5 Human Foods My Dog Cannot Eat

Posted By: Benzer PetMed | April 14, 2017
Chocolate is not a healthy dog food

As a responsible pet parent, you want the best for your dog. Apart from visits to the vet and grooming, ensuring your pet is healthy is a priority. This includes purchasing of the healthy dog food. However, there might be times when you can’t resist sharing your food with your dog. If you want to share your human food with your pet, it’s important to know what food items your dog cannot eat.

Chocolate

A chocolate bar contains Caffeine, which is not good for your dog’s health. Ingesting chocolate can increase the heart rate of your furry friend. Moreover, chocolates have theophylline and theobromine. These toxic substances can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and can also damage the heart and nervous system, leading to death.

Grapes

According to Poison Control, seven pieces of grapes are toxic for animals, particularly for dogs. It can cause acute kidney failure. Also, BUN (blood urea nitrogen) and creatinine levels increase after ingestion of grapes. It’s important to look for the signs of toxicity, which include anuria or not being able to urinate, vomiting, abdominal pain, and even seizures.

Garlic & Onion

While these allium vegetables can help fight infection for human beings, they are not good for dogs. Onions contain sulfoxides and disulfides that can cause anemia. Moreover, they can cause irritation of the gastrointestinal tract and consequently result in asthma attacks, damage to the red blood cells, and liver damage.

Rhubarb

While a slice of carrot can be a healthy dog food, your pet cannot eat all vegetables. Rhubarb is one type of vegetable that can cause toxicity to your pet. Its leaves have oxalic acid as well as calcium oxalate crystals which can be harmful to your dog, especially if uncooked. Signs of ingestion are vomiting, abdominal pain, and excessive drooling.

Milk

It may tempt you to give milk to your dog as it is very nutritious. However, cow’s milk can cause lactose intolerance and lead to acute intestinal distress. Signs can include vomiting and diarrhea which can lead to dehydration.

As a loving parent, you only want the best for your pet. Aside from shopping for pet medication and accessories, avoiding foods that are harmful to your dog should be a priority.  Choose a happy and healthy life for your dog!

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