simply, yes. Plain bread is definitely not toxic to dogs. But the fact of the matter is it offers them no nutritional value and doesn’t make for a good part of their diet because of that. Plus, feeding them lots of bread doesn’t leave as much room for tail-or made dog food.

On an important side note, raw bread dough, specifically the yeast, reacts when it hits your pup’s tummy and can cause bloat or bread dough toxicosis (which is dangerous). You can find out more about that here.

Can dogs eat apples?

An apple a day keeps the vet at bay! Yup, apples are a nutritionally positive food for dogs. They’re healthy and a great way to clean your furball’s teeth and gums. It can also help with their digestion because of apples’ naturally high fibre content.

Just be careful with the apple core; like with other fruit seeds and cores it can cause digestive issues and possibly be a dog choking hazard.

Can dogs eat watermelon?

Another winner, watermelon is great for your dog if they’re so inclined. Watermelon is packed full of antioxidants, potassium, and vitamins. And just like apples it’s high in fibre, but too many seeds will probably cause some problems in your furbaby’s belly.

If your pup loves watermelon, seedless watermelons will make a great treat for everyone!

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Can dogs eat grapes?

The short answer is no! Going along with the trend of other fruits mentioned above you might think they’d be great for your dog. Grapes are very dangerous to your dog’s health and it’s the same with raisins.

Find out more in our article ‘Can dogs eat grapes?

Can dogs eat broccoli?

Yes, cooked broccoli is safe for dogs to eat.

Think of the stalk and the florets as two different parts, with the latter being the naughty sibling. The florets contain small molecules that can upset your pup’s tummy in larger portions. Also make sure to portion their broccoli intake, and to cut it into small pieces to prevent choking or it being problematic when going through their intestine.

And cheese?

While cheese is not toxic to dogs it’s not a great choice. Some dogs are lactose intolerant or could be allergic, which may lead to an upset tummy.

All that being said, a small amount as a treat every so often isn’t a bad idea. Just be careful with blue cheese – it’s a big no no and any cheeses that contain other ingredients like garlic, onion or herbs can make them ill. As long as it’s plain cheese (that’s not blue cheese) they’ll be fine in moderation.

Side note: Cheese can be a great way to sneak your pup a tablet they may be refusing to eat. Read how to give medicine to your puppy here.

Can dogs eat mango?

Another great choice, yes! Mango, provided it’s peeled and the pip removed, is a great addition to their diet. Mango in moderation has good nutritional value for furbabies. Though like all the other health-positive fruity options, don’t overdo it.

Can dogs eat pineapple?

A not-uncommon alternative to some doggy treat options, pineapple is full of nutrients that support your furball’s overall health.

The tangy tasting fruit isn’t appealing to all dogs, but if you’d like to try a fun treat you can give them a taste of a pineapple smoothie or in doggie ice cream (yep, it’s a thing)…

What about popcorn?

Safe answer here: generally no. It’s not safe for your dog, especially on a regular basis. While plain, air-popped popcorn is safe for our furry friends in small quantities, almost all the regular toppings we enjoy on our popcorn is not good for them.

There’s no reason to worry if your pup manages to steal a few dropped pieces of popcorn, but we’d recommend keeping it out of their diet.

Special addition: Vegemite

Obviously, Aussies want to know about one of the nation’s favourite spreads – Vegemite.

Dogs can eat it, but in moderation. Vegemite has a very high salt content, which isn’t good for them, but some here and there in very small amounts won’t do any harm.

In fact, many pet parents love it because its sticky consistency and strong taste makes it handy to hide tablets their fur kids might need to take.

Read more on ‘can dogs eat Vegemite’ here.

Cover their kabooses for food fails and more

These are just some of the things that might cause problems for your pet. And the unfortunate reality is no matter how much effort you’ve put into pet proofing your home and yard or going through puppy training school accidents and illnesses can still happen.

That’s where pet insurance can help. If your dog or cat does get hold of something poisonous or simply has an accident, you can visit the vet without thinking of your purse first. And you might be surprised at how affordable the cost of peace of mind can be. Get a quote to find out.

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