Tasty for you, toxic for dogs — Foods not to feed your pet

Who can resist those eyes? If you’re a dog owner, you’ve seen the look. Your beloved pet stares down your plate full of food, hoping, wishing, and almost willing you through some canine mind meld to offer a small morsel.

It’s not uncommon to share a few table scraps here and there with your dog or to offer a special treat while preparing a meal. And of course, dogs have been known to help themselves to the occasional snack when their owners are unaware. But do you know about certain foods your dog shouldn’t eat?
What may be considered safe for human consumption is not necessarily safe for your canine friend. Allergic reactions often appear differently in animals than in humans. According to Carmela Stamper, D.V.M., a veterinarian at the U.S. FDA, “Allergies in animals tend to manifest themselves more in skin or ear issues.”

Here’s a quick guide to foods you should avoid feeding your dog:
  • Raw meat
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Currants
  • Fried/fatty foods
  • Moldy foods
  • Onions/garlic/chives
  • Avocado
  • Salty snacks
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol (a sugar substitute found in candy and some peanut butter)
The list goes on. For a more exhaustive overview of foods that are toxic to dogs, check out the Canine Journal website.

And if your pet does get into food it shouldn't, call your veterinarian's emergency phone number to get their professional advice or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. It's better to be safe than sorry.