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10 Common People Foods That Can Kill Your Dog

Updated on December 30, 2016

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Bad Treats for Your Good Dog

It would seem dogs don't mind eating anything they can get their lips around, including those things that are not good for them. With this in mind, I ask one very important question: Are you killing your pet with everyday people food?

Historically, how and what we feed our dogs has evolved drastically. In the past, we were certain that our canines required a lot of meat to live a long, healthy life. Because of this, they have been fed a high-protein diet that has resulted in poor coat condition, malnutrition, imbalance in metabolism, hair loss, and weakness.

Today, we know that dogs are actually omnivores, requiring meat as well as vegetables and other non-meat foods for successful long healthy lives. (Although our other favorite furry creature, the house cat, is a true carnivore. Cats have the highest requirement for protein of any domestic species.)

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10 Things to Never Feed Your Dog

  1. Cooked bones
  2. Chocolate
  3. Dairy (milk or cheese)
  4. Onions or garlic
  5. Raisins or grapes
  6. Apple cores
  7. Uncooked yeast dough
  8. Caffeine
  9. High sodium foods (like bacon)
  10. Macadamia nuts

The specific effects of these human foods is different, but they may kill your dog. Below, find more details to advise you on what causes the toxic reaction along with symptoms to be on the lookout for.

1. Cooked Bones

The most common and frequent dog treat is, without a doubt, bones, although most dogs cannot safely consume cooked bones since they can splinter or get lodged in the throat or intestinal tract, requiring surgeries and can even causing death. Raw bones are less likely to splinter, but the risk is still there and they may contain bacteria that cause digestive distress.

Admittedly, this subject is controversial. There is lots of evidence to support both the benefits and risks. Some owners will not stop giving their dogs bones, believing the pros outweigh the cons. Annually, thousands of dogs end up in emergency care as a result.

All bones are considered risky, including chicken, pork, and beef. Chicken bones are especially likely to get swallowed whole or only partially chewed, which can lead to intestinal perforation. The next time you feel the need to toss the dog a bone, try tossing a rawhide bone instead. Your dog will thank you for many happy, healthy years to come.

2. Chocolate

Whether you give your dog chocolate or he sneaks a chunk, a lethal dose of baking chocolate for a 16 pound dog may be as little as 2 ounces, which is just a couple of bites. The killer in chocolate is theobromine, which belongs to a class of alkaloid molecules known as methylxanthines which are absorbed much more slowly in dogs, causing a toxic and deadly result: increased heart rate, central nervous system stimulation, and constriction of arteries.

Which chocolate is the worst? Here are the types, listed from most to least dangerous:

  1. cocoa powder (highest theobromine content and most dangerous)
  2. unsweetened baker’s chocolate
  3. semisweet
  4. dark
  5. milk chocolate

Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, seizures, cardiac arrest, and death. A deadly reaction can occur as soon as four hours after ingestion.

Xylitol Is Not Good for Dogs

Xylitol, a common sugar substitute, is harmful to dogs. You may find it in peanut butter and sugar-free foods.

3. Dairy (Milk or Cheese)

Just like humans, many dogs are lactose intolerant and can get diarrhea if they consume milk. They do not have the required enzyme to break down milk sugar and will react with vomit, diarrhea, and other indications of gastrointestinal distress. Even though your pet really likes his cheddar and was raised on his mother's milk, do not treat him to his weakness. Cheese is far too high in fat and can lead your dog to pancreatitis—inflammation of the pancreas which can become deadly in no time at all.

4. Onions or Garlic

The Allium species of plants (including garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, scallions, and chives) can cause damage to red blood cells and possible death. After ingestion, dogs may vomit or have diarrhea, which can progress to anemia, weakness, lethargy, or labored breathing.

  • Onions, either raw or cooked, are far more dangerous. They contain thiosulphate, which is toxic to cats and dogs, and causes a condition called hemolytic anemia. A dog can sometimes eat a small amount, but in large or frequent doses, it can be deadly.
  • Garlic is the lesser of the two toxic people foods, but it also causes red blood cell damage. Your pet would have to eat large amounts of garlic to cause significant damage.

5. Raisins and Grapes

In addition to the fact that a small dog can choke on a grape, grapes and raisins (dried grapes) can cause a lethal reaction in dogs of any size. The symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal discomforts. The toxic agent in grapes has yet to be identified but it can threaten renal system function, bringing life-threatening kidney failure.

Symptoms start around 24-hours after ingestion and can include vomiting, diarrhea, appetite loss, weakness/lethargy, dehydration, lack of or decreased urine, tremors/seizures, or coma.

6. Apple Cores

Cyanide poisoning can result from giving your dog the apple core from your afternoon snack. The pits and cores of certain fruits—plums, peaches, pears, apricots and apple cores—may be fun to chew on but hide cyanogenic glycosides, better known as cyanide. When your dog munches on these seemingly harmless treats, he also ingests the toxin.

Some of the symptoms of toxicity are apprehension, dilated pupils, salivation, struggling to breath, dizziness, collapse, seizures, hyperventilation, shock, and coma.

7. Uncooked Yeast Dough

If you make homemade bread using yeast, never give the raw dough to your dog. If she eats it, the raw yeast dough ferments in her stomach, producing alcohol which is toxic to your pet. Another reason is that the dough will expand in your dog's stomach or intestines and produce an extremely large amount of gas. This will cause severe pain and can potentially rupture the stomach or intestines.

Symptoms are vomiting, abdominal discomfort, lethargy, and lack of interest in anything.

8. Caffeine

No Starbucks for Fido! Similar to chocolate, coffee contains a stimulant that is unsafe for dogs. Methylated xanthine stimulates the central nervous system and within hours can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations, and unfortunately even death, so keep your coffee safely out of your dog's reach.

9. Bacon

As we discussed earlier with regard to cheese, bacon and other high fat foods can cause pancreatitis, an often fatal condition.

The salt content in bacon also makes it a bad treat choice. A potentially fatal condition called bloat is of concern when salty food is eaten by large dog breeds, caused when the dog drinks too much water because of the salt in the bacon (or other salty food items like ham, cured meats, hot dogs, etc.). So no more bacon, bacon grease, or other salty, fatty treats. Sorry Rex!

10. Macadamia Nuts

We don't know exactly why, but we do know that dogs and macadamia nuts do not mix. The specific chemical has not been identified, but the reaction is well documented, and may include weakness, lack of mobility, vomiting, lethargy, tremors, and hypothermia.

10 Most Common Dog Poisons (In Order of # of Helpline Calls)

Chocolates

Insect bait stations

Rodenticides (mouse and rat poison)

Fertilizers

Xylitol-containing products such as sugar-free gums and candies

Ibuprofen

Acetaminophen

Silica gel packs

Amphetamines, such as ADD/ADHD drugs

Household cleaners

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  • Lysandra Oinam 10 months ago

    E all know bones aren't good for dogs but, why does cartoon shows like TOM N JERRY shows that dogs can have bones, I mean its Wong, people who does not knows it, would give their beloved dogs bones, I mean this kid shows r totally teaching kids wrong steps. Cheese n peanut butter is healthy for dogs, its toxic depending on the amount of it u r giving to dogs.

  • chehak 10 months ago

    thank u so much.

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    LaurieNunley517 12 months ago from Deep South

    Poor doggie...no more bacon or cheese! Thanks for the head's up on bad foods for canines!

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    Omar Jackson 18 months ago from Lisbon, Portugal

    I remember giving chocolate to my dog when I was a little kid thinking he would enjoy it as much as I did. Looks like that's number two on your list :-(

    Thankfully I have wised up a since then and only reward him with Purina treats.

    Omar

  • karen 24 months ago

    my puppy doesn't eat dog food well she only eats dry dog food like goodos she has grilled chicken ,steak, fish and only gets cheese every now and then. Didn't know about the apple core she had her first apple core last night and this morning threw up never again

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    Raceme 2 years ago

    Prior to reading this article, I'd only thought to avoid bones and chocolate. I had no idea so many of what I feed my dogs might be hurting them! I'll make sure to avoid feeding them these foods, even if they continue look at me pleadingly for cheese.

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    Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

    I did not know that cheese was harmful, but the rest I did know. We never feed our dog treats at all just his regular meals and he is extremely healthy. Our Labrador died at 13 years and 10 months so I think we did OK?

    Interesting and useful stuff!

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    Nicholas13 2 years ago from Earth

    very interesting and informative. Good job!

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    William Cramer 2 years ago from Eaton, Ohio

    I wish stories like these would only tell items truly dangerous for your pets.

    Unhealthy is not dangerous.

    Bacon is unhealthy, not dangerous. Cheese in small quantities is not dangerous, if they get sick after eating, your dog is intolerant to it, and should not be fed it.

    Yeast dough-makes alcohol, big whoop, fido might get a little tippsy, if you give enough dough to make them drunk, they would get sick anyway.

    Caffiene; it causes the same problems in people as it does in dogs. Its a stimulant, don't give in large portions.

    Of the 10 listed- onions, garlic, grapes and chocolate are actually dangerous. Avacados doesn't list why, so I did not include it. (They list the dangers of the pit.) The rest would be unhealthy in large portions.

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    Goringe Accountants 2 years ago from London, UK

    #1 Bones! Why do pet shops sell boiled bones then?! Are boiled bones ok?

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    Skipper Vance 2 years ago from Calgary, Alberta

    What can you give your dog to stop bleeding in stomach if by chance he eats a bone he finds and it causes the problem

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    Edith Rose 2 years ago from Canada

    Very informative article about what not to feed your dog. I will have to show this hub to my sister-in-law.

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    Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

    I'm glad people are seeing this article. More things that are harmful to pets are macadamia nuts, most fruit, potatoes, coffee, tea, tomatoes, broccoli and avocado foods. Thanks for writing this. Giving it a share!

  • Bogey's foster parent 2 years ago

    i have a fantastic golden that's almost 6. His favorite thing on the planet is leftovers from our spaghetti dinners. It's not a big portion and it's only 2x/month but he seems to love the noodles and sauce more than anything. He recognizes the smell when it's cooking and gets excited for the next several hours. Even though it is a Sauce from a jar (I add things to it like olive oil, parmesan and ground beef flavored with hot sauce), I know there are onions and garlic in the sauce. I have never seen an I'll effects. Is it ok to continue to fed him it in these small portions?

    As a comment, I was a very dumb dog owner. Bogey tore his ACL and after the surgery, we ran out of his anti-inflammatory medicine. Thinking I'd save money, I started giving him generic advil. Luckily, I googled "is advil safe for dogs" and found out if I hadn't, I would have killed my dog.

    NEVER give a dog advil.

    Thanks for putting this out there.

  • emma 2 years ago

    I agree with everything other than the bones. You should not give your dogs chicken or pork bones because they do splinter, but beef bones are fine. Milk bones are terrible for your dogs because they have so many preservatives. If you want to give your dog a treat give it a piece of REAL meat and avoid store bought, name brand treats. Those are the most dangerous ones

  • lo 2 years ago

    i love dogs

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    Edward J. Palumbo 2 years ago from Tualatin, OR

    Thank you for an informative Hub! I have shared bacon and cheeses with my dogs, and I won't do that again!

  • DANIEL RUFFO 2 years ago

    This article is informative but in my opinion leaves out some important information. The main thing is quantity and types of some of the items listed. Regular milk chocolate is "VERY" different than baking chocolate,

    processed garlic oil capsules the same. Cheese and milk products for a dog that is NOT lactose intolerant or even a small piece of bacon on rare occasions, No different than with humans.

    We've given our giant breed processed garlic oil capsules since he was a puppy. He has never had fleas and very rarely have we ever found a tick on him although we live in an area that ticks are everywhere and we frequently take him for walks in wooded areas.

    Many vets recommend a baby aspirin when a dog has joint pain or other problems.

    Of coarse the breed and size is somewhat the determining factor on what they can have or not have and how much.

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    CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

    This is interesting. When I first got my pit bull, we took him for training. The instructor told us to bring cheese for treats. I don't feed my dogs cheese normally.

    Carrot sticks are great treats. My dog Brownie had a lot of tartar on her teeth. The vet quoted $700 to clean her teeth. I started giving her carrot treats, and it helped significantly with the tartar on her teeth.

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    Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

    So much good information here for our dogs. Well presented! Thanks so much. Voted up and across and sharing.

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    Barbara Kay Badder 3 years ago from USA

    I found two more no-no items that I didn't know dogs shouldn't have - cheese and bacon. Thanks for the advice.

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    Kept private 3 years ago from Northeast United States

    Interesting article :) Only knew about the obvious one chocolate. But how about all that salt in canned dog food? Sounds worse than cheese and bacon. I guess the bottom line is anything can be toxic to our beloved pets and their owners. Thank you for the kind awareness for pet lovers everywhere :) Have a wonderful week.

  • CalebSparks 3 years ago

    No bones...lol...that's a funny one...

  • krjc 3 years ago from Australia

    Very interesting Hub!

    I knew about the chocolate, but not the rest. There seems to be a little misunderstanding about the apple cores. The Cyanide in the apple core and the other seeds that you mention, is the cyanide radical, also found in Vitamin B12. But this is Vitamin B17 which, for years, has been in the middle of a fight between natural cancer treatment and the pharmaceutical companies. Vitamin B17 has been shown in tests to STOP cancer in its tracks. Unfortunately, the drug companies don't want you to know that (just imagine what it would do to their profits!) so they advise that seeds have cyanide in them and shouldn't be eaten.

    Let me tell you, I have been eating the whole apple, core and all, since I was in my teens (although I didn't know the beneficial effects of it then) and I'm now in my sixties and not a trace of cancer, even though my father and one of my brothers, died of cancer.

    You can find out the facts by googling "Cancer, why we are still dying to know the truth" by Phillip Day and published by Credence Publications in the UK. Very revealing and informative, a bit like this Hub.

    Have a good and healthy day. Check out goodhealth.co.nf

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    Mel Carriere 3 years ago from San Diego California

    Yikes! My little poodle used to love grapes. Wish I would have known then what I know now. Thanks for this valuable information.

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    Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

    Great advice. Also watch for sago palms too. Those are deadly!

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    idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

    Chocolate is poison to dogs? Wow, didn't know that! Thanks for informing. :)

  • rafik 3 years ago

    thanks

  • Flicker 3 years ago

    Did a vegetarian write this article? Dogs are descendants from wolves so they are meant to eat animal products, not all this cereal filled kibble. I have fed all my dogs raw bones and not once have I had an issue. You should never feed cooked bones to dogs as they splinter and then you have problems.

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    Natalie Schaeffer 3 years ago from Farmersville, CA

    I'm glad I read this! Dogs really do have to be watched when it comes to eating, because they are pretty impulsive and will eat just about anything you put in front of them without inspecting it out first to make sure it's okay for them to eat. That's one of the differences between cats and dogs! :) I'm a little worried about "pica" because my dog is guilty of eating his waste occasionally. Wow, I never knew actual bacon was bad for dogs? Yikes, I'll stick to Beggin' Strips lol and yes, you gotta be careful with bones, cause' your dog could choke!

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    Hamza Arshad 3 years ago from Pakistan

    i am gonna follow your tips for sure

  • cetreaste 3 years ago

    Incredible! This blog looks just like my old one! It's on a completely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design. Excellent choice of colors! registry scanner

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    India Arnold 3 years ago from Northern, California

    Look at the first ingredient for the snack, it's not bacon. They make a bacon-like substance that is NOT bacon. But, if you are convinced bacon is okay for your dog, then make the choice that suits your conscience best. Just remember, as it does in humans, so will it clog arteries and raise cholesterol in your dog. I wouldn't do it, the salt content alone is enough for me to keep bacon out of my dogs' diet.

    Thanks for commenting,

    Cheers!

  • Sloan 3 years ago

    Listen , dogs can eat bacon , and if they couldn't why is there a treat called "Bacon Bits" for dogs , and if bacon kills a dog , the treat will be reported to the animal society or the government . Didn't you say commercialized foods are good for dogs?

  • mike edilson 3 years ago

    My dog ate a bag of chocolate and was fine he is 5 years now, you left out deer fat, all hunters know deer fat will kill a dog in 24hrs, a dog cannot digest deer fat.

  • cocosmom 4 years ago

    Take my word for it, never give a dog a bone, my girl just went through a horrible weekend at the vet getting surgery from a chewed up ham bone getting stuck in her small intestine, 4 days and a thousand dollars later she is fine, expensive lesson to learn, but thank God she is okay, house is horribly empty without her.... :-(

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    Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

    I'm dog owner but unfortunately I did not know most of the things you have mentioned here. Thanks for this informative and useful hub.

  • Custom golf balls 4 years ago

    It is so true that many people do not realize that the food items they are giving their dogs as treats are actually poison for them. Their body system is quite different from ours and hence we should feed them very cautiously. Thank you for the list. Maybe now the people will know!

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    renee21 4 years ago

    Great hub! Our little chihuahua mix got a hold of some dark chocolate while we were out. She got very sick and vomited three or four times. She almost died. Fortunately, we had charcoal in the house and we squirted it down her throat. She lived!

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    Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

    I never knew that some of these people foods would hurt a dog! Thanks for the heads-up -- we want to keep our dogs healthy and happy! Voted up and pinned!

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    @savingkathy~ I am glad you discovered a couple of items that you now can avoid giving to your dog! I really appreciate that you shared your comments.

    Cheers~

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    Kathy Sima 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    What an informative article! My dogs and I thank you for writing this. I knew about the danger of many of the items on this list, but there was a couple I did not know about, like apple cores and bacon. Great job!

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    mjkearn 4 years ago

    Hi K9Keystrokes,

    WOW what a great hub and so timely for me. I live in very rural Ireland and about a month ago someone dumped a beautiful Lady Labrador who decided to adopt me.

    I grew up with dogs and cats but haven't had a pet in over 12 years and since being made redundant money is tight and help and info even less available unless you can pay.

    As her, now Coco, history could not be verified I have managed to get her all her shots, chipped and her Euro passport as I'm moving permanently to Italy next year.

    I give her only pet food and puppy treats but didn't know anything about the harm people food could cause as growing up our pets got the scraps.

    I'm so happy you wrote this hub and I learned loads. I've also noticed she does eat other poo, dogs and cows, so I must get this checked.

    Thanks again.

    P.S.

    On a totally different note:

    Sincere Congratulations on completing the Apprenticeship Programme. What an achievement. Will be popping back to read more of your work for tips and tricks as I am part of September's Team. Very happy to follow a mentor such as yourself.

    MJ.

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    Eddy Jones 4 years ago from Wales.

    A very interesting and so useful hub. Enjoy your day and here's to so many more to be sharing.

    Eddy.

  • alan carts 4 years ago

    I think my dog has pancritis. He's los weight and has runny pools. If i only knew all this good info it would've help me. I hope its not to late for my dog.

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    Daniel Nathan Taylor 4 years ago from United Kingdom, Liverpool

    Bones? really?

    i would have thought that after millions of years of eating them they would have gotten over that little flaw haha oh well.

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    Pamela Hutson 4 years ago from Moonlight Maine

    Great hub! I can attest to the miracle of Greenies Pill Pockets. I could NOT get a pill down my Malamute, no way, no how, until the vet clued me in on these. They work like a charm. It's amazing.

    Also, for some dogs, people food can really mess up their bowel habits by softening their stools. This makes it harder for the anal glands to clear out when the dog defecates and they get impacted and infected. I know that sounds gross, but most people don't understand how a dog's rear end works so they don't see the big deal in giving table scraps.

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    Joshua Patrick 4 years ago from Texas

    I'm glad I read this, as I have fed some of these things to dogs in the past. Useful and voted up!

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    Mark G Weller 4 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

    Great information. I knew about chocolate and the odd thing is that almost everyone I tell this to argues with me saying it is not true?

    Good job with this Hub!

  • beepbop 4 years ago

    Don't feed your pooch rhubarb! That stuff will end your dog faster than a shy surprise at a birthday party.

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    Gabe Swanson 4 years ago

    OMG! Putting the words 'Your Dog' and 'Kill' in your title is really effective in getting clicks. How scary! I actually used to give my dog grapes all of the time. I won't anymore. Great article.

  • Bella 4 years ago

    Thanks for the share! Im a sheltie hearing service dog for the deaf. I love my job.

    I watch my master doing a colon cleanse and learning to eat healthy. Now my question is if there is any form of cleanse system for dogs?

  • Miss Kate000 4 years ago

    Interesting hub. I knew about Chocolate and had heard about cheese but didn't know of the others especially bacon to which i have fed to my dog before. I will not be anymore though thanks to your article.

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    Efficient Admin 4 years ago from Charlotte, NC

    I don't have a dog just yet, would like to one day. I never knew garlic was bad for them.

  • Papimoma 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for the advice on bad thing's for our dog. I must have been lucky I was an habbitual offender with past dog's at least 5 things on your list were regular treats for my dog's. I now have a puppy 8 months old and he will unfortunately will not be having them.

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    leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

    Thanks for these warnings, K9Keystrokes! We have a Golden Retriever and I would be devastated if anything happened to him. I do make my own bread, and I had no idea that yeast could be so dangerous to a dog. We don't feed him "people food" in any case, but my four year old has been known to sneak him some tidbits - so it is good to know the most dangerous foods!

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    MyMastiffPuppies 4 years ago

    Great tips on dog treats and what not to give them! We have English Mastiffs and although they would eat anything you give them, we keep them on a good healthy diet!

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    Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

    Hi, this Hub is a "related" one to the one I just published on the Bufo Frog and how it kills dogs! I read this weeks ago, and learned a lot from it. When you have some time, checkout my killer Bufo frog hub. Bye....

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    Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

    Thank you for this very informative hub. I did not know that milk and cheese are not good for our dog. I am so grateful I found your hub. Thanks again.

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    Lady Guinevere~ So glad your dog accepts the liverwurst pill bait, some dogs just don't buy into the pill pockets. I hope his eye heals quickly for both of your sakes. He is one lucky dog, great pet owners like you are hard to come by these days! Thank you for your comments, and for the shares!

    HubHugs~

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    Debra Allen 4 years ago from West By God

    I just came by to let you know that I switched to liverwurst instead of cheese all the time for my dog's pills. He will not take his pills in any of those pill pockets. He has also been really sick with an ulcerated scratch to his cornea for the last 8 weeks and it isn't healed yet. I am sharing this along for you too.

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    vickiturner 4 years ago

    So useful...and true. This sort of information should be on prime time telly. It would save a lot of dogs.

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    Brandym2012 4 years ago from PA

    This article is greatly appreciated. I am a proud owner of a beautiful, purebred, white Havanese. She is so spoiled and it is so hard to refuse giving her human foods. She loves ice cream and I always give her a spoon. Thank God I clicked on this hub. She is now 2 years old & I sure do want to keep her in my life for a very long time to come. Very helpful information here. Thank for sharing!

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    brenda12lynette 4 years ago from Utah

    I knew about some these but not all. Thanks for the information!

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    RicoShae 4 years ago from Ballwin, mo

    I had a little miniature doberman once who ate one of those large Hershey's kisses, to no ill effect.

    She would steal chocolate and candy all the time and then go hide in a small cubbyhole where we could not get to her. 10 years and that never did anything to her.

    She was a trooper, though. Got attacked by the big neighbor dog 7 times before she finally had to be put down from it.

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    Joesy Shmoesy 4 years ago from New England

    Wow, I had no idea that cheese would be on that list. Thanks so much for this Hub. Awesome info and quite educational as well. My dog may not agree since I am now taking cheese off her treat list. No worries, I won't tell her where I heard it!

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    osiris85 4 years ago from Reno NV

    K9- I am so glad you posted this hub!

    I happen to have been around smaller dogs most of my life so all of these items were already known to me as hazards. Along with strange behavior and sickness from food allergies like Chicken and Certain spices. But the amount of people who aren't aware of these dangers is astounding! I truly believe everyone who reads this will be more conscious in the future and will help to spread the information to family and friends.

    Kudos for bringing this information to a large audience, keep it coming!

    Voted up and shared-

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    dbialecki 4 years ago

    Thank you for this information.. did not know about cheese. My dog thanks you :-)

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    Lissa Mirror 4 years ago

    I am scared to death. We eat poison!

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    Anoop Aravind A 4 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

    thank u for this information. I think milk is good for dogs health.

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    sonnys 4 years ago from RI

    "Cheese is far too high in fat and can lead your dog to pancreatitis"

    Well that explains my dog's pancreatitis attack which led to her diabetes. I used to give her slices of American cheese almost every day as a treat.

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    billd01603 4 years ago from Worcester

    Thanks for the advice. Several of these thing I was aware of: Chocolate, Grapes/Raisins, Dairy, and apple cores. Thanks for letting me know about the rest. I was aware that dogs were omnivores. I love to sneak the dog broccoli when we have it.

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    4FoodSafety~ You make an excellent point. Golden's are especially soft mouthed because of their retrieving nature--no hunter wants a mauled duck brought back to them. And as you make clear in your comment, this can cause the teeth to be more vulnerable to breakage. Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge!

    Cheers~

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    Kelly Kline Burnett 4 years ago from Fontana, WI

    Special note for hunting dogs with a soft mouth, often their teeth cannot handle bones. We had a golden retriever and literally broke some of his teeth with indulging him with bones.

    It was shocking because we are so careful about the dog foods and dog treats.

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    DzyMsLizzy~ I totally understand! I have done something similar myself. Thanks so much for clearing it up-- I have much respect for you, Liz!

    HubHugs~

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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Sorry--my bad--apparently, my eyes picked up the title of one of your other articles which fit the concept of the spot-on meds....and my brain jumped the tracks.

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    DzyMsLizzy~ Thank for the follow up, I still am harshly against bones of any kind for dogs. Wild dogs or otherwise, I think they have a dangerous element to them. Knuckles are less harmful granted, but for my personal recommendation, no real meat bones. I don't recall comparing garlic with spot-on flea meds; for the record, I see little similarity between the two.

    Thanks again for the comments Liz!

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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    P.S. On two points--

    1) I just realized you compared garlic to "spot-on" flea control treatments...those are not safe, either. I am involved with a group to get that word out. This is their website: http://tinytimmy.org I've also written a hub detailing their efforts.

    2) Bones. I was always told that the problem of splintering was with COOKED bones--particularly from poultry. We used to give our dog (when I was a kid) large beef marrow or knuckle bones--raw. When you think about how the wild relatives of our doggy friends, (Dingoes, wolves, e.g.) eat, they gnaw on the bones of their prey all the time. Those bones are not cooked. I believe that is the difference in danger-level. In any case, don't give your pets small bones, poultry bones, cooked bones of any kind.

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    Teylina~ You have some lucky dogs! It is so nice that you care enough to restrict your dogs snacks to healthy choices after reading the hub. Makes it all worth while! I wish you and your canine companions furry dreams and happy tails!

    Cheers~

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    Minnetonka Twin!!! I am grinning from ear to ear seeing you here today! Easter weekend was fun, I hope your was as well. Thanks for the share, your support is priceless! Hug that twin of yours for me, and of course HubHugs to you my dear friend!

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    cebutouristpot~ As a general rule this applies to all dogs, regardless of breed. The basic chemistry of a canine is the same across the board, it is (for the most part) the composition that has been modified by human intervention, not the biological make-up of their chemistry. (Think of it like this; the human species can look so different from one another in size, coloration, and body type, but cyanide is still toxic to all of us).

    Thank you for asking a great question! I hope the answer helps you.

    Cheers~

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    Hello DzyMsLizzy! Wow,...sounds as if your dogs were very durable critters. The thing with the grapes (and raisins)is kind of scary to me; they are just so bad for kidney health in dogs. I am thrilled your dogs made it out okay. How funny that both dogs carried the same moniker. I agree with you when it comes to cheese and dairy, moderation has got to be practiced.

    Always nice to see you stopped by!

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    angela_michelle~ Sounds like you have a good approach to canine care for your fuzzy friend. Dogs can be very creative when it comes to tasty smells coming from the bin! Thank you for your comments. I am glad your dog has you for a pet parent!

    Cheers~

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    Angela Michelle 4 years ago from United States

    Thanks for educating me, I actually did not know a lot of these. Fortunately, we do not give our dog people food, although he did get some taco meat the other day. He then had diarrhea, so we'll just have to be careful not to let him in the trash for now on.

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    Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

    Wow! I no longer have dogs, but we did growing up, and back then, we never heard of such things. We had a dog that was part Boxer and part Beagle (although my dad insisted he was actually part kangaroo, the way he could leap!) Rascal LOVED grapes--and he and my dad would share a small bunch of grapes every now and then--perhaps a total of a dozen grapes. My dad would to the "One for me; one for you" thing..and the dog learned to count--if my dad took 2 grapes in a row, Rascal would bark at him! He never suffered any ill effects at all. Sadly, we had to give him away due to his kangaroo antics after my dad had to have back surgery...but grapes did not do him in.

    Then, there was another dog that belonged to my dad's sister (before my time), a Boston Terrier, who one year went out in the yard, dug up and at ALL the garlic and onion plants my aunt had planted. The only "bad effect" he got from that was the world's worst case of doggie bad breath. He lived to a ripe old age. (Funny--his name, also was Rascal!)

    Never had a problem with cheese, either, and yes, have used it to hide pills...but the last dog I tried that with got wise, and managed to eat the cheese and spit out the pill! (That was before they invented those pill pockets.) I think the key with cheese, ice cream, etc. is MODERATION. A very small amount once in a while--not as a regular thing.

    This was very interesting, though.. I did know about the chocolate, but not avocados. But hey--those have gotten too expensive to be passing out to the pooch! ;-)

    Voted up, interesting, & useful.

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    cebutouristspot 4 years ago from Cebu

    OMG! I didn't know these. Is still true to all breed of dogs? or is this selective and different breed interact with these food in a different way ?

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    Linda Rogers 4 years ago from Minnesota

    Dear K9-Firstly, I hope you had a beautiful Easter. You did an amazing job on this article and I know you will be saving doggies with this important information. I will be sharing this on twitter and with hubbers. I always appreciate your great stories regarding our furry friends that we love so much. Have a great week my friend :-)

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    Teylina 4 years ago

    Have always been aware cats needed meat more than dogs, but rarely treat my daughter's terrier (as have my own dogs) w/a tad of leftover beef, chicken or bacon. Rare, and usually unfortunately bacon. Me bad too. Didn't see chicken or beef, but no more of anything I think!

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    Kitehs, I wouldn't panic. As long as you guys keep an eye on her and she doesn't display any sign of distress all should be okay. I would avoid any continued avocado mishaps.

    Best of luck~

  • kittehs11@yahoo.com 4 years ago

    omg i just accidentally gave my friends dog an avacado slice! im super scared! it was a thick slic and i was making sandwh=iches and i accidentally dropped ti and then when i tried to grab her she dodged and she ate it! she is real old and idk what is gonna happen i hope she doesn't die! it'll be all my fault!

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    louromano 4 years ago

    excellent info! We are pretty strict about what we feed our dogs, even as treats. Just curious about tomato and watermelon? Interesting enough, my dog loves to sneak out to the garden and steal a tomato from the vine (never any fallen already, he's picky like that) and eat them. Whenever I cut up watermelon it's like I'm dangling a steak in front of a wolf. Do you know if these are bad for dogs?

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    MelChi~ Honored you understand my passion on the subject, and that you cared enough to comment on the hub. I know your future pets will be getting a safe and loving home. I hope you find a larger yard soon, good animals need good owners like you!

    Cheers, Namaste~

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    Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    K9keystrokes - thank you for taking the time to respond to my comments. You obviously know what you're talking about, and I was speaking from childhood experience. I appreciate what you say, and will definitely keep all of these foods in mind and avoid giving them to our future family members (we're waiting on a place with a bigger yard) :)

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    MelChi~ Thank you for expressing your thoughts, however I have to disagree with the concepts.

    1. In my strong opinion, bones (large or small) are never a good choice for any dog of any size. I continue to stand by this. I am glad your dogs were incident free surrounding bones, but for me and my dogs, and the dogs of my clients, family and friends, NO REAL BONES!

    2. Regarding Apples; as indicated within the body of text above;

    "Cyanide poisoning can result from giving your dog the apple core from your afternoon snack."

    It is not the meat of the apple that is dangerous to your dog, it is the seeds. If you core the fruit and remove the poison seeds then an apple can make a pretty okay treat. Just NEVER give your dog the seeds. Again, I'm glad your dogs from childhood weathered the storm seemingly unscathed.

    I am honored that you posted your thoughts on the two subjects MelChi, it is always best to understand everyone's feelings and then decide what is best once all of the information has been discussed. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on the article and for expressing your experiences from childhood.

    I appreciate and respect your input, Namaste.

    Cheers~

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    Melanie Chisnall 4 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

    Very interesting hub and good points. I do however slightly disagree with you on just 2 points:

    1. Bones. I personally believe that this has to do with the size of the bone. We grew up with four large dogs, and they were always given LARGE bones to chew on. They never got stuck or had splinters because they were checked before. I can't understand how people can think giving a dog a chicken bone or something that small is a good idea - it's NOT.

    2. Apples. Maybe it depends on the type of dog a person has, I don't know. What I do know is that we fed our dogs whole apples now and then and they LOVED them. They didn't get sick afterwards. Perhaps because it wasn't an ongoing occurance, and I'm no expert - just pointing out that we didn't have a problem with our dogs eating apples at all.

    I completely agree with the other points that you raised - very informative hub, thanks :)

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    Java Programs 4 years ago from India

    Hi K9keystrokes,

    What a wonderful list to avoid as food for dogs .....

    Ohhh .... I should avoid these things from my dog ....

    Thanks for such a good work and info ......

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    James Kenny 4 years ago from Birmingham, England

    Really good and useful advice. I've fed my Dog bones in the past. But won't be doing so in the future. Voted up etc.

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    kayyluh 4 years ago

    Great hub! I had no idea that bacon was so bad for dog I will not be giving my dogs that anymore. I knew about chocolate but not so much about everything else. Thanks for sharing this with us I hope people who read this will take all of these tips into effect asap. Great tips and advice, I voted up and useful!:)

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    ScottiesRock 4 years ago from Eastern PA

    Very interesting... I did not know about the bacon. I will have to stop this treat right away. Thanks for the great info.

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    Ingenira~ Glad you dog has a selective pallet! Thank you for sharing the information with others, it may save a loved furry critter from disaster!

    Cheers~

    k9

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    CookiesNoCrumbs~ Your story is just too sad... this kind of loss can seem to never go away. I just don't understand those who willingly harm animals.

    Warm Regard~

    K9

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    Cardozo~ I am honored you chose my link, I appreciate the HubLove!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Cardozo7 4 years ago from Portugal

    Added a link to this hub in my own hub. Hope you don't mind :) If you want I can take it out.Cheers

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    CookiesNoCrumbs 4 years ago from New Jersey

    K9 your article was very informative to protect human's best friend. I lost a puppy who was given chocolate by someone who was angry at me 4 years ago; and it seemed like yesterday. Thanks for sharing;

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    Ingenira 4 years ago

    I didn't know most of these food would cause fatal to a dog, but I'd not give it to my dog anyway, since I don't think he'd eat it, except the bone perhaps. :)

    Very informative, voted up and tweeted.

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    divorceinnewyork~ Glad that your dogs don't fancy onions and garlic, that is half of the battle for sure! Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. It's is nice to read about those dog owners who are always looking to increase their knowledge on canine health and well-being! Your fuzzy pals are in good hands! Happy Tails!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    calico Stark~ I am so pleased you found this list of bad people food for dogs! Hearing this kind of stuff makes it worth while to do the research and write such hubs. I wish you and your fuzzy friend a very happy life together. And Here's to many, many years of wonderful canine snuggles! Happy tails!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

    TimeSaver~ My dog loves green beans. He will even snip them from the garden when they grow through the fence. I am glad you find the article helpful, you have one lucky dog who's owner seems to have a heart of gold!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    divorceinnewyork 5 years ago

    Thanks for this important info. Knew about the chocolate but not about bacon. I don't think that garlic and onions is a big problem as none of my dogs find that appealing in any way.

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    calico Stark 5 years ago from Earth for the time being

    Thank you so much for this important information. My precious dog Sugar thanks you too for I have fed my dog several of these treats on your no list. I had no idea they were a threat! Vote up!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Tams R~ Wow! How scary that must have been! I have never personally had to induce my dog to vomit (thank God)but I think you make a very good point when telling of the hydrogen peroxide method, which is: ONLY USE 3%, NOTHING ELSE! I will provide a link to one of best articles I have read on this subject for those who may not be familiar with this technique. I hope it helps.

    Thanks Tams R for sharing such a wonderful bit of information and your very scary story! You are truly one of wo/mans best friends! Happy Tails!

    Here is a really good link on hoe to induce vomiting in dogs: https://pethelpful.com/dogs/How-and-when-to-induce...

    And Tams R, WELCOME TO HUBPAGES!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Tams R 5 years ago from Missouri

    Very good information. I was ignorant about bacon. Wow! Poor Roxy will not like you so don't come visit, lol. Roxy the boxer got into a bottom cupboard that was left open just over a week ago. She took a large box of raisins almost half full and ate most of them. We returned home to find the box in shreds. I was terrified with no way to take her to a vet. I gave her 7 teaspoons which was 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of weight of hydrogen peroxide. The kind you use for wounds, NOT hair. She threw up so many raisins and over a week later seems fine. Thank goodness!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Gusser~ You do make an accurate point regarding Mickey D's. And I actually agree with your thoughts on junk food acquisitions--if you don't like them, don't buy them. And freedom for this kind of choice is all good and well. But, when it comes to trying to keep ones dog safe and as healthy as any owner "chooses" to keep their pet, I am happy to offer a list of bad human food choices for dogs. Please know that I wouldn't recommend Mickey D's for my dog, no less for my human family! Just my personal choice, although I must admit, those fries are pretty darn tasty!

    I truly understand your position in this matter, and accept the fact that we mostly agree to simply disagree. Thank you for your awesome input! Nothing but respect Gusser, nothing but respect.

    Cheers~

    K9

  • Gusser 5 years ago

    Mickey D's had to add apples to the unHappy Meal because of food police. If you don't like junk food, don't buy it. If others want it, so be it. That is freedom. Taking it off the market is not. Your opinion is noted, as is mine.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    blogallaboutit~ So glad you enjoyed the article. I know what you mean, avocado is a scary thing; so many ways it can jeopardize a dogs health! Thrilled you don't feed your dogs real bones, I applaud you!! Sounds to me like your little darlings have found one great human companion! Happy Tails!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Gusser~ I imagine that those suppliers who sell the things you list in the manner they do feel they are bringing no harm to the dog world or those who love their dogs. In my humble opinion, low-end poor nutritional pet foods and snacks should be removed from the market. I mean really, think about the crud humans buy as food items and then check our overall health. I am not willing to subject my pet (or humans) to these kinds of food (if you can call them that) sources. Are we suing snack cake makers, greasy fast food makers, or chip makers? Not really. So, please know that I am just fine with the info I have provided within this article. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I appreciate that you took the time to comment.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    You're the best Doc!

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    blogallaboutit 5 years ago

    I had no idea about the avacado, or the cheese. Thank goodness I have never feed my dog the avacado, the side effects were scary. I do not feed my dogs bones because they are small breeds.My five dogs thank you very much.

  • Gusser 5 years ago

    Makes you wonder WHY dog food suppliers add bacon for flavor, include some of your listed vegetables in their foods, and sell real bones as treats. If they haven't been sued out of business, perhaps you need to recheck your info.

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    erag2011 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    You are welcome K9 :) Always happy to contribute to the debate and trying to share my expertise.

    All the best.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Dr erag2011~ Thank you for sharing your knowledge. I feel as you do about the garlic issue. Older dogs (or over weight dogs) can find more difficulties with garlic than others. For my dogs best interest, I'll continue to avoid garlic in his diet. Always glad to see you made it by Doc!

    Happy Tails and HubHugs~

    K9

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    erag2011 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Mmmm...not sure about it.... I definitely don't recommend garlic, for obvious reasons, it can also have a cumulative effect in fat, more if the animal is overweight. My experience is that animals that don't get fleas when using things like that or weak flea treatment (collars, powders, over the counter spot-on, etc) they would not have got them anyway without treatment...unfortunnately nobody can prove this as nobody is doing any proper studies to compare, objectively and with double blinded study, with placebo, same environment, etc... So, we will never know :):)

    I only advice proven, efficacious and safe treatments for my patients and clients, as they are the only ones that have proper data... Sorry cant help more...:)

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    ErDaughtry218~ I am sure I can find many, even hundreds of sites that are in favor of giving dogs garlic for flea control. You make good points regarding vets who back up this type of use. For me, I refrain from giving it to my dog, it has in the past, been known to cause difficulties I am just not willing to risk in my pet. Realize that your vet knows your dog better than anyone, so unless you feel you need a second opinion, definitely do as your vet directs you. It does take a large amount of garlic to cause real problems, for the use in this article, my point is to keep it away from dogs in such dosages (I stipulate this within the article). I am happy that you have found a flea prevention tool that keeps your little Chihuahua cuties bite free! Thank you for adding your knowledge to this comment section, I respect your point of view and am glad you shared it here. I can tell you really have an abundant love for our k9 friends, this warms my heart!

    Happy Tails!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    ERDaughtry218 5 years ago

    I found your article interesting but not completely accurate. The one item I have to argue about is garlic. Any vet will tell you that garlic, minced or bulb is not good for your pet as it is hard for their digestive tract to break down. However, garlic oil is a well known deterrant for fleas. If you put 2 tablespoons of garlic with 2 tablespoons of honey per quart of drinking water, your pets will not have a problem with fleas ever. I have been doing Rescue for over 20 years, as well as breeding Chihuahuas for about 12 years now and every vet and vet site I have encountered has backed me up with this same information. You can even find large jugs of garlic oil online at most of the pet suppliers and homeopathic remedies for animals by vets who are concious that toxic remedies are not always the best solution to treat an ailment such as recurring fleas. Check online and good luck with your animals. They are a lifetime responsibility.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Thanks Lori!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    BfoBarney~ Thank you for sharing your comments, I hope you and your dog have a very long happy life together!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    James~ It is nice to knnow we can still learn a few things by reading a little hub here and there. Thank you for taking time to read about keeping our dogs healthy! Happy Tails!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    J Red Horse~ I can imagine a grape to be great fun if one is the size of a Jack Russell! But, I am glad that you will be removing them from your little Terrorists' toy box. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! Sounds like your little k9 buddy is in very loving hands! Thanks for caring about your furry friend.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    J Red Horse 5 years ago from The beautiful wilderness of the White Mountain of N.H.

    Thanks for a great read and some important info on treating our furry friends!

    I didn't know about the grapes, my Jack Russell Terrorist loves to play with them but rarely eats them, I find them under the sofa when she gets bored with them.

    After reading this Hub story ... Sorry pup, no more grapes!

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    JamesPoppell 5 years ago

    I learned a few things from reading this article. I knew about the chocolate and some of the other items listed but I did not know about the Cheese and bones. Thank you for sharing.

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    BfoBarney 5 years ago from Australia

    Was very interesting. I learnt a fair bit, thank you!

    Also you may have saved my dogs life in the future...

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    LoriSoard 5 years ago from Henryville, Indiana

    Good hub.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Emily Sparks~You are welcome, I hope it helps to keep your k9 friend happy and healthy!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Babby Dolan~ I totally understand your thinking. I don't have the nerves to withstand my dog becoming ill because I gave him a bad or poisonous snack! My guy gets only dog approved snacks made just for his species! Thanks for sharing your story, I love hearing this stuff.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    athena2011~ Some vets do recommend cheese bait to get a dog to take a pill, always do what your vet suggest! He/she knows your dogs health needs best! If you have doubts, get a second opinion. In some cases that tiny bit of cheese bait is a good trade off for a needed medication. Moderation is the key.

    I sure appreciate your comments and I can tell you have a great love for your dog! Happy tails!

    Cheers~

    K9

  • Emily Sparks 5 years ago

    Wow, I had no idea about some of these foods. Thanks for the info!

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    Babby Dolan 5 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for the article! Due to several scares (one relating to bones) my dog is not allowed ANY people food and is restricted to specific dog food products.

    I am going to share this article with all my dog lover friends!

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    athena2011 5 years ago from Beachfront - In My Dreams:)

    Voted up and useful. Had to read this hub when I found it as I am a huge dog lover.

    My vet had actually suggested putting my dog's pill in cheese. That's a surprise for me that it's not good for them. Anyway my dog used to eat the cheese and spit the pill out so I had to use the old "put the pill in their mouth and rub their throat while holding their mouth closed strategy which worked like a charm."

    I knew about some of these items being toxic for dogs, but not all so am glad I visited your hub to learn.

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    erag2011 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    You are welcome K9 :)

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    erag2011~ Thanks so much for confirming my belief regarding NO real bones for dogs. It is always nice when veterinarians substantiate my advice. It is very painful for pets who must undergo invasive surgery because we humans neglect to think ahead about the results of a bad snack choice. This topic of bones has always faced many sides, but when it comes right down to it Dr. erag2011, you guys are the ones who have to deal with these situations as frightened pets and pet parents ask "why?" when their dog is bleeding from both ends, or is choking to death.

    Thanks so much for taking time to help keep our pets healthy and safe. Your helpful input is respected and appreciated! Happy Tails!

    HubHugs~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    maxravi and Cardozo7~ Thank you for making time to share your comments. I was amazed when I heard about the deadly onion years ago, not even cooked onions should be given to a dog. Even those tasty leftovers that have been prepared with onions or onion powder must be eliminated your canine snack repertoire. I have a feeling that both of you have some very happy healthy pets! Thanks for being a pets pal!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Cardozo7 5 years ago from Portugal

    I have to stop with the onion, damn! Very useful information indeed

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    Ravi Singh 5 years ago from India

    Very nice info.I don't had idea about these facts.thanks.

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    erag2011 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Completely agree with K9. I am tired for removing all sorts of things from dogs' guts or stomachs. and the owners always say "Oh, I can't understand it, he/she has been having these for years....", or "he/she has been playing with stones/sticks for years..."... Well, until one day it gets swallowed by mistake or gets stuck on the palate/throat, etc...

    So, my advice is the same as K9, no bones, even the rawhide ones as I have seen them getting stuck a couple of times now if not chewed very very well.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Lady Guinevere~ You know I get this a lot from dog owners. But, I still adamantly disagree with giving dogs raw or cooked bones. Even in their raw "flexible" state bones can chip off shards (even the tiny ones) that can act as sharp razors when traveling through the animals digestive system. There are much safer and healthier ways to give a dog the nutrients supplied in bones, even bone marrow. If you want to scoop out the marrow great, but please do not give real bones to your dog. I respect your position on the matter LG, I simply disagree. For me, NO Bones for canines!

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts and opinions, it is okay to disagree once in a while!

    Happy Tails and Cheers.

    Respectfully~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    The Macs~ I feel your pain, my dog wouldn't speak to me for a week! But, he found that 100% chicken jerky was a great tasting lean canine snack! He would buy these for himself if he had thumbs! Nice to know another really good dog owner has stopped by for a read! Happy tails!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    CookwareBliss~ Sounds like you love your three furry family members very much! This warms my heart. I hope you find a few great healthy snacks that all three will love to snack on. My dogs favorites are fresh carrots, and chicken jerky. Just can't get enough!

    Thanks for taking such good care of your canine friends!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    The Macs 5 years ago from Peoria, IL

    My poor Pablo is going to be really disappointed that he won't be getting anymore bacon.

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    Debra Allen 5 years ago from West By God

    You should correct that Bone one. I is "coked" bones that splinter. Raw bones are flexible and digs do break them up into smaller pieces. We give our dog cheese to give him pills and have told the vet that and they never told us it was bad for him. We have tried those pockets and he will get the pill out and leave it on the floor every time. When Duke first showed up on our doorstep----literally, he weighed 1.2 his normal weight and had to give him fatty foods for him to gain weight. Just as in people all things do not do the same to all animals. Thanks for the hub.

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    CookwareBliss 5 years ago from Winneconne, WI

    Very useful information. I have 3 dogs at home and was surprised to see some of these foods on the list. I will now be more careful of what types of scrap food I may give them. Thanks for the hub

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    kidsnchocolate~ You know, now that you have the information about bacon and dogs, you can make changes for the sake of your canines health. It's so great to read that you are upset by the list, it just shows that you really care about your pet! This makes you "tops" on my pet friendly list!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    kidsnchocolate 5 years ago from Midwest, United States

    I only knew about 4 of these things!!! This is crazy, we share our bacon all the time. Poor puppies!!! Thanks for the information

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    billybuc~ I know what you mean, who would think about avocados as a threat to a dog? Really glad that you found new information to add to your dog knowledge! You sound like a great k9 person, happy dogs abound! Thanks for sharing your thoughts I really appreciate it.

    Happy Tails!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    erag2011~ I'm actually not a vet (surgery freaks me out), my education is in animal(k9)behavior and research; what are those beastly minds thinking and why. Many of the same classes, but very little of the scalpel related activities that you brave souls manage to conduct(vivisection was not my friend!). So I love to get as much input from my many Veterinarian colleagues as possible! Thanks again for your helpful comments, as they are always welcome!

    Cheers~

    k9

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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    How did I not know this stuff? I knew about bones and chocolate but the rest was news to me. Thank you for the info and nice job putting the article together.

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    erag2011 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi K9keystrokes. You are really welcome. I'm a vet (I guess you are too), so I'm happy to help too.

    All the best.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    theresa~ Really good question. Most of the time, those bacon bacon treats we buy for our pets are not made from bacon at all. If you check the ingredients listed on the packaging you will find either soy, grain, meal, or some sort of real meat as the first ingredient. No bacon to be found on the list at all. Personally, I would only offer those treats that list a real meat item (not by products; i.e. feet, hooves, beaks, hair etc.which are indigestible items) as the first on the ingredient. The same holds true for dog foods.

    Thanks so much for caring enough to ask what is best for your pet(s), you really are your dogs best friend!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    erag2011~ You Rock! Really good advice you offer to commenter TENKAY. Nice to see another dog lover jump in to help a neighbor! Thank you for sharing your thoughts on milk for our canine furry companions!

    Happy Healthy Hairy Wishes!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    sen.sush23~ Joey is a lucky dog indeed! Fresh made dog food is such an awesome commitment to your k9 friend, I respect this very much. Happy healthy canine wishes!

    Cheers~

    K9

  • theresa 5 years ago

    they say no bacon what about the treats bacon bacon that is what my dags get for treats will some one let me know?

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    erag2011 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    Interesting Hub.

    Takey, yes, milk isn't good for dogs, but also depends on the dog and the amount of milk they get, of course. In many dogs, it causes diarrhoea. We have to remember that milk in mammals is only really created to be fed for a baby/puppy/kitten, etc... by the mother of the same species, not to be given to an adult of different species, as cow's milk for a dog or even for humans... (a lot of debate about this...).

    I want to also remind pet owners of the dangers of many house plants, and how toxic some can be, i.e.. rhododendron...

    Eric

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    Sushmita 5 years ago from Kolkata, India

    we always feed our Joey with mutton or chicken, boiled with some turmeric and salt. But I know several doggies who love to eat raw vegetables, particularly potato. Nice hub, voted up. Thank you.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    cyoung35~ There remains some debate over real beef bones for dogs, but every veterinarian I have questioned recommends avoiding them as a dog treat. They are said to cause some pretty dangerous internal problems. I personally never feed my dogs real bones of any kind...no matter what anyone tells me. Thanks for loving your pets! They are lucky to have you in their life!

    Cheers~

    K9

    TENKAY~ Your dogs have a pretty good idea that the things you list are not good for them, this is in your favor! Some dogs will gulp down just about anything they think is a food item. Even the stuff that can harm them. I sure appreciate you sharing your thoughts here! Thanks for stopping by! Keep lovin' your pets!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    bgoodall~ So glad you found the article helpful and that you got a few new bits of info! Sounds like you are a really great pet owner! The more we learn about new finding in the world of animal nutrition the healthier our pets will remain. Thanks for sharing your comments.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    TENKAY 5 years ago from Philippines

    i thought milk is good for dogs.... onions, chocolate, and garlic ... my dogs hate them.

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    Chad Young 5 years ago from Corona, CA

    I always thought that pork bones splinter but never thought about a beef bone. I will have to start giving her milk bones.

  • bgoodall 5 years ago

    Wow!Great hub! I try to only give my dog people food every once in a while. I consider myself a good pet owner but didn't know dogs can't have bacon or cheese. This is a great list.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    TheEpicJourney~ Thanks for sharing your comments. So glad you approve of the extra information as to why these people foods are bad for dogs. I appreciate the support. Healthy Happy Pets for all!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    TheEpicJourney 5 years ago from Fairfield, Ohio

    Great Article here!! I love the list and love that you didn't just provide a list but a reason WHY for each one. It was very informative! Thanks!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    danieltiley26~ I know, who would think that an avocado would be harmful to our dogs? That slippery strangely shaped seed brings many scary facets, inside and out. Thank you for making time to share your thoughts here today! Wishing you and your canine companion(s) a healthy 2012!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    druffo0421~ Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I enjoy giant breeds of dogs also, they are just so majestic in sight. Even those big lumbering K9s are vulnerable to the compounds found in chocolate. And you are correct, the more cocoa (chocolate) content the more dangerous it becomes for our dogs. For me, the only correct amount of chocolate (dark or light) to give any size dog would have to zero! I appreciate you stopping by today.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    danieltiley26 5 years ago from Amesbury, Wiltshire, U.K

    Thank you for this for thoughtful and informative hub. I knew most of them but did not know about avocados.

  • druffo0421 5 years ago

    WHEN WE BROUGHT HOME OUR FIRST GIANT BREED MALE PUPPY I READ EXTENSIVELY ABOUT WHAT TO AND NOT FEED HIM AND WHY.

    I REMEMBER READING ABOUT WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN TO DOGS THAT EAT CHOCOLATE. THE ARTICLE WENT INTO GREAT DEPTH EVEN TO PROVIDE A CHART TO CALCULATE AN AMOUNT THAT WOULD BE A DANGER TO THE DOGS WELL BEING.

    THE MAIN THINGS I REMEMBER ARE THE CHOCOLATE ALWAYS REFERRED TO IS DARK, BAKING CHOCOLATE WHICH HAS A MUCH GREATER CONCENTRATION OF COCOA THAN MILK CHOCOLATE. THE ARTICLE THEN WENT ON TO GIVE A FORMULA TO CALCULATE THE AMOUNT OF DARK,BAKING CHOCOLATE AND A DOGS BODY WEIGHT.

    (the smaller the dog in weight the greater the danger depending on the amount they consumed )

    OF COARSE THE BEST PATH TO FOLLOW IS TO KEEP CERTAIN FOODS TOTALLY AWAY FROM CERTAIN FOODS. BUT, JUST AS HUMANS SHOULD NOT EAT A DOZEN EGGS, A POUND OF BACON OR EVEN A COUPLE OF McDONALD'S DOUBLE CHEESEBURGERS EVERY DAY. MODERATION IS THE KEY FOR BOTH HUMANS AND OUR CANINE FAMILY MEMBERS.

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    Vicki L Hodges 5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    Great hub! I knew most of them, sort of all....I know that dairy isn't great, but do you think a little cheese now and then around a pill is okay? And sometimes I sprinkle in some bacon bits in dog food to get my dog to eat. But I'm aware that salty things aren't good, but a little? This is a great article for pet owners. Lots of votes here!

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    Rain Defence 5 years ago from UK

    You give most dogs anything and they wolf it down. I have never really thought about anything I've ever fed a dog to be honest but after reading, I'll bear this lot in mind.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    cancerguru~ Chocolate is one of those things that you should be concern with your dog sneaking a taste of. The attention you have been giving in this area is a good thing! No chocolate for our K9 friends! It sounds like you care a lot for your dog, and can I respect that.

    Thank you for sharing your comments.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    marcia-david~ You may want to check with your vet before administering your dogs prednizone dosage without a food (cheese) buffer. Prednizone is a steroid that works great for helping several medical conditions in pets as well as humans, but it can be pretty hard on the organs; liver, kidneys, and stomach lining in particular. That tiny bit of cheese may be just the thing to protect the stomach lining from this harsh medications effects. Pill Pockets--you can learn about them under the "Cheese" section in the body of the article above--are an excellent alternate choice for this, although it may take some time for your dog to let go of his cheese fix!

    Best of luck to you and your furry friend!

    Cheers~

    K9

  • cancerguru 5 years ago from Kentucky

    This was great! I am always afraid my dog will eat a bit of my chocolate that spills on the floor....

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    marcia-david 5 years ago from New Hampshire

    Thank you for writing this hub. I did not realize that cheese was on the no-no list for dogs. My dog has been getting a slice of cheese every day, with his prednizone pill wrapped up in it. I guess I'll have to explore some other options for helping him to take his medication!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    dappledesigns~ Watermelon is not a threat to your dog as a general rule(it's about 97% water) but it can have a high sugar content. My advice would be moderate consumption carefully if your dog is over-weight or diabetic.

    As for tomatoes, these are a tricky beast. The tomato plant is from a toxic group of flora known as Nightshades, which can cause tremors and heart arrhythmia in dogs (and I have even heard death). The leaves and stems contain atropine and other tropane alkaloids that are toxic if ingested, which is poison to dogs--and humans [small amounts of these toxins can be found in unripened fruit as well]. The entire plant (ripened fruit excluded) is also toxic to humans; so don't eat the plant or leaves or make tea from them!

    My advice here would have to be, Don't feed your dog tomatoes. It sounds as if your dog is smart enough to only choose the ripe fruit from the vine, however since a small amount of the toxins can be found in even unripened fruit, I would figure a way to prevent your dog from eating them at all.

    Hope this helps! You have one lucky dog!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    dappledesigns 5 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

    excellent info! We are pretty strict about what we feed our dogs, even as treats. Just curious about tomato and watermelon? Interesting enough, my dog loves to sneak out to the garden and steal a tomato from the vine (never any fallen already, he's picky like that) and eat them. Whenever I cut up watermelon it's like I'm dangling a steak in front of a wolf. Do you know if these are bad for dogs?

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    ukbusiness 5 years ago from Bristol, UK

    Interesting read, I noticed you didn't have nicotine or tobacco down there so I fed my dog a packet of ciggarettes and now he is really ill.

    Last time I follow a guide I found on the internet!

    Joking aside I think this is something all dog owners should read, not everyone realises that what a dog wants is not what is best for them.

  • druffo0421 5 years ago

    I AGREE WITH THE ABOVE,BUT I THINK SOME OF THE ITEMS LIKE BACON, CHEESE AND MILK GIVEN IN MODERATION,IN SMALL AMOUNTS AND ONLY ONCE in a while AS A TREAT SHOULD NOT DO HARM. OF COARSE LIKE HUMANS SOME DOGS CAN HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THESE FOODS, ESPECIALLY THE SMALLER BREEDS. I HAVE A GIANT BREED, LEONBERGER AND HAVE HAD A NEWFOUNDLAND AND A SAINT BERNARD OVER THE YEARS NONE HAVE EVER SHOWN HAVING THE SLIGHTEST DIGESTIVE PROBLEMS WHEN GIVEN THESE FEW ITEMS ( BACON, CHEESE AND MILK ) AGAIN IN SMALL AMOUNTS AND ONLY ON OCASSION.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Wolf Lover~ All dogs of any size should avoid eating bacon. If given bacon, it should be given ONLY in small, servings and water intake must be kept at a minimum. Large dogs are more susceptible to the condition called "bloat" but dogs of any size should avoid salty, cured meats (like bacon, hotdogs, & ham). The salty foods cause the large dogs to drink too much water which brings on the condition. Thanks for the great questions, hope your dog is doing well!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Wolf lover14 5 years ago from AR

    did you say that bacon was only a bad effect to large dogs?

    Or all?

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    wolf lover~ Depending on the size of your dog, half of an apple core may not be really bad(a small dog will be more sickened than a big dog). Contact your vet if you notice your dog acting out of the ordinary.

    Best of luck~

    K9

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    Wolf lover14 5 years ago from AR

    I fed my dog half an apple core, what do I do now!!! Please reaspond!!!!!!! D=

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    ImChemist 5 years ago

    what if i don't have dogs ,what about cats what killing them?

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    Earl S. Wynn 5 years ago from California

    Great hub! I've known about some of these things, but bacon was a new one for me! Thanks for putting this hub together! :)

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    Elizabeth Rayen 5 years ago from California

    Thanks for a very informative Hub. I will definitely be more aware of what I give my fur child.

    Blessings,

    Lisa~ Rustic Living

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Hubbero88~ That would be a really good way to keep your dog healthy, but we all need a treat every so often! ;)

    Cheers~

    K9

    John~ Milk can absolutely cause gastrointestinal problems in dogs and in sensitive breeds even death from pancreatic illness. Lactic acid is not something canines can digest properly. As with ALL things, the best method is to keep things in moderation!

    Cheers~

    k9

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    johncimble 5 years ago from Bangkok

    i didn't know milk can kill the dog :S

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    hubber088 5 years ago from Baltimore, MD

    Good Hub. Here's a good rule, just feed your dog, dog food only!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Melissa McClain~ I love the greenies pill pockets also! My dog thinks they are a snack. As for baby carrots, they are a perfect snack! Great for teeth, eyes, gums, blood and dogs love them! Thank you for sharing your thoughts! You have a very lucky dog!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Melissa McClain 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Most of these I knew about but now I know cheese is bad too! Btw, I've tried the Greenies pill pockets and they work wonderfully with my dog. He doesn't even chew it, he just swallows it whole, pill and all. A treat my dog does love - baby carrots. Hopefully those are alright.

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    Rachelle Williams 5 years ago from Tempe, AZ

    Wow! I did not know that so many common, ordinary foods could be toxic to dogs.

    Voted Up and Interesting

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    princesswithapen 5 years ago

    K9

    What an eye opener! Many of the foods mentioned above are regularly fed to dogs in homes around the world. I hope this hub reaches out to all fellow dog lovers and pet owners. Thanks for sharing.

    Princesswithapen

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    cclitgirl~ Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts! I just love Labs, and in my opinion they can hardly do any wrong! You are among the rare few people who understand that some people foods are as bad for dogs as they are for humans. I am thrilled that you take such a pro-active approach to your k9s diet! It sounds like you have one very lucky dog! Keep up the good work.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

    I am so paranoid about bones (well, all human food for that matter) that I don't give him any. I also feel that when you don't give a dog human food, he/she won't learn to beg for it. Of course, my dog is a crazy Lab and I'm sure he forages and gets food that I don't know about. At least we only store canned food that could possibly be within his reach. Everything else is in a pantry that he can't reach. He's like a two-year old...a perpetual one at that. :)

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    herehere~Wow. Thanks for the comments. After reading your remarks here, I would like to make it clear: for me I would NEVER give a dog chicken bone no matter how it is prepared or butchered. I strongly ask that all other dog owners follow the "no chicken bones" practice as well. Please feel free to inquire with your local Veterinarian about why giving dogs chicken bones is very dangerous!

    Keep loving those furry friends!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    herehere 5 years ago from melbourne

    Hi K9, I enjoyed reading your article. My dog eats all of the above except the yeast dough and the caffeine. I have brougt her up on chicken, the leg bones, I just cut them in half with a scissors. I've have her almost 6 years now and she's a Maori dog, wants to eat everything. Thanks for sharing.

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    MizBejabbers 5 years ago

    Good information. I had never heard of bacon being bad for dogs, so now I know. I bought our chowpei some "bacon" treats (highly advertised) and when my husband read the ingredients on the bag, he tossed them out. Too much salt, he said. So I guess we need to watch commercial treats, too. Thanks for a good article.

  • internationalearn 5 years ago

    Knew about most but had no idea about bacon... I have been told tomatoes can be pretty lethal too.

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    sportgames 5 years ago from Ashter Street 14, New Yok

    These hub should reach to all dog lovers. I now understand the mistakes I have made with my best friend.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    OMGirdle~ I know! My dog hates that bacon is on the list! Thanks for sharing your comments.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    OMGirdle 5 years ago from United States

    Thank you for this information. I never knew about bacon.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    cclitgirl~ I respect your feelings on the garlic issue, and you are right, many opinions around giving dogs garlic does exist. I am allowing your link here, because I always teach that having all of the information makes for a better understanding of any topic; and this holds true for the safety and well being of our furry friends as well, and your source does seem credible.

    I appreciate that you have such passion for our critter friends. For me however, I will refrain from offering garlic to my K9 and will continue to suggest that other dog owners do the same.

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts here and for offering another look at the subject of foods that may or may not harm our dogs.

    I offer you my respect.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Cynthia Calhoun 5 years ago from Western NC

    Great article, but I would kindly and strongly disagree about garlic. It is often confused with similar things (like onions) that are in fact, not good for dogs. Consider this link: http://www.earthclinic.com/Pets/garlic_for_dogs.ht...

    I have been feeding my dog garlic for years and he has no flea or tick problems. People from all over the world have contributed to this site (Earth Clinic - Home Remedies). The only side effect? Bad breath. But, we live in the woods where there are zillions of critters and the garlic has been a lifesaver. I feed my dog lots of organic food, and actually followed your list and didn't even know it before reading it. :) But, the internet, unfortunately, has perpetuated that garlic is, in fact, poisonous to dogs. You CANNOT feed it to cats, but for dogs it's actually beneficial. My dog eats it by the clove! :) In any case, maybe your sources say differently, and I respect that. But, I will give it to my dog confidently. We'll have bad breath together. Hehehe

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    Miina 5 years ago from Estonia

    Really useful information. Wish I had read it years ago. Thank you!

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    direct00 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC, Canada

    Great information, a few different foods I didn't know dogs should have.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Thank you for sharing your comments here! The K9 world is a safer, and healthier place because of each of you!

    Cheers~

    K9

  • luckydogowner 5 years ago

    I remember reading this article earlier in my life, and when my dog got into some grapes, I was lucky enough to have remembered this and we got him immediate treatment. It probably saved his life

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    Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

    I really enjoyed this Hub. Very informative. I give my Miniature Schnauzer a small amount of cheese each night for a treat. I also put pills when she has to have them in cheese. Now, after reading this, I wonder if I'm doing the right thing?

  • icountthetimes 5 years ago

    Such a detailed and informative hub. So many dog owners don't even know that giving chocolate to a dog is a no-no, let alone the other foods in your list. Thanks for much for spreading the word.

  • trust1 5 years ago

    I just recently found out after years of giving grapes to my ywo toy dogs that it is tocic. Great HUB !

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    ericgoode~ Thanks for the question, it's a good one. Some of the conditions can happen pretty quickly if enough of the item is eaten by your dog. You are on the right path when asking about some dogs being more sensitive than others to some of these foods. But take notice: Each human food on this list can and has killed dogs. The amount varies in how much is too much for a k9. Pancreatic issues are one of the most painfully slow causes of death a creature can endure, and these foods are right at the top of the causation list. As for rawhide treats, in moderation if you must, and ALWAYS supervised.

    Thanks for the great question Eric, and for sharing your thoughts on bad foods for good dogs!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    EricGoode 5 years ago from Chattanooga, Tennessee

    Good information. I am curious though, are the adverse effects of these type of things seen more over a longer period of time? I have to admit that I have fed all of this to my dogs with the exception of chocolate and never had these type of issues. I think it is more like humans...some humans may have adverse effects to certain things while others will not..I guess it just depends on the animal. What about rawhide bones?

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    Kris Heeter 5 years ago from Indiana

    Wow, this list is longer that I thought. I knew about chocolate but not the others! Thanks for sharing this.

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    Barbara Kay Badder 5 years ago from USA

    I guess we'd better stop sharing bacon with our dogs. Too bad, it was such a treat to them.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Thanks for leaving your thoughts here. I am so glad you are all finding useful information for keeping your dogs safe from bad human food treats! I applaud each of you wonderfully caring dog lovers!

    Cheers~

    K9

  • nikashi_designs 5 years ago

    Bacon, cheese, and grapes, my dog will have to live without. Never new about those items. Grapes I always thought were very high in water content, pretty safe, guess not. Bacon and Cheese are marketed in dog treats so figured it was safe for my dog. We keep our dog very fit and only feed once per day, give her two treats per day. Thanks for the information and will advise my wife about this.

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    mattyfaz 5 years ago from Australia

    Wow! I had no idea! I knew chocolate wasn't good for dogs but I didn't know it was killer, just assumed it was unhealthy. My dog goes crazy over chocolate, poor guy, he will be so disappointed.

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    MarloByDesign 5 years ago from United States

    I did not know about cheese..thank you for educating me.

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    Paul Westphal 5 years ago from Anderson, SC

    great body of useful knowledge

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    hhunterr~ While popcorn wouldn't be my first choice as a dog treat, corn is a very usual ingredient in dog foods. In my opinion, the problem with popcorn for dogs is similar to the problem the rest of us have, the hulls get caught in the back of the throat and teeth. Unlike humans, a dog has less agility in the using of his tongue as a tool. So, the hulls of popcorn can present trouble for them. So, if you must give your dog popcorn, break off the puffy parts and only give him these; and in strict moderation! (No seasonings like garlic, salt, or onion powder on the popcorn given to Fido of course!) Great question! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    hhunterr 5 years ago from Highway 24

    Someone told me popcorn was bad 'cause it couldn't be digested. Any truth to this?

  • julia 5 years ago

    i have a dog and it's nice to know that the things i don't let her eat and i'm wise to know i have been good at it. thanks for the advice to keep it up.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    I Just want to say "thank you" to each dog lover out there who took the time to read and comment for the sake of our K9 friends! ***Remember*** during the Holiday's when all of that feasting is going on, Fido will have several new humans who want to make friends by offering up a yummy human food treat. ~!!!!KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR FUZZY FRIENDS SNACK INTAKE. YOUR HUMAN FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO DON'T KNOW ABOUT THE DEADLY LIST DON'T WANT TO MAKE YOUR PET SICK (OR WORSE) OVER THE HOLIDAYS, EVEN BY ACCIDENT!!!!~

    Health and Happiness to all this Holiday Season!

    HubHugs~

    K9

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    mtngeogeek 5 years ago from Sw co

    One more I learned about was grapes -- hard on the liver. Unfortunately grapes were one of our border collie's favorite treats. She even loved leaping in the air to catch them. Should have stuck with popcorn(but not microwaved popcorn.

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    nina64 5 years ago from chicago, Illinois

    This hub is extremely informative. Some the food items that you've listed in your article; I had no idea!!!! I've heard about the chocolate....but the other items will definitely make me think twice when feeding dogs. Thanks for putting this information out there, it will surely help a lot of dog owners.

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    uktvbrackets 5 years ago from North Wales, UK

    wow, surprised by some of these entries

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    Angel709 5 years ago from midwest

    great article, i don't even have a dog, but i appreciate this informative hub!

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    CocoasLoop 5 years ago from Durham, NC

    Good information

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    hailei 5 years ago from Romania

    I had no idea about most of this stuff. Thanks you for sharing

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    auspicious12day 5 years ago

    This is one of the best articles I have read about what not to feed dogs. Very informative and helpful

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    samtenabray 5 years ago from uk

    Wow fascinating read, didn't know half of this! Good article.

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    ershruti304 5 years ago from Shimla

    Great explanatory hub that serves the dog lover completely

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    kerlynb 5 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

    I would have fed these foods to my doggie Duncan had you not told me they were unsafe. I had always thought milk is OK. Thank you, thank you for this life-saving hub!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    festersporling1~ I am sticking by the list without question; in large quantity garlic can be deadly to your dog...I do stress "large quantity".

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Writing By Cyndi 5 years ago

    What a great and informative hub. I learned a lot so that is always a great thing.

    Will pass on the info to my fellow friends

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    Daniel Christian 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Garlic is debatable, but onions certainly are not good.

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    NiaG 5 years ago from Louisville, KY

    I knew some but not all of these. I will spread the word! I don't give my dog anything but dog food and doggy treats. I want my little toot around with me for as long as possible. Thanks for the info!

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    samanthamsmith 5 years ago from Small Town USA

    Great info to know!

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    MikeNV 5 years ago from Henderson, NV

    Best hub I've read all day, really well done. I didn't know about Bacon because I don't eat it myself. Thanks.

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    John Crozier 5 years ago from Newcastle, Tyne and Wear, England

    A very detailed hub, i enjoyed reading this good job.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    adrienne2~ Thanks for sharing your thoughts here today! Sounds like you have one lucky dog. As for those Bacon strips...they are made of something completely different than the porky delight we are accustom to, they just have an artificial scent added to the mix that represents bacon. Thanks for playing along!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Adrienne F. Manson 5 years ago from Atlanta

    What a list! Most of the foods I knew about, but BACON that was a total shocker. Your list is indeed an article to educate all who love and want to safely take care of our little four legged friends. I am still blown away by the info on bacon. What about those dog food commercials with the bacon strips?

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Au fait~ I am glad you found the article acceptable! thank you for sharing your thoughts.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    C E Clark 5 years ago from North Texas

    Very good information for dog owners. Voted you up and useful.

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    thefamilytoolkit 5 years ago

    Thank you for the clear list. I learned a lot from this posting. I always thought the only harmful foods were chicken bones and chocolate. This was helpful to learn there are more.

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    vdelarosa 5 years ago from Denver, CO

    No bacon!?! Haha, I'm glad I read this! Thanks so much for the useful info.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    mistyhorizon2003~ Moderation is vital when using cheese as pill pockets, I personally would rather keep it to the smallest portion possible. I like some of your ideas for getting critters to take pills in the hub you reference, so I added your link here.

    http://hubpages.com/animals/How-to-Get-your-Cat-or...

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us today.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    homesteadbound~ Trichinosis is relatively uncommon with modern meat handling, although cooking any meat to its safe temperature is very important for dogs as well as people. I know of one case of trichinosis personally, and it was contracted (assumingly) through the consumption of infected WILD pork. Hunters must be very careful when bringing down wild game, and boar is of a particularly high concern. As a general rule, it is very unlikely to get the disease from store bought meat. But, keep in mind that careful food prep and handling should always be priority in the home whether dealing with wild game or production meats. As for the dog "bleeding out" I would think this was from something else. Trichinosis (to my understanding) is a creature that is going to attack brain tissue; but I suppose anything is possible. Sad in either case. Thank you for commenting here today.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    doodlebugs~ You are so right! Human foods aren't even good for humans in some instances, so why subject your dog to such things! Thanks for sharing your thoughts here.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Mikey Bo 5 years ago

    Poor dogs, they miss out on so many delicious foods. Oh well, best to keep them safe, even if they don't understand why they are denied certain foods.

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    Cindy Lawson 5 years ago from Guernsey (Channel Islands)

    Great Hub and full of good info. Cheese for the odd pill is not a problem I would say (and I have worked for a vet), it is one of those 'everything in moderation' foods. Chocolate is mainly bad if it is plain chocolate, although even milk chocolate is bad if enough is consumed. Grapes and raisins as you said are really bad (lethal in fact) quickly leading to liver and kidney failure.

    Pill pockets are great but I found the price really expensive in the vets I worked at. I still like the cheese idea better, although crushing the pill and mixing it in with strong smelling foods like Tuna seems to work just as well, (I did hub on the subject of pills and how to get cats and dogs to take them if you want a look).

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    Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

    I was glad to see this one in the feed. I am trying to locate a healthy homemade dogfood recipe for my puppies - grown up but still puppies.I had heard to put garlic in their food to help prevent fleas, I will not now. I had a friend who feed his dog some ham, and it bleed to death on the inside because of trichonosis. Is that common?

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    doodlebugs 5 years ago from Southwest

    Good safety info for dog owners. I also think human food in general can be deadly to dogs since they are starting to suffer from some of the same heart problems, high cholesterol, etc, as people. It could be the table scraps we feed them doing it.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    cre8ivOne~ So glad your Lab turned out okay! I would have freaked out, chocolate is just so dangerous for dogs. Thank you for sharing your story and happy ending here! You should check out Habee's hub on foods not to feed your dog; is has some great added information about liver (of all things) and even baby food dangers for dogs. Well worth the read!

    Thanks for stopping by today.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    cre8ivOne 5 years ago from Midwest, USA

    Thank you! I have a black lab that one time got into an Easter basket and somehow lived through it. We learned about grapes/raisins last year through an article but I didn't know several of the other items. Thanks for the informative article.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Sally's Trove~ Thank you for making it by. Melbel is a sweetie for sharing her wonderfully happy dog story with us in the forums! And you are a sweetie for suggesting vets hand out the information in their offices. I am thrilled that Little Guy (melbels dads minipin) is on the mend. Nothing like a great dog story to touch our hearts; I know it did mine!

    This is the link to melbel's forum page doggy story: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/84790

    HubHugs~

    K9

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    Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Found this from melbel's recent forum post, and it is an outstanding Hub. I knew about most of these foods being bad for dogs, but not all (cheese and bacon).

    When you have a food-centered dog, as I did with my Goldie, it's really tough to not give in and share a human food goodie. All you have to remember is that your habits with the dog must be good for the physical and behavioral well-being of the dog, first. And that means education for you.

    This is a super Hub...All vets should make the info in it available to their clients, right there in the office, in the form of a handout. I would guess some vets do, but I've never seen this vital info available in a vet's office.

    Up, useful, and Liked on fb.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Waynet~ You make me laugh so much! Your sacrifice for the sake of your dogs health will not go unnoticed, I am sure your dog-karma will be increased ten-fold. I sure appreciate you swinging by for a doggy good time today! I bid you and your fuzzy k9 friend the best of everything!

    HubHugs~

    K9

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    Wayne Tully 5 years ago from Hull City United Kingdom

    Highly useful hub...I too have been guilty of feeding our dog some people food....shame on me! at least now I know I'll have to not leave any scraps on my plate whatsoever and eat everything that could be left!! My stomachs gonna suffer, at least our dogs won't Cheers now!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Yorkshirefan~ If your dog will eat lettuce, go for it! Just make sure (if you take it off of a burger) that onion or other "bad for dogs food" isn't also being offered as it sticks to the lettuce.

    Cheers~

    K9

  • Yorkshirefan 5 years ago

    Thanks really good, useful to is lettuce ok to feed your dog as well

  • jasper420 5 years ago

    very informative hub my sis has four dogs and I will be showing this to her thanks well put together!!!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    cjcarter~ I have actually put pills in a small chunk of cheese to bribe my dog to take a needed medication. I think one can outweigh the other in terms of what is best for the dog. But, you can get "pill pockets" that are a tempting treat that your dog will love, and they are good for you k9 friend. You tuck a pill inside and ffer up the item as an enjoyable snack. I get mine from my veterinarian, or order them online, whichever is cheaper at the time. Thank you for stopping by today, I am sure your dog would wag his tail in appreciation!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    cjcarter 5 years ago

    Good information! I always hide my dogs pills in cheese! Gasp! No more cheese for Nickiee nope nope. Thanks for the tips!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Peg~ How funny is 91 years old "auntie" that she shares her wake-up call with your dog. Sometimes the older human/dog relationship can outweigh any research, warning, or advisory...it is amazing how a happy heart can defy anything! My hope is that "auntie" and your pup have many, many years to share that morning coffee! Thanks for bringing this delightful story to us today, it makes me grin from ear to ear!

    HubHugs~

    K9

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    Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Great article and full of useful info. I admit to giving the pups milk (just a splash) because they beg so pitifully for it :( Lots of stuff that is bad for them is also bad for us like bacon and yet we love it. Auntie gives Fritz a bit of her morning coffee everyday too. She's 91, he's 13. I've told her but she has her way.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Levellandmike~ You are not alone in the bacon arena! I am actually surprised at how many dog owners are unaware of the problems bacon can potentially cause their pet. Thanks for sharing your Carson knowledge; a funny guy who made late night TV prominent. None are as good as Johnny was! I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts on bad people food for dogs today!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Mike Simmons 5 years ago from Levelland, Texas

    Wow. To quote Johnny Carson: "I did not know that," about bacon.

    Interesting piece.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Leonor Solar~ My dogs were not thrilled with giving up the bacon treats either, so I totally understand your dilemma. I switched to treats that were suggested by my vet that are the right nutritional mix for my breed and dog age. I suggest you do the same. Some soy based dog snacks can be substituted and your dog will love them, they can however be high in sodium. I think it is a loving gesture that you care this much for k9 friend, you are one of the good ones!

    I wish you and your canine the best of a healthy life together.

    Cheers~

    K9

  • Leonor Solar 5 years ago

    I appreciate the info provided but yet so disappointed that I have-to throw out all the treats that I bought for my dog. He loves the Bacon Bits and I would always use it for training purpose. I tried the healthy treats but my dog hates them. What treat can I give him that will taste like bacon?

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    kripkrip420~ I am so glad you found this list of bad dog treats to avoid. Also, very glad you haven't given any to your little K9 friend! You are too kind in your remarks, I am truly humbled by them. Thank you for sharing your comments here today, they are appreciated very much.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    kripkrip420 5 years ago from In relation to what?

    WOW. Very extensive list. This is a lot more than I expected. I honestly only knew of bones and chocolate. The rest were a complete mystery. Luckily, I haven't fed my dog any of those. You may have saved his life!

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    Karry Campbell 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

    Thanks for the info. I never knew about the milk and cheese.

  • naturalsolutions 5 years ago

    I'm so lucky to read your hub, yes I am aware of my little friends diet. He's very important to me and I don't want those food to get harm my little friend.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    funmontrealgirl~ Thank you for your comments. Always check with your vet before changing anything he/she has suggested or prescribed for your pet. Only your vet knows your dogs individual needs. Garlic would need to be given in a higher amount than say onions, where ANY amount is bad, really bad. Sounds like you love your pet very much! Thank you for stopping by today!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    funmontrealgirl 5 years ago from Montreal

    I knew chocolate and onions. I have read a lot about the garlic one as its kind of both recommended and warned against. Garlic is a natural immunity booster at healthy item which I used to sprinkle on my dogs food as recommended by a vet. But I stopped just "in case". Thanks for the useful hub. Voted up.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    larry71~ You rock! Great advice and really good points on considering the sitters having table-scrap fed pets feeling guilty about depriving your visiting pet. Thanks for playing along!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Larry 5 years ago from Illinois

    K9lover, I do agree with K9keystrokes. If trust is an issue perhaps find another sitter.

    I'd ask myself first off, have these people been known to lie to you about other things, and also do they have pets of their own. the first part to this is easy. If in fact they have been dishonest in the past then the chance they are not telling the truth about feeding habits you desire could be an issue. On the chance they have pets of their own and don't mind feeding them human food could make them feel guilty for not giving your loved one a treat when it sees the other getting one. Also anytime I leave my dogs which is very rare with anyone I always supply ALL of the food they eat, and make very clear it is the only food they should eat. Along with how much and at what times. Now I do take into account my schedule isn't going to match theirs and deviations from time are acceptable but the food itself is a must. Also I never leave them with people who feed their own animals things I wouldn't approve of any way. this would only leave for chance they would do so for mine and anyone else's pets.

    Good job watching out though.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    k9lover22~ Thanks for the question:

    Q:"...i don't wanna leave her with them anymore but i don't want to break there hearts. what should i do? how can i tell that they really are feeding her human food?"

    A: Unless your dog gets sick it may be impossible to tell if they are in fact feeding her human food when they tell you they are not. For me, if I can't trust the people I leave my dog with to tell me the truth, i shouldn't leave my dog with these people. However, it sounds as if you don't want to disrupt an already good relationship so you may need to employ a new tactic for your k9 friends best interest. Simply let your dog-sitters know that you have your dog on a strict diet for the sake of her health that MUST NOT be deviated from. Leave a list of feeding instructions, along with a bunch of "healthy dog-diet approved snacks" for them to draw from. They may still slip a table scrap to Fido here and there, but at least the healthy snacks provide them with an alternate choice.

    -OR- you could always just leave your dog with a quality boarding hotel or Vet office (several vet offices offer boarding)and tell your dog-sitters you have concerns for her health and needed her to be where she could be monitored by pet health professionals right now. If you think about it, this IS the truth.

    Remember whether you are present or not, your pet is still your responsibility. It sounds like you have a true desire to keep your fuzzy friend safe and healthy so I have faith that you will do what it takes to manage the situation! Your dog is lucky to have a friend like you who cares enough to do the right thing.

    I wish you and your dog a long healthy life together!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Larry71~ Thrilled that you found the article helpful. I think that your carrot snacks are the perfect idea for your Bostons! They help clean the dogs teeth, are a nutritional food, and harbor no tragic outcome for your k9 friends. Brilliant!! I use carrots as treats for my dog (and even sneak in a sweet potato or two here and there). Thank you for stopping by today!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Better Yourself 5 years ago from North Carolina

    This is a great reference for bad foods for Dogs. Most people just aren't aware of how dangerous people food can be for pets - Thanks for sharing!

  • k9lover22 5 years ago

    A friends parents have been watching our dog over the weekend and im scared that they are feeding her human food , even though they love her unconditionally and say they would never feed her human food, when we went to pick her up she looked as if she gained weight. i dont wanna leave her with them anymore but i dont want to break there hearts. what should i do? how can i tell that they really are feeding her human food?

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    Larry 5 years ago from Illinois

    I enjoyed your hub and admit I found some information I hadn't heard of. For instance, I had never heard about the bacon or yeast.

    The raw / uncooked yeast does make good since though. But the bacon a total surprise.

    I have Boston Terriers and they like to snack on pickles and carrots. Now they don't get them often, perhaps a couple times a month and when they get the pickles it's only one small sweet pickle each. But the carrots they get uaually 3 each. They just love them.

    You did a very good job with the hub. Thanks for the information.

    Larry71

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    cactustze 5 years ago

    good article! i always feed my dog with milk, now i should stop it. thank for advice

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    naturalsolutions~I am happy to hear that you will be revising your dogs diet. That just goes to show how much you care for your little friend! Thanks for leaving your comments and best wishe for a long healthy life with your canine!

    Cheers~

    K9

  • naturalsolutions 5 years ago

    I'll be aware of what my dogs eat from now on. Thank you for this very informative hub.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    TattooKitty~ Thank you for your comments. I agree with you 100%, I would rather live a long happy life with my dog rather than encourage instant gratification! I wish you and your pets the best!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    TattooKitty 5 years ago from Hawaii

    Thanks for the info! Great hub! My dog will be bummed about the "no cheese, no bacon" rule...BUT I'd rather he have longevity instead of a quick treat. I voted up!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Miss Paula~ Good for you and your dog! This is really the only way to assure your dog won't fall victim to a nasty treat not meant for his consumption. I applaud your restraint and concern for your fuzzy friend. I am sure you will share a happy healthy human and dog relationship!

    Cheers to You!

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    midnightbliss~ I see what you mean, I mean really who would think a big meaty and gnarly beef bone could be a bad thing for their dog? Our dogs surely aren't going to tell us this! I know it sounds odd, but natural bones are NOT a god idea for dog treats. Check out this little story left by 'sharewhatuknow' in the comments sections here:

    "An elderly gentleman that I do housekeeping for was telling me one day that one of the veterinarians he used way back when, kept bones in jars all over his office. The bone/bones in each jar represented each dog who had died or required emergency surgery ingesting this particular bone.

    He also told me that his vet informed him not to even give large bones to dogs, such as those big beef and ham bones, because as a dog gnaws on them, they can still gnaw off and ingest fragments of that bone."

    A perfect case where we can garner information from what our vets tell us about dog health!

    Thank you for your comments here, they are always appreciated.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Miss Paula 5 years ago

    Very good hub, everyone should read this, My dog gets only dog treats and dog food we don't feed her people food. i vote you up very useful

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    Haydee Anderson 5 years ago from Hermosa Beach

    i am a bit surprised with the bones, we always give our dogs bones, those big bones from pork and beef, but we refrain from giving them chicken bones that they can easily break into smaller sharp pieces and other small bones that they can swallow.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    femmeflashpoint~ Thank you so much for sharing this information with your facebook community, the more people know, the better the health and well being of the K9 population will be. Thanks again!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    sharewhatuknow~ What great comments and interesting lesson you offer. I would like that vet very much! Thanks for sharing your story!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    sharewhatuknow 5 years ago from Western Washington

    Now I feel bad and guilty. In the past with dogs that I had owned, (who are now gone but not because they died from their diet), I did give them milk and bacon.

    Very informative article and this came at a great time because I have been thinking about getting another doggie.

    An elderly gentleman that I do housekeeping for was telling me one day that one of the veterinarians he used way back when, kept bones in jars all over his office. The bone/bones in each jar represented each dog who had died or required emergency surgery ingesting this particular bone.

    He also told me that his vet informed him not to even give large bones to dogs, such as those big beef and ham bones, because as a dog knaws on them, they can still knaw off and ingest fragments of that bone.

  • femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

    Excellent information and very well presented! Thank you!

    I'm sharing to facebook! Great hub!

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    jamterrell 5 years ago

    Great information, K9keystrokes. You can be sure that your dog is safe if you make your own dog foo. This site might help you.

    http://www.dogfoodwithlove.com/

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    ladybluewriter~ I know of this brand of dog food, it is a Walmart product. I personally would NOT feed it to my dogs. It is a very inexpensive dog food, and you do get what you pay for here. For me, whether it has cheese in it or not, I wouldn't feed it to my dogs...ever. Kirkland (Costco) has an expensive yet high nutrient food for dogs that is a much better brand. If economy is your goal (and who doesn't want to save a few bucks these days) I would much prefer feeding the Kirkland brand to my K9, than the Old Roy. The first ingredient on the bag tells you the whole story; real meat is the first, second, and third ingredient on the Kirkland brand...I'm betting a by-product of some sort is the first on Old Roy. The protein % is important as well, always buy the highest protein % you can afford. I hope this helps you in your quest for dog foods that will be a good addition to you and your dogs' life.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    ladybluewriter 5 years ago from United States

    I have to ask this question because in the grocery store there is a dog food called Old Roy that has cheese and beef bits. So this is a bad thing to let them have it.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Lady_Tenaz~ You make a good point about tomatoes, they are not on the list but remain a bad food for dogs, I wanted to limit the list to 10, so I am glad you added them in your comments! You know, the cheese is the one item that people have the most difficult time with when it comes to bad food for good dogs. My advice is to always check with your vet on these things. Your vet is the one who knows your pet and its unique dietary requirements the best. Just like in people, not all things hold true for the entire population. And remember that moderation is always key! A cheese bribe to get your dog to take a needed medication may out weigh the fat dangers of cheese to your vet. Your vet has information and test results that no one else does; always follow your vet's advice or should you have doubts, get a second opinion.

    I appreciate that you have questions when it comes to your dog's health, it shows just how much you love your furry friend! And that makes him one lucky dog!

    I bid you and your pets the best of health.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Jennie~ Lol! Yea, wiping up the coffee before the dogs have a go at it is a good idea. Although, it is much easier to just let them do the work! And you are right, people feed their dogs amazingly odd things!

    Thank you for the comments and I wish you and your pets a long happy and hairy life!

    Cheers~

    k9

  • Lady_Tenaz 5 years ago

    I am just wondering where you heard that cheese was bad for a dog? Our vet has told us its ok to give to them. I have always had dogs and always gave them cheese as a reward snack and all my dogs lived long healthy lives. Other than that the list is a good one, but you left out tomatoes. those are deadly. good hub!

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    Venture Boyz 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

    I would have never though about caffeine. Guess I will need to wipe up that spilled coffee quicker than usual! So many people feed their dogs such weird things its hard to keep track of what's good and what's not.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Wesman Todd~ I am very glad that your dogs were able to stay well while eating the people foods you list. For me however, I choose to refrain from adding the listed foods to my dogs diet. I wouldn't recommend any person follow your k9 diet history, as their results could be quite different. But, again, I am very pleased your pooches did well on the food you provided for them.

    Thanks for your input!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

    Well, the dogs that I've owned have always loved the bones, meat scraps, bread scraps, and milk that they've been given - and they've never been sick from any of those, or wanted anything but more of them.

    At one point I'm willing to bet that the two chows that we had at one time MOSTLY ate our table scraps, and they couldn't have been happier about it. So far as the rest of the list is concerned - I can't say that I recall ever giving a dog any of the others. :-\

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    ExoticHippieQueen~Glad you found the hub worth while! I appreciate your comments and I wish you and your pets the best of health!

    Cheers~

    K9

  • ExoticHippieQueen 5 years ago

    Thank you for this ireful and important hub!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Lambservant~ Most of the raw yeast dough causes the problem, after it has been cooked it slows down some of the expanding problems for gastro issues. Monderation is key. No dog should have more than 5% of its diet be other than dog food items.

    I stand by my statement of NO Real Bones for dogs! Today there are far to many healthy and safe choices that clean your dogs teeth without the dangers of bone shards. And in no way, shape, or form should you give your dog a chicken bone...EVER! These tend to turn into mini razor-like spears that can poke, cut, rip and jam into your dogs mouth, throat, and intestines. Please ask your Vet what he/she feels about giving chicken bones to dogs, this may give you a little peace of mind on the subject. But until you do, don't give your k9 another bone.

    As for grains, keep in mind that our dog is NOT a true carnivore, he is in fact an omnivore, this means he needs all kinds of foods not just meat protein. My advice here is to visit your vet, they will have helpful pamphlets and hands-on help for you. Or go to "DR.Griz" here on HubPages. He is a Vet and I am certain has the information regarding k9 nutrition you may need to know for your new pet. Send him an email with a question or two, you won't be disappointed!

    I hope you and your new canine companion have a wonderful life together, it sounds like he/she has found a super good human to watch out for his health and well being! You are on the right path, the first step; asking the questions!

    Thank you for your comments and I hope you found some answers here.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Lori Colbo 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

    Very interesting. I have just spent the last 45 minutes hub hopping on dog food, particularly the Barf and homemade recipes. I have heard the whole gamut on what is good and what is bad. who do I believe? Most of the stuff you mentioned I knew. But about the yeast, are you only talking about raw yeast, or does that include baked yeast like in a biscuit? I have read several things over the years about bones. Just now I saw several hubs that said bones are the best thing for your dog's teeth and diet. Even chicken bones. They all said no pork bones. What is the best thing for dogs to knaw on to clean their teeth? Oy vay, I'm frustrated. I am a new dog owner and want her to be healthy. What do you think about grains?

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Dy~ Wow! Adobo chicken for the dogs? You are one dedicated human pal! If fresh food is your goal, check out some of the "Made for dog" stove top meals on the market. Just be sure to check the labeled ingredients for a sound neutritional value. I apprecite your comments.

    Cheers~

    K9

    Nspeel~ I know, I was a little shocked by the cheese myself. I think moderation is the key here, and they do make cheesy type snacks for dogs that don't actually have cheese in them. I bid you and your pets a healthy life! Thanks for the comments.

    Cheers~

    K9

  • Dy 5 years ago

    Oh Lord! Been cooking this chicken meal for my dogs called adobo. It's their favorite and it had to be sauteed in garlic and onion. Didn't know this is bad. Oh my!

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    Nspeel 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach

    Nothing but a 100% well written article right here. Amazing i learned a lot of useful information hear i would have never known cheese is bed for my dog good thing he does not eat human food though.

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    blairtracy 5 years ago from Canada

    Thanks for the info! I learned a lot and will pass it on.

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    whitton 5 years ago

    I never knew that bacon was bad for dogs I'm grateful for the heads up. When I was younger our family learned the hard way that bones were bad for dogs. Our poor little puppy had to get surgery and luckily she survived but it was very scary.

  • Dogs98 5 years ago

    I never knew about bacon being bad for dogs. Thanks for the info!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Recipe Gal~ Thank you for reading this little hub about food safety for our dog friends. Many of the snacks we hand over to our dogs can actually make them pretty sick. Glad you found a couple treats you can stop giving your k9 from now on. You will both be better for it!

    Cheers~

    K9

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    Recipe Gal 5 years ago

    I knew about a few of these things, but I never would have thought about cheese or bacon! Thanks for the tips!

  • fashion 5 years ago

    Great hub.Excellent info for dog owners.

    Thanks for posting it.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    vickiturner~ Thank you so much for stopping by for a read today! So glad you found something to take away with you. Your dog will be much happier for the lack of milk in her diet.

    Cheers~

    K9

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    vickiturner 5 years ago

    Great article. I've been feeding my dog milk - every time I had a cup-of-tea she'd be waiting for some, and I'd give her a drop. Not any more after reading this.

    She's rather disappointed by this new "no milk" rule, but she's looking healthier on it already!

  • twodawgs 5 years ago

    Good info. Make sure the others in your household understand this, too. And I mean, really understand it. I had a roommate a few years back who was always sneaking extra food and other bad stuff to my dogs when I wasn't around. I finally got the point across, but not until the vet got involved.

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    B.E. DeCair 5 years ago

    I knew about all of these except the onions and garlic. Never heard about those being bad- not that it matters, my Huskies won't touch onions or garlic anyway. Good to know, though!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Tales From Tai~I absolutely get your confusion. My advice is to always check with your vet on these things. Your vet is the one who knows your pet and its unique dietary requirements the best. Just like in people, not all things hold true for the entire population. And remember that moderation is always key! A cheese bribe to get your dog to take a needed medication may out weigh the fat dangers of cheese in your vets eyes. Your vet has information and test results that no one else does; always follow your vet's advice or should you have doubts, get a second opinion. Thank you very much for commenting today, I really appreciate it!

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    Tales From Tai 5 years ago from New York

    Very informative. Strange thing is that you would think the Vet I take my dog to would know this. She has me put my dogs meds in cheese when I administer her meds. But, I'm sure I can figure out an easier way to give it to her. Thanks much for the hub.

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    Mary 5 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

    Great hub I will never give my gumdrop bacon again.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Peter & Poker~ I totally understand your take on not being able to protect dogs from everything. That being said, I absolutely disagree with giving dogs ANY real bones. You are right about sticks and hard objects presenting similar dangers, however bones are among the more regular perpetrators of choking, splintering injuries, and blockages. Chicken bones are certainly the worst, but each has its own dangers. I stand by my recommendation to NEVER give real bones of any kind to any dog.

    Thank you for stopping by to comment, I wish you and your dogs the very best.

    K9

  • Pokerist 5 years ago

    My oldest dog just reached 11 years.. I give him bones weekly, it is the best reward for a real dog, and i am also very sure that no harm can come from it :)

    Very nice article by the way.

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    Peter E 5 years ago from Toronto

    nice hub! The bones one isn't entirely true though.

    Large beef bones don't really pose much of a threat, it's bones from poultry which are prone to breaking in sharp shards and can really mess up their intestines.

    Dogs do end up hospitalized because of bones but the same things can happen with sticks, or any other hard item. You can't protect them from every possible issue so I say let them have some simple pleasures like bones

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    S R Roberts 5 years ago from UK

    I knew about grapes and chocolate but never realised cheese was bad. Caesar the Dog Whisperer uses cheese on his TV shows. I think small amounts is the key.

    Useful hub, thanks!

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    KateWest 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Thanks for the tips!

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    Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

    Loved your hub I was shocked to hear cheese on that list my dog will be heartbroken if you say the word cheese around Zowie she knows what it is. Thanks for the tips I will take your advice!

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    RandomThoughts... 5 years ago from Washington

    Such a relief that you are helping get this information out there. Knowledge is sooo important. Easy and informative read...Thanks

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    My dog will be so sad to kiss bacon goodbye!

    I love her too much to keep giving it to her, though. Thanks for the tips.

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    sonia05 5 years ago from india

    very informative hub,thank you K9keystrokes for sharing.

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    tebo 5 years ago from New Zealand

    This is interesting. Unfortunately some dog rolls have garlic in them. I knew chocolate was a problem for dogs and people have mentioned raisins to me. I have found this very interesting. My dog being labrador is a fiend for wanting to eat anything and everything.

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    suejanet 5 years ago

    I will make of note of theses.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    MyMastiffPuppies~ You are absolutely correct regarding the age and breed of a dog requiring its own food/nutritional considerations. I adore Mastiffs! Big snuggley teddy bears, with one eye always on the family safety. Thank you for commenting and for the warm praise!

    K9

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    MyMastiffPuppies 5 years ago

    Excellent info for all dog owners. We have two English Mastiffs and they love veggies! It is also very important to get the right protein/fat ratio in their dog food for them to remain healthy. It can vary from breed to breed and also age plays a factor. Thanks for sharing some very helpful tips, voted up, useful, funny and awesome...

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    GrantG~So happy you found this information about bad treats for dogs helpful. I appreciate your comments.

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    GrantGMcgowan 5 years ago

    I am glad to found this very helpful hub, Thanks for more information and I've learned more. Thanks for sharing.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Thanks everyone for such great comments! It warms my heart to know that the information about people food that can make your dog ill is helping to change some K9 diets for the better. I really appreciate the input and support!

    K9

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    L A Dreamin 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Great information. I knew about most of these but not all of them! Thanks!

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    Silver Poet 5 years ago from the computer of a midwestern American writer

    Excellent hub and good reminders. We want to make sure our dogs are safe.

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    Miss Lil' Atlanta 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Lol I'll be honest, I'm a dog blogger and I actually didn't know a few of the facts you wrote in this hub! Well, I'll definitely have to remember some of this stuff!

    ~ Miss Lil' Atlanta

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    BabyCheetah 5 years ago from Melbourne

    I don't have a dog but this hub is extremely useful for those that do. I knew about chocolate and cheese but I never really gave it much thought :)

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    jorja kick 5 years ago from southeast georgia

    What a wonderful,insightful and well researched article..

    I am a dog trainer/groomer...I also raise standard poodles..I have the most difficult time getting people to undertand milk issues w/ dogs!!

    they make Dog food for a reason..

    awesome hub

    jorja

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    Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    This is great! Very important and little known info, for even seasoned dog owners. Thanks!

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    SUSANJK 5 years ago from Florida

    Thanks for theses tips. I never knew not to give my dog bacon once in a while. I will never give it to her again.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Purple Perl~ Thank you for taking the time to comment here today. Wow, glad you stopped giving your dog chocolate cake; although somethings are truly worth the risk. Not so sure I stop eating chocolate cake even f I found it would make me sick. SO pleased you stopped by!

    K9

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    Purple Perl 5 years ago from Bangalore,India

    Thank you for this hub. Many need to grow aware of this list. We used to feed our dog everything including chocolate cake made at home,until we read about it online.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    fayx24~Bacon was a big surprise for me as well. I guess sticking with healthy made for dogs snacks is the best bet. My dog sure doesn't think this is the best idea though!

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting.

    K9

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    fayx24 5 years ago from Australia

    WOW, K9, fantastic Hub. I have received 'doggy recipes' from all kinds of media, which have bacon and cheese in them, so I thought they were safe. I guess not. :(

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Jaye~ You are so right! It is our responsibility to protect those creatures who are lesser or weaker than ourselves (including human creatures). I hope your friends will heed this information! You are a special person to be willing to share this hub with your friends; their K9 friends will be the better for it thanks to you! I appreciate your comments very much! K9 Hub Hugs!

    K9

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    Jaye Denman 5 years ago from Deep South, USA

    Thanks for a terrific hub with valuable info for anyone who doesn't know these foods are toxic to dogs. I drive my friends crazy warning them about these "bad treats" for dogs, and some insist that they give their dogs chocolate and other no-nos with no harm. I'm going to send the link to your hub to them. Maybe they will believe you. Dogs are too precious not to protect them. JAYE

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Sinea Pies~ I absolutely get your confusion. My advice is to always check with your vet on these things. Your vet is the one who knows your pet and its unique dietary requirements the best. Just like in people, not all things hold true for the entire population. And remember that moderation is always key! A cheese bribe to get your dog to take a needed medicine, may outweigh the fat dangers of cheese to your vet. Your vet has information and test results that no one else does; always follow your vet's advice or should you have doubts, get a second opinion.

    Thank you for bringing your concerns to the table, looking at all angles is always the best option. I appreciate your comments greatly.

    K9

    PegCole17~ I know what you mean! Milk is a favorite of my dog as well. Switching up with another healthier treat has helped rid him of his doggy-dairy-withdrawals! Thank you for coming by and commenting, it is really appreciated!

    K9

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    Sinea Pies 5 years ago from Northeastern United States

    Very good hub but I am confused. My dog's vet told us to put her pills in a piece of cheese. Also, he has encouraged cottage cheese as a supplement for her diet as she needs to lose weight. I will have to ask him again.

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    Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

    Wow. There are several things on this list that came as a surprise to me. My dogs beg for milk from the minute I take the container from the fridge. And bacon? Oh, how they love it.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    phillip goodson~ I learned a few very good things when researching this piece myself. I kind of always knew to be cautious regarding bones, but the yeast dough was a surprise for me as well. I make my own homemade bread so I have to use extra caution when working in the kitchen! Thank you for the comments and I am so glad you found something new to add to your skill set! Grateful for your time Phillip.

    K9

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    phillip goodson 5 years ago

    I never would have thought about bones being bad for dogs! Or pizza for that matter. Thank you, great information.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Lady_E~ Thank you for stopping by! I hope you are doing well. Bart is actually my big brother, and his dogs (like mine) are at the top of our list in life. It's just how we were brought up. Everything dog all of the time! I have to catch-up on your hubs. I have been doing some revising of my hubs because of the new rules. HubPages will be so much better now!

    Thank you for your sweet comments Lady_E, I am always flattered when you make it by.

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Austinstar~ How funny;

    "No onion, garlic or bacon! How's a dog supposed to get by?"

    I have found this very statement scribed on a note and taped to the refrigerator door! Thanks for the comments AS, always a pleasure to see you in the neighborhood.

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Eiddwen~ Thank you for your kind comments my friend. I do hope people gain new information from the hub. I am sure no one want to accidentally give their good dog a bad treat! Big Hub Hugs!

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Steph Harris~My Golden thinks he is being neglected without bacon on the snack tray! I have a friend who gives her dog the bacon grease regularly over his dry kibble; she was horrified to learn the dangers. Possibly your Toby would learn to prefer carrot sticks? They are similar in color to some cheeses...but that darn K9 nose always knows! Thanks for your comments steph, I truly appreciate them!

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    stephhicks68~ So glad you stopped by today! I had a blast creating these pictures for this hub. It's like playing around for a couple of hours! You sure have the right idea about begging, if you give them table scarps they will start to beg for them! Thanks for the tweet and sharing, it warms my heart. Quite grateful for your comments Steph!

    K9

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Just Ask Susan~ You make a very good point regarding dogs and garlic. And I have, in the past, also given my dog the yeast/garlic combo for flea control. As I grew up working in our AKC kennel in the 60's, it was not uncommon to give the dogs garlic/yeast for flea control. You are correct, garlic is found in some pet foods, and some pet gurus would differ with my take to not feed garlic to my dogs. It does take a large amount of ingestion to cause really bad results, but for me, even a little discomfort for my dog is too much.

    There are a few cases of plants that are considered non-toxic or mildly toxic that can actually cause serious problems in dogs (and cats) such as;

    onion

    garlic

    avocados

    heavenly bamboo

    shefflera

    dracaena

    philodendron

    pothos

    and scindapsus

    The top 5 deadliest plants to your dog (can actually kill your dog in quick-time) are;

    lilies

    azaleas

    oleander

    sago palm

    and castor bean

    My point here Susan is that by feeding your dog a dose of garlic that prevents fleas from getting out of hand, would be no worst then if you placed toxic "spot-on" flea meds on him. If you use to much, he will surely become sick, potentially ending in the most unpleasant way. As long as you monitor the amount and stay within the guidelines of safe practices, I am sure your dose of garlic flea control won't harm your dog.

    BTW~ I use the spot-on stuff,...possibly your garlic method would be a safer choice for my pet. But, I have a measured amount to work with, and for me, I find more comfort in that.

    Thank you so much for your great comments and for raising a truly awesome question! I appreciate your support.

    ~Always choose love~

    K9

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    Elena 5 years ago from London, UK

    Great advice - I don't think all dog owners think of this.

    lol @barton

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    Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

    No onion, garlic or bacon! How's a dog supposed to get by? The smell alone makes my dogs drool. But, you're right, I don't give it to them.

    Did not know about the grapes. My neighbor gives grapes to her dog. I'll have to let her know about this.

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    Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

    A great hub and warnings on everything that all dog owners should know. Very well laid out and i am sure that many will benefit from reading thisone.

    Thank you for sharing and take care

    Eiddwen.

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    Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

    K9 After reading your hub yesterday I had to go and research the garlic. There are many articles out there saying that Garlic is toxic and others say Garlic is fine. All of my dogs have always been fed garlic with no ill effects. I use garlic and brewers yeast instead of the chemical flea controls. I have read that garlic is fine as long as you are not feeding them huge amounts. Many commercial dog foods have garlic oil, garlic extract or garlic powder in them.

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    Steph Harris 5 years ago from Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

    Brilliant information K9, poor Toby only gets a morsel of cheese which will now stop, and no more bacon either, he will cry. Thanks for the info.

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    Stephanie Hicks 5 years ago from Bend, Oregon

    Great job! Love the advice, and you found some perfect photographs. :) I have always followed a 100% no people food for the dog rule. I hate that it encourages dogs to beg, too. This is a hub worth bookmarking and passing along - sending it out into the Twitterverse right now!

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Pamela99~ Thanks so much for the comments. Glad you found some items you can use. Very grateful you made it by today.

    K9

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    Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

    Thanks for some very good information. I didn't know about a couple those items. Voted/rated up.

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    India Arnold 5 years ago from Northern, California

    Bart~ Thanks for stopping by big brother. I had to revise the cheese thing myself, who knew?

    K9

    Hey Candy~ I know what you mean! It's hard not to hand out those tasty treats to those pleading puppy-dog eyes. My Golden thinks he's being punished...extra milk bones from now on! Thanks for the comments and for stopping by for a doggone read!

    K9

  • candy 5 years ago

    Well, I guess my old springer is destined to live on dog food....not only does he get treats of most of the "bad things" he is good at helping himself to anything we eat.

    I will have to watch him more closely. Thanks for the info.

  • bartonarnold 5 years ago

    I have to stop the Cheese, Ouzo loves it, bad bad me.

    Good info thou.

  • Barton Arnold 5 years ago

    Good job sis Love and the best to you.

    Bart

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