That wagging tail and panting tongue cannot wait for you to drop a crumb or even better the whole sandwich. It is so tempting to share with your four legged friend, but is the food that is tasty to you potentially fatal to your pet? Here are the top foods to avoid feeding your pet:

  • While caffeine gives humans the boost we sometimes need to make it through the day, Methylxanthines found in chocolate and coffee can be harmful to pets. All types of chocolate are dangerous to dogs and cats, but dark chocolate is more dangerous than white or milk chocolate.
  • Keep the chips and Ramen Noodles to yourself. Salty foods can leave dogs dehydrated and urinating frequently. Don’t give them a bowl of milk to wash it down! Milk and dairy products are hard on a dog’s stomach. Pets do not have significant amounts of the lactase enzyme that is needed to break down lactose.
  • We want “a dog named Bopechus livin’ in the front yard, who drank beer out of a mason jar”, but maybe that isn’t the best idea. Alcohol has the same effect on an animal’s central nervous system as it does on humans. Beer, wine and liquor can lead to the same problems with breathing and coordination that an intoxicated human experiences, but it takes far less alcohol for these signs to appear in an animal.
  • Foods such as avocado, macadamia nuts, grapes and raisins are all potentially toxic for your pet. Even the smallest level of consumption can cause a variety of illness and even death.
  • It is fine to give your canine companion bites of bread, but yeast dough poses serious problems. Yeast dough can rise in the digestive tract and cause a gas build up that could lead to the stomach or intestines rupture.
  • If you wouldn’t eat raw or undercooked meats and eggs, then why would you feed it to your pets? Salmonella and E. coli are as harmful to pets as they are to humans. Consumption of raw eggs also leads to skin and coat problems, because there is a decrease in biotin absorption. It is also very important to avoid feeding raw bones to dogs, as they can splinter off and becaome lodged in their throat.
  • Spices also pose a danger for pets. Onions, garlic and chive ingestion can lead to red blood cell damage. While these ingredients are harmful to dogs, they can be extremely toxic to cats.

Keep that pantry door closed and remember that while that snack you’re holding might taste delicious to you, it could be very harmful to your pet.