Wondering what human food dogs can eat, and which foods you shouldn’t feed your Yorkshire Terrier?
In general, even in the case of human food dogs can eat, it’s best to limit your Yorkie’s primary diet to kibble or another dog food.
But if you want to treat your Yorkshire Terrier, there are some “people foods” that make special snacks for your Yorkie.
Let’s start with a list of human foods dogs can eat that make great snacks or rewards.
The Best Foods to Use as Treats
1. Cucumber & Carrots
These low-calorie options are fantastic treats for your Yorkie. If you’re working on training your Yorkshire Terrier on a new trick or even on physio exercises, these can be great options since you can feed your dog a significant amount without causing damage and without worrying about calories.
Dogs only require about 30-40 calories for each pound they weigh, so many Yorkies only need 120-280 calories in an entire day. Finding low calorie snack options is important! The question isn’t only, “What can Yorkies eat,” but also how much they should eat. Cucumber and carrots can help you not cross that calorie threshold.
Note: make sure to cut all vegetables into small, easy-to-eat pieces for your Yorkshire Terrier.
Can Yorkies eat apples? Yes! And apples make for a much healthier snack than many grocery store dog treats. They are definitely a human food dogs can eat, and they benefit from many of the same vitamins and other nutrients we humans do when we eat apples!
Apples should be eaten in moderation (especially for Yorkies with weight problems, since apples are high in sugar) and under supervision. Never feed your dog the seeds of an apple since they contain cyanide, and don’t feed your dog the core since it is a choking hazard. But slicing up a bit of apple for your Yorkie will get his tail wagging for sure!
3. Hard-boiled eggs
Not only can Yorkies eat eggs safely, eggs are a fantastic source of protein for your Yorkshire Terrier. Yorkies can often suffer from digestive issues, so if your dog has digestive problems eggs can give them a protein boost without disrupting their stomach.
In order to safely feed your Yorkshire terrier eggs, make sure they are hard-boiled with the shell removed. Our dog Winston dances for these!
Pumpkin is an amazing food for settling digestive issues in Yorkshire Terriers. Feeding them a few teaspoons a day can help regulate your dog, and they love the taste!
Make sure to buy canned pumpkin that is 100% pumpkin, though, with no added sweeteners or sugar! We love to freeze some canned pumpkin in ice cube trays in the summer for a fun treat that also helps our Yorkie cool off from the heat.
5. Sweet potato
Sweet potato contains fibre and Vitamin A, which are both incredibly beneficial nutrients for your dog. Fibre can help Yorkies with painful constipation, and Vitamin A is beneficial for both their vision as well as their coat!
To feed your dog sweet potato, try boiling or steaming some first. Don’t hand your dog a whole potato–start with a teaspoon and see how your dog reacts. Adding too much fibre to your dog’s diet all at once can be tough on puppy’s digestion!
But of course, there are some bad human foods to feed your dog, too.
Chocolate is obvious, but there are others that aren’t good, no matter how much your dog begs for it or how harmless it seems! Here are 5 human foods your dog should never eat:
1. Coffee or alcohol
It may seem funny to give your little pup a lick of your beer or your latte, but it’s not a good idea. Caffeine and alcohol are not healthy for your dog in any situation–It’s best to steer clear of these foods entirely for your yorkie’s health.
And plus, it just means more for you!
2. Milk or dairy products
No matter how cute the boomerang may be on your Instagram of your dog licking your ice cream cone, remember that dogs were not created to eat dairy products. Some dogs are able to digest dairy, but others are not and it can induce vomiting, gas, and painful stomach aches for your Yorkie. It’s best to stay on the safe side and say this is not a human food dogs can eat.
Plus, with the amount of sugar in many common dairy products, steering clear of the ice cream is a good idea.
3. Salty chips
Dogs were never meant to eat large amounts of salt. Throwing a few chips your dog’s way could result in excessive thirst or urination, and even sodium ion poisoning.
If you desperately want to share a snack with your dog, try some air-popped popcorn without seasoning on it. But don’t hand over the Doritos to your Yorkshire Terrier–their little bodies just weren’t made to digest them!
4. Grapes or raisins
Grapes and raisins are a well-established danger to dogs. Even a small amount can make your dog’s kidneys suddenly fail, and can lead to death.
If your dog does eat some grapes or raisins, you will likely notice vomiting or diarrhea within the first few hours. Often you’ll be able to see chunks of grape or raisin in what comes out, but there are many other symptoms of grape/raisin poisoning you can check out here.
But wait–aren’t dogs meant to chew on bones? Isn’t that what they’re created to do? Well, when it comes to the list of human foods dogs can eat, no.
Most of the time when dogs are given bones to chew on, they are cooked bones. Cooked bones are not a human food dogs can eat because they are often dried out and brittle, and can splinter in your dog’s esophagus or dietary tract, leading to internal bleeding. Dogs can also choke on bone splinters that break off as they gnaw.
Think about it this way: Yorkies are unlikely to be able to take down a pig or a cow if they were forced to hunt for their food. So handing your dog a hambone or the bone from your steak just doesn’t make sense.
I hope this helps show you what Yorkies can eat from your fridge and what they shouldn’t. There are many human food dogs can eat, but there are some that should remain as people food only.
What is your dog’s favorite treat? Were you surprised by anything on this list? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!