12 Human Foods You Didn’t Know Could Kill Your Dog

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The most important thing with pet care is knowing what you can and can’t feed your dog. That and capitalizing on your puppy for hilarious memes. As long as you stick to a pretty decent doggy diet, everything should be gravy right? Wrong. Turns out there’s a ton of foods you probably didn’t know about that can actually be really bad for your dog, including some that are perfectly healthy for humans.

After all, there’s nothing worse than having your dog suffer over a simple mistake in diet. While they’re still man’s best friend, they probably shouldn’t eat like your best friend. Because we at Foodbeast care about you and your canine companions, here are 12 human foods that your dog should most definitely avoid.

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Chocolate

Chocolate

Chocolate is one of the most common foods that is bad for dogs, so we figured we’d knock it off the list early. Dog owners know better than to leave a Toblerone or two laying around.

What’s In It:

Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine which fall under the methylxanthines category. When we hear the phrase “the darker the chocolate, the more dangerous,” it’s because white chocolates contain fewer methylxanthines. Thus, less toxicity.

What It Can Do:

If eaten by a dog, chocolate can cause vomiting, dehydration, abdominal pains, severe agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heart rhythm, elevated body temperature, seizures and death.

H/T ASPCA

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Milk

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Yeah we know, puppies drink milk from their mothers after they’re born. However, like humans  (including moi), dogs can also suffer from lactose intolerance.

What’s In It:

Milk contains milk sugar that dogs don’t have the enzymes to break down.

What It Can Do:

Consumption of milk could lead to vomiting, diarrhea and other gastrointestinal problems. While it’s not immediately life-threatening, it can contribute to serious bacterial exposure in dogs that could eventually lead to disease.

H/T Can I Give My Dog

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Cheese

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Sorry boy, no Grilled Cheese Spot for you. Your stomach will thank me for it later.

What’s In It:

Like milk, cheese also has sugars and fatty components that dogs don’t have the necessary enzymes to break down.

What It Can Do:

Cheese, and other dairy products, can cause problems if consumed in excess. Symptoms like gas, diarrhea and vomiting can all occur if a dog eats too much cheese.

H/T Dog Food Advisor

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Onion

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While onions go with pretty much anything savory, they can do more than just make your dog cry.

What’s In It:

Onions contain compounds that can be harmful to dogs if ingested enough.

What It Can Do:

Onions can damage red blood cells in dogs causing them to become weaker and move around less. If enough onions are consumed, a blood transfusion might be necessary.

H/T ASPCA

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Macadamia Nuts

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One of the more recent discoveries, Macadamia Nuts can be incredibly harmful to dogs if eaten.

What’s In It:

The specific chemicals found in macadamias are still unknown right now, but they are known to cause a toxic reaction to dogs if ingested.

What It Can Do:

Dogs will develop weakness and an inability to walk, specifically in their hind legs. Vomiting, staggering gait, depression, tremors and hypothermia.

H/T VetMedicine

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Garlic

Garlic

Consider your dogs vampires and keep them away from raw garlic as much as possible.

What’s In It:

Like the chocolate rule, the stronger the onion the more toxic it can be. Since garlic is part of the onion family it’s even more dangerous to dogs than onions per ounce. Garlic contains compounds that are strong in toxicity.

What It Can Do:

While the effect of garlic consumption to red blood cells won’t appear for a few days in dogs, they’l be tired and reluctant to move. The dog’s urine will be orange to dark red in color. Like with onions, a blood transfusion might be required in severe cases.

H/T ASPCA

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Grapes

Grapes

Like Macadamia Nuts, grapes and raisins can be extremely toxic to dogs.

What’s In It:

While its currently unknown what chemicals and compounds are in grapes that cause toxicity to dogs, the results of consumption can be pretty devastating.

What It Can Do:

Grapes and raisins can cause rapid kidney failure. While it varies between dogs, symptoms may not show up in them. Other than kidney failure, dogs can also develop vomiting or diarrhea as well as a lethargic state. Dogs will also develop dehydration and lack of appetite. Death from kidney failure may occur within three to four days.

H/T ASPCA

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Avocados

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You might want to hold off sharing that guac with your doggy pal. He’ll thank you for it later.

What’s In It:

Avocado leaves, pits, bark and fruit contain a toxin called persin.

What It Can Do:

Avocados can have toxic effects on dogs depending on the variety. They can cause upset stomachs in dogs, breathing difficulties, fluid buildup in the chest, but the most dangerous thing for them seem to the be the pit. Since it’s slippery, the pit can accidentally be swallowed by dogs, leading to obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract.

H/T HubPages

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Apple Cores

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While most people try to avoid eating the core of an apple, it’s actually much more toxic to dogs. Along with a few other fruits, you should definitely be careful not to leave apple cores laying around for dogs to get their paws on.

What’s In It:

The core of an apple (as well as plums, peaches, pears and apricots) contain cyanogenic glycosides which is also known as cyanide.

What It Can Do:

Some of the symptoms that come from ingesting the toxin are dizziness, struggling to breath, seizures, collapsing, hyperventilation, shock and even coma.

H/T HubPages

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Yeast Dough

Bread

Bread makes you fat? While having a chubby puppy isn’t the worst thing in the world, yeast dough used to make bread should absolutely be kept away from dogs.

What’s In It:

The raw yeast dough from making bread can ferment in a dog’s stomach, becoming toxic.

What It Can Do:

Aside from the toxicity from alcohol being produced in the stomach, yeast dough can also expand in your dog’s stomach or intestines and create a large amount of gas in the digestive system. This can lead to severe pain and a potentially ruptured stomach or intestinal tract. Vomiting, abdominal discomfort and lethargy can also occur.

H/T VetMedicine

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Caffeine

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No idea who would ever share coffee with a dog. I mean, what do they have to do all day other than sleep and look out the window?  In all seriousness, owners should never let their dogs near coffee or any form of caffeine.

What’s In It:

Coffee contains a stimulant known as Methylated xanthine.

What It Can Do:

Methylated xanthine stimulates the nervous system in dogs, causing vomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations and even death.

H/T Can I Give My Dog

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Bacon

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What? Bacon?! Say it isn’t so! It’s absolutely tragic that we can’t share one of the greatest foods out there with our canine buddies. We’ll need to remember this the next time we want to feed our dogs some breakfast bacon under the table. Well, more bacon for us then. Sorry, buddy.

What’s In It:

Foods rich in fat, like bacon, can lead to the disease pancreatitis in dogs. Once a dog has developed pancreatitis, their pancreas’ become inflamed and stop functioning correctly.

What It Can Do:

This leads to all sorts of problems with digestion and nutrient absorption.

H/T Can I Give My Dog

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It should also be noted that the amount of damage these foods can do vary on the specific breeds and sizes of your dogs. Like humans, all dogs are different and can react differently to foods. Though it’s better to keep them away from these foods just for good measure.



Pete is a guy who enjoys comics, cartoons and crappy movies. Favorite foods include pizza, mexican and pretty much anything that has to do with breakfast. If the three were combined, it would be preferred. His browser history is filled with food porn.



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  • Anonymous

    HHHHmmmm!

    Garlic and Avocado are in many many dogfoods and dog supplements.
    Garlic repells fleas when eaten in dog foods
    http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/garlic-for-dogs-poison-or-medicine/
    and Avocado is in
    http://www.avodermnatural.com/Dog_Foods/
    and
    http://www.beneful.com/products/dry-dog-food/healthy-fiesta

    • Diann Nephew

      Dried or cooked garlic is ok…it’s RAW garlic that’s the problem. I have a friend that has a 12 yr old dog that steals the avocados they buy and eats the flesh (leaving skin and pit behind) and doesn’t have any problems…

  • XD

    Posting bacon, but not xylitol?
    My Pomeranian weeps.

    • Chris Edwards

      Agreed, they should have listed it as “sugar-free gum” or something, but I can see why they left it off as a “food” item. Still unknown enough and extremely toxic enough to warrant being listed here.

  • Aaron Boyer

    This list is bull.

  • Michael Osterfeld

    This list is crap….

    • Lisa W

      And you got your DVM through….. Where?

      • Michael Osterfeld

        You don’t need a DVM to research things and find them out for yourself. Don’t be such a sheep. This article was written buy a guy who blogs about food…Might want to get your animal facts from…I dunno…a vet site.

        • Lisa W

          I feel sad for you.

          • Michael Osterfeld

            Well you have fun with that. Facts are your friend.

      • Asinus

        Look at the wording of some of these– they are really, really vague. The liberal use of the words “can” and “may” are really weasely. The implication is that some of these things “could kill your dog” in the same way they “could kill human”– by ingesting too much of something that isn’t toxic. I mean, saying that a dog could be lactose intolerant– what does that mean? What is the prevalence of lactose intolerance in dogs? The wording used could apply to humans; i.e. there is some chance. That’s not super helpful or informative at all. At that point, why not just list every food and say that there is a chance that a dog could be allergic to it?

  • Linda Lovelush

    Bread doesn’t make you fat. Excess calories make you fat.

    • http://wfhgal.com/ Isel

      The line was taken from the movie Scott Pilgrim vs the world.

      • Linda Lovelush

        Oh :)

    • Anthony Yau

      bread is very rich in starch, if consumed, and not expended as energy for activities, there will be excessive blood sugar and overtime, the body will convert and store as fat. in fact, excessive carbohydrate is worse than excessive fats.

      • Linda Lovelush

        Humbug. People have been eating bread for centuries and it’s only recently we’ve got an ‘obesity epidemic’ on our hands.

        Although I do agree that excessive carbs is NOT a good thing. Sadly, though, many people don’t know the meaning of the word “moderation”.

        • Anonymous

          The post was about raw dough-yeasty dough can expand in the warm environment of the stomach and intestines. Very dangerous for the dog.

          • Linda Lovelush

            Yes, thank you, we get that. We were talking about bread in general for humans. The conversation sort of took a turn.

      • Creepy McSteezerson

        Processed, sugary foods are actually MUCH more of a problem than bread or excessive carbs. There are good carbs and bad carbs, by the way. Just like there are good fats (omegas) and bad fats (saturates). Everything needs to be moderated though for optimum health. Anyway, back to sugar, 3/4 of America consumes more than double, sometimes even three times the amount of sugar that they should. Excessive processed sugars are the real cause of the obesity epidemic. Especially because humans do not consume enough proteins to break down the sugars. Dog narutally need a ton of proteins seeing as how they are opportunistic carnivores, so a little naturally converted sugar here and there will not hurt them.

      • Anonymous

        The post was about RAW DOUGH. Unbaked, raw bread dough is dangerous. Yeast expands in the stomach and intestines causing blockages.

    • Diann Nephew

      It’s the raw bread dough they’re talking about…not bread

  • Meinard Nico Naval Bermejo

    I sometimes feed my dog some of the foods listed in here.. nothing really happens.. O_O especially the chocolate and the breads

  • Anonymous

    Total horseshit!!! If you feed your dog a steady diet of bacon they may get fat leading to obesity. A slice of bacon a day does not hurt even a small dog.

    • Chris Edwards

      Had a lot of people tell me that when I’m showing them bloodwork with ridiculously high lipase counts and horrible pancreatitis. Doesn’t always make them sick, but when it does, have fun with a $1500 bill. Also worth noting small dogs are much more susceptible to acute digestive issues than large ones.

      • Anonymous

        I am 60 years old and have fed my dogs bacon and other meats all my life and never ever had one even remotely sick from it. Again if you feed them exclusively bacon maybe but only an idiot would do that. Total scare article!!

    • Asinus

      The language is very vague in most of the entries. The only ones that seem at all definitive are chocolate and macadamia nuts. The rest could apply to almost anything (“too much X could be bad!”).

  • http://signedoffsandiego.com/ Rabid_Koala

    My beloved Lab has been given Pepsi, coffee, bacon and other goodies (in moderation of course) and is now over 14 years old. Food zealots come in all kinds, eh?

    • Chris Edwards

      Relative dose means everything. Being a lab is much different than, say, a pomeranian when it comes to eating a bacon strip.

  • Audrey Singson

    So. . why would anyone give a dog caffeine anyways? I don’t want my dog MORE hyper.

  • Lhil Yu

    My dog a bischon maltese eats bacon,and apple core he also love milk. Sometimes I give him chocolates. He’s 7 now and perfectly fine and smart. This list is a lie with repeating informations. -.-

    • Chris Edwards

      Feed it an ounce of baking chocolate and you’ll be singing a different tune.

  • Betty Lee

    I see things about dogs what about cats. What foods could hurt cats, my cat eats everything.

  • Anonymity

    This is the most bullshit list I’ve ever seen.

  • Gurae Isu Limuaco

    my dog eats everything that is listed here and still super active after 3 years!! lol

  • Anonymous

    I’ve fed my dog everything in the list with no ill-effects. And I’m talking about regular meals. I think some people just like to spoil their pets rotten.

  • Chris Edwards

    This list is all about relative dose. Bunch of the stuff I’m seeing people call BS are things I’ve seen animals die from or nearly die from. Hell, one of the worst cases of pancreatitis I’ve ever seen was a min pin that had a spoonful of bacon grease because the owner heard it was a “good remedy” for incontinence on the internet. Theobromine is no joke either and people talking like it’s cool to feed their dogs chocolate need to be slapped. Extra detail: baking chocolate has about 9x the concentration of theobromine as milk chocolate, and doesn’t take much to create high levels of toxicity. The only tox case I saw in grapes was from a chronic kidney patient that we eventually learned the owner was consistently feeding a couple in every meal for years.

    Everything here listed is definitely toxic at some dose, but things like bread and cheese are being overstated.

  • Creepy McSteezerson

    You’re telling me no one knew these things? Also garlic has been proven to actually be GOOD for dogs in small, spaced out doses. Bacon? That is bad for anyone, as well as anything rich in fat, if you eat it in excess. In fact, half of this list is just things that are bad only in extreme excess FOR ANY LIVING BEING.

  • Really bad ad agency

    I think there must be about a gazillion lists like this on teh internets and still people are tormenting their dogs with all the bread they can’t eat….

  • Diann Nephew

    You forgot Nutmeg! It can cause seizures!

  • Anonymous

    All I know is that my 130 lbs. English Mastiff ate two dozen red velvet cupcakes last year and it didn’t even faze him.

  • Todd Pratum

    This article leaves out crucial information. Think about this: For 10,000+ years there was no such thing as dog food. All dogs ate human leftovers, and that’s all they ate, and all the main breeds were bred on human food, all. Then some clever business people started making dog food and poof, now dogs can’t eat human food now. But here is the fact that they left out (I wonder if the author hails from a food giant like Nestle, covertly), when a dog ONLY eats dog food (which by the way causes a host of medical problems that any dog owner is familiar with–not to mention the cancer epidemic among pets like cats & dogs) and then they eat some human food they get sick, sometimes horrible sick because their bodies have lost the ability to digest this food. Imagine that you ONLY ate the same oatmeal for years and years and then you ate a sandwich. But if you slowly introduce human food very quickly your dog will adapt, (unless they have a legitimate allergy) and at the same time get a much more balanced diet. Now there are some foods that many dogs even ones used to human food don’t tolerate well. Another thing the author left out is that even the most dangerous foods like chocolate are only harmful for some dogs. For example an old dog of mine once ate a one pound box of See’s Chocolates, the dark chocolate ones, including the foil wrappers. What happened? Nothing. Now don’t take my word for it, do some investigating like I did, its a very interesting subject. I feed my dog the best available dog food and also let her have a bite or two of most of the meals I eat, never been sick a day in her three year life with me and spunky as a puppy even though she is 12 y.o.

  • Anonymous

    We have a dog back then, he eats what we in the house yet he lived fro 10 years. ending up dead after fighting with our neighbor`s dog while we were in school.

  • Cyndi Pilotte-Sanders

    My Belgiun Malinois steals coffee every chance she gets. It hasn’t ever harmed her.

  • boogs

    no bacon THATS UNAMERICAN

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