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  • Writer's pictureElise Wong Huey Wen

Bone Appetit: 10 Things Not to Feed Your Dog

Updated: May 5, 2023

We all want to show our pets how much we love them and how they are an important part of our family, so we often find ourselves tempted to share our human food with them. And it is especially hard not to share food with your doggos when they are looking at you with those cute, irresistible puppy dog eyes. 🥺 That makes us forget that the food we are feeding them may cause adverse side effects physically, behaviourally and socially.

Sometimes, human food is perfectly safe and even healthy for dogs to consume as an occasional treat. Some pawrents even take matters into their own hands and prepare their own nutritionally-balanced home-cooked meals for their doggos! But there are also times when human food is toxic and may be potentially deadly for dogs.

Even if you have a perfect record of never tossing your furbaby anything from the dining table, it is still an owner’s responsibility to learn about the foods that are safe and unsafe for dogs to eat.

Here is a list of 10 common human foods 🚨 that should never be fed to your doggo. If you have these foods at home, please remember to keep them out of your dog’s reach (and mouth 👅).

(Photo credits to Jaromã­r Chalabala)

  1. Avocados (causes breathing difficulties)

  2. Coffee and tea (raises blood pressure and cause cardiac arrhythmias)

  3. Chocolate (leads to nausea or diarrhoea)

  4. Garlic and onions (leads to anaemia — lethargy, fainting, weakness and decreased appetite)

  5. Grapes and raisins (causes kidney failure — nausea, diarrhoea, lethargy, increased thirst and urination, mouth ulcers and seizures)

  6. Alcohol (leads to central nervous system impairment — poor coordination and lethargy, metabolic acidosis — respiratory depression, hypothermia and low heart rate, hypoglycemia — low blood sugar, and gastrointestinal distress — excess drooling and upset stomach)

  7. Almonds (acts as choking hazards and blocks the oesophagus)

  8. Salt (causes kidney damage and leads to excessive thirst and urination, nausea and diarrhoea)

  9. Fatty foods like fried chicken and hot dogs (leads to pancreatitis — tummy pain but can also be quite lethal)

  10. Milk (causes hair loss, nausea and diarrhoea because most dogs are lactose intolerant)

Veterinary practitioner Evan Ware also wanted to remind all dog owners that you should not feed your furkids anything you yourself don’t want to eat such as fat, gristle or skin. The reality is that they are just as bad for dogs as they are for you. There are always other delicious and safe treat options that can satisfy the pickiest dog! 🐶

As for the best dog treats in Malaysia 🤩, you can read our article on the 16 Locally-Made Premium Dog Treats to Buy for Your Doggo which allows you to find the pawfect food for your sweet boy or girl!

Of course, this is not a complete list of all the food that you should and should not feed to your doggo friends. If your dog has accidentally consumed any of these foods, contact your local veterinarian immediately. Be sure to stay calm and never try to treat your dog without professional advice!

This story is checked by Cert CN/FN (@shortnswitch).

We hope this list is helpful to dog owners who wish to be more involved in the making of their furkids’ diet. Like and share this article with other pawrents so everyone knows the drill! You can also read our other food-related article called Bone Appetit: 8 Human Foods that are Good for Dogs if you want to gain more info on this topic!

As usual, don’t be hesitant to send us a message on our Instagram or at our email if you have something to add on to this list!

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