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Very informative link added 3/28/2012—-what-you-absolutely-must-know/?cid=hero_media

Two links below added 1/14/2010

You can also see these links for more details as to why these foods are dangerous and some additional foods that are not listed here...
Toxic Foods that you should Avoid Giving Your Dog

Dangerous Foods That Dogs Should Never Eat - WebMD Slideshow

Two more links added 3/30/2010

The first link goes beyond just foods and onto dangers in yards and household, etc.. I know it is alot to read but keep scrolling down and there is a list that I think we should all have or be aware of:wink:

Dangers in Yard/Home

Dangerous Plants
Dangerous Plants - Chihuahua Forum : Chihuahua Breed Dog Forums

Here is another link added 9/3/2010
Dangerous toxins
Toxins that Affect Dogs - Veterinary Information

New link added 1/6/2011
What to do if your dog eats a battery
What to Do if Your Pet Ingests Batteries: Things Poisonous to Pets: Pet Care

"DANGEROUS PEOPLE FOOD" - Do not feed your pets:
Some foods dogs should not eat and could be deadly.

Grapes & Raisins - Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raising can kill a dog.

Onions - Onions can destroy red blood cells and cause anemia.

Chocolate - Can cause seizures, coma, and death. Baker's chocolate is the most dangerous. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not as concentrated, but it is still dangerous.

Coffee, Coffee grounds, Tea, & Tea Bags - Drinks/foods containing caffeine cause many of the same symptoms as chocolate causes.

Macadamia Nuts - Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, muscle tremors, and paralysis. Limit all other nuts as they are not good for dogs in general. Their high phosporous content is said to possibly lead to bladder stones. Exception to this rule is PEANUTS and PEANUT BUTTER. However, always use salt/sugar free peanut butter.

Peanut Butter - The sugar in peanut butter encourages cancer growth. Always use ORGANIC PEANUT BUTTER as regular peanut butter contains a lot of toxins.

Animal Fat & Fried Foods - Excessive fat can cause pancreatitis.

Bones - Bones can splinter and damage a dog's internal organs.

Tomatoes - Tomatoes can cause tremors and heart arythemias. Tomato plants are the most toxic, but tomatoes themselves are also unsafe.

Avacados - The fruit, pit, and plant are all toxic. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart.

Nutmeg - Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures and death.

Apples, Cherries, Peaches and similar fruit - The seeds of these fruit contain cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans. Unlike humans, dogs do not know to stop eating at the core/pit and easily ingest them. It also becomes lodged in the intestines and kills the dog 24 hours with no warning.

Raw Eggs - Raw eggs can cause salmenolla poisoning in dogs. Dogs have a shorter digestive tract than humans and are not as likely to suffer from food poisoning, but it's still possible.

Salt - Excessive salt intake can cause kidney problems.

Some "human" foods are good for dogs. Most of these are healthier than the boxed treats you buy in the grocery store. This is just a small list of examples of foods dogs can eat, not a list of every food they should eat. Dogs won't necessarily get all the nutrients they need if they eat these foods exclusively, so check with your veterinarian if you are interested in feeding your dog a home cooked diet. Any food that causes stomach upsets or digestive problems in your dog should be avoided. Like people, some dogs cannot tolerate certain foods.

Meats - Meats should be boneless and it's best if the skin is removed. Raw meat is NOT a good idea because of the risk of food poisoning and parasites.

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast

Fish - DO NOT FEED TUNA! It has a high mercury content. be careful of small bones. (This goes for cats as well)

Vegetables - Dogs have shorter digestive tracts than humans and cannot digest most vegetables whole or in large chunks. It's best to put them through a food processor before giving them to your dog. The best veggies for your dog are:

Carrots - For healthy dogs. Do not give carrots to dogs who have cancer because they do contain sugar.

Green Beans



Grains - Grains should not be given in large amounts or make up a large part of a dogs diet, but these foods are generally safe in small amounts, such as rice.

Dairy Products - Use caution with dairy products as they are high in fat and can cause pancreatitis, gas and diarrhea. Usually, nonfat, plain yogurt is safe in small amounts as is cottage cheese in small amounts.

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Kari said:
Macadamia Nuts - Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, muscle tremors, and paralysis. Limit all other nuts as they are not good for dogs in general. Their high phosporous content is said to possibly lead to bladder stones. Exception to this rule is PEANUTS and PEANUT BUTTER. However, always use salt/sugar free peanut butter.

Bones - Bones can splinter and damage a dog's internal organs.
Have to disagree with this one 2 counts. I have a friend who lost a fit and healthy youngish chi through eating a bag of peanuts. She was a vets nurse too and it died from an overdoes of protein. I would like to add that she didn't feed the dog them intentionally - the chi knicked them all.

Although I don't feed this diet, the BARF diet requires raw bones, with the theory that raw bones don't splinter it is cooked ones which does.

Not my opinion just more facts which I have been made aware of.


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all i have to say is...its a wonder my dog is still alive!!.. here are some foods we have gave her..and not whole foods..just bites.

peanut butter
original pringles
carmal apple pop sucker..couple licks

Just lots more stuff.. im not feeding her anything but her dog food from now on, i dont want her to get sick or die. thanks for that info!

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Okay, the homemade treats that Socrates gets (and now Bella).
Homemade jerky..I make my own because I don't like salt in my food and some of the flavorings and spices in store bought jerky are a bit too much. We always have several kinds of jerky around...venison, beef, buffalo, turkey...
Cooked sweet potato...plain no seasoning and cut into bite-size chunks.
green beans
peanut butter..just a lick or taste at a time
cottage cheese, cheddar cheese, swiss cheese..only a tiny bite while I'm cooking
pretty much all meats as in lean beef, chicken, ham, turkey, duck, goose, quail
There's probably more..I just make sure that what I give them has little or no human seasoning in it..just the meat or veggie

Hey, has anyone heard whether cooked spinach is okay for dogs...Bella seems to have a passion for it!

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You can feed apples to your dog..just skin and core them first. Also you can giver your dog RAW bones only..never ever give them cooked ones.

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My sisters dog Zac is 11 years old and he eats grapes and chocolate quite often - he's fine extremely fit for his age and healthy! I dont think some of these things that experts say are true i mean - its like that with humans do - basically something or another is bad for you for this reason or that!

I would never give my girl strong things like onions or spices! She cant take that but meats, bones a lil bit of chocolate a lil bit of fruit she's fine! I think everything in moderation is ok!

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after reading the list im not giving lillo any more tea. he loves it and begs to have some with me in the never know his small fits could have been due to the caffine. you just dont think these things could be harmful.thanks for posting the list xx
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