11 foods that dogs should not eat
It’s not uncommon to reward your pup with a few morsels of “people food” or share a nibble or two off your dinner plate. While many fridge and pantry items are perfectly safe for young dogs (and make great training tools!), there are several foods that are unsafe for dogs. Some may surprise you!
Check out the list below to keep your pooch safe and healthy. As always, if you suspect your dog has consumed any of the items below, please contact your local veterinarian or the 24-hour ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435).
- Grapes and raisins: These foods contain a toxin that cause kidney failure in dogs.
- Raw or cooked bones: Given the multitude of bone-shaped treats and toys on the market, it may seem natural to give your pup a bone from a chicken, turkey, or other animal. However, bones are a serious choking hazard for dogs. Bones may also splinter as dogs chew on them, puncturing their digestive tracts and leading to serious damage.
- Chocolate: Chocolate is well-known on the list of foods to avoid giving to dogs. Toxic elements in chocolate can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and long-term damage to your pup’s cardiovascular system.
- Coffee: Any energy boosting food or drink might be the very last thing you want to give an active puppy! Caffeine is also poisonous to dogs and should be avoided. Thus, the same applies to other foods that include caffeine, including energy drinks, chocolate (see above), and diet pills.
- Macadamia nuts: Post-consumption symptoms include weakness, hyperthermia, tremors, and vomiting.
- Garlic and onions: Although generally only dangerous when consumed in large quantities, best to avoid feeding your pup any garlic or onions. These foods can cause gastrointestinal distress and damage to red blood cells.
- Dairy products: Just like many humans, dogs are lactose intolerant. While small amounts of milk and other items containing dairy do not pose a risk of death for dogs, they will cause gastrointestinal distress that are no fun for your pup (or you!).
- Alcohol: Keep that pup sober! Dogs that consume alcohol may not only become intoxicated, but can experience breathing problems, discoordination, coma, and death. This extends to marijuana too. While it may be legal in some states, make sure it stays out of your pup’s paws.
- Cat food: While most dogs will turn their nose up at cat food, it’s best to make sure your feline friends aren’t sharing their supper. Cat food contains levels of protein and fat that are not appropriate for your dog.
- Xylitol: A sweetener often found in gum, candy, and diet foods, xylitol can cause a very dangerous drop in your dog’s blood sugar and ultimately, seizures and liver failure.
- Avocado: Avocados contain persin, which is poisonous for dogs. This is found not only in the flesh of the fruit, but also in the leaves, seeds, and bark of avocado trees, so keep a close eye if those are growing near your dog. Avocados can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart problems.
If you’re looking for healthy treats for your dog, check out Pettium’s article on homemade dog treats.