Some pet owners keep their pups on a strict diet. They only feed their furry family members dog food made from all-natural, fresh, and regionally sourced ingredients. Others are a little more relaxed, and – to their dog’s delight – they scrape their plates into the dog bowl after dinner. If you fall into the latter category, you should be aware that there are some foods dogs shouldn’t eat.

Chocolate

By now, everybody knows you shouldn’t give chocolate to dogs. Methylxanthines found in chocolate (they’re also in coffee) can cause a number of health problems for your dog. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is.

Citrus fruits

Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, and other citrus fruits should not be given to your dog. Citric acid and oils contained in the fruit and peels of citrus fruits can cause stomach problems, or may affect the central nervous system.

Alcohol

While not exactly a food, you shouldn’t give your dog alcohol. It doesn’t matter if he just turned 21 in dog years, or if it’s New Year’s Eve, you should never let your dog drink alcohol.

Grapes

Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. The exact substance that causes the problem isn’t known, but even small amounts of grapes or raisins can be fatal.

Dairy

Milk, cheese, and other dairy products can cause digestive problems in dogs. While you might be able to give your pet small amounts of dairy without any issues, it’s best not to feed dairy to dogs.

Raw meat

Not many people would consider raw meat a human food, but it’s definitely on the list of foods dogs shouldn’t eat.

You might be tempted to toss a small piece of raw chicken or uncooked bacon to your pet while cooking, but you shouldn’t do it. Raw meat may contain harmful bacteria such as salmonella or E. coli

Garlic, leeks, chives, and onions

Technically this is more than one food, but garlic, chives, leeks, and onions are all part of the allium family. Foods in the allium family can damage blood cells in dogs, and in extreme cases lead to anemia.

Don’t take a risk!

Maybe you’ve fed your dog some or all of these human foods and she’s totally fine. Your dog may have a lead belly, or maybe she just got lucky. Either way, it’s better not to feed your dog from the list of foods above.

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