As a pet owner, there is usually a great urge to indulge your fluffy companion with scraps off
your plate. There are certain foods though edible for humans that pets especially dogs should
never eat. Dogs are advised to avoid these human foods not just because of weight but because
they may affect the health condition of the dog.
Dogs can be venturous and ready to get their paws on every treat that comes their way.
Therefore, pet owners ought to be aware and vigilant to ensure that their pets are kept safe from
If you are wondering what foods your dog should avoid, take a look at the list of dangerous foods
Animalesok put together. Some of the foods will surprise you and no matter how nicely your
pooch asks, you should never give in.
Avocados are one food your dogs should stay clear off. They contain a toxin called Persin
which poses no threat to humans. As the toxin is present in its leaves, fruits, and seeds, it is
important to keep your dog away from the whole plant if you grow it in your house.
Persin causes vomiting and diarrhea in not only dogs but horses, donkeys, birds, rabbits, and
ruminants inclusive. In more fatal cases, the toxin causes an accumulation of fluid in the
heart, pancreas, and abdomen causing more complications that may result in heart attacks
Some dog foods contain little quantity of avocado. There’s no need to fret when you notice
this as a small amount of avocado does not affect your pet.
Even the smallest amount of alcohol can be dangerous to the health of your dog. Alcohol is
not only found in drinks but also beverages, foods, paint, perfume, medication, and
Therefore, all these substances should be kept out of reach of your pet. Intake of alcohol by
your dog can lead to alcohol poisoning. The alcohol rapidly gets absorbed in the
gastrointestinal tract and enters the brain. When this occurs, the dog begins to show
symptoms such as depression, loss of movement control, vomiting, restlessness, seizures,
sedation, and high body temperature.
Dogs with symptoms of alcohol intoxication should be properly attended to by a vet as it can
cause the failure of internal organs, coma, or even death.
3. Onions and Garlic
Onions and garlic, either in cooked, raw, or powdered form can pose a threat to the health of
your dogs if consumed. The presence of these substances in the body can lead to poisoning
and destruction of red blood cells which can result in death. The signs of poisoning are not
immediately visible as it may take a few days to become evident. The signs include weakness,
vomiting, and difficulty in breathing.
Chocolates are perfect treats for humans but are very toxic to dogs. This is due to the
presence of caffeine and theobromine found in chocolate which can cause cardiovascular and
neurological issues in dogs.
It causes vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, abnormal heart rhythms, seizures, or death.
Darker chocolates and unsweetened baker’s chocolate are the most dangerous. Smaller dogs
are at greater risk if consumed because they have a lower tolerance for the toxin. Your dog
might be a cute beggar but never be tempted to give them chocolate treat no matter how little.
5. Grapes and Raisins
Raisins and grapes are irresistible treats we love to eat. Raisins include cakes, biscuits, and
cereals. In as much as these foods are safe for human consumption, your dog is bound to face
kidney failure if consumed. As little as a very small quantity can cause sluggishness and
6. Bacon and Fatty meat
Now, most people find it rather shocking that bacon is dangerous for dog consumption. This
is because bacon contains high fat and salt content which leads to pancreatitis in dogs. Other
fatty meats such as ham or meat trimmings are not left out as they also affect the health
condition of your dog.
7. Peaches and Citrus fruits
Fruits such as peaches are seeded fruits that can cause choking or blockage of a dog’s small
intestine. They also contain a toxic substance called cyanide which is poisonous to people and
Citrus plants and fruits also contain a high amount of citric acid that can cause stomach upset
and also affect the central nervous system of the dog.
Most dogs like humans have high lactose intolerance and as such cannot digest milk. All
mammals feed on milk from their mother’s breast in infancy. However, dogs become lactose
intolerant once they become weaned off their mother’s milk. Little quantities of milk pose no
threat to the health condition of some dogs, others face severe cases of diarrhea and stomach
upset. To be safe, it is best to strike-off milk from the diet of your dogs.
Other dairy foods such as milk and ice cream are not left out.
9. Macadamia nuts
Nuts generally are poisonous to dogs but macadamia nut is one specie your dog should never
try. As little as 0.7 grams per kg can cause serious problems such as depression, vomiting,
weakness, and loss of bodily functions. These symptoms are usually evident after 12 hours of
There is no need to panic if your dog gets affected by macadamia nuts poisoning as no death
cases have been recorded by these nuts. With proper medical attention, your dog is bound to
be healthy within 24 to 48 hours.
10. Raw meat and raw eggs
Raw meats and eggs are dangerous to dogs and humans alike as they contain bacteria such as
Salmonella and E. coli. Raw eggs contain an enzyme that can cause skin and coat problems.
Although some vets recommend that dogs should be fed on raw meat diets due to health
benefits including better skin and coats. The majority of vets have refused to concur with this
and suggest that raw food be cooked to kill bacteria and parasites that may cause harm to the
Some dogs have a stronger immunity to these bacteria and as such, raw meat, eggs, and fishes
have no negative effect on them. It is impossible to tell if your dog’s immunity is completely
healthy. Therefore, strong precautions should be taken if you plan to switch to a raw diet for
your dog. Freezing and proper preparation is a proven method to reduce the presence of
bacteria in your dog meal.
What to do if your dog gets food poisoning?
In a situation where your dog gets sickly from eating food containing food poisoning, it is
advisable to seek medical attention immediately. You should never try to administer drugs to
your dogs without prescriptions from a well-trained veterinary doctor.
To reduce the occurrence of this, ensure that these foods are not left lying around carelessly
on countertops or tables. In a nutshell, keep these foods beyond the reach of your dogs.
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