5 Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

By Katy Gilligan
Updated June 12, 2015
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5 Foods Your Dog Should Never EatGiving your adorable pooch a little treat from the table can be a fun activity, especially when they seem to love every minute of the food he is receiving from his loving owner. There are many great foods that humans can eat that are amazing for dogs (mostly fruits and vegetables) that you can give your dog as much as you want. However, there are many foods that you should never give your dog, as it can cause many health problems, and even death. No one wants to harm their dog, and giving them foods can seem harmless.  However, knowing which foods you can give your dog from your table is going to help them live a long and healthy life.

1.) Artificially Sweetened Foods (Candy)

Dogs can, and will, get into anything their noses can sniff out. Candy can seem like a sweet treat to humans, but for dogs, it can be a very big problem. Even baked goods are bad for dogs. These sweets are made with the sugar substitute xylitol, and when dogs ingest a lot of this substance they can experience a sudden drop in blood sugar. This can result in depression, loss of coordination, seizures, and possible liver failure. Make sure to put your sweet treats in a location your pup cannot get to them.

2.) Avocados

Although guacamole and chips can be a fantastic treat for humans, avocados can cause serious problems with dogs. Avocados contain person, which is a toxin that causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. No one wants to see their dog in such pain, or clean it up for that matter. Also keep the pit away from your dog, because if they swallow it, it could block their digestive tract.

3.) Grapes/Raisins

Although veterinarians are still not sure what the toxin is in grapes and raisins, there is a toxin that can cause kidney failure in dogs. Even a few grapes or raisins is enough to cause significant kidney damage, so do not leave these little fruits out in the open for your dog to get ahold of. Kidney failure is painful and expensive, but can be avoided as long as you keep these tiny fruits out of reach of your pooch.

4.) Onions

Onions can irritate a dog’s gastrointestinal tract, which can lead to very unsightly results. They also contain compounds that are toxic to red blood cells, and dogs that eat onions can develop severe anemia, which can lead to costly vet bills. Some meats (like hamburgers and steaks) can have traces of onions on/in them, so be sure to avoid giving your dog even the tiniest amount of meat that had any contact with onion.

5.) Chocolate

Most people know that chocolate is not a good food for dogs. However, they do not know why. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate and unsweetened cocoa contains offending chemical components. Chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and rapid heart rate. This does happen when a lot of chocolate is consumed, so if your dog only has a little amount of chocolate, there is not a lot of need to worry.





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