Cute Puppy
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We all know how hard it can be to say no to your dog when he/she looks up at you with those puppy eyes begging for just a little bite of your food. Dogs have a passion for food that we can only imagine. While it might be rewarding to see how happy your dog looks when he/she gets that forbidden snack, you need to be careful because certain kinds of human foods can be very harmful to your dog’s health. Here is a list of the top 10 toxic foods for dogs.

1. Chocolate
Chocolate would have to be at the top of the list of worst foods to feed your dog. The caffeine as well as other ingredients can cause panting, vomiting, diarrhea, and damage to your dog’s heart and nervous systems. Dogs can even die from eating a lot of chocolate at one time.

2. Coffee
Caffeine, whether in coffee, soda or chocolate, can be very harmful to dogs. Although it might be tempting to let your puppy finish that last bit of coffee in your cup, you wouldn’t be doing him any favors if he gets caffeine poisoning as a result.

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3. Grapes and Raisins
There is a toxin in grapes that can cause kidney failure and severe liver damage. Dogs have been known to die from eating only a few grapes, so don’t risk it!

4. Corn on the Cob
Dogs can digest corn in moderation, but don’t give your dog corn still on the cob because the cob gets stuck in the small intestine and must be removed surgically or the animal will die.

5. Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts contain a toxin that can result in panting, weakness, tremors and damage to your dog’s digestive system.

6. Onions and Chives
Onions in any form are one of the most poisonous foods for dogs. Eating them can cause anemia and damage to red blood cells.

7. Persimmons, Peaches and Plums
Persimmon seeds and peach and plum pits can cause intestinal obstruction. Pear seeds and pits from certain other fruits are also dangerous. You probably won’t be feeding your dog seeds and pits from fruit, but be careful if you have fruit trees in your yard since your dog could eat them without you being aware of it. If your dog has any interest in fruit, you may need to cut down your fruit trees to make sure your dog stays healthy.

Cute Dog
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8. Alcohol
Some people might think it’s funny to let their dog have a taste of beer and watch them stumble around to amuse friends, but giving alcohol to a dog is no laughing matter. Being intoxicated can lead to all kinds of problems, potentially even coma and death.

9. Cooked Bones
Cooked bones can easily splinter when chewed by your dog, so avoid giving your dog cooked bones, especially small bones, like chicken bones. However, raw (uncooked) bones are good for your dog to chew on for his teeth and nutrition.

10. Dairy
Like many humans, dogs are lactose intolerant. Although small amounts of dairy won’t kill your dog, it will likely give him smelly gas or diarrhea due to his inability to property digest dairy. Ice cream is especially bad because it also contains refined sugar, another substance which is at least as bad for dogs as it is for humans.

Dogs love to share what their humans are obviously enjoying. They’re sure it must be wonderful and are not aware of the dangers. They may plead, but they need us to love them enough to keep them safe. We wish for you many happy, healthy years with the dogs in your life!

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