National Legal Assistance Attorneys for the Animals:
Human Foods You Should NOT Feed Your Dog
- Baby foods (can contain onion powder)
- Broccoli (in large amounts)
- Candy or other foods that may contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol
- Canned soups – read the labels! Many contain some kind of onion.
- Chocolate (contains Theobromine which can very quickly be fatal – chocolate also contains caffeine)
- Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars (second hand smoke can cause cancer in dogs, too!)
- Citrus oil
- Coffee grounds, beans & tea (caffeine)
- Fat trimmings (can cause Pancreatitis)
- Garlic – controversial – Some people give it to their dogs to ward off fleas and ticks and supposedly it works!
- Grapes or raisins
- Guacamole (duhhh! contains Avocado!)
- Hops (used in home brewing)
- Human vitamins containing iron (can damage the lining of the digestive system)
- Liver in large amounts – As part of a raw diet liver would be part the total 10% required of the total organ meat allowance. Liver contains iron which contains iron oxide which cannot be digested by dogs.
- Macadamia nuts – May cause gastric distress, lethargy, weakness and hind end paralysis.
- Pear pips, kernels of plums, peaches, apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning)
- Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
- Rhubarb LEAF
- Moldy or spoiled foods
- Nuts = Macadamia, Walnuts
- Onion (includes onion powder & flavorings – anything onion) – Foods that contain ONION salt, powder or flavoring of any kind – become an obsessive label reader!
- Raisins and grapes (damages the kidneys)
- Raw Potatoes
- Tomato leaves, skin and stems (green parts)
- Tuna (canned and fresh carries the risk of Mercury contamination)
- Turkey, chicken or any poultry skin (cooked)
- Voltarin (in arthritis medication) - Very Fatal
- Xylitol (a sugar substitute commonly found in gum, peanut butter, etc.) - can be fatal
- Yeast dough
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California Animal and Dog Law Lawyers