Post # 1
I saw a post about what human foods people feed their dogs & I posted this there, but just in case not everyone reads all the responses…
Be careful feeding your dog anything other than dog food or vet-approved. Here are 25 toxic human foods to your dog:
1. Onions (Both onions and garlic contain the toxic ingredient Thiosulphate. But onions are more of a danger. Many dog biscuits contain *small* amounts of garlic – garlic contains less of this toxin so huge amounts would need to be consumed to be toxic. And, by the way, this poison builds up the system – it can be toxic in one large dose – or with repeated consumption of small amounts.)
2. Chocolate (Chocolate contains Theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. This can be fatal to dogs.)
3. Grapes (Grapes are dangerous because of an unknown substance which is toxic to dogs – affects canine’s kidneys)
4. Raisins (See above.)
5. Most Fruit Pits and Seeds (Contain Cyanogenic Glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning – though the fruit itself is OK.)
6. Macadamia Nuts (Macadamia nuts contain an unknown substance that is toxic to dogs.)
7. Bones (Most bones should *not* be given (especially chicken bones) because they can splinter and cause laceration of the digestive system and/or become lodged in your pet’s throat – so they also pose a choking hazard.)
8. Potato Peelings and Green Potatoes (Contain Oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.)
9. Rhubarb leaves (See above.)
10. Broccoli (Broccoli is only toxic in large quantities.)
11. Green parts of Tomatoes or Green Potatoes (Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.)
12. Yeast Dough (Yeast Dough can produce gas and swell in your pet’s stomach – leading to rupture of the digestive system)
13. Coffee, Coffee Grounds, Tea, Soft Drinks (Coffee, tea, & most soft drinks are dangerous due to the caffeine.)
14. Beer/Wine/Alcohol of any kind (Alcohol of any kind could lead to coma or even death.)
15. Human Vitamins (Human vitamins, especially those containing iron, can cause damage to the lining of the digestive system as well as cause kidney and liver damage)
16. Moldy or Spoiled Food (I think this goes without saying.)
17. Persimmons (Persimmons can cause intestinal blockage)
18. Raw Eggs and Raw Fish (Raw eggs and some raw fish can cause Salmonella poisoning.)
19. Salt, Baking Soda, Baking Powder (In large amounts these can cause an electrolyte imbalance – and severe electrolyte imbalances can lead to muscle spasm or even congestive heart failure.)
20. Mushrooms (Mushrooms may contain toxins which could cause liver and kidney damage)
21. Sugar-Free Foods (Sugar-free foods containing Xylitol have been found to cause liver failure in some dogs.)
22. Nutmeg (Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures, and central nervous system damage.)
23. Excessive Fatty Foods (Excess fatty foods can cause Pancreatitis.)
24. Avocado (All parts of the avocado and avocado tree are toxic to dogs.)
25. Diary Products (Dairy products don’t usually pose a great danger; but many dairy product have high fat content (see number 23) – and many pets are lactose intolerant – some pets more than others. Lactose intolerance leads to gas and diarrhea; though small amounts of yogurt and cheese are usually fairly well tolerated.)
Post # 4
I posted this in the other thread, but I think it’s helpful information so I’ll put it here too:
That list is a good starting point, but some of the things on that list aren’t 100% correct and I think the website should have given more information on them:
7. Bones (Most bones should *not* be given (especially chicken bones) because they can splinter and cause laceration of the digestive system and/or become lodged in your pet’s throat – so they also pose a choking hazard.)> Cooked bones = dangerous; brittle and splinter into shards. Raw bones (even chicken bones) = safe; soft and digestible.
15. Human Vitamins (Human vitamins, especially those containing iron, can cause damage to the lining of the digestive system as well as cause kidney and liver damage)> Human multivitamins should not be given to dogs. But some “human” supplements are fine for dogs such as fish oil and glucosamin/ chondroitin.
18. Raw Eggs and Raw Fish (Raw eggs and some raw fish can cause Salmonella poisoning.)> Raw eggs rarely have salmonella, the contamination rate is 1 in 30,000 eggs; so the risk of samonella is quite overblown. On top of that, dogs’ digestive systems are made to be able to handle bacteria. > The real danger in raw fish isn’t samonella, but parasites if the fish is from certain areas of the USA; the parasites can be killed by freezing the fish for a couple weeks, then it is safe for the dog to eat.
And an addition by “sceeder” about mercury some types of fish: @abbyful, I would also like to add, the other danger about fish is all the harmful metals such as mercury that are found in their fat.
Post # 5
Totally agree. My dog got into chocolate while at my parents house when I was on vacation and ate her own weight in chocolate (5lbs then!) She miraculously survived. A couple years ago she got into white chocolate fudge which is far less harmful but she still threw up several times. My dog will eat anything everything, we have to make sure to take out the trash each morning regardless if its full or not because she will pull it down and get into it.
Post # 6
I think it really does depend on the dog as to if they react or not. My dog got into a few pounds of chocolate once & she was fine, just very very hyper! I however, was very tired because I stayed up all night watching her in case I had to take her to the emergency vet. It was horrible, but she was fine & no vet needed. However, that much chocolate can be deadly to other dogs.
Post # 7
Yeah it was a miracle she was ok. When she got into the regular chocolate, my mom called me freaking out because she was wobbling back and forth and was throwing up constantly. They took her to the vet and the vet said she had an ear infection. My dad found the candy bar wrapper a few days later!
Some things are definitely a case by case basis, like the dairy or cheese. I have to wrap my dogs pills in cheese or some type of food for her to eat them so she gets half a piece of an american cheese slice each day and she is fine. This is probably a smaller amount than what they mention though.
Post # 8
Thanks for posting this, everyday at work I see the bad side of when dogs eat people food.
Post # 9
Confession time! we used to have a family doggie a loong time ago and I would cut up hotdogs for him and add steak sause, pepper, and salt thinking I was giving him the yummiest meal ever, in reality I was just making him sick 🙁
Post # 10
I apparently have a dairy loving dog – she scarfs down cheese and at one point ate a whole vanilla ice cream cone!
Post # 11
Thanks for this post. I have actually heard of a similar list on tv that had these food items on it so it is nice to know the information is real. As a steppawrent, I always want to make sure our bud-bud is being taken care of.
Post # 12
The thing with chocolate is actually what kind of chocolate… no matter what, especially in large quantities, it’s not good to give to a dog, however, I “think” it’s the cocoa content. If it’s a very “cocoa rich” chocolate bar… it’s more dangerous than some sugary m&m’s. Baker’s chocolate has much more theobromine than regular milk chocolate.
Broccoli – “large quantity” should actually be defined as more than 10% of the daily intake for this food. Which… isn’t much.
Sugar free foods containing Xylitol are dangerous to ALL dog’s, not just some dogs… It’s on the chocolate level.
Cheese as a treat is totally fine. A whole block isn’t good for a human or dog 😉
Post # 13
Great list! I agree with the thing on eggs and dairy though. We used to give our golden retriever a raw egg on his food occassionally at the vet’s suggestion to keep his coat shiny. We also always give pills in cheese.
For my dog now I don’t give him much people food just because I don’t want him begging/thinking that my food is his. For the most part the only stuff he gets is cooked chicken or steak bits in his bowl while I’m cooking. Also, rice when he has an upset tummy, obviously.
Post # 14
My dogs eats eggs a lot. Usually cooked but sometimes not.
He also loves ice cream cones. I don’t give them to him that much because the sugar makes him kinda hyper.
I have heard the worst part about giving dogs human food is the salt. Their bodies are not meant to have that much salt and their hearts and arteries can’t handle it. Obviously it won’t kill your dog overnight, but it may reduce his lifespan.
Post # 15
I should forward this to Future Father-In-Law. He doesn’t give the dogs many things on the list but he gives them lots of fatty meats and leftovers. My friends dogs once ate 50 rolls of sushi WITH wasabi! Needless to say, they were quite ill, but they recovered.