What NOT to Feed Your Best Friend

dog2Sometimes we consider our canine pets to be some of the best humans we know. But that does not always work when it comes to food! Some people food can be very bad for dogs.

Dogs can react to food and chemicals very differently than humans. This may result in skin or ear problems, gastrointestinal issues, or even death. And the reaction may vary from dog to dog. In general, smaller dogs can become ill on lesser amounts of offending food.

Foods to avoid giving to your dog:

  • Raw meat can contain harmful bacteria. Also remember to wash your hands after handling raw meat to avoid spreading illness.dog9z
  • Grapes, raisins, and currants can cause kidney failure in some dogs.  Dogs CAN eat apples and bananas – if you make sure not to include the apple core or seeds.
  • Fried and fatty foods can give your dog a stomachache and possibly life-threatening pancreatitis.
  • Moldy foods are not good for dogs. Make sure your dog does not have access to trash cans containing moldy cheese or bread. This applies to compost areas as well.
  • Onions, garlic, and chives (as well as onion and garlic powder) can be harmful to your dog. Keep leftover salsa, etc. out of the reach of pets.
  • Salty snacks, in large quantities can also cause problems for your dog. Make sure your dog has access to plenty of water at all times, especially if s/he gets into salty snacks.

More Food to Avoid

Macadamia nuts can be very harmful to dogs.  Most dog owners know chocolate is bad for dogs, but xylitol, a sugar substitute can be deadly to dogs. Xylitol is found in sugarless gum, candies, oral products, and some peanut butters. Check the list of ingredients before giving food to your pet.

What food is bad for Cats?dog12

Cats are pickier eaters than dogs and usually will not eat foods that will harm them. However, cats are very sensitive to onions, garlic, and onion and garlic powders. Make sure your cat has no access to foods made with these ingredients.paw-prints

Read more here from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration:

No Bones About It: Reasons Not to Give Your Dog Bones

Xylitol and Your Dog: Danger, Paws Off

Animal Poison Control

Good Dog, Bad Food: Foods for People That Are Bad for Your Dog

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