10+ Foods That You Should Never Feed To Your Doggo

  • By Eva Yong
  • February 22, 2018
  • 6 minutes read

There’s no escape from the glare or the pleading look from your pupper every time you pop something into your mouth.

Some puppies may give you an innocent look, asking you to give them a bite. Others are just more impatient and lunge towards your mouth, hoping to grab that delicious piece of food out of your hand/mouth.

However, some foods may be edible, and some may not as it might harm them in many ways.

Scroll down to find out what you can and can’t give your pupper during meal times.

1.) Bacon

Rusty Hill

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The amount of fat in this delicious dish can cause your pooch to have pancreatitis – an inflamed pancreas that doesn’t function properly. Sonja Olson, DVM recalls the time when a dog ate four bacon-wrapped filet mignon with the skewers, which led the dog straight to the hospital where surgery was performed on the dog to remove both the meat and the metal.

2.) Bones


Why not?

It’s certainly not wise to give your doggo bones as bones, especially the cooked ones, they may cause serious damage to your pupper’s insides. Bones can also get stuck in a dog’s stomach or throat, which may lead to the dog choking or gastrointestinal obstruction and result in death if not treated.

3.) Raw eggs and meat


Why not?

Raw eggs and meat may have harmful bacteria such as salmonella or e.coli – which is as dangerous to pets as it is to humans. Raw eggs may harm your dog more as it contains an enzyme that will reduce the absorption of biotin, which may result in coat and skin problems. Your doggo may have vomiting, diarrhea, or various gastrointestinal problems that might need hospitalization.

4.) Grapes and raisins

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Why not?

Due to unknown reasons, grapes, raisins, and some cranberries and currants cause rapid kidney failure in dogs. It’s pretty easy to forget what types of food contains these as we normally don’t keep track of what we have in our cupboard. Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT has seen dogs experiencing kidney failure due to consuming a couple of raisins. If not treated properly, this may result in death.

5.) Dairy


Why not?

Due to most doggos being lactose intolerant, this can cause a lot of stomach issues, such as vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems that may need hospitalization, according to Olson. This includes food such as milk, cheese, and ice cream.

6.) Alcohol


Why not?

Since dogs are more sensitive to intoxication effects, pet owners are encouraged to treat their dogs like young children when it comes to drinks like beer and liquor. “Even though their enzymes are almost the same as ours, but the effects of alcohol are more dangerous,” explains Olson. Olson also said that dogs often favor drinks that are sweet and mixed (which is used to hide the smell of alcohol) and beer instead of wine. And just like humans, dogs can experience alcohol poisoning too.

7.) Chocolate

dark chocolate squares

Why not?

Chocolates contain two different methylxanthines, theobromines, and caffeine, and can lead to dogs vomiting, dehydrating, having abdominal pain, muscle tremors, uneven heart rhythm, increased body temperature, seizures, or even worst, death.

Lee remembers a case where a pug died from eating 8 ounces of semi-sweet baker’s chocolate, and the owner didn’t bring the dog to the vet until 24 hours later after the incident. “The dog was already suffering from both diarrhea and breathed in vomit into its lungs, which lead to pneumonia and to its death eventually,” said Lee.

8.) Avocados


Why not?

This fruit is a deadly combination for your doggo to eat. With a high-fat content and a slippery, hard pit, this will lead to gastrointestinal obstruction, thus causing stomach problems in your dog. “It would be the same as eating a golf ball if your dog ate an avocado pit,” said Lee. The only way to remove the blockage is through surgery.

9.) Leeks, onions, and garlic

leeks chives onions and garlic

Why not?

Justine Lee, DACVECC, DABT notes the following:

“Being part of the Allium species, these can certainly harm your dog’s red blood cells by making them anemic.”

But fear not, because it’s only a serious matter if the dog consumes a large number of raw leeks, onions, and garlic.

But if taken in a large quantity, dogs can suffer from hemolytic anemia, which means that it’s a trip to the hospital and may take days for the anemia to be discovered.

10.) Peaches and plums

peaches and plums
David Solzberg

Why not?

The pits can be pretty harmful to dogs even though there are no harmful signs of dogs consuming the fruit. If left untreated, the dog may suffer and die due to gastrointestinal obstruction.

11.) Macadamia nuts

macadamia nuts
Martina Schindler

Why not?

Another deadly food that dogs should stay away from are macadamia nuts as it is both toxic and irritates the dog’s stomachs too. A dose of two nuts per dog’s weight in pounds can cause poisoning, which can lead to a temporary inability to walk. In fact, it’s a good idea to keep your dogs away from any kind of nuts, especially almonds, pecans, and walnuts. Dogs can suffer from severe weakness, paralysis, nausea or diarrhea that may land them in the hospital.

12.) Corn on the cob

grilled corn on the cob
Thomas Barwick

Why not?

Even though corn isn’t harmful to dogs at all, but a few inches of the cob can fit the intestinal tract perfectly. “What’s worst is that doctors may have to use an ultrasound to locate it instead of an X-ray,” said Lee. A surgery certainly is required to remove the corncob as it can be quite deadly if left untreated.

13.) Coffee

cup of coffee and saucer
Daniel J. Grenier

Why not?

Just like humans, it acts as a stimulant in dogs, which increases its heart rate, panting, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, tremors and also seizures. Olson notes the dangers of chocolate-covered espresso beans. If taken, the seizures may cause secondary complications and result in death.

14.) Candy

stick of chewing gum
Steve Wisbauer

Why not?

All types of low-calorie candies, including sugar-free gum, contain xylitol, which is a sugar replacement. Not only does it cause the dogs’ insulin levels to increase, but it also causes serious liver issues, low blood sugar, or death. And the usual place a dog can get its dose of candy is inside a purse sitting down on the floor. One way to find out whether a candy or gum is detrimental to your pupper is looking at the list of ingredients on the packaging. If xylitol is within the first three to five ingredients on the packaging, then it’s definitely poisonous to dogs, especially puppies.

15.) White bread

sliced white bread
Louise Lister

Why not?

Due to its large quantities of oil and sugar, commercial white bread can cause pancreatitis to your doggo, which may require a number of medical visits and hospitalization. The breeds that are most likely to get pancreatitis are Schnauzers. Olson recalls the time she treated one who indulged in an entire loaf of white bread. “Even though we made him vomit, his pancreas was pretty much in pain and had to stay in the hospital for many days.”



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