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Watch Your Dog's Diet: What Your Dog Can and Can't Eat

posted on June 24, 2016
dog with mouth wide open Watch Your Dog's Diet: What Your Dog Can and Can't Eat

Dogs have a reputation for being able to eat anything and everything, but their digestive systems are not quite as hardy as we think. In reality, dogs should only be eating a high-quality dog food appropriate for their age and size. Ideally, you should ask your vet for his or her recommendation for the perfect non-GMO dog food for your unique canine. In any case, though, there are some foods to avoid completely. Print this list and keep it handy to avoid feeding Fido the wrong foods.

Possible Irritants: Might Bother Your Dog/Cause Allergies

  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Corn
  • Dairy
  • Egg
  • Fish
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Rabbit
  • Soy
  • Sugar
  • Wheat

Toxic Foods: Can Permanently Harm or Kill Your Dog

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Baking Powder/Baking Soda
  • Caffeinated Beverages
  • Candy
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Excessive Salt
  • Fat Trimmings/Bones
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Gum
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Medication for Humans
  • Onions
  • Peaches
  • Peanut Butter containing Xylitol
  • Persimmons
  • Plums
  • Raisins
  • Raw Eggs, Meats, and Fish
  • Spices
  • Tea
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast Dough

It's not worth the risk

As you can see, it’s not worth giving your dogs “human” foods. Dogs don’t have the discernment that humans do to know not to eat foods/drink liquids that can harm their bodies. Feed your canine a nutritious, vet-approved, non-GMO dog food suitable for your particular dog(s) and ensure they have a constant supply of fresh water. If you suspect your dog has consumed something toxic, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately, and have the number of your vet and the closet animal emergency clinic handy as well.

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Consult a veterinarian with specific questions.

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