Foods That You Should NEVER Feed Your Dog
Everyone knows there are some foods that a dog should never eat. You don't give a dog chocolate and you never
let them dig in your trash as this will cause severe dog health problems and dog food allergies.
But, there are actually quite a few foods that can cause severe reactions, illness and even death if your dog
Some of those foods will be unsavoury to a dog - a natural protection against poisonous foods. However, some
dogs either don't have this instinct or don't care, and in the case of some foods (like chocolate), they'll try all
the harder to get them.
The No Eat List
So, with all those processed foods and table scraps floating around your home, here is a list of foods you
should never let your dog eat, no matter what:
Onions and Garlic - Releases sulfoxides and disulfides that can cause anemia as well as blood
damage. Cats are even more at risk of this, but the risk is strong in both.
Baby Food - Can contain both garlic and onion powder, causing the same results.
Bones - Bones of any kind can chip or be swallowed, leading to obstructions, lacerations and intestinal
Cat Food - This is richer and fattier than most dog foods and has too much protein for a healthy dog to
Chocolate and Caffeine - Caffeine, Theobromine, and
Theophylline are all toxic to dogs, and can cause heart or nervous failure in large amounts.
Citrus Oil Extracts - Induces vomiting
Fat Trimmings - Causes pancreatitis
Grapes or Raisins - A toxin that has not yet be fully identified that can cause kidney damage has been
associated with grapes and raisins.
Liver - Too much liver causes Vitamin A toxicity, weakening bones and muscles.
Hops - Causes increased heart rate, panting, fever, and seizures. Can even cause death.
Vitamin Supplements with Iron - Iron poisoning can damage organs throughout the body.
Macademia Nuts - Affects the digestive system, the muscles, and the nervous system.
Molds - Causes diarrhea and vomiting and can cause organ damage.
Mushrooms - Some mushrooms are toxic, causing system failure, shock, and death in severe cases.
Raw Eggs - The Avidin Enzyme in raw eggs can reduce Biotin absorption and lead to hair and skin problems. There
is also the risk of Salmonella.
Potato, Rhubarb and Tomato Leaves - There are oxalates in these plants that cause numerous digestive problems
and can result in urinary problems.
Peaches and Plums - They can choke on the pits.
Persimmons - Seeds cause intestinal blockage and enteritis.
Raw Fish - Results in Thiamine deficiency. This will cause a loss of appetite and seizures and can even lead to
death if it is fed to them regularly.
Salt - Causes dehydration and electrolyte imbalances which can impair the nervous system.
Yeast - Causes swelling and pain in the stomach, with the potential for rupture.
Xylitol - Causes liver failure
Alcohol - Even small amounts can cause organ damage and lead to possible coma or death.
The list above is only a list of those foods that have been found to cause direct, immediate damage to a dog's
organs. There is also a very real risk if you feed your dog excessive amounts of table scraps or if you over feed
them in general.
As a good dog owner, it is your responsibility to make sure your dog is
well fed, but only with foods they need. Remember, they are happy to have whatever you feed them. Rich, potentially
damaging fatty foods from your table can be just as bad in the long run as any of the above foods.
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