20 Foods Dogs Should Never Eat

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20 Foods Dogs Should Never Eat

These can make your dog very ill, many are toxic

1. Alcohol – Causes weakness, vomiting, dangerously low blood pressure, coma and death in pets.

2. Apple, Apricot, Cherry and Plum Seeds/Pits – These pits contain cyanide which can cause vomiting, irregular and fast heartbeat, seizures, coma and death due to the inability of red blood cells to properly carry oxygen to cells.

3. Avocado – Contains Persin, a toxic compound that causes vomiting and diarrhea.

4. Broccoli – Contains isothiocyanate which can be harmful to pets in very large doses.

5. Caffeine – Contains methylxanthines which can cause potentially fatal diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and irregular heart beats.

6. Chives – Can cause potentially fatal anemia in dogs (and cats).

7. Chocolate – Contains methylxanthines which can cause potentially fatal diarrhea, vomiting, seizures and irregular heart beats.

8. Garlic – Can cause potentially fatal anemia in dogs (and cats).

9. Grapes and Raisins – Can cause severe and potentially fatal kidney failure.

10. Ham – May cause pancreatitis, a potentially fatal disease, due to high fat content.

11. Macadamia Nuts – Contains an unidentified toxin that can cause vomiting, weakness, joint pain and inflammation.

12. Milk & Dairy Products – May cause diarrhea and gas in adult animals who are lactose intolerant.

13. Mushrooms – Many types contain many different toxins that may cause kidney and liver failure, vomiting, diarrhea, hallucination and damage to red blood cells.

14. Nutmeg – May cause hallucinations and severe vomiting.

15. Onions – Causes potentially fatal oxidation of red blood cells leading to their destruction and causing anemia.

16. Salt – Excessive amounts of salt can cause a change in the fluid balance of cells thus causing tremors, seizures and coma (this includes rock salt and homemade playdough).

17. Spicy Food – Extra heat added to a dish could potentially cause vomiting, stomach ulcers or diarrhea.

18. Sugar-Free Gum & Candy (Xylitol) – Causes a potentially fatal drop in blood glucose (blood sugar) followed by severe liver damage.

19. Tobacco – Nicotine containing products can cause excitement, vomiting and tremors that are usually followed by fatal paralysis.

20. Yeast Dough – Yeast in the raw dough can cause an excess buildup of gas in a pet’s stomach causing severe pain and potential life threatening torsion or rupture of the stomach.

By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a pet insurance agency.

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  • Why does my dog never eat pet food, he is becoming more fussy!? He only likes to eat, human food like us, chicken, fried rice. His a half shizo and moltes he doesn’t eat. It started when we let him in our room, and surround boxes around him. He wouldn’t eat a dog biscuit or dog dinner.

    • Bentleys Daddy

      This is a common problem. Not to worry. Bentley is a 10 lb Maltese/Havanese mix. He started off with dog food. Then when he had some teeth pulled as a pup while being neutered, we fed him soft, human food. He never went back. Too tasty.So now, we cook, in batches, ground turkey and skinless chicken thighs. We mix, ground, dry dog food (two tablespoons) with a 1/4 of chicken in the morning and evening. It may sound like a lot of trouble, but its not. Just throw the dry dog food in a food processor, keep in an air tight container, cook the chicken in batches and place servings in small containers. He devours his meals each day. We’re happy and his poop is great.

  • pam

    I was surprised at some of these foods!! There are the old standbys…. chocolate, onions, raisins, etc…but I NEVER knew about dairy products! Or mushrooms! I did know though that sugar free gum with that ingredient in it that begins with an “X” can be fatal to dogs…and it doesn’t take much!! Thanks!!

  • Superstar

    Make sure if you are going to feed your companion human food, it should not include any condiments like salt, pepper. Example chicken, make sure it is just boiled in water (without anything in it) until tender. When done, cool it and do not drain. When it’s time to eat, make sure it’s chopped or in small pieces so they could digest it well. You could mix it with dog food.

  • Robi

    Many breeders use and recommend cottage cheese and yogurt and many professionals use cheese (very small bits) in training. I have never seen a dog get sick from dairy products in 20 years as a professional dog trainer and owner, but I suppose IF the dog is lactose intolerant it could be a problem.

  • Garlic and broccoli are in every home-cooked recipe for dogs, including and specifically in a cancer diet. Please refer to Dr. Demian Dressler’s Cancer Survival Book and Diet. All veggies should be processed or lightly cooked to break the cell walls for easy digestion, and finely minced raw garlic promotes a healthy immune system – you just wouldn’t feed a head of garlic but a half to one clove depending on weight of dog. I guess this info is put out there for the folks that would serve some foods incorrectly, yet I don’t see anything out here warning about the dangers of flea/tick and heartworm meds.

    • Amy Young

      I fed my dogs steamed broccoli for years and then saw where it is toxic to dogs. I have always thought of it as being an antioxidant for humans and pets. My vet knew I fed them broccoli and said it was fine. Is there something I am missing here? They loved it. I gave them 1/4-1/2 cup broccoli along with cooked chicken breast, and I add either fresh blueberries or canned pumpkin, and 1/4-1/3 cup of Blue Buffalo dry food, twice a day. I have stopped giving them broccoli, but they never exhibited any issues when they were eating it. Is this something that can happen years later?


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