Basset Hounds have a different metabolic system than ours, meaning that what’s safe food for us may not be safe for our Basset Hound.
That’s why you need to know which fruits, vegetables, and other snacks are okay to share with your pooch—and which ones aren’t!
Below are the most common 37 fruits, vegetables, and other snacks Basset Hounds can (and can’t) eat:
List of fruits Basset Hounds can or can’t eat
Wondering which fruits your Basset Hound can eat or not? Here is a list of some common fruits your Basset Hound can or can’t eat:
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat apples.
Apples are an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as fiber for your Basset Hound. They’re low in protein and fat, making them the perfect snack for senior Basset Hounds.
The only thing you should keep in mind is that apples contain sugar—so if you’re going to give your Basset Hound apples, make sure they don’t have added sugar as found in processed apples like applesauce and apple pie filling.
Avocado is a fruit that is dangerous for Basset Hounds to eat. The pit, skin and leaves of the avocado contain a chemical called persin. This chemical can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain in Basset Hounds. It can also be fatal if your Basset Hound eats too much of it.
The leaves and stems of an avocado plant are poisonous to Basset Hounds as well. The oil from avocados is safe in small amounts, but it’s best not to give your Basset Hound any avocado at all.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat bananas.
Bananas are a great low-calorie snack for Basset Hounds in moderation. They are high in potassium, vitamins, biotin, fiber and copper. Bananas also contain relatively low amounts of cholesterol and sodium. But remember that bananas have high sugar content, so bananas should be given as an occasional treat.
One thing to keep in mind when giving your Basset Hound bananas is that the peel is hard for them to digest, so it’s best to remove it before feeding the fruit to your pup. Also avoid giving your Basset Hound processed banana products like banana chips or banana puddings — these may contain added toxic ingredients like sulfites or sugars.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat blackberries.
Blackberries are low in calories and sugar, but high in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They’re also a great source of fiber.
You can feed your Basset Hound blackberries either fresh or frozen. Either way is fine—just avoid processed blackberries like blackberry jam, jelly, or blackberry-flavored ice cream (which may contain harmful preservatives).
As far as quantity goes, feed your Basset Hound one/two blackberries per 10 pounds of body weight each day.
Blueberries are a great fruit to feed your Basset Hound. They are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and they are also high in sugar, so you should feed them in moderation.
Fresh, frozen or dried blueberries can be given to your pup. They can be mashed up or left whole—either way is fine for most pups. Keep in mind that some Basset Hounds may have an allergy to blueberries, so if you notice any skin or gastrointestinal issues after feeding them blueberries, stop immediately and consult your vet.
Avoid processed blueberries like blueberry muffins, blueberry yogurt and blueberry pie because they may contain harmful additives or preservatives.
Can a Basset Hound eat cantaloupe?
The answer is an enthusiastic yes! While cantaloupe contains sugar, it’s also low in calories and high in nutrients like fiber and moisture. The rinds and seeds of the fruit can be a choking hazard, so make sure you remove them before giving your Basset Hound this treat.
Can Basset Hounds eat cherries? The answer is no. The fleshy part around the seed is safe, but the plant itself contains cyanide, which is harmful to your Basset Hound. Cyanide destroys cellular oxygen transport in your Basset Hound.
The symptoms of cyanide toxicity include dilated pupils, weakness, staggering, low heart rate and respiration, vomiting and diarrhea. If you suspect that your Basset Hound has eaten cherry, contact your vet immediately.
Can Basset Hounds eat grapes?
The short answer is no. Even a small amount of grapes can cause sudden kidney failure in your Basset Hound, and grapes are one of the most toxic foods for Basset Hounds.
Symptoms of grape poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite and excessive thirst. Seek veterinary help immediately if you suspect your Basset Hound ate grapes.
To prevent accidental ingestion, keep the grapes out of your Basset Hound’s reach and educate your family about the danger of feeding your Basset Hound grapes.
Mango is a delicious tropical fruit, and it’s also safe for Basset Hounds to eat mango. Mango is rich in vitamins A, B6, C and E. It also contains potassium, fiber and antioxidants.
Mangoes contain an enzyme that can cause stomach upset if eaten in large quantities. Also, remove the skin and pits before feeding your Basset Hound mango to avoid choking hazards.
Mangoes are better served fresh ripe ones than they are processed like mango sorbet or mango popsicles as they may contain harmful pesticides or preservatives. You should limit the amount of mango to one-quarter cup once per week for your Basset Hound.
Oranges are a great treat for your pup. Basset Hounds can eat oranges in moderation because they provide vitamin C, potassium, and fiber to help keep them healthy. However, there are some guidelines to follow when giving your Basset Hound an orange.
First, only give your Basset Hound the fleshy part of the orange—remove all traces of peel, skin, pith and seeds. Also, make sure that you don’t leave any on the countertop where your Basset Hound might find it and eat it accidentally. If you’re worried about how much orange is too much for your Basset Hound, then stick to one or two sections as an occasional treat for most Basset Hounds.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat peaches. Small amounts of cut-up fresh or frozen peaches are safe for your Basset Hounds. Peaches are high in fiber and vitamin A. However, remove the pit before serving it to your Basset Hound as it contains cyanide. Also, avoid processed peaches like peach cobbler or peach pie, as they may contain harmful additives.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat pears. Like all fruit, they’re full of vitamins and minerals that your pup needs to stay healthy. Pears are a great snack because they’re high in copper, vitamins C and K, and fiber—all of which are good for them!
But before you give your Basset Hound a slice of pear, there are a few things you should know:
First, be sure to cut up your Basset Hound’s pear into bite-size chunks. You don’t want him choking on it! Also, make sure the seeds have been removed from the fruit so he doesn’t get cyanide poisoning from eating it.
Second, skip processed pears like canned pears, as they may contain sugar syrups and other additives that aren’t safe for Basset Hounds. And finally, watch out when feeding one small slice at a time—the sugar content can cause health issues if consumed in excess.
Pineapples are a tasty snack for Basset Hounds.
Raw pineapple is a great treat for your Basset Hound. It contains vitamins, minerals, and bromelain, which can help keep your pup’s digestive system healthy. The juicy fruit also provides moisture to their fur and skin.
Only the soft inner fruit is safe for your Basset Hound to eat. Avoid processed pineapples like canned pineapple and pineapple cake—they contain added harmful chemicals that can make your Basset Hound sick.
Remove the spiky skin and hard inner pineapple core before giving your Basset Hound a couple of 2/3 small bites of raw pineapple as a treat.
Yes, pure pumpkin itself is a great choice and a very healthy snack for Basset Hounds.
Pumpkin helps with your Basset Hound’s skin and coat because of its high levels of vitamin C and beta-carotene. It also aids in digestion and can help remedy both diarrhea and constipation in your Basset Hound.
Never feed your Basset Hound pumpkin pie mix. Canned pumpkin is ok for your Basset Hound but make sure it’s 100% pumpkin (not mixed with spices or sugar). Many pumpkin supplements and pumpkin pup treats are available on the market today, which makes it easy to give your Basset Hound just this right healthy treat!
The amount varies with your Basset Hound’s size and activity level, but start with a teaspoon per day.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat strawberries.
Fresh, frozen and processed strawberries are a good source of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and fiber. However, you should always cut the strawberries in small pieces before serving them to your Basset Hound, as they can be choking hazards. Also remove the strawberry stem.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat watermelon. In fact, it’s a low-calorie treat that can help your Basset Hound stay hydrated and may even provide some vitamins and minerals to your furry friend!
Watermelons contain a lot of moisture—which is good for your Basset Hound’s skin and coat—and lycopene, which is an antioxidant that may help prevent cancer in Basset Hounds (not humans). However, watermelon also contains sugar and seeds that can be dangerous for Basset Hounds to ingest.
It’s important to cut the watermelon into small chunks before you give it to your Basset Hound so they don’t choke on. You should also remove the seeds and rinds from the flesh—just like with any other fruit. Half a cup of diced seedless and rind-free watermelon is enough per 10 pounds of body weight.
List of vegetable Basset Hounds can or can’t eat
Wondering which vegetables your Basset Hound can eat or not? Here is a list of some vegetables your Basset Hound can or can’t eat:
Yes, broccoli is safe to feed to your Basset Hound.
Broccoli contains vitamin C and fiber, which are both good for Basset Hounds. Broccoli stems and florets, both are safe to eat, either cooked or raw. However, always cut them into small pieces to prevent the choking hazard.
Offer 1/4 (0.25) cup broccoli per 10 pounds of body weight of a pup.
Yes. Cabbage is a vegetable that contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is also rich in fiber and moisture. It is safe for Basset Hounds to eat cabbage, regardless of the color or season. Red cabbage is more nutritious than green cabbage, but all colors are safe for your Basset Hound to eat. Lightly cooked or roasted cabbage is the best way to offer it to your Basset Hound.
Yes! Carrots are a great low-calorie treat for your Basset Hound, and they’re also chock-full of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. The crunching on them helps keep their teeth clean as well. Carrots can be raw or cooked—either is fine—but it’s best to cook them because this softens them up so that they’re easier to digest.
If you’re giving your pup raw or frozen carrots, just chop them into smaller pieces so they don’t choke on them.
A single baby carrot is enough for an average-sized pup.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat celery. It’s an excellent low-calorie treat and contains vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber that can help regulate digestion.
Celery sticks are fine for most big Basset Hounds. Celery leaves are also fine as long as they are organic and washed thoroughly. However, always cut the celery into bite-sized pieces to avoid choking hazards.
Start with one or two bite-sized pieces of celery per Basset Hound per day and monitor their reactions carefully before increasing the amount.
Can Basset Hounds eat cucumbers? Absolutely!
Cucumbers are a low-calorie, low-fat and nutritious snack for your Basset Hound. They can provide vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium and fiber—all of which help with digestion. They’re also packed with moisture, so they help keep your Basset Hound hydrated. Cucumbers also contain phytochemicals that help freshen your Basset Hound’s breath by reducing volatile sulfur compounds (VSCs) in their mouth.
The seeds and peels or skin of cucumbers are safe as long as they are organic. However, avoid processed cucumbers like cucumber pickles, as they may contain harmful food additives like salt, sugar, etc.
How much? Depending on the size of your Basset Hound, only one or two pieces of cucumber are fine per day.
Garlic is toxic to Basset Hounds, and garlic toxicity can cause anemia that requires immediate veterinary attention.
Garlic contains a compound called N-propyl disulfide, a sulfur compound that causes hemolysis and leads to anemia. The toxic dose of garlic for Basset Hounds is 15-30 grams per kilogram of body weight.
Symptoms of garlic toxicity include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, loss of appetite, weakness, pale gums and skin coloration changes.
If you suspect your Basset Hound has eaten garlic, contact your veterinarian immediately.
Can a Basset Hound eat onions?
No, it’s very dangerous for Basset Hounds to eat onions. Onions contain N-propyl disulfide, a sulfur compound that causes hemolysis (the rupture of red blood cells) and anemia in Basset Hounds. The toxic dose for onions is 15 gm/kg of body weight for your Basset Hound, so if you have a small Basset Hound, then a small amount of onion won’t hurt them.
Every type of onion is bad for Basset Hounds – red, white whatever! Besides, all parts of the onion plant are toxic to Basset Hounds too: the flesh, ring, leaves, juice and processed powders.
So if your Basset Hound has eaten any part of an onion or even had contact with the plant, then contact your vet immediately.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat zucchini.
Zucchini is a low calorie treat and full of vitamins and antioxidants. Zucchini is also high in fiber and moisture that helps to keep your Basset Hound’s digestive system healthy.
Plain raw, steamed, or cooked zucchini is safe for Basset Hounds to eat. However, raw zucchini provides more Vitamin A than cooked ones.
Amount depends on the size of your Basset Hound, but start with just one or two small bites.
List of some other snacks Basset Hounds can or can’t eat
Wondering which snacks your Basset Hound can eat or not? Here is a list of some snacks your Basset Hound can or can’t eat:
Bacon is a popular breakfast food and snack for humans, but it’s not the best choice for your Basset Hound. Like all other human foods, bacon can be problematic if given to your Basset Hound too often.
Bacon is an incredibly rich and fatty food with a high salt content that can prove to be too much for a Basset Hound’s stomach to handle.
Eating a large amount of cooked bacon can also cause pancreatitis in Basset Hounds. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas that can be painful and may require hospitalization for monitoring and treatment.
However, giving your Basset Hound small amounts of cooked bacon infrequently should not cause harm if you stick to the recommended serving size.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat beef. In fact, cooked, unseasoned lean beef is safe for Basset Hounds in small amounts unless your Basset Hound is allergic to beef.
Beef is a source of protein and many important vitamins and minerals that are essential for your Basset Hound’s health. It’s also an excellent source of iron, which helps with blood production in both Basset Hounds and humans.
You can give your Basset Hound beef broth, beef stew, and specialized Basset Hound beef jerky without excess salt as long as you don’t overdo it. Don’t feed cooked bone to your Basset Hound though.
Basset Hounds can eat bread, but only plain white and wheat bread.
Bread doesn’t provide much nutrients for your Basset Hound, so don’t offer it in large quantities.
A crust is fine, but a whole slice is too much for your Basset Hound. Too much bread can cause diarrhea or constipation, as well as gas and bloating.
Yes, a small amount of cheese is ok for Basset Hounds. Cheese contains vitamins, fatty acids, proteins and is good for your Basset Hound.
However, be careful of what types of cheese you are feeding to your Basset Hounds. Mozzarella, cottage, swiss and cheddar cheese are safer than spicy cheesecake blue goat parmesan cream cheese, etc.
The amount depends on the size of your Basset Hound, however a few small bites are fine.
Can Basset Hounds eat chicken?
The short answer is yes. Chicken is a great source of protein, omega-6 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. The best option is boneless cooked breast meat—it’s low in fat and calories.
Chicken skin can be high in fat and should be avoided if you’re looking to keep your Basset Hound healthy. The amount depends on the size of the Basset Hound, but give 1/8 to 1/6 cup of meat protein per 10 pounds of body weight per day if your Basset Hound is on a raw meat diet.
Chocolate is a delicious treat for humans, but it’s toxic to Basset Hounds. Theobromine and caffeine are the main toxic components of chocolate, which can cause anything from vomiting to seizures to cardiac arrest. Even small amounts of chocolate can be dangerous for your pup.
If your Basset Hound ate chocolate, contact your vet immediately.
Yes, your Basset Hound can eat eggs. Eggs are high in protein, fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. They’re also low in calories and fat.
Well-cooked egg without seasoning with harmful ingredients is fine—the yolk has more fat than the white, so don’t give your Basset Hound too much of it. But avoid raw eggs because avidin prevents absorption of biotin, which is important for bone health. If you grind eggshells into a powder and there are no sharp edges on them, then they’re perfectly safe for your Basset Hound to eat as well!
Yes! Basset Hounds can eat fish. It’s rich in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
But not all fish are safe for your Basset Hound. Smaller, younger, wild-caught, shorter-lived species like salmon, shrimp and tilapia are safe for your Basset Hound. Avoid longer-lived fish species, like tuna, shark and swordfish, as they can contain heavy metals like mercury. Always clean them properly, debone them, then cook it, adding no harmful additives. Feeding your Basset Hound one or two times per week in small controlled amounts is fine.
Can Basset Hounds eat ice cream? Not only no, but heck no!
Ice cream contains high amounts of dairy products and sugar, which are bad for your Basset Hound’s health. It can also cause diarrhea in Basset Hounds.
Symptoms of ice cream toxicity include bloat, stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, and shock. Basset Hounds who have eaten too much ice cream may also act lethargic or weak. If you suspect your Basset Hound has accidentally eaten ice cream, seek veterinary help immediately.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat peanut butter in moderation.
Peanut butter provides protein, vitamins, and healthy fats that are good for your Basset Hound’s health. However, ensure the peanut butter is pup safe without xylitol and chocolate. Also, avoid peanut butter pretzels, as it contains 3 times more sodium than regular peanut butter.
The amount depends on the size of your Basset Hound, but start with a half teaspoon per day.
Can Basset Hounds eat popcorn?
Yes! Plain, air-popped popcorn is safe for Basset Hounds to eat in small quantities as an occasional treat. Popped corn kernels actually contain several minerals important to Basset Hounds, like magnesium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc, along with fiber and trace amounts of vitamins.
To be safe, however, avoid processed popcorn—buttered popcorn or any other kind of popcorn with toppings are not safe for your Basset Hound. Also, un-popped or partially popped kernels can be a choking hazard and may even cause damage to your Basset Hound’s teeth.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat turkey.
Turkey is a safe option for your Basset Hound as long as you provide lean, white meat that has been cooked and seasoned. Turkey breast is the best option; avoid the skin, which may cause gastric upset and pancreatitis. Processed turkey products should also be avoided because they may contain harmful additives.
20 grams of white meat turkey or 15 grams of dark meat turkey per 12 pounds body weight is considered safe for your pooch.
Yes, Basset Hounds can eat yogurt. Plain yogurt is a perfectly acceptable snack for Basset Hounds, and the good bacteria in it can help strengthen the digestive system.
However, some Basset Hounds may have trouble digesting dairy products. If you’re concerned about whether your Basset Hound can digest yogurt, you can try offering it to your Basset Hound in small amounts to see if it causes any digestive issues.
If your Basset Hound can digest it, the good bacteria in yogurt can help strengthen the digestive system. However, avoid processed yogurt as the added too much sugar or artificial sweeteners can be harmful for your canine friend. Also, avoid adding any other foods to your Basset Hound’s yogurt that might upset their stomachs—like raisins or chocolate chips! Just stick with plain yogurt for now and see how it goes with your furry friend!
One teaspoon of yogurt a day is fine for most Basset Hounds.