What Foods Should You Not Feed Your Dog

Puppy waiting for a treat.

It’s impossible to resist sharing foods with our dogs, but while some human snacks are healthy when taken in small doses, others are point-blank dangerous for pooches. So, keep kitchen cabinets closed and counters tidy if you are going to be away from your home for long. Also, have a pet first aid kit at hand in case an accident occurs.


What foods not to feed your dog: 

1. Avocado

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The problem with avocados is that its skin and leaves contain an oil-soluble toxin known as persin that are dangerous to most animals, especially non-human mammals. And, according to experts, pets that are sensitive to persin can experience respiratory distress, food congestion, and fluid accumulation in the heart (which can lead to death). However, experts are in the view that avocado is safe if people avoid giving pets the leaves and skin. Thus, it is okay to be used as an ingredient in pet foods.

2. Popcorn

what foods dogs cant eat

Can dogs eat salty food? Plain, unsalted popcorn might be safe in liberal amounts. But frankly speaking, how often do you enjoy taking plain, unbuttered, und-delicious popcorn? For dogs, too much fat and sodium contained in popcorn can cause dehydration and even obesity.

3. Macadamia Nuts

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Nobody is exactly sure if macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs, but it’s known that they cause ataxia, weakness, vomiting, and depression. Be cautious: these nuts can make your dog very, very ill. Fortunately, most pooches will recover without any treatment. So, don’t panic if your furry companion has accidentally eaten macadamia nuts; full recovery is expected.

4. Grapes

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Fruits not good for dogs? Of all the unsafe foods for dogs, grapes are the worst, which is surprising to many. In these four-legged creatures, grapes can cause kidney failure or even death. Grape juice, as well as raisins, can even be more toxic because they’re available in a more concentrated form.


5. Dairy (Yes, and Even Cheese)

For many, dairy products, including cheese, is a surprise: but the truth is that dairy can go wrong on the side of your dog’s stomach. Also, although cheese has been used as dog training treat, too much of it can lead to constipation, diarrhea, obesity, and even lasting gastrointestinal issues.

6. Sugar-Free Gum (plus stuffs sweetened with Xylitol)

Xylitol, a naturally-occurring substance, is an alternative sweetener for candy and gum…and it can be deadly to dogs. Xylitol ingestion can cause lethal hypoglycemia. So, be careful about the place you store your gum.

Other no-no foods and drinks (food that's bad for dogs)

  • Onions and Garlic
  • Tomato Plants and & Potatoes
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Other Caffeinated Substances

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