I’m sitting here eating dinner while my dog is laying under the table hoping I’ll either drop some food or give into his cuteness and feed him some of what’s on my plate. This got me thinking… “I wonder if anything on my plate is bad for my dog.” After doing some research, I was shocked to find out how many human foods were actually bad for dogs.
Generally speaking, most human foods are ok for dogs to eat from time to time, but some foods will make your dog sick. Even worse, some foods could potentially kill your dog. So before feeding your dog any human foods, be sure to do the research and find out if it’s ok for your dog to eat.
Below is a list of the 22 worst things to feed a dog.
- Nuts (Especially Macadamia)
- Grapes (and raisins)
- Onions and Garlic
- Coffee and Tea
- Raw Eggs
- Raw Fish
- Anything Containing Xylitol
- White Bread
- Ice Cream
- Apple Seeds
- Corn on a Cob (The corn is fine, the cob isn’t)
- Baby Food
- Hot Peppers and Jalapenos
This list does not include ALL foods that are bad for your dog. However, these are the most common. If you have a question about any other foods, please ask your vet.
What About Cooked Bones?
You may be wondering why cooked bones aren’t on that list. Are these ok to give to your dog? Absolutely not!
The reason they aren’t on the list is because we don’t consider cooked bones human food. Many people give their dogs the cooked bones from chicken or turkey; this is a horrible idea and can end up killing your dog.
Cooked bones dry out, which will cause them to splinter when the dog begins chewing. This can cause your dog to choke, cause bleeding in the mouth, and block the intestines.
Raw meat bones are fine to give to your dog, but never give them a cooked bone.
Not All Dogs React The Same Way
Just like humans react differently to certain foods, dogs also react differently to certain foods. You may feed your dog cooked chicken and it can cause them to get sick. Why would this be? Most dogs can easily handle chicken, but there are still some dogs out there that can’t have it.
Another example would be avocados. You might see your friend give their dog avocados all the time, but the moment you give your dog an avocado, they react. Why is this? Because avocados have persin in them. Persin can be toxic to dogs. For some dogs, it would take a large amount of persin in one sitting to cause any damage. For other dogs, it only takes a tiny amount.
This is the exact reason you need to know YOUR dog. Your dog will react differently than your friend’s dog. As time goes on, you’ll begin to learn what your dog can and cannot handle. Just because your friend’s dog can enjoy some avocado toast doesn’t mean your four legged buddy should eat it!
What If My Dog Ate Some Of These Foods?
First things first, don’t panic. Chances are good everything is going to be ok. Most of the foods in the list above won’t do much harm if it was just a one time thing and they didn’t eat a large quantity. You’ll want to keep an eye on them for the next 24-48 hours and check for some of the symptoms listed below.
Symptoms to Look For
There’s a wide range of symptoms when it comes to your dog eating harmful foods. However, most of the time they are accompanied by one of the following:
- Tremors and convulsions
- Breathing problems
- Nausea and vomiting
- Pale gums
If you notice any of these symptoms, be sure to take your dog to the vet right away. Remember that when in doubt, it’s always best to be cautious.
Why You May Not Want To Give Your Dog Human Food
By now, you know that there are human foods that can potentially harm the health of your dog. However, there are also plenty of human foods that won’t cause any damage to your dog’s health.
Just because the food may not be harmful to the dog’s health doesn’t mean you should feed it to your dog.
Here are a few downsides to feeding your dog human foods even if they don’t cause any physical harm.
There’s nothing more annoying than a dog that won’t leave you alone when you’re trying to eat. If you get in the habit of feeding your dog some of the food on your plate during dinner time, your dog will continuously be begging each time you eat. Even if it doesn’t annoy you, it will irritate your guests!
Not a Balanced Diet
Most dog food on the market is designed to be balanced. This means when your dog eats their food, they will be getting the right amount of proteins, carbs, and fats. When you feed your dog human foods, you aren’t providing them with the balance they need. If you feed them rice, they’ll be lacking on the protein and fat. If you feed them steak, they’ll be lacking on the carbs. The only way to balance out the diet would be to cook a homemade meal just for them. This isn’t a bad idea, but very few of us have the time to do this.
Bored of Their Own Food
When your pup is constantly eating your food, they will end up getting bored with their own food. A few years ago, I owned a beagle and would always feed her food off my plate. Over time it got to the point where she would only eat her food if I put some human food in her bowl. Human food is much more flavorful than dog food. When dogs get used to the taste of human food, they don’t want to go back.
Be Mindful of What Your Dog is Eating
When it comes to feeding dogs, there are two groups of people. Those that are overly obsessed about what their dogs eat and those that will feed their dog anything and everything. It’s best to find a good balance between the two. You don’t want to freak out about every little thing your dog eats and assume it’s going to do damage to their health. At the same time, you don’t want to feed them everything in sight because some foods can do serious harm.
The key is to be mindful of what they are eating. If they accidentally got into some chocolate or had a slice of cheese, probably not a big deal. Just make sure they don’t get in the habit of having foods that can potentially be dangerous for them.
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