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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.

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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.

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      Jaye Denman 5 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.