Don't Put These Foods On Your Dog's Menu

They say a dog is man's best friend. It also means man is his dog's best friend. This should hold true especially when it comes to what foods you put on your dog's menu. While most of the following foods are healthy for you to eat, they are harmful and should not be on your dog's menu. You might be thinking you are giving your dog a treat, but actually you are signing your dog's death certificate when you put these foods on your dog's menu. Some of these common foods might surprise you especially since they are healthy for humans.

Avocados are good for making guacamole, but don't give any of this to your dog because avocados contain persin, a substance that is harmless for humans who aren't allergic. However, large amounts of avocados can be deadly for dogs. Persin is in the leaves, seeds, and bark. So, keep your dog away from avocado plants as well.

Chocolate could kill your dog. White chocolate is not harmful, but the fat and sugar are not good for your dog. Dark chocolate, baker's chocolate and cocoa powder are the most dangerous. They contain theobromine, a methylxanthine derivative, that could cause a dog to urinate more frequently than usual, vomit, have diarrhea and seizures. How chocolates affect the dog depends on the size of the dog, the type of chocolate and how much chocolate your dog eats.

Refrain from giving your dog caffeine in any form. Theobromine that is found in chocolate is also found in coffee and tea. No alcoholic beverage including beer, liquor, wine, and foods containing alcohol should be given to your dog. It takes far less alcohol for a dog's brain and liver to be affect by alcohol. The effect is greater in smaller dogs. So stop taking your dog to Happy Hour at the local bar.

Do not give into the temptation of sharing your ice cream cone with your dog. Milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive ailments.

GRAPES AND RAISINS Grapes and raisins are on everybody list of healthy foods; however, these should not be on your dog's menu because they are deadly for your dog. Grapes and raisins lead to kidney failure. While you might not give your dogs grapes and raisins by the handful, raisins might be in cakes and cookies. Do not give these as a treat. Keep them off counters and other places where your dog might help himself.

Your dog can do without onions, garlic and chives; that is, if you want him to live. Do not let your dog eat onions, garlic or chives in any form (dry, raw, powdered, dehydrated or cooked). All three of these foods contain thiosulphate that can irritate the gastrointestinal system of your dog. Thiosulphate given in a high dosage in one meal or consumed in several days can damage red blood cells in your dog.

Do not ever give your dog raw or roasted macadamia nuts or macadamia butter. They contain a dangerous toxin that can cause excessive panting, tremors and swollen limbs.

Candy of any type, gum, baked goods, and diet foods should be kept away from your dog because they are sweetened with xylitol that will make your dog's blood sugar to drop. This will cause liver failure within just a few days. Your dog may have seizures. Also, keep toothpaste out of reach of your dog.

If it's not good for you, then it is not good for your dog to eat. Both cooked and uncooked fat trimmed from meat can cause pancreatitis in dogs. A dog can choke on bones even though it is natural to give a dog a bone. Splinters can be in bones that can lacerate your dog's digestive system.

You should not give your dog persimmons, peaches and plum not because of the fruit but because of the seeds and pits. The seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine and intestinal obstruction. This is also true if your dog eats a pit from a peach or plum. Cyanide, found in peach and plum pits, is poisonous to both humans and dogs. Humans know not to eat the pits while dog don't know how not to eat them.

Raw meat and raw fish contain bacteria that causes food poisoning. Also, certain kinds of fish contain a parasite that might kill your dog within two weeks. Cooking the fish will kill the parasite and spare your dog's life.


If you give your dogs raw eggs, there is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria like Salmonella or E. coli. Additionally, an enzyme in raw eggs interferes with the absorption of Vitamin B . This may cause skin problems and problem with your dog's coat.

Do not share snacks with your dog. Salty foods like chips or pretzels should be kept away from your dog because eating too much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination and lead to sodium ion poisoning. This may cause death.

Yeast dough needs to rise and it will rise in your dog's stomach if you let him eat it. The rising dough can stretch the dog's abdomen and cause severe pain. Also, yeast ferments and will produce alcohol that leads to alcohol poisoning.

Your medicine is for you, but it could poison and kill your dog. Keep all medicines out of your dog's reach just as you should keep it out of your children's reach. Do not give your dog any medicine unless it is prescribed by your vet. Some medicine could be deadly for your dog.

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Mark Ewbie 6 years ago from Euroland

A good list of things to avoid giving your dog. Seems strange that there are some foods they can't eat, after all, they will pretty much eat anything - but it is very important to know what not to give them.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Mark, thank you for reading and responding. This is the first article I have ever written in this category. I heard on the news about some of the foods that are deadly for dogs and then I did further research to come up with this article.

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Dian'swords4u 6 years ago from North Carolina

I have had dogs for years and I just feed them DOG food. That is what it is made for. I love this hub. The dog I have now will not eat anything from anyone. She was severely abused when I got her. Now I just find that she eats her dog food well and I give her some big dog bones for her to have fun with. Thanks for this hub.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Dian'swords4u: I don't own a dog and have never owned a dog. I saw on the news about what not to feed your dog so I did further research because I thought this information would be helpful for dog owners to know. I must admit that writing this article was out of my element!

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mistyhorizon2003 6 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

An excellent Hub again revmjm, full of good advice. I actually hubbed on the grapes and raisin's being able to kill your dog myself, mainly because when working in a vets it was alarming how many people simply didn't know this, nor realised it could kill the dog within hours, not days.

I only partially agree on the raw meat tip though. Many people convert their dogs on to a raw meat diet because it is natural, (after all, in the wild they eat it raw). So long as the change is done gradually, and the meat is fresh, with any uneaten removed and disposed of, then raw meat is a very good diet. Even raw chicken is fine if fresh, for both dogs and cats. I found loads about this on the Internet, and it seems to be very popular. The main thing is that the meat is fresh, then there should be no problems.

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Dian'swords4u 6 years ago from North Carolina

You did a great job. Sometimes we need to stretch ourselves a litte. I have been contemplating this myself. I love lots of things and have many interests. I just may go off the deep end soon. If I do I hope someone will be there to catch me if I fall flat of my face. But, you have to learn from your mistakes and reap the good and move on. Its not until you get up , brush the dust off and start again that you learn some of life's greatest lessons. "Keep On Going."

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Tamarajo 6 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I don't have dogs anymore but these are great tips. I knew about the chocolate but did not know about most of the others.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

I must admit I know absolutely nothing about dogs and what to feed them. All this information is from RESEARCH and not EXPERIENCE. However, if I ever get a dog I will follow these tips.

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Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

revmjm: Thank you for this info and if I ever get a dog, I'll be sure to remember this. Seems like dogs should come with "Don't feed labels or something.

godpreacher 6 years ago


I must say that I wholeheartedly agree that we should look out for the best interest of our dogs. But as my dog and I read this article, my dog was not at all pleased with the things that would be taken from his menu, and from his snacks.He is still sulking as I write.

Great Article.

God Bless

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Thanks, godpreacher, for your comment.

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MarloByDesign 6 years ago from United States

I do not understand why garlic salt is an ingredient in some healthy, all natural dog snacks, like Old Mother Hubbard.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

MarloByDesign, I don't understand that either. It must be some scientific reason though.

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SJKSJK 6 years ago from delray beach, florida

Thanks for the list. I have also heard that dogs should not have turkey or ham.

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

SJKSJK: Thanks for reading and responding.

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Betty Johansen 6 years ago

Hi revmjm. Are you going to do cats next? As I read this article, I kept thinking about the stray cat I feed. She gobbles up dry cat food from a bag, but she won't touch leftovers from our table, including milk. I guess she's one smart kitty cat! A great hub!

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Betty: You know that is a very good idea. This article did climb up my leader board pretty fast. People might want to see a list of foods about cats as well. Here's a secret though: I don't own any pets.

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hospitalera 6 years ago

You admit several times in the comments that you don't own a dog, nor any other pets. Hence all your research is done by what you found on the internet. As you don't have the experience, nor the knowledge to verify the found information, I find this a bit problematic, to say the least, SY

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revmjm 6 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

hospitalera: Your point is well taken. I don't own HubPages, but I know how it works. I don't own a television station, but I know what channels to watch on television. I don't own the computer company that made this computer I am typing on. However, I know enough about it to know what works and what doesn't. So what I am saying is that I don't need to own a dog or cat to know what would harm them. If what you are saying is true, then you wouldn't trust an optician who didn't wear glasses or a dentist who didn't have dentals. And you would frown upon a doctor delivering a baby who had never had one.

Thanks for reading and responding.

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sonia05 5 years ago from india

nice and informative hub for pet lovers and owners!

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

sonia05: Thanks for reading and responding.

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flit 5 years ago from Ontario

I knew about most of those things - but not avocados!

Kare 5 years ago

I am a strong advocate for the raw feeding system. I honestly believe if some dogs were put on a raw food diet they would not be in rescue today, I had a totally hyperactive dog who became a great pet once i rescued her and she changed to raw foods.

There is no problem whatsoever and in fact great benefit from feeding your dogs uncooked meats, uncooked egg and yes even uncooked bones. Cooked bones are sometimes unsafe and can break in sharp ways. The main part of their diet for many dogs is raw chicken wings, bones as well, the bones are actually flexible and chewy uncooked

Garlic fed to dogs in small amounts is a great natural flea/tick deterrent, without any harmful chemicals.

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Flit and Kara, thanks for reading, responding and adding your suggestions.

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Treasuresofheaven 5 years ago from Michigan

This hub made me interested in dogs even though I do not own one. Your list looks comprehensive. I always thought dogs can eat anything humans can....oh well!

Nice job!

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Treasuresofheaven: Keep this list handy so when you get your dog you will know what not to feed it. Some foods we eat can be deadly for a dog!

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IntegriousProject 5 years ago from Chicago, IL

Good info! When I first got my dog, the people we got her from said they gave her raw eggs daily to keep her coat healthy! I'm glad we didnt follow that advice! We now give her fish oil which helps her coat tons.

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

IntegriousProject: Good for you. I am glad you learned what was best for your dog.

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FishAreFriends 5 years ago from Colorado

So Helpful!!

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

FishAreFriends, thanks so much for reading and responding.

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lattee 5 years ago

I am a strong advocate of giving dogs garlic as a treat. As a life long dog owner I have a yorkshire terrier who absolutely adores home made liver and garlic treats.

In fact they were recommended to me by my dog trainer who uses them as training aids.

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

lattee, thanks for the clarification. I guess it is safe to say, "to each (dog) his own."

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Maria Cecilia 5 years ago from Philippines

We always need to be reminded once in a while. sometimes we love our dogs so much that we thought we are doing the right thing for them... Thanks for this, I already know some of them as harmful to dogs but I guess it's best to have this thing printed and posted in the kitchen wall... again thanks so much for your concern to our best friend

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Maria, you are absolutely right. People give their dogs special treats because they love them; however, some things are not good for the dog to eat.

Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts.

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dancergirl238 5 years ago from Canada

Actually am glad for the comment on the pretzels because I was eating them one day, felt bad and gave into my dog, I only gave her a couple but I did worry about the little bit of salt on there, so I for sure won't be giving her that again! Everything else I pretty well knew of...Oh they are our best friends....I want to keep mine around as long as possible! Great article keep it up.

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

dancergirl238, thanks for your comment about the pretzels. Perhaps your comment will help others.

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dancergirl238 5 years ago from Canada

Thank you! Hope so too. Thanks for checking out my page as well, I'm fairly new but I do love writing. Still getting my feet wet so to speak! Any tips or criticism is welcome. :-)

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DogToys 5 years ago from England

Good Hub, I wish people would finally stop feeding their dogs rubbish!

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

Dog Toys, thanks for reading an responding.

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toknowinfo 5 years ago

Excellent and informative hub. Your topic is very important to educating pet owners. Rated up and useful

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revmjm 5 years ago from Richmond, VA Author

toknowinfo, thanks for reading and responding.

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