People Foods That Are Really, Really Bad For Your Dog… Even Though They Probably Really, Really Want Them

First of all, it’s really important that you know this… I am not a vet.  Duh… I’m a 10 year old yellow Labrador Retriever so I couldn’t get into vet school.

Don’t consider this to be advice from a veterinarian.  If you have any questions about these, you should talk to your vet.  Most of them are really nice and helpful.  (That is unless they’re telling us that I need to lose 2 pounds!)

The boss doesn’t think dogs should get any kind of people food.  She says it makes us less likely to beg.  (Note from the boss:  This is true.)  The other reason is that there are all kinds of people foods out there that can be dangerous to us dogs that most people don’t know about.

Almost everyone knows that some chocolate is bad, but did you know that sugarless gum is too?  This is a list of common people-food that can be really, really bad for dogs.


Potentially Toxic Foods

Alcohol
Central nervous system and respiratory depression

Apple Seeds
Contain the toxin cyanide

Caffeine
Can affect heart, lungs, kidney and central nervous system

Chives
Kidney damage

Chocolate
Baking chocolate is the worst
Can affect heart, lungs, kidney and central nervous system

Fruit Pits
Peach, cherry and plum pits contain the toxin cyanide

Garlic
Kidney damage

Grapes
Kidney damage

Macadamia Nuts
Severe illness, can affect digestive system and muscle

Moldy Food
Muscle tremors and convulsions

Onions
Kidney damage

Raisins
Kidney damage

Rotten Food
Botulism – Paralysis, slow heart rate, constipation

Yeast Dough
Central nervous system and respiratory depression

Xylitol
This is a sugar free sweetener that is frequently used in sugarless gum and candy.
Hypoglycemia, severe liver damage

Again… we are not vets.  That’s why we didn’t list the volume of the food that could be considered toxic.  In many cases it could be a very low volume that could cause significant damage.

Don’t mess around with these.  If your dog eats anything on this list, contact your vet immediately.  They will likely want to know how much the dog may have eaten, how long ago and the size of your dog.

Less Toxic, But Still Bad

This is also a list of foods that are bad for dogs.  The first list can be potentially toxic.  This list isn’t generally considered toxic, but these foods can still cause significant problems.

Dairy Products
Can be difficult to digest

Corn Cobs
GI obstructions or laceration in the GI system

Cooked Bones
Can splinter and break easily
This can cause obstruction or laceration in the GI system

Avocado
Vomiting and diarrhea

Again… the boss sometimes thinks she knows everything, but we are not vets.  This list does not include EVERYTHING that can be dangerous to dogs.  Our intent with this list is just to raise awareness to some of the people-food items that can be dangerous to dogs that most people don’t know about.

Have you heard of any others that we should be letting people know about?

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