February 9, 2016

14 Human Foods That Your Dog Should Never Eat

two dogs begging looking up to owner begging for walk and play ,on the floor inside their home

If you love your dog to the moon and back, resisting the temptation of sharing some of your food with him at dinner time may be quite a challenge. Many pet owners avoid feeding their dogs at the dinner table to promote better manners; however, there is an even more serious issue at hand:

Many human foods are poisonous to dogs!

When your dog glares at you with his big, brown eyes while you’re eating, here are the foods that you should absolutely not feed him:

(Please bear in mind that this information is not a substitute for a proper veterinary consultation.)


We all learned that “chocolate isn’t good for dogs” from the Oreo advert. Chocolate contains a stimulant that is poisonous for dogs. It affects their central nervous system, heart and kidneys.

Symptoms of chocolate poisoning include vomiting, diarrhoea, seizures, hyperactivity and restlessness.


Dogs, like humans, are sensitive to the effects of caffeine; however, like chocolate, caffeine can poison dogs. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning are similar to chocolate poisoning.

Milk-based products

Dogs are unable to effectively digest milk; thus, they end up with diarrhoea and other stomach issues from consuming milk-based products.


Onions can affect your dog’s red blood cells. Symptoms include weakness and inability to move around properly. If your dog consumes too much onion, he may need to be taken straight to the vegetarian for a blood transfusion!


Garlic is not just bad for vampires. Garlic, especially raw garlic, contains compounds that are toxic for dogs. Like onions, garlic may cause your dog to become weak and unable to move properly.

Consider this before feeding your dog leftover pizza or pasta!


Alcohol is toxic to humans (in large quantities) and even worse for dogs. It can cause diarrhoea, central nervous system problems, coordination problems, tremors, difficulty breathing, blood acidity and even fatality. Keep all alcohol far away from your dog.


Avocados contain Persin, which is a substance that can cause diarrhoea and vomiting.

Macadamia Nuts

Your dog may experience depressions, weakness, tremors, hyperthermia and vomiting after consuming macadamia nuts.


Grapes can cause kidney failure for dogs as it is toxic for their system. It may also cause diarrhoea, vomiting and weakness as well as a reduced appetite.

Apple Cores

Apple cores contain cyanide which can cause dizziness, seizures, hyperventilation, coma and shock. Don’t leave apple cores, or any other fruit cores for that matter, lying around.


Feeding a dog a bone seems like the most stereotypical thing to do, but it can be extremely dangerous for them. Bones can get caught in their throats, cause injury and cause constipation. Rather avoid “treating” your dog with a bone.

Fatty foods

Unfortunately, foods high in fat, such as bacon (sadly), can cause a dog to develop pancreatitis. This will affect your dog’s ability to absorb nutrients and cause digestion issues.

Yeast dough

Yeast dough can expand in your dog’s stomach and cause extra gas to develop in his digestive system; this can, in turn, lead to stomach and intestine ruptures.


Xylitol is used by many dieters as a substitute for sugar. This specific artificial sweetener can cause insulin release for dogs. This can lead to lethargy, loss of coordination, vomiting and seizures.

Contact your veterinarian if you think that your dog may have ingested any of the above-listed items. View a list of local Veterinarians on an Online Agricultural Products Directory.

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