We all like to give our dogs special treats, and often wonder if what we are giving them is good, or bad, for them. DDG has created a quick list of foods dogs should not eat to help.
Foods Dogs Should Not Eat, Ever.
There’s a lot of people food that dogs should just not eat, regardless of how they stare at you. Keeping in mind that humans and dogs process foods and the compounds within them differently. Some of these foods are simply too dangerous to dogs.
- AVOCADO: Even though an avocado has great nutrition for humans, to a dog, it could be extremely harmful. An avocado contains “Persin”. It’s in the fruit of the avocado but also in the leaves, bark, skin and seed.
- ALCOHOL: It takes much less to make a dog vomit, have diarrhea, and worse; cause damage to a dogs liver and kidneys.
- ONIONS: Onion whether in fresh or powdered form may cause vomiting and anemia.
- CAFFEINE: Whether it comes from certain soda brands, coffee or tea, giving a dog any amoutn of caffeine can be fatal and there is no cure.
- GRAPES: Feeding your dog grapes or raisins may trigger kidney failure!
- CHOCOLATE: While we all know that chocolate is bad for dogs, here’s why: All chocolate products contain “Theobromine” which is fatal to dogs. Don’t even let them lick the bowl!
- MACADAMIA NUTS: A dog that eats macadamia nuts may experience weakness, paralysis and even death.
- CANDY: Most candies and gums include a sweetener called Xylitol. A dog that eats xylitol may experience diabetic seizures where their body increases the amount of insulin causing their blood sugar to plummet.
- PEACHES: The pits from peaches and plums contain small amounts of cyanide which can be fatal to dogs.
- EGGS: We know that any egg is bad for humans, but raw eggs are extremely bad for dogs. Aside from potential bacteria (E.Coli or Salmonella), eggs may cause skin rashes and extreme hair loss.
- POTATO CHIPS: While we all love to give our pets snacks, the salt within these chips and pretzels can lead to sodium poisoning.
If your curious about what your dog can and can’t eat, it’s best to consult your veterinarian. A dog needs a well balanced meal much like us humans. For them to be active and healthy, restrain from offering them human food as treats.
Foods Dogs May Eat (Ask Your Vet First!)
Researching this topic, we discovered that there are some fresh fruits and vegetables that they can have and include:
- Apple Slices (no peel, core or seeds)
- Oranges (no seeds)
- Watermelon (no rind or seeds)
- Green Beans
- Cooked potatoes
- Cucumber (no skin)
We hope this helps you choose a better alternative to giving dogs foods they can’t eat. No matter how much they whine or beg, be strong and don’t give in and offer foods dogs should not eat. If need be, have a different snack or treat readily available to give them when allowed.