22 Foods your Dog should never Eat

Ever wonder what can dogs not eat? or What are the poisonous foods for dogs? Let’s find out the answer

The digestive system of a dog is very much different from humans. The gastrointestinal tract of a dog is much shorter and the hydrochloric acid in their stomach is about 10 times stronger in concentration than humans. So, it is not necessary that the food that is healthy for us gives the same result for our furry babies. There are many symptoms that indicate that your dog may have eaten toxic food such as lethargy, tremors, seizures, high body temperature, diarrhea and vomiting, loss of coordination.

The Most Toxic Foods For Dogs and what can dogs not eat Are:

Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat - Dogs food

1. Avocado – The fruit, pit, and plant are toxic for dogs. It contains a toxic ingredient called Persin which causes difficulty in breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen, and heart as well as inflammation of mammary glands. This results in vomits and even cause death.

2. Grapes, Raisins, & Prunes – They are highly toxic for your furry babies and should be avoided at any cost. A small amount of ingestion can cause hyperactivity and repeated vomiting, depression, kidney failure, or even loss of life. In addition to this also avoid granola bars, cereals, and raisin cookies.

3. Tomatoes – Ripe tomatoes can be given in small amounts but unripe tomatoes, its leaves, and stem contains solanine which is toxic for dogs and leads to tomatine poisoning. This results in –

4. Fruit pits (Apple, Apricot, Peach, Cherry, Plum, Pear, & similar fruits) – The seeds or pits of many fruits contain toxic elements such as amygdalin, cyanide, etc which can prove fatal to our furry babies. These toxic elements cause cyanide poisoning, gastrointestinal upset, choking hazards, brick red mucous membranes, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, panting, etc. Make sure to throw pits where your baby can’t chew on them.

5. Mustard seeds – They are not at all good for your dog’s health. A component of the common condiment mustard can cause severe gastroenteritis which results in vomiting and/or diarrhea

6. Persimmons seeds – These seeds are not as much dangerous as peach, plum, and apple seeds but still contain a small amount of cyanide which could be fatal. These seeds can cause inflammation of the small intestine and cause a blockage in the intestine.

7. Broccoli – Yes, broccoli is an ideal food for mostly all types of pets because it contains a huge amount of nutrients and vitamin c in it. But it is also true that you should give a small amount of broccoli to your dog because it contains a dangerous ingredient known as isothiocyanate. If taken too much, Isothiocyanate can cause gastric irritation, stomach pain, and abdominal related issues. My advice is not to give them broccoli as there are many alternatives that have vitamin c in it.

8. Macadamia nuts – We know macadamia nuts are very healthy for humans but not for dogs. Even after the long research, the researchers are not sure why dogs are affected by these nuts. The consequences of feeding them these nuts are vomiting, ataxia or weakness, hyperthermia, muscle tremors, and depression.

9. Onion & Garlic – Onion & Garlic contains thiosulphates which are very toxic for a dog. Dogs can’t digest thiosulphates properly which results in accumulation and this accumulated clump ruptures the red blood cells which result in anemia. Symptoms are weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems. It doesn’t matter whether it is raw, cooked, dried, or is in powdered form, make sure you avoid feeding these offenders to your furry babies.

10. Nutmeg – A little amount of nutmeg used in some of the dogs food recipes is ok but not in large quantity. Nutmeg contains a toxin called myristicin and is hallucinogenic in nature, so consuming a large amount of nutmeg can be frightening to your dog as it can cause increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, dehydration, hallucinations, disorientation, dry mouth, abdominal pain, and possibly seizures. 

The Effect Marijuana Has On Dogs

11. Marijuana – The thing is a dog can get high easily as compared to humans, even they can get high on the second-hand smoke. The reaction depends on the amount taken and the size of the dog. It affects dog as

  • Lethargic
  • Breathing problems
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Loss of balance
  • Urinary incontinence

Too much marijuana can be life threatening. The symptoms to look out for:

  • Severe depression
  • Walking drunk
  • Lethargy
  • Coma
  • Low heart rate
  • Low blood pressure
  • Respiratory depression
  • Dilated pupils
  • Coma
  • Hyperactivity
  • Vocalization
  • Seizures

12. Tobacco – Tobacco contains nicotine and the digestive system of the dog absorbs nicotine very fast which causes many problems. Nicotine cause a variety of neurological symptoms in them like nausea, vomiting, salivation, sweating, increased heart rate, etc.

13. Alcohol – A small amount of alcohol can cause intoxication, coma, and death. The syrups and raw bread dough containing a small amount of alcohol can cause serious damage to your dogs. Both ethanol (the intoxicating agent in wine, liquor, and beer) and hops (used to brew beer) can cause dogs intoxication, panting, high body temperature, seizures, and death. The published oral lethal dose in dogs is 5.5 to 7.9 g/kg of 100% ethanol.

14 Yeast Dough – When a dog consumes yeast dough, the already activated yeast in the dough continues to make the dough rise, distending his stomach and release the toxic levels of ethanol into the dog’s bloodstream. And we know that how bad is ethanol is for dogs and can be life-threatening. Also, the expansion of dough produces gas in the digestive system causing stomach pain and possible rupture of the intestine.

15. Baby Food – Baby food contains onion powder which can be toxic for dogs. Baby food is easy to swallow and digest and it is one of the great ways to give oral medications to our furry babies. Veterinarians recommended feeding stage 2 meat-based baby food like chicken, lamb, and turkey. But the only condition is that it shouldn’t contain onion powder and garlic powder.

16. IRON – Human vitamin supplements containing iron can damage the lining of the digestive system of the dogs and could be toxic to the other organs as well. All animals need some amount of iron in their diets to survive, but too much amount of iron can be deadly to dogs. As it may have toxic effects on the cardiovascular, metabolic, liver, and nervous system. The recommended dose of iron should be 0.5 mg/kg of body weight for adult dogs (not for puppies).

17. SALT – Avoid salty foods as it can cause digestive problems and dehydration. Symptoms of excessive salt in the body are vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, high temperature, and seizures.

18. Chocolate – Baker’s chocolate is the most dangerous chocolates for dogs. It can cause seizures, coma, and even loss of life. A dog can consume milk chocolate and can look fine or be fine as it is less concentrated than the dark one still it is dangerous and not recommended for our furry babies.

19. Milk & Dairy products – Some adult dogs do not have sufficient enzymes to help to break down the lactose in the milk, therefore these food items are what can dogs not eat otherwise it can cause diarrhea. Lactose-free milk or dairy products are available for pets in the market.

20. Cooked bones – Never feed your dogs cooked. Cooked bones splinter into shards that can cause choking and damages the internal parts of dogs like the throat, stomach, and intestines. Cooking can also deteriorate the nutrients levels in the bones. Raw meat and bones are best for dogs.

21. EGGS (RAW) – Raw eggs can cause salmonella poisoning in the dogs. Dogs have a shorter digestive tract than humans and not as likely to suffer from food poisoning, but it is still possible. If your dog has a partial blockage in their intestines where food can be trapped, salmonella could happen more easily. But there are dogs like pugs who loves to eat eggs but not the raw one. Avoid raw meet too.

22. Cat Food – We know that the stomach of our fury babies is very sensitive and can get upset very easily so the cat food is what can dogs not eat. Cat food is very high in protein, fats, and calories which can cause gastrointestinal problems, obesity, and pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is a serious problem that requires immediate veterinary care. Symptoms include abdominal pain and a hunched back, lethargy and weakness, appetite loss, vomiting and diarrhea, a distended abdomen, and fever. Also, the high protein contents in cat food can be harsh on the dog’s liver and kidney.

Today’s Quote:-

“Whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot little puppies.” – Gene Hill

So yes, these conclude the list of what can dogs not eat or the most toxic foods for dogs and you need to make sure to keep these things away from your dog. It is so obvious you have to take care of your dog as your own baby and give them Healthy Food. If your dog accidentally eats any toxic food, firstly don’t panic and CALL THE VET or GO TO THE VET asap.

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