What foods should you never feed your dog?
There are certain foods that you should not feed your dog
under any occasion. While individual cases will vary based on
breed, weight, and other factors - in general this list of foods
applies to all dogs and should be carefully followed to avoid
Just because humans like it, doesn't mean dogs will
List of foods not to feed your dog. Here's an alphabetized list of foods that are unsafe and unfit
for canine consumption, many of which are toxic for dogs. We'll
be updating it and adding foods as we learn more.
*Alcohol -It can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination,
potentially even coma and/or death.
*Apple Seeds - they contain a natural chemical that releases
cyanide when digested. Be sure to core and seed
*Avocado - they contain Persin, which can cause diarrhea,
vomiting, and heart congestion.
*Baby Food - by itself isn't terrible, just make
sure it doesn't contain any onion powder.
Bones - the danger with bones isn't the nutritional content,
nor is it necessarily the danger of chocking. They can
harm your dog's digestive tract when the bones
splinter inside the body.
*Candy & Chewing Gum - not only does candy contain sugar, but
it often contains Xilotyl, which can lead
to the over-release of insulin, kidney
failure, and worse.
*Cat Food -this contains proteins and fat levels that are too high
for a dog 7 not healthy.
*Chocolate - contains caffeine, theobromine and theophylline,
which can be toxic, cause panting, vomiting, and
diarrhea, and damage your dog's heart and
*Citrus oil extracts - can cause vomiting. *Coffee- essentially this is the same poison as chocolate.
*Corn on the cob - this is a sure way to get your dog's
intestine blocked. The corn is digested,
but the cob gets lodged in the small
intestine, and if it's not removed surgically,
can prove fatal to your dog.
*Fat Trimmings - can cause pancreatitis.
*Grapes & Raisins - they contain a toxin that can cause severe
liver damage and kidney failure.
*Hops - an ingredient in beer that can be toxic to your
dog, causing panting, an increased heart rate, fever,
seizures, and even death.
*Human Vitamins - some are okay to use, make sure there's
no iron as it can damage the digestive system
lining, and prove poisonous for the liver and
*Liver - it contains quite a bit of Vitamin A, which can
adversely affect your dogs muscles and bones.
*Macadamia Nuts - these contain a toxin that can inhibit
locomotory activities, resulting in weakness,
panting, swollen limbs, and tremors as well as
possible damage to your dog's digestive,
nervous, and muscle systems.
*Marijuana - it can affect the dogs nervous system and heart
rate, and induce vomiting.
*Milk and dairy products - usually causes smelly farts & some
nasty cases of diarrhea, most dogs
are lactose intolerant.
*Mushrooms - Just as the wrong mushroom can be fatal to
humans, the same applies to dogs. Don't mess
*Onions, Garlic, & Chives -of any kind are poisinous for dogs.
They contain disulfides & Sulfoxides,
which can cause anemia & damage red
*Persimmon seeds, Peach & Plum pits can cause intestinal
obstruction and enteritis.
*Potato, Rhubarb, & Tomato leaves, contain oxalates, which
can adversely affect the
digestive, nervous, and
*Raw Eggs - the most obvious problem here is salmonella,
eggs also contain the Avidin enzyme, which inhibits
the absorption of vitamin B. Your dog uses vitamin B
to keep a healthy coat and skin.
*Raw fish - Loss of appetite will be common,followed by seizures,
and in rare instances, death.
*Salt - can lead to an imbalance in electrolyte levels,
dehydration & possibly diarrhea.
*String - If your dog were to eat a string, it could get stuck
in their digestive tract and cause complications.
*Sugar - this applies to any food containing sugar including corn
syrup as too much can lead to dental issues, obesity,
and even diabetes.
Tobacco - Nicotine can damage your dogs digestive & nervous
system,and even cause death.
*Yeast - can rise and expnad in your dogs stomach which could
cause their stomach or intestines to rupture. Mild
cases will cause gas, farting and a lot of discomfort.
*Old food - The bacteria in spoiled food contains all sorts of
toxins that can be damaging to your dog's
There's a reason there is food & treats made especially for dogs.
Safe Human Foods for Dogs.
There are human foods that are permissible to feed to your dog;
however, even these foods should be kept to a minimum. Things
that you can feed to your dog without worrying about side
Lean meat – lean meat includes meat without bones that has had
excessive fat removed. If feeding chicken and turkey, the skin
should also be removed as it can be a source of fat. Lean meat
includes the white meat from chicken or turkey and provides a
tasty treat for your dog as well as a good source of protein.
Fruits – Not including the fruits listed above, dogs can safely
enjoy bananas, apple slices, strawberries, blueberries and
watermelon. The seeds should be removed from these fruits or
in the case of watermelon it should be a seedless melon as most
fruit seeds contain arsenic which is poisonous. Fresh fruits are a
great treat to assist in training your dog and can also provide
your dog with a great way to cool down on a hot summer day!
Vegetables – Certain vegetables like carrots, green beans,
cucumber slices or zucchini slices all make great treats for
your dog. It’s a good idea to replace commercial dog treats with
baby carrots if you are looking to slim your dog down a little bit.
Vegetables make great low calorie snacks and good training tools
as well. But stay away from canned and pickled vegetables as
they contain too much salt.
Baked potatoes – A plain baked potato is okay to feed your dog
but honestly it is not something that should be done frequently
and should never include any toppings. A few slices of cooked
baked potato can make a great treat for a patient dog at a
meal time though.
White rice and pasta –
White rice and pasta are frequently referred to as a potential
meal for a dog with an upset stomach. Generally boiled white
chicken and white rice are used to help firm up stools as well
as nourish a dog that is having trouble getting any nutrition from
food as a result of illness. While there are certainly some
human foods that are safe to feed your dog there are many
which are unsafe and potentially poisonous when ingested by your
dog. As a general rule of thumb, it is far better to be safe than
sorry so avoid feeding your dog any human food unless
recommended by your vet. Dogs that are not given human food
or table scraps are generally better behaved than dogs who do
receive people food anyway, they do not beg because they know
they won’t receive any scraps and they also tend to drool less
and bother visitors to your home less because they understand
that human food is for humans and not for them.
well as other animals, may be toxic and even poisonous to your
dog, posing a serious threat to it's 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. Please note that while we're attempting
to add every food we can find that is potentially unsafe for dogs,
there are certain foods that we may miss, so don't consider a
food safe to feed to our dog just because it's not on this list.
Do your research if you are uncertain and let us know by adding
a comment below with your new information so that we can keep
this list updated.
Dogs should eat dog food. Table food or food intended for
human consumption can result in a multitude of problems for
your animal's health if eaten or drank.
Chocolate is a well known potential toxin for pets. It is
metabolized in the animal's body that loosely mimics the way
cocaine is metabolized by a human. Bakers chocolate and dark chocolate are more potent than milk chocolate in terms of
toxicity to animals. The toxicity associated with chocolate is
dose-dependent and varies with each individual animal's
It would take much more chocolate to make a Labrador sick
than it would a Chihuahua. Raisins and grapes are both toxic to
dogs and cats as they can cause damage to their kidneys. Other
commonly encountered foods that are toxic to pets include coffee,
onions, macadamia nuts, and avocados.
Fatty foods or simply foods that your pet is not accustomed to
consuming can also cause problems such as vomiting, diarrhea,
and even full blown pancreatitis. It is my opinion that no animal
bones (rib, chicken, etc.) should ever be given to pets. I have
seen too many animals become ill, need surgery to correct an
obstruction, and even die from being fed animal bones. Bones
can cause intestinal obstruction and/or splinter resulting in a
lacerated gastrointestinal tract.
Keep Your Pet Away From The Car Shop and Medicine Cabinet!
Chemicals, medications, and other toxic substances that are
common problems include antifreeze/coolant, gasoline, oil,
pesticides, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (ibuprofen,
aspirin, etc.), acetaminophen, and rodent bait. Antifreeze is
extremely dangerous if ingested. Dogs and cats are attracted
to antifreeze due to its sweet smell and taste. Antifreeze can
quickly destroy your pet's kidneys leading to critical illness and
commonly death. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are
often helpful for many pets just like the are for many humans,
but can be harmful or fatal if used without the guidance of a
veterinarian. This is especially true for cats and NSAIDs. Rat
and mouse bait can inhibit an animal's clotting ability leading to
bleeds, organ failure, and death.
Even Plants Can Be Dangerous to Your Pet.
Lastly, I wanted to mention some common plants found in homes
and yards that can be hazardous to your pet. Lantana, oleander,
elephant ear, belladonna, lilies, and even aloe can all be toxic
and harmful if ingested. This is a very abbreviated list and it is
always best to educate yourself more thoroughly about the
plants around your home and their potential as being toxic.
Consult With Your Local Veterinarian
This is only a short list of potentially harmful things that are
commonly eaten, chewed, or drank by dogs and cats. It is
always best to consult with your veterinarian or poison control
authority if you have a question or emergency.
How to Cure Your Dog's Upset Stomach?
Is your dog's stomach upset?
Normally dogs will eat grass to cleanse out their system - this is the natural method for curing your dog's upset stomach. However, at times this won't do the trick, or your dog won't even feel like eating grass. In this case it can help to give your dog a little bit of Pepto-Bismol or Pepcid crushed and mixed with water (the amount will depend on your dog's weight - consult your veterinarian). It is possible that the manufacturers of these products may change their formulas over time and they may not be as safe as they once were for pups so, as with any treatment, always consult a vet before proceeding with treatment.
You could also take your dog's temperature. We recommend using a rectal thermometer as it is the most accurate option. An ear thermometer is also an option but not as precise. A dog's normal body temperature should be about 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit. A temperature of 102 or higher is considered to be a fever. If the temperature is higher than 102 degrees or lower than 99 degrees, you should go to the vet or emergency vet hospital immediately to find out the cause.Note that the Pepto-Bismol or Pepcid may make your dog's stool darken quite a bit - this is not a reason for alarm.
Keep your pup hydrated! Dogs are like people in the way that their symptoms have a lot to do with an underlying problem. If your dog has an upset stomach, you would do well to wonder about the cause of the upset stomach just as much as the treatment of your dog’s upset stomach.One of the most important things is to keep your pup hydrated at all times. This is especially important if they are experiencing diarrhea. With diarrhea, they may very quickly (within hours) become dehydrated, as they will lose water that they would retain under normal conditions.
Natural ways to cure your dog's upset stomach. If you prefer not giving your dog human medications like Pepto Bismol, and your dog won't eat grass to clear her or his upset stomach, there are other natural home remedies that can do the trick. However, these may not be the best cure for your dog, so make sure you check with your veterinarian before proceeding. Some natural home remedies include: • Rice • Boiled chicken (boneless and no salt added) • Banana baby food Do not use hamburger meat - this is a fairly common recommendation on bulletin boards, but the fact is the meat is too greasy and will not help your dog's upset stomach (nor is it healthy for your dog). No matter what you choose, however, make sure your dog stays well hydrated. The point of the grass is to make your dog vomit, to clear out whatever is upsetting his or her stomach. For more serious situations, your best bet is to limit food intake, keep getting your dog water, and take them to the vet.
What did your dog eat that upset their stomach? If you can find out what your dog ate, it may help the vet's diagnosis of your situation. One of the first things to look for is if any of your house plants have been eaten. Many house plants are toxic to dogs.
Changing Your Dogs Food Can Upset its Stomach. When changing your dog’s food, always take caution and time to ease them in to the new food. If you change their food over night from one kind to another, it will often be hard for them to digest. Think about it, if you were eating only chicken and rice for two years and then someone changed your diet for your next meal to beef and potatoes, your body would have difficulty digesting as well and likely lead to stomach cramping, bloating and maybe even diarrhea or vomiting. If your body is out of practice with digesting a certain type of food and you introduce it into your diet again, your body will need time to adjust to this change. That is exactly what is happening to your dog in this case. So make sure you still have some of your dog's current food to allow time for the transition. Over the course of about a week, slowly start mixing in more and more of the new food into less and less of the current food until the transition is complete. Read our article on changing dog food for more specific details. Go slow and keep an eye on your dog while changing food to make sure he remains healthy. Consult your vet if you have any questions during this process of changing dog food or run into any health concerns.
Hope Your Dog is Feeling Better Soon. If none of these solutions work or you are very worried about your pet, please go see a veterinarian to help guide you through this difficult time. If you have other treatments that you have tried successfully to get your dog on its way to recovery, please share them below with a comment. As dog owners ourselves, we know how difficult it can be to see your pup suffer so we sure do hope your dog is feeling better soon.
Why do Dogs Get an Upset Stomach? Although dogs will eat most anything you put in front of them, their stomachs don’t always agree to this free for all type of consumption. One of the most likely causes for an upset stomach is a change in diet. You can’t assume that they have eaten something unhealthy either. Sometimes they get an upset stomach from something as simple as a change in brands or flavors of dog food. If this isn’t the cause, you might start searching for another reason, such as an illness.
Dangers of an Upset Stomach. Aside from the fact that our dog is likely to be uncomfortable and even in pain, the upset stomach may be a symptom of an underlying issue. Your dog may have something as mild as the flu or as life threatening as the Parvo virus. If your dog has a bacterial infection or a virus, they are likely to show other signs along with the upset stomach. Should the condition persist, the most dangerous threat is likely to be dehydration. This occurs when the body is unable to retain fluids. Water makes up around 75% of the body weight of dogs, but even consuming large amounts of water may not be enough to prevent dehydration in your dog.
Signs of Dehydration. Dogs are like people in the way that their symptoms have a lot to do with an underlying problem. If your dog has an upset stomach, you would do well to wonder about the cause of the upset stomach just as much as the treatment of your dog’s upset stomach..Dogs, and especially young pups are very susceptible to occurrences of dehydration, much the way humans are. If you notice that your dog has diarrhea or doesn’t seem to have an appetite or be interested in drinking his or her water, then your dog is taking the first step towards dehydration. You can check to see if your dog is already dehydrated by assessing the appearance of his or her skin and gums. If you lift the lip of your dogs, the gums should be coated with a shiny wet film. If not, then he or she may be dehydrated. To check the skin to see if your dog is dehydrated, squeeze the skin behind the neck as if you were going to pick your dog up as his or her mother would. Release the skin. If the skin stays in the pinched position, your dog is dehydrated. If it automatically goes back to lying flat on the neck, your dog is not dehydrated. This is the same method used to check humans. If you’ve ever had someone pinch the skin on your hand and then watch to see if it goes back to its original form, you have experienced the same kind of dehydration test.
Prevent Dehydration. Don’t assume that you can prevent dehydration by offering water to your furry pet. Your pet also needs electrolytes and vitamins in order to retain fluids. One possible solution to this dilemma is to use Pedialyte. You can obtain a dry mixture made for animals by going to your nearest farming store. The packet is mixed with water, and then fed to the dog. If your dog does not improve quickly though, do not continue to try self treating. Dehydrationi n dogs can quickly progress from a passing concern to one of possible organ failure and even death. So, please if your dogs symptoms last more than 24 hours, take him to the vet immediately for treatment. Feeding a Dog with no Appetite If your dog isn’t feeling well and you wish to feed it pedialyte or some other mixture that will help prevent dehydration, you’re going to need a syringe (without a needle) and a towel. Your dog isn’t going to want to be fed anything, just as you don’t want to eat when you don’t feel good. Because of this, you may need some assistance when feeding your dog. After filling the syringe with the mixture to be used, lay the dog on its side. Open the mouth of the dog and use the syringe to inject the fluid down the dog’s throat. If the dog still doesn’t want to swallow the mixture, massage the throat to prompt the swallowing response. Another method is to inject the mixture inside the back of the cheek of the dog. Again, massage the throat as needed for swallowing. If you choose to use the cheek method, watch for liquid to come out the other side of the mouth as sometimes dogs will simply let the liquid drain out if they don’t
have the energy or urge to swallow.
We try to keep our dogs on their canine diets but sometimes
we just can’t resist slipping them an occasional human morsel.
If you’d like to reward your pet with a table scrap, make sure
that you choose people foods that are safe for canine tummies.
Here are a few “dog-approved” people foods:
1. Peanut butter. A favorite treat of many canines. Not only
is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Stuff peanut butter into
a Kong to keep your dog busy for hours. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter.
2. Cooked chicken. Can be slipped into the bowl along with your dog’s regular food to add a spice and extra protein to its diet.
This also makes a good meal replacement if you’re in a pinch and out of dog food.
3. Cheese. A great treat for a dog as long as she isn’t lactose intolerant, which a small percentage are. Make sure to monitor
your dog’s reaction. Opt for low or reduced fat varieties and don’t overfeed, as many cheeses can be high in fat.
Cottage cheese is typically a good choice.
4. Baby carrots. Good for a dog’s teeth, carrots are low calorie and high in fiber and beta carotene/vitamin A.
5. Yogurt. High in calcium and protein. But make sure to only choose yogurts that do not contain artificial sweeteners or
added sugars. Yogurts with active bacteria can act as a probiotic and are good for your dog’s digestive system.
6. Salmon. A good source of omega 3 fatty acids, which are responsible for keeping your dog’s coat healthy and shiny, as
well as supporting your dog’s immune system. Feed your dog
cooked salmon, add salmon oil to her food bowl, or slip him
some of your unwanted fish skins.
7. Pumpkin. Good source of fiber as well as beta-carotene/
vitamin A. It can help keep the GI tract moving and can aid
with digestive issues.
8. Eggs. Scrambling up an egg for your pup is a great way to
give her diet a protein boost. Eggs are also a source of easily digestible riboflavin and selenium, making them a healthy snack.
9. Green Beans.Make a great treat for your dog since they are filling and low in calories. Select beans that have no added salt.
10. Apple Slices. Help to clean residue off a dog’s teeth, which helps to freshen her breath. Apples are a good source of fiber
as well as vitamin A and C. Make sure to take out the seeds and the core before feeding to your dog, as these can be choking hazards.
11. Oatmeal. A great source of soluble fiber, which can be especially beneficial to senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues.
It is also a great alternate grain for dogs allergic to wheat.
Make sure to cook oatmeal before serving it to your dog. Do not add any sugar or flavor additives.
These are just a few of the human foods that you can toss your dog’s way. Remember to try them in small amounts. If your dog experiences any sort of reaction, immediately consult a veterinarian. Before giving your dog any people food, do your research to make sure it’s safe. Never feed your dog toxic
human items such as: chocolate, onions, grapes, raisins, yeast dough, artificial sweeteners, macadamia nuts, avocados, alcohol,
or coffee. Consult your veterinarian with any questions
on what is safe and what is harmful.