We’re in the business of making dogs – and their people happy – with our line of Made in the USA dog treats. But, most any pet parent might be hard-pressed to say they’ve never given their dog “people” food. Sure, they’re likely not sitting down next to us at the dinner table, but a scrap or trimming from this piece or that, couldn’t hurt, right? Well, that depends. Some foods that are fine for people may be downright dangerous for dogs. Yes, most of us are well aware that chocolate and dogs do NOT go together, but there are some others you’ll want to make sure stay off the menu.
Onions, Garlic and Chives
Eating onions, garlic and chives can cause an upset stomach and can also damage your pet’s red blood cells. Although cats generally suffer the most if they consume these foods, dogs can also be affected if they eat enough onions, garlic or chives.
Grapes and Raisins
Wildly popular, especially in homes with young children, grapes and raisins are great snacks for kids – but NOT if you’re the furry, four-legged type. Both grapes and raisins can cause kidney damage and should never be given to pets.
Yes, it’s a “good fat” for people, but avocados are just plain bad for dogs. Avocados contain a substance called persin, which can be toxic to dogs. Persin is found in the leaves, seed, and bark of the avocado plant, as well the flesh of the fruit.
Coffee, tea or other caffeinated beverages
Restlessness, high heart rate, muscle tremors or worse. Caffeine can be disastrous if not deadly for dogs. And yes, there’s still plenty of caffeine found in the coffee grounds or spent tea bags in the trash.
Candy, gum and mints
Sure, they can get some foul breath, but dogs have no business eating candy, gum or mints. Xylitol, the flavoring found in many of these products can cause blood sugar fluctuations and liver damage in dogs.
Your best bet, stick to food and treats specially formulated for your pet and their dietary needs. And as always, if you believe your pet may have eaten something that could make them sick, call your veterinarian or area animal poison control hotline.