We all give in and let our dogs have human food from time to time. I know I do. It’s hard not to! When Hercules gives me that sad look, how can I not give in? And the funny thing about it is he knows exactly which strings to pull! His favorite food is cheese followed by peanut butter.
Though I love to give him some human food, I am very careful about what he gets. Below I have listed 10 human foods that you absolutely need to avoid giving your dog because they could cause major health issues or even death.
Chocolate:Chocolate can hurt your dog because it’s toxic. Dark chocolate is the most dangerous. Chocolate contains theobromine which is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic and is deadly to dogs. If your dog has gotten into it, you need to contact your veterinarian and find out what he or she wants you to do.
Macadamia and all other nuts:
Milk and Dairy products:
Grapes and Raisins:
Tomatoes:The plant, as well as the vegetable itself, is highly toxic to your dog. Do not give your dog tomatoes under any circumstance! Doing so can lead to heart arrhythmia and other muscle problems.
Heinz bodies are small bubble-like projections that protrude from the red blood cell and can be seen when the cells are stained. The bubble is a weak spot in the red blood cell. The cell actually ends up with a decreased life span and will rupture prematurely.
Chicken and Turkey Bones:
These ten foods are probably the most important ones you want to avoid giving your dog. There are others of course, and you want to do your research if you have any questions at all. It’s best to contact your veterinarian about any foods in question.