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       Foods That Are Harmful to Dogs

      There are some things that dogs can’t process, and if consumed, the harmful substance builds up in the dog’s body, sometimes resulting in fatal consequences.

      Many foods that are safe for humans to eat are actually dangerous, and can be deadly to your dog. Make sure to never feed your dog these foods and keep them out of their reach at all times. Here is a list of 20 foods that are dangerous to your dog.

      1. Avocados

      Avocados contain persin, which is a dangerous toxin to dogs. It can cause an upset stomach and can even cause the dog’s lungs to fill up with fluid, which leads to breathing difficulties. Because the symptoms come on rapidly, they are one of the worst foods for a dog to eat.

      1. Onions

      Onions and dishes that have onion in them are harmful because they weaken the dog’s red blood cells over time. If your dog accidentally eats some onion, there’s no need to rush them to the vet, but long-term onion consumption can lead to a lot of problems down the road.

      1. Chocolate

      Chocolate contains caffeine, which is toxic to dogs and can cause nausea and vomiting. In addition, any caffeinated beverages or foods are also harmful to dogs, so it’s best to keep them out of their reach.

      1. Bacon

      Bacon is one of the tastiest foods ever created, but the high fat content makes it extremely dangerous for your dog. Feeding your dog high-fat foods, like bacon, can result in digestive problems and even pancreatitis.

      1. Macadamia Nuts

      Nuts, in general, are bad for your dog, but if you feed your dog macadamia nuts, their hind legs will weaken over time.

      1. Milk

      Puppies can easily digest milk, but as dogs age, they lose the ability to digest the enzymes in the milk. Therefore, giving a dog milk or any other dairy product will often result in digestive problems.


      1. Cheese

      Just like milk, cheese also has enzymes that your dog can’t digest, and aged cheese is the most dangerous type of cheese for your dog.

      1. Sugar-Free Gum

      Sugar-free gum and other products that contain artificial sweeteners and additives can affect a dog’s liver and blood sugar levels, which can cause a plethora of other health issues.

      1. Grapes

      Grapes contain compounds that can cause kidney failure in dogs. They can also prevent your dog from creating urine, which is a condition known as anuria. Anuria can then cause acute renal failure.

      1. Raisins

      Raisins are just dried grapes, and they contain even more concentrated levels of the compounds that are harmful to dogs. Both raisins and grapes can cause acute renal failure.

      1. Yeast-Based Dough

      Bread and other baked foods that contains yeast are dangerous for dogs because their GI tracts can’t digest it.

      1. Coffee & Tea

      Coffee and tea contain caffeine, which is extremely toxic to dogs. A few laps won’t hurt your pup, but don’t give them coffee or tea intentionally.

      1. Raw & Undercooked Meat

      Like people, the average dog can’t digest raw or undercooked meat. In addition, undercooked or raw meat often contains a lot of harmful bacteria, like salmonella and E. coli. Raw bones are also dangerous. This is because their bodies have adapted to commercial dog food and aren’t suited to digest the harmful organisms found in raw meats.

      1. Salt

      Salty foods are dangerous for dogs because an excess amount of sodium can cause ion poisoning. Symptoms of ion poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, and seizures. Therefore, it’s best to give your dog a low-sodium diet.

      1. Alcohol

      Alcohol can cause much more than a hangover in dogs. Small animals become intoxicated very quickly, which puts stress on the animal’s renal function. Giving your dog alcohol can lead to alcohol poisoning and even death.

      1. Persimmons

      Persimmons are much more common in Asia than in the US, but if you frequently enjoy this delicious fruit, make sure to keep it out of reach of your dog. They contain a compound that can form a glue-like mass in a dog’s intestines that will throw off the dog’s entire digestive tract and may require immediate medical attention.

      1. Peaches & Pitted Fruit

      Fruits like peaches, plums, apricots, and cherries are very toxic to dogs because the pits contain trace amounts of cyanide. While it may not harm us, it can quickly cause problems in dogs. Not only that, pits are a choking hazard as well.

      1. Raw Eggs

      Raw eggs have an enzyme that can prevent a dog’s body from absorbing certain vitamins, so feeding dogs raw eggs can cause skin and coat issues. In addition, raw eggs sometimes contain salmonella, so it’s best to steer clear of this dangerous food.

      1. Apple Cores

      Like pits, apple cores also contain small amounts of cyanide, which can negatively impact a dog’s digestive system and metabolism. Symptoms may include hyperventilation, seizures, respiratory problems, and dizziness.

      1. Garlic

      Even just one clove of garlic can wreak havoc on a dog’s body because dogs can’t digest garlic. Therefore, if they eat garlic, they may suffer with digestive issues and food poisoning. As little as five grams of garlic per kilogram of body weight can cause toxicosis in dogs.

      1. Coconut

      Coconut water is very high in potassium and essential oils making it a health hazard for dogs. In small quantities coconut is not lethal for dogs but it can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Give a dog enough coconut however and it will prove to be toxic.

      1. Bones

      Bones are both a choking and a digestive risk to dogs. Feed your dog bones too often and constipation will occur. If constipation reaches too bad of a degree then your dog may be hurt in such a way that they have to switch to a special diet and never eat bones again.

      1. Corn on the Cob

      The corn and large chunks of the cob swallowed can cause an intestinal blockage. Corn is not easy a dog’s digestion. If your dog is experiencing vomiting, a loss of appetite or constipation then it is best to see a vet

      1. Xylitol

      Xylitol is a common sweetener used in countless foods, diabetic products and sugar-free gums. Dogs are extremely sensitive to this chemical and even a small amount can cause poisoning. Symptoms of xylitol poisoning in dogs includes a lack of coordination, vomiting and lethargia. In severe cases seizures can even occur.


      1. Cherries

      The flesh of a cherry is non-toxic however the seed contains cyanide which is deadly to dogs, even in the smallest of quantities. The pit also serves as a choking hazard!

      1. Citrus Fruits

      The pulp of citrus fruits will upset the stomach of your dog while the peel, stems, leaves and seeds are all the main source of toxicity. Citric acid will damage your pets central nervous system, brain and spinal cord.

      1. Apricots

      Every single part of an apricot is toxic to dogs. The pit of an apricot has enough cyanide to kill a dog. Ingesting even the smallest amount will result in the breakdown of an enzyme responsible for oxygenating your dog’s cells.

      1. Sugary Foods and Drinks

      Giving your dog too much sugar could cause major health problems. Just like humans, dogs can suffer the same health issues from eating too much sugar. These include being overweight, problems with their teeth, and diabetes.

      1. Your Medicine

      While dogs can get sick just like people, you should never give them the same medicine you would take if you were sick. Always consult with a certified veterinarian on the right type of medicine to give your dog. Certain pain relievers such as ibuprofen, which is found in many cold medicines, can be deadly to dogs.

      1. Baking Powder

      Both baking power and baking soda are extremely toxic to dogs. These are typically kept in the pantry or fridge. Be sure to never allow your dog to enter your pantry as they could get into something that could kill them.

      1. Almonds

      While almonds aren’t as toxic as macadamia nuts, they shouldn’t be given to your dog as they can block the esophagus or tear the windpipe if your dog doesn’t chew properly. The salt on almonds can also be unhealthy for your dog as it will increase water retention. This increased water retention is deadly for dogs with heart disease.

      1. Cinnamon

      Cinnamon isn’t actually toxic for dogs, but you should avoid giving them cinnamon. The cinnamon has oils in it that irritate the inside of your dogs mouth, which makes it very uncomfortable for them when eating and drinking. Cinnamon can also lower your dogs blood sugar, and too much can lead to diarrhea or vomiting.


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