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?
The definitive list of foods that dogs should avoid:
Can I feed chocolate to my dog?
However 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.
Can I feed onions to my dog? Can I feed garlic to my dog?
Onions 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!
Can I feed grapes to my dog? Can I feed raisins to my dog?
Grapes 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.
Can I feed corn on the cob to my dog?
Can I feed Macadamia Nuts to my dog?
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.