Can Dogs Eat That?
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Can Dogs Eat That?

Have you ever wondered, can dogs eat that?  My friend recently lost her dog due to kidney failure after eating raisins.  I don’t want anyone to suffer the loss of a beloved pet, because they ate human food that was dangerous.  Please be cautious of what your dog or cat may get into and eat.

I know my dog gets tired of hearing “You can’t have chocolate”.  Maybe that should tell me to eat less chocolate, but this is not about me. Ha ha 

Give “safe” foods in moderation. This can help prevent weight gain and other negative effects.

Keep in mind that all dogs are different. One dog may tolerate human food just fine, while another may experience adverse effects.

Consult a veterinarian before giving human food to dogs with health problems or overweight.

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Sorry about the quality.  I took photos of these posters on the wall at my vets office. 

NEVER feed these foods to your dog! 

They can cause severe reactions or death!

1.  Grapes and raisins.

2.  Onions, garlic, leeks and chives.

3.  Chocolate and cocoa.  Pure baking chocolate is most toxic.

4.  Caffeine in pills, coffee beans and coffee, large amounts of tea, and chocolate.

5.  Macadamia nuts, Walnuts and Nutmeg.

6.  Xylitol a sugar-free sweetener found in some peanut butter, chewing gum, candy and baked goods.

7.  Alcoholic beverages and raw yeast dough.

8.  Apple seeds, cherry pits, peach pits, plum pits, stems and leaves.  Also avoid citrus peels and melon rinds.

9.  Avocado.

10.  Wild mushrooms.

11.  Moldy or rotten foods. 

Avoid any foods that are high in fat (like bacon), sugar and salt.  Also avoid dairy products, corncobs, cooked bones, junk foods and cat food (not good for dogs).  Many plants and stems, including household plants can be toxic.

Be aware nuts like cashews and peanuts should be unsalted and chewed up, so they don’t cause choking or an obstruction.  I know my dog tends to swallow small treats whole, but somehow I have taught him “chew it up” when eating cashews.

Even though broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage and beans are safe, I don’t give them to my dog, because they can cause gas.  He is an inside dog, no one wants to smell dog farts.

I talked to my veterinarian’s office and was told xylitol (sugar-free sweetener) is a big problem for dogs right now.  People are sharing their peanut butter and other food with their pet, not realizing it has xylitol in it.  Please check the label to make sure xylitol is not an ingredient.  It can be found in cookies, puddings, ice cream, sugar-free and other foods. 

I have researched this information and tried to be as accurate as I can be.  As you know you can find conflicting information on the internet.  It is best to play it safe with your furry family member and not give them human food if you have concerns.  

I am not a veterinarian or doctor or nurse.  I have no animal nutrition training.  So please check with your veterinarian if you have questions or concerns.  You would rather your pet be safe than sorry.

The AKC website is where I did most of my research.  It is a great place to double check if your dog can eat a certain human food.

Fruits and Vegetables Dogs Can or Can’t Eat by

Check out these articles for more information including symptoms to look for if your dog does eat one of the “avoid” foods.  

Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog  

16 Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

Print it out, hang it on your refrigerator.   Keep it handy.  Make a picture with your phone, so you always have it.  Take care of those fur babies!

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