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No this isn't a section for naming dog food brands that we don't think make the grade! This section is regarding ingredients that you may find in your kitchen that you must keep out of his reach.

A dog's metabolism and digestive system is very different to a human's. There are foods that are perfectly fine for humans to eat which are potentially dangerous to a dog. This is one of the reasons you should think carefully before feeding table scraps - are you sure you know what you are feeding your dog and the possible problems?

If your dog appears unwell and you believe it could be due to something he has consumed, immediately phone your local veterinarian for advice.

The definitive list of foods that dogs should avoid:

  • Chocolate
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Alcohol
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Cat Food
  • Dough
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Avocado
  • Ruubarb leaves
  • Mouldy and spoiled foods
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomato leaves and stems
  • Potato peelings

Can I feed chocolate to my dog?

Chocolate for dogsHowever tempting it may be, it can be dangerous to feed chocolate to your dog. Chocolate contains theobromine which is poisonous to dogs causing vomiting, diarrhea restlessness and in extreme cases seizures and may be fatal.

Different chocolate products have different amounts of theobromine and therefore it is difficult to specify safe quantities. If given the opportunity, many pets will readily over consume chocolate. Therefore all chocolate foods should be stored in areas inaccessible to pets.
Chocolate should never to be fed to dogs.

Can I feed onions to my dog? Can I feed garlic to my dog?

Feeding onions to dogsOnions and garlic contain the substance thiosulphate which can irritate the digestive system of your dog. It is also known to damage red blood cells and cause anaemia. Note that baby food should not be fed to a dog as it can quite often contain onion powder - you must must check the label first!
Onions should not be fed to dogs.

Can I feed grapes to my dog? Can I feed raisins to my dog?

Feeding dogs with grapes and raisins is not goodGrapes and raisins can lead to kidney failure in dogs due a toxin which is present. This toxin has not been identified yet. The advice is never feed grapes of raisins to dogs.
Grapes and onions should not be fed to dogs.

Can I feed corn on the cob to my dog?

Corn on the cob is bad for dogsCorn on the cob can cause intestinal obstruction in dogs which is a very serious condition.
Corn on the cob should not be fed to dogs.

Can I feed Macadamia Nuts to my dog?

macadamia nuts should not be fed to dogsMacadamia nuts contain a toxin which can cause tremors, pain and distress in dogs.
Macadamia nuts should not be fed to dogs.

Can I feed cooked chicken bones to my dog?

Cooked chicken bones can splinter causing either choking or damage to the dog's mouth. It is the cooking process that makes the bones splinter so easily.

Can I feed cat food to my dog?

Cat food should not be fed to dogs due to the higher protein and fat levels. The nutritional requirements of a cat are significantly different to a dogs. Likewise, dog food should not be fed to a cat as it lacks taurine which is essential to the health of a cat's heart and eyes.

Can I feed yeast dough to my dog?

Yeast dough can expand once digested causing pain and problems in the dog's stomach and intestines.

Dogs and alcohol

Dogs and alcohol do not mix! Alcohol can induce coma and death in dogs.