10 Common Foods To Keep Away From Your Dog

Dec 18, 2015
toxic foods for dogs

You may be surprised to learn that some everyday human treats are toxic foods for dogs. We’re all guilty of it — slipping table scraps and unsavory leftovers to the dog after we’re done with our meal. You know you do it to from time to time, too, even if you’re adamant with your kids about not sharing food with the dog. You may think you’re giving your dog a treat by sharing the end of your apple pie with ice cream or giving him the fat off the side of your chicken, but you must be careful because some common things that are great for people are foods your dog should not eat. To help keep your pup safe during this Holiday season,  this list of 10 toxic foods for dogs in mind.

  • Grapes or Raisins

    These fall on the floor at our houses all the time but it’s important to snatch them up and out of reach of your dog as quickly as possible. Consumption of even small amounts of grapes or raisins can cause kidney failure. Even dogs who have eaten this fruit before with no ill effects can suddenly have a bad reaction.

  • Macadamia Nuts

    Macadamia nuts are generally not fatal to dogs, but they can make them pretty sick for a few days. Other nuts are relatively safe, but not particularly healthy or easy on canine digestive tracts.

  • Avocado

    You might think a little bit of Omega-3 fatty acids from an avocado can’t possibly make the list of toxic foods for dogs, but they’re known to cause stomach issues so try a fish oil supplement instead.

  • Baby Food

    We know, it’s so tempting to toss the remnants of a jar of baby food into the dog bowl. But some baby foods contain onion powder, which can damage dogs’ red blood cells. So add it to the list of foods your dog should not eat.

  • Fat Trimmings

    High-fat snacks can be toxic foods for dogs because too much can cause pancreatitis, which is generally not fatal but it’s no fun for anyone.

  • Mushrooms

    Wild mushrooms can be poisonous so use caution if they grow in your yard where your dog roams freely. If you see your dog eat a mushroom, contact your vet or the Pet Poison Helpline immediately.

  • Cooked Turkey Skin

    This is difficult for your dog to digest, so if you’re skipping the skin for your own health, just toss it in the trash.

  • Yeast Dough

    We know this sounds bizarre but hang tight. When you set your dough out to rise, keep it out of reach of your dog — we know it smells great to us, so imagine how tempting it must be for your pup. Unfortunately, still-rising dough is one of the toxic foods for dogs because it will continue to expand in her stomach, causing pain and potential organ damage. Even more dangerous, the yeast produces alcohol that is absorbed into your dog’s system, which can cause seizures and even death.

  • Onion & Garlic

    Anything in the onion or garlic family can cause weakness and vomiting, so no onion-filled salsa for your furry kid.

  • Milk & Dairy

    Dairy can cause diarrhea and we know you don’t want to clean that “stuff” up!

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