There are some human foods that are NOT safe to feed your dog. If you like to share your food with your dog, be careful. There are plenty of human foods out there that are not safe for your four-legged best friend. If you are ever unsure you can always ask your veterinarian.
- Chocolate – Contains methylxantines which stops a dog’s metabolic process. Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, irregular heart functions, and death.
- Cinnamon – Can lower a dog’s blood sugar, cause vomiting, diarrhea, and can cause liver disease.
- Garlic – Can cause anemia.
- Ice Cream – Dogs don’t digest dairy very well.
- Macadamia Nuts – Can cause vomiting, inability to walk, higher body temperature, and lethargy. Can affect the nervous system. Other nuts to avoid are: Almonds, Walnuts, and Pecans.
Unsafe Fruits and Vegetables
- Asparagus – It is too tough for dogs to eat raw. Once it’s cooked there are no nutritional benefits.
- Avocado – Causes vomiting and diarrhea.
- Cherries – Cheery plants contain cyanide, which disrupts cellular oxygen transport.
- Grapes – Grapes and raisins can lead to sudden kidney failure.
- Tomatoes – The green parts of the plant contain solanine, which is toxic.
- Spinach – Is high in oxalic acid, which blocks the body’s ability to absorb calcium. Can cause kidney damage.
- Onions – Can cause red blood cells to rupture. Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea. Chives and leeks are bad also.
- Mushrooms – Avoid giving mushrooms to your dog. There are many types of mushrooms that are toxic to dogs and could kill them.
If you are eating any of these foods, just ignore that cute puppy dog face and sad pleading eyes. Let your buddy whine and don’t feel guilty because you are doing the right thing. Again, if you are unsure about what you can or can’t feed your dog, please call your veterinarian. Keep your dog safe and healthy.