Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Barking Wednesday - What Foods NOT to Feed your Dog!

This week on Barking Wednesday I wanted to share a list I found on the internet. While browsing the internet I came across a list of food NOT to feed your dog.  Check it out!  Many of the items I was aware of but I had no idea that Avocados were bad and could cause vomiting and diarrhea.

For more pet information check out Pet Education - it is a great website to help answer questions you have about your dog.

Items to avoidReasons to avoid
Alcoholic beveragesCan cause intoxication, coma, and death.
AvocadoThe leaves, seeds, fruit, and bark contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.
Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sourcesCan cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
Cat foodGenerally too high in protein and fats.
Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeineContain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous systems.
Citrus oil extractsCan cause vomiting.
Fat trimmingsCan cause pancreatitis.
Fish (raw, canned or cooked)If fed exclusively or in high amounts can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death.
Grapes, raisins and currantsContain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.
HopsUnknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.
Human vitamin supplements containing ironCan damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.
Macadamia nutsContain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
MarijuanaCan depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.
Milk and other dairy productsSome adult dogs and cats may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.
Moldy or spoiled food, garbageCan contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs.
MushroomsCan contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder)Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
PersimmonsSeeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
Pits from peaches and plumsCan cause obstruction of the digestive tract.
Raw eggsContain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.
Raw meatMay contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea.*
Rhubarb leavesContain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
SaltIf eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyteimbalances.
StringCan become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."
Sugary foodsCan lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.
Table scraps (in large amounts)Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
TobaccoContains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.
Yeast doughCan expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.
Xylitol (artificial sweetener)Can cause very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which can result in vomiting, weakness and collapse. In high doses can cause liver failure.


  1. Oh jeez, I am guilty of a few of those. And seriously, who gives their dogs booze lol? That's crazy.

  2. I'm trying to figure out who feeds their pet alcohol, marijuana or about half of this list? We have put garlic powder on our dog's food (occasionally) because it helped with some skin issues. Otherwise, the dog gets dog food, the occasional bite of steak (really occasional) and dog treats.

    1. Back in my wild youth, I had a buddy who blew marijuana smoke into his dogs face. The dog loved it. Now that I'm older, I know how stupid, irresponsible, and dangerous it was.

  3. I never knew that so many foods were toxic to dogs and cats! Raw meat and spoiled food makes sense, of course, but mushrooms, onions, and garlic would have never crossed my mind.

  4. I have to make sure my son knows this for our new dog in September! He may be tempted to feed him all of our table scraps, and that is a no-no!

  5. We didn't know about grapes when we first got our dog. She used to eat them all the time until we found out! Luckily she's totally fine -she's turning 9 this year!

  6. What a great list! Some people don't realize what they see as a "snack" can really harm their dogs! Our husky Bella has a very sensitive stomach and it's NOTHING for her but dog food and dog treat! Her poor little tummy has gotten real messed up when she ate some food my son dropped on the floor! We make sure she's put up until all food is put away!

  7. This is a great list and one to review several times a year. I was in the Vet's office one day and read some literature on many of these. That is where I learned that grapes were a big no no and so I make sure to pick any up that many fall on the ground now. My dogs use to love them when they would get a few here or there. Much more careful now.

  8. Goodness that is quite a list! I feed my dog actual dog food. Thanks for sharing

  9. Whoa - the chocolate and a few others I knew, but avocado? I had no idea. That would explain a few things though.

  10. Great list to be aware of what NOT to feed dogs! My biggest problem is the dogs sit right at my feet as I'm cooking and the second something hits the floor they gobble it up. They've had some avocado, onion and garlic...luckily no awful side effects. I need to be a neater cook.

  11. Some things on that list are just crazy. I knew about these but it's aways nice to have a refresher.

  12. I think the raw egg one is to be determined by a vet. My various vets over the years and even holistic treaters have all said that a raw egg once in a while is excellent. And, if you are someone who feeds your animals a raw diet then eggs are included. So I think eggs is a case by case basis.

  13. Great list. I'm guilty of feeding my pup more than a couple of these!

  14. We try to keep our dogs just on the dog food, but sometimes they do get scraps. Thanks for the tips!

  15. What a great list to have for dog owners. I will be sure to pass this info along. :)

  16. This is definitely important for dog owners to know! Thanks for the list.

  17. I don't have a dog but this is a helpful list. Who knew that avocado could be harmful.

  18. Great list, I use to see folks feeding their dogs things that I knew were really bad for them. We had a pup eat a chicken wing and die, it was really sad!

  19. I knew about the chocolate. My grandparents used to feed their dogs table scraps all of the time until the vet told them to quit it. :)

  20. Thanks for the information! My dog loves to eat some of the healthy food we eat but we always make sure it's ok to feed him first. He especially loves quinoa and cheese. We never give him alcohol or marijuana :)

  21. That's a long list! Sounds like the safest thing to do is only feed them dog food.

  22. I've heard of the bones. But I'm surprised that they felt the need to put drugs and alcohol on there

  23. Great tips! We don't have a dog now, so I'd hate to feed a friend or neighbors the wrong thing by mistake.

  24. Great info! I can't believe people would feed this stuff to their dogs!

  25. My dog is such a little pig and will scope out our compost area, and pretty much anywhere there is food. I try my best to keep her away though.

  26. These are all good things to know. I knew some of them already but some of them were a surprise to me!

  27. This is a must have list. I did not know many of these foods were not good for your dogs.

  28. Wow! I had no idea that dog's shouldn't eat grapes, raisins or currants! Thanks for the list, this is all good to know and a post that every dog owner or potential dog owner should read!

  29. What a great resource! I have two dogs, two cats and an iguana and I always try to feed them food for them, but there have been times that the dogs sneak a bite of cat food or my iguana grabs a bite of dog food when I'm not watching - lol.

  30. I dont have any doggies but man I didnt know how much hazardous things we eat they cannot eat. I heard chocolate was really bad and now I understand why...thanks for the educational tidbits!