Human Foods Dogs Can + Can’t Eat

Whether you’re a new dog owner or a seasoned dog parent, knowing what types of food are safe/unsafe for your pup to eat is SO important, especially since we do tend to spoil our furry friends with human foods from time to time. Here’s a helpful list of human foods that dogs can and can’t eat.

*Keep in mind that this isn’t a comprehensive list and you should absolutely consult your vet if you have a question specific to your dog’s diet.

Wondering what foods are safe or unsafe for your dog(s) to eat? Read this list!

Safe for Dogs* (in moderation)

  • Apples (remove seeds)
  • Bananas (fresh or frozen)
  • Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Carrots (this one’s highly recommended by my pup – she LOVES them!)
  • Cheese
  • Chicken (cooked)
  • Green beans
  • Oatmeal
  • Peanut butter
  • Pumpkin (remove seeds)
  • Rice
  • Sweet potato
  • Yogurt (plain)
  • Zucchini

Harmful for Dogs

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Gum
  • Nuts
  • Onions
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Raisins
  • Yeast dough


What’s your pup’s favorite human food? Any items on the list you’re surprised to see?

  • It’s so important to know these things… I only recently learned that grapes are not ok, and I always thought blueberries were poisonous for them. My dog is a tyrant and will try to eat anything, so we have to be super vigilant!
    Danielle @ afloat on a full sea

    • Agreed! I was surprised at a few of these myself when I first found out. My dog’s always interested in blueberries when she sees me eating them but won’t eat them, haha. Carrots are her fave!

  • Ashley Stephenson

    I am always googling if my dog can have some of my leftovers! I just gave my dog some banana for the first time last week – not sure how she liked it! So thanks for sharing!

    • I know the feeling! There are so many different foods out there and they always seem to want whatever we’re eating :) Have you tried carrots with yours? My pup loves them!

  • Rachel Dean

    One of my dogs loves apples and carrots but the other two won’t eat anything on that list. Thanks for this!

    • So funny! They have personalities of their own! Glad to hear one of them loves some of the healthy foods :)

  • Candy Kage

    Some of these thinks I knew and many I didn’t know. Good to have this list for the good and bad items.

    • Glad to provide some new info, Candy! I think it’s important info for both dog and non-dog owners!

  • Some of these I’ve heard before but there are some I had no idea. Grapes? Avocado? Nuts? Onions? I had no clue about these. I’m happy to know my micka can eat peanut butter though. Yaaayyy LOL

    • It’s crazy isn’t it?! I also don’t think I’ve ever met a dog that didn’t like peanut butter, haha.

  • I have never owned a dog, we always had cats growing up but I always get worried in general about pets eating people food because I don’t know what is okay and what is not for them!

    • I think info like this is important for everyone to know for that exact reason!

  • Brianna Picard

    One warning about chicken is the bones. If you give the dog cooked chicken bones the bones will splinter and hurt the dog. Always use raw bones, NEVER cooked! :D

    • Great reminder, Brianna! I always buy boneless when making chicken so I didn’t even think about the bones!

  • Broccoli is also really good for dogs. It’s a known cancer preventative!

    • Thanks for the addition to the list, Audrey! I think we definitely need to incorporate more of these healthy foods into our dogs’ diets!

  • carla birnberg

    It’s amazing how many of these food items even us lifelong dog owners aren’t aware of. Grapes was one I only learned about last year

    • It can be complicated to keep up with since not all fruits and veggies are safe! Definitely important info to know though!

  • My dog loves cheese and peanut butter but mostly cheese (he takes after me haha). He could eat tons of it and not get constipated which blows my mind! I usually only feed it to him as a treat though.

    • That seems to be the standard favorite for all the dogs :) My pup loves them too!

  • I would just like to remind people to check to make sure that the peanut butter doesn’t contain xylitol. Xylitol is more dangerous for dogs than chocolate and is why gum is so dangerous for dogs. Recent studies have shown that the part of the avocado that humans eat is also okay for dogs. However, the skin and pit are toxic for birds and horses and the pit is a choking hazard for dogs.

    • Thanks for the info, Beth! I haven’t heard of Xylitol but I’m going to look into it.

  • This is so helpful! I’m always worried that something I give my dog will make her sick so I pretty much don’t give her anything.

    • Better to be safe than sorry, for sure! Hopefully you’ll be able to slip some of these safe items to your dog as treats in the future!

  • This is super helpful. I had no idea they’re not supposed to have avocados! We were so careful about introducing human food to our Willow but we had to start because my mom’s german sheperd, Drago, would give her anything he had. She’s not too picky. She just doesn’t like noodles or fries.

    • The avocado pits are the biggest thing to keep away from them! I try to limited my pup’s consumption of human foods as well but she does get spoiled with certain things often. She loves her carrots!

  • My one dog wants to eat all human foods and my other dog is not interested in anything but bacon!

    • Oh that’s too funny! Can’t blame him/her though – bacon is delish!

  • This is such an important post, cause there’s so many foods that aren’t safe for your pet that I don’t think pet owners realize! Our dog doesn’t get any human food, but now that our daughter is eating solids, I’m sure that is bound to change!

    • Thanks, Libby! I think it’s so important too – the info isn’t as advertised as you would think! And I’m sure a lot of food will be dropping to the floor soon with a baby at home :)

  • Amanda Nicole Hughes

    I’m always looking this up anytime I’m thinking of sharing my table food with my babies! SO helpful! Thank you for sharing!

    • So happy to hear you found this helpful! Thanks for reading, Amanda!

  • Greta Hollar

    My pup loves peanut butter, bananas, blueberries and cheese! It’s good to know what not to feed her!

    Greta |

    • All yummy (and healthy) foods! Glad to hear you find the list helpful!

  • Samantha

    Thank you for this list! I swear, half of my kids’ dinner usually ends up on the floor. I always try to clean it up before the dogs get it, but I’m not always quick enough. It’s nice to know that the usual apples and bananas aren’t harmful. :)

    • Glad to hear you find it helpful! I can’t imagine how tough it must be with kids and food ending up on the floor! Good that it’s a lot of healthy “safe” things for your dogs!

  • Wow, I didn’t know the list was so long. I had always know that chocolate, grapes and raisins are no-nos but not the others. Thanks for it!

  • Heather Gullett Denniston

    I am sorry but is there some bubble brain that thinks gum is okay for dogs? This is a great list by the way. Forwarding it to my sister. :-)

    • Thanks, Heather! You’d be surprised at some of the things people think.. it’s kind of scary, haha.

  • Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    Thanks for sharing! I need to print this and stick to my fridge! I have to admit that I “share” with my pup!

  • I did know these! So important for everyone to know.

    • Agreed! Even for people who don’t have dogs in their own homes.

  • Rosie Roo lovessss peanut butter! She would eat it all day long!

    • Sheba too! Apparently she can tell the difference between brands too, haha!

  • Great post. My dog absolutely love carrots. it’s a good treat for him.

    • Thanks, Wendy! If I could enter Sheba in a carrot-eating contest, I think she’d win! She loves them too :)

  • I hear so many different things about what foods are healthy and unhealthy for dogs! My dog loves apples and bananas!

    • There is a lot of mixed info out there! I haven’t tried apples or bananas with Sheba yet but she loves carrots!

  • This is really helpful! I’ve never met a dog yet that doesn’t love peanut butter haha

    • Thanks, Cara! And so true! Although apparently they notice a difference between the PB brands, haha!

  • Sarah Jean

    This is a much-needed post! I don’t have a dog now but grew up and have had 5 in my lifetime. While I tried to keep them from eating any “people” food, it’s good to know what is okay if they eat or not.

    • Thanks, Sarah! It’s easy to mix up some of the good/bad foods, so I think a list is super helpful for both dog owners and non!

  • I had no idea avocado and grapes were bad for dogs. Good to know for when I visit my sister and her sweet Corgi :)

  • great list! I’m surprised to see avocado – my dog loves that and I read somewhere else that it was safe to give it to dogs. confused now :(

    • Thanks, Tianna! The biggest concern with avocados is the center pit!

  • Valerie

    I knew most of the harmful food for dogs, but I didn’t realize that salt is bad for them. My dog has an addiction to salty foods and I am trying to break him of it.

    • Just like us, they have a habit of liking the things that aren’t too good for them, haha. Hopefully you’ll be able to substitute the salty foods for some of the “good” items!

  • Joules (Pocketful of Joules)

    This is a really good and helpful list to have. I had no idea that grapes were bad for dogs until just recently!

    • Thank you! It’s tough to keep some of the foods straight on each list- some are so similar!

  • Avocado is something i never knew!

    • Yes! The pits in avocados are the biggest thing to watch out for!

  • Such important information! I had not heard about avocados! My dog loves to eat EVERYTHING, but her favorite foods are carrots and cheese (although we try to limit her dairy).

    • Those are my pup’s favorites too :) The main concern with avocados is the center part with the seeds!

  • Christine

    Thank you for posting this list. I knew some of the foods we shouldn’t give, but not all. I wonder about ice-cream and how it didn’t make your list for either good or bad. What is your opinion on vanilla ice-cream if it’s sugar free?

    • Glad to hear it’s helpful for you! I think a small amount of sugar-free vanilla is ok. A lot of dogs have issues with lactose so you definitely want to limit the amount given because it could result in some tummy/potty issues for them!

  • Pack Your Baguios

    My pup loves pumpkin and it is good for his belly, too!

    • Yum! I haven’t tried it with my pup yet other than prepackaged treats but I think I will this fall!

  • Shannon Paige

    Great list-always helpful and something I think about a lot…!

  • Love the list, super useful! So glad zucchini was on the safe side, my dog goes nuts for them.

    • Thanks, Abby! I love that our pups are so into the healthy treats (mine loves carrots)!

  • Great post! Some friends and I were just talking about what foods are harmful for dogs today. My pup loves carrots. She also goes crazy for peanut butter. It’s probably her favorite food item. :)

    • Thanks, Crystal! Those are my pup’s favorite items too :)

  • Brianna Wronko

    My dog absolutely love cheese, but we’ve had to be careful keeping grapes and nuts from her

    • There are a lot of similar foods on the good/bad list. It’s definitely important to be mindful of what they are!

  • Amanda K

    This is so good to know, thank you! My dogs love cheese!

    Amanda ||

    • I think cheese is the universally loved dog treat :) Mine loves cheese too!

  • Such an informative post, thanks Rachel!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  • This is a great list! There are so many times I question if what we want to give our pup is okay or not

    • Thanks, Ashley! It’s important info for all dog owners to know, for sure!

  • Luna C. Lupus

    Great post! It is so important for people to know this!! Though from what I hear, a whole lot of dogs have a hard time digesting dairy. :/ One of mine will occasionally get cheese as a treat, but I try to keep them dairy free. They do however love fruits and veggies! Haha!

    I run a blog dedicated to dogs, if you ever want to stop by! :) ||

    • Thanks, Luna! I’ve heard a little about the dairy issue, but like any of the “safe” human foods, it should be given in moderation. It’d be bad if they indulged in some of these things as much as we do, haha. Love that you have a dog blog, I’ll definitely be stopping by!

  • tannawings

    Nice post and very informative! I am hearing conflicting info now on avocado. Some places I see a huge no others they are now saying yes. I dont normally give mine any, but its conflicting.
    Our dog does get ‘some’ people food. Nothing highly spiced, and not a whole lot.

    • Thank you! When all else fails, you can definitely consult your vet. I think with avocados it’s mostly the pit that’s a concern/bad for dogs!