Can Dogs Eat Baby Food

Can Dogs Eat Baby Food

Author WDF Staff


Baby food can be a useful tool dog owners can have at their disposal. Some types of baby food are entirely safe for dogs to eat. In fact, vets might recommend you give baby food to your dog if your dog has health issues that makes them lose interest in their usual kibble. However, the correct answer to the question, “Can dogs eat baby food?” is - yes, but not all kinds. Here’s what you should know.

What kind of baby food is safe for dogs?

Baby food comes in all sorts of flavors, and not all flavors are safe for dogs to eat. In fact, human babies and dogs have different nutritional needs, so it makes sense they need a different type of food. However, sick dogs might not be interested in their usual food. You might need to offer them something a bit more delicious to get their appetite flowing.

Baby food has “dinner options” that contain plenty of proteins and fewer carbs, making it suitable for dogs. Plus, baby food’s pungent smell will spark your dog’s interest. Look for ready-to-go baby meals that have these main ingredients;

Word of caution about baby food for dogs

Some baby foods can contain things that are toxic to dogs, like onion, garlic, or even xylitol. You should never give these three things to your dog, so it is absolutely crucial you check the baby food’s label before you give some to your dog. Another important thing to keep in mind is that you talk to your vet before you decide to introduce something new to your dog’s diet.

How to safely give baby food to your dog?

The critical thing to remember is to not overdo it with baby food. The main goal you want to achieve is - get your dog eating again. Food is the primary source of energy your dog needs to fight off whatever it is that’s making them lose their appetite. After you talked to your vet and they gave you the green light, you can include baby food in your dog’s diet in one of these ways;

  • Warm up the baby food and add some water if it is still too thick. The smell and the warmth will kickstart your dog’s appetite.
  • The second option is to warm up the baby food and mix it with your dog’s usual kibble. You can make your dog eat their high-quality dog food they might otherwise refuse.
  • Use a spoonful of baby food as a rare dog treat. Giving your dog a bit of baby food every now and then might be a great way to “spice up” their diet. Your dog will certainly enjoy it.

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