The majority of people understand that there are many foods which a dog should not eat. You hopefully already know not to give your dog chocolate or toothpaste and you probably don’t intentionally allow them to rummage through the trash. However, there are in fact many other foods which may cause serious side effects, health conditions or even death if a dog eats them.
Several of the dangerous foods will also be bitter or otherwise bad tasting to your dog, which is nature’s way to protect animals and people from poisonous and otherwise harmful foods. Unfortunately, some dogs are not swayed by the unpleasant tastes and when it comes to certain food, such as chocolate, they will try even harder to get them.
With the vast assortment of foods you should avoid giving your pooch, here are the basics that you should never give you pet:
- Garlic or Onions – can cause blood damage and anemia due to the release of disulfides and sulfoxides
- Baby Food – often baby good contains onion or garlic powder, which can also cause anemia and other blood related problems
- Bones – Although your pooch may love them, you should never give them actual animal bones of any kind. Bones chip and may be swallowed which can lead to lacerations, obstructions, and even intestinal blockages.
- Cat Food – All pet foods are not created equal. A cat’s diet (and therefore their food) is much higher in protein and fat than that of canines. This can cause the food to be difficult to digest for your dog, which can cause digestive problems.
- Caffiene and Chocolate – Caffeine, Theophylline, and Theobromine are toxic to canine. They may cause nervousness or even heart failure.
- Citrus Oil Extracts may induce vomiting
- Fat Trimmings can cause pancreatitis
- Raisins and Grapes contain a toxin which may cause kidney damage
- Liver – in large quantities may cause Vitamin A toxicity as well as a weakening of the muscles and bones
- Hops – may cause seizures, fever, panting, an increased heart rate and even death
- Iron Vitamin Supplements – Unless directed to do so by your vet, do not give your dog vitamins containing iron. Iron poisoning can cause damage to various organs
- Macademia Nuts may cause adverse reactions within the muscles, nervous system, and digestive system
- Mold can cause vomiting and diarrhea as well as organ damage
- Mushrooms – Some types of mushrooms are toxic and may cause shock, system failure and even death in some cases
- Raw Eggs may cause Salmonella as well as hair and skin conditions due to the enzyme Avidin
- Rhubarb, Tomato Plant Leaves, and Potato all contain oxalates which can cause digestive and urinary problems
- Plums and Peaches have pits that your pet may choke on
- Persimmons contain seeds that may result in enteritis or intestinal blockages
- Raw Fish – can cause Thiamine deficiency which may result in seizures, a loss of appetite and even death
- Salt may cause electrolyte imbalance and dehydration which can both cause problems with the nervous system
- Xylitol can cause liver failure
- Alcohol – Even “just a little bit” may cause organ damage, coma, or death
This list is just a quick report of the foods which have caused immediate and direct damage to a dog’s health and organs. Additionally, dogs that receive table scraps or are overfed are at a particularly high risk for weight and other health problems.
As the dog owner, it’s your obligation to ensure that your dog is well fed, but only given the foods that are good for them.
Remember, they are generally happy to eat whatever you give them but fatty, rich foods from the table may be even worse over time than the foods listed above.
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