What NOT to Feed Your Dog

What NOT to Feed Your Dog

Countless people will tell you what kinds of foods you should feed your pet, but that’s a topic for another day. Right now I want to focus on some things that you shouldn’t be feeding your pet.

Firstly, here are some foods that are poisonous to most dogs and should be avoided.

  • Avocado
  • Bread Dough
  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Grapes or Raisins
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Pitted Fruits (Plum, Peach, etc.)
  • Artificial-Sweeteners (Specifically Xylitol)

If you believe your dog has ingested one of the items on this list please keep an eye on your dog. Call your vet but stay calm and explain what you believe has happened. They will be able to advise you as to what would be best.

Other Foods to Avoid, these aren’t as dangerous but follow the same procedure if you believe your dog has eaten any of the following.

  • Dairy such as Milk or Cheese
  • Coffee
  • Excess Fat
  • Raw Eggs and Meat (White, Red, Pork, Fish, etc.)

The last two mentioned above are controversial and here’s what I have to say and why I keep them on these lists.

Excess Fat: Many people have and do give their pets fat trimmings from their plates or before cooking the meat. What they don’t know is that in excess these trimmings can cause pancreatitis. This is a serious condition and should not be taken lightly. If your dog is not eating, lethargic, vomiting, and/or appears to be having a hard time breathing please contact your vet right away.

Raw Eggs and Meat:

These items can contain salmonella which is just as harmful to dogs as it is to humans. They also contain many enzymes and proteins which dogs cannot always properly digest, causing them to have stomach pains and distress. My one exception to my rule of no raw foods are the processed high quality freeze-dried raw treats and foods that are being produced by ingenious dog food makers such as Origen and Natures Value. These products are well controlled and monitored throughout the process and the freeze drying process is great at killing possible bacteria. Careful handling is necessary with these items though as they are still technically raw. Please wash hands carefully when feeding or giving treats that are freeze-dried raw.

Do you have things to add to this list? Do you know something which I have accidentally omitted or do you think I included something I shouldn’t have? Please comment below or tweet me @yourpositivedog


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