Foods All Dogs Should Avoid

Introduction:While we absolutely adore our faithful four-footed friends, there are some treats we must deny them, regardless of their amazingly effective begging techniques.

  • 01

    Cheese

    Cheese is one of those that is dog dependent. Some dogs tolerate an occasional piece quite well. And some dogs will immediately become distressed and require life-saving steps by a vet who is hopefully nearby. I would suggest, if you would really like to give your dog cheeses, bringing a few cubes with you on the next visit and feed them to your dog then. You will at least be in the proper place for intervention if your dog is one of those that have an extreme allergy to it. Or, just give them bits of turkey jerky instead!

  • 02

    Chocolate

    While chocolate contains caffeine, which isn't good for dogs, the real problem is Theobromine. While humans can digest this chemical compound in less than an hour, dogs still have half of it in their system 17 hours later! The darker the chocolate, the bigger the risk. However, no chocolate is safe for our canine companions. When you need to indulge in some sweetness yourself, put aside a bit of bacon and feed your dog that instead. He'll be just as happy... And, alive. Yay!

  • 03

    Xylitol

    While this sweetener is mostly present in sugarless gum and other candies, it is also present in some pharmaceuticals and hygiene products. Even a small dose can be deadly in minutes. Liver failure can occur up to 24 hours after ingesting. Simply put, this is one of those where a visit to the vet ASAP is mandatory.

  • 04

    Grapes and Raisins

    Yummy for us! Deadly for dogs. If your lucky, he'll just vomit. If you're unlucky, coma and / or death. Ack! Stick to pieces of peeled apple. Dogs love them and you can share.

  • 05

    Onions and Garlic

    Flavorful for us, skull and cross bones for the pooch. Many dogs get put off by the smell, so there is that. However, if you have a freaky dog that loves all that Italian goodness, keep a watchful eye on them.


Final Thoughts

The basic message here is dogs aren't humans. Some foods that are excellent for us or at least non toxic, can be very toxic to dogs. So, check with your vet or a reliable web site before you experiment with feeding your pooch people food. Most will probably be fine for them, but all it takes is that one food that isn't fine. So, check it out before you dish it out! No matter how big their eyes get or how much their lower lip trembles. For weaker moments when you must succumb to their blatant manipulations, keep a ziploc of bacon at the ready. It will save you, and possibly your dog, in the end.

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