These Human Foods Are NOT Fit For Fido

If you're a dog owner like me, you know there is one place in your home where you can never be alone – the kitchen.

As soon as I start heading that way, Ellie is right behind me, hoping she'll get a few small pieces of whatever I'm making.

Most days she's lucky.

(Karen would say that's because Ellie has me well-trained.)

Maybe so.

I can't deny that I throw a few scraps her way.

Some days it's apple slices or pieces of sweet potato.

If she's really lucky, I'll be making something with one of her favorites – chicken, cheese or peanut butter.

A few "human" treats for your pup will surely make them happy.

But you need to be sure what you're giving them won't make them sick... or worse.

Most folks have heard that dogs should never eat chocolate.

That's because chocolate contains alkaloids called methylxanthines.

While these substances provide some health perks for humans, they are toxic to dogs.

Even just a little bit of chocolate can stop a dog's metabolic process and cause diarrhea and vomiting. And a large amount can result in seizures, irregular heart function, and even death.

If your dog is a counter surfer, be sure to keep chocolate out of reach.

Another food to keep away from your dog? Grapes.

Consuming grapes and their dried form, raisins, can lead to kidney failure in dogs, and may even result in death.

Since they're small, it's easy for a stray grape or raisin to fall on the ground. So, if you've gotten them out, give the floor a good check before one ends up in your pup's mouth.

If you chew gum or eat candy sweetened with xylitol, you should take care to keep it far away from your pup.

This natural sweetener can cause your dog's blood sugar to drop and cause liver failure.

Xylitol is not only used in gum and candy, but also some baked goods, diet foods, and peanut butter.

So, check those labels before you give your dog a bite.

Onions and garlic in any form – raw, cooked, powdered – should be kept from dogs.

These foods can kill your dog's red blood cells, causing anemia. And possible side effects of eating onions and garlic include pale gums, elevated heart rate, weakness, and collapse.

Fan of avocado toast? If so, please don't give your pup a bite.

You see, avocados contain a compound called persin. And consuming too much persin might cause vomiting or diarrhea in dogs.

Note that persin is found not only in the avocado fruit, but also the seed and bark, so if your pup is known to "dumpster dive" in the trash can, take steps to ensure they can't get to the avocado's pit and skin that you've discarded.

Our pups rely on us to feed them with foods that will bolster their health.

As responsible dog owners, we have to remember that our pups are not small humans and what might be good for us, could cause real harm to them.

Be smart with what you share with your dog, and keep harmful foods well out of reach, to help keep them healthy and happy.


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RObert J LYnn - August 21, 2020

Thank you for the information on foods not to let your dog eat. Knowledge is power.

Roz - August 21, 2020

So what is your recommendation for dog food? And cat food?

D.A.N - August 21, 2020

Wrong about Avocados. We grow them and our dogs eat them. Our dogs live on average about 14 years. My current two are now 8 and 7.5 years old. Our neighbors also grow them and also have dogs. One is about 10 and also eats them.

LOrie - August 20, 2020

Thank you for posting this article about human food dog hazards, I did not know of all of these dangers! I appreciate the time and effort you spend to educate me on so many different topucs! 👏👏👍❤️

Debby Ide - August 20, 2020

With two furbabies, we could really relate to your account. We didn’t realize xylitol might be in peanut butter, so we will be sure to be on the lookout for that. The issue about garlic puzzles me, however, as we have been giving our girls garlic as one means of defending against fleas. I buy garlic powder from a company that prepares it for dogs, so I am always at a loss when I read such reports about garlic. Thanks for the reminder about food hazards. If you can figure out the garlic issue, I’d really like to hear about it.

Our girls are 8 1/2 years old, we have been blessed to have them in our family since they were 4 and 8 months old. I approach their health care much as I do my own…as naturally as possible.

Thank you!

Dalia Winchester - August 20, 2020

Thank you so much for the information well worth the read. Although, right now I don’t have any pets because of allergies maybe in the future I will be able to have a doggie. Thanks again

Kim - August 20, 2020

Hi Jeff! Enjoy the newsletters, but today, when talking about garlic you stated to never let your dog have any. Wanted you to know that a dog would have to eat lots and lots of it daily for it to become a problem. Same with onions, but less is better with onions. Still, fed in small amounts, they are safe. (Unless your dog is allergic, of course).

Please research this … I have found information based on clinical studies that prove what I am saying. I have fed garlic and onions for years with no problems. Typically, it is when I “share” my food with them.

Whole Dog Journal did an excellent article on garlic and onions several years ago – they gave specific amounts of garlic fed per pound of dog weight that would be needed before it became dangerous or toxic.

BTW – garlic has great potential for making our dogs less appealing to mosquitoes, flies and other pests. My dogs stay pest free because of garlic.

Anyway, thanks for the newsletter! May God bless,

Kim W.

Linda Carpenter Sharpton - August 20, 2020

Thanks for the article regarding feeding our pets! Very informative!

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