Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog

Pizza

22. Pizza

Pizza is a combination of things that dogs should absolutely not be eating. Everything from the dough to the toppings is dangerous for your dog, and yet many people do not realize how serious the situation could become.

The pizza dough is made from flour, yeast, a lot of salt, and oils. None of these things are healthy for your dog, and none of them are easily digested. The toppings often include sausages, fermented olives, and a number of different vegetables, including onions, which we already mentioned are bad for your dog.

Dogs that eat pizza will suffer from a combination of problems, which will include bloating, vomiting, a painful abdomen, or even seizures.

Please stick to dog food when feeding your dog!

Common symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Bloating
  • Nausea
  • Decreased cognitive function
  • Seizures

Banana

23. Banana

Bananas in small amounts can actually be healthy for your dog. As is the case for humans, bananas are good for lining your dog's stomach and intestines with a protective layer, which then helps to digest other foods.

Small amounts of bananas which have been properly peeled should not cause any harm to your dog.

However, you must remember that bananas are still full of sugar. It doesn't matter that it is healthy fruit sugar, too much of it will still make your dog's insulin levels jump, causing nausea and a higher risk of diabetes.

Please only feed your dog the amounts that are recommended by the vet, so that your dog does not experience the negative effects of too much sugar.

Common symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Shaking
  • A drop in temperature
  • Onset of diabetes

Chamomile

24. Chamomile

Bizarrely, the same herb that humans have used for hundreds of years to soothe stomach ailments is also toxic for your dog!

Scientists have not yet uncovered which part of the chamomile flower is the one that is so toxic for dogs, but the bottom line is that if your dog ingests chamomile, it will inevitably suffer from vomiting and a very painful abdomen.

Some have speculated that chamomile has a number of allergens that dogs are not able to handle, while others simply feel that tea in general is not something that dogs should be drinking. There have also been small differences when it comes to dog breeds, sizes, and their age.

The best decision that you can make is to not give your dog any chamomile. If your pup has any stomach problems, there are many safe medicines that your vet will recommend to help.

Common symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Shaking
  • Allergic reaction

Rhubarb

25. Rhubarb

Rhubarbs are a serious cause of concern if eaten by your dog. The part of the plant that is used for cooking is highly acidic for dogs, and will instantly cause stomach problems.

Even worse, however, is the fact that the leaves of the rhubarb plant are extremely toxic for your dog. People often buy rhubarbs and carelessly leave them in the kitchen, but if your dog gets a hold of it, there will be serious problems to deal with.

Additionally, some people enjoy growing rhubarbs in their garden. If you own a dog, do not grow this plant, because your dog may end up chewing the leaves and seriously poisoning itself.

Common symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Drop in temperature

Tomatoes

26. Tomatoes

Tomatoes are an acidic vegetable, which is already a problem when it comes to the health of your dog. Dogs do not handle acid very well, and will likely have instant health problems if they eat such foods.

However, another problem with tomatoes is that they have solanine, a glykoalkaloid poison, which in some cases can even cause stomach upsets in humans. If a dog were to eat a tomato, it would suffer from poisoning and the inflammation of its stomach lining, which is of course very painful.

The dog will need to be taken to a vet immediately, because it would quickly suffer from vomiting, and possibly even seizures.

Make sure to keep tomatoes away from your dog so as not to accidentally cause them any harm.

Common symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Seizure
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness

Potatoes

27. Potatoes

Another surprising cause of concern in a dog's diet are potatoes. Although they seem harmless on the outside, potatoes actually have the same glykoalkaloid poison, solanine, that is found in tomatoes.

In fact, every part of a potato is dangerous for your dog, and this includes both the potato skin and its leaves. Dogs are not able to handle these chemicals, and will instantly feel bad after eating them. A boiled potato will not have as high of a solanine content, but because people often leave potato peels in the garbage, the dog can easily find them if it feels curious.

Please keep your dog safe by getting rid of all traces of raw potatoes from your home as soon as possible, so that your dog doesn't suffer from vomiting and nerve problems.

Common symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Lack of cognitive function
  • Diarrhea
  • Shaking
  • Weakness

Citrus Fruits

28. Citrus Fruits

Sadly, all citrus fruits are bad for your dog. This is true for every part of the citrus fruit and also includes citrus juices, regardless of whether they are store-bought or homemade.

Lemons, oranges, and grapefruits have a number of toxins that can be lethal for dogs, especially if they are eaten in high quantities. They contain psoralen compounds and aromatic oils, which your dog has no way of digesting. Although the smell of the citrus fruit may be tempting for your dog, eating it would result in acid poisoning, vomiting, and rapid weakness.

People can often be seen giving citrus fruits to their dogs as a joke to make them react to the taste, but even these small amounts can be dangerous. Love your pet, don't make fun of it.

Common symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Seizures
  • Shaking
  • Weakness

Licorice

29. Licorice

Licorice may seem like a fun treat for humans, but it is an incredibly toxic food for dogs.

Licorice is made of a number of different processed ingredients, none of which are good for your dog. However, one of the biggest issues is the compound glycyrrhizin, which is toxic for dogs. They have no way of digesting this compound, which results in sudden abdominal inflammation and incredible pain.

Dogs will try to sniff out anything they can find in the house, especially when they are left alone, so it is crucial that here are no sweets lying around for them to eat. Unfortunately, the dog is not aware of the fact that if it does eat licorice it will quickly begin to vomit and even lose control of its muscles.

Common symptoms:

  • Muscle weakness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shaking
  • Seizures

Fast Food

30. Fast Food

Fast food may seem like a quick treat for your dog, especially when he is staring at you passionately to give him some! However, you will need to resist those puppy dog eyes if your dog's health is to take priority.

Fast food has no nutritional value for anyone, especially not your dog. It is made from processed meats, fried in deep oil, covered in sauces which are also made from processed ingredients, and has an incredible amount of salt. Your dog is better than that, and does not deserve such a poor treat for being your best friend!

If you find yourself in a situation where your dog is begging for food, you will be a much better owner if you swap the unhealthy food for a delicious, healthy dog treat. It will stop your dog from developing health problems such as weight gain, diabetes, and problems with digestion.

Common symptoms:

  • Weakness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Diabetes
  • Heart problems