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10/17/2019 12:14PM ● By Alesha Damerville

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By Alesha Damerville

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS – There is one thing that Yampa Valley residents love as much as skiing, and it’s their dogs. 

One of the most amazing perks about this town’s love for canines has to be office dogs. At any given time, Steamboat Magazine has as many as four dogs running around the office. While this might sound a bit chaotic, it actually has the opposite effect. 

These four-legged friends spark joy. Sitting in front of a computer screen for eight hours a day tends to be a bit taxing, but the opportunity to snag some of the unrelenting love that dogs graciously give, is not just nice – it’s a blessing. 

However, bringing your dog to the office has its risks. While you’re enjoying your lunch break, you might find your furry friend at your side, begging for the same food.

Stay in the know and keep your furry friends safe with this comprehensive list of safe and unsafe foods for dogs. 


Bread – plain, no spices, no raisins

Bell peppers – cut in small pieces, nothing spicy

Cashews – unsalted, a few at a time

Cheese – as long your dog isn’t lactose intolerant

Coconut – coconut contains lauric acid, which can help combat bacteria and viruses

Corn – off the cob

Eggs – not raw, wonderful source of protein, helpful for upset stomach

Fish – not raw, full of good fats and amino acids 

Ham – OK to eat but not the healthiest, packed with sodium and fat

Honey – in small amounts, contains countless nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C, D, E, and K, potassium, calcium, magnesium, copper, and antioxidants. Can also be used as a topical for burns and cuts

Liver – in small amounts

Milk – as long your dog isn’t lactose intolerant

Peanut butter – in moderation, too much fat can lead to pancreatic cancer

Popcorn – unsalted, unbuttered, air-popped popcorn, contains riboflavin and thiamine as well as small amounts of iron and protein 

Pork – easily digestible, loaded with amino acids

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Quinoa – found in many high-quality dog foods, great alternative for wheat, soy and corn

Salmon – fully cooked, protein, good fats and amino acids

Shrimp – fully cooked in small amounts, high in antioxidants, B-12 and phosphorus 

Tuna – fully cooked, omega-3 fatty acids to promote heart and eye health

Turkey – remove excess fat/skin/bones, any meat with added salt, garlic, onions and seasonings should be avoided

Yogurt – plain, good for digestion



Almonds – can block the esophagus or even tear the windpipe 

Apple seeds – contain cyanide 

Avocado – contains persin, which can cause heart congestion, diarrhea and vomiting 

Cat food – protein and fat levels are too high for dogs 

Chocolate – can cause stomach issues, heart problems, seizures and even death

Cinnamon – can lead to difficulty breathing or choking, vomiting, liver disease and heart complications

Garlic – five times more toxic to dogs than other Allium plants, delayed symptoms 

Grapes/raisins – can cause kidney failure 

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Ice cream – always avoid excessive sugar

Macadamia nuts – can cause inability to walk, vomiting, lethargy and increased body temperature

Onions/chives – bad no matter the form.  Can cause anemia 

Salt – can lead to sodium ion poisoning 

Sugar – diabetes, obesity and dental issues


Information from the ASPCA and the Canine Journal.