As a Pitbull parent, you might wonder which pantry staples are safe to share with your furry friend. Pitbulls, known for their robust health and energetic nature, can indeed enjoy a variety of human foods. But it’s crucial to know which foods are beneficial and which could be harmful.
Pitbulls can enjoy a variety of human foods in moderation. Safe options include lean meats like chicken and turkey, cooked eggs, and fish (bones removed). Fruits such as apples (without seeds), bananas, and blueberries are great, as well as vegetables like carrots, pumpkin, green beans, and some grains.
Adding human food is an excellent healthy way to supplement your Pitbull’s diet. These medium-sized, strong, powerful dogs with broad chests, muscular hindquarters, large square heads, and strong necks need a healthy and nutritious diet.
In this blog, we’ll dive into the do’s and don’ts of human foods for your Pitbull, ensuring your pup gets only the best from your kitchen!
What Human Foods Can Pitbulls Eat?
Many “people foods” are perfectly safe and healthy for Pitbulls to eat. Health benefits include maintaining a strong immune system, joint strength, allergy immunity, fighting cancer, a healthy coat, cleaner teeth, and fresher breath.
When we look at the history of pet food we mustn’t forget that dogs historically ate “people food” long before the invention of dog food. During dog domestication, they shared humans’ leftovers, such as potatoes and meat.
Here is a list of human foods Pitbulls like to eat:
- Bell Peppers
- Brussels Sprouts
- Green beans
- Honeydew Melon
- Kiwi Fruit
- Mushrooms (not wild)
- Nectarines, Peaches & Plums
- Peanut butter
- Potatoes (cooked)
- Rhubarb (stalk)
- Sweet potatoes
- Tomato (ripe)
Pitbulls can eat almonds as they are one of the non-toxic nuts, unlike macadamia or black walnuts. However, almonds pose a few risks because they are an obstruction hazard, as most dogs will not chew them properly and swallow them whole.
They are also high in fat (although good fat) and can cause an upset stomach. A canine diet high in fat can lead to pancreatitis.
Nonetheless, almonds are a nutritious protein food, high in several vitamins and minerals, including vitamins B2 and E, magnesium, phosphorous, manganese, antioxidants, and fiber. They can reduce the risk of heart disease and support gut health.
If you give your Pittie a couple of almonds, do so sparingly. The healthiest option is raw, unsalted almonds, but always in very limited quantities.
Pitbulls can eat apples. They are a good source of fiber, calcium, and vitamins A and C, essential for maintaining healthy bones and tissue. Most dogs like the crunchy texture and the sweet taste of apples, which helps keep their teeth clean and freshens their breath.
Cut the apple into small pieces. Leave the skin on, but don’t feed the seeds or cores.
Pitbulls can eat apricots. They are rich in vitamins A, C, and E, potassium, and beta-carotene, and are high in antioxidants. They are a good source of fiber and are excellent for promoting eye health, protecting against disease and cancer, and boosting skin and coat health.
It is safe to feed the fleshy fruit; however, don’t give the pit, leaves, or stem as they contain cyanide, which can be toxic if consumed in large amounts.
Your Pitbull will relish a few small bites occasionally but don’t overdo it, as apricots are high in fiber and sugar, and too much fiber can lead to a tummy upset.
Dried apricots are generally safe, too. However, ensure they have been de-stoned, and check for added sugar and preservatives.
Pitbulls can eat artichokes. It contains vitamins C, folic acid, magnesium, niacin, fiber, and antioxidants. It is also low in fat, sodium, and cholesterol. Pitbulls can benefit from this vegetable as it defends against illness and protects the immune system.
However, feed your Pittie a tiny portion, cut it into bite-sized chunks, and feed slowly to avoid choking or digestive blockages. You can give it raw, and your bestie will get the maximum nutrients this way.
Pitbulls can eat asparagus. It’s healthy and nutritious for your dog and contains vitamins K, A, B1, B2, C, and E, improving your dog’s health. It also has folate, calcium, phosphorus, iron, manganese, potassium, and antioxidants that help flush out toxins from the bloodstream.
Asparagus is high in fiber, aids digestion, and is low in calories and fat. Ensure to feed cooked asparagus, as the stalks can be tough to chew, but don’t overcook it as it loses many nutrients.
Sometimes, asparagus can make urine smell unpleasant, so it’s something to think about if your Pitbull is not yet fully house-trained.
Pitbulls can eat bananas. They are an excellent snack for your dog and have many health benefits. Bananas are high in potassium, supporting kidney and heart functions, and high in vitamins, biotin, fiber, and copper. Most dogs enjoy them, and they make a motivating treat.
However, bananas are high in sugar, so feed sparingly and don’t feed the peel as it’s hard for your dog to digest. They’re perfect for giving your Pittie a bite or two while on a long hike, as they provide a quick energy boost.
Pitbulls can eat beef, and it is an excellent source of protein to provide the energy they need. Beef also contains essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals to give your dog healthy joints, muscles, skin, and a shiny, healthy coat. Ensure all beef is lean and free from salt and seasoning.
You should cook all the meats you give your Pitbull – unless he is used to consuming a raw diet. A few shredded pieces of beef always go down a treat and can be part of your dog’s nutritious and well-balanced diet.
Pitbulls can eat beets. They are an excellent addition to your dog’s diet and provide many nutrients. Beets contain an abundance of fiber, vitamins, and minerals. They are good for your dog’s digestive and immune systems or if your Pittie is anemic due to their high iron content.
However, as beets are quite acidic, you should feed sparingly. You can give them raw or cooked. Beets are often found in dog food, and my bestie’s food contains a small number of beets. However, don’t give your Pitbull canned beets as they have too much salt.
Pitbulls can eat bell peppers. They are great for your dog’s immune system and are a good source of vitamin A, essential for your dog’s skin, coat, and eyes. They also contain other essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and act as an anti-inflammatory, good for arthritic dogs.
Bell peppers are extremely low in calories and can be given in moderation as an alternative healthy treat. When preparing, remove the seeds and stems to avoid indigestion.
You can feed bell peppers raw. However, your Pitbull may find the skin tough to chew, so it would be better to steam or mash them for easier digestion.
Pitbulls can eat blackberries, and they offer incredible health benefits. Blackberries contain many valuable antioxidants that prevent or slow down damage to cells and strengthen the immune system. They are full of vitamin C and fiber and are low in sugar, making them kind to teeth.
Blackberries are ideal for sharing with your Pittie in the summer. Though some dogs may not quite like their taste, others love them. Frozen blackberries can also be a welcome treat in hot weather and help cool your Pitbull down, keeping him hydrated.
Pitbulls can eat blueberries, and they pack a punch for nutritional value. As a superfood rich in antioxidants, they prevent cell and tissue damage. Blueberries are also a great source of vitamin C, K, and fiber. They lower the risk of heart disease and cancer and are anti-inflammatory.
Blueberries are an excellent snack for your Pitbull to use as training treats or sprinkle on their food. They are low in calories, and at 85% water, they add hydration benefits. They are also lower in sugar than many other fruits, making them kinder to your dog’s teeth.
Pitbulls can eat bread safely if it’s plain white or brown. However, feed bread sparingly as it is high in carbohydrates and calories, low in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and has little nutritional value. Also, ensure your dog isn’t sensitive to wheat.
Warning! Don’t let your Pittie eat uncooked yeast dough if you make bread at home. It can rise in the stomach, causing life-threatening problems, from bloat (GDV) to alcohol toxicosis from the fermented yeast.
Moldy bread can also cause aflatoxicosis in dogs, as highlighted in this study of Rottweilers who had ingested moldy bread. In this unfortunate case, 3 of the 10 dogs affected (from the same household) sadly died.
Pitbulls can eat broccoli, and it is considered one of the safest veggies for dogs. It’s high in fiber, vitamins K and C, folic acid, and minerals. Broccoli is excellent for the immune system, protects against heart disease, and helps maintain healthy skin and bones.
You can feed broccoli cooked or raw, but if you provide the stalks, ensure you cut them into small pieces.
The only drawback is the florets contain a chemical that can cause gastric irritation, resulting in significant gas in some Pitties. Experiment first – as it could be pretty unpleasant for everyone!
Pitbulls can eat Brussels sprouts, and they are surprisingly healthy for dogs. They are loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants and contain vitamin K, which helps the blood clot properly, builds bones, and protects the heart. They are high in fiber, low in calories, and contain no sugar.
If you give them to your Pittie, it’s best to steam or boil them (steaming preserves the most significant nutrients). Don’t give them raw, as they are too hard for your dog to digest. Remember, too, that they create a lot of gas as a cruciferous veggie, so you might have to deal with smelly flatulence.
Pitbulls can eat cabbage. It contains nutrients, especially vitamins B1, B6, C, and K, which fight disease and support the digestive and immune systems. It is rich in fiber and essential minerals such as potassium and manganese and is high in antioxidants that prevent diseases.
Pitties can eat all types of cabbage, including savoy, red, and bok choy. Cabbage has the same gassy warning as broccoli and Brussels sprouts, so I’d feed very sparingly if I were you! Ensure the cabbage is cooked, making it easier to chew and digest.
Pitbulls can eat cantaloupe. It is an excellent superfood of dietary fiber, vitamins, niacin, folate, and potassium. It is also high in antioxidant qualities to promote healthy cell function and help reduce the risk of serious diseases such as cancer and arthritis.
Cantaloupe is low in calories, and as it is high in water content (90%), it makes a nice and refreshing treat for your Pitbull. It is, however, high in natural sugars, so only feed one or two pieces, and remember to remove the seeds and rind.
Pitbulls can eat carrots. They are an excellent snack to feed your dog, either cooked or raw. They are low in fat and contain high amounts of fiber and potassium. They also contain beta-carotene, which produces vitamin A, which is good for healthy eyes, bones, and the immune system.
Either raw or frozen carrots are great to give your puppy while teething. Raw carrots help clean your dog’s teeth, and frozen carrots support dental health by gently scraping the teeth and removing plaque.
Pitbulls can eat cashews as they are one of the safer, nontoxic nuts. They are high in protein, fiber, and heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They contain immune-boosting nutrients such as magnesium and zinc and are high in copper, which is good for bones and joints.
However, there are some guidelines to follow. Only feed as an occasional snack, ensure the cashews are salt-free, and do not feed the chocolate-coated variety. Both chocolate and salt are highly toxic to dogs if ingested in large amounts. You should always supervise your Pitbull when giving nuts, as you would a child.
As cashews are high in fat, save them for an extra special treat, as too much fat can cause an upset stomach and lead to pancreatitis.
Pitbulls can eat cauliflower, which is well known for its nutritional qualities. It’s full of vitamins, minerals, and soluble fiber and is good for your dog’s vision, blood, muscles, and immune system. It may also reduce inflammation and help prevent cancer.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, cauliflower causes a lot of flatulence, so feed sparingly or get your gas mask on! Cook the cauliflower first, as it helps with digestion. I have to admit, I don’t give my dog cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, or cabbage, as I’d rather not suffer the smelly after-effects!
Pitbulls can eat celery. It contains vitamins A, C, and K, folate, potassium, and manganese, and is an excellent fiber source. These first-class nutrients are needed to promote a healthy heart and fight cancer. As celery is low in calories and fat, it is often recommended as a weight-loss treat.
Celery is good for your Pitbull to crunch on and freshen up doggy breath. Its high water content helps to keep your dog hydrated. As an extra special treat, dip the celery in some peanut butter.
Pitbulls can eat cheese. Cheese (including cottage cheese) is a protein-packed treat full of nutrients, including calcium, zinc, phosphorus, vitamins A and B12, and essential fatty acids. However, it is high in calories and fat, so you should only feed in moderation.
Cheese, such as cheddar, Swiss, Monterey Jack, and parmesan, can be used as high-value training treats that your Pittie will love. And, if your dog needs to swallow a pill – conceal it in some cheese!
I love to feed small pieces of cheddar cheese to my dog for a well-deserved treat, but some dogs may be unable to tolerate it due to the lactose, so you will need to see how your dog goes.
Warning! Avoid giving your Pitbull blue-veined cheeses like Stilton or Roquefort, as well as any other mold-ripened cheeses. These contain mycotoxins produced by mold, which are harmful and potentially toxic to dogs.
Pitbulls can eat chicken, and as a high-protein food, it provides your dog with lots of energy. It’s also a great source of Omega-6 fatty acids, which are good for the skin and coat. Chicken also contains glucosamine for healthy bones and contains essential amino acids.
Ensure the chicken is plain and avoid the skin as this is high in fat. Don’t feed raw chicken due to the risk of salmonella – unless your Pittie is used to a raw diet or you buy specially prepared raw food.
Never feed cooked chicken bones, as these are fragile and can break in your Pitbull’s mouth, causing nasty injuries. They can also cause your dog to choke.
Chicken is commonly used in dog foods, and when I add pieces of leftover roast chicken to my dog’s bowl – it certainly doesn’t last long!
Pitbulls can eat coconut, an excellent human food to feed your dog. It contains abundant antioxidants to support the immune system, reduce inflammation, and help prevent viruses. Your dog’s skin and coat will also benefit from coconut oil.
You can try feeding your Pitbull a small piece of raw coconut meat (remove the shell) or dried flakes, but remember, too much may cause an upset stomach, loose stools, or diarrhea.
Pitbulls can eat corn, and it is perfectly safe to eat off the cob. Although starchy, corn can provide your dog with fiber, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and linoleic acid. Corn is, therefore, a good source of energy and provides growth. It maintains a healthy coat and skin and is good for the immune system.
However, as corn is high in carbohydrates, you should only feed a small amount. Also, do not feed the cob as this is a choking risk, and avoid canned corn as it’s usually high in sodium.
Although it’s not the best choice of vegetable for your Pitbull (I’m sure you’ve noticed it tends to pass through the gut pretty much intact), it’s a good choice if your pup needs a quick energy boost during periods of high exercise.
Pitbulls can eat cranberries. They contain vitamin C, fiber, and manganese, have anti-inflammatory properties, and can boost the immune system. Cranberries are good for the heart, help maintain a healthy bladder, and they’re good to give to your dog if he has a water infection.
You can feed cranberries raw, cooked, or dried, but avoid cranberry juice as it contains too much sugar, which can upset your dog’s stomach. Additionally, sugar is not good for the teeth. Also, you might find that your Pitbull doesn’t like the tart taste.
Pitbulls can eat cucumber, and it offers lots of nutritional value. Cucumber contains calcium, magnesium, copper, and potassium and vitamins K, C, and B1. As it is 96% water, it makes your dog a healthy, low-fat, and refreshing treat.
Slice the cucumber or cut it into diced pieces for your Pittie to enjoy this crunchy, hydrating treat. If your dog is overweight, cucumber makes a great alternative to store-bought treats and will help to keep the pounds off.
Pitbulls can eat dates. They make an excellent snack as they are low in fat and contain vitamins A, B6, and C. They also contain fiber and are full of minerals, such as iron and calcium. Dates are good for your dog’s heart and immune system. They are, however, high in sugar, so only feed them sparingly.
Dates are the perfect treat if your Pitbull needs a quick energy boost during intense exercise and are an excellent alternative to store-bought treats. Remove the stone before eating, which can cause choking or gastrointestinal blockage.
Pitbulls can eat eggplant. It’s a good source of fiber, which is vital for healthy digestion. Eggplant contains many vitamins and minerals, including B6, C, K, potassium, calcium, zinc, phosphorus, and magnesium. It can protect your dog from chronic diseases.
Experiment with a small amount of eggplant to see how your Pitbull handles it, as some dogs can be sensitive or allergic to it.
It also contains a small amount of solanine (toxic to dogs in high concentrations) and oxalates, which can be harmful if your Pittie suffers from arthritis or kidney problems.
Before giving eggplant to your Pittie, cook it first, as the raw flavor is not very nice and challenging to digest. It can be grilled, roasted, or baked and fed in small bite-sized chunks. Do NOT feed the leaves as they contain more concentrated amounts of solanine.
Pitbulls can eat eggs, one of the safe, healthy human foods for dogs. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and are loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids. All of these nutrients support your Pitties coat and skin.
It’s best to cook eggs first before feeding as there is a risk of salmonella in raw eggs – although this risk is low, and many owners provide their dog’s raw eggs.
Nonetheless, you can further minimize this risk by using free-range eggs and storing them in a cool, dry place.
Eggs have the perfect balance of nutrients. Notwithstanding the controversy around eggs decades ago, scientists have concluded that their high levels of dietary cholesterol are not associated with heart disease and that saturated fat has a far more significant effect on blood cholesterol levels.
Pitbulls can eat green beans. They are highly nutritious, good for overall health, contain many vital vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, and are low in calories.
Being high in water content, they are hydrating and are the perfect treat for Pitbulls who need to lose weight.
It’s best to cut green beans into small pieces to prevent choking and aid digestion. You can feed them raw or frozen, and they make tasty toppers for your Pittie’s food. You can also give canned green beans to your dog as long as they don’t contain salt or other additives.
Pitbulls can eat honey. Although high in natural sugar, honey provides abundant essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that provide many health benefits, such as reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, supporting bone health, and promoting muscle development.
Raw honey has natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. A recent study on medical-grade honey for antibiotic-resistant infections suggests that it should be considered a treatment for infections combined with antibiotics, although more studies are required.
Too much honey can cause sickness and diarrhea, so I suggest no more than a small teaspoonful either added to their food or let them lick it off the spoon. Be mindful that it is high in natural sugar and therefore unkind to teeth, so you may want to brush your pup’s teeth afterward.
Pitbulls can eat honeydew melon, which offers many benefits, including dietary fiber, vitamins B6, C, K, folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Health benefits include improved digestion, reducing high blood pressure, good eye health, and maintaining healthy bones and skin.
Feed honeydew melon sparingly as it’s high in natural sugar, but it gives your dog a quick energy boost when they need it. Comprising 90% water, it is naturally hydrating and delicious in warm weather.
When giving honeydew to your Pittie, cut it into bite-sized pieces after removing the seeds and rind. You can even freeze melon and serve it as a refreshing treat.
Pitbulls can eat kiwi fruit. Kiwi is loaded with vitamin C and potassium. It is high in fiber, contains vitamins K, E, and calcium, and contains antioxidants. Kiwi provides excellent nutritional benefits, including healthy skin and circulatory system, bone density, and muscle growth.
Although kiwi flesh is safe to eat, the high fiber content may disagree with your Pitbull and cause gastrointestinal issues due to its laxative effect, so feed sparingly.
Remove the skin as it’s difficult to chew and digest. It also guards against choking – and never give your furry friend kiwi fruit whole. Remove the seeds and cut them into small slices.
Pitbulls can eat lettuce. It’s 90% water, and all varieties are safe for dogs to eat. However, due to its high water content, the nutritional value of lettuce is low. Still, it does contain vitamins A, C, and K, beta-carotene, antioxidants, calcium, potassium, folate, and fiber.
Lettuces’ health benefits include supporting metabolism, bones, teeth, and eyes, reducing inflammation, and fighting disease. Its low-calorie content makes it a good snack for overweight dogs.
You must ensure lettuce is washed thoroughly before feeding it to your Pitbull. It’s also better to chop it up than give it a whole leaf, which will be hard to digest. And, of course, no dressings!
Pitbulls can eat mango. This wholesome tropical fruit is an excellent nutritious treat containing vitamins A, B6, C, and E; however, they have a lot of sugar, so you need to consider this before feeding mango to your dog. They are also high in fiber, which most canines aren’t used to, so feed mango sparingly.
Mangos are popular in the summer and are good to give your Pittie as an energizing snack. Although the skin and flesh are pretty safe for your bestie, the skin may be hard to digest.
Mango pits contain traces of toxic cyanide, are a choking hazard, and could cause a blockage in your dog’s digestive system, so avoid it at all costs.
Pitbulls can drink milk in small quantities. Milk contains high amounts of calcium, which is excellent for healthy teeth and bones. It’s also fortified with vitamin D and contains potassium (good for the heart), essential amino acids, nourishing vitamins, minerals, and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
However, as in all dairy foods, there’s a risk your pooch can’t tolerate the lactose (sugar) it contains, which overindulgence can result in an upset stomach and diarrhea.
For most dogs, though, a few tablespoons of either cow’s or goat’s milk are safe, enjoyable foods.
Mushrooms (not wild)
Pitbulls can eat mushrooms, except wild mushrooms. Store-bought mushrooms are perfectly safe for your dog and support liver and kidney function, prevent infections and disease, and boost the immune system.
Mushrooms are rich in proteins, healthy fats, antioxidants (that prevent free radical cell damage), vitamins (folic acid, B, C, and D), and minerals (zinc, potassium, phosphorus, and selenium).
The best mushrooms are organic (free of pesticides). Popular safe varieties include white button mushrooms and Portobello, sold in grocery stores and supermarkets. Feed raw or cooked and without salt or other seasonings.
Nectarines, Peaches, Plums
Pitbulls can eat nectarines, peaches, plums, and persimmons. All these stone fruits are a good source of beta-carotene and vitamin A, which help maintain healthy skin, teeth, and bones. They also contain fiber for healthy digestion and potassium, which is good for heart and kidney disorders.
They are, however, pretty sugary, so take this into account when feeding them to your Pitbull. Nonetheless, they are the perfect energizer while out on a long walk or during excessive play.
Do not feed the pits to avoid poisoning, choking, and possible digestive obstructions.
Pitbulls can eat noodles as they are safe for your dog to digest. Made from flour and eggs, they contain micronutrients such as iron, folate, manganese, and B vitamins.
However, as they are high in carbohydrates, noodles should not become a staple of your Pitbulls’ diet since they should eat mainly protein and fat. Nonetheless, a small serving once in a while won’t harm them – unless they have an allergy to eggs or wheat.
Feed the noodles in tiny portions, and watch for the salt content. Japenese ramen noodles are loaded with sodium or flavored with soy sauce, so you should not feed these to your Pittie.
Pitbulls can eat oatmeal. This staple food is high in fiber, which regulates blood glucose levels, and is loaded with nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It also contains linolic acid that helps to keep your dog’s skin healthy.
Oatmeal is an excellent alternative if your Pittie is sensitive to grains or wheat. But remember, this food is a carbohydrate and is high in calories, so feed it in moderation.
Mix the oatmeal with water instead of milk, as some dogs are allergic to milk, and serve cooked without butter or syrup. Your Pitbull will enjoy one or two spoonfuls added to his food.
Pitbulls can eat olives in moderation, and they are chock full of nutrients, containing many vitamins and minerals essential for good health. Olives are an excellent source of vitamins A, E, and K, calcium, iron, zinc, and potassium, and are good for your dog’s eyes, immune system, and overall health.
Olives are high in natural fats, so feed sparingly. However, some olives can be an excellent healthy snack for your Pitbull.
You will need to remove the pits to prevent choking or digestive blockages. Olive pits also contain toxic compounds, and they could crack your dog’s teeth, which could be very painful for your dog and expensive for you if you have to pay out dental costs.
Oranges (inc. tangerines, clementines & satsumas)
Pitbulls can eat oranges. These citrus fruits are full of nutrients, fiber, and antioxidants. Oranges are loaded with vitamin C, which can benefit your dog’s immune system and flush out toxins. They are excellent for overall health, immune function, and iron absorption.
All oranges and mandarins, e.g., tangerines, clementines, and satsumas, are safe to eat. However, your dog probably won’t quite like the acidic zing of these citrus fruits. If your Pittie does enjoy them, you should only feed them in small amounts due to their acidity and high sugar content.
Only provide the flesh part of oranges as the peel is hard to digest. Also, the seeds, peel, and white pith contain toxic compounds and must not be served. Don’t let your Pitbull have orange juice due to the extra sugar.
My dog turns her head away at the slightest sniff of oranges – she certainly doesn’t care for them due to their sour taste.
Pitbulls can eat parsnips. They are an excellent vegetable for your dog as they contain plenty of potassium, folic acid, and vitamins C and B6. They are good for healthy kidney function, support your dog’s nervous system and metabolism, and contain antioxidants to help fight cancer.
Parsnips are better cooked, but you can give them raw if you chop them into small pieces. Sometimes, I like to mash some cooked parsnip and add it to my dog’s bowl as she enjoys the sweet taste. Ensure you feed sparingly, though, as parsnips are quite starchy (like other root vegetables such as beets, sweet potatoes, and carrots).
Pitbulls can eat pasta as long as it’s cooked and unseasoned. As a high-carbohydrate food, it is excellent for sustained energy. It contains nutrients such as potassium, phosphorus, folic acid, and selenium but generally has minimal dietary value.
Pasta is usually made from simple ingredients such as flour, eggs, and water, so if your Pittie has a wheat or egg allergy, he must avoid pasta.
But since pasta is high in carbohydrates, you should feed your dog in moderation to keep calories down and keep your Pitbull at a healthy weight.
Avoid pasta sauces as they often contain garlic and onions, which are toxic to dogs.
Pitbulls can eat peanuts as they are protein-rich and are one of the nontoxic nuts safe for dogs. They are rich in healthy unsaturated fats and fiber and many vitamins and minerals. However, they are high in fat, and too many peanuts can cause your dog to upset its stomach.
It’s strange, but did you know that peanuts are not actually nuts? Technically speaking, they are legumes (like peas and lentils) growing in pods that mature beneath the ground. However, for nutritional and culinary purposes, peanuts are deemed nuts.
Peanuts are also high in calories, and you must also consider the general choking risks. Although a few unsalted peanuts are okay for your Pitbull, they aren’t something I’ve fed my dog. Only you can decide whether they’re worth the risk.
Pitbulls can eat peanut butter as long as it does not contain xylitol. It is a nutritionally well-rounded treat containing protein, healthy fats, and fiber. It also has various minerals, including iron, magnesium, zinc, and vitamins E and B, and is a good source of folic acid.
Ensure you buy an organic brand with nothing added, and as mentioned, avoid brands that contain the sweetener xylitol, as it can cause xylitol toxicosis. This lucky chihuahua survived acute liver failure after ingesting xylitol.
As peanut butter is a high-value treat, it is ideal during training sessions. However, as it is high in calories and fat, feed sparingly. Nonetheless, it’s perfect for concealing pills and stuffing interactive toys.
Pitbulls can eat pears. They are high in potassium, copper, antioxidants, vitamins A, C, K, and fiber, reduce the risk of strokes, and have anti-cancer properties due to their antioxidants. Vitamin K is known for increasing bone density.
Pears contain a lot of sugar, so feed sparingly, especially if your Pittie needs to lose a few pounds! Before feeding your Pitbull, you must remove the core and seeds to prevent poisoning, choking, and possible digestive blockages.
As pears are a versatile fruit, you can freeze or puree them and add them to your dog’s kibble for added texture and taste.
Pitbulls can eat peas. They are healthy vegetables and contain vitamins A, B, C, and K, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Peas are good for your dog’s eyes, heart, immune system, and skin. As a starchy carbohydrate, they are excellent for boosting energy levels and are gentle on your dog’s digestive system.
Peas are a fine food to add to your Pitties bowl at mealtimes or as training treats. Fresh, steamed, or thawed frozen peas are okay. However, avoid canned peas due to their high salt content and preservatives.
Pitbulls can eat pineapple, a nutritious alternative to packaged treats. Pineapple is full of vitamins C and B6, minerals, and antioxidants and contains fiber that is good for your dog’s digestion. It’s also good for the immune system and has bromelain, which has anti-inflammatory properties.
Frozen pineapple chunks make an excellent treat in warm weather and help keep your pup hydrated, but do not feed canned pineapple due to its high sugar content. This fruit is perfect if your Pittie needs a quick energy boost during high activity.
However, as it’s pretty sugary, only feed pineapple sparingly.
Pitbulls can eat popcorn as long as it is plain and air-popped. It contains B vitamins such as thiamin and niacin, minerals including zinc, copper, potassium, and magnesium, and is high in dietary fiber, which helps digestion. Popcorn is low-calorie and good for improving the skin and coat.
However, you should not give your dog popcorn containing butter, salt, or other toppings. Too much popcorn is not a good thing, and when feeding, check that all kernels have popped, as they could get stuck in your dog’s teeth.
Popcorn has some nutritional value to your Pittie, although it is low. Don’t make it a regular snack, but once in a while, it is okay.
Pitbulls can eat pork if cooked and free from seasonings and spices. This high-protein food contains vitamins and minerals, including iron, phosphorus, zinc, selenium, and thiamine. It contains nine essential amino acids for your dog’s growth and maintenance.
Remove all fat, as too much fat can cause an upset stomach, and prolonged ingestion of high-fat foods can lead to pancreas inflammation.
Avoid cooked pork bones as they are very brittle and can splinter into sharp pieces in your dog’s mouth or down his digestive tract. Pork bones are also a choking risk.
Warning: You shouldn’t feed raw or undercooked pork to your Pittie as it can cause trichinosis, a parasitic disease caused by a roundworm. This disease is also a risk to human health.
Processed pork meats, such as bacon, ham, and sausage, should also not be given to your Pitbull due to their high salt content.
Pitbulls can eat potatoes as long as they are cooked. This starchy vegetable is packed with nutrients and antioxidants and contains many vitamins, minerals, and fiber, including vitamins C, B6, and potassium. They fight disease, aid digestion, and improve blood sugar control.
As a high carbohydrate food, they provide lots of energy but are high in calories, so feed sparingly.
When giving potatoes to your Pittie, you should remove the skin and cook them. Don’t feed raw potato (or if the potato is green on the outside) as it contains solanine, which is a toxic compound; however, the cooking process removes this danger. You can mash, bake, or boil them, but don’t add butter or salt.
Pitbulls can eat pumpkin, including the seeds. It’s loaded with a range of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, potassium, and iron, and contains a high amount of the antioxidant beta-carotene. Pumpkin supports your dog’s digestion and promotes good eye health.
This veggie contains both insoluble and soluble fiber and is suitable if your dog is constipated or has diarrhea. However, it is better served cooked as your dog will have difficulty digesting it raw.
You can mash it and add it as a topping to your Pitbull’s food. As it’s low in calories, it’s also great for overweight dogs – and a good idea is to reduce some kibble and replace it with some pumpkin.
Pitbulls can eat quinoa, which is often used in high-quality dog foods. It packs a punch full of calcium, protein, and other healthy nutrients, including B vitamins, iron, zinc, and vitamin E. These nutrients help support brain function, metabolism, a healthy and shiny coat, and strong bones.
Quinoa’s high nutritional profile makes it an excellent alternative to corn, wheat, or soy, frequently used to make kibble.
If your pup hasn’t tried quinoa, start with a small amount and monitor to see if he digests it well. Cook the quinoa first to aid digestion, and sprinkle on your dog’s food.
Pitbulls can eat raspberries. They are low in sugar and calories and contain fiber, manganese, vitamins C and K, and antioxidants. Raspberries are good for improving your dog’s overall health and boosting the immune system, and with their anti-inflammatory properties, they help joints, making them ideal for older dogs.
The only negative is that raspberries contain a small amount of toxic xylitol in high dosages. However, your grown Pittie would have to eat over 30 cups of raspberries to be in any danger! They do contain a small amount of natural sugar to feed sparingly.
You can freeze raspberries to make a cooling snack in the summer – or feed them as treats, or throw a couple in your Pittie’s bowl at mealtime.
Pitbulls can eat rice, and white rice is perfect if your dog has diarrhea, as it’s easy to digest and helps bind the stools. Rice is an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin D, thiamine, riboflavin, and fiber. It also contains antioxidants that protect against disease.
As rice is a carbohydrate, you should feed it in moderation, but as long as your Pittie maintains a healthy weight, a little rice added to his meal now and again will cause no harm.
Rice is often found in dog foods, but choose brown rice when selecting your food brand, as it is healthier.
Cooked plain white rice (not brown) is often fed to dogs with gastrointestinal issues. White rice is preferred due to the starch and soothes the stomach, whereas brown rice can be harder to digest.
Rhubarb (stalk only)
Pitbulls can eat rhubarb stalks (not the leaves). Rhubarb aids digestion, helps with hydration due to its high water content, and can help to lower cholesterol. It contains vitamins C, A, and K, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, antioxidants, and dietary fiber.
However, rhubarb comes with some caveats. Its tart and sour taste means that it is pretty repugnant to our canine friends, and most Pitbulls will turn their heads away and give you that disapproving look. But if your Pitbull likes the taste, it’s best served cooked, as raw can give him a tummy ache.
Rhubarb leaves can also be poisonous if your Pittie ingests a bunch of them. They can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and irritation of your dog’s mouth. Rhubarb also contains oxalic acid, which can lead to kidney stones and, in extreme cases, can cause kidney failure.
If you grow rhubarb at home, you must keep your doggo away from the rhubarb patch. Although the leaves taste bitter, it’s unlikely your Pitbull will munch through them, but you don’t want to take risks.
Pitbulls can eat rutabaga. Rutabaga is a healthy fibrous vegetable that contains calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A, C, E, K, and folate and is low in calories. It is highly nutritious, well known for its antioxidant qualities, and is an excellent overall disease-fighting veggie.
Your Pitbull can safely eat rutabaga, either raw or cooked; however, your best friend’s digestive system will prefer them baked or mashed. After all, I bet you can’t remember the last time you ate a piece of raw rutabaga!
If you feed rutabaga raw to your Pittie, ensure you cut it into small pieces and thoroughly wash it first to eliminate any traces of pesticides.
Pitbulls can eat salmon. Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which keep your dog’s skin and coat healthy, support his immune system, reduce inflammation, and reduce joint issues in older dogs. It also contains vitamins A, B, and D and minerals, magnesium, zinc, and potassium.
As salmon is high-protein, it is found in many top-quality dog foods, and many Pitbull owners provide salmon oil as a supplement.
Never feed raw or undercooked salmon, as it contains parasites that can cause salmon poisoning. Also, ensure it has no bones, so it’s best to choose a boneless fillet if you give your Pitbull some of this tasty “people food.”
My dog adores salmon. When we have salmon for dinner, she will come to the table, lie down, and patiently wait!
Pitbulls can eat shrimp as long as it’s cooked. It offers a range of nutrients, including vitamins B12 and B3, Omega-3 fatty acids, phosphorus, and antioxidants. Shrimp is excellent for providing energy and maintaining healthy bones. It’s good for the heart and brain and offers overall positive health.
However, as shrimp are high in cholesterol, don’t overfeed and never provide raw shellfish as it contains harmful bacteria. You should remove the shell first, and steamed shrimp is the best for your Pittie compared to fried, breaded, or seasoned.
Pitbulls can eat spinach, and it has lots of nutritional properties to benefit dogs, such as iron, fiber, vitamins A, C, and E, minerals, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. This superfood is also known as a cancer fighter, and it benefits the heart, fights infection, and boosts the immune system.
You might read about spinach causing canine kidney stones (due to the high oxalates). However, your Pitbull would have to eat a lot of spinach for this to happen. Nonetheless, if your Pittie already has kidney problems, you should avoid spinach and talk with your vet first.
Spinach is also very fibrous and can cause stomach upset in some dogs, including terrible flatulence! To minimize this risk, steam the spinach first and feed sparingly.
Pitbulls can eat strawberries. They are full of fiber, vitamin C, and Omega-3 and are good for skin and coat health. They are high in antioxidants that slow the aging process and strengthen the immune system. Strawberries also contain a teeth-whitening enzyme.
Strawberries can help weight management and are a good choice if your Pittie is somewhat heavy. They are sweet, delicious, and refreshing all year round. You can also give them frozen in the hot summer months to help cool your dog down and keep him hydrated.
My dog thinks they’re an excellent treat. She loves strawberries and would eat them all day – if I let her!
Pitbulls can eat sweet potatoes. Cooked sweet potatoes are good for your dog’s overall health and are more nutritious than the white variety. They contain vitamins A, B6, C, and E, minerals, beta-carotene, and antioxidants. They are excellent for growth and vision and are a natural source of fiber.
Many dog food and treat manufacturers add sweet potatoes to their products due to their nutritional value. However, as sweet potatoes are a starchy carbohydrate, they are probably best avoided if your dog is overweight, less active, or diabetic.
You should cook sweet potatoes (and remove the skin) before feeding them to your Pittie. You can bake, mash, or puree them.
Pitbulls can eat squash, and it’s perfectly safe for your dog. It is highly nutritious and contains vitamins A, C, and K, and fiber, magnesium, and potassium. Squash is good for your dog’s overall general health, including eyes, skin, bones, and immune function, and can fight diseases.
Butternut squash is relatively low in sugar and calories, and the fleshy part is easy for dogs to digest. It is better cooked, boiled, or roasted and fed in bite-sized treats. Or you can add a small amount to your pup’s meal.
Avoid giving the skin as it is too hard for your Pitbull to process. Don’t feed the seeds, and avoid adding any seasonings or butter. Add some butternut to their meal or use it as an ingredient if you provide a homemade diet.
Squash belongs to the same family as pumpkin, so if your Pitbull enjoys the taste of pumpkin, he will like the naturally sweet taste of squash, too.
Pitbulls can eat tomatoes as long as they are ripe. Green tomatoes contain toxins. Benefits include healthy digestion due to their fiber. They also contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals such as vitamins A, C, and K, potassium, and folate (vitamin B9), which help with cell function and tissue growth.
Tomatoes also promote healthy bones and muscles, reduce the risk of heart disease, and are good for the eyes, coat, and skin. As with all human foods on this list, feed sparingly as ripe tomatoes are acidy, which can upset your Pitbull’s stomach.
Green tomatoes (including stems and vines) contain solanine – a toxic compound. If consumed in large amounts, solanine can cause tomato poisoning. If you grow tomatoes at home, you must keep your Pittie away!
Pitbulls can eat tuna, and it’s an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which promote good heart and eye health and make your dog’s coat shiny. Tuna also contains healthy vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D, B12, B6, B3, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, selenium, and antioxidants.
You might have heard that dogs should not eat tuna due to its higher levels of mercury compared to other fish. However, as with most human foods you give to your Pittie, moderation is essential, and a small amount of tuna is perfectly safe.
In fact, tuna is contained in some pet foods, but if you doubt the quality, do your due diligence and check with your vet first – especially as this recent study of mercury in pet food found that adulteration is prevalent in some pet food products.
If feeding a small amount of canned tuna, ensure it comes in water with no added salt. My dog will devour a few chunks of tuna scattered over her food – all day!
Pitbulls can eat turkey, one of the main ingredients in pet food. This high-protein food contains vitamins, including vitamin B, thiamine, riboflavin, and phosphorus. It also contains minerals, including zinc, phosphorous, and selenium, to help regulate metabolism.
No wonder this high-energy, protein-rich, nutritious food is a prevalent ingredient in commercial dog foods. Protein is essential for muscle growth and maintenance, and its rich source of vitamins and minerals keeps the body in tip-top shape.
Cooked turkey that you feed your Pittie should be without seasonings such as onion or garlic and do not feed the skin as it’s high in fat. Turkey breast is also healthier than the legs, which contain more fat. Limit processed varieties as they contain too much salt.
Finally, ensure no bones are in the meat, as cooked bones can easily splinter in your Pitbull’s mouth or become a choking hazard.
Pitbulls can eat turnips. Like most veggies, they are rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamins C and B6, folate, magnesium, potassium, and fiber. Turnip supports your dog’s metabolism and nervous system, keeps digestion healthy, has anti-cancer properties, and controls blood sugar levels.
Although turnips are safe to eat for most dogs, they should be avoided if your bestie has a health problem that affects their thyroid, such as hypothyroidism. This is because turnips can suppress thyroid function.
You should cook the turnip first as your pup will enjoy it more, and it will be easier on his stomach, although it’s perfectly safe to feed raw turnips too. Feeding your Pittie too much of this veggie will give him a tummy ache, runny stools, or flatulence.
Pitbulls can eat watermelon, and it’s densely packed with nutrients, such as fiber, vitamins A, B6, and C, antioxidants, potassium, and lycopene. This superfood is excellent for kidney and heart function and boosts the immune system. It also reduces inflammation and has cancer-fighting properties.
Juicy and refreshing watermelon contains 92% water and is the perfect treat for your Pittie. When serving, remove the seeds and the peel and cut them into bite-sized chunks. You can also freeze watermelon to make a cold treat in hot weather, which also helps keep them hydrated.
Pitbulls can eat yogurt as long as it is plain, natural, or Greek-style. Yogurt is high in protein, calcium, and B vitamins. As a probiotic, it’s excellent for your dog’s digestive system. Probiotics help with immune system function, reduce cancer and disease, and aid healthy skin and coat.
As with all dairy foods, some dogs cannot eat yogurt as they are lactose intolerant, so try your Pitbull with a small amount first.
My dog loves an occasional spoonful of yogurt added to her food. Make sure the yogurt doesn’t have xylitol or added sugar and fat, and only feed a tablespoon or two to prevent a tummy upset.
Pitbulls can eat zucchini, and it has many health benefits. Zucchini benefits your dog’s bones, skin, coat, vision, metabolism, and blood clotting. It also supports healthy digestion, helps to maintain blood sugar levels, and is good for the immune system.
The dense nutrients responsible for these health benefits include antioxidants, beta-carotene, fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, B6, and K.
Zucchini also contains minerals such as copper, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, and potassium, making it a nutritious addition to your dog’s diet.
Plain raw, steamed, or cooked zucchini is safe for Pitbulls to eat, and they’ll enjoy its mild flavor. It’s low in calories, and the fiber keeps your pup full for longer. Cut it into small chunks for your doggo to enjoy.
Tips For Feeding a Pitbull Human Food
When feeding your Pitbull human foods, there are a few important safety rules you need to follow:
- Feed all foods in moderation. The general rule is that treats should make up no more than 10% of your Pitbull’s daily calories.
- Introduce different foods gradually. This will avoid any unwanted side effects.
- Cook all meats unless your dog is used to a raw diet. Ensure meat is lean with all fat removed and free of bones, as small bones can easily splinter and cause damage to your Pittie’s mouth or throat, choking, or a digestive blockage.
- Avoid processed meats. Sausage, ham, and bacon contain high amounts of salt or seasoning.
- Don’t feed dairy foods if your dog is lactose intolerant. Your Pitbull may be able to tolerate some dairy foods and not others. E.g. my dog can eat cheese and yogurt, but she cannot handle whipping cream.
- Cook fish as it can contain bacteria. Remove all bones from the fish. Longer living fish species such as mackerel and tuna may contain high amounts of mercury, so feed sparingly.
- Remove seeds or pits from fruit. The pits of stone fruits such as nectarines, peaches, and plums contain traces of toxic cyanide, and they are a choking hazard.
- Cook vegetables first. Pitbulls will find cooked veggies easier to digest. However, you can feed some raw such as carrots and green beans.
Foods Pitbulls Can’t Eat
Canine poisoning episodes are usually due to a lack of knowledge by the owner. So, while we learn what foods your Pitbull can eat, we should also look at what foods are toxic to dogs.
Below is a list of foods your Pitbull can’t eat due to their toxicity. Some of the poisonings could result in severe illness or even the death of your dog. This depends on the amount consumed and the level of toxicity.
- Bread dough
- Caffeine (coffee, tea, etc.)
- Chocolate and cocoa
- Citrus fruits
- Grapes (and raisins)
- Ice Cream
- Macadamia Nuts
- Mushrooms (wild)
- Onions, Shallots, Leeks, and Chives
- Potato (raw or green)
- Rhubarb leaves
- Salty foods
- Star fruit
- Tomatoes (green)
- Walnuts (black)
The above list covers the main foods that you Pitbull can’t eat. However, you can also check out the Pet Poison Helpline, which includes plants, medicines, and household items toxic to dogs.
If you suspect your Pittie has consumed something toxic, consult your veterinarian immediately, as timing can mean life or death in severe cases of poisoning. The sooner any toxicity is treated, the higher the chance your dog has of a full recovery.
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