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Title: Food Harmful for Dogs- what Dogs Shouldnt Eat

Human Food that Dogs Cant Eat
  • Food and Products that Should be Avoided for Dogs

List of Harmful Food Products for Dog is Long
  • There are a variety of food items that human
    prefer for taste and health benefits.
  • But there are variety of food items belonging to
    that category which can be potentially risky for
    dogs if ever given to them.

  • This list varies from variety of vegetables, to
    various fruits.
  • Also includes various products containing
    chemicals that are toxic and poison for dogs.
  • There are also many spices and herbs which should
    be avoided to be given to dogs.
  • Here is a knowledge of such harmful food products
    and their effects on dogs in brief.

List of Few Known Harmful Food products
  1. Vegetables of Allium Family such Onion and
  2. Green tomatoes and potatoes, rhubarb.
  3. Avocados.
  4. Grapes and raisins.
  5. Pits of fruits such as apple, peach and plum.
  6. Persimmon.
  7. Nuts such as walnut, pistachios and brazil nut.
  8. Macadamia nuts.

9. Raw meat and raw fish. 10. Raw eggs. 11.
High fat meat and cat food. 12. Export meat from
China and Australia. 13. Caffeine containing
beverages. 14. Ethanol containing beverages and
products. 15. Ingredients such as xylitol and
baking soda. 16. Spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon,
and even uncooked raw salt.
Vegetables That Should Be Avoided
  • 1.Onion, Garlic and veggies from Allium family.
  • Contain harmful chemicals for dogs such as
    thiosulfates and sulfides.
  • These chemicals cause formation of Heinz bodies
    inside the blood circulation system, damaging
    hemoglobin and form waste lump that can damage
    oxygen circulation in blood.
  • The symptoms may arise 36-72 hours after
  • Constant feeding of such food can result in
    serious health condition in future.

  • Symptoms vary with time, they depend on the
    amount ingested.
  • Common symptoms being vomiting and diarrhea and
    if left untreated, it can result in rise of many
    other diseases which can be harmful for dogs
  • 2. Tomatoes (unripe), green and raw potatoes,
  • These vegetables contain toxic chemical known as
    solanine and atropine.
  • These vegetables also contain oxalates that can
    be extremely harmful for dogs health and can
    cause serious issues such as seizure, tremors and
    it may also give rise to other nervous system

  • Other symptoms may include
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • constipation along with tremors, seizures
  • heart arrhythmias
  • paralysis and it has even resulted in death in
    past cases where ingestion amount was high.

Fruits That Should be Avoided
  • Avocados
  • Avocados contain persin, a toxic for pets.
  • Persin causes fluid accumulation in abdomen,
    chest and heart.
  • Though rich source of fats, this fruit can cause
    breathing problems, vomiting, diarrhea.
  • At times pancreatitis and it has also been seen
    as a post necrotic reason for dog death.

  • 2. Grapes and raisins
  • They contain mycotoxin, a known toxic and
    potential threat for dog and cats health.
  • Quantity larger than 3gm/kg bodyweight of dog can
    be harmful and life risking for dogs.
  • The symptoms start exhibiting within 24 hours.
  • Primary symptoms being vomiting and diarrhea
    follow with dehydration and loss of appetite.
  • This also results in damage to vital organs such
    as kidney and result in hypercalcemic and
  • Dog should be immediately taken to a vet in such
    a case as life starts coming under threat within
    24 hours and delaying more than 48 hours may
    result in some bad happening with dog and his

  • 3. Pit and seed of plum, peach and apples (Fruits
    of Rose Family).
  • These pits contain cyanogenic glycosides and
    amyglacin which give rise to cyanide compound
    (mainly hydrogen cyanide) which is poison for
    humans and dogs as well.
  • Toxicity depends more on the amount ingested by
    dogs, and so does the symptoms.
  • Symptoms consist of seizure, drooling, excess
    salivation, dilated pupils and also causes
    enteritis in digestive system.
  • High amounts can be risky for dogs health.
  • Small quantities can be neglected, but pits are
    however harmful for dogs.

  • 4. Persimmon
  • Seed of this fruit is also harmful for dogs.
  • Though pit and seed of this fruit doesnt contain
    cyanide forming compounds, but still these seeds
    cause inflammation in intestine giving rise to
  • Diarrhea and hyperthermia and fever condition is
    also observed.
  • This fruit may not effect dogs but it can be
    extremely dangerous for dogs of small size and
  • This fruit is not life risking for dogs, but may
    cause ill effects to health.

  • 4. Nuts walnuts, pistachios, brazil nuts.
  • These nuts contain aflatoxin and high level of
  • Dogs are more sensitive and may display symptoms
    of toxicity.
  • It mainly effects the liver and kidneys of the
  • Symptoms consist of loss of appetite, vomiting,
    jaundice, dehydration, lethargy. In cases of
    kidney related issues, urination becomes painful
    and difficult as well.
  • In severe cases, dogs may face liver and kidney
    failure and may meet their demise, so proper
    medical attention is required.

  • 5. Macadamia nuts
  • These nuts are also harmful for dogs health,
    though dont contain any known toxin.
  • Ill effects depends upon the amount ingested.
  • Symptoms may appear within 10-24 hours.
  • Symptoms may include weakness, lethargy,
    irregular movement and walk, pain in body, muscle
    and swollen joints. In many cases tremors and
    rised body temperature is also noticed.

  • 6. Meats and cat food
  • High fat meat can be harmful for dog and may
    cause pancreatitis.
  • Cat food contain high amount of fat and protein
    which can be harmful for your dogs if given in
    regular basis and may give rise to serious health
  • Frequent eating of such may also give rise to
    chronic pancreatitis and also results in obesity
    and overweight.
  • Adult dogs and female dogs are more affected.
  • The symptoms may be or may not be visible until
    the situation becomes serious and consist of
    vomiting, diarrhea, loss in appetite, fever,

  • 7. Raw meat and raw fish
  • Raw fish and raw meat such as salmon may carry
    parasitic infection with them and may cause dogs
    serious health problem.
  • Though not dangerous, it can be troublesome for
    dogs health and may cause weakness, appetite
    loss, swelling in lymph nodes.
  • Condition may become serious if left untreated.
  • Fecal sample is taken for diagnosis of the
    existence of this parasite within the body and
    can be cured with normal medication, so
    consulting a vet is the best idea.

  • 8. Raw eggs
  • Raw eggs contain bacteria Salmonella or E.coli.
  • This bacteria prevents absorption of vitamin E
    inside body.
  • This may result in aging of dogs, poor skin and
    coat if raw eggs are fed regularly to dogs.
  • 9. Exported meat from China and Australia
  • Various meat products that are being exported
    commercially from China and Australia are also
    being considered harmful for dogs as there have
    been serious illness due to feeding of such food.
  • Many cases have been recorded where dogs were
    seen suffering from serious health condition
    after they were fed such food with exported meat
    in them.
  • No offence to any commercial company, but this is
    for the care and wellness of dogs, and one has to
    stay aware of such commercial products along with
    those which can be harmful for pets health.

  • 9. Caffeine containing products.
  • Caffeine is a toxic chemical and damages dogs
    health. It is present in coffee, tea and
  • Caffeine in larger quantity can be dangerous for
    dogs, low consumption may not display any
    symptoms, but accumulation of such toxic inside
    body can be extremely harmful.
  • Symptoms may consist of restlessness,
    hyperactivity, increased heart rate and tremors.
  • Treatment should be provided in time or the
    severe condition may result in damage to vital
    organs such as heart, kidneys and liver and may
    even result in death of dog.

  • 10. Chocolates
  • Chocolates contain theobromide, toxic to dogs.
  • It the vital organs of dogs body such as heart,
    kidney, brain and liver and may damage these
    organs as well.
  • This also gives rise to serious health condition
    in future if left untreated or if the
    accumulation of this chemical becomes excess
    enough to cause harm to health.
  • Various symptoms consist of hyperactivity,
    tremors, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, improper
    physical movements.
  • This is a potentially harmful chemical and may
    take the life of your pet away if treatment is
    not provided on time.

  • 11. Ethanol containing products.
  • Many pet owners are seen feeding their dog
    alcohol and ethanol containing beverages for fun!
  • Ethanol is highly toxic and extremely reactive in
    dogs. Even small doses can be extremely lethal.
  • Ethanol is also present in various other products
    such as dyes, perfumes and also in raw yeast,
    thus these should be avoided and kept away from
    dogs reach.
  • Symptoms of ethanol toxicity consist of
    depression, weakness, irregular movements.
  • Serious outcomes may consist of extreme fever,
    liver failure, seizure, coma and even death if
    medication is not provided.

  • Spices and ingredients.
  • Various ingredients such as baking powder, salt,
    nutmegs and other ingredients found in food
    products such as xylitol are considered harmful
    for dogs health.
  • 12. Xylitol is toxic to dogs, found as a additive
    sugar free sweetener in many food products,
    mainly found in gums and candies.
  • Even 3 to 4 piece of gums can be dangerous for
    your dog and he/she may exhibit sign of toxicity
    within 1 to 2 hours of ingestion.
  • Symptoms may consist of vomiting, diarrhea,
    dehydration, with rapid decrease in blood sugar
  • In severe cases, it may also result in
    hypoglycemia, liver dam age and failure.
  • Dog will meet its demise if the toxicity is left
    untreated, and this situation may arise within 3
    to 4 days of ingestion, so immediate attention
    and medical care is required.

  • 13.Baking powder is also found in many food
  • Large quantities are known to cause toxic effects
    in dogs.
  • This usually happens after constant accumulation
    of such compounds inside body.
  • Baking soda releases gases inside stomach and
    intestine which may react and cause electrolytic
    imbalance in potassium and sodium content inside
  • However, this compound is not found that commonly
    in dog food and thus carries lower threat level.
  • However, it can cause convulsion in muscle and
    muscular spasms. Sometimes, it also results in
    heart failure and death in dogs.

  • 14.Nutmeg
  • Nutmeg is considered toxic for dogs as it
    contains myristicin, a toxic for dogs.
  • This directly effects the central nervous system
    of dogs and may exhibit symptoms of tremors and
    seizures along with improper body movements.
  • If left untreated, it may cause serious illness
    and even death in dogs.
  • 15.Salt
  • Salt is also considered toxic for dogs.
  • Dogs cover their salt and iodine requirement from
    the food available to them, and do not require
    any addition of extra salt in their food.
  • Extra raw salt may result in excessive thirst and
  • Epilepsy, vomiting, diarrhea, hyperthermia and
    tremors are few primary symptoms.
  • This may also be life threatening for dogs if
    ingested in large amounts or left untreated.

  • 16.Cinnamon
  • This spice can be found in kitchen, as well as a
    fancy decoration herb in houses as well.
  • Known for its strong taste and aroma, this spice
    also contains caumarin, which is a known toxic
    chemical harmful for dogs.
  • Dogs may ingest such toxic product or may also
    get affected if they inhale such by mistake.
  • If inhaled, dog may face trouble breathing, and
    other symptoms may include dry coughing, along
    with bronchoplasm and nose bleeding.
  • If ingested orally in oil or normal form, it may
    cause damage to liver, with elevated breathing
    and blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Exposure to skin(usually it is skin near dogs
    mouth) also causes irritation and blister
    formation at the skin.

  • In case if your pet comes in contact with such
    toxic and harmful products, owner should rush to
    a medical professional and provide immediate
    attention and medical care to your pet.
  • Fortunately, due to advances in medical science,
    there are medications available which can help
    your pet recover from such ill effects if
    medication is provided on time.
  • As a responsible pet owner, one should avoid
    giving his/her dog any food product belonging to
    this list of harmful food product for dogs.

Healthy Dog is Every Pet Owners Desire
Never Feed Your Dog such Harmful Food Products.
Prevention is Better than Cure. Have a Healthy
and Active dog and Happy Life Together Ahead.
Thank You
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