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Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat and Why (Video)

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(N.Morgan) One of the most important things with pet care is knowing what you can or can’t feed your dog.

As long as you keep your dog on a good, solid doggie diet, all should be well, right? There are so many pet foods on the market, finding one your dog will enjoy,one which will be good for nutritious for your pet will be simple. 

It is keeping them on only a doggie diet of food which will be tough. Who doesn’t want to share a ‘people’ treat with their furry friend? They give you THE look as you munch on your favorite treat, nudging you for attention. Hard to say no, right?

There are so many foods which are perfectly harmless when you eat them, but these same foods can actually be really bad for your dog, some even fatal. As a loving pet owner, there could be nothing worse than making your dog suffer because you shared a treat with them which turnes out to be a doggie diet mistake.

From the good people at Foodbeast, who care about you and your canine companions, here are some of the safe for a human foods which your dog should most definitely avoid.

(My sweet beagle Sasha)

Probably the most well known toxic food for dogs is chocolate.

Chocolate is bad for our beloved dogs because it contains caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can all cause vomiting and diarrhea in your pet, and be toxic to their heart and nervous systems.

Next on the list of no-no foods for your pet are milk and dairy products.Giving them a nibble of your favorite cheese may not agree with your furry fiend.

For adult dogs and cats, they may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.

Some dogs are lactose intolerant just like humans, and giving them dairy products even in small amounts can cause a number of intestinal issues and discomfort. These health issues can include gas, vomiting, diarrhea along with other gastrointestinal problems.

While these reactions to dairy products is not immediately life-threatening, these reactions of your pet to dairy products can contribute to serious bacterial exposure in dogs which could eventually lead to disease.

Cheese, like milk, is a dairy product that also contains sugars and fatty components which dogs do not have the necessary enzymes to break down.

Cheese, just like with any other dairy product can cause problems if consumed in large amounts. That fact is true for humans as well as animals.

Symptoms like gas, diarrhea and vomiting can all occur if a dog eats too much cheese.

Onions can be very dangerous to a dog’s overall health and well being.

Onions contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage your pet’s red blood cells and cause them to develop anemia. 

Cats are more susceptible to this than dogs.
If enough onions are consumed by your furry friend, emergency medical treatment of a blood transfusion might be necessary.
In a recent discovery, it has been discovered that the eating of Macadamia Nuts can be incredibly harmful to dogs.
Although macadamia nut toxicosis is unlikely to be fatal in dogs, it can cause very uncomfortable symptoms that may persist for up to 48 hours. Symptoms will usually begin within 3 to 12 hours of your pet ingesting the nuts.

Dogs who have ingested Macadamia Nuts can develop a weakness in their rear legs, appear to be in pain, may have tremors and even develop a low grade fever. 
Fortunately, these signs will gradually subside over a 48 hour period, but dogs experiencing more than mild symptoms will benefit from veterinary care, which may include intravenous fluid therapy and pain control.
As with chocolate, the stronger the onion, the more toxic it can be to your pet. 

Since garlic is a member of the onion family, it is even more dangerous than onions to your pet, based on volume ingested.

Garlic contains compounds that are strong in toxicity.

After ingestion, the effect of garlic consumption on your dog’s red blood cells will not be noticable for a few days in dogs. Acting fine at first, they will display a tiredness, and be reluctant to move.

The dog’s urine will darken, taking on an orange to dark red tone in color.

As with your dog ingesting onions, a visit to the vet for a blood transfusion might be required in severe cases.


Grapes, just like Macadamia Nuts, can be extremely toxic to dogs.

Grapes and raisins have recently been associated with the development of kidney failure in dogs. 

At this time, the exact cause of the kidney failure isn’t clear, nor is it known why some dogs can eat these fruits without harm, while others develop life-threatening problems after eating only a few grapes or raisins. 
For more complexity, some dogs will eat grapes and raisins on one occasion and experience no ill effects, only to eat them on another occasion and become very ill. 
Until the cause of the toxicosis is better identified, the safest course of action is to avoid feeding grapes or raisins to your dog.
Dogs experiencing grape or raisin toxicosis usually develop vomiting, lethargy or diarrhea within 12 hours of ingestion. 
As signs of toxicity progress, dogs become increasingly lethargic and will become dehydrated, refuse to eat and may show a transient increase in urination which will be followed by decreased or absent urination in later stages. 

Death due to kidney failure could occur within three to four days, and long-term kidney disease may persist in dogs who survive the acute toxicity. 
Successful treatment requires prompt veterinary treatment to maintain good urine flow.
You may want to skip sharing that guacamole dip with your precious pooch, because avocados are also toxic to dogs. 
Avocados can hold toxic effects on dogs depending on the variety.
They can cause upset stomachs in dogs, breathing difficulties, fluid buildup in the chest, but the most dangerous thing for them seems to be the pit.
Since it’s slippery, the pit can accidentally be swallowed by dogs, leading to obstruction of their gastrointestinal tract.
Humans always avoid eating the apple core, but for our pets, the core of an apple is even more toxic to dogs.

Along with a few other fruits, you should definitely be careful not to leave apple cores around for dogs to get their paws on.

An apple core (as well as the cores of plums, peaches, pears and apricots) contain cyanogenic glycosides, which is also known as cyanide.

Raw yeast used in making bread can ferment in a dog’s stomach, becoming toxic.

Aside from the toxicity from alcohol being produced in the stomach, yeast dough can also expand in your dog’s stomach or intestines and create a large amount of gas in the digestive system. 

This can lead to severe pain and a potentially ruptured stomach or intestinal tract. Vomiting, abdominal discomfort and lethargy can also occur.

Just in case, although it is very doubtful anyone would actually share their coffee with their dogs, here’s why you want to pass on giving your furry friend a sip of this caffinated concoction.

A stimulant known as Methylated xanthine is found in coffee.

The Methylated xanthine stimulates the nervous system of dogs, causing vomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations and even death.

Who doesn’t love bacon? 

It’s absolutely tragic that we can’t share one of the greatest foods out there with our canine buddies. 

We’ll need to remember this the next time we want to feed our dogs some breakfast bacon under the table. 

Well, more bacon for us then. 

Sorry, buddy.

Foods rich in fat, like bacon, can lead to the disease pancreatitis in dogs.

Once a dog has developed pancreatitis, their pancreas will become inflamed and can stop functioning correctly.

Consuming bacon leads to all sorts of problems with digestion and nutrient absorption.

Please note that the amount of damage any of these foods can cause in your pet will vary based on the specific breed and size of your dog. 

Like humans, all dogs are different and can react differently to the foods they ingest. 

In the long run, it is better to keep your pet away from these foods than to take the risk, just for good measure.



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    • Pink Slime

      Hello Angle#3(prelim),

      Charlie here. What about doughnuts for doughbermans? No mention of doughnuts.


      Charlie (His name was Doe, spelled “Dough” and prounounced as “nuts”. It’s complicated) :lol:

    • DistantCousin

      I have not been involved in dog breeding for many years now,
      but the actual brand name dog foods are often extremely unhealthy.
      People think of wheat, soya and beef as healthy, and
      that is something far from the truth.
      The foods based on poultry, lamb, or fish,
      with rice, corn or oats as grain,
      are much more healthy.
      Do not base your purchases on price, or how beautifully done a commercial is.
      Educate yourself, about ingredients, their effects, and allergic reactions.
      Also educate yourself about your specific breed, as sensitivities vary dramatically.
      RR :cool:

    • PaulD

      ****URGENT to all pet owners: Probably the most UNKNOWN HIGHLY toxic and deadly is the artificial sweetener, Xylitol. this sweetener is so deadly, it is capable of killing your pet Within 15 minutes it can cause a dangerous drop in blood sugar, within 30 minutes it can cause seizures, within 24 hours it can cause severe liver damage, and without emergency veterinary care, irreversible brain trauma occurs and the patient dies, so deadly a couple of sticks of it can kill a small dog.

      Xylitol It’s Not Just Gum. These days, xylitol is the ubiquitous sugar substitute can be in cereals and beverages, mints, candy, baked goods, sugar-free Jello, chewable vitamins, omega-3 supplements, powdered protein, cough drops, nasal sprays , dental rinses, toothpaste, nicotene gum; You can buy it in granulated form to bake with, the list goes on.

      Pet owners are unaware of the danger lurking in that innocent looking pack of sugarless gum. It is so deadly that within 30 minutes a dog can die from insulin shock, if that doesn’t kill him liver failure will probably do it. If you are fortunate enough to reach a vet in time, some dogs can be saved. Statistically though, the odds are not good. If the dog survives the poisoning, the damage done to the liver often can significantly shorten their life expectancy.

    • Donovan

      Thanks N. Morgan for another informative article. I learned something new today on BIN: never to feed certain foods to your beloved pets. I threw out a few grapes the other day and was surprised the neighbor’s dog was eating them. It was only a few, but thanks to your thread I know better, next time! :smile: Peace

    • AllRoadsLead2NWO

      Your dog should eat nothing more than GMO- just like you do.

    • Cleareyes

      Old man told me how he keeps his junk yard dog flea free, was he fed him garlic, he was Italiano and I have done the same! Dog are flea free! So smell my breath!

    • Cleareyes

      Funny my dog would eat Avocados fallen on the ground! Squirrels love them too!

    • TuffENuff

      Sorry, gotta disagree with this. My dogs eat only human food, almost all of these mentioned above (they don’t like onions or coffee) along with many kinds of fruit, vegetables, meats, etc. They eat way better than most Americans. They are both nine and neither of them have ever been to a vet and have never been vaccinated; they are super healthy, active farm dogs. Maybe if a pet has been fed nothing but cheap Frankenkibble they would have trouble with real food, I don’t know. I’ve never fed any of my dogs dog food. The vets love to claim we are “incapable” of providing proper nutrition for pets… yet they still manage to trust us to feed children.

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