The most dangerous food you know not to feed dogs is chocolate. But, many other human foods contain hidden toxins for dogs. A lot of fruits and vegetables are good for humans, but not all are good for dogs. Some healthy foods for humans may contain dangerous toxins for dogs and other pets.
Common Foods to Avoid Feeding Dogs
Never feed dogs chocolate, coffee, caffeine, onions, garlic, chives, raw/undercooked meat, eggs, bones, grapes, raisins, avocado, coconut, dairy, salt, salty snack foods, nuts, alcohol, and medications. Some of these seem unusual, like nuts containing toxins, while peanut butter is often safe for dogs.
Avoid bananas and other sweet fruits, unless in small portions. It is important to avoid the skins, leaves, stems, and seeds of fruits, as these contain toxins and are dangerous foods for dogs. You can feed dogs small bits from the center, though be careful to ensure it includes only the flesh.
It’s Hard to Avoid Those Begging Eyes
Salt and salty snacks are easy to hand off, like a chip or pretzel to a dog as they beg during that relaxing time in front of the TV, but salt is a dangerous food in dehydration, followed by excessive thirst and urination.
Sugar is also a dangerous food for dogs. So, foods like raw cranberries or other fruits are healthy, while juices or sauces are too sweet to feed them. So, instruction as to the most dangerous foods for dogs includes chocolate, alcohol, caffeine, onions, and garlic.
Not all nuts are bad, but it’s safest to avoid them. Dogs like peanut butter, but it is important to give them the safest option available, one that has no toxins. Luckily, some peanut butter brands at pet stores are for dogs, saving the worry of feeding them traditional brands, including cancer-causing Aflatoxins.
The most important thing is to be careful when passing treats to your dog from the dinner table.