Five Foods to NOT Feed to Your Dog

Five Foods to NOT Feed to Your Dog
Five Foods to NOT Feed to Your Dog

Whether you’re looking to add more fresh foods to your dog’s diet or switch them over to completely home-cooked meals, it’s important to know which foods to avoid to ensure their optimal health and happiness. Here’s a list of the most important foods to avoid when feeding your dog at home: 

1. Onions

Onions can cause damage to red blood cells leading to anemia as the body is not able to distribute oxygen effectively

2. Grapes / Raisins

Even just a few grapes or raisins can cause kidney and liver damage in dogs. It's best to avoid any amount of these. 

3. Chocolate

Chocolate contains both caffeine and theobromine, both of which are toxic to dogs when ingested. 

4. Xylitol

Xylitol is a common sugar-free sweetener found in some candies, chewing gums and peanut butters. Even at low amounts, xylitol can cause a severe drop in blood sugar and liver damage in dogs.

5. Avocado - Skins / Pit

Always avoid feeding your dog the skin or pit of an avocado as these parts can be toxic to dogs. The fruit of the avocado can be a healthy addition to your dog's diet in moderation since it contains healthy fat and fiber, minerals and carbs. 

[If your dog ingests a toxic food: You can call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at 888/426-4435. This hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by veterinarians and toxicologists]

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