Shiba Inu Food Safety: 140 Dog Safe Foods (And 76 ​Toxic)


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As I started cooking more meals at home I noticed Faith tried harder and harder to get me to share. Worried I was going to give her something that’d hurt her I started looking into the foods that are usually pet safe.

While most common fruits and vegetables are pet safe they have to be prepared properly. They must be cleaned, diced into bite sized chunks along with their seeds, stems, and peels removed. A similar process is required for meats, nuts, legumes, and more. And each dog has their own food sensitivity.

While I was able to make this list it will not match your unique pet. Every shiba inu has their own food allergies and dietary restrictions due to health issuesOpens in a new tab..

Always check with your vet and get an allergy test before feeding your pet home made meals. All the items listed below are given conservative portion sizes and feeding frequencies in the interest of pet health.

Dairy Products

Organic dairy products are an excellent source of fats, helping around out a Shiba Inu’s diet when used in moderation. Dairy products can cause gas, bloating, vomiting, or diarrhea in pets that are lactose intolerant. Check with your vet before adding them to any meals.

Dairy products aren’t usually a part of most pets’ diets, leading to reactions and intolerances.

Name Safe to eat? Portion Size Servings Safe Frequency Notes
CheeseYesBite-sized chunksA couple bitesEvery few days Some dogs are lactose-intolerant
Cottage CheeseYesQuarter cupOnce a monthSome dogs are lactose-intolerant Some dogs are lactose-intolerant
Cow MilkYesQuarter cupOnce a monthSome dogs are lactose-intolerant Some dogs are lactose-intolerant
Goat MilkNoNoneNoneNever Some dogs are lactose-intolerant
Ice CreamMaybeHalf a cupOnce a weekPlain vanilla only Plain vanilla only
Sheep MilkYesQuarter cupOnce a monthSome dogs are lactose-intolerant Some dogs are lactose-intolerant
WheyYesHalf a tablespoonOnce a weekSome dogs are lactose-intolerant Some dogs are lactose-intolerant
YogurtYes2 Large tablespoonsDailySome dogs are lactose-intolerant Some dogs are lactose-intolerant
Each pet has their own unique food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. Check with a vet before feeding your dog anything above.

Although whey is a protein supplement, it’s a terrible substitute that shouldn’t be used to replace a Shiba’s normal source of proteins.

Fruits

Fruit is an excellent and healthy treat for Shiba’s, if prepared properly. Fresh fruits are high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants making them a healthy alternative to dog treats, but are high in natural sugars and their seeds are usually toxic to dogs.

Fresh diced fruit, when prepared properly, is great for your pets immune system.

But, it’s best to avoid them if your Shiba Inu is overweight or diabetic. As fruits are high in natural sugars, leading to rapid weight gain if they’re over treated.

NameSafe to eat?Portion SizeServingsSafe FrequencyNotes
AgrumiYesBite-sized chunks1Once a weekRemove core & seeds
ApplesYesBite-sized chunks1 3~4 Days Remove core & seeds
Apricots No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
BananasYesBite-sized chunks1Once a weekRemove peel
BlackberriesYes 4~8 1Once a weekFresh or frozen
BlueberriesYes 4~8 1DailyRemove stem & clean
BoysenberryYes 4~8 1Once a weekFresh or frozen
CantaloupeYesBite-sized chunks1Once a weekRemove peel & seeds
Cherries No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
CoconutYesBite-sized chunks1Once a weekFresh
CranberriesYes 4~8 1 3~4 Days Remove stem & clean
Dates No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Figs No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Grapefruit No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Grapes No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Honeydew MelonYesBite-sized chunks1Once a weekRemove seeds & skin
KiwiYesBite-sized chunks1 3~4 Days Remove seeds & skin
Lemons No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Limes No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
MangoYesBite-sized chunks1Once a weekRemove core & seeds
NectarinesYesSmall slices1 3~4 Days Remove peel & seeds
OrangesYesSmall slices1 3~4 Days Remove peel & seeds
PapayasYesBite-sized chunks1Once a weekRemove peel & seeds
PeachesYesBite-sized chunks1 3~4 Days Remove the pit & flesh around it
PearsYesBite-sized chunks1 3~4 Days Remove the pit, seeds, flesh around them
PineappleYesBite-sized chunks1 3~4 Days Remove prickly peel and crown
Plums No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
QuinceYesBite-sized chunks1Once a weekRemove stem & clean
Raisins No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
RaspberriesYes 4~81Once a weekRemove core & seeds
RhubarbNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
StrawberriesYes 2~61Once a weekRemove stem & clean
TangerinesYesSmall slices13~4 DaysPeal & remove seeds
WatermelonYesBite-sized chunks1 3~4 Days Remove rind & seeds
Each pet has their own unique food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. Check with a vet before feeding your dog anything above.

Grains

Cooked unseasoned grains such as rice or oatmeal support healthy skin and fur, making them an excellent addition to a Shiba Inu’s diet. Although grains are a great source of natural fibers and carbohydrates, grain allergies are common for Shiba Inus.

Cooked unseasoned grains are a great wait to fill out and balance your pet’s diet, with rice being the easiest on their digestive system.

But it’s extremely common for U.S. pets, including shiba inus, to be allergic to some if not most types of grains. Check with your vet before adding any to your pets meals.

NameSafe to eat?Portion SizeServingsSafe FrequencyNotes
AmaranthYes1 Tablespoon1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
BarleyYes 1 Tablespoon 1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
BreadYes 1 Tablespoon 1Every few daysNo toppings, butter, spreads, …
Brown RiceYes2~3 Tablespoons1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
BuckwheatYes2 Tablespoon1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
CornYes 1 Tablespoon 1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
MilletYes 1 Tablespoon 1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
Oat / OatmealYes 1 Tablespoon 1Every few daysCooked, no addons
PastaYes 1 Tablespoon 1Once a weekCooked & unseasoned
QuinoaYes 1 Tablespoon 1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
Raw DoughNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
White RiceYes 2~3 Tablespoons 1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
Each pet has their own unique food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. Check with a vet before feeding your dog anything above.

Grains should never be more than 10% of a shiba inu’s daily diet.

Legumes

Beans, peas, and other legumes are high in plant based proteins. While they are great for people, they hard on a Shiba Inu’s digestive system, leading to inflammation. Legumes, due to the inflammation they cause, worsen pet arthritis. Allergies and dietary intolerances are common.

Since Shiba Inus as a breed are prone to developing arthritis it’s best to avoid Beans, peas, and other legumes when possible, especially in older pets.

NameSafe to eat?Portion SizeServingsSafe FrequencyNotes
Adzuki BeanYes1~2 Table Spoon1Every 3~4 DaysCooked & unseasoned
Black Eyed PeaYes1~2 Table Spoon1Every 3~4 DaysCooked & unseasoned
Black Turtle BeanYes1~2 Table Spoon1Every 3~4 DaysCooked & unseasoned
Fava BeanYes1~2 Table Spoon1Every 3~4 DaysCooked & unseasoned
Garbanzo / ChickpeaYes1~2 Table Spoon1Every 3~4 DaysCooked & unseasoned
Great Northern BeanYes1~2 Table Spoon1Every 3~4 DaysCooked & unseasoned
Green Pea / Split PeaYes1~2 Table Spoon1Every 3~4 DaysCooked & unseasoned
Kidney BeanYes1~2 Table Spoon1Every 3~4 DaysCooked & unseasoned
Lentils Yes 1~2 Table Spoon 1 Every 3~4 DaysCooked & unseasoned
Lima BeanYes1~2 Table Spoon1Every 3~4 DaysCooked & unseasoned
Navy BeanYes1~2 Table Spoon1Every 3~4 DaysCooked & unseasoned
Pinto BeansNo None None NeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Each pet has their own unique food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. Check with a vet before feeding your dog anything above.

Raw beans, peas, and other legumes are hard on animals digestive systems, so if you ever give them to your pet make sure they are cooked and unseasoned. Raw legumes lead to gas, constipation, dietary problems, and vomiting.

Meats

Meat and proteins make up the bulk of a shiba inu’s diet. While kibble usually has them covered, most brands add additives that some pets will be allergic to. While some pets may do better on a “raw” diet it’s best to cook any meat you give them, seasoning free. Always check with your vet first.

A large percentage of pets in the US are known to have an allergy or sensitivity to both beef and chicken due to processing and added preservatives.

Most meats, besides eggs, are healthier for your shiba when cooked and unseasoned. It’s easier on their digestive system, helping break down the proteins for them.

NameSafe to eat?Portion SizeServingsSafe FrequencyNotes
Bacon No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
BeefYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
Bison / BuffaloYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
Chicken Yes Bite-sized chunks 1 Every few days Cooked & unseasoned
DuckYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
EggsYes1~21Once a dayBest mixed, uncooked, and unseasoned
ElkYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
EmuYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
Fish ***Yes ***Bite-sized chunks1Once a weekRemove scales, bones, guts, just meat. Best cooked or steamed ***More notes below***
GoatYes Bite-sized chunks 1 Every few days Cooked & unseasoned
Goose No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Ground BeefYesBite-sized chunks1Once a dayUnseasoned
KangarooYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
LambYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
LiverYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
LlamaYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
MooseYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
OstrichYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
PorkYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
Quail / PheasantYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
Rabbit Yes Bite-sized chunks 1 Every few days Cooked & unseasoned
Shellfish No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
TurkeyYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
VenisonYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
YakYesBite-sized chunks1Every few daysCooked & unseasoned
Each pet has their own unique food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. Check with a vet before feeding your dog anything above.

While “fish” can be safe for your pet to eat, it heavily depends on the exact fish in question. On average, the safest fish for a shiba inu to eat are:

  • Tuna
  • Salmon
  • Whitefish
  • Cod
  • Whiting (hank)

Nuts

Nuts are high in plant based proteins and fats, making them an excellent addition to a diet, most are unhealthy or even toxic for dogs. Nuts are not a regular part of most shiba inu’s diet, leading to allergies or intolerances. It is best to avoid feeding your pet nuts.

While I will be listing nuts that are “generally” seen as safe for shiba inus to eat, there is always a risk.

Each dog has their own allergies and food sensitivities. Making avoiding nuts as a whole the safer and better option for your pet.

NameSafe to eat?Portion SizeServingsSafe FrequencyNotes
Almonds No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Brazil NutYes3~41Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Cashews Yes 3~4 1Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Chai Seed Yes 3~4 1Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Dill Seed Yes 3~4 1Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Filbert / Hazelnut Yes 3~4 1Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Flaxseed / oil No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Hemp No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Macadamia Nuts No None None Never Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Peanuts Yes 3~4 1Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Pecan Yes 3~4 1Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Pine Nut Yes 3~4 1Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Pistachio Yes 3~4 1Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Sesame Seed Yes 3~4 1Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Soy – Lecithin Yes 3~4 1Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Sunflower SeedNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Walnut Yes 3~4 1Every few daysRemove shell & salt free
Each pet has their own unique food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. Check with a vet before feeding your dog anything above.

Vegetables

Most raw or steamed vegetables are safe for shiba inus to eat if oils or seasoning are not added, while others are toxic. Fresh, clean, diced, and non canned are the safest and healthiest. While vegetable allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances are not common for dogs, check with your vet.

Most vegetables when cleaned and diced into bite sized chunks are safe for your pet to eat both raw or steamed. Never feed your pet food that has been cooked with any oils, butters, or seasonings.

NameSafe to eat?Portion SizeServingsSafe FrequencyNotes
ArtichokeYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
AsparagusNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
AvocadoNoNoneNoneNever Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
BeetNoNoneNoneNever Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Bell PeppersYes1/4InfrequentlyClean, remove stem, remove seedsClean, remove stem, remove seeds
Bok ChoyYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
BroccoliYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysClean & Remove stem
Brussel SproutsYes2Once a weekClean & Remove stemClean & Remove stem
CabbageYesHalf a handfulEvery few daysClean & Remove stemClean & Remove stem
CarrotsYesBite-sized chunksA few bitesEvery few daysClean & Remove stem
CauliflowerYesBite-sized chunksA few bitesEvery few daysRemove stem & leaves
CeleryYesBite-sized chunksA few bitesEvery few daysClean & Remove stem
Chile PepperNoNoneNoneNever Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
ChivesNoNoneNoneNever Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Collard GreensYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
CornYesHalf a handfulEvery few daysRemove cobRemove cob
CucumbersYesBite-sized chunksA few bitesEvery few daysRemove skin
EggplantYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
Green BeansYesHalf a cupEvery few daysAnyFresh or frozen
Green OnionsNoNoneNoneNever Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Green PepperYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
JicamaYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
Kale / ChardYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
LeeksNoNoneNoneNever Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
LettuceYesA handfulOnce a dayCleaned and dicedCleaned and diced
Mixed SaladNoNoneNoneNever Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
MushroomsNoNoneNoneNever Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Mustard GreenYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
Napa CabbageYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
OkraYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
OliveYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
OnionsNoNoneNoneNever Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
ParsnipNoNoneNoneNever Unsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Peas ***Yes ***Half a cupOnce a weekFresh or frozenFresh or frozen ***More notes below***
PotatosYesA tablespoonEvery few daysCook then mash, only use waterFresh or frozen
PumkinYesTwo tablespoonsOnce a dayRemove seeds, fresh or cannedCook then mash, only use water
RadishYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysRemove seeds, fresh or canned
Red PepperYesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
SpinachYesA handfulA few bitesOnce a monthClean
Sprouts (bean)YesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCooked & unseasoned
Summer (squash)YesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
Sweet PotatosYesA tablespoonEvery few daysCook then mash, only use waterCook then mash, only use water
TomatoesNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
TurnipNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Winter (squash)YesBite-sized chunks2-3 BitesEvery few daysCleaned and diced
ZucchiniYesQuarter cupEvery few daysRemove skinRemove skin
Each pet has their own unique food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. Check with a vet before feeding your dog anything above.

While peas can be safe for pets to eat it depends on the type and how they’ve been prepared. Generally speaking, the following types of peas are “pet safe”:

  • Green
  • Snow
  • Sugar snap
  • Garden
  • English

Vegetables should never be more than 10% of a shiba inu’s daily diet.

Miscellaneous

Everyday drinks, snacks, ingredients, and seasonings are harmful or even toxic for shiba inus to eat. Seasonings, oils, and other food additives should not be added to your pets meals. It’s best to keep these locked up and out of your dog’s reach.

While some of what I’m about to least is “usually” safe for dogs to eat, it’s best not to take any risks. Check with your vet to see what your specific pet’s food allergies and sensitivities are.

NameSafe to eat?Portion SizeServingsSafe FrequencyNotes
AlcoholNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
AllspiceYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
AniseNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
Artificial SweetenersNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
Bakers YeastYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
BasilYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
Beet PulpYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
Black PepperNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
Brewers YeastYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
Brown SugarNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
CandyNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
CarobYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
CaseinYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
ChocolateNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
CinnamonNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
Coconut OilYes1 teaspoon1 ServingEvery few daysAdd to food or snacks
Coconut WaterYes1 Tablespoon1 ServingEvery few daysAdd to food, water, or snacks
CoffeeNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Cooked BonesNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
CorianderNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
Corn CobsNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
CurryNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
Distilled VinegarNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
EthoxyquinYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
Fat TrimmingsNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Food ColoringNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
Food PreservativesNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
GarlicNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
GelatinYesLess than a teaspoon1 ServingEvery few daysCleaned and minced
GingerNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
GingerYesLess than a teaspoon1 ServingEvery few daysCleaned and minced
GumNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
HoneyYes1 Teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekLocal honey is best
HopsYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
JuiceNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
KelpYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekTypically an ingredient or powder
Malt No None None Never Unsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
medicine / medicationNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
MintYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
MolassesYes1 Teaspoon1 ServingOnce a week
Moldy FoodsNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Montmorillonite ClayYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
MustardYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
MustardNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
NutmegNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
Nutritional YeastNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
PaprikaYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
ParsleyYesHalf a teaspoon1 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
RosemaryYesHalf a teaspoon2 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
SageYesHalf a teaspoon3 ServingOnce a weekClean and remove stem
SaltNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
SodaNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
TobaccoNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
Tapioca Yes 2 Large tablespoons Once a week Some dogs are lactose-intolerant Some dogs are lactose-intolerant
TeaNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
TurmericNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
VanillaNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / Toxic, do not give to your pet
White PepperNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
White SugarNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
Yeast CultureNoNoneNoneNeverUnsafe / toxic, do not give to your pet
Each pet has their own unique food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances. Check with a vet before feeding your dog anything above.

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