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20 Human Foods Poisonous To Dogs

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When feeding your dog, you need to be as careful as possible. It is a common misconception that you can feed your pet the same things that you eat. After all, if it’s safe for human consumption, it must be fine for dogs, right? Wrong. The truth of the matter is that some things we eat are toxic foods for dogs. If you want your pet to lead a happy, healthy life, you need to avoid feeding it the wrong foods at all costs. So, what are the foods that are poisonous to dogs? Let’s have a look at twenty human foods poisonous to dogs that you must never give to your pet as a tasty treat.

Foods Poisonous To Dogs

Don't let me sup your beer!

1. Hops

Most people don’t know what hops are, but they are a type of plant that you can find in beer brewing. If you like your ale as tempting as it might be to share and let the dog lick the froth or have a slurp, don’t do it. You might think that if they lap some up, it is no big deal, but it is. It can cause anxiety, vomiting, increased body temperature and even death. So take care when you’re drinking alcohol around your pet.

2. Avocado

Avocado is a delicious, healthy snack for humans. For some dog breeds though the persin found in Avocado can be toxic. So when treating your pet, to be safe, you ought to avoid anything that has avocado in it. That includes sauces like guacamole, that way you will avoid vomitting and diarrhea.

You Can't Feed Me Chocolate

3. Chocolate

Who doesn’t love to chomp on a tasty chocolate bar now and then? This one might be the nation’s favourite treat, but your dog should never try it. Dogs love the taste and smell of chocolate, but they should never eat it. The dangerous chemical in chocolate is methylxanthines – no we can’t say it either! It tends to be more concentrated in darker bitter chocolates. In extreme circumstances, chocolate consumption can lead to death. Take particular care around holiday periods such as Christmas, Easter or halloween when the nations own chocolate consumption is sky high. Special safe doggy chocolate treats are available from your local pet supply shop.

4. Bread dough

If you’re baking, make sure that your dog never tries any of the unbaked dough. In the warm tummy of your doggy the dough expands and can lead to serious bloating and potentially a twisted stomach, owch! The yeast in the dough has it’s pitfalls too since it can go on to ferment alcohol in the stomach and lead to poisoning. This can cause them some serious digestive problems and even death. It’s just not worth it.

5. Macadamia Nuts

Again, macadamia nuts tend to be quite healthy for us humans, but they could harm your pet. These treats are one of the most poisonous foods for dogs. They can be found in rich cakes, biscuits and often in white chocolate. The toxin in macadamia nuts can cause issues with nerve functions. Avoid them at all costs.

6. Garlic

You’ve probably heard that garlic is no good for our canine friends. Well, the rumours are true. This food can lead to digestive problems and even red blood cell damage. Many foods have garlic in them, and so you should always read the label.

7. Onions

Much like garlic, onions are another food that dogs find it difficult to digest. If you make a pie with onions in it, unfortunately, your dog can’t try it. Sorry.

8. Coffee

Caffeine contains stimulants that are dangerous for your pet. Never let your dog try your coffee or lick coffee powder.

9. Corn

Many people make the mistake of feeding their dog corn. After all, it is a natural vegetable, which should be healthy and nutritious. This food can cause a block in your dog’s intestines. It would most likely result in them being sick.

10. Peaches

Peaches are a delicious summertime snack, but not for your puppy. If there is a peach tree in the garden, you need to make sure that you get to the fruit before your dog does. Peaches are common in many puddings too so watch out.

11. Plums

In the same way that peaches are dangerous, plums are too. You should never let your dog eat plums as they are acidic and toxic to dogs.

12. Milk

Most canines are lactose intolerant, which means that they can’t eat dairy. Dogs just don’t have enough of the enzyme lactase to break down the particles in milk.

13. Cherries

Cherries present two challenges for dogs. Firstly, they are hard to digest and may cause irritation. Secondly, they have massive stones in the middle of them, which could be a choking hazard. You can often find cherries in cakes, and so you should take care.

14. Sweets

If your kids like to eat sweets, make sure that they never give any to your pet. Your children might think they are kind, but the sugar in sweets could harm your dog’s heart.

15. Apple seeds

Apple seeds contain the chemical amygdalin, which is highly toxic to dogs. This substance is like a form of puppy poison – steer well clear of it. This food is massively poisonous to dogs, and so you can’t let your pet have it.

16. Mouldy food

Just as you shouldn’t eat mouldy food, neither should your dog. When food begins to get mouldy, it is hosting dangerous bacteria. Neither you nor your pets should eat that bacteria as it may cause you some serious problems.

17. Apricot

Whether they are dry or fresh, apricots are dangerous to dogs. While we have the proper enzymes to break down fruit, canines don’t.

18. Rhubarb

Since rhubarb grows in many British gardens, you need to be aware of just how dangerous it can be. If your pup accidentally eats some of this plant, it will become ill. When your dog plays outside, watch it at all times. You can also find this food in some puddings.

19. Salt

We already know that salt is quite bad for humans, right? Well, it is just as terrible for your dog’s health as it is yours. You should make sure that your pet doesn’t have too many salty snacks. Things like crisps can be a danger for your pet, and so you should never give them to your puppy.

20. Mushrooms

Not all mushrooms are toxic for dogs, but some are. If you don’t know much about the various species of mushrooms, you ought to avoid giving any to your dog. If your pup eats the wrong type of mushroom, they could die.

So, what human food can dogs eat?

While there are many food groups that you should never feed your pet, there are some that are fine. If you want to share food with your dog, you can do so. The following things are safe for your pet:

  • Chicken
  • Broccoli
  • Salmon
  • Green beans
  • Eggs
  • Carrots
  • Oatmeal
  • Unsalted peanut butter

Remember, when you’re caring for any animal, it is crucial you understand their particular diet. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that our digestive systems are the same – they’re not. Instead, educate yourself on what you can feed your dog and avoid foods poisonous to dogs. That way, you’ll always have a healthy pet! The same can be said of choosing good quality toys and a travel crate for your dog.

If you know of any other foods you think need adding to our list let us know and we’ll check them out. Lets keep our pooches safe!


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