The Ultimate Guide to What Pit Bulls Can (And Can’t) Eat

The Ultimate Guide to What Pit Bulls Can (And Can’t) Eat

Pit Bulls are amazing dogs. They are loyal and care a lot for their families. If you’re a Pit Bull owner, you need to reciprocate this love.

To start, why don’t you try to understand your dog’s dietary needs and look for the best food for him?

Like other breeds, Pit Bulls require a high amount of protein in their diet. This should be the primary focus if you’re a Pit Bull owner. In addition to it, include fats on his menu, because they’re essential for performance. Always research thoroughly before feeding your dog.

Knowing what is acceptable and what is not for your Pit Bull can be a tough and tricky task. You need to know about every kind of food individually.

Thankfully, I have already researched this topic, and in this article, I will help you to know what your pooch can and can’t eat.

Nutritional Requirements of Pit Bull

To start discovering what is safe for your pet to eat, you need to know the essential components of his diet. The recommended amount of each nutrient will define what is more suitable in each situation.

Pit Bulls require a lot of protein. They demand more of this nutrient than other common breeds due to their origins. Pit Bulls were originally bred for combat, and until now, they maintain a highly strong aspect for their size.

Pit Bull puppies need around 22% of protein in their diet. On the other hand, adults generally require a bit less, 18%. Specifically-made Pit Bull food will fit their needs the best. When you feed your pet with human food, look for something similar.

The second nutrient you should focus on when feeding your Terrier is fats. They should represent 8% of his diet if he is a puppy and 5% if he is an adult.

Fats can also be found in protein sources. This means you don’t need to worry too much if your furry friend already has a good supply of this nutrient.

However, I recommend you to look specifically for natural fats. Omega 3 is an excellent example of this. Natural fats can easily be found on fish or flaxseed oils. They’re considerably more healthy than regular fats, so definitely prioritize them.

What Human Foods Can I Give to My Pit Bull?

Dog food is great, but sometimes you may want to feed your dog with something tastier. If you’re going to give him human food, you need to know what is edible for him in the first place.

The safe food list is universal to all breeds, which means that these rules may apply to dogs as a whole.

Here there are some examples of safe human foods for your Pit Bull:

  • Pineapples
  • Watermelons
  • Bread
  • Blueberries
  • Corn
  • Apples
  • Chicken
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes
  • Rice

Here’s what you can feed him with moderation:

  • Cherries
  • Peanuts
  • Milk
  • Honey
  • Tomatoes

But here’s what you must avoid at all costs:

  • Xylitol
  • Coffee and Tea
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Lemons
  • Garlic/Onions
  • Raw Yeast Dough

Human Foods Pit Bulls Can Safely Eat

Ready to dive into the tasty part? Let’s see what your dog can safely eat!

Pineapples

In a reasonable amount, ripe and raw pineapples are a fantastic sweet treat for your Pit Bull. They are a source of a lot of vitamins and minerals and small amounts of calcium, zinc, and phosphorus. These features make pineapples a nutrient-dense snack for both humans and dogs.

However, you should also be careful. This fruit is naturally high in sugars. This means that if you overfeed your Pit Bull with this kind of food, it can harm his digestive system.

To avoid any health issue, monitor him the first time he eats pineapple. If he has any stomach-related problems, like diarrhea, you know that he obviously doesn’t react well to pineapple. In this case, you must avoid feeding him this fruit.

Bread

Have you ever left your sandwich unattended and when you came back, your Pit Bull had eaten everything? Well, you don’t need to worry about it! I mean, maybe only about the fact that you will have to prepare another one.

It is safe for dogs to eat bread. I recommend you to provide your pet with plain white and wheat bread. Other kinds of bread can have some toppings, like raisins, which are harmful to him.

As per usual, you need to be careful. If your pooch has any known allergy against the food’s ingredients, you definitely don’t want to give him bread.

Also, don’t feed him the ones made from dough. The yeast contains alcohol, which can be released on his blood and can be hazardous.

Corn

Another natural way for your Pit Bull to experience the taste of human food is by giving him corn. Actually, this plant is widely used as the main ingredient in many dog food products.

Depending on the type of corn, its nutritional value may be significant for your dog’s routine.

This cereal is a fantastic source of protein, carbohydrates, and antioxidants. Instead of being only an occasional treat, some veterinarians may advise you to turn corn into a regular component of your pet’s meals.

Nevertheless, be cautious with the cob. If you allow your furry friend to chew on it, chances are he will choke on it and may end up with a severe intestinal blockage.

I know you think it’s weird to eat cob. But remember that dogs have a strong mouth and they can easily eat it if hungry.

Apples

Like most of the fruits, apples are also entirely safe for a Pit Bull to eat. They provide lots of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your dog as well.

In addition to it, his digestive system may also be benefitted from the fiber apples contain.

Make sure you always feed him sliced and seedless apples. Their seeds contain cyanide, which is a chemical that can be poisonous for your pet in large amounts.

Chicken

One of the most loved foods by dogs, chicken is also a safe choice for your furry friend. Dogs originally relied on praying as their main method of obtaining food in the wild. That’s why until now they thrill if you show them a bone or any kind of meat.

I advise you always to cook chicken before giving it to your Pit Bull. Salmonella infection isn’t a rare consequence of a dog eating raw chicken.

Some companies, however, manufacture dog food products based on raw food. They do use raw meat, including chicken, in their composition. But it is worth noting that they use advanced technologies to ensure their food is entirely safe for animal consumption.

Mushrooms

Regarded as poisonous by some and loved by others, mushrooms aren’t a threat for your Pit Bull at all. In fact, they have excellent nutritional value as well.

Make sure to feed your furry friend with store-bought plain mushrooms. This a highly essential yet commonly underestimated consideration by dog owners.

Most people prepare mushrooms with sauces, oils, seasonings, and other additions. However, depending on the ingredients, they may be a serious threat to your dog’s health.

Also, never think about letting him eat wild fungi. They’re harmful to dogs the same way they are to humans. Depending on its size, a wild mushroom can seriously poison your Pit Bull. If you’ve already spotted him eating one of them, search for emergency medical help immediately.

Many people believe dogs can identify poisonous food by its scent, but that’s not the case. They are as prone to be baited as you are.

Due to that, make sure your yard doesn’t represent any risk for your dog and be cautious when bringing him to a wild place.

Potatoes

Another extremely healthy food for humans, cooked potatoes are also edible for Pit Bulls. You should feed him these vegetables in a reduced amount, due to their high concentration in carbohydrates. They may induce your dog to gain a lot of weight in large quantities.

In addition to it, never give him a raw potato as well. They contain solanine, a toxic element for dogs. Cooking a potato reduces its solanine levels and makes it safe for them to consume.

Human Foods Pit Bulls Can Eat With Moderation

Any kind of food should be eaten by your dog in a reasonable amount. However, among the safe human foods, some require special attention. They are still safe, but you must take extra precaution with the portion.

Some examples are:

Cherries

In a limited quantity, pitted and fresh cherries are tasty and healthy for your Pit Bull. Their flesh contains vitamins A and B, fiber, and antioxidants.

However, if consumed in large amounts, they can also harm your dog’s stomach.

What I most want to warn you, however, is about cherry pits. Ensure you removed all of them from the berries because they contain cyanide.

As I previously mentioned, cyanide is a toxic component. In addition to it, they also represent a choking hazard.

If your pet eats just one or two unpitted cherries, that isn’t a reason for much panic. Slight intestinal problems may occur, but that’s not a big worry.

However, never take the risk. And if he eats a large number of pits, look for anomalies and seek veterinarian help.

Milk

When puppies, dogs drink milk from their mothers like any other mammal. However, they can also drink regular cow milk humans consume!

But first, ensure that your furry friend isn’t intolerant to lactose. If he is, he may suffer from similar troubles as humans with the same condition. In this case, avoid giving him milk or any dairy products.

Even with dogs that don’t have this problem, you must be moderate. A full bowl per day, for example, is an overindulgence. However, some occasional teaspoons won’t harm your pooch at all.

Honey

That’s one of the best “candies” you can give to your Pit Bull. Honey is not only sweet and tasty but extremely healthy. It contains a bunch of vitamins and minerals, and its pollen helps to treat allergies.

However, that sounds too good to be true. And, in fact, it is. You shouldn’t feed your pet with large daily portions of honey. The high amount of sugars found in this food can lead to problems such as obesity and tooth decay. Also, it can become an addiction and compromise a balanced diet.

Tomatoes

Even though tomatoes are fantastic for a human’s diet, they need to be controlled when it comes to dog food. If your Pit Bull consumes them in excess, he may get nauseous, be weak, and experience difficulty breathing.

In addition to it, they must always be ripe. Green tomatoes contain high amounts of tomatine, which is toxic for dogs. If consumed in high amounts, it can even be fatal.

Human Foods Pit Bulls Can’t Eat

Unfortunately, not every human food is safe for your furry friend. A considerably large portion of the foods we eat is not suitable for dogs.

Some kinds of food you might think are secure can actually be highly dangerous for your Pit Bull.

Due to that, you need to pay close attention to this part.

Xylitol

And we start the list very seriously. That’s because xylitol is one of the greatest food dangers for a dog.

This ingredient is one of the most hidden yet toxic substances for your furry friend. Xylitol is a substitute for regular sugar in the human diet.

It can be regularly found on products deemed as “sugar-free,” such as toothpaste, chewing gums, and baked goods.

Just a small dose of xylitol is enough to cause serious problems for your dog. Initial symptoms can start as short as 30 minutes after being eaten. Vomiting, coma, seizures, weakness, and difficulty moving are the first signs of intoxication.

In less than 24 hours, your dog can suffer from liver damage and die. The only way to save him is through a veterinary procedure that consists of pumping the dog’s stomach. What if you left him alone and he ate xylitol without you knowing?

Caffeine-based products

Letting a Pit Bull eat or drink anything that contains caffeine, like coffee and tea, is not a good idea at all. This element can increase his heartbeat rate and agitate his nervous system, which can be extremely harmful.

If he consumes caffeine, the first symptoms may appear in just a couple of hours. He may lose control over his bladder and experience diarrhea, vomiting, and excessive thirst.

Larger quantities can easily be fatal. A dose of 2.2 milligrams per pound or superior of the dog’s weight is enough to lead him to his death. A regular cup of coffee or tea contains between 40 to 150 mg of caffeine.

Knowing that Pit Bulls weigh from 35 to 60 pounds, only one cup may be enough to take the life of an adult dog!

Raw yeast dough

As you may imagine, alcoholic products are extremely hazardous for a dog. However, they aren’t limited by beer, wine, or other common beverages. Alcohol is also found on raw yeast dough, like the one you use to make pizza!

Even if you don’t include alcohol straight on the recipe, the problem is the yeast. When fermented, its cells make a chemical reaction that releases alcohol. In addition to it, the dough can expand in your Pit Bull’s stomach, causing severe bloating.

If your furry friend consumes too much alcohol, he may experience lung failure, seizures, coma, and difficulty breathing. A dose of 0.59 ounces per pound or higher may even be fatal.

Search Before Giving Anything to Your Pit Bull

Right, I mentioned a lot of types of food in this article. However, it’s obviously impossible to list the consequences of every single human food on dogs. But my last advice is to search for any food before letting your Pit Bull eat it.

Even if you are almost certain that a type of food is safe for him, it actually may not be the case. A good example is avocados. Although they’re incredibly healthy for humans and are a fruit, avocados contain a toxin which is highly dangerous for dogs.

The opposite may also occur. While chocolate can be deadly, peanut butter is 100% safe for consumption! They are sweet treats that look a lot alike at first. However, in reality, they have really distinct properties.

If you are unaware of the effect of each food individually, this can lead you to fall into a trap.

My Final Thoughts

After understanding all the information I presented to you in this text, you will have a good foundation to know what you can allow your Pit Bull to eat.

Now you have a good amount of details on the foods you most commonly consume in your routine. For more specific cases, I repeat: you need to search for them individually. Just because they’re in a generally safe food group, it doesn’t mean they are, indeed, edible.

To avoid any possible health issues, like obesity, know the nutritional needs of your Pit Bull. Depending on the number of specific nutrients he needs, you know what to give him in higher or fewer amounts.

References & Citations

  • Healthline
  • American Kennel Club
  • The Jerusalem Post
  • Dogtime.com
  • Preventive Vet
  • Purina

John Carter

My name is John Carter and I absolutely love pets, especially dogs. I've got a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Behaviour and Welfare and have several years’ experience working in animal shelters and rescues. My passion for animals started at a very young age as I grow up on a farm with several horses, cows, cats, chickens, and dogs on our property.

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