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Food That You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog

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Some people treat their dogs like mini garbage disposals.  It’s easy to understand why, as a lot of dogs will seemingly eat anything put in front of them.  However, you have to be careful, as some foods that are fine for humans are deadly to dogs.  Below is a list of food that you should never feed your dog, ever.


Alcoholic Beverages – Can cause intoxication, coma, and death


Bones from Fish, Poultry, or other Meat Sources – Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system


Cat Food – Generally too high in proteins and fats (and what self-respecting dog would want to eat cat food anyway!)


Chocolate and Coffee – These items seem to be favorites of humans, but they contain theobromine and caffeine.  These can be toxic and affect the heart negatively, evenLike most Pugs, Grover will eat anything fatally.  (How good are these for people, I wonder?  Oh well, I’m just a dog.)


Fat Trimmings – Can cause pancreatitis.


Hops – Primarily used in beer, can cause increased heart rate, seizures, and death


Human Vitamin Supplements Containing Iron – Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs, including the liver and kidneys.


Liver – Aside from the fact that most people seem to dislike liver, large amounts of it can cause vitamin A toxicity that affects a dog’s muscles and bones.


Macadamia Nuts – These taste good, but they also seem to contain an unknown toxin that can affect the digestive and nervous systems in negative ways.


Marijuana – Not really a food, but there’s a possibility your dog might find it lying around somewhere.  Once ingested, marijuana can depress the nervous system and cause vomiting and changes in the heart rate.


Moldy or Spoiled Food, Garbage – Like I said before, don’t treat your dog like a garbage can, even if he begs you.  Garbage is garbage, and it can contain any number of toxins that cause vomiting and diarrhea and also affect other organs.


Mushrooms – Wild-growing mushrooms – even the backyard variety – can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, can cause shock, and even result in death.  If your dog plays in your yard, check it for mushrooms!


Onions – Not only can they make our eyes water too, but onions also contain sulfoxides and disulfides.  These chemicals can damage a dog’s red blood cells and cause anemia.


Peach and Plum Pits – Can obstruct your dog’s breathing and digestive tract.


Persimmon Seeds – Can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.


Raisons – These have been found to contain unknown toxins that may damage the kidneys when consumed in quantity.


Raw Eggs – These contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin, a B vitamin.  This can lead to skin, hair, and coat problems for your dog.  Also, raw eggs can contain salmonella, which can be fatal for your dog as well.


Raw Fish – Don’t feed your dog sushi!  Raw Fish can result in a thiamine (B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and sometimes death.  These problems are more common if you feed raw fish to your dog regularly.


Salt – Large quantities of salt can lead to electrolyte imbalances in your dog.


String – Sometimes, humans feed their dog food that was bound by string.  If the dog consumes the string, it can become trapped in the digestive system and entwine around his internal organs.


Sugary Foods – Just like in humans, sweets can lead to obesity, dental problems, and diabetes.


Table Scraps – Again, be careful what you are feeding your dog.  Table scraps should never contain more than 10 percent of a dog’s diet, if that.


Yeast Dough – Just like with birds, if a dog ingests yeast dough it can expand and produce gas in the digestive system.  This can lead to extreme pain and can possibly rupture the stomach and intestines.


Wow!  That’s quite a long list, isn’t it?  Still, if you want to keep your dog happy and healthy, you’ll follow it to the letter.  Remember, we dogs just can’t consume the same foods that a human can.  I hope you found this helpful!


- Grover