14 Surprising Foods Your Dog Should Never Eat

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Most of us know that dogs can’t eat chocolate or grapes, but are there other human foods that they should avoid? As a nod to National Poison Prevention Week (March 15-21), we’re looking at some common human foods that can be dangerous or potentially toxic to our canine companions.

It can be hard to say “no” to those pleading puppy eyes, but if you want to keep your dog healthy, you’ll need to keep him away from a number of ordinary kitchen staples.

Read on to discover which foods you may need to be more careful with around your dog.

1. Onions and garlic

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While beloved by most home cooks, members of the onion family are off the table for dogs. Alliums like chives, leeks, onions, and garlic can severely damage your dog’s red blood cells. Even onion powder or juice can be dangerous. The most toxic of these plants is garlic, which can cause anemia in dogs. The AKC points out that symptoms of garlic or onion poisoning in dogs may be delayed, so it’s important to be extra vigilant if you suspect your dog may have helped himself to a little garlicky snack. Watch for vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, stumbling, loss of appetite, and dark urine.

2. Raw bread dough

If you have an avid baker in your household, make sure Fido doesn’t have easy access to any raw bread dough. According to WebMD, if a dog consumes raw yeast dough, the gas that’s produced could yield some serious health complications. Keep any raw dough out of reach, as it can expand and essentially twist or tear your poor pup’s stomach.

If you suspect your dog has eaten raw dough, watch out for the following symptoms: a swollen belly, yelping when you touch his stomach, loss of appetite, or a dog who avoids lying down.

3. Macadamia nuts

While nuts may be nutritious and sustaining for us humans, for dogs it’s a much different story. The American Kennel Club warns pet owners of the dangers Macadamia nuts pose for our canine companions stating, “these are some of the most poisonous foods for dogs.” This nut can cause vomiting, a spike in temperature, lethargy, and most alarming—an inability to walk. The AKC also warns that Macadamia nuts can wreak havoc on a dog’s nervous system.

4. Ice cream

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Ok. So maybe this one doesn’t exactly qualify as “surprising.” Nevertheless, ice cream warrants a place on this list. Because in the dog days of summer, nothing’s more tempting than a creamy, cold vanilla custard (or chocolate…we all have our favorites.) How can you not want to share a spoonful or two with your furry friend? It’s tough, I’ll be the first to admit. But, unfortunately, ice cream is a big no-no for dogs. All that sugar is no good for your pup.

Interested in an alternative? Refresh and reward your dog with some frozen fruits like berries or pineapples as a special treat. It will cool him down while satisfying his sweet tooth.

5. Bones

There’s nothing more familiar than a dog enjoying a bone. But experts warn: don’t give your dog leftover chicken bones from last night’s roast. Because they can easily break into sharp pieces, bones pose a serious risk for dogs. Keep your pooch safe from painful broken teeth, ****** mouth injuries, and esophageal or stomach problems. Besides, there’s plenty of safer alternatives out there to satiate even the most enthusiastic chewer. Give your dog a safe chew toy to satisfy his urge to gnaw.

6. Raw Fish

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Sushi, anyone? We may love this Japanese delicacy, but our dogs—not so much. Or at least, not their stomachs. If your dog gets his paws on a raw salmon filet, he could be looking at some unpleasant side effects including vomiting, seizures, and in the worst case—death.

7. Artificial Sweeteners

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Dog owners beware: the artificial sweetener, xylitol, can trigger a host of health complications for your dog. This sugar substitute, found in sugar-free gum, mints, candy, and even toothpaste, can mess with your dog’s blood sugar levels, and may even cause liver damage. If you think your dog may have ingested xylitol, monitor him for weakness, clumsiness, and seizures.

8. Alcohol

Your dog may be the life of the party, but she’s definitely unwelcome at the bar. Alcohol, no matter the amount, is super dangerous for your furry friend. Fortunately, most pets balk at the taste, but you should still practice caution by keeping open drinks out of your dog’s reach.

9. Apple cores