I'm sure this list of food bad for dogs will throw up a few surprises, and maybe even a "but my dog has had that without any problems"!
Is it not better to be safe rather than sorry?
Sure there may not be an immediate reaction, but maybe it is one of those things that, as the dog digests more and more, the build up in the dogs' system is were the problem begins, often with disastrous results.
Food bad for dogs lists have been compiled over many years and have usually come as a result of cases reported to vets, or research done by food science institutions.
Those of you who have read many of my pages on this website will now the position I take is err on the side of caution - because the price you can pay for making an unfortunate mistake is heartbreaking!
Speed Learning Version!
Here are the foods. Following this I will share with you the reasons I have found out WHY they are food bad for dogs!
Raw Eggs, Avocado, Raw Fish, Wine Beer Spirits, Salt, Onions and Garlic, Sugary Stuff, Caffeine, Yeast Dough, Grapes - Raisins, Human Medicines, Milk - Dairy, Pantry Stuff, Nuts, Foods with Xylitol, Chocolate, Fat, P Fruits, Some Vegetables.
Okay, that was the simplified and speedy version, now comes the explanations!
Raw Eggs. An enzyme in raw eggs interferes with the absorption of a particular B vitamin, which can cause skin problems.
If you want to feed an egg boiled eggs are the go!
Avocado. A substance called Persin is found in the leaves, seed, bark and the fruit meat. Persin is fine for humans but highly toxic to dogs causing diarrhea and / or vomiting.
There is debate about whether the avocado fruit meat is highly toxic, or that it may only be from strains of the Guatemalan variety where there is a problem.
Not knowing my avocado varieties that well I steer clear and leave it in my list of food bad for dogs -always better safe than sorry for me!
Raw Fish. Certain kinds of fish like trout,salmon, sturgeon and shad can contain a parasite which causes what is known as "fish disease". It is deadly for dogs if not treated urgently. Death can be anywhere from 1 - 14 days! Symptoms are vomiting, fever, big lymph nodes.
Fish for dogs must be well cooked.
Wine, Beer, Spirits. Even foods containing alcohol!A dogs liver and brain will be damaged through alcohol.
Alcohol will cause some, if not all, of these; vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, breathing difficulty, coma, co-ordination problems and can even lead to death.
It may be fun to see a dog having a "drink" but there is good reason why alcohol appears on the food bad for dogs page and surely nobody, that gives alcohol to a dog, would understand just how devasting the consequences could be.
In short no booze for any dog, large or small!
Salt. If your dog eats too much salt it can lead to sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms include excessive thirst and urination, vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and may even cause death.
Many dog treats contain high levels of salt - there are better and healthier treat options.
Onions and Garlic. Onion can destroy the red blood cells in dogs leading to anemia. Be aware that it is onion in any form - cooked, raw, powdered or dehydrated that make it a food bad for dogs.
Lack of interest in food, breathlessness, diarrhea, vomiting and dullness are all symptoms.
Garlic in very small amounts can be in the dogs food, but it seems pretty common thinking that even then it is not a good idea to feed garlic on a regular basis.
Sugary Stuff. Diabetes, obesity and dental problems can be caused by a dog having too much sugar from those so called "treats" such as sugary foods and drinks that owners sometimes want to share with their dog.
Not a good idea as dogs will often put on the weight faster than us, and a diet is no fun for them either!
Caffeine. Don't be tempted to share a cuppa with your dog as it can be fatal for them if the quantities get large enough, and there is NO antidote which means your dog can die from such a simple mistake!
Caffeine is found in tea, coffee, cocoa, chocolate. colas, and stimulant energy drinks!
Tell tale symptoms of caffeine poisoning can be restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits and bleeding.
Don't forget a simple cuppa is a food bad for dogs. Water is best.
Yeast Dough. If your dog eats yeast dough it will still "rise" in the dogs' stomach. This "rising" stretches the dogs' stomach, thereby causing severe pain. As the yeast ferments the dough it a alcohol is produced which may lead to alcohol poisoning.
Grapes and Raisins. Kidney failure is a real risk if dogs are given grapes or raisins. Even a small amount can have serious consequences and make the dog very ill.
Repeated vomiting and being hyperactive are early signs which is followed by the dog becoming lethargic and depressed.
There are better options in fruit that will not affect your dog such as apple, orange, bananas or watermelon. REMOVE the seeds first otherwise you could have problems!
Human Medicines. A big "no no" on the food bad for dogs list is human medicine.
Never give human medications to your dog unless a vet has told you that it is okay to do so.
Human medicines that contain ibuprofen or acetaminophen can be deadly.
One of the most common causes of dog poisoning in dogs is because they have been given a human medicine.
Milk - Dairy. No doubt about it dogs love an ice cream and will also lap up a treat of milk - but neither is good for them.
Milk and milk based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive upsets plus set up food allergies, which often result in the dog scratching itself.
Pantry Stuff. On the whole dogs are nosey and if it sniffs okay then a sample munch could be on the cards!
Nutmeg and other spices, baking powder, baking soda are highly toxic to dogs, as are many other pantry items.
Best to keep the pantry door closed and your dog away from any potential serious blood related illness.
Nuts. Whilst a lot of focus seems to be given to Macadamia nuts it should be remembered that nuts, or foods with nuts in them, can be fatal for dogs.
Muscle tremors, rapid heart rate, paralysis or weakness in the hindquarters, high body temperature, vomiting are all signs of poisoning.
If the nuts have been chocolate the problem is a lot worse and could lead to kidney failure and death.
I've read that as few as 6 Macadamia nuts, raw or roasted, can make a dog ill that is why they, and other nuts, make the food bad for dogs list.
Foods with Xylitol. If the food says it does not contain sugar be on the lookout for the sweetener xylitol, because it is extremely dangerous for dogs, hence the reason why it appears on the lists compiling food bad for dogs.
Xylitol can cause an insulin increase which in turn could cause the dogs blood sugar to drop and lead to liver failure.
Prior to liver failure there could be vomiting, lethargy, loss of co-ordination and seizures.
Candy, toothpaste, chewing gums, baked goods, and some diet foods are often sweetened with xylitol.
Treats no longer include the odd candy!
Chocolate. Dogs seem to love chocolate but if you love your dog you will keep the two far apart!
Whilst we were out my dogs did get into a big chocolate feed one Easter time, thanks to some chocolate eggs that were left on a table being too hard to resist - and I had my suspicions as to who would have been ring leader of the "raiding party" - small, white and light tan coat, a face that melts hearts and always up for a bit of mischief!
Needless to say the dogs were not looking at all well, and nor was my cash situation after their vet treatments!
Theobromine is the agent found in all chocolates which includes white chocolate, milk chocolate and dark chocolate.
All forms of chocolate cakes and eating chocolate are to be avoided, and no licking of chocolate icing either!
Along with vomiting, diarrhea and excessive drinking that chocolate can cause abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures and death.
There is good reason why chocolate is on the food bad for dogs listing.
It is just not worth the risk is it?!
Ever said " I will have to save that for the dog as a treat" and been scraping left over bits of meat, usually with heaps of fat attached to it - or even just fat on its' own, into the dog feeding bowl or onto the feeding plate?
Don't do it!!
That fat is also a food bad for dogs.
Too much fat and your dog could be heading for Pancreatitis and that "treat" could end up costing you a heap of money in vet bills and medication.
It is also "cured meat fats" such as from ham, salami etc., so whether it is cooked or uncooked it's NO fat scraps for your dog!
"P" as in pit from fruits such as plums, persimmons, peaches AND seeds from apples, pears, oranges, melons etc.
Cyanide is present in many fruit pits (probably why humans have learnt not to eat them - dogs would not have a clue).
Other than poisoning your dog the problems caused from pits and seeds are intestine inflammation or intestinal obstruction.
So our rule for fruit is only the flesh of the fruit, that way we should avoid possible trouble.
Onion, garlic cluster (a limited small amount of garlic is okay), rhubarb, RAW potato, chives, shallots, leeks and mushrooms are all vegetables that your dog should be kept away from.
It is easy to think that all the foods we eat should be okay for our dogs, but as you can see from everything above that is far from true.
Many of our food delights certainly come into the category of a food bad for dogs!