7 Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

January 27th, 2016

dog-food-diteYour dog may be a professionally cute beggar, but there are some foods your dog should never eat, no matter how cute she is.

1. Avocado

Avocados contain a substance called persin. It’s harmless for humans, but large amounts might be toxic to dogs. Persin is in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as in the fruit, so keep all parts of an avocado away from your dog. This includes guacamole too!

2. Onions and Garlic

Powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated onions and garlic are among the foods your dog should never eat. They can give your dog food poisoning. They can also destroy your dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia, weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness.

3. Caffeine

Coffee, teas, energy drinks, sodas, cocoa and other caffeines can be fatal for your dog. And there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding.

4. Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure, and just a small amount can make your dog lethargic, vomit, or listless. Keep these well out of your dog’s reach.

5. Milk, cheese, and other dairy

It might be tempting to give your dog a cheese treat, or wrap some medicine in cream cheese, but dairy products can give your dog diarrhea or itchy skin.

6. Macadamia nuts

This is one of those surprising foods your dog should never eat. As few as six raw or roasted macadamias can be fatal. They can cause muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, rapid heart rate, and death. So keep those chocolate covered macadamia nuts, or macadamia nut cookies far away from your dog!

7. Raw animal products

Raw foods like meat, fish, and eggs can contain bacteria that causes food poisoning. Certain kinds of fish such as salmon, trout, shad, or sturgeon can contain a parasite that causes “fish disease” or “salmon poisoning disease.” Symptoms of this include vomiting, fever, and big lymph nodes. Make sure you thoroughly cook fish, meat, and eggs before giving them to your dog.