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Dogs and Chocolate and Other Dangerous Foods For Dogs

Why Is Chocolate So Bad For Dogs?


Dogs and chocolate are a bad mix. The caffeine and other compounds cause increased heart rate, which can lead to seizures, brain damage, coma and death.

Even the antioxidants theobromine and theophylline, which are said to be good for humans, may be toxic to a dog. It is important to remember that their metabolisms are different, their digestive tracts are shorter and they lack the enzymes necessary to digest certain foods.

  Australian Shepherd Bodi - Dogs and Chocolate Don't Mix
  Mark Crooker

Dogs and chocolate are a bad mix. Keep your Aussie safe by avoiding dangerous foods for dogs.

Bodi is is a Red Tri male, with copper eyes. He's a lovable, friendly and entertaining Aussie. He loves his walks, always talks to us with a slight gutteral whine, tries to make friends with everyone he meets and cannot get close enough to us when he sits or lays down with us. He loves to pose for pictures. Owners: Mark and Laurie Crooker


While there are some foods that you and your dog can safely share, many of the things that humans eat are dangerous foods for dogs. Here’s a quick look at the people food your dog can eat. The list is short when compared to the dangerous food items.

Your dog can safely eat most meat, poultry and fish. Fish should always be cooked and bones should be removed. The bones are too small and become brittle when cooked. Splinters can damage the throat, stomach and intestines.

A growing number of people believe in feeding a raw dog food diet including raw poultry, bones included. It is true that uncooked bones are softer and less brittle, however they could still cause choking. Baked boneless chicken or turkey are good choices for treats and as supplements, but should not make up a major portion of the dog’s diet.

Beef should be cooked and bones removed. Bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts are too high in salt and nitrates.

According to recent news reports, scientists have learned that people who regularly consume bacon, hot dogs and cold cuts have an increased risk of heart disease and type II diabetes. So, they’re not good for you or your best friend.

Keep dogs and chocolate away from each other. Be sure to store your chocolate and other dangerous foods for dogs where your Aussie can't get at them while you are away.

Cheese, plain yogurt and plain rice are safe choices. Carrots, green beans, lettuce and yams can be combined in a food processor to make a nice nourishing sauce. Chunky vegetables can cause blockages and digestive problems.

Tomatoes are among the dangerous foods for dogs. The leaves, stems and other green parts are the most toxic. They can cause tremors and irregular heartbeat due to a naturally occurring toxin called tomatine. It is also toxic to humans.

In large quantities, tomatoes, tomato sauce, ketchup or other tomato-based products can be toxic to a dog. Small amounts may be “okay”, but they are highly acidic. They can cause vomiting and stomach upset.

Other vegetables, fruits and plants that can be toxic to dogs include avocados, grapes, raisins, potato leaves and stems, rhubarb leaves, hops, mushrooms, onions, garlic, tea leaves, tobacco, nuts, seeds and pits. Nuts, seeds and pits can cause blockages in the digestive system.

You may read posts or messages from people who believe that recommendations concerning dogs and chocolate are exaggerated. They say that chocolaty treats are “okay”.

These people may have given their animals milk chocolates, which are not as toxic. They might be thinking about the chocolate-like gourmet treats available. Those are flavored with carob, which does not contain theobromine and seems to be non-toxic.

So, obviously it is not just about dogs and chocolate and the toxicity. Too many treats of any kind can lead to weight gain and health problems. People food should be limited, unless you have a specially designed diet created by your vet or a pet nutritionist. Your dog might prefer table scraps, but they are not likely to be nutritionally complete.

You may be surprised to learn that fat trimmings are dangerous foods for dogs. Although they are common items in doggy bags, they can cause pancreatitis. Pancreatitis can lead to multiple organ failure and death.

Raw eggs are another bad choice. If consumed on a regular basis, they can cause biotin deficiency, which leads to skin problems in dogs and an unhealthy coat. They can also contain salmonella, a common cause of food poisoning.

Now you know the facts about dogs and chocolate, as well as other dangerous foods. If in doubt, don’t let him have it.

See Also: Dog Nutrition

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