ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog

Updated on March 10, 2012

Dogs are man’s best friends and owners have the tendency to treat the pet as human. Dog owners talk to the pet. Even a one-sided conversation with the dog would somehow ease the loneliness or depression of the owner. Would it be surprising then if dog owners would feed the pet human food? Anything that is eaten by the owner would be shared with the dog. Dogs, being the voracious eaters that they are would gobble the food with gusto and even ask for more. Dogs though have a different metabolism. Foods that are perfectly safe for humans can cause a mild stomach upset for the dogs. Some would even cause serious illness that would result to the death of the pet. Below are some of the human foods that must not be fed to the dog.

Click thumbnail to view full-size

Chocolate and coffee

Methylxanthines is a substance that cannot be tolerated by dogs. This substance that is found in cacao seeds that is turned into chocolate and in the beans used to make coffee would cause vomiting and diarrhea. Feeding the dog chocolate and coffee especially in large amounts would make the dog hyperactive. Excessive thirst and urination will be noticed in the dog. Tremors, seizures and abnormal heartbeat can lead to the death of the pet.

Fruits and nuts

Macadamia nuts should not be given to dogs as 12 hours after this food is ingested the dog will suffer from hyperthermia and depression. Grapes and raisins have an unknown toxic substance that is dangerous to dogs. Grapes and raisins are favorite snacks of humans but these foods can cause kidney failure in dogs. Dog owners should also avoid giving avocado to the pet. The leaves, bark, the flesh and the pit of this fruit contains the substance Persin which causes vomiting and diarrhea.

Raw eggs and meat

Dogs in the wild have survived on the raw meat of prey. Domesticated dogs though should not be given raw meat and eggs as these human foods can contain Salmonella and E. coli bacteria that are harmful to dogs. Eggs contain avidin, the enzyme that prevents the dog from absorbing biotin. Dogs lacking this type of vitamin B would have poor coat quality and suffer from skin problems.

Milk and other dairy products

Milk can be given to puppies but not to adult dogs. Milk and dairy products has the enzyme lactase that is not tolerated by dogs. The inclusion of milk in the dog’s diet would cause diarrhea.

Table scraps

Dogs have the habit of begging for food when the owners are eating. Who can ever refuse a dog with a woebegone expression on its face? However, fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis. Leftover food and table scraps can easily make the dog gain weight.

Toxic Foods for Dogs

What Foods are Toxic to Dogs


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • JayeWisdom profile image

      Jaye Denman 

      6 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Your hub is excellent for its information about the foods that should not be fed to dogs.

      When I got my first dog at age 61, I realized my ignorance and did a lot of research. I quickly became aware of the foods that are toxic to dogs, as well as the danger of poisonous plants and many common household and lawncare products that are toxic.

      In addition, humans should always be extremely careful when handling medications, because a pill dropped on the floor could be eaten by your beloved dog and cause its death.

      That said, I share my breakfast banana with my dog (she gets about 1/3 in small pieces), and it's her favorite treat. She can be at the other end of the house and KNOW when I pick up a banana from the fruit bowl. I don't even have time to begin peeling it before she's right there, waiting for her share! She also likes pieces of apple, so I peel and core them before giving her a few small pieces. The seeds of apples and pears contain arsenic, so even people should not eat the seeds. The danger is much worse for a small dog that weighs around 20 pounds.

      Dogs give us so much pleasure that it's up to us as "pet parents" to protect our beloved pets.

      That said, your hub is excellent for its information about the foods that should not be fed to dogs.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)