Sharing is caring?
Not always when it comes to sharing human food with your dog. It is hard to resist those big, wanting eyes as they put on their best beggers routine, wagging a tail for extra effect. But, sometimes you could be sharing more harm than love. Some people foods we may share can cause severe digestive problems, while others can be introduced into their diet without issue. To keep your companion happy and healthy, it is best to know before you are tempted to treat, the foods harmful to dogs.
Alcohol – No. Nothing is cute or funny about giving alcohol to your dog to see them get drunk. Alcohol can have a severe impact on your dog’s nervous system. It can also lead to alcohol poisoning and coma.
Apples – Yes. Dogs typically enjoy apples. Apples are a good source of vitamin A and C. They help clean residue from their teeth and freshen their breath. Remove the seeds and core.
Apple Seeds – No. Apple seeds contain a natural chemical that releases cyanide in the dog’s digestive system. Feeding apple seeds will poison your dog over time and weaken his digestive system. Same with people. Don’t eat the seeds – period.
Avocados – No. Avocado contains Persin which is toxic to dogs. Persin causes gastrointestinal irritations and vomiting. Plus, the pit is a choking hazard.
Baby Food – No. Often onion and garlic are found in baby foods, these are both bad for your dog. Also, these are formulated for human babies, not canines.
Bacon – No. While a small piece occasionally, is a welcome treat for your dog. High-fat meats and table scraps, will not only cause weight gain but can also lead to pancreatic cancer. Symptoms include vomiting, belly pain, and diarrhea. Processed meats also contain a high salt content, which again is harmful to your dog.
Bread – Yes. Small amounts are okay. However, it provides no nutritional value to your dog and is heavy on carbohydrates which can lead to weight gain, just like in people.
Candy – No. Sugar is carried to body cells in the form of glucose. Dogs more easily than humans get sugar-high, this can lead to becoming hyperactive and unfocused. After, they get a sugar-slump, sleepy, moody and irritable. Dogs can develop diabetes from these highs and lows, just like humans.
Cashews – Yes. Small amounts are ok as an occasional treat, just try not to make a steady habit. They provide magnesium, calcium, and proteins. They are high in fat which can pack on the weight, and over time can lead to other high fat related issues in dogs.
Cat Food – No. It may be next to impossible to keep your dog from stealing his feline brothers’ food when you aren’t looking, but do your best to stop it. Cat food is specially formulated for….you guessed it, cats. Cats have a need for higher fat and protein percentages. Large amounts of cat food may be damaging to your dog’s health. Your dog will be much better off if he sticks to dog food.
Cheese – Yes. Dogs can eat cheese as long as you don’t overdo it. Cheese can be pretty high in fat, which is not good for your dog’s overall health, so the lower the fat content the better. Mozzarella is a good choice as a treat.
Chewing Gum – No. Gum can easily become an obstruction in your dog’s bowels. On top of that, sugar-free gums contain a sweetener called Xylitol. This chemical is very toxic to your dog. Never feed anything with artificial sweeteners to your unsuspecting dog.
Chives – No. Part of the onion family, these are very bad for your dog. They contain both sulfoxides and disulfides which can damage the red blood cells and cause anemia. If your dog chews on them in the garden, stop him immediately.
Chocolate – No. You have probably heard rumor of this but, Yes, it is true. Chocolate contains Methylxanthines, which are very toxic to your dog. They are stimulants that will stop your dog’s metabolic process. Especially dark chocolate, just a little bit will cause vomiting, diarrhea, irregular heart and even death. If your dog eats chocolate, contact a veterinarian immediately.
Cinnamon – No. Not actually toxic to dogs, cinnamon and the oils it contains, irritate the sensitive tissue inside your dog’s mouth. It can also lower their blood pressure, and cause diarrhea and vomiting. Prolonged use can cause liver disease and heart issues.
Coconut – Yes. Coconut contains Lauric which fights off viruses by strengthening the immune system. The oil is also a natural remedy for soothing hot spots, itchy skin and flea allergies. It is okay to apply topically or internally.
Coffee / Caffeine – No. You may need that extra caffeine powered kick in the morning, but it is bad for your dog. It can cause muscle tremors and heart palpitations. Keep you latte enjoyment to yourself.
Cooked Bones – No. When bones are cooked they become brittle. The brittle pieces break and can damage your dog’s teeth dog’s or splinter and damage your dog’s digestive tract. Offer raw bones or interesting chew toys from your local pet supply instead.
Corn – Yes. Corn is one of the most common ingredients found in commercial dog food and high in nutrients your dog needs. So, yes it is just fine off the cob.
Corn On The Cob – No. The cob is not okay for your dog to chew on. Cobs are not digestible by your dog and could easily lead to blockages that could be life-threatening to your dog.
Eggs – Yes. Cooked eggs are a great source of protein. However, do not feed your dog raw eggs. There is a small chance of salmonella poisoning from raw. Why take the chance? Cook them first.
Garlic/Onions – No. The Allium family is bad news for your dog. Included are onions, garlic, chives, and leeks. The symptoms may delay for a few days, so you may not realize what caused it. Symptoms are pale gums, elevated heart rate, weakness and collapse. If you think there is a chance he ate some, monitor him for a few days to be safe.
Grapes / Raisins – No. Grapes and raisins are very bad for your dog. Vets don’t know if it is the skin or the pulp that is toxic. Even small amounts can lead to kidney failure. If you have grapes in the garden, watch your dog closely as they love the sweet taste.
Ham – Yes. Your dog can eat ham, though it isn’t the best choice for them. It is high in salt and fat. Treating them with a small piece is fine, just don’t make a steady habit of it.
Honey – Yes. Honey is full of nutrients like potassium, magnesium, copper, and calcium. Also vitamins A,B,C,D,E and antioxidants. Dogs love the sweet taste.
Ice Cream – No. While okay, in small amounts on occasion, it can cause gas, diarrhea or vomiting. Dogs don’t digest lactose very well. It is high in sugar, which isn’t okay for any dog. If your dog has diabetes, lactose intolerance or obesity, it can be a very bad choice for them.
Liver – No and Yes. Though dogs love liver, and there are many liver flavored treats on the market, too much can adversely affect your dog’s bones and muscles. Liver contains many needed vitamins, however, it is easy to get too much vitamin A. Studies show that 1 ounce of raw liver once a week, or 1 ounce cooked liver 3 times a week is a safe amount.
Macadamia Nuts – No. These nuts are some of the most poisonous foods to your dog. Small amounts can affect the nervous system. They will cause loss of coordination, high temperature, and vomiting. Call your vet if you are aware your dog has eaten some.
Milk – No and Yes. It will all depend on how your individual dog handles dairy products. Some dogs are unaffected, others it causes bloating, gas, diarrhea, and vomiting.
Mushrooms – No. Actually, it all depends on the mushroom. Some are harmless, others are highly toxic. It is best to just stay away from feeding your dog any mushrooms.
Peaches / Plums – Yes. Peaches and plums are okay for your dog in small amounts. Too much can cause stomach upset. Be sure to peel and pit the fruit as both are toxic to your dog. Only the flesh is okay to feed.
Peanut Butter – Yes. Peanut butter is a good source of protein and heart-healthy fat for your dog. However, be very aware of the ingredients. If your brand contains Xylitol, do not feed to your dog. Xylitol is highly toxic to dogs. Choose instead a low-salt, no sugar brand.
Popcorn – Yes. Popcorn is of course corn. Corn is a main ingredient in dog food. Popcorn becomes bad for your dog when it is loaded with salt and butter. Feed your dog unsalted or buttered popcorn.
Pork – Yes. Pork is a highly-digestible protein. Dogs love it. What more is there?
Quinoa – Yes. Quinoa is a nutrient-packed grain and is an ingredient in many high-quality dog foods.
Salty Food – No. Avoid giving your dog salty food. Any amount of salt can lead to excessive thirst and water drinking.
Too much salt can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and even death.
Salmon Cooked – Yes. Cook fish is an excellent source of proteins, healthy fats, and amino acids.
Salmon Raw – No. Raw salmon is prone to contain parasites that can make your dog very ill, leading to vomiting, dehydration and sometimes death. Be sure to cook the salmon thoroughly before feeding.
Shrimp – Yes. A few shrimp now and then are just fine. They are high in antioxidants and B12, but low in fat. Before feeding makes sure you have completely removed the shell and legs, only feed the flesh.
Sugar-Free Anything – No. Xylitol is the main chemical used in sugar-free products. This ingredient is highly toxic to your dog.
Tomatoes – No and Yes. The green parts of the plant and the green, unripened fruit contain an alkaloid called solanine which can make your dog sick if consumed in larger amounts. The ripened fruit contains lesser amounts and is generally safe. If your dog ate green tomatoes watch for sign of poisoning which could include drooling, vomiting, difficulty breathing and weakness.
Wheat / Grain – Yes. Unless your dog has allergies to grains, they are a good source of protein, minerals, and vitamins. Most commercial dog foods contain grains.