You know that chocolate is poison to dogs. Anyone who doesn’t know that clearly has been living under a rock. But did you know that grapes are also harmful to your beloved doggo? The list of human foods that are dangerous to your pet is longer than you may have anticipated. Here are human foods that your dog can’t have.
If your dog is resting his chin on your knee, pitifully watching you eat your guac and chips on the couch, don’t fall for those puppy eyes. Avocado is harmful to your dog because of persin. Persin, in large amounts, can cause your dog to vomit or have diarrhea.
Onions and Garlic
We humans enjoy onions and garlic in our dishes (on pizza, in fried rice, on bread), but our quadruped friends don’t have the stomach to tolerate onions and garlic. No matter if powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated, keep onions and garlic away from dogs because they can kill blood cells and possibly cause anemia.
While most of us live off of caffeine, our pets can’t have any type of caffeine, whether that’s coffee or tea. So, keep your dogs away from cocoa, chocolate, colas, and energy drinks.
Fruit is healthy, so my dog can have that, right? Wrong. Certain fruits such as grapes, raisins, persimmons, peaches, and plums are harmful to your pet. Grapes and raisins, for example, can cause kidney failure and vomiting. While the seed of persimmons can block the small intestine, peaches and plums contain cyanide, which is poisonous.
Cheeses, ice cream, milk, and other dairy products we enjoy must not get into the stomachs of our beloved doggos. Any milk or milk-based products can cause digestive problems, like diarrhea.
Macadamia nuts can cause unpleasant symptoms, such as muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperature, and weakness in the back legs. So the next time you buy those macadamia cookies, make sure your dog doesn’t get into the bag.
In cartoons, dogs and bones are always portrayed as the obvious and perfect combination. Unfortunately, bones can choke your dog and even cut his digestive system when they splinter into sharp ends.
The media often portrays dogs as raw meat eaters. Cartoons portray bulldogs as lovers of steak, and even Instagram videos show owners feeding raw beef to their pitbulls. As it turns out, raw poultry—eggs, meat, and fish—can have bacteria that causes food poisoning. Even scarier, certain fish, like salmon, trout, shad, and sturgeon, can have parasites that cause diseases. Fully cook meat before serving them to your dog.
If sweets are harmful to humans, you can only image how harmful they are to your little doggo friend. Too much sugar can do the same thing to dogs. It can make your dog overweight or, worse, obese. It can also cause teeth problems, like cavities. Worst of all, it can give your dog diabetes.
Don’t give your chips to your dog no matter how hard he begs for it. Chips, and even pretzels, contain too much salt for your pet to handle. Not only will it make them extremely thirsty, too much of it will also cause vomiting, diarrhea, and high temperatures.
You love your pet, and as much as you want to spoil him, it’s important that you say no to certain requests. Say no to your dog begging for cake. Say no to your dog begging for steak. It’s tough love, but it’s love that will save them a trip to the vet.