What Table Foods Are Bad For Dogs?

Table Foods Bad For Dogs

Let’s be realistic, our Dogs want us to offer them a seat at our table for EVERY meal. They would sit in that chair during Sunday Brunch and eat everything that was made, if it was offered to them. They love our favorite dishes just as much as we do! Did you know that there are specific human foods that can be harmful to your four legged friend?

What table foods are bad for Dogs? Table foods that are very bad for dogs and could be fatal are onion, garlic, avocado, macadamia nuts, Xylitol, chocolate and caffeine. Many table foods, like grease, dairy, salt, and sugar are bad for dogs if eaten in excess.

What Table Foods Can Harm Dogs?

  • Any variation of Onion and Garlic (raw, powdered, cooked, dehydrated), that I use almost daily can cause vomiting, weakness, breathing problems and even anemia.
  • I “need” my morning coffee everyday to get me going. Did you know if your Dog consumes Caffeine it could be fatal? Caffeine can be in everything from Coffee, Teas, Colas, Energy Drinks, and Cold Medicines to name a few.
  • Fruit with pits, like plums and peaches can be fatal to your Dog because it contains Cyanide.
  • Foods that don’t break down into small enough parts or have small seeds, like Corn On The Cob can get stuck in your Dogs Intestinal track and may require expensive surgery.
  • Everything about Avocados (leaves, seed, bark, and fruit) can leave your Dog with Heart Damage because it contains Persin, a toxin.
  • Any Version of Macadamia Nuts, raw, roasted, etc can be fatal to your pet.
  • Who is like me and needs a Chocolate fix regularly??? Chocolate contains Theobromine, which can cause heart problems, seizures, and can even be fatal if consumed by your Dog.
  • Who doesn’t love Sweet? If you give your Dog too many Sweets, it can lead them to be overweight and even develop Diabetes, just like us. A common natural sugar-free substitute called Xylitol can cause liver failure and seizures if consumed by your Dog. Xylitol can be found in many items we consume, such as Candy, Gum, Toothpaste, Cough Drops, Diet Foods, and Baked Goods, etc.

What Do I Do If My Dog Ate Animal Bones?

Can I give my Dog a Steak Bone? It may seem natural to give a Dog a Bone, after all isn’t that the saying? Giving your Dog even the smallest steak bone, chicken bone, etc can actually cause severe issues for your Dog.

  • Your Dog can Choke on the Bone.
  • The Bone can get Lodged in your Dogs Throat or Esophagus.
  • The Bone can splinter or break causing an obstruction.
  • Bones can cause serious Cuts in your Dog’s Digestive System.
  • Bones can be hard enough to Break your Dogs Teeth.

MY EXPERIENCE: Three years ago, we rescued a 4 year old Black Lab from the SPCA. She had a rough life (Fleas and Bad Dermatitis) before we met her. She did not understand any commands. Needless to say, she probably always had to worry about her next meal.

One day, we took our Boys out front to play Basketball in the driveway. After a few hours, I came in to start dinner (Rotisserie Chicken from Costco and Caesar Salad). The Whole Rotisserie Chicken was missing, so I went out front to ask my husband if he put it in the fridge because I could not find it. You guessed right!!! We found the plastic bowl the Rotisserie Chicken came in by the coffee table. There was not a drop of Chicken or Chicken Broth left….it was licked clean.

I was frantic that a bone could can lodged or cut her. We were very lucky that she did not have any issues and passed the bones with no problems. I always be sure to put Toxic Food, especially meat up higher than the counter, since we all know she can reach our counter top.

What Foods Are Toxic To Dogs?

OnionsANY Variations – Raw, Powdered, Cooked, DehydratedVomiting, Weakness, Lethargy, Orange to Redish UrineBreathing Problems, Anemia
GarlicANY Variations – Raw, Powdered, Cooked, DehydratedVomiting, Weakness, Lethargy, Orange to Redish UrineBreathing Problems, Anemia
Corn-on-the-cobProjectile Vomiting, Diarrhea,
Intestinal Surgery
CaffeineCoffee (beans, ground, etc.), Tea, Cocoa, Chocolate, Colas, Energy Drinks, Cold Medicines, Pain KillersVomit, DiarrheaFatal
ANY – Dark, White, Baking, Unsweetened, etc.Vomit, DiarrheaHeart Problems, Seizures, Tremors, Fatal
Fat From Meat
ANY – Fat Trimmed from Meat (Cooked and Uncooked), Bacon, Gravy, Duck Fat, Chicken Skin, etc.Mild to Severe
Vomiting or Diarrhea
Macadamia NutsANY – Raw, Roasted, etc.Vomiting, High Temperature, LethargyMuscle Shakes, Fatal
Peaches, Plums, NecterinesANY – Pits Contain CyanideVomitingFatal
AlcoholBeer, Wine, LiquorVomiting, Diarrhea, Coordination Problems, Breathing Problems, Liver Failure,
Coma, Death
(a natural sugar-free sweetener)
Candy, Gum, Toothpaste, Cough Drops, Vitamins,
Diet Foods, Baked Goods, etc.
Drop in Blood Sugar, Vomiting, Coordination Problems, Lethargy
Liver Failure, Seizures
(Leaves, Seed, Bark, and Fruit)
Vomiting, DiarrheaHeart Damage
Raw EggsUncooked EggsFever, Diarrhea, Bloody Stool caused by Salmonella or E. coli PoisoningSmall Intestine Damage
Raw Meat and FishBacteria, Parasites Salmonella or E. coli Poisoning caused by Salmon, Trout, Surgeon, Trout, etc.Vomiting, Fever dueLarger Lymph Nodes
Yeast (Raw) DoughRaw Dough for Bread, Donuts, EtcStomach Pain from Swelling DoughAlcohol Poisoning due to when Yeast Ferments, Alcohol is produced
DairyMilk, Milk Based-Products, like Ice cream, etc. Diarrhea, Digestive Problems, Intolerant to LactoseFood Allergies
GrapesANY – Red, White, etc.Vomiting, LethargySevere or Fatal
Kidney Failure
RaisinsANYVomiting, LethargySevere or Fatal
Kidney Failure
SaltANYTHING Salty – Chips, Pretzels, etc. Extra ThirstySodium Poisoning (Vomiting, Diarrhea, Seizures)
SugarANYTHING Sugary – Foods, DrinksOverweight, Teeth DecayDiabetes

What Do I Do If My Dog Eats Something Toxic?

If you are on the fence about feeding your dog specific human food, it is best to avoid it to be safe. You can always consult your veterinarian first to confirm what table foods Dogs can consume without getting sick. While it can be hard to ignore those cute puppy dog eyes begging you to feed them, keep in mind it may be harmful or even fatal to give in. It is always best to stick to a balanced diet recommended for your Dog’s nutritional needs.

If you KNOW your dog has ingested something toxic, consult your veterinarian immediately or call the Pet Poison Hotline. It is always a good idea to keep your local vet number and the number to the ASPCA (Animal Poison Control Center) posted where you can see it.

What Questions Will Animal Poison Control Center (APCA) Need To Know Before They Can Help?

  • What Did your Dog Eat that may be Toxic?
  • How much Did your Dog Consume?
  • When did your Dog Consume the Toxin?
  • What is your Dogs Weight?
  • What Breed is your Dog?
  • Does your Dog Have any Health Problems/Concerns?
  • Is your Dog Taking any Medication? If so, what is it for?
  • How is your Dog Acting?

What Will My Dog Do To Make Them Self Throw Up?

The most common way for Dogs to make them self throw up and purge their digestive systems is to Eat Grass. Pieces of grass tickle the back of their throat causing them to throw up. This is similar to those of us that stick their finger down your throat to vomit when you do not feel well. They may have simply ate something too fast. Other times they may vomit because they feel nauseous or bloated due to something they consumed, like a Toxin, a virus or bacteria.

How Do I Make My Dog Vomit?

Should I make my Dog Vomit if eaten something bad for them? You Should never treat your Dog unless a licensed Veterinarian advises you to. You also should never give human medicine to Pets unless a licensed Veterinarian tells you to. Human medicine can hurt Pets more than help. It is not always best to make your Dog throw up, especially if they swallowed sharp objects, like animal bones. Your Veterinarian may advise you to make your Dog Vomit to get rid of the Toxins they consumed. Here are some ways your Vet may suggest making your Dog Throw Up from Home.

What Is The Key To Making Your Dog Throw Up?

The key is to get the Solution To The Back of Your Dogs throat. To do this you can Use a Syringe or Dropper. If you have children, you probably have several medical syringes. It is a good idea to have a medical syringe designated to your Dog in case using it becomes necessary.

  • According to PetMed, give your Dog one (ml) of 3% Hydrogen Peroxide per pound of your Dogs weight. One teaspoon is about five ml. Give a maximum of 45 ml of Hydrogen Peroxide for all dogs weighing over 45 pounds. It should take about 20 minutes for the 1st dose to take effect. If the 1st dose does not seem to work, you can give your Dog this dose up to Three times in a row.
  • Mix and Dissolve a teaspoon of Baking Soda in a half a Cup of Water
  • Mix a teaspoon of Mustard in a cup of water
  • Placing a teaspoonful of Salt on the back of the dog’s tongue

Let’s be honest, our Pets are going to get into things that are not necessarily good for them. We can just try our best to prevent our Fur Friends from getting into items that may be harmful to them. To help minimize the risk, do not leave Toxic Foods unattended that your Dog can reach. If you need to leave the room, make sure your counter tops and tables are free from Harmful Foods. Do not leave your purses and bags that contain harmful items in places for your Dog to get into. We are all human and things can happen. Just try to anticipate what you would do if your Pet got into Foods that could be very harmful to your Pet before the situation occurs.

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*This article is for information purposes only and any health concerns should be discussed with your veterinarian.


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