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Don't Put These Foods on Your Dog's Menu

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Be careful what you feed your dog.

Be careful what you feed your dog.

They say a dog is man's best friend. It also means a man is his dog's best friend. This should hold true especially when it comes to what foods you put on your dog's menu. While most of the following foods are healthy for you to eat, they are harmful and should not be on your dog's menu.

You might be thinking you are giving your dog a treat, but actually you are signing your dog's death certificate when you put these foods on your dog's menu. Some of these common foods might surprise you especially since they are healthy for humans.


Avocados are good for making guacamole, but don't give any of this to your dog because avocados contain persin, a substance that is harmless to humans who aren't allergic. However, large amounts of avocados can be deadly for dogs.

Persin is in the leaves, seeds, and bark. So, keep your dog away from avocado plants as well.

Beverages: Coffee, Tea and Alcoholic Beverages

Refrain from giving your dog caffeine in any form. Theobromine that is found in chocolate is also found in coffee and tea. No alcoholic beverage including beer, liquor, wine, and foods containing alcohol should be given to your dog.

It takes far less alcohol for a dog's brain and liver to be affected by alcohol. The effect is greater for smaller dogs. So stop taking your dog to Happy Hour at the local bar.

Be careful what you feed your dog.

Be careful what you feed your dog.

Candies and Gum and Other Things

Candy of any type, gum, baked goods, and diet foods should be kept away from your dog because they are sweetened with xylitol that will make your dog's blood sugar to drop.

This will cause liver failure within just a few days. Your dog may have seizures. Also, keep toothpaste out of reach of your dog.

Don't give your dog too much milk and other dairy products.

Don't give your dog too much milk and other dairy products.

Dairy Products

Do not give your dog dairy products, including milk. Do not give into the temptation of sharing your ice cream cone with your dog even though we have seen this happen in the movies.

Milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive ailments.

Don't give your dog chocolate.

Don't give your dog chocolate.


Chocolate might be a treat for yourself, but chocolate could kill your dog. White chocolate is not harmful, but the fat and sugar are not good for your dog. Dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and cocoa powder are the most dangerous. They contain theobromine, a methylxanthine derivative, that could cause a dog to urinate more frequently than usual, vomit, have diarrhea and seizures. How chocolates affect the dog depends on the size of the dog, the type of chocolate and how much chocolate your dog eats.

How chocolates affect the dog depends on the size of the dog, the type of chocolate and how much chocolate your dog eats.

To be on the safe side, don't give your dog any chocolate!

Be careful about giving your dog grapes.

Be careful about giving your dog grapes.

Grapes and Raisins

Grapes and raisins are on everybody list of healthy foods; however, these should not be on your dog's menu because they are deadly for your dog.

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Grapes and raisins lead to kidney failure. While you might not give your dogs grapes and raisins by the handful, raisins might be in cakes and cookies. Do not give these as a treat. Keep them off counters and other places where your dog might help himself.

Onions, Garlic, and Chives

Your dog can do without onions, garlic, and chives if you want him to continue living. Do not let your dog eat onions, garlic or chives in any form whether they are dry, raw, powdered, dehydrated or cooked.

All three of these foods contain thiosulphate that can irritate the gastrointestinal system of your dog. Thiosulphate given in a high dosage in one meal or consumed in several days can damage red blood cells in your dog.

A well-fed dog is a happy dog.

A well-fed dog is a happy dog.

The Three P's: Peaches, Persimmons, and Plums

You should not give your dog peaches, persimmons, and plums not because of the fruit but because of the seeds and pits. The seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine and intestinal obstruction. This is also true if your dog eats a pit from a peach or plum. Cyanide, found in peach and plum pits, is poisonous to both humans and dogs. Humans know not to eat the pits while dogs don't know how not to eat them.

Macadamia Nuts

Do not ever give your dog raw or roasted macadamia nuts or macadamia butter. They contain a dangerous toxin that can cause excessive panting, tremors, and swollen limbs.

Keep your medicine away from your dog.

Keep your medicine away from your dog.


Your medicine is for you, but it could poison and kill your dog. Keep all medicines out of your dog's reach just as you should keep it out of your children's reach.

Do not give your dog any medicine unless it is prescribed by your vet. Some medicine could be deadly for your dog.

Raw Eggs

If you give your dogs raw eggs, there is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria like Salmonella or E. coli. Additionally, an enzyme in raw eggs interferes with the absorption of Vitamin B. This may cause skin problems and a problem with your dog's coat.

Raw Meat and Fish

Raw meat and raw fish contain bacteria that cause food poisoning. Also, certain kinds of fish contain a parasite that might kill your dog within two weeks.

Cooking the fish will kill the parasite and spare your dog's life.

Salty Foods

Do not share snacks with your dog. Salty foods like chips or pretzels should be kept away from your dog because eating too much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination and lead to sodium ion poisoning. This may cause death.

Table Scraps and Bones

If it's not good for you, then it is not good for your dog to eat. Both cooked and uncooked fat trimmed from meat can cause pancreatitis in dogs.

A dog can choke on bones even though it is natural to give a dog a bone. Splinters can be in bones that can lacerate your dog's digestive system.

Yeast Dough

Yeast dough needs to rise and it will rise in your dog's stomach if you let him eat it. The rising dough can stretch the dog's abdomen and cause severe pain. Also, yeast ferments and will produce alcohol that leads to alcohol poisoning.

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Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 09, 2011:

toknowinfo, thanks for reading and responding.

toknowinfo on March 09, 2011:

Excellent and informative hub. Your topic is very important to educating pet owners. Rated up and useful

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 02, 2011:

Dog Toys, thanks for reading an responding.

DogToys from England on March 02, 2011:

Good Hub, I wish people would finally stop feeding their dogs rubbish!

Amanda Dalton from Canada on March 01, 2011:

Thank you! Hope so too. Thanks for checking out my page as well, I'm fairly new but I do love writing. Still getting my feet wet so to speak! Any tips or criticism is welcome. :-)

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 01, 2011:

dancergirl238, thanks for your comment about the pretzels. Perhaps your comment will help others.

Amanda Dalton from Canada on March 01, 2011:

Actually am glad for the comment on the pretzels because I was eating them one day, felt bad and gave into my dog, I only gave her a couple but I did worry about the little bit of salt on there, so I for sure won't be giving her that again! Everything else I pretty well knew of...Oh they are our best friends....I want to keep mine around as long as possible! Great article keep it up.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 28, 2011:

Maria, you are absolutely right. People give their dogs special treats because they love them; however, some things are not good for the dog to eat.

Thanks for reading and for sharing your thoughts.

Maria Cecilia from Philippines on February 28, 2011:

We always need to be reminded once in a while. sometimes we love our dogs so much that we thought we are doing the right thing for them... Thanks for this, I already know some of them as harmful to dogs but I guess it's best to have this thing printed and posted in the kitchen wall... again thanks so much for your concern to our best friend

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 28, 2011:

lattee, thanks for the clarification. I guess it is safe to say, "to each (dog) his own."

lattee on February 28, 2011:

I am a strong advocate of giving dogs garlic as a treat. As a life long dog owner I have a yorkshire terrier who absolutely adores home made liver and garlic treats.

In fact they were recommended to me by my dog trainer who uses them as training aids.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 26, 2011:

FishAreFriends, thanks so much for reading and responding.

FishAreFriends from Colorado on February 26, 2011:

So Helpful!!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 25, 2011:

IntegriousProject: Good for you. I am glad you learned what was best for your dog.

IntegriousProject from Chicago, IL on February 25, 2011:

Good info! When I first got my dog, the people we got her from said they gave her raw eggs daily to keep her coat healthy! I'm glad we didnt follow that advice! We now give her fish oil which helps her coat tons.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 25, 2011:

Treasuresofheaven: Keep this list handy so when you get your dog you will know what not to feed it. Some foods we eat can be deadly for a dog!

Sima Ballinger from Michigan on February 25, 2011:

This hub made me interested in dogs even though I do not own one. Your list looks comprehensive. I always thought dogs can eat anything humans can....oh well!

Nice job!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 25, 2011:

Flit and Kara, thanks for reading, responding and adding your suggestions.

Kare on February 25, 2011:

I am a strong advocate for the raw feeding system. I honestly believe if some dogs were put on a raw food diet they would not be in rescue today, I had a totally hyperactive dog who became a great pet once i rescued her and she changed to raw foods.

There is no problem whatsoever and in fact great benefit from feeding your dogs uncooked meats, uncooked egg and yes even uncooked bones. Cooked bones are sometimes unsafe and can break in sharp ways. The main part of their diet for many dogs is raw chicken wings, bones as well, the bones are actually flexible and chewy uncooked

Garlic fed to dogs in small amounts is a great natural flea/tick deterrent, without any harmful chemicals.

flit from Ontario on February 24, 2011:

I knew about most of those things - but not avocados!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 23, 2011:

sonia05: Thanks for reading and responding.

sonia05 from india on February 23, 2011:

nice and informative hub for pet lovers and owners!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 22, 2011:

hospitalera: Your point is well taken. I don't own HubPages, but I know how it works. I don't own a television station, but I know what channels to watch on television. I don't own the computer company that made this computer I am typing on. However, I know enough about it to know what works and what doesn't. So what I am saying is that I don't need to own a dog or cat to know what would harm them. If what you are saying is true, then you wouldn't trust an optician who didn't wear glasses or a dentist who didn't have dentals. And you would frown upon a doctor delivering a baby who had never had one.

Thanks for reading and responding.

hospitalera on February 22, 2011:

You admit several times in the comments that you don't own a dog, nor any other pets. Hence all your research is done by what you found on the internet. As you don't have the experience, nor the knowledge to verify the found information, I find this a bit problematic, to say the least, SY

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 21, 2011:

Betty: You know that is a very good idea. This article did climb up my leader board pretty fast. People might want to see a list of foods about cats as well. Here's a secret though: I don't own any pets.

Betty Johansen on February 21, 2011:

Hi revmjm. Are you going to do cats next? As I read this article, I kept thinking about the stray cat I feed. She gobbles up dry cat food from a bag, but she won't touch leftovers from our table, including milk. I guess she's one smart kitty cat! A great hub!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 20, 2011:

SJKSJK: Thanks for reading and responding.

SJKSJK from delray beach, florida on February 20, 2011:

Thanks for the list. I have also heard that dogs should not have turkey or ham.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 20, 2011:

MarloByDesign, I don't understand that either. It must be some scientific reason though.

MarloByDesign from United States on February 20, 2011:

I do not understand why garlic salt is an ingredient in some healthy, all natural dog snacks, like Old Mother Hubbard.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 19, 2011:

Thanks, godpreacher, for your comment.

godpreacher on February 19, 2011:


I must say that I wholeheartedly agree that we should look out for the best interest of our dogs. But as my dog and I read this article, my dog was not at all pleased with the things that would be taken from his menu, and from his snacks.He is still sulking as I write.

Great Article.

God Bless

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on February 18, 2011:

revmjm: Thank you for this info and if I ever get a dog, I'll be sure to remember this. Seems like dogs should come with "Don't feed labels or something.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 18, 2011:

I must admit I know absolutely nothing about dogs and what to feed them. All this information is from RESEARCH and not EXPERIENCE. However, if I ever get a dog I will follow these tips.

Tamarajo on February 18, 2011:

I don't have dogs anymore but these are great tips. I knew about the chocolate but did not know about most of the others.

Dian'swords4u from North Carolina on February 18, 2011:

You did a great job. Sometimes we need to stretch ourselves a litte. I have been contemplating this myself. I love lots of things and have many interests. I just may go off the deep end soon. If I do I hope someone will be there to catch me if I fall flat of my face. But, you have to learn from your mistakes and reap the good and move on. Its not until you get up , brush the dust off and start again that you learn some of life's greatest lessons. "Keep On Going."

Cindy Lawson from Guernsey (Channel Islands) on February 18, 2011:

An excellent Hub again revmjm, full of good advice. I actually hubbed on the grapes and raisin's being able to kill your dog myself, mainly because when working in a vets it was alarming how many people simply didn't know this, nor realised it could kill the dog within hours, not days.

I only partially agree on the raw meat tip though. Many people convert their dogs on to a raw meat diet because it is natural, (after all, in the wild they eat it raw). So long as the change is done gradually, and the meat is fresh, with any uneaten removed and disposed of, then raw meat is a very good diet. Even raw chicken is fine if fresh, for both dogs and cats. I found loads about this on the Internet, and it seems to be very popular. The main thing is that the meat is fresh, then there should be no problems.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 18, 2011:

Dian'swords4u: I don't own a dog and have never owned a dog. I saw on the news about what not to feed your dog so I did further research because I thought this information would be helpful for dog owners to know. I must admit that writing this article was out of my element!

Dian'swords4u from North Carolina on February 18, 2011:

I have had dogs for years and I just feed them DOG food. That is what it is made for. I love this hub. The dog I have now will not eat anything from anyone. She was severely abused when I got her. Now I just find that she eats her dog food well and I give her some big dog bones for her to have fun with. Thanks for this hub.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on February 18, 2011:

Mark, thank you for reading and responding. This is the first article I have ever written in this category. I heard on the news about some of the foods that are deadly for dogs and then I did further research to come up with this article.

Mark Ewbie from UK on February 18, 2011:

A good list of things to avoid giving your dog. Seems strange that there are some foods they can't eat, after all, they will pretty much eat anything - but it is very important to know what not to give them.

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