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 dogs can’t eat applies to all dogs and should be carefully followed to avoid accidents. Take note and print out our helpful infographic to keep on-hand in your kitchen so you know what food dogs can’t eat.

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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 of foods bad for dogs. 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 of food bad for dogs updated. If you are worried about something your pet consumed, please call your vet promptly.

List of Foods Not to Feed Your Dog

Here’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 toxic foods for dogs 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 so you know what things dogs can’t eat. Without further ado, our list of what can’t dogs eat.

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.

Garlic – While garlic can be okay for dogs in very small amounts (and even beneficial for flea treatment), larger amounts can be risky. Garlic is related to onions which is toxic for dogs so it may be best to just avoid it.

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.

Chihuahua with big boneMarijuana – Not that you would pass the bong to your dog, but if you do, you should know that marijuana can adversely affect your pup’s nervous system and heart rate, and induce vomiting. Read more about Dogs and Marijuana.

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 – Peach pits are not only a choke hazard they contain amygdalin, a cyanide and sugar compound that degrades into hydrogen cyanide (HCN) when metabolized. Pear seeds also contain trace amount of arsenic and are dangerous. So 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.

Spices containing Capsaicin – Capsaicin, found in chili powder, paprika, and just about any other pepper (bell, chili, etc.), is an irritant for mammals of all shape and size.

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

While 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!

Dog with dog foodLeftovers – 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.

Hold up! Can dogs eat hot dogs? Before your pup eats that hotdog, take the proactive step of getting pet insurance. That way if an accidental treat becomes a medical emergency, your dog (and your wallet) will be better protected. Check out this video to get more detail about the types of pet insurance and what to consider when purchasing.

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. That way you know what dogs can’t eat and you’re less likely to have any issues.

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:

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.

Eggs – 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.

Where Did We Get This Information From?

The information for this article was found from numerous websites including the ASPCA, PetMD and sources linked in this article. This article has been around since 2008 and has been evolving through audits and our comment section. When our readers mention a food item to us we research and update our content accordingly. We welcome any questions or additions to this article through our comment section.

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.

Since the day she was born, Michelle has lived in a home full of dogs and dog lovers. Her home is no exception with two adorable rescue pups of her own, Bella and Lily. Their unconditional love and never ending tail wags make every day brighter.

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467 Comments on "What Foods Are Toxic for Dogs"

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Murphy
Murphy

Are whole peppercorns toxic to dogs? I have a 6 month old 70 lbs Doberman that might have eaten a small amount of them. (Maybe 20 or so)

jackie
jackie

i feed my dog pizza pepperoni and chicken and she does not get sick some people say pizza will hurt dogs is that true

scott
scott

very informative

charles kovacs
charles kovacs

my dog ate an anole are they poisionist?

Janice h.
Janice h.
Went to the Vet for Gizmos checkup. Husband was furious because he had eaten about 4 MM’s. Told the Vet they were milk chocolate, Vet told husband he would have to eat more then 4 of them to get sick. Just stay away from the Dark Chocolate. That is the one that can really hurt him. Coffee? He loves it. I learned not to leave it on the coffee table anymore when I leave the room because when I come back it’s all gone. Gizmo is fine, he never got sick, no diarrhea(msp), no pant, nothing. He is still the… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Glad to hear Gizmo is ok. As your vet said, it depends on the amount of coffee/chocolate ingested. Sounds like Gizmo didn’t ingest enough of either to become ill. Happy to hear he is doing well and thank you for sharing your experience with us!

Lynn S
Lynn S
Our 79 pound dog is VERY sick with 105.5 temperature. Earliest vet appt later this afternoon. Looking back on the last few days. We had our lawn sprayed for weeds Thursday. Other than her walking to the lawn to do her duty, she wasnt in it much. Same with Friday. Saturday and Sunday she laid in the lawn while we worked in the yard, most of the day. Same with Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Monday we smoked a roast on the grill, we gave her pieces from the table. Yesterday and today she has been lethargic, Monday when we ran… Read more »
cjloher
cjloher
Find an emergency vet clinic! Dogs don’t just get a cold they can shake off. Take the dog to a vet, any vet, as soon as possible. I would not wait until afternoon. She could have reacted to the roast, but I would bet it is the lawn chemicals. Give your dog a bath, the chemicals are probably on her fur. When she cleans herself (because what dog is not constantly licking), she ingests the weed killing chemicals. Dogs absorb chemicals through the pads of their feet. Your dog probably also absorbed the weed-killing chemicals. Consider pulling the weeds yourself… Read more »
Cameo
Cameo

My dog ate a whole pack of ice breaker gum containing xylitol. He is still in the hospital trying regulate his ATL levels. I was wondering if there are any regulations for companies to put a label on products that are toxic to animals?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I’m not familiar with any type of regulation for companies to include a label on toxic products for animals. I hope your dog gets better soon. Gum can be very dangerous for dogs. Your dog is in our thoughts.

TMB

Just curious where you got this information?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Great question, we’ve added some information about our sources at the end of this article! Thanks 🙂

Roo

Sadly, to get information like this, an awful lot of dogs had to suffer unbearable agonies.

Lauren
Lauren

I noticed that dairy was not something to feed your dog. I sometimes will give my dog cheese to help them take whatever medicine is needed and any dog I have had LOVES cheese. Is this really harmful?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Each dog is different and some dogs are lactose intolerant, which is why we have dairy on this list. Also, dogs can get pretty gassy after eating dairy products and have some diarrhea, but it all depends on the amount they eat. If your dog seems completely fine after eating cheese it’s probably okay to continue doing so. Just make sure it’s in small amounts.

Ramy Maher
Ramy Maher

Is there’s any problem to make my dog eat a dead coocked chicken

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Dogs can eat cooked chicken. I wouldn’t recommend giving them an entire chicken though. Bones can be dangerous and if ingested they can harm a dog. Also, too much of a change in a dog’s diet can cause an upset tummy and other digestion issues.

Tryniti
Tryniti
Sorry, but you really should do more research before doing blogs like this. That’s why I never look at sites like this for legitimate information on pet nutrition. Avocados, for example, are something you absolutely give your dog. The meat of the avocado (the part we like to make guacamole with) is incredibly nutritious, full of healthy fats and vitamins, and is fantastic for their skin and coat. The parts to stay away from are the skin, the pit, the stem, and the leaves. most people aren’t giving those parts to their dogs anyway. Also, dogs absolutely can eat cat… Read more »
Roo

I like you very much!

Kea
I gave a little bit of grapefruit to my dogs and I was told it was poisonous and possibly could be fatal and that if it is interested you should go to a vet urgently so I suggest you add it to your list pretty quickly and you should be able to find information on the web as a friend sent me a rather scary leak which made me panic. My dog has also eaten over the last few months several Nispero stones as I have a tree and is also stealing some of the pears. They both seem to… Read more »
Clare
Clare

Can dogs eat pork? Can they eat any type of pork? Ham, bacon, pork chops, etc. My dog LOVES the smell of bacon (who doesn’t?!) and I always want to give him some but I don’t want to hurt him.

Tryniti
Tryniti

Pork is perfectly safe for dogs. You can give your dog pork, chicken, beef, venison, lamb, fish, etc. The part that is important to pay attention to is how YOUR specific does does on different proteins (it’s different for every single dog) as well as the sourcing and safety processes used at the manufacturer of your choice. How is the meat stored? Where does it come from? How fresh is the meat? These are what matter – not whether or not they eat pork.

Angela
Angela

Can dogs eat ham even if it’s not bacon? We have ham leftover from Father’s Day and I was going to give our 6 year old lab some but didn’t want him to get hurt.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I recommend not giving your dog pork. You can learn more about the reasoning here.

Stacy
Stacy

No ham it kills your dog a lot

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Hi Clare, I agree with you, who doesn’t love the smell of bacon! I recommend you take a look at this reader question about dogs eating pork.

I will say this though, every year for my sister’s dog’s birthday she gives him ice cream with a little bacon on top. He loves it and he’s been fine. He’s a 110-pound lab and every dog handles food differently. I wouldn’t recommend it myself, but my sister’s dog is still alive and well.

Steph
Steph

We grilled last night and our coonhound got into the potatoes and green peppers. They were both grilled when she got into them. Can dogs eat potatoes? Can dogs eat peppers? Do I need to be worried? She seems fine but I want to make sure we don’t need to take action.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

As long as the potatoes were cooked when she ate them she should be fine. As for the peppers, this was probably good for to eat. Cooked green peppers are high in vitamin C and can actually be good for dogs in moderation. No need to worry, Steph. I’m sure your dog enjoyed her “unexpected” treats last night and is feeling great today. 🙂

Zoë
Zoë

I have a question regarding the liver. I make chicken liver and rice in small amount for my two doxies. They love it and I mix it in with their pellets. Yes I am aware of weight gain for them but I am very good at thier portion control. Is this still dangerous for them.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I recommend asking your vet about the amount you are giving your doxies.

Lynne
Lynne

Hi, is feeding store bought Roast Chicken to our small dog daily bad for her? She gets diarrhea about once a fortnight could this be the cause ?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Kate’s response is spot on. Some of the items on the list of what can dogs not eat includes seasonings and spices, they can really mess with a dog’s health. If you don’t know 100% how the chicken was roasted, it’s better to discontinue it and be safe. I’d see if that stops her diarrhea. Best of luck!

Kate
Kate

Since the store roasted it, and you might not know everything that it came into contact with (seasonings, equipment, etc) I would personally discontinue feeding it to your dog. Boiling unseasoned chicken for your pup should be fine, as long as all of the bones are removed, though!

As always, check with your vet; ultimately, they will know better than random people on the internet.

Jim

Our lab/border mix Gracie is going on 15 and is on 3 prescriptions and 2 prescription dog foods for her liver and arthritis. Both are Hills Prescription Diet, KD (Vet recommended KD over LD, due to taste), dry and canned. She hates the taste and have tried EVERYTHING to improve the taste. Lately, we’ve mixed in one link sausage to flavor it up and she loves it. She hasn’t vomited or had diarrhea due to it. Is the sausage bad for her or the spices in it?
Thanks, Jim

Cristina
Cristina
I would avoid processed meats in general as they are a type 1 carcinogen listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) right up there with tobacco and asbestos. It’s not good for us, so I’d assume it is not good for them either. You could do some research on a raw diet and make your own food in a food processor. They like the raw meat taste and you can even sneak in some veggies which will help your pooch in the long run. I’ve heard great things about owners with old dogs and dogs with health problems healing their… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous

It should be ok as long as there is no onion, chives, garlic, or an excess amount of salt. To be safe though, feed it to your dog in moderation.

Maria-Ann Grillone
Maria-Ann Grillone

My 13 pound Chorkie ate a piece of peppered beef jerry that dropped on the floor. . . Nobody meant to give it to her. My mouth is a bit hot from eating them, even though it’s just black pepper on the beef. I’m worried she will be uncomfortable too, and also concerned if this will do more harm to my poor little Mandi? It’s late , Saturday night, and don’t want to wake up my vet . . . Can anyone help with the please? Thank you so much.

Deb
Avocados are not toxic to dogs, it is the pit. The information about feeding liver is inaccurate, liver is full of nutrients and a necessary part of a species appropriate raw food diet. Salmon and trout are fine once deep frozen for at least 4 weeks at -30, and any fish so long as it is not high in mercury. Nutritional yeast can be very beneficial for dogs as well. Strawberries , blueberries should be organic, as they are among the top fruits that absorb a lot of pesticides that are carcinogenic, same goes for potatoes. Rice, especially white rice… Read more »
Big al
Big al

What about ground white pepper?

stef
stef

what happens when a dog eats lemon pepper

likafox
likafox
I can’t believe some of the ignorant comments people have been leaving. The whole idea is take what you like and leave the rest. Check multiple sources when researching information. I assume many of you came upon this as I did trying to look into the safety of something I wanted to try for one of my beloved pets to treat a health issue. While I didn’t find what I was looking for I did find in the comments some of the dumbest pet owners I’ve seen in a long time. Those of you giving your pets known toxic foods… Read more »
Kendra Erickson
Kendra Erickson

How do u get the e- book download that ur promised when u sign-up for this newsletter? I signed up but I didn’t get anything?

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Crystyn
Crystyn

When I make stock, I simmer all the veg including onions, for an hour. The leftover veg. I like to mix with meat, bind with egg and shape into small balls, cover in breadcrumbs and then deep fry as a treat for my dogs. Surely the onions can’t do any harm as there’s nothing nutritional left in them. I would appreciate your thoughts on this. Thanks in advance.

Wendy
Wendy

My dad always made his own dog food and our vet said they were they healthiest dogs they ever seen all my dad dogs lived close to 20 years and he always put garlic and onions in the food and my husband makes our own dog food and we use garlic and onions all the time and our vet says our dogs are very healthy so I never listen to these people that says its bad for them because it is not. Dog food companies and vets just want to make money off you and scare you.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Great question Crystyn! From our research, even cooked onions can be poisonous to dogs, but to be honest, I’m not sure if the cook time makes a difference. If it were me, I wouldn’t risk giving my dog onion. Like you said, since you’re cooking them for an hour there’s nothing nutritional left in them so it’s not adding any value to your dog’s diet. I’m sure your dog would still love these if you eliminated the onion. 🙂 What are you frying the meatballs in?

Angela Comrie
Angela Comrie

This is a load of pish my Ralph will be getting a 3 course meal everyday so shove your not giving your dog chocolate up your arse.

Valerie Nicholls
Valerie Nicholls

Do you have to speak so crudely can tel you are from north of the border

Margaret penney
Margaret penney

How dare you put everyone from north of the boarder in one basket you have no right to judge people who you don’t know making such comments is so rude to genuinely good people from the north get your facts right

Lyn

What a disgusting person you are and ignorant!

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Yikes, I would advise you not to give your dog chocolate as it can cause serious health issues.

Kathy Stewart
Kathy Stewart
I know for a fact that chocolate is not good for dogs! I always gave my dogs chocolate, until one day we had some friends over and we were eating those mini chocolate candy bars the ones you hand out at Halloween and not paying attention on how many I was giving my dog, (an 87 lb,8yr old boxer) well I guess to many because later that night he flew off the bed and started having a seizure. And he has never had a seizure before and hasn’t had one sence, because I DON’T FEED HIM CHOCOLATE ANYMORE! THAT SCARED… Read more »
Anna
Anna

You’re lucky. I understand the toxins don’t get processed in the dog’s body and they retain the toxins. They accumulate in the dog’s body and never leave. Maybe that is why the “last one” had this effect.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry Kathy, I hope he has recovered fully. We never give our dog any amount of chocolate just to be on the safe side. There are too many scary stories like this one to risk the health of our dog. Thank you for sharing with us.

Angie
Angie

Some of this information is way wrong. Garlic is in many dog foods and treats and is good for their digestive tract. Onions only give them gas. Eggs. Really?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Garlic is safe in small doses, which we state in our article. Onions can cause damage to red blood cells, which can cause anemia. Eggs are listed under the heading “Safe Human Foods for Dogs”. I hope this clarifies these foods for you.

Blank
Blank

Some foods = evil?

got one
got one

I had a dog who ate raw bones and developed an blockage because the acid in the dogs stomach activated the growth molecules and formed a the mass that was difficult to pass. after several days of a water diet while in intensive care at the Vet, the blockage passed. there was some blood but he healed ok.

adora
adora

thank u for sharing about dog, first time to have dog now, my dog is 2 months and she ate mix rice and dog food,

Jon

This list is far from perfect. I see a lot of conflicting information on websites like this.

Mary
Mary
So I guess Chili Cheese Fritos are out. Darn. My four little ones and I love those. What about Banana Chips? Too fatty? I’ve switched to a better little bites dry dog food. They get Trader Joes canned in the morning. Old man Chico (16 yrs), a 5 lb. chi, nibbles Merrick’s Turdudkin. Sophie is heavy. Bugsy is not. My Georgia is a blond 8 lb. Chiweenie (per my vet), very rambunctious. Her blood test before her dental came back with some strange enzyme. It was suggested that she ingested something toxic (so guilty!) but not too seriously. My vet… Read more »
sheryl
sheryl

My dog ate some uncooked sice . Will he be ok?

Leo

Years ago my dog ate about a pound of raw white rice. He was sickly for about a day. When it finally went through him it literally sprayed against the wall out the back. He was a 70 pounder. I have never accidentally left a bag of dry rice on the floor since. He was about 5 and was with us until he went to Heaven at 14. If yours has not pooped in the last 8 days it is most definitely VET time. Hope all is well.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I suggest contacting your vet and asking. Be sure to note the type of rice your dog ate and how much. Let us know what you find out and good luck!

Sherry
Sherry

Corn on the cob? My dog goes to the corn field and picks an ear of corn and eats it!

Jessica
Jessica

No because it is still is corn on the cob

Leo

Years ago my fella got a cob out of the trash. He hogged it down and a 3″ section lodged in his intestine. He got sick the next day and I took him to vet. The vet could feel the mass, but nothing showed on x-Ray. Emergency exploratory surgery and he was fine. My dogs get a bite of frozen whole kernel corn with butter of course every now and then and I never heard of properly chewed corn being harmful.

Jay

My little brown dog just passed away and the last thing i feed him was classic lay,s.Im prety sure he died from old age and not the chips.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

It’s because you gave your dog

Mary
Mary

I’m pretty sure you are right. No worries. I bet he loved that last little nibble of Lays. Mine do and we are all alive and kicking. Take care. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry for your loss Jay. Our thoughts are with you.

Hunter987
Hunter987

Pork is bad for your dog DO NOT LET YOUR DOG CONSUME

Paul
Paul

What about the “pigs ears” treats I see in some pet departments?

Ajay soni
Ajay soni

Rice is safe for dogs or not..??I have a pet 2years old ..His digestive system always have problem..So most of d tyms he remains unwell..Plz tell me wat a balanced diet for a 2years dog should be

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Rice is okay for dogs, but check with your vet first. I suggest asking your vet what your dog should be eating. It can vary based on breed, age, weight, dietary needs/restrictions, etc.

RobertFromUSA
RobertFromUSA

About 70% of this list is fearmongering bull****.

Jessica
Jessica

There are little kids on here like me

Doug Hanna
Doug Hanna

Pumpkin pie and apple pie, he doesn’t get people food ever. But he got into the pie and ate a piece of both. Only weighs 8 lbs. Concerned about the cinnamon and carnation milk ingredients. Any ideas?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m unsure about cinnamon but dairy can cause some issues with your dog’s bowel movements. If he is feeling unwell, you should take him to the vet.

Brenda koahou
Brenda koahou

I have two puppies mixed breed last night the little male started to throw up. I think it was possible he got a cigg butt. He is not throwing up now but is very tired doesn’t want to eat or drink. Just wants to sleep what can I do I can’t afford a vet right now. I’m just sick. He doesn’t have the parvo smell.

Amypz
Amypz

I make my dog’s food; I use ground chicken, pork, or turkey; add green beans, zucchini, and carrots; I also add oatmeal. Then I mix this with her regular dry dog food to ensure she gets her nutrients.

Joe

Thats like eating a healthy meal and eating McDonald’s to make sure you get all your nutrients..

Cleo
Cleo

Can dogs eat turkey plain? Or does it always need to be combined with other stuff?

Amanda Ross
Amanda Ross

It seems whenever I feed my 3 dogs and 5 cats pork it gives them all loose poop. Does anybody else have the same problem?

Marcus Taber
Marcus Taber

Capsaicin is not found in black pepper. Black pepper and peppers are not related at all. One is a spice from Indonesia, the other is a plant from South America.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Thank you Marcus, you are correct! We will be sure to update our article.

Robert Jewell
Robert Jewell

There isn’t any capsaicin in black pepper. That’s an unrelated plant containing piperine. Black pepper isn’t really a pepper that’s just its common name.

tansysmom
tansysmom

Off-topic, why do most comment boards–on ANY subject–always degenerate into a bunch of bickering 5-year-olds? Is that a new form of entertainment for the socially immature, or what?

jen

Possible reasons – anonymity, disinhibition effect, sentiment cascade, snowball effect, emotional contagion, diminished accountability, trolls – or any and all combinations thereof.

For trolls specifically, the answer to your second question is – Absolutely, yes.

tansysmom
tansysmom
Two problems with this article: Salt in small amounts is fine for both people and pets, and in fact even necessary. Also, we do feed our dog “people food” (but not a hodge-podge of scraps). It’s far more nutritious than any dog food that comes in a bag or a can. She gets a high protein, mostly grain-free diet of meat, poultry, and eggs, along with a bit of diced up veggies, sometimes a little rice, and occasionally a small piece or two of fruit. A sprinkle of powdered dog vitamins is usually added to cover all the bases. She’s… Read more »
Bork
Bork

Yeah the article is saying “people food” is the hodgepodge of scraps, all the foods you listed as feeding your dog with are said to be safe in this article and basic foods, not human specific foods like chips, seasoned pork roast, buttered toast crust, etc. Well fed dogs still will beg for “human food” when they think they’re going to get those treats.

Ettina
Ettina
Not all dogs are lactose intolerant. Despite having a sensitive stomach in other ways, my dog has always handled dairy products just fine. Although nearly all wolves are lactose intolerant, dogs have lived alongside milking cows as long as humans have, and were under similar selective pressure to retain lactose tolerance beyond infancy. Although lactose intolerance is more common in dogs (and cats) than in humans, many dogs and cats are fine with dairy. And since the consequences of lactose intolerance are uncomfortable but not fatal, it’s worth trying a small amount and keeping an eye on them if you’d… Read more »
Gary Rokuta
Gary Rokuta

Grounded black pepper on Heartland web….included that, if true then bummer because the alkaloid pipeline would help with sustained and retention with example: tumeric, circumin with absorption but if passes right through, loss of effectiveness. Am I making sense, to be understood?….thankyou Gary

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Sorry Gary, I’m not quite sure what you’re saying.

Ben

He made perfect sense.

Jesus
Jesus

I gave my dog spicy popcorn

Debbie Nelson
Debbie Nelson
I just read this and noticed grapes were on the list. I have a B&G macaw parrot that loves grapes and so did my fox terrier, Abby. I was not aware they could be toxic. Years go by and at a vet check I mentioned that Abby eats everything Sophie, my parrot does. He said wow, such as? I said nuts, bananas, pasta, broccoli, and grapes. When I said grapes he asked how many. I said 2-3 per day for the past 5-6 years. He was shocked and said he was going to write an article to someplace about this… Read more »
Karen
Karen

My dog is real picky, so when I found a treat he liked, and got a few bags, someone told me that it wasn’t good for my dog. Can anyone tell me if Alpo snacks are bad for a Shih Tzu?

Liew Hong Khang
Liew Hong Khang

Just wanna ask, will people food like left over and old food lead to gastroenteritis in dog? Thank you very much.

Kitty
Kitty

“Cat food – Not that they would want this anyway” If my dog, Maggie, sees the cat food I have to drag her away from it. She is obsessed with it. I have to feed the cat behind closed doors or Maggie won’t eat dog food, even if the cat food is where she can’t reach, if she knows it’s there she won’t have anything else.

Jerome Lehmann
Jerome Lehmann

Uhm hum what kind of sick person would give mj to a dog!! Are you psychologically sick or what‼️

Stella
Stella

Is cereal ok? Cuz I didn’t notice I dropped a cheerio on the floor and he ate something and it sounded like a cheerio I made him drink some water in case it’s not listed in this list is it ok? Will he be fine?

jen
Kimberly is correct. Adding more info, in case anyone comes in the future and is concerned about the same. If they’re the plain original ones, and it’s not a lot, it should be fine. They are often traded for training treats (because they’re interesting and crunchy, but bland, and won’t put the dog off on their food), or suggested to be used in lieu of commercial treats (which are usually pretty fatty) for overweight dogs. If someone wants to try ^ – Keep in mind that while they won’t hurt the dog, they won’t provide much nutritional benefit. Too much… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

If your dog ate a Cheerio he will be fine. Since it is a bland cereal he probably looked at it like a treat.

Lady Garlicf
Lady Garlicf

A site written up by a Vet maintains that Garlic is very dangerous for dogs. It bursts the red blood cells. I see on your site it is listed as “a little is safe” even beneficial”.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Garlic has been a controversial subject. While some people believe it’s 100% toxic others believe it is okay in a very small amount. We understand if you do not want to feed your dog garlic. We have read many articles on the subject and believe that garlic can be beneficial to dogs in very small doses. It is even found in some dog foods. We suggest speaking with your vet about giving your dog garlic if you are considering it.

Colleen
Colleen

Is it bad to feed a dog roast beef lunch meat

Kris Howell Craig
Kris Howell Craig

I am afraid my french bulldog ate about ten fruit snack packages ate the wrappers too. Any recommendations???

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Take your dog to the vet ASAP.

Laura
Laura

Antifreeze/coolant causes acute renal failure.

saien matadin
saien matadin

Hey, I think my 11 month old beagle ate some prestik, is that bad for her?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We aren’t familiar with prestik, but if you are at all concerned for your dogs health you should take her to the vet immediately.

Mike
Mike

I believe all sugars ending in tol are very dangerous (sorbitol, eyrthritol, xylitol and so on).

john
john

My dog won’t eat dog food. He eats lean beef of all kinds chicken white or brown rice what can I add to it so he gets a proper balance of necessary vitamins and minerals?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi John, here are some homemade dog food recipes for you to try out! https://www.caninejournal.com/homemade-dog-food-recipes/

Gavin
Gavin

Is it ok to feed your dog syrup? I know it has sugar in it but it doesn’t have a lot.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Hi Gavin, I suggest not feeding your dog syrup. Since it’s not really a “human meal” (more of a topping) it’s something you can avoid giving your dog. Syrup has quite a bit of sugar in it, and too much sugar for a dog can cause dental problems, obesity and diabetes. To keep your pup healthy, I would avoid the syrup.

mark
mark

My dog is a 2 year old jack Russell. As of the last 4 months, he’s taken to nibbling on blankets and other articles. Anyone know why he does this?

Paula paul
Paula paul

I. Have a dog that does this. I call it nibbling. He tends to do this as a security measure or when he gets sleep

Stephen Wood
Stephen Wood

I take issue with the raw salmon. I have a dog that has LIVED on raw fish and raw chicken with a bit of cooked beef. She has eaten salmon fillets and even salmon skeletons. We only started cooking the salmon and chicken when she turned 12 and is now 14. No problems at all until 13 which as far as we are concerned is a LONG life for my husky/shepherd/wolf cross.

Kara
Kara

What about hot dogs? How healthy are they for dogs? I have a friend who puts his dog’s medicine in pieces of hot dogs. So she probably eats at least a 1/4 of a hot dog daily. She has a heart condition and has put on weight and lost muscle mass since this started so now I’m wondering if there’s something better that’s still low in cost that my friend could use.

Midnight Rider
Midnight Rider
I would like to add to the list of foods that will adversely effect a dog: Spicy foods are terrible for them. Yesterday, I fed my Labrottie a couple of left over pre-seasoned rib scraps. This morning, he had vomited up all of his food from yesterday. That is how I came across this site; looking for a solution to his sickness. This site helped by recommending rice as a way to settle his tummy. I mixed in very little chicken hoping to entice him to eat. At first, he wouldn’t touch it; however, about 3 hours later, he finally… Read more »
Eden
Eden
Poison! GARLIC is all toxic to animals!!! To post a suggestion that garlic is a safe food is wrong! It acts just like onion. They are in the same family. It’s been known many years now, yet many vet’s have not kept up on toxic foods. It will eventually cause blood and organ issues, including failure, disease and death!! Raw bones of any sort, are bad!! They still splinter, chip, cause tooth wear down, breakage and gum issues. As well as increase bacterial load, thus causing oral disease. All pork is toxic and only white meat of chicken and turkey… Read more »
Midnight Rider
Midnight Rider

You have presented a fabulous and well stated, well informed comment and it is very much appreciated. Thanks for taking the time to prepare it. It was great!

Eden
Eden

Thank you 🙂 I appreciate your kindness. It gets depressing when heartless creeps prefer arrogance over the health and safety of their pets. I shut off notifications and just signed on to do something and saw your nice note:). Thank you for loving your pets and sending me a nice note. The support is truly appreciated♡:) =^..^= Eden Wild

Midnight Rider
Midnight Rider

You are so very welcome, Eden. Any time I see someone doing something good and kind for others, I want to thank them.

MG
Raw bones are bad? You obviously never really had a dog. Pork is not toxic to dogs and ONLY White meat of chicken and turkey? Let us ponder how a dog eats in the wild… ummm, let me kill that bird and make sure to only get his “white flesh”. Oh hold on a minute, I need a carrot – where is that human to break my carrot in half? Oh dear let me run to William Sonoma and get myself a pot (probably teflon if you were cooking) and then it’s off to the supermarket to pick up some… Read more »
Eden
Eden
Coyote, wolves and foxes do not live as long as domesticated canines. Bones risk internal puncture, choking and impaction. Pet’s often gulp down bones not fully chewed up to a fine crush. Small shards can still cause death. Wild canine eat live caught prey and carrion – not rich fatty dark meat that causes great distress on their system. How sad that I’m sharing up-to-date veterinary science. Not some chat, because my pet enjoys sharing table food and horrible dietary selections but their owner’s. I was informing owners who want to do better. Dogs eat corn but it’s not great… Read more »
Midnight Rider
Midnight Rider

Amen!

Marky
Marky

GARLIC?!?!

Brady
Brady

Can I give human vitamin E oil to my dog oraly or rubbed on dry skin?

Frank Hollis
Frank Hollis

From a clinical perspective, and in contrast to humans, there is no scientific evidence linking sodium intakes in dogs with increased risk of hypertension, renal or cardiac disease, or calcium oxalate urolithiasis.

Source: Veterinary Times, 8/3/2010

Hayuitsme
Hayuitsme

Please double check your facts on Garlic, It seems many authorties disagree with you and claim garlic is toxic to dogs.

iOwnLegions
iOwnLegions

Marijuana treats for your pet will prevent cancer and is the future for animals living longer

Dana Jay
Dana Jay

Agree, along with a meatfree eg cooked salmon and potato dried foods #pescetariansocietyapproved

Neil Mcginnis
Neil Mcginnis

All wild animals look for a high fat diet so this information about limiting fat intake is outdated and misguided.

Doggy girl
Doggy girl

I have fed my dog grapes a number of times, I am worried now that I have read this article what should I do?

Marni
Marni

Our 9 week old Border Collie puppy, Lola, seems to get into Devon (or bologna) all the time. Is this healthy? Or bad. My sister was wondering that before she gave her German Shepherd dog some. Maybe someone can answer? And also, is “Processed Meat” good for Puppies.

TBot1
TBot1
I have a quick question. I recently bought a pitbull, and unfortunately was separated from his mother earlier than he should have. Anyway, he is now just over 2 months old. He’s healthy, happy, and I am blessed to have such a wonderful dog. But, there is one thing that does concern me. Since I took in my puppy, he will start shaking very badly. It almost seems like he’s having a mini seizure. I will hold him and it will go away, but it scares me. I went online and read many other pitbull owners who experienced the same… Read more »
Mary
Mary
I have had a grand mal seizure myself in a grocery store and am on meds for life. It doesn’t slow me down at all. I had a chihuahua that did this. I would do just like you do and carefully hold him till it stopped. He didn’t seem to realize what happen afterwards. I know I didn’t, except that last one made me forget my name. Opps. It came back eventually. I’m ok and my little Tiger was with me for ten years. He was about 5 – 6 years when I got him from a rescue and had… Read more »
Natasha
Natasha

Garlic onions, chives, and leeks are poisonous.

Natasha
Natasha

Garlic is more poisonous then onions to your dog. It is part of the nightshade family and is poisonous. Raw eggs can lead to salmonella and e coli risks plus they can mess up your dog’s skin and coat. I’m not sure about cooked potatoes skins but better safe than sorry. Any kind of fruit seeds can be poisonous.

Suzie
Suzie
NO Natasha, garlic is definitely NOT a nightshade. But green, yellow, and red peppers are in addition to POTATOES, tomatoes, chill peppers, paprika, cayenne pepper, egg plant, tobacco and belladonna, (not white or black pepper). There may be a few other Nightshades but these are the most used. None should be used especially if there is an issue with arthritis or joint pain and swelling, as Nightshade causes swelling, abdominal pain, joint pain, back pain, sciatic pain, jaw pain (I think that if people didn’t use Nightshade they wouldn’t have TMD or need to take anti inflammatory drugs)… Your pains… Read more »
Marni
Marni

My dog Lola loves raw eggs. So does my Kelpie Stassy. All a fan of the egg-business. And they are not dead :/

samantha
samantha

Raw eggs are great for dogs. They help dogs put on weigh after disease and they contain proteins and vitamins that are great for skin and coat. Eggs do the same thing for humans and are cosmetic beauty secret. A dog’s digestive tract is different than that of a human. It is more acidic to combat these added risks. Not only that but most eggs nowadays are safe for humans to eat raw.

Melissa
Melissa
What kills the most dogs is commercial dog food that is full of disgusting crap. I don’t understand why the dog food companies are not being held more responsible for all the damage they are doing. Do research and cook your dog’s food yourself. It’s really easy and will prevent vet bills in the long run amongst other things. And don’t bother asking your vet, they don’t even study nutrition in vet school. In fact, a lot of vet schools are being sponsored by dog food companies. That’s why vets push it so hard. What you save by buying dog… Read more »
Patti Radtke Pirko
Patti Radtke Pirko
What about beef jerky? I have a neighbor that gives the dogs that and pup o roni luncheon meat. He gave my min pin a pup o roni and he got sick after a couple of hours. He vomited and won’t eat. I gave him over the counter medicine (approved by vet), but he may end up going for a shot. I was just wondering if what my neighbor gave my min pin is what made him sick. My other dog, an Australian Cattle, is just fine with this – she never got sick. I read about the luncheon meat,… Read more »
Kelsea Twigg
Kelsea Twigg

My 7 month old pup is out of food. He is a medium size pup (shepherd/boxer/pit mix) but I was going to boil hot dogs and cut them up for him until I get more food. Is this OK or not?

Melinda
Melinda
You know what I don’t understand about this type of discussions? Every single one of us forgets that dogs were in the wild many, many years ago. Did they eat dog food then? I am an ex-pat living in Europe for the past 8 years. I live in a very poor country and EVERYONE owns a dog (they are used to protect property). Commercial dog food is given to the “rich” owners dogs. Everyone feeds their own dog left overs and trust me no one picks out the “hazardous” foods listed in forums. Onions and garlic is a staple item… Read more »
Jimbo
Jimbo

For those of you beating up on cured meats. I get less nitrites from my home cured meats than you do from eating green leafy veggies such as spinach or celery. My dog is a blue heeler and on occasion I will give her a scrap of raw ham or bacon. It is the high heat from cooking that makes the nitrites not so healthy. I fight with my wife all the time about her sneaking the dog table scraps. Thanks to this site, after I read it to her, she has agreed to quit sneaking the dog scraps.

David
David

Dogs surely can’t have alcohol.

Jf

Lol. I’ve been feeding my dog all of what you’re not supposed to and she is a healthy 15 years old pitbull.

Tom

How about sweet potato skins? My Yogi loves them and, since I only eat the insides of a the baked sweet potato, I always give him the skin.

Tatom Betoy
Tatom Betoy
My dogs left ear has been twitching for days. It bothers me but I just ignore it because she still drinks and eat. Then suddenly she stopped eating but continued to drink a lot of water. Then our neighbor, who has a pet, advised me to give my dog milk and demodex. The following day she had a fever, so I gave her Biogesic. Then the next day she started to vomit every four hours. We immediately went to the vet. The vet’s diagnosis: not infectious and kidney and liver are ok. First blood test failed because according to the… Read more »
Farrah
Farrah

I had a small terrier and my children fed her grapes. After 3 days, I noticed the dog was lethargic and weak and she wouldn’t eat. When I took her to the vet, they diagnosed her with kidney failure. She died that day. 🙁 Grapes are definitely a no no!

Bruce116
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.

jen
While smoking something is different than eating it – Tobacco most certainly can kill dogs, just as it could kill any number of living things, including a person. And while ‘the dose makes the poison’ and ‘not everyone will have the same tolerance for everything’ may be true – Nicotine is a rapid acting, poisonous alkaloid that doesn’t have to be smoked to be lethal. It is toxic by inhalation, by contact with the skin, or if swallowed. There’s a reason there’s a warning on smoking cessation aides like patches and gums, pesticides containing nicotine or neonicotine/neonicotoids, and garden plants… Read more »
Elliesmom
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),… Read more »
Heather Sanders-Levengood
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… Read more »
6M~2014 Saluki Girl
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.

T. Rivera
T. Rivera

Can you please make a printer friendly version of this article. I wanted to post it on my fridge.

Penda
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
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
evib

I’ve fed my dogs goat and sheep plain cheeses and yogurt mixed in their food for years, once a month or so and never had a problem. In fact they are very healthy, happy and over 11 yrs old.

evib
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
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
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
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.… Read more »
Jordan
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.

tekan
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?

Karon
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
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.

lady
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… Read more »
Lee Underkoffler
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”.

Lee Underkoffler
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”.

Katz
Katz

You should look that up again. The reading I have done includes garlic as a danger to dogs because, like with onions, they lack certain enzymes to digest them properly and the damage to organs is cumulative rather than immediate.

larry brown
larry brown

Garlic can cure your dog of worms. My puppies had worms in their stool and coming out of their rear and we were told to give each a small piece of garlic and thank heavens it was better almost immediately.

Lilliandravh
Lilliandravh

i grew up on a farm and we would give our dogs two black berries and a small sliver of garlic once or twice a month for worms. The black berries work to cure children of pin worms too.

JohnnyMorales
JohnnyMorales
If all you used to cured your dogs of worms was garlic, then he still has worms. Worms will appear in the stool based on their reproductive cycle. They will descend to the rectal area when they have a load of eggs to lay, which they do so as the dog sets up to take a dump ensuring her poop is covered with their microscopic eggs. Garlic is food to parasites just like everything your dog will eat. If the worms are not primed to send their precious clutch of millions of parasite eggs out into the world, they won’t… Read more »
Samantha
Samantha

Small amounts of garlic is good. Large amounts can be poisonous.

Binks
Binks

I think you’re confusing anti-deodorant with antioxidant, anti dioxide = free radical destroyer not sweat inducer. There’s more than one way to rid toxins from the body and mainly it’s via the urinary tract not the bodies cooling system.

Gary Alan
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… Read more »
Jesse
Jesse

Arsenic found in seeds is not poisonous. It’s in a different form than the poisonous stuff. It’s just an old wives tale and when you write something that misleading and wrong you have to question the accuracy of every other thing that was written. Research your facts better.

Denise
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… Read more »
suzi
suzi

The humane society allows people with financial difficulties money for a vet. They don’t give it to the person but to your vet. It’s usually $500. So call the humane society and see.

melanie
melanie

Just read that turkey and chicken are good for dogs. Not sure about birds but definitely a healthy treat for dogs.

Kyle Sargent
Kyle Sargent
My dog used to lay around depressed & sleep… not eating as well. Turns out he needed to get out more. My pup hated to be inside. He was locked in a kennel for most of his life until I got him. Pretty much 6 months in a kennel. He seemed to feel very confined in the house & hated cars. He would sometimes have like a panic attack. I started taking him outside more & he just started to agree with all aspects of being a house dog. He even likes a slow car ride & getting better about… Read more »
Heather from Toronto
Heather from Toronto

Fresh cooked turkey is normally fine. However, deli turkey has lots of additives and usually has extra ingredients such as onion powder, and anything onion is bad for dogs. Processed meats should not be eaten by dogs and only sparingly by humans. Generally, anything with sodium nitrite (in most processed meats) is toxic if eaten regularly.

Heather Sanders-Levengood
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… Read more »
evib
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.

Alkmene
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… Read more »
Shirley
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!

Justin l Murphy
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!!!!

DawggonegddogMoM
DawggonegddogMoM

What is wrong w/ you to make such comments about people you do not even know! Keep your comments to yourself. If you do not have anything nice to say do not say anything at all.

DeeAnna Bickford
DeeAnna Bickford
Well you are rude! No question ever asked is stupid! But not asking questions can certainly limit your knowledge! Perhaps you should use a dictionary and look up the word board! Your choice of the word to describe a dog was incorrect! Perhaps you have a bored dog? You should learn what you obviously were not taught. Manners and consideration for others! I see your post was actually 2 years ago, but it’s still here for people to read today. Hopefully, this can be updated by the owner or moderator of this site. I got here by googling if my… Read more »
Amanda Ross
Amanda Ross

That’s how I got here too. Pork gives my lot the trots ( loose stool).

Karol Mooney
Karol Mooney

I realize that this was a year ago… but it just makes me so mad that Justin feels like he knows exactly what is going on. First off my dog’s lips will never and has never touched processed dog food. How would you like to eat dried cereal nuggets day in and day out? The dog and cats in my home get homemade.

RobertFromUSA
RobertFromUSA

You are killing your dogs personally then. Homemade dog foods are always lacking in nutrients

Adizzil
Adizzil

Very true. Many people especially lot of disabled people shouldn’t own dogs. And not being mean but I knew a dog that was mistreated terrible because the owner was in a wheelchair and couldn’t take properly care for the dog. And I had to call for the dog’s removal. So you down there don’t justify disabled as a reason its OK to mistreat a dog cause its not.

Sondra Cherry
Sondra Cherry

I’m disabled, and my dog is better cared for than I am! He’s my baby, my best friend, and I make sure he’s happy and fed before I do anything else! I don’t know about everyone else, but my dog isn’t just a pet, he’s the most important part of my life!

SouthernBelle
SouthernBelle

You do realize that there are many disabled people that rely on dogs to help them daily. For some, that is the only companion they have. And by the way, the animals, not just dogs, that are trained to help the disabled are treated very well, like a family member! Think about what you say before you say it and do not lump all disabled people into one category! I’m disabled and my animals are my family members!

Jack Cochran
Jack Cochran

Many disabled people have dogs because they are disabled. I think people like you shouldn’t have dogs or procreate.

DeeAnna Bickford
DeeAnna Bickford

Honestly I believe there are people out there who get entertainment from making derogatory comments! Stir the pot and sit back and wait to see how many people they can offend!

Jill M. Jackson
Jill M. Jackson
Honestly not every disabled person will mistreat their animal. Addizzil, Please do not generalize that everyone who is disabled will mistreat their animals. It’s not an OK reason. If you would have stopped and thought about helping the person with the animal instead of just having it removed. No doubt their heart was broken by losing their friend. Many disabled people have animals to help them have a better life and alert them to health issues and other problems they have. It goes beyond the blinders you are viewing things from. Supporting those who are lonely and need the companionship… Read more »
Alana
Alana

I know, I’m appalled at all the insults I’m seeing from a simple meal blog for dogs. How dare someone generalize disabled people! Certainly, disabled people can care and even owner and pet get companion. Also, the murphy character needs more on his plate as far as then learning how to feed a dog! How about learning how to treating people with dignity while conversing online! Unfortunately, people like this will come along.

SouthernBelle
SouthernBelle

Thank you Jill! I agree!

Amy

We had to take our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel to the vet the first Christmas we had him. The first question the vet asked was if we’d been letting him have turkey. It’s really common to poison small dogs with it. Turkey is too rich for smaller breeds. Don’t be too quick to judge people for being cautious.

Lois Russo
Lois Russo

What about just the breast meat of a turkey? Is it safe for a small dog, for even a big dog? LOIS

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

We recommend not giving your dog turkey. Better safe than sorry. As you can see, Amy’s dog didn’t handle the turkey well. Some dogs are fine with it, while others become ill. To keep your dog safe, stick to his/her normal diet.

MARLENE
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.

ben
I rescued my staffyXlab from someone who kept her in a wardrobe. She was 2 when I got her. I thought she was staffyx whippet she was that starved. I was told sardines in sunflower oil were good for her coat where she hadn’t seen sun light. The person I rescued her from had a good job and wasn’t disabled. I’m however mentally ill and don’t work. Yet she is the happiest loving dovet dog these days with me. Cringes if you say the word cupboard tho. I was never a dog person before. So found the list of foods… Read more »
Kimmy
Kimmy

😉 Ben, please read up on garlic. Although it is a natural antibiotic for humans, it is toxic to dogs. You can obtain a list of foods that are toxic to dogs, just type foods that are dangerous to dogs in Google. Have a super day!

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Actually Kimmy, garlic can be beneficial for dogs in small amounts. Small amounts is the key phrase here. Ingesting large amounts of garlic can be toxic for dogs.

Victoria
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.

xgudwilx
xgudwilx

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

laruen
laruen

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
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… Read more »
kc

In case you never got a decent reply. Your dog may have anal sac/s that needs to be drained by you or the vet. Due to the smell, I would let the vet do it. Or they eventually burst and yes it’s strong enough to send you outside in 0 degrees to get away, (another sign is dragging their bum on carpet/grass).

RobertFromUSA
RobertFromUSA

If you have to drain your dog’s anal glands with any sort of frequency then you are feeding them bad dog food. Healthy dogs dont needs their anal glands expressed. In fact you are hurting your dog by doing it so often. You wouldn’t manually drain in any other gland in your body, so why this one?

Routine manual expression will reduce the ability of the anal glands to work on their own. The condition of the glands becomes compromised, and ultimately they become completely ineffective.

KatieJune
KatieJune

I agree, we have our Chihuahua’s “butt pumped” once a month along with his nails clipped at the vet. Good luck & hope it works. 🙂

Jayleen Nelson
Jayleen Nelson

Most groomers offer anal sac expressing for less than $10. My dogs both go in for nail trims, anal gland expressing, as well as getting their eyes and ears cleaned on a monthly basis. It’s only about $20 plus tip for both dogs here in AZ, so I’m not sure what your local prices would be of course. I’d imagine it’d be about the same unless you go to one of those high end “pet spas”. LOL.

Hard Boiled
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
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… Read more »
Ruthy Roo
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
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
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… Read more »
Benny B.
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.
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
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.
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. 

larry brown
larry brown

I believe they say that if the dog eats the cob that it could block the small intestine, not that the corn itself was bad for them.

Sandra
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.

R Smith
R 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.

Guest
Guest

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

Rosanna
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.

Heather from Toronto
Heather from Toronto

My dog used to daintily eat the corn off the cob, just like a person would. So, the corn never caused a problem, but she certainly didn’t digest much of it, with most of it remaining intact!

Pom Pom
Pom Pom

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

Marlon
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 Logan Wilson
Admin
Sara Logan Wilson

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
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… Read more »
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… Read more »
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.

Jean K.
Jean K.

My vet says uncooked bones, not cooked.

Sara Logan Wilson
Admin
Sara Logan Wilson

Thanks, Dee. We'll make this change.

Ashley B.
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
Lilli

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

Debby
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… Read more »
Sandy
Sandy

How about maybe putting the “good” shoes away?

Sandy
Sandy

How about maybe putting the “good” shoes away?

Jon

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

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… Read more »
Jj

My dog likes yogurt is this ok?
 

Katelyn
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… Read more »
Pkla
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.

Frank
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?

Sharon R
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!)?

Miss D.
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!
 

Lynne R.
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
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.

Shaz
Shaz

She's lacking potassium. I heard banana helps.

Felicity
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… Read more »
Samantha
Samantha

I also wanted to point out dog pellets and kibble will not scrape off tarter. They actually cause a lot of gum disease, build up, and smelly breath. Kibble is soft enough to be broken down by a human like some of our crunchier foods and that doesn’t scrape tartar off of our teeth. Only things like bones and hard chews will knock of the tartar and prevent costly dental cleanings and dental bills.

Samantha
Samantha

What kind of bones were they being given? You should only allow them to freely chew on soft raw bones like necks, backs, any uncooked chicken bones. They will grind them up and eat them and this is fine. The danger is when it’s a large hard bone (or cooked bones) like a femur that they are gnawing on. Hard bones you give your dog should be larger than their head so they cannot grab on to gnaw or swallow it.

Melissa
Melissa

“dog pellets” don’t combat tartar build up. It creates tartar. Dog food companies only claim that but it is total bs. Bones clean dogs teeth. Yes, they have to be big.

Jean H.
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?

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… Read more »
Sara Logan Wilson
Admin
Sara Logan Wilson

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. 

Carol
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
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 Logan Wilson
Admin
Sara Logan Wilson

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
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
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
Justin l Murphy

Can u provide a link please?

ghenry232
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
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.
Mike B.

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

Lisa
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… Read more »
Sara Logan Wilson
Admin
Sara Logan Wilson

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

Charlotte
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
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… Read more »
Jessie
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
Melissa