In our last post, we went over some of the “people foods” that you can generally share with your dog safely. It is not advised to share people food with dogs, because dogs have sensitive stomachs, but there are certainly some “cuisines” that your pet will enjoy, and that shouldn’t cause any harmful stomach issues.
But of course, there are also many foods that are not at all safe for your pet. These are foods that may cause anything from stomach distress to severe illness – and possibly death. The following are foods that you should avoid giving to your pet under any circumstances, along with a brief explanation of why:
- Most Nuts – There are nuts that are safe for dogs, like cashews. But most nuts, especially walnuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts, are toxic for dogs.
- Chocolate – Perhaps the most well known toxic food for dogs is chocolate. Even a small amount of dark chocolate can potentially be deadly, especially for smaller dogs. Always be very careful with dark chocolate around your pet.
- Garlic/Onions – These are both very toxic for dogs. The toxins also may take a few days to process, which means that your dog may be perfectly fine for a day or two, only to fall very ill later.
- Candies and Mints – Mints, candies, and gum can be extremely toxic to dogs because of Xylitol. Xylitol is a sugar sweetener that is one of the most deadly pet toxins found in human food. Always check any food label to see if it has Xylitol, because the sugar is used in many surprising cuisines.
- Raw Meat – There’s a tendency to believe that dogs can eat raw meat because that’s what they’d eat in the wild. But it is simply not safe. Dogs may get worms, food poisoning, and more. Cooked meat is much safer for pets than raw meat.
Many processed and cooked foods can also be upsetting to your pup’s stomach, and foods they are not familiar with may cause digestive issues in high amounts.
It is best to assume that your dog cannot have a food unless you are sure that you can give it to them. But if you are someone that likes to share your food with your pets, make sure your dog stays as far away from the items on the list above.