Foods Dogs Can’t Eat

We are often asked at shows “do you guys have any idea what my dog can’t have to eat”? Here is a listing for those interested in what foods should be avoided by your canine companions. The list is fairly extensive but certainly not all inclusive. We have attempted to credit the original sources when possible. There are always exceptions to the rule and like humans every dog is different. We have heard anecdotal evidence, throughout the many years of dealing with pet owners, of dogs eating everything on the list and doing just fine. That doesn’t mean you should feed your dog grapes if they did okay with them before. The following items are known food dangers and should be avoided by your animals:

Summarized from Steve Browns “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet”

Onion and Garlic Powder can cause anemia in dogs and specifically cats.

Raisins and Grapes should be avoided due to the possibility of shutting down the kidneys.

Avocado/Guacamole possible heart damage.

Dark Chocolate Two stimulant chemicals, caffeine and theobromine negatively affect nervous systems. Noticeable effects are hyperactivity, excessive panting and/or urination, and muscle twitches, accompanied by increases in heart rate and blood pressure. The higher the cocoa content, the more severe the effects (darker chocolate is more dangerous than white or milk chocolate); but all chocolate should be avoided

Walnuts and Macadamia Nuts

Tomatoes and Mushroom stems and leaves.

Potato Skins

Dairy Products While almost never fatal they can create a problem for lactose intolerant animals. Just like humans some dogs may lack the enzyme necessary for digesting dairy. Usually just ends up a little smelly in your living room that evening.

This has hopefully given you some more insight into some common foods that dogs can’t eat for health reasons. And of course Whisker Biscuits does not use any of these ingredients in our healthy USA made dog treats.

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