If you’ve ever run out of treats, or just wanted to give your pup something a little extra special, you’ve probably turned to the pantry or refrigerator. While there are some human foods that are safe for ingestion , there are also some that are toxic and life-threatening. You’ve likely heard of the more obvious ones like chocolate and alcohol, but the following are surprising foods you should never give to your dog. As you’ll see, just because something is healthy for you doesn’t mean it is healthy for your dog.
What Not To Feed Dogs
- Grapes/Raisins: These are dangerous because they contain a toxin that can cause severe liver and kidney damage—even to the point of death.
- Avocados: Can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, or worse, heart problems. Even though these are full of healthy fats for us, keep your dog clear of avocados.
- Onions: One of the most dangerous foods dogs can eat, as they can break down red blood cells leading to anemia and the symptoms that come with it.
- Macadamia Nuts: Even a tiny dose can cause all sorts of problems for your dog. Paralysis, muscle tremors, swollen limbs and more. While these symptoms aren’t always permanent, they can be devastating to deal with and aren’t worth the risk.
- Coffee: While you may not ever give your dog coffee, if some is left out on the end table and he takes a few sips, it can be detrimental to his health.
- Snacks: Chips, cookies, and pretzels, etc. all run the risk of having a poisonous ingredient that can be damaging to his digestive or respiratory system.
- Leftover Bones: While raw/uncooked bones are perfectly okay to give your dog, cooked bones can break and create splinters, leading to blockage and lacerations in his digestive system.
When it comes to the topic of what not to feed dogs, the safest bet is to stick with food and treats made specifically for them. Unless you’re absolutely certain the food is safe, the potential negative impact is not worth the risk.
The above list is by no means exhaustive, so be sure to continue your research and consult with your veterinarian before feeding him human foods. If you see your dog exhibiting any of these symptoms, seek treatment right away to limit any pain and prevent more serious problems.