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10 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

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Last Updated on February 9, 2021 by Pauline G. Carter

Do you know there are foods not to feed dogs? Dogs will always love to eat your food. And you cannot resist their big brown borrowing eyes. They will just look at you with that begging face, and you will be tempted to toss them a few of what you are eating.

Feeding your dog the wrong foods may lead to his death or some serious health problems such as food poisoning. You should, therefore, be very cautious about what you feed your dog to avoid such cases. Here are the worst things to feed a dog.

#1. Avocadoes

We all love avocadoes, but did you know that dogs are allergic to them? Yes, avocadoes have persin a fungicide that is very upsetting to your dog’s stomach. No matter how famous homemade guacamole is, do not allow your dog anywhere near it. Eating too much avocado causes vomiting and diarrhea to your dog.

Also, if you happen to have an avocado tree in your yard, keep your dog from going near it. This is because persin is also present in the leaves, bark, and seeds of the avocado tree. Here is the article we write about How To Keep Ants Out Of Dog Food Container?

#2. Alcohol

You love your beer or wine and might be tempted to share it with your dog. Who wouldn’t enjoy watching their dog lap up some beer? But this is a bad idea. Alcohol has the same effects on a dog as it has to people.

It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, coordination problems, and even breathing difficulties. Alcohol also affects your dog’s liver. Remember that the organs of your dog are much smaller than yours, and they will be more sensitive to alcohol.

#3. Coffee/ Tea

Coffee has a stimulant known as caffeine. No matter how some of us cannot do without coffee, it is not good for your dog. The caffeine causes muscle tremors and heart palpitations. Your dog will also experience rapid breathing and restlessness.

#4. Chocolate

Chocolate bars may be your favorite kid’s snack, and they may be tempted to share it with your dog. However, chocolate is what not to feed dogs. They contain high levels of theobromine that is very hazardous to your dog.

Eating chocolate will cause your dog to get excessive thirst, irregular heartbeat, and seizures, and even worse, it can lead to death. Other symptoms that a dog can experience when it eats chocolate include tremors, vomit, and diarrhea. Keep your chocolate out of your dog’s reach.

#5. Garlic and Onions

Onions and garlic are not good for your dog as they cause irritation in the digestive system of your dog. When dogs eat them in large amounts, their red blood cells will be depleted, and this will cause anemia.

Some of the symptoms include vomiting, breathing problems, and your dog becomes very weak. Whether the onions and garlic are cooked, raw or even powdered, they are not good for your dogs.

#6. Peaches/ plums/ apricots/ persimmons

All these are stone fruits, and your dog should not feed on them. This is because they have seeds that can obstruct the bowel of your dog. Seeds from persimmons, for example, cause problems in the small intestines. Also, all these stone fruits have cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs.

#7. Macadamia Nuts

It only takes eating about 5 macadamia nuts to make your dog sick. That is how unsafe they are. Keep macadamia nuts away a place where your dog cannot access them. Even foods that are prepared with macadamia nuts in them such as cookies can pose a serious health issue to your dog. They make your dog vomit, become weak, get high temperatures, and experience some muscle shocks.

#8. Gum

Gum is one of the most dangerous things your dog can eat. It causes a serious health issue because it will lead to obstruction of your dog’s bowel, which is very dangerous. Xylitol is a sweetening substance that is as harmful as the gum. It is found in some baked foods, toothpaste, and candy.

This is an extremely toxic substance that can lead to the death of your dog. It leads to liver failure of your dog and worse, lowers the blood sugar of your dog. Your dog is likely to experience seizures, lethargy, and even vomiting. You don’t want your dog to have liver failure, so it’s best to avoid feeding your dog with substances that have gum.

#9. Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins are some of the favorite snacks to kids. However, they are known to cause kidney failure when eaten by dogs. Even very small amounts of grapes and raisins are very dangerous to your dog.

Some side effects include repeated vomiting, lethargy, depression, and with time, your dog becomes sluggish. Avoid giving grapes to your dog and even tell your kids not to share their raisins with the dog.

#10. Salty Food

You might find it fun to share your salty chips, fries, and even crisps with your dog, which is not good at all. Eating too much salt causes your dog to experience seizures, high temperatures, get tremors, and even lead to death.

Dogs with heart problems should avoid salt at all cost. Though one potato chip may not cause problems to your dog, do not make it a habit to share your salted fries every time. Also, put your salt shaker where your dog cannot reach.


These are some of the foods that you should not feed your dog. Remember that dogs should not also be fed with raw foods such as raw eggs, raw meat, and raw fish. This is because raw foods have bacteria’s that may cause food poisoning to the dog.

Also, people think that dogs and bones go hand in hand and they should be fed with bones. This is not usually the case especially for the inexperience digs in hunting. Bones may pose a major threat to your dog, such as puncturing their digestive truck or getting stuck in the dog’s threat.

Other foods to avoid feeding your dog include sugary foods. They lead to obesity and even diabetes. Always give your dog the processed foods that are vet passed to avoid exposing your dog to serious health issues.


About Author (Pauline G. Carter)

Pauline G. Carter

Pauline G. Carter is a well-known pet blogger who has written about the world of pets for several years. She is passionate about pets, from cats and dogs to birds, reptiles, and poultry. Her blog, which is updated regularly, is filled with articles and guides on pet care, nutrition, and training. She also shares her experiences and observations on pet ownership, making her blog relatable and informative for pet lovers. She is a true animal advocate and is dedicated to promoting responsible pet ownership. Let’s Go …

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