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If you are reading this, you might be a dog owner who is thinking of giving your dog a treat but are not sure if your dog can actually eat it. Or you might be a new dog owner who is trying to figure out many things like dog diet, dog training, dog grooming, etc. Regardless of your status as a dog owner, we want to help you avoid the mistake of giving your dog any of these things.

Some of the side effects of these foods range from vomiting to kidney failure.

Alcohol: Although not food, alcohol is never okay to give to a dog. Just like the human side effects, your dog will experience lack of coordination and irregular breathing. But it can result also result in death.

Chicken Bones: This can be a tough one for dog owners. While the bones are not toxic to your dog, your dog could choke on it.

chicken bones

Chocolate: Nope, it’s not a myth. Chocolate is toxic to your dog. A little bit can cause vomiting and diarrhea. A lot of it can damage your dog’s heart and nervous system.

Onions/Garlic – This is a way to give your dog bad breath for his doggy date but also a way to give your dog anemia. Large amounts are really toxic to your dog and can also cause weakness and an elevated heart rate.

Grapes: Not many people know about this one, but there is a toxin within grapes that can cause kidney and liver failure. It’s better to avoid grapes all together, be careful if you drop one.

Macadamia nuts: This is a total no-no. There is a toxin in Macadamia nuts that can mess up your dog. Side effects include weakness, swollen limbs, tremors, vomiting, inability to walk, and damage to your dog’s digestive and nervous system.

macadamia nuts

Cinnamon: I don’t think you are handing your dog cinnamon sticks or cinnamon powder but if it spills, keep an eye on your dog because it can irritate your dog’s mouth and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting or even liver disease.

Spicy Food: Your dog and it’s stomach won’t be able to handle the heat, and it can result in diarrhea, vomiting and even stomach ulcers.

Gum: Many of us throw gum on the ground and we shouldn’t because it’s a hazard to our shoes and our pets. Gum can drop your dog’s blood sugar and cause liver damage.

Remember that even if you think a little of some of these things won’t hurt, it’s better not to risk it.

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