Safe Food for Dogs

human dog food ok to eat
human dog food ok to eat

We spoke about what your dogs can’t eat, let’s talk about what your dogs can eat. There are a lot of great foods out there that are yummy and healthy for your dog to eat.

  • lean meat (no skin and excess fat removed)
  • eggs
  • bananas
  • apple slices
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • watermelon
  • cantaloupe
  • cranberries
  • mangoes
  • oranges
  • peaches
  • pears
  • pineapples
  • raspberries
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • carrots
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • green beans
  • peas
  • potatoes (only if cooked)
  • spinach
  • sweet potatoes
  • White rice (cooked)

Typically it is a good idea to remove seeds from any fruits, and stay away from canned or pickled vegetables, though frozen is ok.

Ask Your Vet

If you are not sure if it is ok to feed it to your dog, call our local Albuquerque veterinarians and ask. We are happy to go over your dog’s dietary and nutrition needs. If your dog starts showing symptoms such as upset stomach, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, it is a good idea to call your vet. It is always better to be caustious becuase waiting too long, if your dog has toxic food poisoning, could be deadly.

Can’t Reach Your Vet?

If you can’t reach your vet you can alwayscall the animal poison hotline at 888-232-8870. You can also try the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.

Never induce vomiting without the supervision of a veterinarian. This can cause more damage. Always consult with your vet before you try any veterinary interventions.

What NOT to Feed Your Dog

albuquerque toxic dog food
albuquerque toxic dog food

Your dog will have varying dietary needs throughout their life, but what you shouldn’t fill your dog will not change. From puppyhood to geriatric, you should consult with your Albuquerque veterinarian to make sure you are meeting your dog’s needs. You will want to make sure you are giving them quality dog food, or making your own with these great homemade dog food recipes.

Here is a list of food you cannot feed your dog

Food people can eat but your dog cannot, it can make them simply have an upset stomach, or cause full toxicity leading to death. Below the list is a great infographic that you can print out, that will help you remember which foods are not ok to feed to your dog.

  1. Alcohol
  2. Apple Seeds
  3. Avocado
  4. Candy, Chewing Gum, Toothpaste & Mouthwash
  5. Cat Food
  6. Chocolate
  7. Coffee, Tea & Other Caffeine
  8. Cooked Bones
  9. Corn On The Cob
  10. Fat Trimmings
  11. Garlic
  12. Grapes & Raisins
  13. Hops
  14. Human Vitamins
  15. Liver
  16. Macadamia Nuts
  17. Marijuana
  18. Milk & Dairy Products
  19. Onions & Chives
  20. Peppers
  21. Persimmon, Peaches & Plum Pits
  22. Raw Meat & Fish (though there is a debate on this if you are considering a raw food diet for your dog)
  23. Rhubarb & Tomato Leaves
  24. Salt
  25. Sugar
  26. Tobacco
  27. Xylitol
  28. Yeast
Foods That Are Toxic For Dogs


Don’t forget that just because your dog wants it or likes it, does not mean it is safe or ok to feed them. Most dogs will eat almost anything. It is up to you to keep them safe and keep toxic food away from them.

If you think your dog has eaten anything toxic, please call your Albuquerque vet immediately.

Pet Friendly Travel in New Mexico

Travel with your dog vetco
Travel with your dog vetco

Albuquerque has been voted as one of the friendliest places for dogs. For those of us that live here, we are pretty accustomed to seeing dogs everywhere. But what if you want to travel with your dog, where can you go? wrote a great article showing pet friendly places to go in New Mexico, from hotels to restaurants, and parks. We even have pet specific events that you can join in!

If you travel with your dog, you need to be prepared. Your dog must be up to date on all their vaccines. Kennel cough is particularly important. When you travel, some places will not let you bring your dog in if you cannot prove that they have had their Bordatella vaccine. This is a vaccine you cannot get the day before you leave either, you need to get it 7 to 10 days in advance of your trip.

Your dog should have their microchip implanted and up to date. Nothing ruins a vacation like your pet getting away. But if they do get away, you want to make sure they can be returned to you and a microchip will make that a lot more likely.

It is a good idea to give them a Frontline flea and tick treatment before traveling. Even if your dog doesn’t have fleas, it doesn’t mean they won’t pick them up along the way. The same goes for Heartworm. Go pick up your monthly does of Heartgard and make sure they are up do date before leaving.

We also recommend some creature comforts to help quell anxiety. Even the most travelled pet can experience anxiety. Lavender on their collar is a great anti-anxiety remedy. Rescue Remedy is a wonderful naturopathic additive you can add to their water or food, to help deal with anxiety. Bring their favorite toy, and a blanket or bed that smells like them. This way they have something, besides you, that is familiar.

Make sure to keep your pet on leash, and don’t let them run around unless in a designated area. Keep a water bowl with you so you can give your pup a drink any time they need it.