14 Foods to Never Feed Your Dog (Infographic)

When your pup looks up at you with those sweet eyes, hoping to share whatever it is you’re eating, it can be hard to resist. But when it comes to these 14 foods in particular, resist the temptation! They can be extremely harmful to your pet’s health.

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Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

You may be referring to "Royal Canin". I have fed that when I first got my GSD, as they used to have breed specific formulas. The GSD one was for a large breed such AS the GSD, but they were bought out by another company and the ingredients were not suitable, in my opinion, and many people started noticing problems. I feed Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul. Other good ones are Taste of the Wild, Innova, Wellness and Blue Buffalo. I have to get it at my feed store where I get my horses' feed, as Petco doesn't even stock it. It's a bit pricey, but I feel it's worth it. I would feed any of the others if I could afford them, but they're even more expensive!

Thank you for the kind words. My girl has "Degenerative Myalopathy" and it's just what it sounds like. It's a degenerative spinal cord condition and it will get progressively worse. According to my vet and everything I've read about it, she's not in pain, but has no clue where here back legs are. She sometimes stumbles, drags her back toes and can't negotiate steps. I've seen her actually cross her back legs and doesn't have a clue. It's apparently common in big breeds, especially GSD's, but unlike HD, no surgical options.

I'm off to feed horsies and going to bed. It's 5:00 A.M. here........yeah, I'm a confirmed "nite owl".........retired graveyard shift worker.

Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani3 years ago

Diane, it seems I can't compare the kibble we get here to the one you get! High quality? I checked the ingredients on the Spanish one we get here - brrrr. Wouldn't touch it. Though we occasionally have Royal ?? something which everybody says is good - Buddy is just a snob I assume (LOL).

I hope and wish for your fury girl that she doesn't need to suffer too much.

And sorry for the mix-up - my brain ... there's another nice participant (her name will come back to me I hope) with lots of animals and she has a cow. It stuck to my mind as this is not a comon animal to have - LOL.

Thanks and take care!

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

Hi, Eleonora! I have fed a semi-raw diet for my Golden when he got very obese, but it's expensive and also very hard to make sure enough proper nutrition is provided. With him, he was refusing to eat a low-cal kibble, so I mixed it with raw ingredients, 50/50. My GSD doesn't have an obesity issue, and she gets a very high quality (human grade products with no grains) kibble. She does get some raw stuff, such as an egg yolk a few times a week. I have my own hens, so not difficult or expensive to provide. Sometimes I give her cottage cheese or if I have excess cooked chicken, she gets some. She has a couple of health issues which require medication, and not sure how much longer she will be with me, as one of them is very progressive with her mobility (no, not HD). There is no cure for it, and surgery is not an option.

I'm not sure what you're referring to about a cow......."Hercules"? I don't have a cow. I have horses, though.

Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani3 years ago

Hi Diane - thanks for your reply; I value your advice/posts. I read your "quarrel" about the bones but didn't have the time to support you on that. I fail to comprehend that some people advocate this nylon crap and omit natural items like proper bones. If I look at Bud's face (naturally my imagination - LOL) when he is munching away ... priceless!

I too think 8 is no age but I'm repeatedly told that as of now I have to be thankful for every year (?!). I was even told to adjust his diet to his "old" age - which gets ignored by me. What do you think?

I know that dogs are "farters" - like humans ;-) - but frankly I think boxers are more into biological warfare than just passing gas. Phuh do they stink! The boxer of a friend of ours has the habit to lie under the table and fart because she's very jealous - imagine how embarrassing. Funny though she usually does it only if someone comes for the first time and doesn't like her. Do you think this is imagination?

Glad you agree with yoghourt - not everyone does. What makes you feed kibble rather than home cooking or raw?

BTW – if memory serves me right there's a Mr. ...(Hercules?)... Cow - how is he doing?

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

Oh, and I give my GSD much more than 2-3 tablespoons! She is on two prescription "meds" and even crushing them sometimes results in her somehow not eating them. So, the yogurt added is enough to completely "coat" everything. She gets 2 cups of a high quality kibble, so my guess is about 1/2 cup of yogurt? She's 11, almost 12 and weighs 110 lbs.

Diane L.
Diane L.3 years ago

Eleonora, 8 is hardly aged, except for some breeds like Great Danes or Scottish Deerhounds, where that's about the end of their life expectancy. ALL dogs "fart", not just Boxers. If they don't, then there is something wrong with their digestive system. Dogs fart to relieve themselves of intestinal gas, just like people do. It's a natural process. You mentioned yogurt to address that, and yogurt is just something good for them, period. It aids digestion and gives them natural active bacteria, same as it is good for us. I have routinely fed my dogs plain, unflavored yogurt in their kibble. It makes that taste better, and also helps mix in "meds" if they need to be added.

GLAD we agree on the big bones, though! You'd be surprised at how many people "gasp" and in another C2 discussion, I've gotten into more than a few "arguments" with another member about that, and supposedly, her profession is in the veterinary field. All I know is that REAL bones are natural and they help keep dogs' teeth clean and healthy.

Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani3 years ago

Sorry - too long and got chopped off:

As for the farting for which boxers are "famous" (it is like biological warfare): I mix into his lunch 2-3 tablespoons of plain yoghourt and he doesn't fart anymore ever since I was told this trick by an old police dog trainer. My vet recommends it too.

But much more important - he's healthy, slim, has a beautiful fur and teeth and never ever had a health issue in his life except for once when he caught ringworm (was about 1 yr old). Never again anything - touch wood.

I'm a member in “boxerworld” and reading about all the health issues there it makes me wonder what the heck they're doing wrong with their dogs - other than most of them feeding this dry kibble crap. Seldom a dog who is not on some medication incl. anti-depressant!!

Oh well ... looking at our thriving street dogs which are around I wonder who cooks for them and who tells them what to eat and what not ...

PS Buddy is approaching 8 years

Eleonora Oldani
Eleonora Oldani3 years ago

I cook myself for Buddy - he gets an alternating diet with (all cooked) chicken liver and chicken meat, meat and fish (naturally without bones!). Add to that approx. 20% of Arabic bread or pasta and grated zucchini or carrots if I have. But it has to be finely grated otherwise he doesn't eat veggies ... which tells me that he doesn't like it! But everyone tells me it's good for dogs ... ?? Occasionally he gets leftover potatoes mixed in instead.

He gets his cheese treats and the ones I make for him. Yes! He's an absolute (controlled) cheese freak. All our dogs always were and they all lived a long and healthy life. I think he would kill us if they would be cancelled. The same goes for chilled watermelon.

Big bones from the butcher (like Diana) - he just loves them. Raw hide and this nylon crap ... well, I tried first. He sniffed at it, gave me "that" look, walked a few steps and laid down with a really annoyed look - I swear LOL!!

Since I discovered air dried pigs ears as a treat on a visit to Switzerland some years back he ignores even real bones except for the big chicken bones - they're his all time favorites. The supply of pigs ears is constant and Bud-Bud is slap happy! On the occasion he gets smoked one and there's no holding him back.

As for the farting for which boxers are "famous" (it is like biological warfare): I mix into his lunch 2-3 tablespoons of plain yoghourt and he doesn't fart anymore ever since I was told this trick by an old police dog train

Jeanne Rogers
Jeanne Rogers3 years ago

I never knew that nuts shouldn't be eaten by dogs. I just gave my dog a couple of cashews last night. I'm going to print and post this info. Thanks so much!

Constantina Christaki

Really useful!