10 Common People Foods That Can Kill Your Dog

Updated on May 30, 2019

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 are 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)


Insect bait stations

Rodenticides (mouse and rat poison)


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



Silica gel packs

Amphetamines, such as ADD/ADHD drugs

Household cleaners

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

  • My nine-month-old Golden Retriever has eaten bacon grease. What can I do?

    Go to the vet and never give it as a daily snack. And even then moderation.

  • I have a 17 1/2 year old miniature Australian shepherd who eats 1/2 strip of bacon in small pieces once a day. Will consuming bacon in this quantity be harmful for my dog?

    I wouldn't over do it giving a small amount every so often shouldn't hurt your dog. Best to check with your vet.

  • Can a dog have the meaty portion of bacon as a treat occasionally?

    Everything can be done in moderation. Check with a vet.

Comments: Has your dog had any experiences with these or other toxic ingredients? Please join the discussion.

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    Lysandra Oinam 

    4 years 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.

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    4 years ago

    thank u so much.

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    4 years 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 

    5 years 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.


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    5 years 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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    Elizabeth Harp 

    5 years ago from Arkansas, USA

    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 

    5 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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    5 years ago from Earth

    very interesting and informative. Good job!

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    William Cramer 

    5 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 

    5 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 

    5 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 

    5 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 

    5 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!

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    Bogey's foster parent 

    5 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.

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    6 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

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    6 years ago

    i love dogs

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    Ed Palumbo 

    6 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!

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    6 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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    6 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 

    6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

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

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    Barbara Badder 

    6 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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    Carrie Lee Night 

    6 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.

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    6 years ago

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

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    6 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 

    6 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 

    7 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

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

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    7 years ago from United States

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

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    7 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 

    7 years ago from California

    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 

    7 years ago from Pakistan

    i am gonna follow your tips for sure

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    7 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 

    7 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,


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    7 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?

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    mike edilson 

    7 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.

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    7 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 

    7 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.

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    Custom golf balls 

    7 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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    Tori Leumas 

    7 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 

    7 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 

    7 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.


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    Kathy Sima 

    7 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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    7 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.


    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.


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    Eddy Jones 

    7 years ago from Wales.

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


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    alan carts 

    7 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 

    7 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 

    7 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 

    7 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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    7 years ago

    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!

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    7 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 

    8 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.

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    8 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?

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    Miss Kate000 

    8 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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    Michelle Dee 

    8 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.

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    8 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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    Leah Lefler 

    8 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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    8 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 

    8 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 

    8 years ago from Germany and Philippines

    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 

    8 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!


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    Debra Allen 

    8 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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    8 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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    8 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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    8 years ago from Utah

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

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    8 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 

    8 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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    8 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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    8 years ago

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

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    Lissa Mirror 

    8 years ago

    I am scared to death. We eat poison!

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    Anoop Aravind A 

    8 years ago from Nilambur, Kerala, India

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

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    8 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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    8 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 

    8 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!


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    Kelly Kline Burnett 

    8 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 

    8 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!


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    Liz Elias 

    8 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 

    8 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 

    8 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 

    8 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!


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    India Arnold 

    8 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 

    8 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.


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    India Arnold 

    8 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 

    8 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!


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    Angela Michelle Schultz 

    8 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 

    8 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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    8 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 

    8 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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    8 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 

    8 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~

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    8 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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    8 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 

    8 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 

    8 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 

    8 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.


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    Melanie Chisnall 

    8 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 

    8 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 

    8 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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    8 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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    8 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 

    8 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!




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