What Dogs Can’t Eat 

He’s your best buddy and he’s staring at you with those big puppy dog eyes while you eat. Of course, you’re going to share, right?

Not so fast. Everything that’s good for you isn’t good for your dog. In fact, some foods could make him really sick.

WebMD, veterinarians, and the ASPCA say “no” to these foods for dogs:
  • Anything sweetened with xylitol can make your pup’s blood sugar drop and cause vomiting, lethargy, and coordination problems and lead to liver failure. Foods with xylitol include gum, candy, toothpaste, baked goods, and diet foods.
  • Booze affects dogs just like it does humans, but a little goes a long way, especially with little dogs. Beer, wine, liquor, or food with alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, coordination, and breathing problems coma, or death.
  • Persin from avocados can cause vomiting or diarrhea and get stuck in a dog’s intestines or stomach and be fatal.
  • Onions, garlic, and chives can kill a dog’s red blood cells and cause anemia. Signs are weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems.
  • Caffeine from cocoa, chocolate, sodas, energy drinks, cold and pain medicines can be fatal for pups.
  • Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. Vomiting and sluggish behavior are signs.
  • Milk and dairy products, like ice cream, can cause diarrhea and digestive problems or trigger allergies.
  • Macadamia nuts, almonds, pecans, and walnuts can cause muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperatures, and weakness in the legs.
Common Sense Things NOT Let Your Dog Eat
  • Chocolate can cause vomiting and diarrhea, heart problems, tremors, seizures, or even death. Dark and unsweetened baking chocolate is the worst, but all chocolate is bad for pups.
  • Fat and bones may be your dog’s favorites, but fat can cause pancreatitis, and bones can splinter and cause cuts in your dog’s digestive system.
  • Plums, persimmons, and peaches have pits that can block a dog’s intestines. Peach and plum pits have cyanide that is poisonous to dogs.
  • Some people like to add a raw egg to their dog’s food, but veterinarians warn that can cause food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli.
  • Raw meat and fish can have a parasite that can cause vomiting, fever, or enlarged lymph nodes.
  • Salt and salty snacks like chips and pretzels can make your dog thirsty and lead to sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, high temperatures and seizures, even death.
  • Sugary foods and drinks can make your dog overweight and cause trouble with their teeth or even diabetes.
  • Bread dough with yeast can swell inside your dog’s stomach and cause pain. As it ferments, it makes alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.
  • Your medicine, even acetaminophen or ibuprofen, can be fatal for your dog.
  • Baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and spices can be toxic to dogs.
By Amanda Rogers for Surepoint Medical Centers

Amanda Rogers is a freelance writer based in Fort Worth, Texas

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