Human Foods Safe for Boston Terriers To Eat

When Emily and I first got Bella, we worried about what Bella ate, we still do today but to a lesser degree. If you put food in front of your Boston, they WILL eat it.

Bella has eaten a whole list of things I would never recommend for dogs: Crisco, butter, a pen cap, chocolate, grapes, paper towels, toy animal stuffing…and on and on.

Human Foods Safe for Boston Terriers To Eat. Boston Terrier Society.
Don’t worry I did not feed the chocolate to Bella. She really wanted it!

However, there are many human foods Boston Terriers can eat, and a few your dog should never eat! In this article, we will cover the good and the bad.

What Type Of Food Do You Give Your Boston?

Before we start please answer this quick poll. what do you feed your Boston or plan on feeding your Boston? There are three primary food types wet, dry, and raw. With a number of variations with each.

Thank you for voting!

Human Food Ok to Eat

The following seven foods are human foods that are not only ok for Boston Terriers to eat, but they are also beneficial for them. Every dog is different. When feeding your pup human food, keep track as to how your Terrier reacts to each, and take note. Even though a food is recommended, the food may not agree with your individual pet.


Eggs contain natural protein and contain vitamins A, D, E, and complex B vitamins. This is a natural food to add to any dog’s diet; it will disappear as quickly as you put it in front of your pet.

Your Boston Terrier needs cardiovascular health just like humans, and eggs are a fantastic source of heart health for your beloved pet. For a Boston Terrier, ½ of an egg per day is enough to give your dog. You can even skip a day if you so choose.  

2. Fish

Small oily fish is recommended for the average Boston Terrier regularly. This is an excellent source of Omega 3 oils. The fish you need to look for are the sardines and anchovies because they haven’t gathered the toxins larger fish have accumulated.

Fish will give your Boston Terrier joint support and help kidney function, heart health, skin, and eye health. A Boston terrier could start out with ½ sardine per day and work up to a little more each day.

I have never personally tried feeding Bella whole fish, I think this might make her farts worse. We have instead opted for Blue Buffalo Salmon dog food. This also allows her to get the benefits of eating fish.

3. Bone Broth

Bone Broth is healing soup for most dogs, and the Boston Terrier is no different. Let the bones simmer over the stove for several hours or days with a little vinegar to help break down the bone substance. This makes the bone nutrients bioavailable for your Terrier’s body to easily absorb.

Almost every disease a dog usually gets begins in the gut.  Bone broth will help your dog’s digestive system.

The components of bone broth also are known to alleviate relief from joint pain and are potent anti-inflammatories. Bone broth is rich in calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and zinc. Bone broth helps with the absorption of these minerals. In short, bone broth is a wonder food to supplement your Boston Terrier’s regular diet.

4. Veggies

Veggies can be served to your Boston Terrier either raw or cooked. These healthy vegetables include carrots, broccoli, celery, spinach, sweet red bell peppers, cucumbers, raw cabbage, and green beans. If your Terrier wants potatoes, those HAVE to be cooked. And, never, ever feed your pup onions. Cut veggies are great treats for using when training your young dog. Tasty, but yet free of calories.

5. Raw Goat Milk

What in the world does raw goat milk do for your Boston Terrier? This needs to be unpasteurized goat milk at that. Unpasteurized goat milk is full of nutrients. The list is so vast it is almost hard to measure:  

  • Fat-soluble vitamins A, D, and K2
  • Healthy fats: Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) and Omega-3s
  • Probiotics and digestive enzymes
  • Protein/amino acids
  • Immunoglobulins
  • Minerals and electrolytes: calcium, magnesium, potassium

In general, cow milk is not supposed to be given to dogs, but goat’s milk actually helps reduce allergies. Have you ever had a dog allergic to the grass outside? Goat’s milk is supposed to help diminish this allergy and others. Goat’s milk is easy to digest, so about a ¼ cup per day is plenty for your Boston Terrier.

6. Peanut Butter

Peanut butter is a simple food full of protein for both dogs and people. If you add peanut butter to a Kong, your Boston will be busy for hours.

For a Boston Terrier, simply add a tablespoon of peanut butter on dry food one time a day or every two days. Make sure the peanut butter is all natural peanut butter and the ingredient Xylitol is not in it at all. Xylitol can be dangerous for pets.

7. Pumpkin and Sweet Potatoes

Both pumpkin and sweet potatoes are a great source of beta carotene and vitamin A. They help keep your Boston Terrier’s digestive system on track. You should cook the sweet potatoes and use canned pumpkin or cook the pumpkin as well.

Are You Worried About Your Boston’s Veterinarian Bills?

Emily and I recently purchased Pet Assure for Bella. It is not like traditional insurance.

We simply paid $100 and you then get 25% off on all vet visits and procedures. As long as you spend more than $400 on vet visits throughout the year you will save money.

Pet Assure covers procedure, teeth cleaning, normal visit so the costs can easily add up to $400.

Get your Pet Assure plan for your Boston Terrier here, Pet Assure.

Or watch this YouTube video where I talk about the plan we purchased.

Donnie explaining why he bought Pet Assure for his Boston Terrier, Bella.

Human Foods Not Safe for a Boston Terrier

PetMD Lists 5 Holiday Foods You Should Not Feed A Dog.

As you can see, many foods are not only safe for Boston Terriers to eat but are actually beneficial for their health and well being. However, some foods are never safe to give your Boston Terrier according to Pet Web MD, they are:

  • Onions and garlic
  • Chocolate and cocoa
  • Grapes
  • Avocados
  • Alcohol
  • Cows milk and dairy products
  • Coffee
  • Gum

The above foods may be lethal in even small doses. However, Bella has eaten a bag of chocolate, grapes, avocadoes, and yogurt and has lived through every event just fine.

However, every dog is different.  If your dog eats even small amounts of these harmful foods, call your veterinarian to see what you should do.

Final thoughts…

There are several foods your Boston should avoid. Be sure to remember this list and ask your veterinarian what is best to do when your dog consumes one of the listed items. And be sure to introduce any human food to your Boston slowly. Bostons are known to have allergies and sensitivities, so if you do give your Boston human food monitor how they react.

Also, the recommended list and amounts are not to be used all at once. DO NOT feed your Boston raw goats milk, peanut butter, and fish all at the same time…you will have a fat Boston. Use these recommendations one at a time.

What is the weirdest thing your Boston has eaten? Please leave a comment below.


*Always consult your veterinarian before starting a new diet.

Human Foods Safe for Boston Terriers To Eat. Boston Terrier Society.
Human Foods Safe for Boston Terriers To Eat. Boston Terrier Society.

Donnie Gardner

Donnie Gardner is the owner of the Boston Terrier Society. He has been raising Bella the Boston since 2010. He resides in Kansas with his wife, daughter, and Bella. His favorite activities are hanging out with family, traveling, running (but has bad knees), and reading non-fiction books.

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