What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Hidden Dangers!


Who can resist giving their Labrador a tasty treat from their dinner plate? But is “human food” safe for your dog, or could it be harmful? Whether you are a new or an experienced Labrador owner, it’s important to know what foods they can and can’t eat. So, what foods are poisonous to Labradors?

The most common foods poisonous to Labradors are chocolate, macadamia nuts, onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, alcoholic beverages, and products sweetened with xylitol. Some less well-known foods are also toxic to dogs, such as raw potatoes, yeast dough, green tomatoes, and moldy food.

In this article, I’ll share the main foods poisonous to Labrador Retrievers, including the grave risks they can cause your dog. Some toxic foods are not so obvious, which I refer to as hidden dangers!

I’ll also cover what to do if your Labrador accidentally ate something toxic. This is important as the sooner your Lab is treated, the better chance of recovery he has. We’ll also take a look at some of the human foods your dog can eat, especially as we all enjoy giving our pets an occasional treat.

Finally, I have a bonus feature for you – a short interview with a licensed veterinarian on food toxins.

Grapes covered in chocolate. What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors?

For the complete guide to what foods are poisonous to Labradors, read on!

What Foods Can Labradors Not Eat?

Research over the past decade shows that most dog owners unintentionally feed poisonous foods due to a lack of knowledge. A Frontiers in Veterinary Science report highlighted dogs being exposed to harmful foodstuffs commonly present in the home.

Therefore, if this article helps to save just one Labrador, I will be more than happy.

But first, here’s a cool video on 9 foods that are toxic to dogs. It’s a great place to start before learning about the many other foods that your Labrador shouldn’t eat:

So, let’s now dive into my list of 25 poisonous foods that your Labrador can’t eat. This is a serious topic as some of the poisonings could result in the death of your dog, even after eating just a small amount.

Alcohol

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Alcohol

Alcohol has a similar effect on Labradors that it has on humans in that it affects the liver and brain, however, the slightest amount of alcohol can be deadly for your Lab.

Mild alcohol poisoning can cause a dangerous drop in blood sugar, vomiting, diarrhea, lack of muscle coordination, and poor breathing. Serious cases involve seizures, respiratory failure, and ultimately death which can occur as soon as 12 to 24 hours after drinking.

Although I can’t imagine someone giving their Labrador a swig of beer or a gin and tonic, some dogs will try to drink alcoholic drinks straight out of the glass or may lap them off the floor if they are accidentally spilled.

Also, don’t forget the “hidden places” where alcohol is lurking, e.g unbaked yeast bread dough and some desserts.

Alcohol also exists in things you wouldn’t realize such as mouthwash, perfume, and cleaning products. Oh, and don’t forget about hand sanitizer! Remember to keep food and products containing alcohol out of reach.

If you grow fruit at home, such as apples, be careful once the fruit has fallen from the tree and starts to decompose as it produces ethanol (alcohol). There was a case of ethanol intoxication from the ingestion of massive rotten apples by a dog who sadly died 48 hours later. Never leave your Labrador Retriever unsupervised where they can have free access to fruit.

Avocado

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Avocado

Avocado is a toxic food for your Labrador. The skin, leaves, pit, and bark of avocados are all dangerous as they contain a toxin called persin which can affect your dog’s lungs and chest due to a build-up of fluid.

The fleshy part of the fruit doesn’t have as much persin as the rest of the plant, but it is still poisonous for your dog to eat.

Should your Labrador eat a large number of avocado, signs of poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal discomfort, and difficulty breathing. Severe cases can cause oxygen deprivation and can eventually lead to death.

The high-fat content of this fruit can also lead to pancreatitis and the avocado pit is a choking hazard. If you grow avocados at home, remember to keep your dog away from the plants.

Black Walnuts

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Black Walnuts

Black walnuts are native to the Northeastern U.S. and Canada. Labradors should not eat them as they contain an unknown toxin.

Another danger to be aware of is if old walnuts have been lying on the ground and turned moldy, then the mold becomes an additional poison and you have double trouble ahead.

Symptoms include vomiting, restlessness, panting, fever, and lack of coordination. Serious cases of walnut poisoning can result in seizures, tremors, liver failure, and the death of your dog.

Although some nuts are okay for Labradors to eat in that they aren’t poisonous, such as cashews or almonds, they must be given in moderation due to their high-fat content. Nuts can easily cause a stomach upset in dogs and feeding your dog foods high in fat content can also lead to pancreatitis or obesity.

I’d rather leave all nuts on my “unsafe list of foods for Labs” as they are also a choking hazard.

Blue Cheese

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Blue Cheese

Blue cheeses, such as blue stilton and Roquefort, are dangerous for dogs. They contain a substance called roquefortine C which dogs are especially sensitive to. If eaten in large doses, the mold may cause vomiting and diarrhea, high temperature, tremors, twitching, and seizures.

However, other cheese such as mild cheddar is safe for dogs to eat, but like other dairy products, some Labradors may find it difficult to break down. This is known as lactose intolerance.

All dairy products contain different amounts of lactose and so, whether your Lab can enjoy small pieces of safe cheese, comes down to the individual dog. Remember too, that foods high in fat can cause a stomach upset.

As an example, my dog enjoys small pieces of cheddar as a treat, an occasional lick of milk, and plain or Greek yogurt added to her food as a topping, however, she cannot tolerate even a lick of heavy cream, as this makes her sick.

Be wary if your dog is the scavenger type and tries to get in the trash in case there’s any old festering blue cheese!

Caffeine (Tea, Coffee, etc.)

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Caffeine (Tea, Coffee)

Caffeine consumption in dogs is a serious concern and can be fatal in severe cases. It overstimulates their nervous system and causes a fast heartbeat leading to death. Other symptoms include excessive thirst, vomiting, agitation, and incontinence. Several deaths of dogs have occurred due to a caffeine overdose.

Keep your Lab away from coffee, tea, cocoa, chocolate, colas, and energy drinks. Caffeine can also be found in some supplements, cold medicines, and pain killers. This report details the sad case of a Yorkshire Terrier that died due to ingesting an over-the-counter caffeine supplement.

Cherries

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Cherries

Cherry pits, stems, and leaves all contain cyanide which is toxic to dogs. Although the flesh of the cherry is safe, it can cause your Labrador to have an upset stomach so they are best avoided. In any case, the pit is a choking hazard and if swallowed can cause a digestive blockage.

When eaten in large amounts, cyanide poisoning prevents your dog from getting enough oxygen. Signs and symptoms are dilated pupils, bright red gums, and breathing difficulties. Shock and death can occur in critical cases. Call your vet immediately as you may be advised to induce vomiting.

Chocolate and Cocoa

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Chocolate

Many Labrador owners may think that it’s okay to feed their dog a small piece of chocolate, however, this is not the case as all chocolate is poisonous to dogs. The problem in chocolate is the toxic components of theobromine and caffeine that dogs can’t metabolize.

The most toxic types are dark and unsweetened baking chocolate – the darker it gets the more poisonous due to the more concentrated amount of cacao solids.

Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. It can also cause heart problems, tremors, seizures, and can lead to death depending on the amount consumed, its potency, and the size of the dog. Beware of other chocolate products that contain other toxins such as macadamia nuts, raisins, or xylitol.

Garlic

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Garlic

While garlic can be okay for Labradors in tiny amounts, large amounts can be risky, however, your dog would need to eat quite a lot to get very sick and fatalities are rare.

Garlic belongs to the Allium family and is related to onions, leeks, and chives which are all poisonous to dogs, however, garlic is five times stronger.

Eating a large amount of garlic will damage your Lab’s red blood cells making them likely to rupture. This leads to anemia and symptoms of rapid breathing, lethargy, weakness, and jaundice. Garlic poisoning also causes severe stomach upset and your dog may experience vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, stomach pain, and loss of appetite.

Also, be aware that signs of garlic poisoning can be delayed and may not be apparent until several days later. Some dogs are more sensitive than others.

Avoid feeding your dog “people” foods that have been seasoned with garlic such as garlic bread and bolognese sauce.

Grapes and Raisins

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Grapes and Raisins

Grapes are extremely dangerous food to Labrador Retrievers. This also includes other dried variants like raisins, sultanas, and currants.

Even a small amount of grapes or raisins can cause rapid kidney failure in dogs. Scientists have not discovered the source of the toxicity and the exact dosage is unknown, however, some dogs have died from just a handful of raisins whereas others have survived after eating a much larger amount.

Vomiting within 24 hours of ingestion is typical. Look out for excessive thirst and very little pee. Diarrhea, lethargy, and abdominal pain may also occur.

Beware of any foods containing grape extracts, such as grape juice, breakfast cereals, trail mix, raisin cereal, raisin bread, and baked foods like raisin cookies or scones. These are all potential sources of poison to your Labrador.

Hops (Home Beer Brewing)

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Hops

Hops are the cone-shaped flowers of the hop plant and are used in the process of brewing beer. They are used as a flavoring in beer and as a stabilizer.

If you are a home-brew hobbyist then you must keep hops out of the reach of your Labrador, whether you use dried flowers or pellets.

The toxic element of the plant is still unknown. Signs and symptoms to look out for if you suspect your dog has eaten hops are malignant hyperthermia (which can be life-threatening), a fast heartbeat, panting, vomiting, and stomach pain. In severe cases, death can occur within a few hours.

Breeds predisposed to malignant hyperthermia such as the Labrador Retriever may be more prone to the toxicity.

Horse Chestnuts (Conkers)

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Horse Chestnuts (Conkers)

Dogs cannot eat horse chestnuts (also known as conkers) as they contain a poison called aesculin which is found in all parts of the tree, including the leaves.

The horse chestnut tree is widely found in the UK and mild regions of Europe, North America, and Asia. Ripened conkers fall to the ground in late summer and autumn and they are not to be confused with the unrelated edible sweet American chestnut.

Although conkers are toxic to Labradors, they would have to eat several to suffer from any serious poisoning. In low doses, they cause a severe stomach upset, and in higher doses, they can affect the dog’s central nervous system.

Nevertheless, if you think your Labrador may have eaten some conkers, symptoms to be aware of are severe vomiting and diarrhea, drooling, increased thirst, restlessness, and convulsions. Symptoms can occur as soon as one hour after ingesting or may even be delayed for up to two days.

Macadamia Nuts

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts (also known as Australian nuts) are unsafe for Labradors to eat. The cause of the toxicity remains unknown but just a handful of raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make your dog quite sick.

Signs and symptoms usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion.

Although there haven’t been any reported deaths from macadamia nut poisoning in dogs, serious cases have resulted in veterinary care and if you suspect your Lab has eaten some, you must take him to the vet as a precaution. Vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, hyperthermia, and tremors are all common symptoms.

Beware of other foods that may contain macadamia nuts, such as baked goods, cookies, trail mix, and muffins.

Moldy Food

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Moldy food.

Moldy foodstuffs such as bread, cheese, fruit, and other decaying produce can cause problems for your Labrador Retriever.

Food mold is a fungus that grows on aged food and if eaten can make your dog very ill. The poisonous substances are known as mycotoxins. Symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, incoordination, tremors, high temperature, seizures, and death can occur in acute cases.

The main dangers to be aware of is if your Lab eats garbage outside such as moldy fruit or nuts, or gets into a compost heap, or manages to get into the household trash.

Mushrooms (Wild)

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Wild Mushrooms

Labradors should not eat wild mushrooms as they can be toxic.

There are thousands of wild mushroom species and whilst only a small number are known to be poisonous, should your dog eat a toxic one, it could make him extremely ill. Serious cases of mushroom poisoning can prove fatal.

Symptoms of mushroom poisoning in dogs depend on the species eaten. Look out for vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, lethargy, and weakness. Coma, liver failure, and eventual death can occur.

Some mushroom toxins will affect your Lab within 15-30 minutes while others will not produce signs for up to 24 hours. If you can, take a sample of the mushroom to the vets which can help decide the best treatment depending on the poison.

Although a small amount of washed white mushrooms from the store are generally safe, such as the white button or Portobello varieties, I’d rather not take the risk so I don’t feed mushrooms to my dog!

Nutmeg

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Nutmeg

Nutmeg is a popular spice used to flavor various sweet and savory dishes. Although it contains a toxin called myristicin, your Labrador would need to consume a very large amount of nutmeg to suffer serious effects. Nevertheless, I thought it would be wise to include it here, just in case your dog happens to find his way into a jar of ground nutmeg!

Mild stomach upset could occur if your Lab were to eat a small amount and if a very large amount of nutmeg were consumed, myristicin toxicity can cause symptoms such as dry mouth, abdominal pain, disorientation, fast heartbeat, high blood pressure, and seizures.

Nutmeg is also hallucinogenic, so eating a large amount of it could be a scary experience for your dog!

Onions, Shallots, Leeks, and Chives

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Onion, Shallots, Leek, Chives

Labradors should never eat onions, shallots, leeks, and chives as they are poisonous to dogs if consumed in large amounts. These foods belong to the Allium family (like garlic) and are popular kitchen staples used to season many dishes.

Eating onions (and other Allium foods) can cause your Lab to suffer from anemia due to ruptured red blood cells. In serious cases, an increased heart rate, and often death can occur. Veterinarians may need to perform a blood transfusion to try to save your dog.

Milder symptoms to look out for include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and gastroenteritis. These foods inflame the GI tract (starting with the mouth) causing excessive drooling. Symptoms of the poisoning may have a delayed onset which you need to be aware of.

Don’t be tempted to give your dog leftover bolognese as this is usually loaded with onions and garlic!

Potato (Raw or Green)

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Raw Potatoes

Raw or green potato is toxic to your dog, although a large quantity would need to be eaten to cause serious problems.

White potatoes belong to the nightshade family of vegetables which contain a compound called solanine that is poisonous to some dogs. (Green tomatoes are also in this group). The solanine is produced as a natural defense to deter insects.

If your Lab consumes a large amount of solanine, his nervous system may become affected and will not function correctly. Symptoms of potato poisoning are vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, confusion, and a slow heart rate. 

It is okay to feed your Labrador a small amount of cooked potato as cooking drastically reduces the levels of solanine. Make sure the potatoes are baked, mashed, or boiled, and don’t add butter or salt. If you have a vegetable garden, remember to keep your dog away!

Rhubarb Leaves

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Rhubarb Leaves

Rhubarb leaves are poisonous to Labradors as they contain soluble oxalate crystals, however, an extremely large quantity would have to be consumed to cause the poisoning. However, the stalk of the rhubarb plant is safe for your Labrador in small quantities and can be good if he has constipation. 

When the soluble oxalate salts from the rhubarb leaves are absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract, they bind with the body’s calcium, causing a sudden drop in calcium. Symptoms of this type of poisoning in dogs include changes in thirst, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, tremors, and bloody urine. Renal failure can occur in extreme cases.

You must be careful if you grow rhubarb at home and ensure your Labrador is always supervised. 

Salt

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Salt

Don’t share salty table scraps with your Labrador as eating too much salt can not only make your dog seriously thirsty or dehydrated, but it can also lead to sodium poisoning.

Too much salt intake in dogs results in vomiting within several hours of ingestion. Symptoms can progress to weakness, diarrhea, muscle tremors, and seizures.

Excessive thirst or urination may occur and potential damage can be caused to the kidneys. Salt poisoning is a concern as it can cause death in serious cases if not caught in time. Just 4 grams of salt is toxic to dogs and this is roughly 3/4 of a teaspoon.

Don’t be tempted to feed your Labrador snacks such as salty popcorn, chips, or pretzels, but instead opt for healthy dog treats. As salt poisoning is often directly related to dehydration make sure your dog has access to fresh water at all times.

Your dog’s water bowl should be changed every few hours or you can get a dog water fountain such as the Petsafe Drinkwell from Amazon. I like this one as it’s specifically for medium to large breeds and you can customize the water flow to suit your dog.

Tomato (Green)

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Green Tomato

Green tomatoes should be avoided as they are a dangerous food to Labradors if consumed in large quantities.

While the ripened red fruit of the tomato is generally considered safe for dogs, the green parts of the plant (stems and vines), as well as unripened tomatoes should not be eaten.

Green tomatoes contain a toxic substance called solanine (also found in raw or green potatoes) which can cause severe stomach upset, muscle weakness, tremors, heart problems, difficulty breathing, and possibly seizures.

If you weren’t aware of this one, like me, make sure you keep your Lab out of your greenhouse from now on! If you grow tomato plants in your garden, be sure to fence it off preventing your dog access.

Xylitol (Sweet Candies, Toothpaste)

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Xylitol

You’d have to be pretty crazy to want to feed your dog candies but a noticeable trend in poisonings has emerged over the past few years due to the increasing popularity of xylitol in several products that many people are unaware of.

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol mainly used as an artificial sweetener that is not safe for your Labrador.

It is found hidden in sweet candies, mints, chewing gum, bread, jams, cookies, other baked goods, and diet foods. It’s even found in toothpaste; another “hidden danger” you might not have known about!

Don’t let your Lab lick your fingers after you’ve cleaned your teeth and always use special dog toothpaste.

If enough xylitol is consumed it can cause life-threatening low blood sugar and leads to acute liver failure. Symptoms can occur within 30 minutes of ingestion and include vomiting, lethargy, coordination problems, seizures, and even coma.

Although Labradors can eat peanut butter, be aware that some brands contain xylitol and so always check the label first or buy an organic brand.

I like Spread The Love NAKED Organic Peanut Butter from Amazon as it contains no added salt, sugar, or palm oil and is made with one ingredient – peanuts!

Yeast Dough

What Foods are Poisonous to Labradors? Yeast Dough

When yeast dough ferments, it produces alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning and ultimately the death of your Labrador.

In addition to this, raw bread dough needs to rise and if your Lab eats it, his stomach will act as an oven causing the yeast dough to rise. The dough then swells inside, and as it expands, it causes a bowel obstruction or a bloated stomach which causes immense pain, especially if the stomach twists.

This then becomes a life-threatening emergency requiring abdominal surgery. Obvious signs are a distended abdomen and your lab may also suffer from difficulty breathing, retching, weakness, collapse, and shock. 

What to Do if Your Labrador Ate Something Toxic

No matter how careful you are, your Labrador Retriever might find and ingest something dangerous. If you suspect your dog may have eaten something toxic, you must take emergency action by contacting your veterinarian for advice.

Two other helpful resources are also available 24-hours a day. These are the Animal Poison Control Center(ASPCA) and Pet Poison Helpline. 

A consultation fee may apply but the sooner your Labrador’s poisoning is diagnosed and treated, the better chance of recovery he will have.

“The prognosis is always better when a toxicity is reported immediately. It’s always less expensive, and safer for your pet for you to call immediately.”

Pet Poison Helpline

These are the emergency instructions to follow if your Labrador ate something toxic, courtesy of Pet Poison Helpline:

  • Remove your dog from the area, and make sure no other pets are exposed. Safely remove any remaining toxic food from their reach.
  • Check to make sure your dog is breathing normally and acting okay otherwise.
  • Collect a sample of the foodstuff and packaging as you may need the information when you talk to your veterinarian or a Pet Poison Helpline expert.
  • Don’t give your dog any food or milk or any other home remedies! Also, never induce vomiting or give hydrogen peroxide to your dog without talking to your vet or Pet Poison Helpline first.
  • Get help. Make sure you have your vet’s phone number, along with an emergency vet and the Pet Poison Helpline phone number (855-764-7661) in your cell phone.

A Vet’s Perspective

I was lucky enough to interview licensed veterinarian TB Thompson, DVM from Natural Pets HQ on food toxins. It’s great to get a vet’s perspective on such an important topic, and she gives some great tips to keep your dog safe:

Q. From your experience, what is the most common food involved in accidental ingestion in dogs that causes poisoning that you see in your practice?

A. “The most common toxic food ingestions I see are chocolate and grapes/raisins. It’s often the case that a dog has eaten something containing those ingredients, like cookies or muffins.” 

Q. Xylitol appears to be in so many products these days. Have you witnessed any cases of xylitol poisoning?

A. “I’ve seen a few cases of xylitol toxicity. One I remember was a dog presented to the emergency clinic after having eaten some sort of diet food with xylitol in it. He was brought in because he had a seizure at home. We found his blood sugar was very low. He ended up recovering well after being treated for a few days in the hospital.” 

Q. Many people will try to make their dog sick if they’ve eaten something they shouldn’t, but what should they really do?

A. “Sometimes inducing vomiting can make things worse. The best thing to do if you think your dog has ingested something toxic is to call an animal poison control center immediately. In the US, we have two great resources in the ASPCA Poison Control Center and Pet Poison Helpline. These people are amazing! Tell the veterinarian at the poison control center what your dog ingested and how much he got. They will give you specific instructions on what to do next.” 

Q. What have you found to be the most prevalent reason for dogs ingesting toxic foodstuffs? Is it down to a lack of knowledge by the owner, or the dog getting into places he shouldn’t, such as handbags, cupboards, or the garbage?

A. “Most of the time, dogs get into food that has been left out on a table or other accessible area. Occasionally we have to do some sleuthing to figure out what made a dog sick when their owners aren’t aware that a particular food is toxic to dogs.” 

Q. What is your best tip to poison proof a home?

A. “Keep all food in a high cabinet or another place your dog cannot access. Use child-proof cabinet locks if your dog is very crafty. Always look around before you leave home to make sure you haven’t left anything on the counter or table that your dog might like to eat.

Keep your garbage containers in a locked cabinet or pantry. Don’t ever assume your well-behaved dog won’t try to get at food, personal hygiene products, or medications when you’re not around! Another option is to crate your dog when you’re not home.” 

What Human Foods Can Labradors Eat?

Although I make sure my dog has a healthy, well-balanced diet, I like to give her some human food either as treats or as a topping in her food bowl to change things up for her. So, what human foods can Labradors eat?

Labradors can eat a variety of human foods as long as they are given sparingly and they don’t have any allergies or sensitivities. These include proteins such as lean meats and fish, some fruits and vegetables, dairy foods, and plain cooked rice and pasta.

The general rule of thumb is that treats should not make up more than 10% of your Labrador’s daily calories. Make sure the foods you give your dog are safe, cooked, lean, and plain, with no salt or seasoning.

What Human Foods Can Labradors Eat? A Labrador sitting next to Pumpkin

Below is a brief synopsis of the foodstuffs that are safe for your dog to eat, however, I have a more comprehensive article on the best diet for Labradors, including nutrition, types, and exactly what they can and can’t eat.

Lean Meats

Labradors can eat lean cuts of cooked meat as long as all the visible fat is removed. My dog enjoys chicken, turkey, pork, beef, and lamb. Avoid processed meats like bacon, sausage, and ham due to their high levels of salt or seasoning.

Make sure that there are no bones in the meat before you feed it to your dog as cooked bones are dangerous. They can easily splinter into shards that can cause choking and serious damage to your dog’s GI tract. If you like to give your Lab a bone make sure it is raw and larger than his muzzle, such as a large beef shank bone.

Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Slices of apples or bananas make tasty treats for your dog. Berries such as strawberries and raspberries are also fine and you can even freeze them in summer to help keep them cool.

You can also feed your Lab apricot, nectarines, peaches, and plums but you must take out any seeds or pits as these contain cyanide and can cause poisoning if eaten in large amounts.

It’s also okay to let your Labrador eat vegetables such as carrots, green beans, peas, sweet potatoes, or pumpkin. Most vegetables should be cooked as your dog will find them easier to digest, although raw carrots and green beans are fine.

Vegetables are a healthier option than fruits due to their lower sugar content. To discover exactly what vegetables Labradors can eat, check out this article.

But if fruits are more your thing, check out this article, 29 Fruits Labradors Can Eat: And 5 They Can’t!

Cooked Rice and Pasta

Dogs can eat cooked plain rice and cooked pasta. Cooked, plain white rice can be a good option if your Lab has an upset stomach as it is easy to digest and quick to prepare. Rice is often found in dog food and my dog’s food contains 29% brown whole grain rice which is a healthier variety.

Pasta must not contain any sauces as they often contain garlic and onions which they can’t eat and dogs with a wheat allergy or a sensitivity to grains or eggs shouldn’t eat pasta. 

Dairy Products

Dairy products, such as cheese, milk, or plain yogurt are generally safe for Labradors as long as they are fed in very small quantities. Eating too much dairy can cause diarrhea or vomiting in some dogs if they are lactose intolerant as they are unable to break down the sugars in these foods.

Fish

Fish is a healthy source of protein and is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are good for your dog’s immune system, coat, and skin.

Dogs can eat fish as long as it’s fully cooked and without any added oils or seasonings. Make sure it doesn’t contain any bones. You shouldn’t feed raw fish due to the risk of bacteria such as salmonella.

As a special treat for my dog, I like to give her fresh salmon which she adores. There have been some concerns about longer living species of fish such as tuna and mackerel containing higher levels of mercury, so if you choose these types, only occasionally feed a small amount.

Final Thoughts

When your Lab stares at you with those longingly sad eyes hoping for a quick bite of your food don’t be tempted to give him some unless you are 100% sure it is safe.

Should your dog accidentally eat something toxic, don’t worry though, as he would have to eat a large quantity of most of the poisonous foods in this article. However, it’s important to be aware of them all as one or two can have fatal consequences after consuming just a very small amount, such as grapes.

If you do suspect your dog has eaten something he shouldn’t, follow the above advice on what to do and take immediate action. The prognosis is always better when a toxicity is reported straight away, so don’t wait to see if your Lab becomes unwell before seeking help.

Finally, it’s wise to get advice from your vet if you’re in any doubt about whether a particular food is okay for your dog to eat, especially if he has any medical conditions, allergies, sensitivities, or is overweight. I take no responsibility should you decide to give your dog a raisin muffin, some candies, or a gulp of beer!

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Sharon Waddington

I am the owner of World of Dogz. I have a 5-year-old female German Shepherd named "Willow" and I've worked with dogs for almost 30 years. I love spending time with my dog and I enjoy sharing my knowledge and expertise of all things dogs on this site!

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