8 foods you should and shouldn’t feed your dog 10



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Foods that we love and are healthy for us aren’t necessarily healthy for our dogs. Why? Because animals have different metabolic systems and break down food differently to us humans.

Vet expert, Dr Alister Webster sheds light on eight foods and provides clear answers as to whether they will help or harm your dog.

  1. Milk/dairy: YES and NO

Some dogs, like humans, are lactose intolerant. So while feeding your dog a healthy probiotic-rich food like yoghurt may seem like a great idea, if you find your dog is suffering from excessive flatulence, diarrhoea or vomiting, he or she could be lactose intolerant. Try small servings and play it by ear – at the first sign of a gastrointestinal issue, steer clear from lactose products.

  1. Chocolate: NO!

This one is a big no-no. Every year, around the holiday season, numerous dogs make visits to vets having become ill after sneaking into the chocolate stash. The blame can be laid on the compound theobromine, found in chocolate, which is unsuitable for dog digestion and which can cause a range of symptoms from vomiting to diarrhoea. Always consult a vet if your dog has consumed chocolate, simply to be on the safe side.

  1. Bones: YES and NO

Dogs love to chew on bones and they make wonderful treats! However, be careful to only supply your dog with raw bones, as cooked bones can splinter easily and if digested could cause real damage. Avoid chicken bones at all costs.

  1. Leftovers: NO

The metabolism of a dog is very different to a human and therefore they don’t easily digest the foods we give them as leftovers. Human foods that are typically oily and fatty may lead to unwanted side effects such as diarrhoea and vomiting. Feeding your dog scraps can also develop dependence which may lead to them rejecting pet food specifically formulated for them.

  1. Peanut butter: YES BUT OCCASIONALLY

Peanut butter makes a great treat for dogs – putting it inside one of their chew toys can give them a great challenge as they try to lick it out. Full of heart healthy fats and proteins, natural peanut butter (no added salt or sugar) can be an excellent energy boosting snack for your dog. It is important though to feed it in moderation.

  1. Eggs: YES

Scrambling an egg is a clever way to give your dog a protein boost, particularly if they’re active. Dog’s will see it as a treat and you’ll be making sure they’re getting a great source of protein and riboflavin.

  1. Apple slices: YES

Apples are a good source of Vitamin A and C and can actually help to clean residue from your dog’s teeth, assisting with bad breath! Make sure you’ve removed the core and the seeds, as these are potential choking hazards.

  1. Omega rich foods: YES

Dogs can benefit from omega rich foods as much as humans. Fish like salmon and chia seeds, or even omega supplements designed for dogs, can help reduce joint swelling and inflammation experienced by older dogs.


Your dog deserves a balanced diet just as much as you do! Take care to make sure they’re receiving all of the energy they need in their daily diet. If you’re unsure about a particular food and whether or not it is harmful for your dog, always take the time to check- just because it’s good for you doesn’t mean it’s good for them!


By Veterinarian Dr Alister Webster

Alister Webster

Pure Animal Wellbeing (PAW) was developed by Dr Alister Webster, a third generation vet from the Webster family who are renowned by vets for creating quality pet products for over 80 years. Dr Webster spent over four years researching and developing natural actives and product alternatives for veterinary wellbeing products before introducing Pure Animal Wellbeing Products to vets in Australia. To access Ask Pawl, the online pet owner service, click here

  1. my dogs used to pick and eat their own fruit,plums,apples and grapes…no harm done and lived for 16 yrs both of them…..we never offered it to them……x

  2. YOU can feed your dog on veges as long it is boiled first and mix it with there meat,, morning & night…….

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    • Just boiled up a batch for 2 weeks … brown rice, carrot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, parsnip,celery with chicken fillets and another lot with chicken hearts and lean mince meat. She has this each night with half a small tin of dog food, plus fish oil, which seems to have helped her arthritis.

  3. I give my dog large raw bones, they don’t splinter and she enjoys herself for ages then it goes in the bin.

  4. Yes I heard grapes and sultana’s can kill dogs. Know of a dog that ate fruit cake and died. Also onions really bad for dogs.
    A friend gave her dog some of the fat from her Christmas leg ham and that made her dog have pancreatitis. Dog almost died..
    Same with ham bone.

  5. My dog loves banana. I never gave it to her, she begged for it. Now if she sees me peeling one she’s over like a shot. Bananas are full of potassium, maybe she was lacking in that mineral and could smell it in the banana. That’s my theory, anyway.

  6. I feed my dogs raw chicken bones EVERY day and have fed them to all my dogs for the last 27 years. I have never had a problem and they have all been in excellent health into old age. Dogs are meant to eat raw bones from birds (which is what chickens are) as they would hunt birds in the wild. I never feed any cooked bones of any type. If you want to avoid a food type that dogs shouldn’t eat then don’t feed dry dog food unless it contains no grain. Dogs would never eat grain in the wild and their digestive systems are not built to eat grain. I don’t feed dry dog food of any kind to my dogs. I feed a raw, ancestral diet mimicking what they would eat in the wild as dogs have exactly the same digestive system as wild canines.

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