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What My Dog Can’t Eat? 10 Human Foods Harmful to Dogs

What My Dog Can’t Eat? 10 Human Foods Harmful to Dogs

So, if you are wondering “can dog eats chocolates?” the answer is a big NO. This is because of certain toxins found in chocolate that dogs are incapable of metabolizing resulting in severe diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite and followed by death.

But what other human foods not to feed your dog?

There are quite a few to be aware of, including:

Grapes and Raisins: Raisins and grapes are extremely dangerous for your beloved dog and can cause their kidneys to fail. Even small amounts of grapes and raisins can make your dog sick, so it’s important to avoid giving them to your dog altogether.

Chocolates: Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, both of which are toxic to dogs. Cocoa powder, baker’s chocolate, and dark chocolate contain the highest levels of theobromine and caffeine. Chocolate poisoning in dogs can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, pacing, tremors, seizures, abnormal heart rate, and death.

Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin that adversely affects the muscles, digestive system, and nervous system of dogs. Macadamia nut poisoning in dogs can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, ataxia, tremors, and hyperthermia.

Onions: In large doses, onions can cause damage to the red blood cells leading to anemia. Onion toxicity in dogs can cause vomiting, bloody urine, weakness, panting, elevated heart rate and collapse.

Avocado:Avocado contains a toxin called persin, which can cause gastrointestinal upset in dogs and cats. And the large pit they contain can cause an obstruction if swallowed. It may lead to fluid accumulation in their lungs and chest, which can cause breathing difficulties, oxygen deprivation, and even death.

Coffee and Tea: Dogs are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than humans, and even moderate ingestion can cause death in small dogs. Common items that contain caffeine include coffee, soda, tea, energy drinks, and diet pills as well as coffee grounds and tea bags.

Garlic: In large doses, garlic can cause oxidative damage to the red blood cells which can lead to anemia. Garlic poisoning in dogs can cause vomiting, bloody urine, weakness, panting, elevated heart rate and collapse.

Alcohol:  fermented food products such as bread dough & rotten apples can cause alcohol poisoning in dogs (commonly referred to as ethanol poisoning).

Lemons and Limes: This is because the skins of lemons and limes contain a substance called psoralen, which can cause dogs to have gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.

Raw Eggs:An enzyme present in raw eggs interferes with the absorption of a vitamin in dogs, which can cause skin or coat problems down the road. Raw foods also pose a risk of salmonella, as they do in humans.


Author: Nidhi Shukla

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  • Saurabh Pandey
    Very useful information.