It is always tempting to share our food with our dogs, especially when they look up at us with those big, puppy dog eyes. Some foods we eat are fine for dogs to eat and some may even have health benefits for them, but others can prove to be deadly. Some of the foods on the following list are well known by dog owners, but others are less known and might surprise you that they’ll cause your pup problems. Here is a list of foods that dogs should not have – but there are additional ones out there, so always check with your veterinarian when feeding your dog a new food!
- Plants in the allium family such as onions, leeks, chives and garlic are poisonous to dogs.
- Cooked eggs are great for dogs, but raw egg whites can cause a biotin deficiency in your dog and can also contain dangerous bacteria.
- Cinnamon is not good for dogs. It isn’t poisonous to a dog, however, the oils in cinnamon can irritate a dog’s mouth and make them sick.
- Chocolate is poisonous to dogs, this is the most known food that dogs can’t have, but a good reminder never hurts!
- Certain nuts such as pecans, walnuts and macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs.
- Foods high in salt are bad for dogs because it increases water retention which isn’t good for a dog’s heart, especially dogs prone to have heart problems.
- Fatty foods are a bad idea because they are even worse for dogs than they are for humans.
- Xylitol, an artificial sweetener found in certain candy and gum is extremely toxic to dogs.
- Grapes are toxic to dogs, both in the fresh form as well as dried raisins.
- Parts of avocados such as the leaves, skin and pits can cause a dog to get sick.
- Alcohol seems like a no brainer, but giving a dog alcohol can cause major health problems.
- Anything containing caffeine is very dangerous to a dog’s health.
- Any part of a citrus fruit can cause health problems in your dog.
- Apple cores/seeds are poisonous to your dog as they contain cyanide.
This is a quick list of some of the more common human foods that you should avoid giving to your dog. When you are introducing a new food to your dog, even if it isn’t known to be troublesome to your dog, you should do so in a small amount to make sure they tolerate the food.