Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

foods-never-feed-dogsAlthough making your own dog food and treats can be a healthy and economical way to feed your dog, you must know which foods to never feed your dog. These foods are toxic to dogs and must always be avoided:

  • Apricot pits
  • Avocados
  • Alcohol
  • Apple seeds
  • Cherry pits
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee (and other caffeinated drinks)
  • Garlic: some people feed small amounts of garlic but only in moderation.
  • Grapes and raisins: because they are condensed, raisins are more dangerous than grapes; avoid cereals and cookies with raisins.
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onions
  • Peach pits
  • Persimmons: the seeds can cause problems
  • Plum pits
  • Potato peels: discard the peel and any green portions of the potato.
  • Tea
  • Yeast dough: uncooked dough is very dangerous to your dog.
  • Xylitol: used in some diet foods and all diet gums, it is highly toxic to dogs.

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  • Dog Health Problems

    It is amazing what foods and common plants that will harm our pets. A few weeks ago I read about some of these substances that are harmful or maybe even fatal to our dogs. The Humane Society of the United States has a list posted on their web page. Keep our pets SAFE.

    • Paris and John

      You are so right…it is amazing what plants will harm dogs. We uprooted some small sago palms we had after we learned they’re toxic to dogs!

  • Heidi

    I too love the HSUS toxic plant lists!

    Fresh garlic, in moderation (I still need to see a dog that would voluntarily eat a lot of it!) is recommended to repel fleas (among others). Yeast (there ARE GMO-free versions, but one needs to look) is also a vet recommended flea repellent.

    • Ashley

      I think it’s brewers or nutritional yeast that can help repel fleas. I do believe the reason yeast dough, or most kinds of raw dough, is dangerous is due to the baking soda and/or baking powder content. Those two ingredients in their raw form can make a dog sick.
      .-= Ashley´s last blog ..The Truth About Poinsettia =-.

  • Paris and John

    Hi Juliette,

    It’s SO scary the things dogs can get into so quickly!! I worry about chocolate around here and really keep an eye on it…so I eat it quickly :) Paris

  • Ashley

    Avocado is another one of those foods that are hotly debated, like garlic. The pit and the skin are usually the main form of toxins, but the flesh itself is what’s not too harmful. In fact, there are a few good quality dog foods that include avocado, like AvoDerm.
    .-= Ashley´s last blog ..The Truth About Poinsettia =-.