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A List of 10 Common People Foods that Can Kill Your Dog

Updated on July 8, 2013

An Incredibly Cute Dog

An Incredibly Cute Dog
An Incredibly Cute Dog

People Foods that Can Kill Your Dog

You’re Dog is Good, but these 10 treats are most certainly BAD

Dogs really don’t care. So, don’t expect a thank you for taking away the “treats” I’m about to tell you about. They will pretty much eat anything they can get into their mouth. So, when you lean down and feed them the vegetables you don’t want or that piece of mystery meat mom cooked up... are you doing them a favor? Or are you possibly shortening their life and putting them at a serious risk for injury or death? I will let you know shortly, just keep reading.

I’d say, that over the past thirty years the nutritional information and what we put into our pets (namely dogs) has drastically changed. We have fed our beloved pets a high protein diet, which has led to poor coat condition, malnutrition, imbalance in metabolism, hair loss, and weakness. In this new, modern age we have researched and found that dogs are actually omnivores. This mean that they require meat and vegetables not just one or the other in order to lead a long and healthy, not to mention successful, life. They are actually just like us. Make sure you enjoy that yummy steak, but also eat your broccoli!

My other favorite furry animal to keep around the house is a cat. Cats are true carnivores. They require the highest amount of protein when compared to any other domestic species. They are like little lions, always ready to chow down on a yummy piece of meat! So, if you don’t want to waste all that high protein food you were going to feed to your dog, maybe your cat would enjoy it. A great idea would be to donate it to your local animal shelter as well. They would know what they are doing and would probably be able to feed a lot of cats with it. So, don’t feel like you are wasting extra food you have before making the switch to a happier and healthier dog diet. Just make sure you put it to good use and donate it or feed it to someone who will truly appreciate it. So, without further ado, let’s get on to what you came here for.

When what you crave is not fit for human consumption

When what you crave is not fit for human consumption
When what you crave is not fit for human consumption

Pica

First off, lets address pica. Pica is the digestion of inappropriate non-nutritive objects. This disease as it if often referred to is very serious and isn’t just something that dogs can get. There are people who suffer from this and lead very poor lives due to their horrible nutrition and diet habits. For dogs, this usually means eating other animal’s waste. In other words, if your dog like eating poop there is a problem. This really could be another article by itself, but to keep things brief just remember to always watch your dog when you let it outside to use the restroom or play. Often one of the main culprits behind leaving waste on your lawn is outdoor cats. Make sure you watch and listen when you are outside to see if your neighbors have cats that roam around your yard. Make sure to then watch your dogs and see if they are trying to eat anything strange looking in the yard. You can help keep your dog healthy in many ways, but this is one of the first things to consider. Make sure your dog is filling up on what you feed him and not what it’s finding outside in the grass.

You should never feed your dog these 10 things!

  1. BONES
  2. CHOCOLATE
  3. MILK and CHEESE
  4. ONIONS and GARLIC
  5. RAISINS and GRAPES
  6. AVOCADOS
  7. APPLE CORES
  8. YEAST DOUGH
  9. CAFFEINE
  10. BACON

Each and every one of these food items can kill your dog. Yes, kill! Some need to be fed in large quantities to kill, but others only take a little to seriously stop your dog’s life. Read on to found out why and how.

Wait... wrong bones!

Wait... wrong bones!
Wait... wrong bones!

Explanation of Why these Foods are BAD

Bones

These are number one on the bad treat-list. These are by far the most frequently received treat by dogs. Owners think they are safe and natural to give, but remember dogs are omnivores not carnivores. They don’t necessarily eat bones in the wild. They think they are yummy, but in reality they are quite dangerous to them. They can splinter and pierce your dogs throat or they can simply become lodged in their throat and choke them... to death! They also get stuck in the intestinal tract which then requires surgery and can lead to death. Each and every type of bone is considered bad. This includes chicken, pork, and beef bones. The only “exception” is a Nylabone or a milk-bone. These are synthetic or plastic-like bones that don’t cause harm to your animal. They are safe to ingest and chew on and will last a long time without the nasty smell and odor that a normal bone gives off. They are clean and safe to give so consider picking one up next time instead.

Chocolate

A lethal dose... lethal, is only 2 ounces for a 16 pound dog. That is a couple of bites from the hershey bar you just dropped on the floor. Oh and what about those m&ms you spilt earlier? The killer element of chocolate is theobromine which is a class of alkaloid molecules known as methylxanthines. These increase the heart rate, stimulate the central nervous system, and constrict the arteries of our poor, poor friends. After ingesting chocolate telltale signs will include: vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, seizures, cardiac arrest, and ultimately death. If you’re dog is dead, you should know something went wrong. The reaction, which can be lethal, will occur up to four hours later after eating the chocolate.

No, don’t do it, cheese and milk are bad for dogs...

Humans and dogs can both get a condition call lactose intolerance. If they have this, diarrhea and vomiting occur shortly after eating dairy. Dogs don’t have the enzyme that is used in the break-down process of milk and sugar. Your dog probably loves dairy just like they loves chocolate and bones, but this is only because they were raised on mommy’s milk which is totally different. Cheese is also very, very high in fat and can lead to pancreatitis. This is an inflammation of the pancreas and it can become deadly in an incredibly short amount of time. Ultimately, this will bring about a very horrible and painful death. Before I conclude, I would like to mention that many people use cheese to feed their dog a pill. This isn’t a good practice, and there are other alternatives. You should google Greenies Pill Pockets and found out the safe, nutritious way to feed your dog a pill that is safe and clean and won’t lead to pancreatitis. I know old habits die hard, but think about your pet and remember that change can be good sometimes.

Conclusion and Parting Words

Even though I didn’t go into detail on every item I listed you can do your own research if you don’t believe me. Every item should be looked at and treated the same way as you do the top three killers I did explain in detail. Like I said above, you may be set in routine. You may not be willing to change your habits of feeding your dog a bit of people food, but keep in mind you are doing more harm than good when you do this. Dogs aren’t people. You shouldn’t give them the things you eat just because they look like they want it. You have to trust me and other experts in this field who want to help you to stop what you’re doing and give your dog the best life possible. Remember, that is all we are doing, giving your animal the best life possible. I hope you remember that the next time you lean down to feed a small treat to your pet. Remember what Neil said and your dog will live a lot longer, and a lot happier- I swear.

The Pet Toxic Helpline

Top 10 Poisons For Dogs Provided by The Pet Toxin Helpline

These are the Top 10 Pet and Animal Poisonings

(order is the one given by Toxin Helpline)

  1. Chocolates
  2. Insect bait stations
  3. Rodenticides (mouse and rat poison)
  4. Fertilizers
  5. Xylitol-containing products such as sugar-free gums and candies
  6. Ibuprofen
  7. Acetaminophen
  8. Silica gel packs
  9. Amphetamines, such as ADD/ADHD drugs
  10. Household cleaners

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      Dog ONWER 16 months ago

      I don't believe that real cheese and milk can kill your dog,I am almost sixty years old and have given my dogs all the milk they can stand and some cheese ,to this day they all lived very happy and healthy well into above average years. You may want to rethink that one but do agree on all other. Had a Doberman all he liked was live catfish two bites and three chews and gone ! Go fig.

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      Maria 19 months ago

      I am shocked be the number of responses stating ... They will not stop feeding their dogs harmful foods... And that they admit to having fed harmful foods on purpose. This is sickening!

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      Neil Cook 4 years ago from United States

      Thanks to both of you. I'm glad I was able to get this information out there :D

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      kitchenbuyersaid 4 years ago

      very informative...solid content. I did not know...

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      Bill Russo 4 years ago from Cape Cod

      Very fine article. Voted up. Good advice.