Can My Dog Eat That?

31 Foods Dogs Can't Eat (& What You Can Replace Them With)

For most dog owners, our pups are family and should be treated as such.

While it’s super cute (and comforting) to have your pup sleeping in the bed with you, watching TV on the couch with you, food is something you should be far more careful about handing out freely to your pets.

There are some foods dogs can’t eat, and feeding these to them could result in an emergency vet visit.

Want your pup to be as healthy and happy as possible? We’ll be discussing 31 foods to avoid feeding them.

Foods Dogs Can't Eat

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About The Author

I’m Mike Powell.

I have owned dogs for pretty much all my life, and they have been a major part of my life.

In happy or tough moments, they’ve always been by my side to support me. This led to develop a great relationship with my dogs – I fully consider them as part of my family.

My last two dogs have been with me from birth to death and have always lived long & happy lives. I focus on providing them with high-quality nutrition as well as the proper treats & exercise.

In my lifetime, I have adopted more than 10 different dogs and have helped my friends and family get their own. This guide is my personal take on how to adopt a pet efficiently. Read on!

CHAPTER 1:

Fruits Dogs Can't Eat

Here's 7 Fruits Dogs Can't Have

Grapes & Raisins

Culprit ingredient: Unknown

Fruit #1: Grapes & Raisins

Why Not? 
Experts haven’t quite figured out what exactly is in grapes and raisins that causes problems for dogs, but it’s a known fact that they can cause kidney disease and failure.

They’re so bad, in fact, that it’s recommended that you induce vomiting as soon as possible if you see your pup eat one.

Raisins seem to be the worse of the two, but considering they’re the same fruit, both should be avoided.

It depends on the dog as to how many grapes or raisins would constitute a toxic dose, but the complications can be so severe that your pup should avoid them at all costs.

Grapes and their various products are actually on the list of the foods that cause the most doggy deaths, so that should say it all.

Citrus Fruit

Culprit ingredient: Citric Acid

Fruit #2: Citrus

Why Not? 
Citrus fruits, while not as toxic as grapes in small doses, can also cause some digestive upset in dogs.

They contain citric acid, which is actually used as a preservative in some dog foods, but in very small amounts.

They are also quite high in natural sugar, which can upset your pup’s tummy.

Citrus fruits are quite acidic to taste, so dogs tend to avoid them naturally, but it’s worth making sure your pup doesn’t develop a liking for it as large amounts of citric acid can cause depression of the nervous system.

It can also be quite an irritant to the digestive tract, especially as pups aren’t used to eating such acidic stuff.

Avocado

Culprit ingredient: Persin

Fruit #3: Avocado

Why Not? 
You’ll most likely find this one near the top of most lists of toxic foods for dogs.

The particular component of avocado that is a problem for dogs is a toxin called persin.

This is found mostly in the leaves of the avocado plant (which your pup is not likely to eat), and the pit (which your dog might chew on), but is also present in the flesh of the fruit. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and large doses of it can cause heart problems.

The other problem with avocado is that the pit can be a choking hazard, especially for smaller dogs.

Coconut

Culprit ingredient: Coconut Oil

Fruit #4: Coconut

Why Not?
Technically, coconut can be healthy for your pup and help keep skin and fur healthy as well as fighting bacteria.

Many dog foods contain small amounts of coconut oil, which is a great fatty acid.

In large amounts, though, the oils in this fruit can cause diarrhea, especially if you’re feeding your pooch more of it on top of what they’re already getting in their food.

It’s not likely to have any terrible long-term effects on your dog’s health, but of course, doing what you can to prevent diarrhea is beneficial to both pup and owner!

Also be sure to keep them away from coconut shells, as the fur can get stuck in the throat if the try to eat it.

Apple Seeds

Culprit ingredient: Amygdalin

Fruit #5: Apple Seeds

Why Not?
You may be surprised to know that apple seeds contain a chemical that releases cyanide during the digestive process.

I’m pretty sure none of us want cyanide in our pups’ systems! The apple itself is no problem for a dog to eat, and can actually be a healthy, breath-freshening treat.

While your pup would need to chew on and ingest quite a large amount of apple seeds for them to have a bad effect, it’s still worth coring and removing the seeds of apples before feeding them to your pooch.

Fruit Pits

Culprit ingredient: Amygdalin

Fruit #6: Fruit Pits

Why Not?
The reasons for avoiding fruit pits are similar to the apple seeds above.

While not all pits contain harmful chemicals, some do and it’s simply safer to avoid all of them to ensure your pup’s health and safety.

Common culprits include apricots, cherries, peaches, plums, and persimmons.

Of course, even removing the potential harm that the chemicals within the pit can cause, the pit itself can be choked on, cause intestinal blockages, or damage the digestive tract due to their shape and hardness.

Between these two things, it’s probably best to avoid letting your pup chew on any fruit pits!

Nuts

Culprit ingredient: Various compounds & fat

Fruit #7: Nuts

Why Not?
While certain nuts are okay for dogs to eat, some of them are quite toxic, so it’s recommended that you leave nuts out of your pup’s diet entirely.

Varieties that are toxic are macadamias (which are one of the foods that cause the most canine deaths), pecans, and walnuts, which can cause vomiting, weakness, muscle tremors, and an increase in body temperature (which can be especially dangerous for brachycephalic dogs or those with plenty of fur).

Nuts that are not so toxic can still present a choking hazard, as they are not easily dissolvable.

They can also increase your pooch’s chances of pancreatitis, due to their high fat content.

Peanuts are the safest kind for your pup to eat, but in moderation (as well as peanut butter). Salted nuts of any kind are an absolute no!

What Fruits Can You Replace Them With?

There are plenty of fruits that are perfectly healthy for your dog to chow down, and even have antioxidant properties! In moderation, they can be quite a good addition to your dog’s daily diet. A lot of these fruits are found in high-quality dog foods as they really are health-promoting. These include:

  • Blueberries
  • Cantaloupe (flesh only)
  • Cranberries
  • Mango
  • Pears
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon

CHAPTER 2:

Vegetables Dogs Can't Eat

Here's 3 Vegetables Dogs Can't Have

Garlic

Culprit ingredient: Thiosulfate

Vegetable #1: Garlic

Why Not? 
Although garlic may keep the vampires and mozzies away from your pet, it can be quite toxic to their systems.

In very small doses it can be beneficial, but as you never know where that threshold is for your dog, it’s a good idea to keep the garlic away from them altogether.

Ingestion of garlic has been shown to cause anemia in dogs, which means it destroys their red blood cells and causes a rapid heartbeat, weakness and fatigue, vomiting, and breathing trouble.

You shouldn’t feed it to your dog in any form, whether fresh, cooked, or dehydrated.

Onion

Culprit ingredient: Thiosulfate

Vegetable #2: Onions

Why Not?
Onions are part of the same family as garlic, and as such, have a similar effect on the body when ingested in large amounts.

You may have noticed that some dog foods contain onion, but there’s nothing to worry about here – the amounts are so small that it shouldn’t have any negative effects on your pet.

If, however, your pup gets hold of a whole onion and chews on it, this can have a slightly more pronounced effect on their health.

Even though we know and love our pets, we have no idea what a “large amount” may be for them, so it’s best to keep them away from onions altogether.

Hot Peppers

Culprit ingredient: Capsaicin

Vegetable #3: Hot Peppers

Why Not?
Many humans can’t handle hot peppers, so it goes without saying that dogs’ systems wouldn’t be able to either!

You might be wondering why it’s even necessary to say it, but we’d rather be safe.

Hot and spicy foods will wreak havoc on your dog’s digestive system – from his mouth to his intestines.

Most dogs will avoid a hot pepper after a sniff, or at the most, a lick, but it’s definitely a good idea to make sure that hot peppers are never within quick grabbing distance of your pup.

What Other Vegetables Can You Replace Them With?

There are plenty of fruits that are perfectly healthy for your dog to chow down, and even have antioxidant properties! In moderation, they can be quite a good addition to your dog’s daily diet. A lot of these fruits are found in high-quality dog foods as they really are health-promoting. These include:

  • Asparagus
  • Bell Peppers
  • Broccoli (in small doses)
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots Cauliflower
  • Cucumber (great for hydration)
  • Green Beans
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Pumpkin
  • Spinach
  • Zucchini

CHAPTER 3:

Drinks Your Dog Can't Have

Here's 6 Drinks Dogs Can't Have

Coffee

Culprit ingredient: Caffeine

Drink #1: Caffeine

Why Not?
Caffeine is a stimulant, and it may be great to help us humans wake up in the mornings, but it can have some non-desirable effects on your pup.

Because your pet is smaller than you are (and most likely less tolerant to coffee), the shock this can cause to their nervous system can be life-threatening.

Hyperactivity, muscle shakes, panting, agitation, rapid heartbeat and low blood pressure are all symptoms and effects of an overdose of caffeine.

This can happen with coffee, tea, and even with chocolate. If your dog exhibits any of these after ingesting caffeine, a dose of activated charcoal is a good idea before whisking them off to the vet.

Alcohol

Culprit ingredient: Alcohol

Drink #2: Alcohol

Why Not?
Alcohol is a depressive and can have some nasty effects on your pets.

Alcohol is also absorbed into your dog’s body very quickly, so this can get out of hand rapidly.

Although most pets won’t be tempted to drink alcohol due to its strong taste, things like desserts or sauces with alcohol in them can be sneaky death traps for your pets.

Alcohol effectively shuts down your pet’s central nervous system, causing them to lose coordination, become confused, loose control of their body movements, and eventually lapse into unconsciousness.

Wine is especially toxic due to the presence of grapes! Bear in mind, this type of poisoning can happen by feeding your pup alcohol (or them finding some and getting into it), but it can also happen if they ingest things like antifreeze, which contains methanol, and liquid medications containing ethanol.

Juice

Culprit ingredient: Sugar and preservatives 

Drink #3: Store-Bought Fruit Juice

Why Not?
While most fruits are quite healthy for your pup to snack on, juices you find in the store are often laced with sugar or artificial sweeteners to make the taste more appealing.

In addition to that, there can be artificial preservatives included, which have no health benefits whatsoever.

While freshly made fruit juice can be great for your pet, it’s a good idea to avoid anything that has additives.

Fizzy Drink

Culprit ingredient: Caffeine and sugar

Drink #4: Fizzy Drinks

Why Not?
There are already many warnings against humans drinking fizzy drinks, so it’s only natural that these should be compounded when it comes to pets.

Sodas usually have high volumes of sugar in them, as well as caffeine.

Both of these are things we’ve already mentioned above, and being put together only worsens the effects.

If you spill a little fizzy drink and your dog laps it up, don’t even worry about it. But if you give your dog a taste every time you have one, it can become a problem.

In addition to the bad effects of sugar and caffeine, fizzy drinks can destroy your dog’s teeth and lead to a host of dental issues.

Coconut Water

Culprit ingredient: Potassium 

Drink #5: Coconut Water

Why Not?
While the coconut fruit isn’t terribly bad for your dog to eat, coconut water is high in potassium and should not be fed to your dog.

Too much potassium in your dog’s body causes a condition known as hyperkalemia, which can have some serious health implications.

Of course, one drink won’t cause this, but if your pup has a higher potassium level than normal (which you may not even know), this could push that level over the healthy level and cause issues, so it’s best to avoid it entirely.

Milk

Culprit ingredient: Lactose

Drink #6: Milk

Why Not?
You might think milk seems like a natural thing for dogs to drink (especially as they drink their mother’s milk as a puppy), but it’s hard for them to digest.

Most dogs lose their tolerance to lactose as they reach adulthood, and drinking milk can cause bloating, gassiness, and diarrhea.

A little here and there is okay, but it shouldn’t be a daily thing.

What Other Drinks Can You Replace Them With?

It’s essential to make sure that your dog has a constant supply of fresh water, as dehydration can have some nasty and dangerous effects. If, however, you want to treat your pup to something other than water, here are some drinks that are safe for them to drink.

  • Freshly made fruit juice (as long as the fruit is one they can eat)
  • Vegetable juice
  • Green tea

CHAPTER 4:

Herbs & Spices Dogs Can't Have

Here's 6 Herbs & Spices Dogs Can't Have

Salt

Culprit ingredient: Sodium

Herb & Spice #1: Salt

Why Not?
Although salt (or sodium) is an essential nutrient that is necessary in the body for it to function optimally, too much of it can be dangerous for your pet.

Apart from the fact that a lot of our salt is overly processed, feeding your dog salty things can throw off their electrolyte balance.

It can contribute significantly to dehydration, and if your pup can’t get enough water in, the body does this funny thing where it starts releasing its own water to balance things out.

This causes chaos in the body and particularly in the brain, leading to symptoms such as rapid heartbeat, an increase in body temperature, seizures, confusion, and fainting.

Sugar

Culprit ingredient: Sugar (empty calories)

Herb & Spice #2: Sugar

Why Not?
While the natural sugars found in fruits are quite alright for dogs to eat, processed, granulated sugar is not.

There are various problems that can arise from eating processed sugar, including dental problems (just like humans!), weight gain leading to obesity, canine diabetes, and hormonal imbalances (which can bring on a host of other disorders).

Be very aware, though – not feeding your dog sugar means that you need to keep ice-cream, candy, bread, and other everyday things away from your pet.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that this simply refers to the sugar we put in our coffee.

Nutmeg

Culprit ingredient: Myristicin

Herb & Spice #3: Nutmeg

Why Not?
The culprit within the nutmeg spice is a toxin called myristicin.

Generally, the amounts of nutmeg that you would use in baking won’t cause any very detrimental side effects to a pup, but if they manage to get hold of a large amount of it this can be quite dangerous.

Small amounts can cause digestive trouble, but ingesting a lot of it can cause myristicin toxicity, which manifests itself in typical poisoning symptoms – increased heart rate, high blood pressure, disorientation, hallucinations, and even seizures.

It’s best to keep the nutmeg cookies far away from your pet!

Cinnamon

Culprit ingredient: Large doses of spice and essential oil

Herb & Spice #4: Cinnamon

Why Not?
Cinnamon actually has some great properties, including anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Small amounts are okay for your pet to ingest, but anything more than a teaspoon can cause a spike in heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, low blood sugar, and in serious cases, liver problems.

The other danger with the spice is the possibility of inhalation, which can cause choking and difficulty breathing.

Cinnamon essential oils are more dangerous for dogs than the spice, though – this can irritate the skin and set off allergies, leading to discomfort and can even cause burns to the skin in some cases.

Chives

Culprit ingredient: Thiosulfate

Herb & Spice #5: Chives

Why Not?
Chives fall into the same family as garlic and onions, and as such, they share common properties.

Whether they’re raw or cooked, they cause nausea and vomiting, excessive drooling, diarrhea, weakness and lethargy, rapid breathing and heartbeat, and loss of consciousness.

The toxin targets the red blood cells, breaking them down which causes the onset of anemia. If your pet has eaten a small amount, you can monitor them closely to see if symptoms appear.

In some pets, there may be no effect if only a minute amount was ingested.

If a large amount has been eaten, or your dog displays symptoms, a vet’s visit is in order.

Chamomile

Culprit ingredient: Volatile oil

Herb & Spice #6: Chamomile

Why Not?
This is another herb that has plenty of great, beneficial uses, but when used in large quantities or over a long period of time can lead to health problems.

There are also different variations of the chamomile plant, and some are better than others.

Although there are those who advocate the use of chamomile for dogs as an anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and antispasmodic medication, large doses (or even small doses over a prolonged time period) can be toxic.

The garden plant, specifically, can be chewed on and lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and contact dermatitis.

There is a chance of internal bleeding if lots of it has been ingested. Some dogs are also allergic to it, and as there’s really no way of knowing if yours is or isn’t, it’s recommended to seek other ways of relieving your pet’s anxiety or inflammation.

What Other Herbs & Spices Can You Replace Them With?

Although dogs don’t typically need herbs and spices added to their food, if you want to tweak your own cooking a little so that your fluff can get the occasional safe and tasty treat off your plate, here are some herbs and spices that are quite safe (and healthy) for dogs to eat.

  • Basil
  • Aloe Vera
  • Caraway Seeds
  • Flax Seeds
  • Ginger
  • Parsley
  • Rosemary
  • Turmeric
  • Green Tea

CHAPTER 5:

Miscellaneous Foods Dogs Can't Have

Here's 9 Miscellaneous Foods Dogs Can't Have

Chocolate

Culprit ingredient: Theobromine

Misc. #1: Chocolate

Why Not?
As much as dark chocolate has reported health benefits for us humans, it doesn’t offer the same to our beloved pets.

The main toxic ingredient in chocolate is called theobromine, and is similar in behaviour to caffeine, being a stimulant and blood vessel dilator.

Dogs’ bodies can’t metabolize this sneaky stimulant, so it sticks around and wreaks havoc on their systems.

The more bitter the chocolate is, the worse it is for dogs, although the sweeter chocolate is also bad for your pooch in the sense that it contains more sugar.

This is one of the foods that is most responsible for pet deaths, so the seriousness of it cannot be understated.

Nicotine

Culprit ingredient: Nicotine

Misc. #2: Nicotine Products

Why Not?
You may roll your eyes at this one and wonder why anyone would allow their dog near a cigarette, but it’s a fact that dogs like to eat things, and should they be able to get close enough to sniff at a smoke, they may be curious enough to have a chew.

Nicotine is a toxin that acts very quickly once ingested, so symptoms such as drooling, vomiting, breathing trouble, tremors, lack of coordination, and seizures may develop within an hour.

Bear in mind that smoking is often a relaxant for humans, so imagine the effects of it on a much smaller body than yours – this can be fatal if the dose is high enough.

Remember, nicotine gum can cause the same effects – in fact, it can be worse due to the presence of artificial sweeteners. If your dog has eaten nicotine in any form, get them to a vet as soon as possible.

Xylitol

Culprit ingredient: Xylitol

Misc. #3: Xylitol

Why Not?
Sugar substitutes may be all the rage in human nutrition, but xylitol can be highly poisonous if your dog gets hold of it.

This popular sweetener can cause extreme low blood sugar in dogs, and can also cause severe damage to the liver, although this is at much higher doses.

Be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking that feeding your dog something sugar-free is okay – xylitol is a very common sugar-replacer, and is actually a worse toxin than sugar for your pup.

An interesting fact is that a large percentage of cases of pets with xylitol poisoning were brought about by the pup eating sugar-free chewing gum.

Keep your gum out of the way of little mouths, and always check how things are sweetened before even considering giving it to your dog.

Licorice

Culprit ingredient: Licorice root

Misc. #4: Licorice

Why Not?
Licorice is a snack that is recommended to people with low blood pressure, as it raises blood pressure.

You can imagine why this may be dangerous for a dog.

A small amount of licorice root herb can be beneficial, as it has anti-inflammatory properties.

Licorice candy, though, in addition to containing some of the BP-increasing oil, also contains sugar (or other sweeteners), so it’s not advisable to feed it to your dog.

If you happen to drop a piece and your pup jumps on it, there should be no problem, although it’s always a good idea to monitor a pet after that.

If you’re feeding your pup a piece every day, we’d recommend finding a better treat.

Raw Eggs

Culprit ingredient: Afvidin, Salmonella

Misc. #5: Raw Eggs

Why Not?
This is another controversial topic. While some advocate the feeding of raw eggs to give your pup’s coat a shine, others worry about the risks of high cholesterol.

The fact is, before dogs were domesticated, they used to eat raw eggs all the time.

They are packed with amino acids and essential fats, but the worry comes in when they become a regular part of your dog’s diet.

Too many raw eggs can lead to a deficiency of a certain B vitamin called biotin, which assists in metabolism and cell growth.

There’s also the risk of salmonella poisoning.

While there are definite benefits to adding raw eggs to your pup’s diet, prolonged exposure to them can result in some health issues that neither you nor your pet want.

Yeast

Culprit ingredient: Yeast

Misc. #6: Yeast & Yeast Dough

Why Not?
This is one that many pet owners don’t even think about.

Whether dry or in dough form, yeast is a serious danger for dogs.

If you think about the main property of yeast, the first thing that should come to mind is that it rises.

It grows when it’s placed in warm and moist places – like a dog’s tummy.

This also releases gas, which means that should your dog chow down some yeast, they’re highly likely to suffer from bloat (gastric dilation volvulus) which is rapidly-progressing and life-threatening.

This is a veterinary emergency, and can’t be treated at home. It’s also fatal in up to 30% of cases, even with treatment.

The other serious problem with yeast is that it can cause alcohol poisoning – as if the first reason wasn’t enough to keep the yeast away from your animals!

Cat Food

Culprit ingredient: Incorrect doses of nutrients

Misc. #7: Cat Food

Why Not?
If you get home late and suddenly realize you’ve run out of dog food and your fluff is staring at you with those puppy dog eyes, there’s nothing wrong with substituting some cat food for their meal for one night.

However, this can cause some complications if it becomes an everyday (or every-other-day) thing.

Cats and dogs’ bodies are designed quite differently, and the biggest difference in nutrition comes in because cats are carnivores, while dogs are omnivores.

Cat food, therefore, has a higher protein count than dog food, and quite a different balance of nutrients.

While snacking on it once or twice over a long period of time is totally fine (as long as your pup’s stomach can deal with it), prolonged feeding of cat food instead of dog food can lead to imbalances of essential nutrients.

This can lead to various diseases and conditions, one of which is pancreatitis, which can be severe and needs veterinary treatment.

Cooked Bones

Culprit ingredient: No particular ingredient, but a tendency to splinter

Misc. #8: Cooked Bones

Why Not?
While gnawing on a bone can be helpful for strengthening dogs’ jaws, cleaning their teeth and keeping their breath slightly fresher, this really only works with raw bones.

While it might be tempting to throw your dog a bone (literally) after cooking a meaty meal, cooked bones have a far higher tendency to splinter, which can cause severe injury to your dog, both internal and external.

Cooking also removes some of the nutrients from the bone, so there’s really not much good reason to feed your pup a cooked bone.

Cannabis

Culprit ingredient: THC & CBD

Misc. #9: Cannabis Products

Why Not?
The cannabis battle has been a huge thing for a while now and it’s become legal in many places, much to the excitement of many people.

While it may have great healing properties for humans, it’s not such a good idea for dogs to try it.

As with all of the things on this list, it’s very difficult to tell where the limit is for your pet’s body, so even a small amount can have disastrous effects.

Also, while a human can decide that they want to ingest cannabis for the high, a dog doesn’t have that choice, so the chance of it actually being an enjoyable experience for them is very low.

Second-hand smoke, eating leaves or buds, or chewing on a cannabis cookie or something similar can all cause sudden and dangerous symptoms, including lethargy, low blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat, weakness and loss of balance, and incontinence. Paranoia is also common, as the pup likely doesn’t know what’s going on. Unless you are using CBD oil for your dog for healing purposes, make sure to keep all cannabis-related edibles far out of reach of any pets.

What Treats Can You Replace Them With?

If you want to treat your pup, there are many options that will promote health instead of damage it. Here are some safe, yummy things you can treat your pet with.

  • Peanut Butter (in moderation)
  • Cheese (in moderation)
  • Popcorn (unsalted, unbuttered, be careful of kernels)
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Plain rice cakes
  • Frozen fruits in summer

What If My Dog Eats A Food On This List?

If you’ve been feeding your pup stuff that’s on this list, it’s not too late to stop!

There are many things that are tasty and healthy, and we’ve covered them in our lists of things you can feed your pups instead of the unhealthy stuff.

But what happens if your pet does eat something that’s toxic for them?

There are a few steps you can take to make sure your pet gets the best care possible after ingesting something potentially poisonous.

  • To-Do #1: Monitor the situation

If your pet has swallowed a grape, a macadamia nut, or something else that’s on this list of most deadly foods for pets, it may be a good idea to skip straight ahead to the vet.

If they’ve had a little taste of something and you aren’t sure how they might react, you should monitor them closely for at least a few hours.

Keep an eye out for signs and symptoms of poisoning, and any behaviour that is out of the ordinary.

If you notice anything that is cause for concern, use your discretion as to whether you should try and treat it at home or get your pet to the vet.

If you don’t have activated charcoal or some kind of poison antidote at home, then you should get your dog to a vet as soon as you can.

Rather take your pet to the vet for something small, than keep your dog at home only to find out it was more serious than you realised.

  • To-Do #2: Buy an activated charcoal

This is a very worthwhile thing to have at home. You may have seen all manner of ways of using activated charcoal, from face masks to AC smoothies and so on, but it’s really a fantastic poison antidote.

While it doesn’t necessarily fix the problem, it draws the poison to itself, preventing it being absorbed by the body until the animal can be treated properly.

There are a few exceptions, though – it’s not effective for alcohol poisoning, fluoride poisoning, heavy metals, nitrates, nitrites, sodium chloride, and fertilizers.

The dose you should give your pup is 1-3 grams per kilogram of body weight. It’s most easily given mixed with water and injected into the mouth with a syringe.

If your pet refuses to take it, a vet’s visit is a good idea.

  • To-Do #3: Plan a visit to the vet

In many cases, a vet’s visit is a good idea even if your pet hasn’t started displaying symptoms yet.

Some symptoms take a few hours to set in, so if you’ve noticed your pet chewing on something poisonous, taking them to the vet is a good idea to get ahead of the problem.

If your pet is displaying severe symptoms, a vet’s visit is a necessity.

If you know what your pup ate, let the vet know. If you aren’t sure, do a quick search around the area your pup has been to make sure there is no food lying around that they might have ingested.

Your vet will administer medication and most likely do a few tests.

If the dog’s reaction is severe, getting that medicine into them as soon as possible gives them the best chance possible of recovering.

CONCLUSION:

It's Your Turn Now

Of course, as pet owners we all want our pups to live a full, free, and fun life.

For most of us, good food and drink is part of living a fun and happy life, and while we may wish for our pups to have the same food experiences, their bodies are designed super differently to ours and can react negatively to many things that we eat and drink every day.

That doesn’t mean that you can’t treat your dog occasionally, but as long as you steer clear of these 31 foods that dogs can’t eat and replace them with the suggested foods, your pup will be happy, healthy, and not miss out on the joy of a tasty snack.

It's Your Turn Now