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5 Foods To Avoid For A Healthier Dog In 2019

5 foods to avoid feeding your dog

Dogs have very different metabolism and digestion processes than humans. They are unable to process certain foods, that we can easily digest without any side effects.

So we have come up with this article to help you with the details that you need to know about the foods that you must keep your dogs away from if you want to keep them healthy.

These five foods don’t sit at all well with the dog’s digestion system and as a responsible pet owner, it is your duty to keep these a far as possible from your beloved dogs.

So without any further delay, let’s head straight to the details.

Grapes are bad for dogs

Grapes & Raisins

Whether fresh grapes or dried ones (raisins), these are not a food that should be kept anywhere near dogs. Grapes contain a substance that causes kidney failure in dogs. Grapes are very toxic for dogs, which is why once consumed their body cannot process the toxin. It doesn't matter what type or gender of dog it is, grapes are deadly for any of them.

Keep chocolate away from dogs


While most humans find chocolate totally delicious, it's equivalent to poison for dogs. They might like the scent and taste, but unfortunately these cannot be a treat for dogs. Chocolate must be kept away from your dog if you want them to remain healthy. Chocolates contain a particular substance known as methylxanthine. This substance is the main reason why dogs are intolerant to chocolates. Methylxanthines are a type of stimulant that tends to bring the metabolism process of the dog to a halt. If a dog consumes chocolate it might cause vomiting and diarrhea, and if they consume it in very large amounts it may give them an arrhythmia, seizures and in some worst cases, death. Hence, try to keep your dogs as far away from chocolates as possible.

Fried and fatty foods are bad for your dog

Fried Foods or Fatty Foods

Fried foods contain a lot of oil and butter which is neither good for us humans and nor for dogs. However, the effect of fried food on dogs is much more severe than on us. Dogs cannot process oily foods and it causes severe digestion hazards. If consumed in large quantities it may cause diarrhea, vomiting and more severe symptoms like pancreatitis.

Avoid Macadamia nuts fro dogs

Macadmia Nuts

These are some of the most harmful food items for dogs and are highly poisonous. Macadamia nuts have a very toxic effect on dogs. They may cause vomiting, fever, lethargy and even make it difficult for a dog to walk. So it is wise to keep your dogs as far away from these kinds of nuts as possible. If you have macadamia nuts at your home keep them locked in a cupboard where your dogs cannot reach them.

Onions are bad for dogs


Dogs are unable to process onions because it contains a substance known as thiosulphate, which is toxic to them. Thiosulphate has a very bad effect on a dog's body and can cause a negative impact on their metabolism as well as their red blood cells. If a dog eats a lot of onions they may develop a medical condition known as hemolytic anemia. Therefore, try to keep onions in your pantry and away from the dogs. Whether the onions are raw or cooked, it has a similar kind of effect on the dogs.

As a dog owner, you must keep its health at the top of your priority list and do everything possible to keep it healthy.

Always remember that a healthy dog is a happy dog and therefore always try to keep these food items away from your dog’s reach.

Author Bio

Jeremy grew up in a house full of dogs, a cat and even rabbits. He also shares his advice and opinions on his very own pet blog

6 thoughts on “5 Foods To Avoid For A Healthier Dog In 2019

  1. Hello

    Your article is very useful for our little friends. 

     Also, I have read that we have to avoid raw meat because it can cause food poisoning and bones of fish and chicken because there is also a risk of sticking to his neck as they break and damage to teeth.

    As far as the fried foods are concerned, is also olive oil avoided or only froth oil? As it is known olive oil includes ω-3 fatty acids. 

    Thanks, Thodoris.

    1. Hi there and thank you for your questions. Raw meat doesn’t have to be avoided, but you need to ensure you handle it as you would for human consumption. There are some owners who actually feed their dogs a raw meat diet and don’t have any issues at all. Yes about chicken and fish bones as they are so fine they can be swallowed whole and cause internal damage to the throat. Large meat (beef and sheep) bones are fine for large breeds and their teeth are built for those type of bones. Some olive oil is ok, but not too much as it’s not a natural diet for them. Omega oils can be gained from eggs and tinned salmon, plus some seeds like flaxseed. I hope that helps answer your queries, Mara.

  2. I really like the list you presented here. I personally always pride myself in giving my dogs only what I eat. I am a vegetarian, unfortunately my dog can’t be fully vegetarian but I give her more fruits, nuts and vegetables. The meat portion is less and only fresh. She really like macadamia nuts, shale can eat it anytime.

    Thanks for sharing

    1. It sounds like your dog has a really healthy diet, and I’m glad you’re including a bit of meat too,a s they definitely need that to stay healthy and strong. Thanks for sharing your thoughts here, Mara.

  3. Almost every type of main meal we make at home contains onions. And our family dog feeds on this almost every other day. This is quite a shocker. We have never looked into the main contents of dog food. If she likes it, she eats it.

    Ours also likes deep fried food. And there is pancreatitis in dogs?

    This article is really an eye opener. Thank you for taking your time to break it down.

    1. Dogs will basically eat anything they like the taste of, whether they know it’s bad for them or not. That’s why it’s so important that dog owners are careful with what they give their pets. of course a little bit of fried food occasionally will probably not do them too much harm, but they shouldn’t be eating that regularly.

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