If you’ve got a furry friend at home, you know how tempting it can be to share your favorite foods with them. It’s a real test of willpower — especially when your dog is giving you the “puppy eyes.” Who wouldn’t want to share something delicious with their best friend, right?
Well, while there are some “people foods” you can share with your beloved pup, there are also quite a few foods dogs should never eat due to the potential health hazards. Many foods that are totally safe for humans to consume can actually be quite toxic to dogs. Below are 12 foods that humans should never share with their four-legged companions.
- Chocolate: Most people know dogs shouldn’t have chocolate but have you ever wondered why? Theobromine is a compound in chocolate that’s similar to caffeine and acts as a stimulant. In dogs, it can have detrimental effects on the heart, nervous system and kidneys.
- Caffeine: Whether its coffee, soda, tea or some other concoction, keep your dog away from caffeine. Similar to the effects of theobromine, caffeine is very toxic to dogs. Some symptoms of caffeine poisoning include rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors.
- Onions: While onions and garlic may be good for humans, they can be toxic to dogs. In addition to causing dehydration and gastrointestinal upset, members of the onion family can actually induce a form of anemia in dogs — by destroying their red blood cells.
- Grapes: Grapes and raisins are healthy for humans, but not for your dog. They can be extremely dangerous to your pet. Consuming them can lead to kidney failure. If you think your dog has eaten grapes or raisins, you should contact your vet immediately.
- Avocados: Although healthy for people, avocados contain persin — a compound known to cause diarrhea and vomiting in dogs.
- Alcohol: This should be a given. Alcohol isn’t exactly healthy for humans, and it’s toxic to dogs. It is more dangerous for them than it is for humans. It can cause many symptoms like diarrhea and vomiting, to difficulty breathing, coma, and even death.
- Corn on the cob: Feeding corn on the cob to your dog can lead to an intestinal blockage, which can make your pup very sick.
- Cooked Bones: Can puppies have dog bones? Cooked bones are more brittle and prone to splintering into sharp shards that can be harmful to your dog. The hazards of cooked bones include choking and puncture wounds to the dog’s digestive tract, which can also kill.
- Dairy products: Most dogs love cheese and enjoy things like ice cream on a hot summer day, but many of them struggle with the lactose in milk-based treats. Gas and diarrhea make dairy a no-no.
- Xylitol: A common ingredient in chewing gum, xylitol is an artificial sweetener that can be lethal to dogs. In dogs, it can cause severe hypoglycemia, along with symptoms like vomiting and seizures. Be sure to check your dogs’ treats for this lethal ingredient. Peanut butter, which is usually safe for dogs, sometimes contains this additive.
- Macadamia Nuts: These nuts are one of my favorites, but they are no good for your pet. Dogs that have eaten macadamia nuts may experience vomiting, weakness, tremors, depression and a reduced ability to maintain their body temperature — which may cause them to overheat.
- Salty Foods: Similar to humans, one pretzel may not pose an imminent threat, but salty foods can be detrimental to your dog’s health. A hefty dose of salt can cause tremors, a spike in body temperature, seizures, and even death. Dogs with heart conditions should never be given salty snacks.
As you can see, there are many foods you enjoy that are dangerous foods for dogs if consumed. Some of these foods, like avocados, are not obvious because they are healthy for humans. However, some of these foods aren’t healthy for humans, so, of course, they should not be shared with your pet.
On the brighter side, there are still a lot of foods you can enjoy together like raw peanut butter and cooked chicken. Check out the list of foods dogs can and cannot eat before you feed them.