What not to feed your dog [Infographic]

September 2, 2012 |  by  |  Animals, Education, Lifestyle

Most people can say that at some point in their lives they’ve owned a pet. With that in mind I can comfortably say that I haven’t had any pets in a long time, but that lately I’ve been seriously considering getting a dog. As I indicated in last week’s post, I personally think that dogs are some of the best pets that people can own; they’re loyal and they’re always happy to see you. Plus, if you know the basics of dog-care they’re not hard to take care of.

With how much crazy stuff dogs seem to regularly eat, it’s hard to imagine that some of the most seemingly harmless foods can give a dog so much trouble. I even knew of a friend’s dog growing up who ate things that included (but were not limited to) lemons, shoes, and even a cigar!

Specifically concerning a dog’s diet, today’s infographic from sfist.com shows the reader what types of food dog owners should keep away from their dogs in order to keep them healthy. For instance, it’s common knowledge that dogs should stay away from chocolate and other cocoa-derived products, but I had no idea that onions and avocado could be dangerous for dogs, too.

For more info on foods that could be harmful to your dog, refer to the infographic below. [Via]

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  • Dj

    I am appalled at the total lack of research on at least two of these items. Dogs in the wild are not vegetarians, they are carnivores. I can’t fathom that someone would say feeding a dog RAW meat/bones/fat is unhealthy. COOKED bones splinter, RAW ones do not. The reason dogs choke on bones is because humans have fed them cooked bones. Last I checked, they can’t cook the food they eat in the wild.

    By no means am I saying a raw food diet is for everyone. However – I have been feeding a raw diet for more than six years to my golden retriever. My vet is not an advocate but he cannot say anything against the health of my dog which he has said far exceeds other goldens of the same age he sees.


  • Carol North

    Love the graphic above – very clear, concise with good information. My website, http://www.feedingfidoandfluffy.com, will agree with you. As for Dj’s comment about dog bones, many experts believe now that bones of any sort should not be given to dogs because of the choking hazard. Kind of like raising human babies, the medical community goes in cycles regarding what’s good and what’s not so good. While dogs in the wild certainly were carnivores, as are domestic dogs today, dogs have always gravitated to grass when they are sick. Providing healthy grains is good for dogs although not necessary, if you can afford a grain-free diet. Veterinary opinions are mixed regarding raw eggs. Some breeders and vets do believe that the occasional raw egg mixed into a dog’s diet helps grow a healthy coat, but if you love your dog, why take the chance. Good article!

  • Milcah

    I encountered something with my dogs, they are highly allergic to corn. It effected their skin to the point where they were losing hair. At first we thought it was a case of demodex, we used a medicine for that, and one of my dogs got really sick. She couldn’t handle it. I have the The Merck Veterinary Manual (MVM) 5th edition. Demodex runs in my dogs breed, so we thought that was it, but it was the corn. Dogs come with hair, or fur, the ones with hair, depending on breed, really can’t handle corn. We can’t buy any dog food with it. We use homeopathic herbs for dogs and cats, and I make tea with them, but I’ve had these dogs since they were born, and they’re healthier than they ordinarily would be. The older two are nearly five with the attitude and activity of a two year old. My cat is nearly nine, and fortunately got hold of some of their water at different occasions. He acts like he’s a kitten. They get cooked oatmeal mixed with can puppy food/without corn, and dry sprinkles(dog food) on top. There treats are fruit and vegetables, mostly vegetables. I feed them like show dogs, but they’re not. And their teeth are great. I think it definitely depends on the dog, and what they’re use to from birth and what they’re use to eating, and their breeds. But I know a lot of people just don’t know, and they think they (dogs) can eat like them, I’m always checking the boards for new information. So, it’s good to get the information out there. Its the information age after all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andria.patterson Andria Bell

    Actually dogs are omnivorous. Once dogs started living around humans and domestication began they eat scraps from our farms and villages. Raw meat was given when it was a fresh kill- but after that is was cooked. Making them like us, susceptible to the pathogens in decaying meat. They can eat fresh meat raw, but very fresh! as well they do need other foods, as there scraps consisted of a lot of grain and vegetable/fruit. Because that is what was available to us. The domestic dog is not a true carnivor, because of the domestication process. And some breed (great dane being one for example) require lower amounts of animal protein and if they have too much they can have more health problems. And remember there are exceptions to every rule. I had a german shepherd that could find chocolate in any package and would eat it when ever she could- even climbing and unwrapping gifts to do so. She never had a problem- but if another dog was to consume that amount of chocolate they would be dead. These are gridlines. Alcohol can cause liver damage in humans- but a lot of us still consume it willingly and have no ill effects and live for years longer then someone who never drank!

    • AlwaysPrepared

      Maybe a particularly toxic piece of raw meat that’s been lying in the sun for hours could make a dog sick, but it would be the very rare exception for the most part. I live in the country and our dogs have the run of our 3 joining farms. They eat scraps (including raw meat) from our cooking, they occasionally get into some roadkill, gut piles left by hunters and/or dead animals they find out and about. No, I don’t really WANT them eating dead critters (mostly due to the smell they come home with), but they do it all the time and not one of them has ever gotten sick. I’m in my 40′s, I’ve lived on farms my whole life, and we’ve had I don’t know how many dogs. We’ve never had a single one have a single sick day from eating like this.

  • Bailey Tripp

    Interesting, however this infographic seems to be more mainstream thought than researched facts. Many of these so called ‘do not feed’ ingredients should be more in the category of ‘only feed in moderate amounts’: garlic, raw eggs, raw meat…

    • Gator L

      I agree. I feed my dog garlic as a natural flee remedy. She has yet to have flees while the neighbors animals all have flees. She is fed garlic in moderation and is fed all natural home made food. Thus controlling the chemicals that are found in manufactured foods. As to what DJ said above, dogs once did eat completely raw meat and fish and bones. With them becoming pets, their systems have changed, but if you keep a steady diet of raw and limit certain foods, they are good to go. I have raised show dogs in the past and all in the group agree.

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  • rawdogfood

    I’m too surprised to see raw meat listed there but to be honest, I’m not sure the creator of this did their research.