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Things You Shouldn't Feed Your Dog

Updated on April 12, 2012

Foods Which Can Be Harmful to Your Dog

Like millions of dog lovers out there, I love to spoil my little pup. Whenever she looks up at me with those big brown eyes and that eager face, I just melt. But, like other responsible dog owners, I have a duty to safeguard my little companion's heath. It's up to me to regulate what she eats and to ensure that her weight is healthy. It's also up to me to make sure she doesn't get her paws on some of the foods that may not only be bad for her, they could be lethal. Here's a list of some of the things your furry friend should never eat. Some of them may surprise you - they certainly surprised me.

1. Raw meat and fish. I had always assumed that a diet containing some raw meat would be good for my dog but, fact is, it can be harmful. There are all sorts of nasty bacteria which are present in raw meat and fish, but which are eliminated by cooking to the correct temperature. If you are going to feed your dog a raw meat diet, you should get advice from your vet and also make sure that the meat is really fresh.

2. Chocolate. Most people know this one. Chocolate contains theobromine which can cause vomiting, diarrhea or even seizures and death in your dog. You should never feed your dog even the tiniest piece of chocolate. Besides, if you're anything like me, you'll want to keep it all for yourself.

3. Raisins and grapes. These can cause kidney failure and even a couple of these fruity treats can cause vomiting.

4.Avocados. These are really not good for your dog because they contain a substance called persin which can be toxic in large amounts. Keep your dog out of the guacamole and all will be well.

5. Alcohol. Should be a given, but some people do let their dogs lap up beer or spirits every now and then. Just as with humans, alcohol exposure can cause liver failure in dogs and it takes a lot less alcohol to do damage in our canine friends. The same goes for caffeine-loaded drinks such as tea, coffee and energy drinks - not good for dogs as it can lead to poisoning for which there is no antidote.

6. Dairy products. Depends on the dog, but many have an intolerance to dairy products, including milk, which can lead to nasty, messy diarrhea. Slip your puppy an ice-cream at your peril!

7. Onions and garlic. This is not just because of the bad breath. Eating large quantities of onions or garlic products can lead to poisoning. They can affect a dog's red blood cells and cause anemia. Not worth the risk!

8. Macadamias. I wouldn't recommend feeding nuts of any kind to a dog, but macadamias are the ones you definitely have to steer clear of. Even a small handful can lead to severe poisoning which can be fatal. Mix nuts and chocolate and you've heightened the risk of death.

9.Fat trimmings. Eating the fatty scraps from your plate can lead to pancreatitis, a nasty and painful condition. I admit to slipping my dog the occasional scrap of meat from my plate, but always trim the fat off first.

10. Bones. Well, this is something we all give our dogs from time to time, but you're better off buying doggy treats from the pet store than giving them left over bones at home. Bones can splinter and get stuck in the dog's digestive system. Chicken bones are a particular choking hazard and not to be recommended

So, overall, my advice would be to feed dogs sensibly and make sure they can't get at prohibited food items. They might give you a reproachful look if you refuse them something they want, but they'll be better off in the end.


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  • Green Dog VT profile image

    Green Dog VT 5 years ago from chester,vt

    Thanks for the hub. I think I`m a Smart dog owner but you just proved me wrong I`ve fed my dog a least two of the ten thing you just listed. Thanks again you may have saved my pups life.

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    sjwigglywoo 5 years ago from UK

    Useful info for all dog owners. You like to give them treats but you can be doing more harm than good.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    I totally agree alliemacb, I am glad you understood what I was trying to say. I just didn't want people thinking a raw meat diet was dangerous :) Potatoes aren't so much 'dangerous' as 'not suitable' for your dogs, which is why they are not recommended. Raw potatoes are far worse than cooked ones however.

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    alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

    Hi Mistyhorizon

    You're right, raw meat is ok as long as it's fresh but that's often the problem. When I worked as a vet assistant when I was younger we saw a few nasty poisoning cases - why do people think it's ok to feed pets meat they would never eat themselves? Hadn't come across potatoes as a dangerous one, so thanks for adding that.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Good advice. You didn't include potatoes, (they are not good either.) Raw meat is fine so long as it is fresh, and there are whole websites dedicated to how best to feed your dog a raw meat diet. Only meat that is old or has been out too long will hold a bacteria risk. Feeding a raw meat diet is best done after taking proper advice from a vet or other qualified canine professional. Even raw chicken is fine so long as it is fresh (this applies to cats too). Sorry to go on, it is just I know this stuff as I have worked in two vet's surgeries previously and learned a whole lot (plus having owned most pets you can possibly have over my years on the planet).

    Really really pleased you included 'grapes' as a no no. I hubbed on this alone myself, and you would be amazed how many people have no idea how dangerous grapes are, and how your dog can quite literally be dead within hours of eating them.

    Excellent Hub :)

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    Urmila 5 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

    Great information! Nice Hub. Thanks for posting it.

  • Anne Pettit profile image

    Anne Pettit 5 years ago from North Carolina

    This is good information for all dog owners. We do give our dogs treats from the dinner table but my son "googles" to make sure something different is OK.