What Are Foods That My Dog Should Never Eat?


Dog Training in Northern Virginia


At our dog training facility in Northern Virginia, we always get asked about foods that people should avoid their dog eating.  There are quite a lot of of them, actually.  Anyone with a dogs knows that it can sometimes be hard to completely prevent your counter-surfing dog from snatching some foods off of the counter that they should not have.  Clearly, if this is your issue, this can be fixed through obedience training, it’s a common problem that we deal with on a day-to-day basis.

However, some owners just like for their dogs to eat like them!  They love them and want to give them their amazing tasting “human-grade” food, right?  This love for your pet is fine, as long as you know the foods to avoid!

Things You Should Avoid Ever Giving Your Dog:

We will start with the obvious, that I “think” every dog owner in the world knows! Chocolate/Caffeine – The active ingredients in chocolate and caffeine theobromine and theophylline, which is toxic to dogs. They have been known to cause heart or nervous system failure even in reasonably small amounts. Also remember, the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous for your dog.    To give you an example, Denver based veterinarian Kevin Fitzgerald says, “20 ounces of milk chocolate, 10 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate, and just 2.25 ounces of baking chocolate could potentially kill a 22-pound dog.” However, it should be noted that serious toxic or health problems could arise with even lower doses than listed above.  In summary, no amount of chocolate should ever be acceptable for your dog and you should avoid it’s ingestion at any cost.

Milk Products – Can cause diarrhea.

Sugary Foods – Can do the same thing it does to humans, cause obesity, dental problems, diabetes, etc.

Alcohol – alcohol even in small amounts can cause coma or even death in small pets.

Bones – If giving your dog a raw diet (or if accidental), ensure they do not consume any bones.  This can cause cuts, obstructions, and intestinal blockages.

Cat Food – Sometimes you may find your dog sneaking into your cat’s bowl because they often times find cat food (which is  richer and fattier) delicious!  Cat food is very high in protein and dogs often time can have a hard time digesting this.

Citrus Oil Extracts – May elicit vomiting in dogs.

Fat Trimmings – Fatty foods are a common cause of pancreatitis, so try to avoid giving your dog your fat trimming scraps.

Grapes or Raisins – Known to contain a toxin that can lead to kidney damage.

Liver – Ingesting too much can adversely affect the dog’s bones and muscles by creating vitamin A toxicity.

Macadamia Nuts – Much like raisins and grapes, the toxin and mechanism of action are not known at this time

Molds – Ingesting any form of molds have the same affect on dogs that it has on humans (except generally worse because they are smaller).

Mushrooms – Some mushrooms are toxic to dogs (just like people), which can result in shock, nervous system failure, and even death in severe cases.

Onions and Garlic – Can cause anemia and blood damage in both cats and dogs.

Peaches , Avocados, Plums – Peaches and plums themselves are not unsafe for your dogs to eat; however, they contain pits which can present a choking hazard to your dog.  All pitted or nutted foods should be avoided.

Raw Eggs – Eating avidin  enzyme can reduce biotin absorption and lead to hair and skin problems or get salmonella poisoning, as well.

Raw Fish – Feeding your dog raw fish can lead to a thiamine deficiency. This can cause your dog to lose his appetite, have seizures, and can even lead to death if your dog eats raw fish regularly.

Salt –  Too much salt in dogs has the same affect as too much salt in humans, it can lead to dehydration.

Xylitol – This is an artificial sweetener, which can lead to liver failure.

Yeast – Yeast can cause swelling and pain in the stomach.

If your dog has ingested an abnormal quantity of any of these items, contact your local Vet immediately!  Also, you can contact the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

So, safe-proof your house, your pantry, and your cabinets to ensure your dog doesn’t get ahold of foods that they should never eat.





About Off Leash K9 Training

My name is Nick White, I am the owner of Off-Leash K9 Training. I am a former US Marine Iraq War Veteran, and former US Secret Service, also, I currently have 12 locations in the United States. We specialize in basic obedience, advanced obedience, personal protection, and drug detection. About us: As you will see, our client list includes: NBA Star John Wall, UFC World Champion Jon "Bones" Jones, World Champion Boxer Roy Jones Jr, UFC Announcer Bruce Buffer, film star Ron Jeremy, 3x UFC Champion Rich "Ace" Franklin, WWF World Champion Iron Sheik, Kane Hodder ("Jason" from the Friday the 13th movies), the staff from the hit show "Operation Repo," and Elliot's dog from Elliot in the Morning on DC 101! See them in our highlight video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7T17ZgrOc7k&list=UUv67Xn3BwFJgPLigquueb4A&index=5 We also had yahoo do a special on us, as well! http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/driven/dog-training-secrets-milit As you will see on our website, we are getting a lot of publicity and it's continually growing! We've had American Legion, US Military Veterans, NoVa Dog Magazine, Military Times Magazine, Smart CEO Magazine, and The Virginia and Maryland Dog Magazine do stories on us (just to name a few). You can see all of these articles if you go to our "About Us" page of website and scroll to the bottom. We are also the official trainers for ABC's "The Pet Show with Dr. Katy Nelson." Recently, we were named one of the top trainers in the world by the Dogington Post! There are over 400 videos of dogs we have trained on YouTube so you can see the amazing results we get verse us just tell you about it, so we would highly encourage you to check out our Youtube Channel and was some of the stuff we do! Thank you for your interest in our amazing training. -Nick

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