Did you know some foods are toxic for dogs? Yep. Just like humans, dogs can have severe reactions to food that can even lead to death. Eek!
Confession time! I am always feeding my fur babies what I am eating, especially if it is a snack. Even though they eat three meals a day (Yep, they are a wee bit pampered.), it is so easy to think, “if this food is good for me then it has to be good for my dog.” Right? Unfortunately that is not the case. Dogs typically have no discretion over what they are eating. Most dogs will eat anything as you will read in the story below.
When our Great Dane was just a puppy, I busy chopping vegetables at the kitchen counter. I got distracted by the telephone for just a minute. When I turned around to finish my vegetables, an onion was missing off the counter top. When I went looking for Marmalade, she was busy throwing up the onion all over her dog bed. I never thought I would be happy to clean up dog vomit. Onions are extremely toxic to dogs. Luckily, Marms has never tried to eat another one again!
I feed our dogs an all natural, gluten-free diet (you can get the recipe here) and they think that they should have whatever I am eating. Not so! Unfortunately, they are pretty good at begging. So much so, that I ask guests not to feed them. Regardless of how cute they look!
I would be devastated if I fed my dogs something that made them sick. Wouldn’t you be too? When I began my research of what foods are healthy for dogs, I was pretty surprised to find what some of the foods are that are toxic for dogs (be sure to pay careful attention to the nuts). Be sure to scroll down towards to end of the post for a printable version of the list. I have mine taped inside a cabinet door. 😉
8 Toxic Foods for Dogs
- Grapes and raisins: can cause kidney failure.
- Avocados: have a huge seed that if swallowed can cause an obstruction in the esophagus or intestines.
- Yeast dough: can rise in the stomach and cause intestines to rupture.
- Onions: can cause gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage. This also includes onion powder and chives.
- Rhubarb: the leaves are poisonous and can cause issues with the digestive tract, kidneys and nervous system.
- Nuts: are a great treat for dogs. However, do not feed your dogs the following:
- Almonds: while not toxic, almonds are not easily digested and can give your dog an upset stomach as well as create gastric intestinal distress.
- Hickory Nuts: can cause gastric intestinal upset or an intestinal obstruction.
- Macadamia nuts: part of the grape family and rich in fat, these nuts can give your dog a major upset tummy. In addition, these nuts contain an unknown toxic principle that may result in neurological symptoms.
- Pecans: can cause gastric intestinal upset or obstruction.
- Pistachios: rich in fat, these nuts can cause your dog to develop an upset stomach. In addition, consistently eating pistachios can cause Pancreatitis in your dog.
- Walnuts: contain a toxin that can cause seizures.
- Chocolate can cause vomiting, tremors, diarrhea and even death. The higher the cocoa percentage the more dangerous it is. For example, dark chocolate is more toxic than milk or white chocolate.
- Apple core and seeds contain cyanide are highly toxics to dogs and can lead to death.
Now you can have peace of mind when sharing snacks and meals with your fur babies. Click here to download and print the list of 8 toxic foods for your dogs.
Don’t miss this list of safe foods for your pet. Click on the image below.
I have cooked our dog’s food for over 10 years. Click the photo below to find out why:
You and your pooch will love this easy gluten-free dog food recipe: