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What Foods are Toxic for Dogs

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There are certain foods that you should not feed your dog under any occasion. While individual cases will vary based on breed, weight, and other factors – in general this list of foods applies to all dogs and should be carefully followed to avoid accidents.

Just because humans like it, doesn’t mean dogs will

Foods that are perfectly suitable for human consumption, as well as other animals, may be toxic and even poisonous to your dog, posing a serious threat to its health and well-being. Why? Because all animals have very different rates of metabolism. Metabolism is basically the process of breaking down food and turning it into energy.

Please note that while we’re attempting to add every food we can find that is potentially unsafe for dogs, there are certain foods that we may miss, so don’t consider a food safe to feed to our dog just because it’s not on this list. Do your research if you are uncertain and let us know by adding a comment below with your new information so that we can keep this list updated. If you are worried about something your pet consumed, please call your vet promptly.

List of Foods Not to Feed Your Dog

Chihuahua with big boneHere’s an alphabetized list of foods that are unsafe and unfit for canine consumption, many of which are toxic for dogs. We’ll be updating it and adding foods as we learn more. The ones in red italics are especially dangerous and often poisonous for canines.

And be sure to look below this list for a helpful and sharable Infographic to print out and keep on your fridge.

Alcohol – I’m sure you’ve heard of the birthday parties where the dog accidentally gets into some of the spilled keg beer, and then gets all silly to the amusement of the crowd. While it may be funny to you, it’s not funny to your dog. Alcohol can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity, but potentially even coma and/or death.

Apple Seeds - The casing of apple seeds are toxic to a dog as they contain a natural chemical (amygdlin) that releases cyanide when digested. This is really only an issue if a large amount was eaten and the seed were chewed up by the dog, causing it to enter its blood stream. But to play it safe, be sure to core and seed apples before you feed them to your dog.

Avocado – Avocados contain Persin, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion.

Baby food – Baby food by itself isn’t terrible, just make sure it doesn’t contain any onion powder. Baby food also doesn’t contain all the nutrients a dog relies on for a healthy, well maintained diet.

Cooked Bones – When it comes to bones, the danger is that cooked bones can easily splinter when chewed by your dog. Raw (uncooked) bones, however, are appropriate and good for both your dog’s nutritional and teeth.

Candy and chewing gum - Not only does candy contain sugar, but it often contains Xylitol, which can lead to the over-release of insulin, kidney failure, and worse.

Cat food – Not that they would want this anyway, but cat food contains proteins and fats that are targeted at the diet of a cat, not a dog. The protein and fat levels in cat food are too high for your dog, and not healthy.

Chocolate - You’ve probably heard this before, but chocolate is a definite no no for your pup. And it’s not just about caffeine, which is enough to harm your dog by itself, but theobromine and theophylline, which can be toxic, cause panting, vomiting, and diarrhea, and damage your dog’s heart and nervous systems.

Citrus oil extracts – Can cause vomiting.

Coffee - Not sure why you would give your dog coffee, but pretty much the same applies here as to chocolate. This is essentially poison for your dog if ingested.

Corn on the cob- This is a sure way to get your dog’s intestine blocked. The corn is digested, but the cob gets lodged in the small intestine, and if it’s not removed surgically, can prove fatal to your dog. Additionally, too much corn kernels can upset the digestive tract as well so be cautious to not feed too much.

Fat trimmings – Can cause pancreatitis.

Fish – The primary fish that you need to be careful about are salmon and trout. Raw salmon can be fatal to dogs if the fish is infected with a certain parasite, Nanophyetus salmincola. The parasite itself isn’t dangerous to dogs, but is often infected with a bacteria called Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which in many cases is fatal to dogs if not treated properly. If diagnosis occurs early on, the dog has a great chance of recovering. Cooked salmon is fine as it kills the parasite.

Grapes and raisins – This is one that lots of dog owners are unaware of. Grapes contain a toxin that can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure. We’ve heard stories of dogs dying from only a handful of grapes so do not feed your pup this toxic food.

Hops - An ingredient in beer that can be toxic to your dog. The consumption of hops by your dog can cause panting, an increased heart rate, fever, seizures, and even death.

Human vitamins – Some human vitamins are okay to use, but the key is comparing the ingredients (all of them – active and inactive) to the vitamins your vet subscribes for your dog (often you can get the human equivalent for much less money). Make sure there’s no iron – iron can damage the digestive system lining, and prove poisonous for the liver and kidneys.

Liver – In small amounts, liver is great but avoid feeding too much liver to your dog. Liver contains quite a bit of Vitamin A, which can adversely affect your pup’s muscles and bones.

Macadamia nuts – These contain a toxin that can inhibit locomotory activities, resulting in weakness, panting, swollen limbs, and tremors as well as possible damage to your dog’s digestive, nervous, and muscle systems.

Marijuana – Not that you would pass the bong to your dog, but if you do, you should know that it can adversely affect your pup’s nervous system and heart rate, and induce vomiting.

Milk and dairy products – While small doses aren’t going to kill your dog, you could get some smelly farts and some nasty cases of diarrhea. Why? Dogs are lactose intolerant (as are an increasing number of humans today), and don’t have enough of the lactase enzyme to properly digest dairy foods. If you really need to give them dairy, look into lactose-free dairy products.

Mushrooms - Just as the wrong mushroom can be fatal to humans, the same applies to dogs. Don’t mess with them.

Onions and chives – No matter what form they’re in (dry, raw, cooked, powder, within other foods), onions are some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly give your pup (it’s poisonous for dogs, and its even worse for cats). They contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells.

Persimmons, peaches, and plums - If you live in an area that is home to persimmon, peach, or plum trees, look out. Persimmon seeds and peach and plum pits can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t any wild persimmon or other fruit trees that produce seeds growing in your backyard. If you notice your dog pooping all over the place, and see a bunch of seeds or pits in their waste, you’ll need to break out the saw and chop down some trees.

Rhubarb, and tomato leaves – These contain oxalates, which can adversely affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.

Raw fish – Another vitamin B (Thiamine) deficiency can result from the regular consumption of raw fish. Loss of appetite will be common, followed by seizures, and in rare instances, death.

Salt – Just like salt isn’t the healthiest thing for humans, it’s even less healthy for dogs. Too much of it can lead to an imbalance in electrolyte levels, dehydration and potentially diarrhea.

String - While not a food itself, foods can often contain or be similar to string (ie. meat you’ve wrapped for the oven). If your dog were to eat a string, it could get stuck in their digestive tract and cause complications.

Sugar - This applies to any food containing sugar. Make sure you check the ingredient label for human foods – corn syrup (which is a less expensive form of sugar or glucose) is found in just about everything these days. Too much sugar for your pup can lead to dental issues, obesity, and even diabetes.

Tobacco - A major toxic hazard for dogs (and humans). The effects nicotine has on dogs are far worse than on humans. Nicotine can damage your pup’s digestive and nervous systems, increase their heart rate, make them pass out, and ultimately result in death.

Xylitol – A sugar alcohol found in gum, candies, baked goods, and other sugar-substituted items, Xylitol, while causing no apparent harm to humans, is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, even death for your pup.

Yeast (on its own or in dough) – Just like yeast rises in bread, it will also expand and rise within your pup’s tummy. Make sure they don’t get any. While mild cases will cause gas, lots of farting, and discomfort – too much of it could rupture their stomach and intestines.

Infographic: Foods that are Toxic for Dogs

Infographic: List of Foods Not To Feed Your Dog

Keep these out of your dog’s reach as well

Dog with dog foodWhile these don’t fall in a particular category above, you’ll want to avoid them as well:

Old food – You don’t like old and moldy food, so what makes you think your dog will? The bacteria in spoiled food contains all sorts of toxins that can be damaging to your dog’s health. Feed them the freshest and best, dog-approved food only!

Leftovers – I know it’s difficult to keep your dog from feasting on your dinner left overs after they’ve had to sit there and watch you eat it all in front of them. But the fact is that if you feed them leftovers regularly they won’t be getting a proper diet. If you do give them table scraps, make sure to take out any bones and trim down the fat.

Check the ingredients – Bottom line is be sure to know what’s in the food you’re giving your dog. The items from the list above should definitely not be on there. You’d be surprised at how many foods contain sugar and caffeine, that you wouldn’t expect to without first checking the ingredient list.

Human snacksChips can contain garlic and onion powder, cookies may contain raisins, chocolate or macadamia nuts, etc. Bottom line – there’s a reason there’s food and treats made especially for dogs.

When in doubt, Ask a vet

If your dog is acting strangely, or experiencing even minor symptoms including weakness, lack of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. and you think he or she may have consumed something they shouldn’t have, seek a veterinarian’s attention immediately. If you wait too long, your dog might not make it. You can also visit the ASPCA website for the most up-to-date details on safe foods for your dog.

 

Keep your dog on a healthy diet

Choosing to raise a dog is a big responsibility. Just as with a child, you’ve welcomed another living being into your household and family. We probably don’t have to tell you to take care of your dog, but what people often don’t realize is that as similar as the two can be, they also have very different needs when it comes to food. Ask your veterinarian what kind of food might be best for your particular dog breed as well as age and any special needs.

What if you cannot reach your veterinarian?

In an emergency when your veterinarian cannot be reached you should contact your local animal emergency clinic or call the animal poison hotline at 888-232-8870. You can also try the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. Depending on the nature of the item ingested the animal poison hotline or your veterinarian may induce vomiting to regurgitate the item that has been ingested. If the item is something that is likely to cause further damage to your dog on the way back up, vomiting will not be induced and other methods of helping your dog will be discussed such as having your dog ingest an item which will bind to the offending food and neutralize it or surgery to remove the item that is causing your dog’s problems.

Safe Human Foods for Dogs

There are human foods that are permissible to feed to your dog; however, even these foods should be kept to a minimum. Things that you can feed to your dog without worrying about side effects include:

Garlic — Garlic is OK — and even beneficial — for your dog in small amounts.

Lean meat – Lean meat includes meat without bones that has had excessive fat removed. If feeding chicken and turkey, the skin should also be removed as it can be a source of fat. Lean meat includes the white meat from chicken or turkey and provides a tasty treat for your dog as well as a good source of protein. Both raw and cooked, lean meat is great source of nutrients and protein for your pup.

Raw eggs (and cooked ones, too) – The most obvious problem here is salmonella, but Raw diet enthusiasts tout the power of a raw egg in your dog’s diet. While the white contains the Avidin enzyme, which inhibits the absorption of vitamin B (Biotin), the yolk contains more than enough Biotin to even out the enzyme. So, when fed raw and whole, or cooked and whole, eggs are an excellent source of protein and a host of vitamins for your pup.

Fruits – Not including the fruits listed above, dogs can safely enjoy bananas, apple slices, strawberries, blueberries and watermelon. The seeds should be removed from these fruits or in the case of watermelon it should be a seedless melon as most fruit seeds contain a trace amount of arsenic which is poisonous (it’s a small amount but why risk it?). Fresh fruits are a great treat to assist in training your dog and can also provide your dog with a great way to cool down on a hot summer day!

Vegetables – Certain vegetables like carrots, green beans, cucumber slices or zucchini slices all make great treats for your dog. It’s a good idea to replace commercial dog treats with baby carrots if you are looking to slim your dog down a little bit. Vegetables make great low-calorie snacks and good training tools as well. But stay away from canned and pickled vegetables as they contain too much salt.

Baked potatoes – A plain baked potato is okay to feed your dog but honestly it is not something that should be done frequently and should never include any toppings. A few slices of cooked baked potato can make a great treat for a patient dog at a meal time though.

White rice and pasta – White rice and pasta are frequently referred to as a potential meal for a dog with an upset stomach. Generally boiled white chicken and white rice are used to help firm up stools as well as nourish a dog that is having trouble getting any nutrition from food as a result of illness.

While there are certainly some human foods that are safe to feed your dog there are many which are unsafe and potentially poisonous when ingested by your dog. As a general rule of thumb, it is far better to be safe than sorry so avoid feeding your dog any human food unless recommended by your vet. Dogs that are not given human food or table scraps are generally better behaved than dogs who do receive people food anyway, they do not beg because they know they won’t receive any scraps and they also tend to drool less and bother visitors to your home less because they understand that human food is for humans and not for them.

Disclaimer: Information published on this website is intended for reference use only. The only clear option for ensuring your pet’s health is to feed commercial grade dog foods and treats only. Feeding human foods of any sort carries some degree of risk and is not under the control of this website.

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About Sara Logan Wilson

Sara is a writer for Canine Journal. She adores dogs and recently adopted a rescue pup named Beamer. Whole she may be adjusting to life with another being to care for, she needed no time to adjust to all the extra love.
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  • Bruce116

    Tobacco does not kill dogs because dogs don’t smoke it. They may eat it from time to time. Smoking it is very different than eating it. Also, Garlic should not be fed to dogs.

  • Elliesmom

    Judging by the disclaimer that the only safe way to ensure your pet’s health is to “feed commercial foods and treats only” makes me highly suspect this is a industry sponsored site masquerading as a blog. If you are an intelligent human being willing to do your homework you CAN feed your dog a home cooked, healthy diet and never again have to worry again about all the pet food recalls going on out there. THOUSANDS of dogs DIED from melamine tainted commercial foods and continue to be at risk from a myriad of poorly regulated issues, samonella, aflatoxins (molds), and low quality rejected food you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole if you saw it. Not all commercial foods are bad, but seriously, the pretty pictures on their labels of grilled steak and chicken is NOT what manufacturer are putting in your pup’s food. But guess what, you can feed your dog those real foods. Kind of makes sense when you think about it–highly processed foods aren’t good for us, why would they be good for your dog? Learn as much as you can first and start slow as you learn. Begin first by replacing those junky, food-colored and highly preserved commercial treats with healthy treats you make yourself. It’s fun and your dog will love you for it!

    • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Michelle Schenker

      Hi Nandhini, This website is my baby and definitely not run by any big corporation or industry sponsor. However, I agree fully with your points about homecooked vs. commercial pet foods. In fact, I agree with it. If one is well educated on nutrition and cooking, a home cooked meal is best for all of us – dogs, cats and humans alike! So, thank you for sharing this info with our readers.

      Please know that as a blog, we have to be super careful and offer up disclaimers to make sure we are not held responsible for legal action if someone follows advice on our sites. Sadly, it is such a litigious world and I hate that I even have to worry with disclaimers like this but once in awhile crazy things happen in response to a very good and honest intention. Thank you for your comment.

  • Heather Sanders-Levengood

    The ASPCA says that garlic is also bad for dogs– the explanation is below–
    It says that like onions and onion powder, garlic can kill red blood cells and cause anemia. It does say in small doses the animal should be ok, but in large doses or over a prolonged period of time the following side effects can occur–dullness, breathless, vomiting, drowsiness, weakness or even less interest in their other food. I did find a couple of things I can feed my pooch that I didn’t know about– like watermelon, just remove the seeds and let your poochy sit outside with the kids in the summer dripping with watermelon juice, they can all be hosed down before they come inside! Lol

  • 6M~2014 Saluki Girl

    My Border Collie/ GSD/ retriever mix does get some cooked bones at occasion like gatherings, parties and sometimes as a treat. Would it be find for him to have some? He had always been well. By the way, he is 4 years old and we call him Milo.

    • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Michelle Schenker

      Hi Saluki Girl,
      I would not recommend feeding your dog cooked bones as they are very likely to splinter and potentially hurt your dog’s digestive system. Here is an article that explains more, including xray photos, of why bones are a bad idea for Fido: http://www.petmd.com/dog/nutrition/evr_dg_raw_bones_or_cooked_bones

  • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Michelle Schenker

    Thanks for your interest T! You can actually find a version for download here on our Pinterest page along with other helpful graphics: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/280630620504859078/

  • Penda

    Can you sometimes give a dog some pineapple to eat? And what about those bones you buy at the pet store? Or are they cooked?

  • Alkmene

    I’ve been told cheese is dangerous for dogs – something to do with the enzymes involved in the curdling process. I realise that “Milk and dairy” includes cheese, but perhaps it deserves an honourable mention on that merit alone?

    • evib

      What I’ve read in a book about what to feed dogs is that cows’ dairy is not good for dogs; however, goats’ or sheep dairy is good, in moderation. If you’ve ever lived on a farm you would notice the dogs will snatch goats’ milk and leave cows’ milk and most every animal will steal in and break eggs to eat.

  • lady

    Yes I keep reading, here and there, that fat trimming can cause pancreatitis but I can’t seem to find an answer as to why it causes this. In fact you list reasons for everything else listed but this section. Thank you.

    • Erica

      I am a patient of chronic pancreatic and have been since ’95. Foods high In fat causes the pancreatic ducts to work harder to break down sugars and get rid of unnecessary or non existing nutrients therefore becoming pissed off and inflamed, thus you get ITIS inflammation, OF THE PANCREAS…PANCREATITIS. I have to eat a low fat high fiber diet. Hope this helps.

  • James Sprada

    In Virginia we have naturally growing, small wild onions (lots of them) which grow among the grass . Their tops look similar to the narrow blades of grass and it’s often hard to tell the difference. When my pooch gets an upset stomach and goes to eat grass, he sometimes accidentally eats the onions along with the grass. This makes him feel worse, which used to make me worry until the day I smelled onion on his breath and realized what had happened. I gave him a measured dose of Pepto Bismol, kept him hydrated and rest for the day. The next day we had a very black poop and all got back to normal.

    • Jordan

      Dogs love cat food, especially the smell of it. It just makes certain dogs with a lack of energy or exercise put on weight faster. It’s not that it’s bad for them. Please correct that on your list.

      • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Michelle Schenker

        Hi Jordan and thank you for your comment. In most dogs, it is a minor caution, so long as the amount eaten is small. In that case, it would likely cause minor weight gain. However, the high protein levels in cat foods are quite different from that in dog foods because the two animals have different dietary needs. Dogs are omnivores (meats and plants) while cats are carnivores (meat only). So, if a dog were to eat too much high-protein cat food, overtime, it could develop kidney problems due to excessive urea accumulation in the body.

  • tekan

    Hello, I am going to be a puppy mommy soon. I have had a few dogs, but always feed them dry dog food, with my new puppy I want to feed him homemade dog food, but I am unsure whats good and bad. Like garlic, some say it’s ok and some say it can kill your dog? And liver, I think liver is good, but again some say it’s good and others say it’s a bad thing? Can anybody help me. Does anybody have like a good meat loaf for dogs?

    • lady

      Hello, yes in reply to your question, both liver and garlic are good for your dog, the reason some people say that these two things can be bad have to do with the amount. You do not want to give your dog too much of these foods and not too often.

      A big dog should only have about one clove of garlic no more then once every couple of months and that still would be too often to be giving a dog that is perfectly healthy and a small dog would be the same, except instead of a entire clove you would only use about 1/4 of a clove :) Really it is only good for cleaning parasites our of their system, also it can help some dogs’ coats shine, as well as neutralize some types of excreted odors. But it’s best if only given every six months and assuming your companion is in good health.

      Too much liver can cause many problems but a little is good for them, a large dog can have if ground up just five or six spoonfuls (cubes if not ground up) with a meal ever couple of months. The same goes for a small dog, but instead of five or six spoonfuls you would only need one or two spoonfuls (cubes if not ground up).

      I hope this helps give you a better understanding of why you keep getting different answers. ^~^ Here’s to all the puppy people (^~’)> Salute!!

    • Karon

      I made my dog’s food for many years, he lived to be 17. But I never put garlic in it. I have read many articles saying it is toxic to dogs, it affects their red blood cells. You can read more on the ASPCA’s website too: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants/garlic

      • Catrina Bennett

        Karon, please would you look me up on FB and help with recipes for dogs. I want to give my boarders good fresh food, but need help with what. Thank you. Catrina Bennett.

  • Lee Underkoffler

    About garlic… I know onions aren’t good for dogs, but garlic is in the same “family” as onion. Onions and garlic are both antioxidants, and dogs don’t have sweat glands like we do. Anyone know why onion is bad but garlic is good, considering they come from the same food family? And please, don’t give me an answer, ” because my vet and this article said so”.

  • Gary Alan

    What is important in any dog food we feed our dog is the nutritional benefits it can offer them. We make sure that what we feed them is good for them and will make them healthier, stronger, and lengthen their life expectancy. I am convinced that we can achieve this best by preparing home made dog food. I am always excited to cook for them in the same way my dogs are excited to taste the food I am cooking. I make sure that the ingredients are fresh and nutritious so that my dogs will have good health and longer life.

  • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Michelle Schenker

    Hi Jesse,
    Thank you for your comment. The seeds do in fact contain a form of cyanide called amygdlin. And while it is extremely poisonous to all beings, it is not all that toxic in such the very small amount that is contained in the casing of the apple seeds.

    However, if it were ingested and then chewed/crushed in vast quantities (compared to the weight of the dog who ate it), it could make the blood unable to deliver oxygen to the rest of the body. I have updated the article to add this clarification – thank you.

  • Denise

    I gave my cockapoo some deli turkey and he is not feeling very well. My friend looked it up on the computer, and it said turkey kills dogs, even worst than chocolate, i’ve always given him turkey for a treat, or a snack. Can someone tell me what i can do? He has not vomited, or had diarrhea. i have been trying to give him plenty of water, but he’s not taking much in, and does not want to eat. He just lays in his bed until i take him out. He’s much happier when he’s outdoors. Most of the time he sleeps. Please please can someone please help me tell me what to do. I have no money for a vet right now. He is my entire life. I will die if something happens to him. He is my life. Someone please give any advice.

    • http://www.coverstorymedia.com/ Michelle Schenker

      Hi Denise,
      Regular turkey is okay for dogs but the nitrates used to preserve deli meats, including turkey, are what is bad for them. Assuming you did not feed him a lot of deli turkey, than this is unlikely to be the issue. And given he is not vomiting or suffering from diarrhea, he is likely just having a little stomach bug. Here is an article to help you deal with an upset stomach: http://www.caninejournal.com/cure-dogs-upset-stomach/

      And if in a day or two he is still not eating/drinking, please call a vet to at least get some professional advice.

      Thanks and best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    • Justin l Murphy

      Every brand name company that makes dog food uses TURKEY. Both u and ur friend are very dull people!!! I find it irritating that people like you are even allowed to OWN dogs. There is such thing as a stupid question and u asked it!!! Your dog is BOARD and needs to go out for walks or maybe even a dog park. Make a friend with someone who also has a dog and basically arrange play dates for you dog. He’s sick of being stuck in the house and having to listen to you and ur dull friend!!!!

      • John

        Pretty sure she said she has a dog..not a BOARD. It’s called 3rd grade grammar..who looks “stupid” now? stu·pid (sto̅o̅′pĭd, styo̅o̅′-)
        adj. stu·pid·er, stu·pid·est
        1. Slow to learn or understand; obtuse.
        2. Tending to make poor decisions or careless mistakes.

      • Victoria

        I find it irritating and amusing that you feel the need to insult someone you don’t even know over the internet over something so trivial. Why do you care? You just seem like a troll with poor grammar. All you are doing is making yourself sound like the “dull” one. If you’re going to be a troll, do it to the people who actually deserve it, and learn how to spell.

      • MARLENE

        Justin, Did you ever think that the owner is disabled? I am & I live where I don’t have any one to walk my dog. And it ‘bored’ not ‘board’. I do the best I can for her & we do play inside to make her not as bored. My hubby died this year and my dog is my companion. You don’t know that person to judge them harshly.

    • Shirley

      Don’t feed your dog deli meats of any kind…..that is people food…not for the dog! Dogs can have cooked ground turkey but not processed deli meats!

    • Alkmene

      Hi Denise,

      Not sure where you’re based but there are some wonderful animal charities all over the world who can help if you can’t afford a vet. Google PDSA (People’s Dispensary for Sick Animals), SPCA/RSPCA ((Royal) Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), AHA (American Humane Association) or just “Animal charities near me” for details. There’s sure to be one nearby willing to help.

      I realise you posted four months ago and (hopefully) no longer need this info, but it could prove useful if your dog has any future health issues. Hope your little guy is 100% frisky again by now – if not, it’s definitely not the turkey and he needs to see a professional who can advise you on the best course to take – immediately.

      Shirley and Michelle on this thread also offer good advice – it’s not the turkey that’s at fault, it’s the fact that deli meats are heavily processed and almost always contain high volumes of salt and other additives that could harm your dog. Ignore Justin I Murphy. While your dog may well just be bored or lonely and need more exercise or attention, Justin has a pretty d*ckish and illiterate way of expressing himself. ;)

    • evib

      As it was DELI Turkey check if it was flavored or spiced. If it was, it is likely there was something like onion, honey, or large amount of salt or some other spice which is not good for dogs. Ask the people that you bought it from for the ingredients on the label. All Deli meats have something added. Depending on what the added ingredient is will dictate what is to be done.

    • Heather Sanders-Levengood

      The turkey might not have been the problem, maybe that particular deli meat wasn’t fresh or had a bacteria on it that effected your pup and not you. You can give a small amount of milk of magnesia and that should settle his/her tummy down. And as for the asshat who had nothing better to do than to get on here and offer insults instead of help, it is obvious he needs praying for, because he chose to insult someone rather than offer a helping hand. That is what I will be doing for him – Praying that he never comes across a situation that requires help that he is too, what was the word he used, dull in the head to know about. I pray that someone isn’t as rude to him and offers help instead of third grade insults. God bless and I hope by now your fur baby is well and happy!

  • Lauren Rainbows

    Great post. My daughter has been begging for a dog for about 2 years now. Now that she is older I think its time to get one for her but I have never had a dog before so I am doing as much research as possible like what are the best vitamins for dogs and what they can and can not eat. I had no idea how many foods could harm your dog, this was so helpful. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Debbie

    After effects of parvo: one of my three dogs (2 brothers and their mother) had parvo when he was a few months old. Thankfully due to the brilliant work our vet did and a week in the clinic he survived and is now 3 years old. Every now and again both him and his brother give off the same smell he did when he had the virus.

    Bullet the dog that caught the virus was never vaccinated as the vet said his body would now have generated its own antibodies, but his brother and mother were both vaccinated after he contracted the illness, luckily neither of them caught it and all three are happy healthy dogs.

    The only problem is the smell, it’s just every few months for a few days, Does anyone know what it might be and how we can stop it, as it is really strong and makes the whole house smell.

    • Hard Boiled

      My aunt’s doberman had farts that would drive us out of the house. She had a habit of giving him our leftovers from dinner, mixed with his dog food, quite often. so between the meat and veggies, something in the bran/fiber or protein families gave him gas! Do you feed him cooked meats or leftover veggies from your meals?

  • Maura

    I have two 8 month old puppies and one 1- year old dog. Puppies were vaccinated but not fully, did not get last shot. One puppy died last night and the other just started showing signs of parvo. Hoping he is strong enough to fight. He is being hand feed and liquids through a syringe. My older dog seems ok. He is up to date on shots also. My vet gave me a bag of fluids and meds to help the first puppy and now using it on the 2nd. He is keeping food down for now, but was very ill last night after the first one died, it was his brother. His sister who lives in same building is doing great also.

  • Ruthy Roo

    We really must be careful what we feed our dogs. What is safe to us, can be very different for a beloved pets. I am trying to create an ultimate source of information on what is, and what is not safe for dogs to eat. Human foods can be a great treat for dogs, you just have to know what you are doing.

  • RLFord

    Not enough emphasis was put on the type of chicken or turkey that’s okay for dogs — it does say okay to feed white meat but be warned: don’t give your dog the dark meat — especially turkey — very rich and high in fat.

  • Aribella

    We have a 7 month old puppy that has never been fed any table scraps at all, and are considering treating him to meat or bones. This article says not to feed raw meat. This is ridiculous–how do the authors believe that wolves and ancient dogs eat? They eat raw meat and bones. We have a neighbor who had three great Pyrenees (cannot spell their name) and they ate cooked eggs, raw meat, cooked meat, and bones. They were all very healthy, and when two of them passed, they were 11 and 14, both put down because they were old and in pain. We see no problem with feeding our dog meat, and some of these things seem ridiculous–how are we supposed to stop our dog from finding a pear or apple that fell off a tree and eating it? He already eats several pears, because we have pear trees and it’s hard to keep track of all the ones that fell off. Are you sure that these foods really aren’t safe?

  • Benny B.

    Many human foods are okay for dogs to eat. For the most part they just need to be in moderation. However, I think people get carried away. They can't resist handing over tidbits from their plates, or other human food "treats" here and there. Over time this is bad for a dog's diet. Sticking to specific feeding times, and giving your dog food that is nutritionally designed for them, is far better over the long term.

  • Red Sam R.

    While we may tend to treat our dogs and cats as children, NEVER give them the treats you'd give a child. FACT: Cats, though fussy eaters cannot taste sweet. Therefore a little bit of milk or cottage cheese is actually a better treat for your kitty than ice cream.

    • Michael

      I disagree. According to Yahoo news. Milk is NOT good for cats. As a cat becomes an adult their digestive tract becomes lactose intolerant. While it might not kill them, it could cause diarrhea and other stomach upsets.

  • Mike W.

    My friend got his black lab when it was a puppy from a farm. The dog used to munch on corn on the cob when it was a puppy and still loves to eat them to this day. I've never seen or heard that the dog had any problems with the cob or the corn. Have all the these things on the list been verified by credible sources? Not all dogs have problems with certain foods just like not all humans have problems with certain foods. 

    • Rosanna

      Cob is dangerous!

      Hi – In response to your question. It has cost me tons of money to have a small piece of cob removed from my dogs stomach. Cob is not digestable and therefor if it can’t pass the intestine the dog could die. Chance are that if your friends dog has eaten cob the cob is all still in its belly. The dog should be x-rayed to see.

      • Pom Pom

        This is why I will never give my dog a corn on the cob!

    • Guest

      My sisters dog had 2000 dollar surgery from eating corn on the cob. Very bad for dogs!

    • Robin Smith

      Corn cob’s can obstruct the stomach and/or intestines and can become life threatening. A friend’s dog had to have an emergency surgery due to eating a corn cob, and it almost cost the dog her life.

    • Sandra

      Our black lab got the hulk of a corn on the cob stuck inside him and died as a result. I would say it’s best not to give these to your dog.

  • Marlon

    I've been feeding my 12 year old Dobe raw oily fish such as white bait/sardines/mackerel since he was a puppy and never had a problem?? Why would this be in the "not to feed your dog" list?? Or is that only meant for salmon?? Please let me know as I've started to feed this to my new puppy too. Very confused I know the oils in raw fish as well as DHA for bone and brain development is good for dogs…as well as a very shiny coat that it gives.

    • Sara

      Hi Marlon . With anything raw you run the risk of parasites, however, the fish you need to be most concerned with are raw, anadromous fish (those born in fresh water, but spend a good portion of their lives in salt water, before returning to fresh water to breed) such as salmon, certain species of trout, smelt, shad, striped bass, and sturgeon. These are susceptible to a parasite that is extremely harmful to your pup. Hope this helps!

  • Debby

    My husband and I noticed a few things with our dogs. Even though they have their regular dog chow they won't eat it until after they've had a snack. We have tried going all day with out giving them a treat to get them to eat their dried dog food but for some odd reason they absolutely refuse to eat their food until they get a treat then they are into their dried dog food. Also we have water delivered to us instead of drinking the tap water and we had so much at one time we decided to give it to the dogs. When we switched back to giving them the water out of the tap we noticed that they don't drink as much of it and when they did they seemed to have very watery diarrhea. Can any one answer these questions? We have decided to keep them on the filtered water because we just couldn't stand seeing them have reactions to just water like that. It sounds like we are spoiling them but I'm not sure if it was hurting them more than helping them. Just like we always make sure that when they get up in the morning we give them a treat right away because they have a tendency to throw up. I have 2 beagles; is this common in a beagle or any dog?

    • Cyn

      Hi, I have a cocker spaniel who knows the time. At exactly 7:20pm she is sitting at my feet looking from me to her treats and back. I've done everything to move the time back to 8:00pm but to no avail. She wants her snack at 7:20pm. I decided I won't win this one so we have treats at 7:20pm.

      As for the bottled water, ALWAYS GIVE YOUR PETS BOTTLED OR FILTERED WATER. I learned this from my vet after a trip to the hospital. My cockers tear stains are gone, her ears haven't been inflamed in ages and her system moves as it should. She has more energy and her breath is better. They put so many chemicals in our water supply NOBODY should be drinking it.

      For cost efficiency get one of those auto water dishes, three gallon size and just fill it at your local Walmart. Of all the things I have done to keep my Abby healthy bottled water was by far the cheapest and most efficient.

  • Dee

    Under your list of foods NOT to give your dog you said… 

    Bones (uncooked) – When it comes to bones, he danger that cooked bones can easily splinter when chewed by your dog. Raw (uncooked) bones, however, are appropriate and good for both your dog's nutritional and teeth.

    I think you need to fix that so it reads COOKED and not uncooked.

    • Sara

      Thanks, Dee. We'll make this change.

    • Jean K.

      My vet says uncooked bones, not cooked.

  • Ashley B.

    I have a German Shepherd, Boxer, Pit Bull mix who is obsessed with eggs. Scrambled, hard boiled, anyway you cook them she loves it. I'm happy to see that eggs are good for her :)

  • Lilli

    My dog is eating my slippers how can I get him to stop?

     

    • Jon

      Take the fricken slippers away from him and grow a spine!!!

    • Debby

      We have actually trained our dogs to know which shoes or slippers they can play with and which ones they can't. We just took an old pair that we were going to throw away and told them it was ok and said no to the other ones that were good. Our one dog (a beagle about 2 1/2) always brings me a shoe when he sees me coming in the door to bring it to me. It's actually kind of neat how he knows that when I say no to him if its a good shoe he drops it right away and then will grab the old one and bring it to me. You just have to make sure that you make it clear to them which one is the good one and which one they can play with. I know that dogs are so adorable that you just want to say yes to everything that they do but you have to draw the line somewhere. Also my youngest dog thinks that every time he goes outside to go potty that he gets a treat but my husband has a tendency to give in to him and I'm trying to "train" my husband that its okay to say no to them. LOL.

      • Sandy

        How about maybe putting the “good” shoes away?

  • Ron

    Some items listed here, and elsewhere, are probably toxic and I just will not take a chance. But some items are just crazy, much like feeding rice to wild birds will make them explode… (caged birds probably not a good idea and they need a variety), but wild birds will be fine, imagine how many exploded birds would be around a rice, (and for that matter any grain), field. It is a tale started by the poor guys cleaning up after a wedding.

    Any food in large amounts is bad, for humans as well as for dogs. Trimming a large pork shoulder of fat and plopping it into a dog food bowl is bad. But if you boil it, along with the bones, and make a broth to mix with the regular dog food, (minus the bones), adds to the flavor of the dry food. I do the same with leftover chicken and turkey for the broth and remove the bones, except for the tail and some back bone slips in and the very end of wing tips.

    My last dog, a large outdoor dog lived to a little over 18 years and she got a lot of foods that are listed as toxic in here, to wit, Thai Food, (my ex is Thai), including onions, garlic, mushrooms and HOT peppers. Yeah, in small quantities over all and only mixed with regular dry dog food. I don't allow begging, always mixed people food with her dog food in her eating bowl and place.

    Anything with BBQ sauce has a lot of onion powder and garlic, and although cooked, I do allow my dogs to have those bones in moderation, (one or two at the most). Again, I'll boil the heck out of the rest of them and use the broth and whatever was left on the bone to mix with their food.

    I originally found this site researching apples, because my GSD watches the deer under the apple tree eating apples and she gets curious and I find half eaten apples all over the yard. Again, I think she'd have to eat about a bushel of apples to get enough seeds to have any problem.

    Every dog I've owned has had pork, always cooked except maybe a bone from the butcher.

  • Jj

    My dog likes yogurt is this ok?

     

    • Katelyn

      I actually read online, while looking for things I could feed my pregnant dog and they actually recommended feeding them yogurt. I would say so.

  • JDH

    A couple clarifications to make: garlic in small amounts is beneficial to your dog. Your article states all of it is poison and does not say in what amount, thus making the section inaccurate – and many treats/dog foods contain small amounts. One benefit includes making your dog more pest resistant — fleas hate garlic.

    Secondly, I would say "cooked bones" instead of simply bones. Uncooked bones (raw bones) don't splinter, like your article states. Raw bones can be consumed safely, and have many, many health benefits and dental benefits. Given you're using it as your graphic, I feel correcting this inaccuracy is particularly important.

     

    • Frank

      I notice that garlic is listed as toxic on every website that has a list of foods toxic to dogs. However, it is found as an ingredient in many dog foods and snacks, as well as homemade treats for dogs. Something just doesn't add up.

      If dairy products are harmful to dogs, why has every vet I have ever had recommended cottage cheese and yogurt (without artificial sweetener) as a way to build up the "good" bacteria in the intestinal tract?

    • Pkla

      I copied what the post said regarding garlic.

      Garlic — Garlic is OK — and even beneficial — for your dog in small amounts.

      It was onions that was in the “do not feed”, not garlic. The reason I got the one was because I thought there was a contradiction and saw that it was onions. It probably got confused because in our mines there married. I don’t know but either way above is what was said about garlic.

  • Sharon R

    Our dog Rosie eats her own feces and probably also eats that of the neighborhood cats.  She had been indoors in a large crate at a rescue center for 1.5 years before we adopted each other, which was years ago. She is fantastic except for that. Is there anything we can do to help her stop (and freshen her breath!)?

    • Shaz

      She's lacking potassium. I heard banana helps.

    • Lynne R.

      My pup is 7 months old and just recently has taken to eating his feces. Would like to know if there is anyway of stopping him and is it harmful to him. He gets diarrhea quite often too. 

      • Sashka

        I’ve been told by vets and my mom was told my Guide dogs school for the blind, to mix in spinach in their diet. If he is sharing a yard with other dogs you would need to feed them all spinach. It will make him not want to eat it.

    • Miss D.

      I had this problem with my big dog, started to give her banana mixed with her food took about 2-3 months and she finally stopped eating her poo! Maybe she was missing vitamins or minerals I tried this after seeing an episode of Cesar, the dog whisperer that treated this topic. I also give her some pineapple pieces once in awhile she loves it! Hope this helps!

       

  • Felicity

    I would just like to add my two cents worth here and say, rather stay away from bones altogether. I nearly lost one dog to choking on a chop bone, and my little JR had to have tooth and gum surgery after cracking a tooth on a bone. For those who insist on giving a bone, make sure it is one solid piece, far too big for the dog to swallow, and take it away from the dog after half an hour in order to avoid tooth and gum damage. Todays dog pellets are designed to combat gum disease and tartar build up, if in doubt simply ask your vet to recommend a brand,  so there should be no need to give dogs bones. What they've never had, they won't miss.

  • Jean H.

    I know it sounds gross, but my dog digs up earthworms (or maybe sucks them out of the lawn) and then eats them. What she doesn't eat she smooshes her face in and then rolls on them. Not only does her breath smell really bad but she then also has wormy body odor. I worry about diseases like salmonella or girardia plus it's just plain gross. Any comments?

    • Sara

      Hi Jean, earthworms themselves aren't a cause for worry but more the bacteria and parasites they come across in the soil, specifically roundworms. Be sure to regularly check your dog's stool for the parasitic worms and, if you find them, work with your vet on a de-worming program. Hope this helps!

      • Jim

        They eat what they eat and will throw up and you can see worms. Don't check your dog's poop every time because of this moron. 

    • Joe

      My 3 little dogs come in the house smelling like they've rolled around on a decomposing animal occasionally. I always check the entire yard for whatever it may be, but never find anything. Now I know that it must be earthworms. Thanks for posting this. Very helpful! Now I just dump our used coffee grounds behind the shed where the dogs cannot access and the worms stay in that area to feed on it. Problem solved. That is one of the worst smells ever and I really isn't fun to have 3 miniature pinchers jumping all over you and your couch when they reek of death.

  • Carol

    Are unsalted roasted sunflower seeds okay for dogs to eat?

    How about clay soil. One just dug a hole and ate clay soil…then the other joined in, eating a clump the size of a large marble. It did break down as she ate it so not huge piece went in her belly. I've been giving the dog vitamins lately.

  • Carol

    Great information! I had no idea about some of those foods.

    How about jalapenos, bell peppers and spinach? My dog loves them…without the seeds, of course. I've only given her small slivers (uncooked) at a time and make sure there are no seeds present. The spinach is raw, too. She likes to chew the leaves. I've not noticed any side effects after she eats these. Do you know if they're okay to give her?

    • Sara

      Hi Carol. Jalapenos are OK but may upset the digestive system. Bell peppers are also OK, as is spinach (in small doses.) We didn't find anything on sunflower seeds, and in regard to clay, your dog could be eating it for a number of reasons, from boredom to mineral deficiency. We recommend asking your vet to find out more.

  • Brooke

    I recently started feeding my Pit/Lab mixed puppies cooked hamburger meat. I have one question why are they not really drinking much water? They are three months old. Any reply would be appreciated.

    • Jim

      They are not drinking because the meat has juices so you need to do that less and only leave the water bowl out. Worked for me.

  • Newton

    All you dog lovers out there, please consider adding coconut oil and Turmeric to your dogs food. So many health benefits and a little goes a long way. My dog had a red rash from something he rolled in and the coconut oil put directly on his skin cleaned it up in no time. Look up all the ways these can benefit you and your Best Friend.

    • Justin l Murphy

      Can u provide a link please?

      • ghenry232

        That stuff (coconut oil and turmeric) are excellent for human health too, so I don’t doubt they’d be excellent for canine health. Wikipedia has all the answers you may need. Coconut oil used to be thought of as a bad fat, but turns out it has medium chain fatty acids that are great for your metabolism. Plus it’s a clean non-GMO non-pesticide source of oil. Turmeric is a classic healthy herb, tons of literature about its positive effects only one google search away.

  • sally

    Hi, is it okay to feed my dog a hot dog? I have a Shih Tzu and he loves eating them. Any problems?

    • Mike B.

      Hot dogs, like all processed meats, contain high levels of sodium. Dogs should not eat processed meats.

  • Lisa

    Okay where do I start. I suppose the fact that a load of stuff on this list is complete rubbish.

    Dogs are carnivores…designed to eat raw meat and fish, and possibly a few vegetables (as they are not obligate carnivores like cats).

    So the raw eggs, raw fish and bones on this list are rubbish.

    Liver and potatoes when cooked can be eaten in moderation.

    Garlic, again on moderation. There is a reason they put garlic in training treats, dogs love it.

    I think the writer needs to get their fact straight before they start trying to tell us what is bad for our dogs. What is bad for our dogs is commercial dog food!

    • Sara

      Thanks for your comments, Lisa! We've made some edits to our article based on further research of your assertions. Appreciate your input!

  • Charlotte

    Does anyone know if mayonnaise is safe to give to a dog? Please help.

    • GB

      As far as I understand there is nothing inherently adverse in real, homemade mayo except the lemon juice, which is proportionately small. It depends on the intake. If a dog ate a whole jar of store bought mayo, I'd expect some digestive problems, diarrhea, etc., hopefully not much harm. If it's an aioli  with onion or garlic, there's more risk.

  • Steve

    I was reading this post of yours regarding your puppy shepherd and of anyone stating it is okay to feed your dog chicken bones. Even vets have have told me certain foods never to feed dogs and chicken bones amongst others was on that list. Is it really true? I am getting two championship line German Shepherd puppies within the couple of months and the chicken, liver, etc you mentioned sounds great. I live in the desert with a couple acres and also thought about buying some chicks. What actually stunned me was about 25 to 30 years ago I saw a friend of mine's German Shepherd choke to death after she took a box of fried chicken off a table.

    I will check this out further and check with vets and breeders. If they approve of it; – I'll thank you in advance for your article and the info contained therein.

    • Jeff

      Yes, uncooked chicken bones are safe for dogs to eat. The information has been skewed over the years because it is not safe to give a dog any cooked bones. Cooked bones are vulnerable to splintering, which is extremely dangerous for dogs.

      Keep in mind that a dog can still choke on raw bones (dogs also can choke on kibble for that matter), so always use caution. Also be sure to clean up the area where the dog ate the raw bone, especially inside. I recommend washing your hands thoroughly after feeding the bone and then cleaning the area where the dog ate with white vinegar or some other natural disinfectant.

    • Jessie

      I have only been a veterinary nurse for four years, and I have already seen multiple ex-laps to surgically remove chicken bones from dogs' tummies! I even saw a chicken neck come out of a small dog once. If it was my dog, I would totally avoid giving bones. Cooked bones of any kind are definitely a no-no.

      • Melissa

        I'm studying to be a dog trainer and I had to study about dog food and what is good and all that stuff. I am in the process of switching my dogs food to raw food and I have read that you can give chicken bones only if it is NOT COOKED! When not cooked it wont chip and be sharp and pointy like if it was cooked. I wouldn't give like a big chunk of bones at the same time and I would supervise my dogs when I would give bones to them. I also give them moose antlers that I found in the woods. They love it and it's free for me! Also the antlers don't make a mess, don't chip and last forever. It's not the same as elk antlers. My goal is to get as organic as possible and give them what they were born to eat.

  • magnoliasouth

    Fish is anything but bad! Especially salmon of all things, and saying it shouldn't be fed to a dog is absolutely absurd. In fact, the highest quality dog foods (such as Wellness Core's Ocean Formula) have salmon as their main ingredient.

    I'll agree on some of these (especially grapes/raisins, onions and chocolate) but others seem absolutely absurd, like liver. No sane person is going to feed their dog nothing but liver and there is nothing at all wrong with it being an ingredient.

    As for those who desire dropping dog food, I applaud them. I wish I could afford to do so, but I cannot. Manufacturers are not out to make your dog healthy. They're out for a buck and will take the cheap way, if at all possible. You get what you pay for, as always.

    Finally, don't just rely on your vet. Take it upon yourself to do canine diet research. Remember that a vet is also getting a buck from selling you certain dog foods, like the Science Diet that most have stacked up in their office.

    Take it from a human nurse: Just like human doctors, vets aren't running a charity. Everyone wants to make money, so make your own informed decision.

    One last thing, it's just like the captcha at the bottom of this page. It really isn't as much about spam, as it is advertising.

    • Sara

      Thanks for bringing this to our attention, MagnoliaSouth! We've amended our "Fish" section to reference the dangers of raw salmon, and agree with you in the once that fish is cooked it no longer presents a danger to dogs. 

    • Barb

      It's not that you can't feed your dog fish it was said not raw fish!

  • Lisa W.

    Dogs love and need raw meaty bones. Bones can splinter if they're cooked, but if they're raw, they're not only fine for dogs, but desirable as part of a balanced, natural diet. Rather than feed your dog an unnatural diet of grain-based (which means shelf-stable and profitable) kibble sprayed with a slurry of animal byproducts, why not feed them what they really like, and what they themselves would seek out in a natural environment? In the wild, wolves and feral dogs eat muscle meat, bones and organ meat. Period. They do not need fruits, vegetables, nuts, grains and all the other stuff that we need. They need meat. And bones. 

    I weaned our Shiloh Shepherd on raw chicken wings, hamburger and liver. She loved it. Now an adult, she gets ground meat, meaty bones, poultry with the skin and bone, and plenty of fresh water. She has no skin allergies, no bad breath, sparkling white teeth, energy, no fleas, no hyperactivity, no dander, and she eliminates about 1/3 the yard waste that our other, grain-fed, dogs were putting out. All our dogs are on raw food now, and we'll never go back.

    What made me switch? I met a woman at the dog park whose two gorgeous, big, thick-boned, happy, gleaming Golden Retrievers were such standouts that I approached her and told her how much I admired her dogs. She told me she gave each one of them a turkey leg each day, and nothing else. 

    • Laura M.

      Hi Lisa, It's nice to hear that someone did the raw meat successfully. We tried it for our GSD when he was younger but he got sick once and I was too scared to go back. Where do you buy your raw meat and know that its safe? I noticed that his breath smelled less when he was on raw food.

    • sam

      I just want to chime in here and say that I believe all bones are bad for dogs raw or not. One very special friend of mine lost her beautiful Dalmatian to a sliver from a raw ham bone that became lodged in his esophagus. I know that wild animals probably eat them and that by nature dogs are scavengers, but really we probably don't have much data on cases of harm in wild canines due to ingesting bones.

      For myself, I choose to avoid them, having witnessed such a tragic death that could have been avoided. I used to believe that large raw bones were safe if they came from a reputable source.

  • Jamie

    I have an American Pitbull Terrier mix, her name is Bella and she turned seven this year. When she was a pup, my vet told me the three cardinal sins of feeding my dog were chocolate, onions and pork. In the past I have fed my dogs bits of pork from time to time (always cooked) and was surprised when I was told it was not good. What my vet told me is that pigs and dogs are too closely genetically related and that feeding pork to my dog will increase the risk of rashing, dandruff, and other skin conditions as well as tumors and cancers. I am surprised that you claim pork is fine as long as it's fully cooked, when this is the information I was given by my vet. Also, I spend a fair amount of time researching what I can do to help my "four-legged fur baby" live a happier, healthier, longer life and I always read the ingredients to make an informed decision with regards to her diet. In the seven years she has been with me I have also noticed, that in all of the dog foods that I have looked at, not one of them has ever listed pork as an ingredient. Growing up on a farm, I know the cost of raising a pig and the minimum age to butcher a pig is so much less than that of a cow. If it were healthy, or even a non-toxic option for a dog, wouldn't the dog food producers choose to save production cost by using pork as a protein instead? I have to say that what I have read on many ingredient lists combined with the direction of a trained medical professional trumps anyone ever telling me that pork is safe. I can't make decisions for other people but I would recommend to everyone who cares for their dogs to NEVER feed pork. And I encourage you to not take my word for it, but ask your vet and do your own research. Aside from that, reading the "Do's and Don'ts" of feeding my dog has taught me a few more things to be aware of. Protecting and loving my dog is very important to me and in return she does the same, together we are a happy, healthy pack with hopefully many more years to come. Thanks for the information!!

    • Sara

      Hi Jamie, could you direct us to some research on your assertion that pork is harmful? We'd love to add this to our list if we can indeed find some resources to back it up. Thanks for weighing in!

  • Casey

    My dog got into a bag of uncooked white beans and had terrible diarrhea. I looked online and it turns about uncooked white and red beans are toxic for dogs. Fortunately, it only caused one bout of diarrhea, but now I know to keep those in the pantry! Only a few beans can cause side effects.

    • Sara

      Hi Casey, could you direct us to some research on your assertion that uncooked red and white beans are harmful? We'd love to add them to our list if we can indeed find some resources to back it up. Thanks for weighing in, as well!

  • Sarah

    Hi! Thank you for the tips. Actually my dog, which is a Maltese, is having a diarrhea now and he vomited once because I fed him corned beef. And I found it out that it's not advisable for dogs. I'm having trouble feeding him because he's not eating his dog food which his former owner gave me when he passed the dog to me. I'm so worried and I might bring him to his vet to make sure that he will be fine. Is it OK if I feed him with chicken with rice? Or I should change his dog food? Please advise.

  • David S.

    Our dog had regular serious seizures every month for about a year from the age of five. We belatedly realized that they seemed to occur after he had eaten cheese. We stopped giving him cheese and he hasn't had a fit in seven months.

  • Louise

    My dog has the "cone of shame" to stop him licking his underneath (he has just been neutered) but it is making him really whiny. How do I shut him up?! I have put peanut butter in his KONG and fed him treats but he wont stop and keeps trying to take the cone off. It may be his breed (English cocker spaniel — e.g. loon) but I cant keep him quiet. Help me!!

    • maria

      Hi Louise, your dog has no doubt recovered by now, and I hope you managed to find a solution. A tip that worked for my little one when she got spayed was to put a child's sleeveless vest shirt on her and tie a knot in it at the back to secure it and stop it dragging. You could also try it in reverse i.e. put the sleeves on the back legs and tie the knot at the neck, depending on the size of the dog. If I could I'd show you the photo, she looked so cute :-)

  • Annette

    Hi, I have a question for you. I am freaking out, my six-month-old puppy might have gotten into some pork and beans and he has dithers. Sorry, can't spell very well is my baby gonna be OK??

    • Sara

      Hi Annette. While pork and beans aren't the best thing for your dog to eat, they shouldn't cause any long-term damage. Just be sure you keep this type of food out of his reach from now on, and, as always, please call your vet if his condition continues to worsen. 

  • Sharon D.

    I would like to add natural granulated fruit sugar to the list. I bought a packet as I was dieting and it had less calories than regular sugar. My great dane stole it and played a game of shake-the-bag all over my kitchen. She licked what landed on her lips etc. but didn't ingest it as much as play with it. Only two minutes later she collapsed unconscious in the garden. It contained a natural xylitol-type substance and it caused a massive dive in her blood sugar. She survived but only because she was a huge breed and tiny amount ingested! Never buy it!

  • Susie B.

    Bones are fine for dogs as long as they are not cooked. It said bones in general, but this is not true.

  • Dan

    My puppy died when I fed it Vienna sausages. I want to know why? This happened three years ago and I feel like it was my fault. 

  • Gerri

    My Puggle ate half a rueben sandwich when I wasn't looking. Now she is not acting well. Is corned beef, sauerkraut or 1000 island dressing toxic to a dog?

  • Cruiser

    My dog developed diabetes four years ago and he is now 13. Controlling his blood sugar is a daily battle. I have tried many organic, human-grade dog foods but everyone of them raised his blood sugar through the roof so I have no choice but to make his food using lean beef and various vegetables such as broccoli and zucchini. I have also decreased his meal size but give him and extra meal (three times daily). As a result, I am pretty much home bound in order to feed him and give him his insulin shots. I was wondering if there is anyone out there that can give me suggestions as to how to better manage his diabetes? My poor baby is also blind :(

    • Tan M.

      Email me for some proven pointers:

      Here is what works for me: I avoid chicken, because it raises his blood sugar. I mix fiber (insoluble and soluble) powder from GNC, with a bit of pumpkin — it keeps him regular and the fiber slows the sugar going into his bloodstream, totally awesome! GNC blood sugar tablets. I feed him beef, FRESHPET SELECT fresh dog food (slice and serve) from Krogers, in place of chicken. In addition, I give him kale (shredded with his Freshpet Select), and I give him fish oil and flax seed oil gel pills (I puncture with a knife and squeeze over the Freshpet Select).

      My Rottie went blind, however we got his cataract removed (only one because his pressure was low). If you don't have the money, find a low cost vet — and perhaps do a fund raiser, like a walk or doggie treats and you can RAISE THE MONEY!! You can do this.

       

      Doggie Lover Forever,

      Tan M.

       

       

       

       

       

    • Corinne

      Any kind of carbohydrate will increase blood glucose levels. Carbohydrates are in fruits, vegetables, rice, pasta, sugared items, etc. If your dog doesn’t have kidney issues, feed him/her a diet higher in fats and protein which wont spike blood glucose levels and add veggies higher in fiber which slows the absorption of glucose into the blood stream like broccoli, cabbage, brussel sprouts, etc. Exercise/walks after meals which will burn off the blood sugar faster and decrease the need for more insulin.

  • Swamy

    Thanks for a well-written article. My dog (a Spitz) loves to eat peanuts (ground nuts) and cashew nuts. I did not find a specific mention of those items in the list above and would like to know whether they are safe or not. 

    My dog also loves to eat raw coconut. Is that OK or not OK? From what I read above, I would continue to give him raw carrots and tomatoes occasionally.

    He is now in 11th year and is generally doing well. 

    Thanks

    • Sara

      Hi Swamy. Peanuts are non-toxic, and while we've read cashews aren't either, these are best given in moderation. Raw coconut is also safe, in moderation as well. Make sure the shell is removed, however, as if ingested, it could cause irritation or blocking in the intestines. As always, we recommend contacting your vet if you see any sign of discomfort in your pet or have questions on particular foods they're eating. 

  • Melanie

    My friend gave his dog a cooked ham bone. It was a cooked with pineapples, cherries, cinnamon, and a honey/mustard mixture for basting. She is now throwing up nonstop. Was reading foods a dog can't eat: Can a dog have cinnamon? I now know not to give dogs any kind of animal bones and will pass the info on.

    • Tin

      Mustard makes dogs throw up.

    • Patti

      A pet store near me sells dog biscuits in bulk and cinnamon is one of the ingredients. My dog loves them. But just as in kids (a latest craze) cinnamon powder can be deadly if inhaled or ingested as powder only. So in a food source, it is fine.

       

  • Jennifer H.

    Xylitol is a natural sweetener, very safe for adults, especially those who are diabetic. It is found in many gums, candies and baked goods. It is also VERY toxic to dogs, causing acute liver failure quickly. We learned this the hard way when I made cookies and our 70 pound mutt stole them from the counter. Thank goodness our dog survived, but it was close. Had I known that Xylitol can be fatal to dogs, I would never have brought it into the house. Please add Xylitol to your list so others know as well and don't make the same mistake I did!

    • Terrie

      Xylitol is a cancer carcinogen for humans! Why would anyone use it anyway!

  • LMar

    Feeding a dog a properly balanced "fresh" diet is not going to harm the pooch. I'm sorry but I've done a lot of research on this, and telling people dogs should only eat dog food is wrong. My vet told me otherwise. Dogs were once wild before we domesticated them, they ate raw animals, their digestive system is geared for RAW meats. Yes, the foods to look out for when creating your pup's meal is one thing but blatantly saying that it's not good in large doses is a flat out lie.

    Also: Garlic in small quantities to fend off fleas in their diet a few times a week is also permissible. Again my vet said it was OK to feed the brewer's yeast and garlic tablets. Again, generally saying that yeast isn't allowed is incorrect. Also, plain yogurt or even flavored yogurt is allowed. 

    My pup has been on a holistic "fresh diet" and she is one of the healthiest pups my vet has seen for her regular check ups. 

    Her diet consists of:

    • 1/2c rice or pasta (usually rice)
    • 1c of meat (tuna, chicken, beef, bacon OR cooked eggs)
    • 1/2c of carrots, broccoli, peas (or any other veggie that's healthy for her)
    • 1/2 handful of cheese weather melted or just shredded.

    She gets dry dog food to munch on through out the day if she gets hungry  (1c lasts a good 3-4 days) and about two cups of fresh cooked meal at dinner time.

    Snacks of fruits such as apple slices, oranges, watermelon (she loves this). She also gets home made ice cream specifically for puppies or Frozen Paws/Biljac ice cream treats for dogs usually in your grocers freezer isle.

    And I also feed her a multivitamin and dog food complex mixed in her home cooked meals to be sure she gets the right amount of nutrition based on what my vet recommended.

    Feeding her fresh meals also cuts down on the amount of food she has to eat to sustain herself. She is full for longer periods of time, and her coat and eyes are bright and shiny and she is really energetic and happy.

    Always check with your vet before switching to a holistic meal plan.

    • Molly

      Obviously this dog is way too spoiled. How much money do you spend a week just to feed him? I know I couldn't afford to feed your dog, or my dog for that matter, like that and I'm sure a lot of other people couldn't either. Heck! I don't even eat that well!

      • Susie B.

        We all should eat good healthy foods and eat a wide variety of them. Dogs should have the same good foods as people, fresh and whenever possible, organic. They will have much longer lives and not succumb to illness as long as we avoid the foods which are toxic, including sugar, (which is bad for people and animals). This is logical.

      • Nunyabiz

        Actually, unless you yourself eat dry dog food then buying dog food is MORE expensive than sharing your food with the dog.

        We have a Chihuahua so she doesn’t eat much, like about a 3/4 of a cup of food per day total plus a couple of snacks we make her by dehydrating sweet potatoes and a few store bought treats that are dry and crunchy but also have Glucosamine and other nutrients.

        We do buy a quality dry dog food to add to this mixture we feed her but only about 1/4 cup at most is dry food so a small bag last us quite some time the other 1/2 cup or more is usually a mix of various things such as.

        Carrots, sugar snap or snow peas, cooked rice, mushrooms and meat left overs like chicken, pork beef in small amounts, small bits of other veggies like broccoli, an occasional bean of some sort.

        These are foods we eat ourselves and always have plenty left over to share with our dog for what amounts to literally nothing more than we have bought/spent anyway.

        Store bought dog food is actually rather expensive.

    • Karen

      LMar, I commend you for feeding your dog the best you can. Like our children, our dogs deserve to be fed the best foods we can.

  • Martha

    Thank you for this very good article. Healthy dogs are really important for me. Dogs can live 27 years. I learned it from one website. They also give very important information about food that dogs cannot eat. I have little Golden Terrier and your article really helps me.

  • Harry W.

    My spaniel just ate a whole packet of breadsticks that contain wheat and yeast. Will he be OK?

    • Hannah C

      Your pup should be fine. The yeast and dough is more so referring to that which has not been baked yet as it still needs to/has the opportunity to rise. The concern is the dough expanding too much in the gut and causing discomfort and concerns. If the breadsticks were cooked, everything should be fine. When in doubt, you can always call Animal Poison control 1-888-426-4435 or make a call/visit to your vet :)

    • Jamie

      Harry, my dog, well I should say my baby, loves bread and she is now seven years old. Every dog I have had has eaten table scraps. My baby is healthy in every way. So don't be alarmed.

  • Chris & Jamie

    Ok so we are getting ready to start feeding a hopefully healthy alternative to mass produced commercially available dog foods, and on a show we heard that garlic is great; dogs love it and it's good to keep fleas away. Our dogs don't have a problem with fleas but was just a thought to keep it that away but this article is not the only one we read that said garlic was a big no no so I believe we will lean on the side of caution and stay away. If anyone has any proof that it is good and healthy I'm interested in learning of it.

    Oh, also any one know the best way to figure out serving sizes when going from commercial dog food to our mix of fresh chicken, rice, beef, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots?

    • David

      The jury is out on garlic. Some say it is OK re: fleas and improving coat condition, but having used it, our dogs coats were not improved noticeably, and they don't have fleas anyway.

      Re: fresh and commercial food, we have tried both. Tinned food is absolute rubbish. (Beef cans with four percent beef! And what is it? And what is the other 96 percent?) Fresh food is OK, but making sure your dogs get the right things they need is difficult.

      We now use Vets Kitchen dried food, which can be bought in the UK online or at Sainsburies, and contains 44 percent meat, with added minerals and vitamins. Unlike some others all our three dogs love it, and we add some raw vegetables with it.

      By the way, make sure you know all the bad things you should never give dogs.

    • LMar

      Yes, check with your vet. My pooch has a regimented diet of 50% meat, 25% rice/pasta, 25% veggie. Usually, my dog has two cups a day plus small snacks in between such as watermelon (seedless) or ice cream for dogs. Your portions will change with the size of your dog and how much he/she should eat. Always check with your vet if you plan to switch to a more holistic diet.

    • Rita

      Hello Chris and Jamie. After bringing our rescued Chihuahua home end of November 2012 we fed him commercial dog food because we knew no better. Then, of course we started to read up on dog food to find out what would be best to feed him, and omg — anyone who looks into this would never feed their pets commercial dog food again. My dog's diet is very similar to yours: rice or barley with either chicken, beef or cooked eggs, and vegetables cut very fine. I do put a teaspoon of minced garlic per pound of meat I am using into the rice (cooked in the chicken broth from cooking the chicken) or barley when it is cooking. I have purchased six months worth of the very expensive Frontline for fleas and ticks and only used one month of it; I really don't want to put the chemicals on him if I don't have to and he hasn't gotten any fleas or ticks giving him the garlic in his food. I also mix a teaspoon and a half of ground-up eggshell in his food after it is cooked before I bag it up in individual portions. The eggshell is for calcium, which they need. You should boil the eggshells and let them dry completely before you grind them. I keep it in a jar in the fridge but I don't think I have to. I also put about two teaspoons of flaxseed in his food while it is cooking. This is also very good for him. Since my dog is 14 pounds, I saved one of the containers from Caesar dog food, which is what we were feeding him at first, and I fill it with the homemade food and then put it in snack bags in the freezer. I do put a sprinkle of cheese on his food before I serve it to him; I'm not sure if this is OK but he likes it so much. I'll have to read up on that. This seems to be working out very well for my little guy. He looks great and seems like a happy little guy and people comment often about how good he looks. I feel good knowing he's not getting all the horrible stuff in dog food that will shorten his life.

  • mariela

    Hi. My 4 month old dog ate spicy food two days later he is very weak, he is not happy, and only wants to lay down and sleep. What could I do? Ot could it have been the spicy food?

    • Mary Anne

      You should take your dog to the vet ASAP! Tell the vet everything your dog has done since he has had the spicy food. She (or he) will tell you about a medicine for your dog. If your dog is under depression, buy him (or her) a new toy. This info should help!

    • Susan

      Only just read your query. Hope you took your dog to the vet. It sounded serious. Please always take your puppy to the vet as soon as possible when he is ill. I would love to know how he is now.

  • Ellen

    It was stated that when making your dog food, never mix different meats. Why is this, has it actually been proven to be bad?

    • Bonnie

      I have read that when changing proteins that you should do it gradually because of the dogs ability to digest each one differently.  I know that days when I change from chicken to beef or vv that his stool has a little mucus in it or has diarrhea.   My vet told me because of changing his protein.

      • LMar

        Wrong. This method is DOG FOOD only not fresh meats. When feeding a fresh/holistic diet the dogs digestive system will not need the gradual change over. Dog foods are processed differently, again PROCESSED not FRESH, so it's easier to feed fresh home-cooked meals as long as it's not a meat on the do-not-feed list. Always check with your vet.

  • Lesa

    How about raw hamburger, is that bad for dogs?

    • michelle

      Cooked hamburger meat in moderation is definitely safe BUT raw meat could contain e-coli, salmonella or introduce other health concerns that any raw meat could bring. So, we would recommend against any raw meat but if you decide to feed it, be careful that it comes from a safe and very fresh source. – Michelle @ Canine Journal

      • John C

        It seems to me that dogs, over their thousands of years of evolution, and being canine, are quite capable, and designed to eat raw meat. It is my understanding that their stomach acid has a pH around 2, therefore is not subject to get ill by many bacteria that would harm a human. The dog food industry has been around what, 50 years, dogs for thousands, perhaps 10's of thousands. How is it that all of a sudden raw meat poses a threat??

        • Rachel H.

          Hi John,

          Human stomach acid is also between pH 1 and 3, but many types of bacteria can survive very acidic conditions. It isn't so much that raw meat suddenly poses a threat, but that now that we understand how bacteria and food poisoning work, less dogs and humans are dying! Just like we now pasteurize milk and wash our hands before doing medicine — it's not that these things are suddenly a problem so much as that now we don't have half the kids dying before they reach 20. 

          I imagine this would be compounded in the case of dogs by a) intensive farming processes which increase the amount of bacteria in commercially available meat by quite a lot, compared to what a dog/wolf would hunt in a forest, and b) lack of resistance in dogs caused by dogs having less contact with each other and years of selective breeding for temperament, a particular body shape, coat etc. rather than the best ability to fight off diseases. 

          Humans can get away with eating raw meat and unpasteurized milk and not washing their hands, so dogs can probably get away with eating raw meat, too. It's just that you'll likely have to clean up after a poor wee dog with food poisoning more often, and like in humans, it has a chance of killing them.

          Cheers, Rachel

          • Melissa

            Hi,

            I just wanted to say that you should look into why people started pasteurizing milk. Like the real story. It's because one man wanted to sell his milk but it wasn't good anymore like it had turn into a color. I think blue or green don't remember. But anyways he mixed up something to make it white again to sell it. Everybody was sick and that's when they started pasteurizing milk.

            If people were more careful and did everything right we wouldn't need to be afraid to eat or give our dogs raw meat. Like in one hamburger patty there can be like 100 to maybe 1000 different cows in just one. Think about that. That's not all, there's also amonia to kill the e-coli in the patties. If the bad farmers would stop feeding the cows corn and feed them what they are supposed to eat for a week, and if I'm correct, it would bring down the e-coli to 75%. If you don't believe me watch Food, Inc. Its very interesting to see what people or should I say big companies do with our food. Some stuff is sad but people need to see it and not ignore what is happening. I know this is about dogs but it is in a way because if your buying grocery meat this is what you are giving them so buy from a organic farmer for you and your dog. I could go on but I'll stop now lol.

  • BRENDA COOK

    I have always fed my babies, (mostly gsd) veggies & fruit. Less fruits than veggies because of the sugar in fruits. They love them, think they're getting a treat & I feel better about giving them something healthy. I have been aware of the foods on the list, although was surprised to see salmon on there because it is in so many dog food & treats these days, especially grouped with sweet potatoes. Please address this dilemma for me to clarify.

    My main question is whether the veggies & fruits my babies love are ok for them, as onion & mushrooms were a big surprise to me years ago when I found out about them. You have already verified that some of what my babies love are indeed ok such as banana, watermelon, apples, carrots, green beans, etc. Things my babies love that I'm still not sure of are: black (pitted) olives, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, beets, peas, corn, oranges, nectarines, blackberries & strawberries, I know you said cucumbers were ok, but mine also love pickles. Are they ok as well?

    I usually try to use fresh or frozen for both myself & my babies, but I live far out in the country, so I do keep canned fruits & veggies on hand. I limit my salt as well as theirs by rinsing them in water first.

    • Canine Journal

      Hi Brenda, Thanks for the questions and here are some answers for you that we hope you will find helpful.

      • A recent study from Consumer Reports showed that Rice does contain small levels of arsenic but here are some tips to help you buy lower risk rice for you and your pup:

        • Organic rice contains lower levels than non-organic rice.
        • Look for rice from states other than Arkansas, Texas, Missouri and Louisiana as the rice form these four states had higher levels.
        • White rice had lower levels of arsenic than brown rice.
      • Salmon can be okay in moderation so long as it is fully cooked. Uncooked salmon, like other meats and seafoods, carry high risk of salmonella, among other concerns.
      • Olives and Pickles are both very high in salt so are not advised as safe foods for  dogs but black olives contain much lower sodium content than green olives. Be sure the olives are pitted as the pits can choke your dog or create other digestive issues.
      • Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Beets, Peas, Blackberries and Strawberries are all okay to feed your pup.
      • Oranges are okay but not the best for unbrushed teeth due to the high levels of citric acid that can cause tooth decay. 
      • Nectarines are okay if pitted. But also high in acid so in moderation as can cause tooth decay and stomach issues.
      • Corn is okay but can upset the digestive tract if too much is given. Feed in extreme moderation due to risk as well as the high amount of corn included in most dog kibble on the market today (you don't want to over do it!).

      Bottom line: Feed all things in moderation and remember that modern dog kibble is designed by vets and scientists to meet the needs of dogs in today's society so your dog would probably be just as well to just eat their kibble.

  • Taylor Lunsford

    My dog Tinkerbell eats cat food and when we try to give her real dog food she wont eat it. Is it a good idea to try to make her eat dog food instead of cat food?

    • Canine Journal

      Among our list of foods that dogs should not eat is cat food. Cat foods' fat and protein levels are too high for your dog and could cause health issues. We recommend you try a dog food that is closer to the flavor profile in the cat food that Tinkerbell is enjoying.

  • Hanns Goober

    I'm looking after my mums dog called Ivy. She is a labrador retriever and is a guide dog so she is very well behaved. But even so, she's a labrador and labs love food. I am worried that if I die when I am looking after her, i won't be able to feed her and she might get so hungry that she starts eating me.

    Well. I love her and if I did die then i would rather she did eat me, at least she would not starve then, but would it harm her to eat me? I don't have any diseases or anything but maybe my flesh might contain too much salt. Or if she eats my stomach after I have eaten onions and chocolate and had a cup of coffee then that could be bad for her. Maybe I will stop eating onions and chocolate and drinking coffee until mum gets back.

    • WTF

      You are crazy, why care you are dead, dead.   MUM

    • Rita

      SERIOUSLY???

    • Jo

      REALLY. Stop taking whatever meds you're taking. Never heard such a thing.

  • concerned pet owner

    Hi, I have a not quite 1 year old pup that weighs about ten pounds. He got into some grapes my niece left out on the floor and he ate them.. I don't know how many. But now my puppy is under the weather. He threw up once and then was gagging like he needed to throw up again but nothing. Can anyone please advise on what to do?

    • Lab Lover of 4

      Grapes are highly toxic to dogs.  Get your dog to a vet ASAP!

      • Sherri R.

        What is in the grapes that is toxic to dogs?  Sometimes my son feeds his dogs cooked deer meat but when we cut up the deer they do eat the raw meat of the bones and then the bones. Is this ok? They have never been sick with it other than overeating. Why cant dogs eat cat food? To much protein or what. I would think it would be better for them.

  • omegapaladin

    The compound in chewing gum is called xylitol.  It's a sugar alcohol used in low-carb / sugar-free snacks and candies. 

    Apple seeds aren't just bad for dogs, they are bad for people as well.  However, arsenic is not the culprit.  Apple seeds contain a natural chemical that releases cyanide when digested.  While a few apple seed aren't going to hurt you, it's better not to eat them.  Peach and apricot pits have a similar chemical.  The fruit itself is fine, it is the seed that is the problem.

    It's interesting to study the variances what is toxic to humans vs other animals.  Methanol (wood alcohol) is actually especially toxic to humans, though it is still definitely on the list of things to keep away from pets at all costs.

    • Barry W.

      I knew an English guy who ate a whole apple every day. By whole, I mean every bit of it. One would need to ingest and CHEW a big pile of apple seeds for there to be any ill effect. Same with dogs. A few swallowed seeds aren't going to do any harm at all and a few chewed ones won't either.

      The seeds in one apple do not contain enough of the cyanide precursor amygdalin to be any danger to all but the smallest breeds. Even then, the tough seeds must be chewed thoroughly enough to break the extremely tough covering.

      Apple seeds average around 0.6mg hydrogen cyanide (HCN) per gram of dry seed. Since the lethal dose of HCN is estimated to be around 50mg, you will need around 85 grams of dry seeds or around half a cup.

      So, while it is true that the seeds can release cyanide, you'd have to be darned determined to do any harm. Just don't give your dog a teaspoon of ground-up apple  seeds and you'll never need to worry.

  • Milhem

    I just gave my French Poodle puppy some milk. Could that cause him harm? I think no because when I gave it to him he loved it and could not stop drinking. And this wasn't because I did not give him water. Ii gave him like 10 gallons of water also.

    • chase

      I know your dog loved the milk, but that has nothing to do with it being good for them. I love to eat Burger King, but it is extremely unhealthy and bad for me. It even contains things inside it that could cause me fatal problems. Just because someone likes something, that does not mean it is healthy. The animal is just like a human, they enjoy things that are tasty regardless of nutritional value.

  • bill Tozzo

    I remember hearing about raw eggs being good for a dogs coat since I could spell dog. I always cook eggs in boiling water (doggy egg drop soup) due to salmonella, but when was raw eggs put on the no feed list. Is Pork bad for my dogs? or is it just the fat part? Thank you for all your info. Happy holidays

    • Canine Journal

      Thanks for the question Bill! Hope you are well and happy holidays to you as well!

      You are correct that raw eggs have long been said to help out a dogs coat but the truth is that salmonella is a problem in today's world and the risk is too great. There are lots of other things that can help your dog's coat more with less risk, such as fish oil. However, cooked eggs in moderation are fine for your dog. 

      As for pork, be sure you cook it to minimize any bacterial issues from raw meat (trichinosis, salmonella, e.coli, etc.). Additionally, most pork is cured with salt and chemicals which can lead to many different health issues so best to feed it in small portions as well. A bacon treat once in awhile is fine but not advised for regular consumption.

  • Andrea

    I feel like such a bad mommy to my dog, some of the items on the list of things not to give to your dog, I had no idea about. What I am more concerned about is that my Missy was given a turkey leg over the Thanksgiving holiday and now she has been throwing up, and just not acting like herself. I obviously know better now on what she can and can not have, however is this mistake over the holidays going to cause pain in my dog or even something worse?

    • Ash

      Giving dogs cooked bones can lead to very dangerous situations. I would recommend getting your dog to a vet as soon as possible, it is impossible to diagnose it this way. Hopefully all is well and she will get to feeling better, but you will be able to sleep much better at night after you take her to the vet to find out exactly what is going on.

  • a clever canine

    Wow, these are great tips! I have a Lab named Jacks and I sometimes let him nibble on human food but I know I shouldn't. I know it's difficult to always be watching your dog 24/7 but sometimes Jack likes to get into the trash in the bathroom and get tissues out of the trash and eat them. He tears them up and then leaves a trail all over the house. I don't think its bad for him but not sure – it wasn't on this list, does anyone have this same problem? Is it bad for dogs too? Thanks!

    • Canine Journal

      So glad you found this list useful! Tissues are not listed here because they are not actually a food. But, string is not either and it is on the list – it was added because so many people give dogs tug of war toys to play with and strings end up being consumed and creating digestive issues or worse. We recommend that you only feed your dog foods and treats that are designed for a dog. If you have a question about it, do not feed it to your pet. This is the safest way to keep everyone safe and trouble free. Thanks!

      • Jud

        Great point! Most dog owners who are very concerned about the foods their dog consume. However, I have personally seen many situations where a dog has destroyed a stuffed animal and all of the cotton filling is everywhere. The dog can easily consume the filling. Just remember, if it is not edible for humans, it is not edible for dogs and as a pet owner you need to make sure that items that are small enough for your dog to swallow should be put out of their reach.

  • Anonymous

    I think it's very important to make sure that everyone in the family knows what foods not to feed your dog.  Also, sometimes people come to your house to visit and they have no idea what's safe and what isn't to feed animals.  See the thing is that, they might not give your dog enough toxic food to immediately poison your pet. However, even just a little can cause slight damage in their body.  If 1 pound of something causes serious issues, then 5 tablespoons is probably going to do something unfavorable.  Maybe one or two teaspoons might just go in and come back out, but once you get to a certain point, I think you might be causing damage.

    Also, with kids, you have to watch them and make sure they are not feeding your dog toxic food.  Kids can find little bits of food, grapes and such that have rolled under the couch and give it right to your dog.  They have no idea what is okay and what is not.  And even when they are older, they might not quite be able to grasp that there can be consequences to their actions.

  • Anonymous

    Reading through this article, it makes me think of just how much we as pet owners have a tendency of spoiling our dogs and cats because we think it is what they want when in reality it is not very good for them at all.  Putting dogs in sweaters and feeding them from the table are things we think they really want but in reality, they are just as happy to get an extra scoop of dog food and go from there.  There is just too much risk associated with feeding your dog from the table from a health standpoint and a cleanliness standpoint to justify it in any way, shape, or form. 

    I feed my dog almost exclusively his own dog food and I will occasionally give him a milk bone or rawhide stick as a treat for good behavior.  Even with those kinds of treats though, I do not want to over indulge him because it messes with his eating and bathroom habits.  He does not need that kind of confusion and neither do I, we are much happier on our own schedule.

    • sharon mitchell

      I feel that commercial dog food is the worst food you could ever feed your dog. Commercial dog food has a lot of chemicals and fillers.  Is that want you want for your dog?  And don't get me started on the dog food that is coming from China and what they put in dog food!!

      • Lab Owner

        dead dogs?

  • Anonymous

    It's always amazed me at how many foods you shouldn't feed your dog. What has amazed me more though is that some foods are questionable. While one vet may recommend feeding your dog garlic as a natural flea repellent, another may claim that garlic is toxic to dogs because it is associated with the onion family. And what dog lover doesn't have fond memories of sharing an ice cream cone with their childhood dog? Unfortunately, dairy is another no-no for dogs. Thankfully, they have their own brand now.

    In all seriousness, as someone who has been around dogs her whole life, and owned dogs for almost a decade, I was surprised at some of the foods on this list. What also surprised me is how these foods can be so bad for dogs, but okay for humans. Dogs and humans are more alike than people realize. In fact, dogs and humans can take some of the same medications and get some of the same diseases. I understand that weight has a lot to do with some food toxicity, but that makes me question if these foods would be okay for dogs that weigh more than their owners, such as Great Danes.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks to this list, I now know how badly we were wrong in the way we the fed dogs when I was growing up. Fat trimmings, bones, liver and onions, leftover anything (we used to let them lick the plates clean!), moldy bread, anything that dropped on the floor while cooking even, we would feed it to the dogs. It was almost like our way of getting rid of extras! Of course, while we did all this, we had no idea that we were compromising our dogs’ health or that we in some cases were putting them in great danger.

    Good thing that people know so much more about health now than in those days. We thought then that we were loving on our dogs in the best way when we were giving them all our human food, and we definitely never meant anything bad by it. Now that modern times are here, and we know more, it is so shocking that the way we were feeding them could have led to their early deaths. Dogs are man's best friends, and feeding them right is the way to love them.

  • Anonymous

    I enjoyed this article, great information.  Most of us know that giving dogs chocolate is never good for them, but we may not know some of the other foods that are poisonous for dogs. Whoever wrote this article is correct in saying that dogs who don’t receive table scraps are generally better behaved than dogs that get table scraps.

    Dogs who receive table scraps will often beg for food when humans are eating. I learned this lesson at an early age. I fed the dog that was under the table vegetables I did not like. Whenever I had a vegetable I liked, there was the same dog begging for my food. The article writer is also right in saying it’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to feeding dogs human food. Canines’ digestive systems are quite a bit more sensitive than humans’ and therefore dogs should be treated with care.

    Do some research on what dogs can and can’t eat before you feed them human food. All of us want the best for our animals, so why not feed our dogs what they can eat?

  • amjad ali

    How can I make my dog most powerful and healthy? Please send me the process to make him dangerous for unknown humans. Thanks.

    • Canine Journal

      While we at Canine Journal agree that dogs can make good protectors for our homes in times of trouble, they should not be made to be more harmful and mean than their natural tendency. In fact, there are many other true security tools that you should consider over making your dog dangerous to others such as making sure all windows and doors are locked at your home and investing in a home security system. These things can actually help to protect not only you and your belongings but also your dog. Please do not do anything to harm the health or temprament of your dog or you and your neighbors will regret it.

      • Ron

        Old post, but I had to reply. Making a dog dangerous and mean — somebody take the dog away from that person.

        Dogs will naturally protect their home where they are fed and sleep. But to make them mean is just downright wrong. Although a rescue dog, I have a GSD that sits on my front porch. That is all it takes to keep strangers away. Even though she is the biggest puppy and still thinks she is a lap dog, hardly ever barks and as far as I know never bites. My grandson opened and looked in her mouth to make sure she ate her medicine, and she let him.

         

         

  • small dog owner

    Apples seem to be on the do not feed and ok to feed list. which is it?

    I thought it was just the core & seeds that were a problem

    • Canine Journal

      Thanks for catching that detail! You are correct – apples are okay so long as the seeds and the core have been removed. We have updated the article to reflect the correct information. Thanks!

      • Terry

        Luckily I had once read about the apple seeds being dangerous to a dog.  At one time I was giving my dog part for my apple and she would love to chew on the core until I read about the seeds.  Now I just eat the apple with them and give them little pieces of the apple to share with them.  

        One time though I was eating an apple while getting ready for work and threw the core in the trash can.  As I did it I thought that it wasn't a good idea and then dismissed the thought because I was in a hurry.  Sure enough my little dog got the core out of the trash can.  She did get very sick and I knew at once what had caused it.  It cost me her health and a vet bill.  Fortunately I was able to tell the vet what had caused her sickness.  The vet didn't even know about the seeds being very bad for a dog.  Because of this I'm always sharing with friends and family about the incident.  Because sometimes we just don't think and are careless.  

        My one little dog started going into the little side pockets of my pocketbook.  He could find all kinds of neat little things to ingest and choke on.  Now my pocketbook goes right into the closet and the door closed.  Sometimes family members leave gum or mints in the pockets of pants and coats.  A coat is left to dry on the back of the kitchen chair and guess who is in the pocket.  I've heard that sugar-free gum can be deadly to an animal.  I'm constantly reminding my family members.to puppy proof.  

        Both of my dogs love going into the bathroom and getting whatever they can find out of the trash can.  We keep the door closed and I'm constantly checking the trash can and emptying the can.  They are our forever babies and we need to be constantly checking and alert for dangerous situations.

  • Anonymous

    Okay, so I know this was not the total focus of the article, but some of the tips in there were absolutely great! I especially liked the tip about how you can buy human vitamins without iron if the ingredients match up with the vitamins prescribed by the vet. Yes, it probably takes some time to make sure even the inactive ingredients match up or are not on the list of foods to avoid. But for the savings, I say it is worth the effort.

    The thing is, you never know when a dog is going to come to the kitchen or dining room table and start begging for food, so teach them not to early on. Just last weekend at an outdoor wedding, there were lots of dogs swirling around the tables looking for handouts or dropped foods. And some people were giving them scraps out of guilt! Besides embarrassment, the worst part is there was lots of food at the wedding that was on the list for being potentially toxic to dogs. I fully agree with the end of the article when they say that dogs who do not get fed table scraps are better behaved.

  • Anonymous

    I know when I was a kid, the family dog was usually rewarded for their loyalty and love at the end of the day with a big heavy pan to lick from the night’s dinner.  They would also get to clean up our plates and drink our cereal milk after lunch and breakfast respectively.  What we thought was an act of benevolence and love was actually a pretty dangerous game of risk with our dog’s stomach. 

    If you have ever had a dog eat something they aren’t supposed to, you know the results can be pretty messy and also pretty harmful to the dog.  Feeding table scraps to the dog out of love is harmful for a number of reasons.  First it can make the dog fat, which will shorten their lifespan considerably like it would for any creature.  Secondly, it can lead to terrible consequences when the dog has to digest the food and it interacts with their vastly different digestive system.  Nowadays, we do not feed the dog anything from our table and let it have the occasional raw hide bone as a treat.

  • Anonymous

    I really hate to say it, but I've seen dogs eat all types of things.  Lots of people just want their dogs to be happy and to feel loved, I think, and they want to give them food from the table whenever they are eating so that the dog feels like part of the family.

    Though this is understandable I can see why it's not healthy for the dog. It is actually amazing that so many common foods have chemicals and components in them that make them almost poisonous to dogs! It's amazing how avocado tops the list with something called persin that can cause such severe symptoms.

    The avocado is something that you think is so harmless and healthy, yet for dog’s body it’s the complete opposite. Dogs can behave so much like humans that it can be hard for people to realize that their bodies are really not the same as ours.

    This article really brings that point home and it really shows how different their bodies are. If we truly love them we will make will sure to give them healthy food that their bodies can digest.

  • Anonymous

    Something that recently shocked me was that some companies use high fructose corn syrup in dog food. This just blew my mind. We already know how unhealthy it can be for humans, why would a company ever put this ingredient in dog food? I try to watch for sweeteners in all the food I buy for my pets. I was stunned at how much sugar is used, especially in hamster food and treats.

    While it can be very tempting to feed pets something you're eating, it's best to stick with food and treats that are made for them, even if it's a homemade diet that your vet suggested. The wrong foods can not only make your dog sick, but it can kill your pet as well. Having dealt with a dog who had pancreatitis, I know first-hand how hard it can be to see your dog so sick. It really is enough to change your mind about feeding your pet human food.

    I have to admit that there were a number of foods I didn't realize were toxic to dogs, such as mushrooms. Obviously, I wouldn't let my dog eat mushrooms out of the yard, but I have fed her the occasional slice of button mushroom. I will definitely be paying closer attention to this list and avoiding foods that can be toxic for my pets.

  • Leo Paz

    Apples are toxic to a dog, especially with continued consumption. The apple itself contains "arsenic",  that can accumulate in the pet's body.

  • Anonymous

    Before I read this article there only two things I knew you shouldn't feed a dog. I knew you should not feed a dog chocolate, and I recently learned that you should never allow dog to eat sea salt. A friend of mine happened to give their dog french fries that were bought at a fast food place that uses sea salt. The dog had to be taken to the hospital and almost died. Apparently, the sea salt causes some kind of reaction in the brain.

    After I read this list I thought about all the dogs that we had when I was a child. One dog in particular lived almost exclusively on table scraps. I was pretty young when we had this dog so I don't really know if the dog ever suffered from any serious health problems from his diet. I like to think that he didn't because he did live better than 17 years, but that could mean he lived a poor quality of life due to his diet.

    In my house we generally don't feed the animals table scraps. Not only are their dietary needs different than ours, but feeding dogs table scraps can also lead to them begging for food during meal times. I absolutely would not put up with that. I have argued with my children about this, but now I can reference this article and show them how unhealthy table scraps can be.

  • Anonymous

    One thing I have always known is that if you give a dog food from the table or any other source other than their regular dog food source, you are taking a real risk of either making your dog sick, creating a big old mess, or both.  Dogs do not have the same stomach makeup as people do and it is never a good idea to assume that they can handle what you can just because they want it.

    What does intrigue me though is how much dog’s seem to like the taste of beer.  The article mentioned that alcohol can be harmful to dog’s systems and that makes perfect sense, but it seems like every time I see a beer spilled on the floor, the dog is always running to come and lap it up.  Just what is it that dogs find so appealing about the smell and/or taste of beer?

    Anyway, this is a good article to inform people of the dangers of feeding your dog from the table.  If you take my advice, just do not do it at all.

  • Anonymous

    I have been a dog owner for many years and I always have heard that it is beyond a bad idea to feed your dog chocolate with the consequences being a very upset dog or even a dead dog.  Furthermore, I know from experience that you really are taking quite a risk if you feed your dog table scraps without knowing how they will react first.  I have had some pretty mixed and often very messy results of that kind of thing, so more often than not, I just avoid feeding my dog anything that does not come from his dog food bin or that is recommended by the vet himself.

    I really did not realize though, before I read this article of course, just how many foods can harm my pet and why they are harmful.  I never would have thought that avocados would be such a bad thing to give to the dog, they seem so healthy! 

    This is good to reaffirm my belief though that a dog should eat dog food and get treats from the table rarely if at all.  It is better for everyone involved, no doubt.

  • Anonymous

    It's amazing to me that dogs ever managed to survive without humans telling them what they could and couldn't eat. Of course, some of the foods that can be toxic to dogs aren't available in the wild, such as chocolate, but grapes most certainly are. Another thing that I find strange is that some foods seem to change from time to time and from vet to vet.

    Some swear that you should never feed dogs garlic, while others recommend it as a natural flea repellant. Before my dog had to be put to sleep due to kidney disease, my vet recommended putting her on a prescription food and she didn't care for it so he recommended adding a bit of chicken stock and garlic powder. I guess it's kind of like eggs for humans. One day they are okay, the next they might kill you. I avoid giving my dog the biggest no-nos including chocolate, raisins, grapes, and onions, but had no idea that so many foods were toxic to dogs. Some of these items I would never even consider giving my dog in the first place, like alcohol. This list really made me wonder what some people must be thinking and how some people should never own pets.

  • Anonymous

    There are a number of foods and items which you should never feed your dog. Some of the items on this list are actually given to many dogs. Fortunately, articles like this are beginning to spread the word and owners are starting to understand what types of things to avoid.

    The basic issue is two fold. First, a dog has a very sensitive digestive system. Yes, they may go outside and eat grass when their stomach is not feeling right, or do some other things which seem strange to people, but these are all natural and instinctive defenses. Sometimes weird things can set their system off. Secondly, a dog does not really have any idea what is good for them or not. We all like to think of our animals as being very smart, but it seems like they do not learn anything about food. The chocolate bar that made them projectile vomit last month will still be readily accepted and greedily eaten, if offered.

    Every dog owner should really take a look at this list and learn what not to give their dogs.

  • Anonymous

    Every dog owner at one time or another probably wonders to themselves whether it is all right to give their friend that table scrap. The main problem is that dogs will eat anything that you give them (unless they do not like the smell) and they have no idea about what is good for them and what could hurt them. Unfortunately, many owners are equally as clueless. Fortunately, this helpful article has provided a very good rundown of which foods should not be fed to dogs.

    One of those at the very top of this list is bones. This especially includes animal bones and table scraps. I think this one will baffle a lot of people at first. The problem is that sometimes a bone may splinter while inside of the dog. This can then become lodged in an awkward position inside their digestive tract, causing a lot of pain and a severe problem.

    Some other interesting items on the list include garlic and onions. They contain a number of ingredients which can really cause problems. Some of these include anemia and even damaging red blood cells.

  • heiddmeister

    I do NOT trust dog foods sold in stores. Unfortunately, I have SPOILED my dog as I've been cooking foods for him- and mixing them with Science Diet or Iams.

    1. The Chopped meat I feed him is *quality meat with 80% fat free and then I still soak it up with a paper towel.
    2. Chopped Turkey and Chicken. I boil this chicken and still strain it and or run it under water as to remove excess fat (skinless of course).

    I mix this with brown rice (again with Iams and Science diet).

    Now, he's not getting a lot of greens nor calcium; I don’t trust bottled vitamins too much. Yesterday however, he licked Lactose free milk from my hand! God, I was so pleased!

    My Dilemma:

    From time to time, I see him eating grass and purging himself. I get SO WORRIED when I see him doing this (As last year, we home euthanized our Max that was diagnosed with colon cancer). He throws up clear, light green mucus liquid (Enzyme and acid probably).

    I've read so many different items online and they ALL pretty much (in one sense or another *Contradict* one another).

    I don't know WHAT to feed this animal!? I'm a pre-med student and I know that the Body regulates our bodies to survive. However, I'm almost sensing that the material (as it relates to TRUE animal nutrition) is lacking   at least from what I'm seeing / reading; there is NOT a clear pathway. TO be frank with you, I'm not surprised as it's kind of like this with our medicine too…

    ANYWAY!! Based on your material, today, I juiced 4 Carrots, 4 leaves of Spinach and an apple (cut in 4 halves). (the ingredients were based off what I've been reading online).

    This animal is the MOST PICKY DOG I've ever seen in my LIFE!! This dog won’t eat dog food and I've seen him not eat for close to 3 days in protest when he's seen dog food in his plate! I'm beside myself because the next step after that is eating grass to relieve himself. Until he gets what he wants.

    I am TRYING to get more greens in his diet by Juicing. I created the following recipe (based on what I've read) that I gave him 2mL of by syringe:

    • 1.5 tablespoons of Vegetable Grains
    • 0.5 pounds of Chopped Turkey meat
    • Approx 0.5 cup of brown rice
    • 1.5 Big Spoon of Science Diet kibble

    I mixed it and put it in his bowl. He looked at it and won't touch it. It's 2:16pm and he hasn't eaten (which he did eat normally yesterday). Unfortunately, he was given table chicken breast off a roast and it might have been a little greasy?

    At any rate,I need help in creating a balanced diet for this animal. He’s approximately 6 years old and I’m running out of ideas here!

    I don’t know what the correct dosage for juicing for a 1.5 pound Schoodle. My dog won’t eat a carrot, apple, watermelon, orange or anything else of health benefit at the moment. Juicing it is the only way I can think of that I can get the nutrients into his body…

    HELP!! I need a good book to go buy. And even then, I can’t find anything that won’t contradict other good books!?

    I really need help. Please help me. I'm frustrated and pretty desperate here!

    • Canine Journal

      While we know a lot about dogs, we are not registered vets. But, we do know one thing for sure and that is that changing your dog's diet so drastically all at once, especially with something as concentrated and rich as fresh juiced vegetables, can lead to digestive issues with your dog. We recommend that you contact our online group of on-call vets to get answers to your important questions. Keep us posted and hope your dog is eating better soon.

  • Anonymous

    The one that really burns me up on this list is alcohol. And yes, people do think it is funny to watch a dog get drunk on beer. They laugh even harder when the dog starts throwing up the beer. The worst part is that most of the time when people do this, they do it in the middle of summer under a hot sun while they are sitting drunk around a bonfire or something. And when the dog throws up (because rest assured, he is at least going to get dry heaves), they laugh even harder. And do you think that anyone of them gets up to get the poor dog a drink of water? No, because that would require far too much in the way of common sense. I swear, some people just do not deserve to be able to take care of another life form.

    Maybe they think the dog needs entertained? I assure you, he is probably completely entertained as he watches people like this try to dress themselves in the morning and make it off to work. For the record, dogs don't like it when these same fools blow cigarette smoke in their faces either.

  • Anonymous

    Certainly dog owners love their pets. A little (or even a large) dog can add a lot to your life and really help to bring a family closer together. That being said, it is also important to realize that there are some major differences between dogs and people, especially in the area of what should and should not be eaten.

    The digestive system of a dog can be very sensitive and temperamental. The main problem, though, is a dog is basically a predator and a scavenger. They will eat almost anything presented to them, unless they find the smell unappealing. A dog simply does not know if something is not good for them, especially if they have seen you eat it many times before.

    One of the main areas of concern is bones. Many people give their dogs bones from chicken, turkey, steak or other types of meat (and even fish). I must confess that in the past I have done this as well. The problem is that bones could splinter once they are inside your pet, causing a lot of pain and damage.

  • Anonymous

    I have been on a very strict budget lately and that of course includes my grocery list for my family and my animals, which we see as part of our family. Because of this, I have been buying generic dog food and generic cat food. It isn't that expensive anyhow, but a budget is a budget, so I had to make these cuts. But when the money belt loosened up a little bit I decided to get him something that looked a little more tasty.

    You have to understand that my animals are odd anyhow. The cat likes the dog food and the dog likes the cat food. But I thought for sure he was going to be so much happier with the dog food I got him. It wasn't even dry dog food, but was the stuff that comes in a can and has gravy with it.

    He hated it. He did his usual little happy dance when I was in the kitchen getting his bowl ready. I was kind of excited for him because in a dog's life, meal time is pretty exciting. But when I put the dish down, on the floor, he just took one sniff and walked away. Then he tried to get in the cat's food dish.

    I am all for making my animals happy, but I don't even know what to do with him. He loves the cat food and apparently hates his own food. I see here that he shouldn't even be eating cat food. I feel like my hands are tied.

  • Saltydog

    I heard somewhere that hot dogs are bad for dogs because they expand up to 7x in their stomachs.  Is this a myth or is this true?  I understand that the processing and additives can be bad, however does it actually expand and are they able to pass the product through?

    • Canine Journal

      Hi Saltydog,

      You are correct that hot dogs are unhealthy for dogs as they contain so many fillers and preservative with nitrates being the most dangerous of those preservatives. In some cases, rich, fatty foods like hot dogs, can actually lead to pancreatitis in dogs which can be detected if the dog start vomiting. If your dog is ever experiencing vomiting, you should check with your vet about next steps, especially if it continues multiple times or your dog has changed his eating or bathroom routine.

      Despite the unhealthy nature of hot dogs – for dogs and humans – there is no clear evidence in our research that they will expand in the dog's stomach, especially at the extreme amount that you suggest (7x normal size).

      Hope this helps and that you plan to eliminate hot dogs from your dog's diet. Take care and have a great weekend!

  • Anonymous

    This article was one of the most informative pieces that I have ever read on the topic of dogs and human foods. While there are certainly a lot of articles and advice out there about what not to feed your dog, very few of them actually add some of the types of human foods which dogs can eat safely. This article does both.

    As I had expected, the list of food for dogs to avoid is much longer. This includes items such as bones (they might splinter inside their sensitive digestive tracts and cause pain, damage and even death), chocolate, fish (especially salmon and trout), fat trimmings (can hurt their pancreas), grapes, raisins, hops and a whole bunch more. Look, if you are a dog owner and any of those were even a little surprising to you, then you need to read this article.

    Some of the foods which can be safely fed to dogs are lean meat (de-boned and fat trimmed), fruits (bananas, oranges, apple slices without seeds) and vegetables (carrots, green beans and cucumber slices).

  • Anonymous

    There are certain foods which you should never give to your dog. It is very important to always remember that dogs are not just little people. They have entirely different digestive systems. Giving them some of these foods can cause many problems. I remember when my new wife gave our little French poodle some chocolate. Of course, she did not mean to cause any harm. But chocolate is just not good for dogs. I was happy to discover that the only adverse effect was a little vomiting. It can in some cases also damage their heart and nerves. Fortunately, the little one is fine now.

    One fact that even surprised me was the author stating that it is not a good idea to give your dog bones from animal sources. I actually thought that there was nothing wrong with this. However, the main problem is that these bones can splinter off once inside, causing havoc to their delicate digestive systems.

    Just be safe rather than sorry. If there is a food that you are not sure about, ask your vet for guidance. The author also points out that dogs who are not given table scraps are generally better behaved.

  • Maxey

    Boyfriend has a 12 year old Chihuahua that he feeds table scrap and junk food. (hamburger scraps, potato chips, and list goes on and on). The dog will not let anyone get near my boyfriend without him starting to growl and bare his teeth. My boyfriend thinks it's okay for the dog to growl/bare his teeth. The dog reminds me of a football on skinny legs. The dogs gets aggressive. There is no end. I've asked my boyfriend to stop feeding him table food before the dog really bites someone. But he doesn't listen.

  • Anonymous

    As a pet owner, I am very aware of the fact that there are certain things I can eat, which my little April should not. However, given the extent of this list and the fact that it was so prominently displayed, I think there are many people who were not aware of this. As a dog owner, we certainly must be very aware of the types of foods which are toxic for our dogs, since the dogs themselves may not even know. They are like little kids. If they see something that looks bright and shiny (and tasty), they are going to be interested. If you let them, they will eat it, even if it will cause them problems later.

    The author includes a rather extensive list in this article. I noticed that alcohol was near the top of the list. This is a big no-no. While I suppose in very minimal quantities, it could be tolerated, alcohol could put your dog into a coma and even cause death. This also depends on the size of your dog; a bigger breed would probably better tolerate the alcohol.

  • Anonymous

    I have a problem with my son in this area. He loves his dog to death. He doesn't want to hurt him or anything. He is just a very giving child and wants to share everything with the ones he loves, including his dog. Of course, the dog eats everything my son gives him. He thinks I don't see him sneak him food under the table, but I do. He does pay attention when I tell him specific foods not to feed hi dog or any other dog, but I hate to keep running through a list with him.

    To try and limit the amount of food given to the dog under the table, I suggested that my son feed the dog at the same time as I am setting the table. This way the dog can satisfy his hunger that the smell of dinner causes, but he won't be putting himself at risk. I also thought about making some kind of doggy snack for my son to bring to the table so he can feed his dog while he eats. He just won't be feeding him the same things as we are eating.

    Overall, I can't really stand it when  dog begs. I have found that feeding them from the dinner table only encourages this behavior and I really want to discourage it, but I can't see how without banning him from the room when we eat.

  • Anonymous

    I know a lot of people who feed their dogs table scraps every single time they have a meal. They think they are being kind to the dog. I think they are giving mixed signals. As much as I love my pets, to me pets and dinner time just don't mix. I don't like the sounds they make (or humans with bad manners that make the same sounds) and I don't like the idea of hair all over my kitchen when I am trying to eat my dinner. I certainly don't want a dog breathing on my leg when I'm trying to eat. I don't think that people who feed their dogs scraps stop to think about the fact that they are encouraging the dog to act badly at meal time. Thus, I avoid eating at friends houses that have pets who act like this.

    If you really want to be kind to your dog, you don't have to feed it table scraps. Sure, I like the idea of giving my dog a bit of flavor. I even buy dog food that you can make into gravy so he can have a variety of texture as well as a variety of flavor. But I don't feed him table scraps. When I want to give him something different or to be nice, I might put some broth or something on some bread pieces for him. Or, I might play some games with him and offer treats for good performance. But overall, I find that the kindest thing I can do for my dog has nothing to do with food. It's about the time. He just wants me to spend time with him. One game of fetch is better for him than 4 T-bone steaks!

  • Anonymous

    That is an enormous list of bad foods to feed your dogs! I never would have thought that there were so many things that could be dangerous to a dog. I mean, they do chew on and eat some pretty gross things without any prompting from their owners.

    I think the best rule of thumb is just to avoid feeding your dog things from your table. You can avoid a lot of bad habits from developing if you follow this rule. People don't seem to realize that feeding your dog table scraps is one of the worst things you can do for your pet. When they are young, they are especially vulnerable to things like an upset stomach that can come from a change in their diet.

    Also, dogs are like children. They do much better with a routine and clearly set guidelines. When you feed them table scraps, they begin to think that it's alright for them to beg at the table when you're eating. They don't realize they are doing anything wrong because you've encouraged it.

  • Anonymous

    While I agree with most of what is said in this article, I'd like to point out a few things. To begin with, dogs need to chew on things. That's why bones aren't always harmful to dogs. It isn't even the bone itself that the dog is after but the marrow inside it. As the author states, some bones can splinter and be dangerous to your dog. Chicken and fish bones are a definite no no. However, steak bones don't splinter like fish and fowl bones do. I  have never had a dig suffer after eating the marrow from these bones.

    Sea salt is worse than chocolate for a dog. Recently Wendy's went to an all sea salt menu. That's great, but one of my friends decided to share his fries with his dog. It was something he did on the few occasions that he bought fast food. He has no idea about the sea salt problem. About 20 minutes after eating just a few fries, this dog was pretty close to being in a coma and had to be rushed to the vet hospital. Please…don't feed your dog sea salt.

  • WChadwick

    Comment about green beans, and other like vegetables.  The suggestion was made to me to start substituting my store-bought treats with canned green beans, to help my two large breed Catahoulas slim down a bit.  The first couple of times I did this (maybe once a week, just to get started) the dogs loved it.  And there were no problems. 

    Then one of my dogs began to have stomach issues, and throwing up approximately 12 hours after eating the canned green beans.  Most of the vomit was clear colored, and thick but no blood that I could see.  This has happened now twice! 

    What I've learned myself, just by reading online, is that most canned veggies contain high levels of salt which would obviously NOT be a good thing for dogs.  So my suggestion is just to make sure than any of the beans, carrots, etc that you feed your dog have the lowest possible sodium level that you can find.  You might even say to ONLY use fresh bagged veggies, instead of canned assuming your dog will still eat them.  Just a suggestion.

  • Anonymous

    Hi I am a boxer and cocker spaniel owner. My cocker spaniel got sick on Sunday and couldn't hold anything down after he ate or drank water. We took him to the vet and they just gave him an antibiotic shot and fluids – they said he was dehydrated. He is better now but he is on a white rice, potato and chicken diet for three days. My boxer is now sick and threw up mucus with blood in it. When my cocker spaniel got sick the vet ruled out the food.

    We live In an apartment and our complex has a fake grass potty area, my question is: are there any poisonous chemicals in there? I see black and white specs of something under the fake grass. Reminds me of course black pepper and salt. Also another owners dog got sick on Sunday. I need your help. Thank you so much. 

    • Canine Journal

      While we know a lot about dogs, we are not registered vets. We recommend that you contact our online group of on-call vets to get answers to your important questions. Keep us posted and hope your dogs are feeling better soon.

  • Anonymous

    Hi I have a 15 week old boxer pup. I've been feeding him Puppy Chow by Purina for maybe 2 months now – could be a little longer. I have a 20 pound bag and he maybe has 3 or 4 pounds left. Anyways, he never had any problem before but now he isn't eating as much and he can't hold it down.

    So I started switching to his previous food Diamond brand just to see if it's the food that is making him throw up. I'll give him Diamond in the morning and then Puppy Chow in the afternoon and a few hours later he throws up the Puppy Chow. So I'm thinking about just giving him Diamond only.

    Why would he be fine eating one food for months and now he can't digest it well?

    • Anonymous

      So sorry to hear about your pup's food issues. It seems that you should stop feeding the Puppy Chow and throw it out right away. Continue feeding only Diamond at this time. Do not worry – adjustment to a dogs's diet over time is common.

      Next time you are at your vet, be sure to ask them why this may have happened but often dietary needs and allergies can change as dogs grow so changes in dietary needs with puppies is especially common. Also, in the future, be careful when changing a dog's food as it needs to be gradual over several days. To learn more, read an article here that explains how a food change should be handled with dogs of all ages. 

      Take care.

       

    • Anonymous

      We tried many brands of different dry dog food but our Yorkie would only eat one brand 'Kibble Select Complete' which is made by "Dad's" dog food. and it had to be the "original". Because she was only eating a very little amount (less than 1 oz daily), the vet suggested helping to whet her appetite with liver and rice or hamburger and rice, but had neglected in making me aware that the meat had to be boiled to remove excess fat.  When her eating issues progressed into a serious case of pancreatitis, I was forced to cook special food for the dog: boiled chicken or beef mixed with mushy rice, because she has an allergy to fat. I checked out her choice of dry food and found out that it contained only 7% minimum fat compared to all the others on the market which range from 10-24%, even for some of the more expensive brands. So it's possible your dog may have experienced a fat allergy problem.

  • Anonymous

    What will happen to my dog if she ate 16 hot dogs??? Will she live?? She's a 8 year old boxer and weighs about 50 pounds.

    • Canine Journal

      Not sure how your dog got a hold of so many hot dogs but please be careful in the future to keep any foods that could be harmful or eaten in excess out of reach of your dog for its safety and health.

      Hopefully by this time your dog has passed the hot dogs with no incident but if not, contact your vet to discuss options for encouraging this food out of your dog's system. There are nitrates and many other potentially harmful chemicals in hot dogs and other processed meats which could prove unhealthy and even toxic to your dog's health. Keep us posted and do take care.

    • laney

      No, she is not going to die but do not give her 16 hot dogs. Give her 1 or 2.

       

  • Anonymous

    I had a problem where I fed my young puppy food that cause him to break out in hives. I believe it was the artificial ingredients and fillers that caused a reaction. As soon as a switched to an all natural diet (raw was a bit much to manage), after using an elimination diet to isolate the source of the problem, we were able to get the dog hives under control. Your list is a good one, but only the starting point for understanding proper canine nutrition.

  • Anonymous

    I have been reamed several times by several vets that insist table scraps are the worst food you can feed your dog. I have been told several times that human food is not for dogs, so I don’t feed mine any more. I tell others the same thing and they think I’m kidding, but I got really tired of my girlfriends telling their vets that I feed my dog table scraps and human food when I took their dog to the vet for them and it was them feeding their dog the human food. It didn’t take too many chewings before my dogs never got human food again, lol. But I know I didn’t appreciate my friends very well for that.

  • Anonymous

    Is carrots on the list of things not to feed your dog?

    • domino

      Carrots are fine, in fact, they’re a healthy snack to feed your pup. The same thing goes for green beans, cucumber or zucchini slices, baked potato (but no raw potato or potato plant!), apples, oranges, bananas, and watermelon. Just make sure to remove the seeds (and stems and leaves) first!

  • Anonymous

    I have done a study on dog foods and decided if it is not fit for humans it is not fit for my dog. Cheap foods are all filler and sugar with nothing of value for your dog. Kibbles, Alpo, Eukanuba, Ol’Roy, Purina Beneful, Purina One,and Science Diet Senior and Large breed puppies are some of the worst. Consumers need to be aware!!!!!

    • cheyleyhart

      I have always fed my 2 large breed dogs dry kibble. Mainly kibbles and bits, never a problem, except that they are spoiled and wanted gravy or other things in it.  I changed their food to a more "nutritious" brand, and after a few months, my boys started to itch themselves raw.

      My Great Pyrenees has a skin disorder, and so does my Great Dane.  I found out that it is a yeast infection, and am now taking steps to help them. But, be careful, one recipe has garlic in it, along with chicken bouillon. I also read where garlic is bad for them, and I know that the bouillon has loads of salt.  So, I am going on a basic diet for them,  Boiled chicken, brown rice, and veggies.  So far, so good. My thought is to really check into a product before you buy it, even if it states to be really healthy.

  • Anonymous

    It took a while, unfortunately, but every time I gave my Chihuahua a piece of deli turkey or a piece of turkey hot dogs he became sick the following day (blotted stomach, lethargic, won’t eat/drink). But he usually feels better the next day.

    I am not sure if it was a coincidence but he is OFF all turkey. Anyone know why Taco my dog would get sick from “turkey”?

    Thanks,
    Nancy

    • domino

      Hi Nancy,

      Thanks for your question. Our Pet Doc has posted a response in our article Is Turkey Bad for Dogs?

      Cheers,
      Canine Journal

    • Anonymous

      Many years ago I use to feed my dogs hot dogs when I ran out of dog food until I could get to the store to buy more.  Not a good idea… processed meats such as deli turkey and hot dogs will give your dog an upset stomach or make them vomit. According to my vet, this is a big no-no, just like feeding them table scraps. From time to time they can have scrambled eggs… it is good for their coat.

  • Anonymous

    I add my comment for those who wonder what are true no no’s for dogs. I have at least one definite. My 4 year old border collie/lab retriever cross ate approx 200 gms of macadamia nuts. he weighs 30 kgs. She became paralized in the legs and I was surprised she survived as she was so sick. I lay beside her for 3 days and carried her outside once she was well enough to relieve herself.

    I have learned a very valuable lesson from the guilt I felt seeing her in what I thought were her last days on earth by leaving such a source of danger in her reach.

    My food tips are: choose the best dry dog food you can afford and add variety a couple of times a week with a bit of boiled chicken breast or lean beef. I mash up a mixture of potato, carrot and green beans to pretty much a paste and put a couple of tbs with her dinner. If I give her a brisket bone I make sure if she tries to bury it I throw it away as I won’t let her eat a bone after she’s had enough time to finish it in one sitting.

    We all love our dogs to bits and I believe knowledge and common sense should dictate how you look after them. If you have to wonder if it’s good for them, then it isn’t.

    • domino

      Thank you so much for sharing your story! We hope that you’ll reach lots of our readers and don’t doubt it will make a difference in the lives of some pups out there. Our thoughts are with you guys – we’re sorry you both had to go through this!

  • Anonymous

    Is it true that if your dog eats chocolate or something toxic that you can give them a small amount (about a tablespoon) of peroxide to make them throw up?

    I read in a different article not to give your dog medicines such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. What about aspirin such as baby aspirin for pain?

    • Alex

      It is possible to give your dog a small amount of peroxide by mouth if something like chocolate was ingested. This is only useful if done within an hour or so of ingestion and by no means takes the place of contacting or visiting your veterinarian if this were to happen. Chocolate toxicity, like many toxins in veterinary medicine, is dose dependent. Ibuprofen and acetaminophen should never be used in pets for any reason. Aspirin can be safely given to your pet with the supervision and upon the recommendation of your local veterinarian. - The Pet Doc

  • Anonymous

    I’m amazed at how many people are asking “do I feed my dog ____” (insert weird human food). How hard is it to simply feed your dog dog food?

    • Anonymous

      Purina came out with that new Beneful Prepared Meals and my Chihuahuas love them, and to make it better they look good enough for us to eat (not that I would) but I’m just trying to make a point. If you feed your dogs people food then you should try this, it’s safer for your beloved pets.

    • james

      maybe some peeps cant afford dog food so they give what they have and maybe their dogs won't eat dog food ever think of dat?

  • Anonymous

    Is it safe to feed my dog cooked kidneys with carrots and corn meal mush?

    • Alex

      Your Q has been passed along to our Pet Doc, we'll post back shortly. In the future, please use our Ask the Pet Doc form to get faster responses to your inquiries. The Pet Doc says: I don't see anything wrong with feeding your pet that diet so long as he/she is able to maintain its weight, shows no signs of vomiting or diarrhea, and does at least have a portion of its diet from a well balanced and nutritious dog food. Try adding in at least a cup a day of dog food.

  • Anonymous

    My Chihuahua is almost a year old. She just ate a Coldeeze chocolate mint flavored tablet. Scared she might be affected negatively from it.

    • domino

      In such a small dose she should be okay. You might find her eating grass to try and cleanse her stomach. Keep an eye on her, if her situation worsens, visit your local vet.

  • Anonymous

    My grandma feed her dog a Hershey bar once a month. Not all at once, mind you, but her dog lived for 19 years. So I guess some of this is not good for a dog; but hey, I look at the facts and I see no harm in chocolate.

    • domino

      We’re happy that your grandma’s dog lived to be 19 years old. But we encourage people to keep in mind that just because something didn’t kill your dog, means it won’t kill another. Every dog is unique, and their body, just like that of a human, processes what it consumes in different ways.

      That being said, we can talk about the smoker and alcoholic that lived to be 102, but the fact is that with over 4 billion people on the planet, odds are there will be those that live unhealthily and outlive those that live healthy lifestyles. But this is the exception, not the rule.

      The same can be applied to animals. Chocolate, specifically caffeine, is bad for dogs. This is the rule, not the exception. If you take a dozen dogs and feed them all chocolate, the majority will get sick. Just because one doesn’t get sick does not make it acceptable to start feeding chocolate to all dogs. Make sense?

    • Anonymous

      My mother-in-law fed her dog chocolate and people food through out the dogs life. The dog is old BUT she has seizures and not just small ones they last for 3 or more minutes. It’s scary to watch this poor dog have them. After seeing this when I got my puppies I have a very strict rule that they are not to have ANY human food for any reason!

      This is why they make dog food in the first place, and I’m not saying your grandmother is a bad person maybe she just didn’t know. But I really don’t feel like anyone who doesn’t know how to take care of their pets should have them in the first place. Again, no disrespect – but you should be more careful with what you feed your animals. If you’re not sure look into it, call your vet. If you want your dog to be healthy and happy then do right by them.

    • Anonymous

      Chocolate contains Theobromine- a substance similar to caffeine. This is very dangerous to dogs and too much will be fatal. Some humans take small amounts of substances like cocaine every month, and still live to a ripe old age, but this doesn’t mean that it the danger of cocaine must just be a myth and it isn’t harmful to humans, just because they haven’t died from it.

  • Anonymous

    Are you a veterinarian? I feed my 3 dogs homemade meals (5 years) and have not had any problems at all. My dogs get minced garlic daily, grapes occasionally, raw eggs, persimmons, lots of various fruit & veggies daily and are in awesome health! I also give them sea weed. I often give carrots as their treat.

    I’m curious where your knowledge came from as some things on this list are really out there. Did you have dogs that died while eating these things or have you done research? If so, what type? Perhaps you can share the info on the research or where this information came from. I will never feed kibble again and I will continue giving minced garlic and all of the other wonderful foods in their meals.

    • domino

      We do have a veterinarian on staff. We’ll consult with him and post back shortly.

      Cheers,
      Canine Journal Team

      • domino

        Our vet wrote another article dedicated to this topic. You’ll find it at Things Not to Feed Your Dogs or Cats.

        In our personal experience, we’ve heard of dogs ingesting grapes and having fatal results. Every dog is unique, so a bad food won’t necessarily kill a dog on the spot, but it doesn’t mean it’s good for them either. Our Dalmatian ate a box of chocolates once, and was throwing up for hours. If he hadn’t thrown up, he may well not have made it.

  • Anonymous

    Wonderful article. Thanks a bunch-have a new dog (one week) & this surely was helpful.