We love to share food with our dogs, and since some are healthy for us, or just very delicious, we often assume they’re healthy for our pets too. There is a lot of people food that just isn’t good for your dog and some that is downright dangerous. These common foods might surprise you.
#1 Metabolism Can Kill Your Dog
Most people who have dogs know that chocolate isn’t good for them. And do you know that some common spices in your pantry are harmful for dogs? But who can resist those big brown eye and cute doggie grins when they ask for food? Can you afford to give your dog just a nibble from the table?
Well, it all depends on what the nibble is and what’s in it. Foods that are perfectly suitable for human consumption, as well as other animals, may be toxic and even poisonous to your dog, posing a serious threat to its health and well-being. Why? Because all animals have very different rates of metabolism. Metabolism is basically the process of breaking down food and turning it into energy.
There is a lot of people food that just isn’t good for your dog and some that is downright dangerous. These common foods might surprise you.
#2 Fat Trimmings And Cooked Bones
When it comes to bones, the danger is that cooked bones can easily splinter when chewed by your dog. Raw (uncooked) bones, however, are appropriate and good for both your dog’s nutritional and teeth. Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis in dogs. And, although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, a dog can choke on it. It’s best just to forget about the doggie bag.
While the actual fruit can be beneficial to our dogs, the plant itself is quite toxic. The stems and leaves of the tomato plant, as well as the unripened fruit, can cause gastrointestinal upset in our dogs. The leaves contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems, especially in puppies.
The casing of apple seeds are toxic to a dog as they contain a natural chemical (amygdlin) that releases cyanide when digested. This is really only an issue if a large amount was eaten and the seed were chewed up by the dog, causing it to enter its blood stream. But to play it safe, be sure to core and seed apples before you feed them to your dog.
Beer, wine, and liquor, and food that contains alcohol is not good for your dog. Alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s liver and brain that it has on humans. The smaller the dog, the greater the effect. While it may be funny to you when Fido gets into the punch, it’s not funny to your dog. Alcohol can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity, but potentially even coma and/or death.
The leaves are very dangerous to your pooch. These contain oxalates, which can adversely affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems. The leaves and stems of rhubarb depletes the calcium levels in our dogs’ bodies. This can result in renal failure as well as other medical problems, including death.
#7 Candy And Gum With Xylitol
Sugary foods and drinks can do the same thing to dogs that it does to humans. It can lead to obesity, dental problems, and even diabetes. Not only does candy contain sugar, but it often contains Xylitol, which can lead to the over-release of insulin, kidney failure, and worse.
#8 Raw And Green Potatoes
This might seem surprising, considering potatoes are often found in quality dog foods and top shelf name brands. But unripe, green, and raw potatoes are toxic to our dogs. In fact, consuming any of these varieties are toxic to humans as well! Symptoms of potato toxicity in dogs include nausea, vomiting, seizures and heart irregularities. The potato can sit and ferment in a dog's belly and turn to yeast, which is very harmful and while mild cases will cause gas, lots of farting, and discomfort – too much of it could rupture their stomach and intestines.
Both garlic and onions in all forms—powdered, raw, cooked, dehydrated—can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Some amounts can cause onion poisoning. Symptoms of onion or garlic toxicity include lethargy, elevated heart and respiratory rates, pale gums, and even collapse.
You’ve probably heard this before, but chocolate is a definite no-no for your pup. And it’s not just about caffeine, which is enough to harm your dog by itself, but theobromine and theophylline, which can be toxic, cause panting, vomiting, and diarrhea, and damage your dog’s heart and nervous systems. There is no antidote.
Not sure why you would give your dog coffee, but pretty much the same applies here as to chocolate. This is essentially poison for your dog if ingested.
#11 Apricots, Peaches And Plums
Apricots, persimmons, peaches, and plums are a problem from their seeds or pits. Peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans and dogs. The difference is that humans know not to eat them. Dogs don’t. While they are able to consume the pulp of the fruit with no ill effects, caution should be taken if your dog has access to any other parts of the plant.
While the pulp of the fruit is safe for dogs to eat, the plant and pit are moderately toxic to our dogs, and can result in respiratory failure and death. In fact, the plants and pits contain cyanide, so it’s no surprise that they are toxic. It's best just to steer clear of cherries altogether
Just as the wrong mushroom can be fatal to humans, the same applies to dogs. Don’t mess with them. Mushroom toxicity is known to be fatal in dogs, resulting from seizures, tremors, and organ failure
Grapes and raisins have often been used as treats for dogs, but it’s not a good idea. Just small amounts can make a dog ill. Keep grapes and raisins off of counters and other places that your dog can reach. Grapes contain a toxin that can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure. We’ve heard stories of dogs dying from only a handful of grapes so do not feed your pup this toxic food.
#15 Salmon And Uncooked Fish
The primary fish that you need to be careful about are salmon and trout. Raw salmon can be fatal to dogs if the fish is infected with a certain parasite, Nanophyetus salmincola. The parasite itself isn’t dangerous to dogs but is often infected with a bacteria called Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which in many cases is fatal to dogs if not treated properly. If diagnosis occurs early on, the dog has a great chance of recovering. Cooked salmon is fine as it kills the parasite.