We all know how difficult it is to resist giving your dog the food you’re eating when they start giving you the puppy eyes. We’ve all been there, and we’re all guilty of feeding our puppies human food, at least once. Unfortunately, this small gesture can quickly grow into a habit that can have grave consequences on the health and overall well-being of your dog. For that reason, it is best to restrain from giving the dog any human food and sticking to a strict dog food diet.
While most foods we eat can have an adverse effect on dogs or even be toxic to an extreme
extent, there are some food varieties your dog is allowed to eat, such as well-cooked lean meats, fresh fruits such as apples, oranges and bananas, and some veggies including carrots,
cucumbers and green beans. However, to ensure your dog lives a healthy life, it is best to feed them a good quality dog food that you can get from any pet store or even the vet’s office.
Although it’s okay to give the puppy some of the foods mentioned above occasionally, here
are the food varieties, drinks and ingredients you should never give to your dog!
1. Chocolate and Coffee
Chocolate contains a lot of sugar, and as much as your dog will like it, it is terrible for his
health. Coffee is another treat your dog would enjoy, but since it contains caffeine, it can cause very unpleasant health issues.
Both chocolate and coffee contain substances known as methylxanthines, which create a
series of harmful effects when consumed by dogs, including diarrhoea, vomiting, excessive
thirst followed by more frequent urination, abnormal heart rhythm and even seizures.
Even though this is an obvious example, some people still like to joke around at parties and
offer their dog a taste of alcoholic drinks. Even though a lick or two may not sound like a lot,
they can cause a lot of issues, such as difficulty in breathing, tremor, vomiting and in the
more extreme cases – death.
In other words, never, ever give your dog alcohol.
They might look appealing to the dog, but avocados have something called ‘persin’ in them, and too much of this substance can really disrupt their digestive system. Avocados can cause diarrhoea and vomiting in dogs so make sure to keep it away from them.
If you’re growing avocado’s at home, don’t let the dog near the plant, as persin is present in
leaves and seeds as well.
4. Citrus Fruits
Anything related to citrus fruit can be very harmful to your dog, including seeds, leaves, any part of the plants or the fruit itself. It is because citrus fruits contain citric acid, which doesn’t agree well with a dog’s stomach.
While there wasn’t much research done on the topic of how grapes affect a dog’s digestive system, there have been severe cases of kidney failure connected to this type of fruit.
Just to be safe, keep your dog away from the plate of grapes on your table!
Coconut oil and coconut itself aren’t that harmful to dogs if consumed in small amounts. However, too much of them can cause severe diarrhoea. Besides, coconut water is rich in a mineral called potassium, which is not recommended for pets in general.
7. Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts are one of the food varieties that can cause harmful effects in the psychological health as well, apart from the physical symptoms. Dogs that consume this food can begin to display signs of depression and weakness, while the most common physical symptoms include tremor, vomiting and hyperthermia.
While you may not notice any of these symptoms the moment your dog eats a few
macadamia nuts, they might occur 12 hours after consumption.
8. Dairy Products
Milk and any dairy products for that matter are a firm & ‘No’ when it comes to feeding dogs.
The digestive system of a dog does not provide the right amount of lactase, that is, the
enzyme that breaks down lactose from milk, for the dog to be able to digest these types of
foods. Milk and other dairy products, including cheese and creams, can cause diarrhoea and
other symptoms of an upset stomach.
Nuts such as almonds, walnuts and peanuts among others, are very rich in oils and fats that
can have an adverse effect when consumed by dogs. Too many nuts can cause diarrhoea
and vomiting, while frequent consumption of this type of food can lead to more severe
diseases such as pancreatitis.
Therefore, spare your dog the trouble and don’t feed him any nuts!
10. Bones and Raw Food
Many people think that giving dogs leftover bones is a good idea, this can, in fact, cause dire
consequences. Domestic dogs can easily choke on bones or, if they don’t chew them well
enough, the bones could puncture the digestive tract and cause serious issues or even
Another common mistake is giving dogs raw meat or even raw eggs, which you should never
do because raw food can contain different types of dangerous bacteria. One way to look at
it is, if it’s not safe for you to eat it, it’s probably not safe for the dog either.
Besides, raw eggs can cause skin and hair related problems, which may lead to frequent
scratching or even wounds appearing on the skin.
11. Salty Foods
Any salty foods, including snacks such as chips or popcorn, shouldn’t be given to dogs. Besides smaller changes such as excessive thirst that causes frequent urination, salty foods
can cause more serious issues including vomiting, diarrhoea, high temperature and even seizures.
If you’re eating chips or any other type of salty snacks and you can’t resist but feed your dog
along the way, make sure to have a bowl of dog treats next to you, ready to offer it to your
Last but not least, sugar is another typical example of what you should never give to your
dog. Just like with humans, too much sugar can cause the dog to become overweight, which
drags along some other health issues.
Besides, large amounts of sugar can negatively affect the dog’s sight and teeth as well, so
the next time you’re eating chocolate or something sweet, you better hide if you can’t resist
the puppy eyes!
Although some foods are safe for dogs, a vast majority of things found on our plates can be
toxic to our pets.
To ensure the dog lives a happy and healthy life, restrain from giving them any of the above-
It would be best if you could teach the dog to eat only dog food and occasionally give them
delicious dog treats!