Dogs are beggars. Their big, wet, innocent eyes and supernaturally sweet demeanors make them pretty much impossible to deny. They want to hop up in bed with us? Fine, come on up. They don’t want us to leave the house? Okay, okay we won’t go out. We don’t need friends anyway. We have you, doggo! Honestly if they wanted money we’d give them cash. Mostly though, our dogs want food. All the time. And if it weren’t for the budgetary constraints we’d probably be serving up a bowl of medium-rare filet mignon every night to an animal that would just as happily eat an old hot dog out of the trash. Because love. But we have to show self-control for the sake of the pups we love so irrationally, yet justifiably. Because no matter how much you and I want to treat them, it’s more important to keep your dog healthy. There are foods that, no matter how sadly your good boy is looking up at you, you shouldn’t reach under the table and feed him. These are some of those foods dogs can’t eat.
At this point, who doesn’t love avocados? There’s a decent chance that even people who don’t love them lie and say they do just to fit in. Your dog loves them too. Because dogs love anything even remotely edible. Unfortunately, when you bring the pup to brunch they can’t be as cool as you are and have a piece of your avocado toast. For dogs, avocados can cause upset stomach, breathing trouble, and fluid buildup in the chest. They’re also a choking hazard. So can a dog eat avocados? No.
Almonds are a heart healthy snack and a great source of protein — for you. For your dog, though, they’re hard to digest and thus a source of stomach pain. Almonds can also cause pancreatitis and, like avocados, can be a choking hazard. Keep the decorative bowl of nuts above the table. Can a dog eat almonds? No.
It probably seems like a funny party trick to give your dog a beer (or stronger) but DO NOT DO THAT. Alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s brain and liver that it does on a human’s. Except a dog’s brain is roughly equivalent to that of a two year old child’s, and chances are your dog weighs less than 100 pounds, which means it’s like you’re giving alcohol to a very large toddler. That’s super not okay. Can a dog drink alcohol? NO.
“Fruit is healthy, so this is probably cool,” you think to yourself as you toss your dog a grape, somehow forgetting that you are a different species than your dog-shaped dog. While some fruits are fine for dogs to eat, grapes (and raisins) can lead to kidney failure, and cause vomiting and sluggishness. Can you feed your dog grapes? No.
Yes, we know, this sounds like fake news. Bacon is meat. Dogs love meat. There’s even an extremely popular brand of dog snack whose premise and advertising is predicated around a canine’s inherent love of bacon. We must be liars. But yeah, crazy story, bacon isn’t good for a dog to eat. Bacon is a fatty cut of meat, and eating it can lead to pancreatitis, digestion problems, and trouble absorbing nutrients. If the pup wants some meat, go with something leaner. Can a dog eat bacon? No more than a teeny, tiny piece every now and then. (Even we can’t fully advocate against spoiling your pup a little — BUT ONLY A LITTLE!)
Austin has many great things: the weather, the food, the plethora of music. But one of the greatest things is how much we love our pets. We can’t say for certain that Austin is constantly listed as one of the greatest places to live because we’re dog friendly, but it certainly can’t hurt. From our numerous dog parks to our pet friendly apartments, you can take your fur baby just about anywhere. To celebrate, ZippiVet has compiled a list of all the best dog friendly restaurants so your favorite companion can join you for some tasty cuisine. (Just don’t feed them any of the people food!
Best Dog Friendly Restaurants in Austin:
The sausage and beer garden comes complete with a closed off area for pups of all sizes to play together.
The beautiful North Austin restaurant welcomes all furry friends on the sunny front patio. Since most of the dining is outdoors you will be able to dine with your fur friend in ultimate comfort.
This Austin pub is just as famous for its commitment to natural food and its amazing drink selection as it is for its pet accommodations – including a large patio and small dog menu.
The part time bakery, part time beer garden is full time pet friendly with plenty of room for dogs in the outdoor area (plus ping pong tables for people!)
The perfect pit stop after a long hike along the Greenbelt or play date in Zilker Park, Uncle Billy’s is completely pet friendly and serves up delicious BBQ and brews for the humans.
Austin’s million dollar idea is a beautiful dog park complete with a bar serving up cocktails, beer, snacks, salads, and soups – plus there’s a dog menu with dog friendly Beef Sliders and Ice Cream.
The popular beer garden and pizza joint is beloved by people and pups. There are with plenty of shady places to hang, a dog watering station and dog bowls for all.
The Indian-Fusion restaurant/brewery/venue is the perfect place for you to enjoy delicious food while your dog enjoys your company. Plus, the outdoor bar means you never have to tie up or leave your dog to refresh your brew.
Looking for something a little more upscale? Snack Bar serves up delicious meals and cocktails on a beautiful patio complete with a fire pit – and it’s all dog friendly.
Need to catch up on some studying or people watching with the pup? Enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a breakfast taco at this Austin icon.