What Food Should Dogs Not Eat

We’ve all been there… Midway through one of your favourite meals, only to look down to find your dog staring straight back at you. Suddenly your next mouthful isn’t the hardest thing in the room to resist as the unstoppable force that is puppy dog eyes stare longingly.

As owners, we mustn’t give in to their begging eyes. Not just so we have more food for ourselves (which we must admit is a great bonus), but a lot of foods, as innocent as they seem, are bad for your dog.

So we have compiled our list of human food dogs should not eat.

Foods Bad For Dogs

1. Chocolate

Ok, so it isn’t exactly a secret that dogs can’t eat chocolate. Do you know the reason why though?
Chocolate contains theobromine. This is a chemical that is fine when eaten by humans. So fine that some studies have even shown it to be beneficial to us also. Unfortunately for dogs, this isn’t the case for them as theobromine is toxic to them. Which, unfortunately, means all the more chocolate for you… what a shame...

2. Garlic And Onions

This power couple of flavours is an obvious staple to us humans. Although its potent smell is sure to draw the attention of your dog, this is another food that dogs shouldn’t eat. Whereas with us the worst they can do is linger on the breath, acting as a human repellent, for dogs the aftermath is a lot more serious. When consumed in high qualities they can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anaemia. This can be the result of a large dose or regular small doses. Symptoms may include weakness, vomiting, loss of breath and a reduced interest in food.

3. Grapes And Raisins

Grapes and raisins may be small in size but can cause a large amount of damage when eaten by a dog. Scientists still aren't sure of the exact science behind this, but whilst they figure it out we recommend you avoid.

Find out more about fruits safe for dogs here.

4. Dairy

Did you know dogs digestive systems aren’t built to process cow’s milk?
This may come as a surprise given your dogs eyes when a cheeseboard is in the room, but it’s true.
Dogs don’t have the enzyme needed to breakdown milk sugar, which means it’s more than likely that your dog is, in fact, lactose intolerant. Some dogs can tolerate dairy more than others, but that still doesn’t mean it's great for them. Dairy can is often the trigger for a dog’s sensitive stomach. Symptoms certainly aren’t pretty and include:

- Vomit

- Diarrhoea

- Gastrointestinal diseases (in extreme cases)

5. Xylitol

If you've never heard of xylitol then don’t be alarmed. This artificial sweetener is quite a minor ingredient in our food in place of sugar. It doesn’t cause us any damage but is extremely harmful to dogs. Consumption can be the cause of insulin release that can lead to liver damage, which we’re sure you don't need us to tell you is very bad. It can also be the cause of seizures and brain damage.

6. Nuts

Thanks to their high oil and high-fat content nuts aren’t suitable for dogs. This includes almonds, pecans and walnuts. This can cause vomiting diarrhoea and even pancreatitis.

Macadamias are the worst culprit though and are especially dangerous for pets. They can cause weakness, vomiting, tremors and hypothermia.

7. Sugar

Sugar is another food that’s bad for dogs, which may go without saying.
We all know the damage it can cause to humans and it goes the same for dogs too:

- Obesity

- Dental Health Issues

- Diabetes

8. Salt

Whether it's salt heavy food like crisps (don’t give this to your dogs), or just salt on its own (definitely don’t give this to a dog), salt is bad for dogs. It can cause excessive thirst and urination which can even lead to sodium ion poisoning.

Think your dog has consumed too much salt? If they have any of the following symptoms after consuming salt we would recommend talking to a vet.

If they are:

- Vomiting

- Have diarrhoea

- Tremors 

Worried about what to feed your dog? It's a no brainer. We make dog food for dogs, so you can eat your human food for humans. Give us a few details about your dog here and we'll work out the rest, so you can sit back and enjoy your chocolate all to yourself.
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