Dauchsand enjoying a banana


I really wish I looked this cute when I was eating. I have a dachshund and she will eat pretty much anything, except for things of the fruit and vegetable variety. Most dogs are indiscriminate eaters and will scarf down anything remotely tasty, or even disgusting for that matter. As pet owners we often like to feed our dogs tasty “people” treats from the table, but there are some seemingly healthy foods that are lethal to your canine.

Just like humans, feeding our beloved furry friends a diet high in fats, sugars and salts can pose many health risks and obesity. We all know that foods like chocolate, caffeine and alcohol aren’t good for our furry best friends however, there are many healthy food items that can be very dangerous to your dog and even fatal. Here is a list of foods that your dog should never consume.

Avocados: Avocados contain a substance called persin, which can be toxic to dogs in large quantities. Even the leaves of the avocado tree contain persin, so if you grow them at home make sure you regularly pick up the fallen leaves.


Onions and garlic: this includes onions and garlic in all forms; powdered, raw, cooked and dehydrated. Onion and garlic in large quantities or on a regular basis destroys your dog’s red blood cells which can lead to anemia.

Grapes and raisins: Once thought to be a great treat for dogs, is now considered toxic. Although it’s unknown as to why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure and lead to death.

Macadamia nuts: These nuts are extremely poisonous to dogs; even just 6 raw nuts can cause severe symptoms.

Peaches and plums: The problem with these fruits is the pits. The pits contain cyanide which is poisonous to both humans and dogs. We humans tend to be a bit more discerning and not eat the pits.

While it is tempting to give into those puppy dog eyes pleading with you to give him a tasty morsel, most human food is really not good for your dogs. Try and stick with dog food and treats made specifically for your pet. As always consult your vet for any questions or concerns.


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