Foods To Keep Away From Your Furry Friend


Keep reading to find out which of our favourite,
everyday foods make the list

Dogs are beloved members of many households, and it's important to ensure that their
diet is healthy and nutritious.
However, not all foods are safe for dogs to eat.
In this blog post, we will discuss some of the foods that should be avoided for dogs and
why they can be harmful.


Starting with the most obvious one... CHOCOLATE.

This delicious 'human treat' contains theobromine, which can be toxic to dogs. Theobromine is a stimulant found in chocolate that can affect the central nervous system and the heart of dogs.
Dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate contain higher levels of theobromine than milk chocolate, and should be avoided altogether.
Even small amounts of chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and even death in severe cases.

Grapes & Raisins

Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs, even in small amounts.
The exact reason why grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs is still not known, but it's believed that they may disrupt the normal function of the kidneys.
Symptoms of grape or raisin toxicity include vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain.
If you suspect that your dog has consumed grapes or raisins, you should seek immediate veterinary care.

Onions & Garlic

Onions and garlic contain compounds called N-propyl disulphide and allyl propyl disulphide, which can cause damage to the red blood cells and lead to anaemia.
This can occur whether the onions or garlic are cooked, raw or powdered.


Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is often found in sugar-free gums and candies. It is often included in nut butters too, so it is always important to double check your jars before sharing with your dog.
It can cause a rapid release of insulin in dogs, leading to hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar).
Symptoms of xylitol toxicity include vomiting, loss of coordination, and seizures. If you suspect that your dog has consumed xylitol, you should seek immediate veterinary care.

Ham & Bacon

Foods high in fat can cause pancreatitis, which can be fatal in some cases.
Pancreatitis is a condition in which the pancreas becomes inflamed and is unable to function properly.
Symptoms of pancreatitis include vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain.
Fatty foods, such as bacon, sausages, and fatty meats, can trigger pancreatitis in dogs if consumed frequently. 


Although a staple item in most households, avocados contain persin, a fungicidal toxin, which can be harmful to dogs in large amounts.
Persin is present in the fruit, pits, leaves, and the actual plant.
It can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, and myocardial damage if consumed in high quantities. 

In summary, a tiny amount of one of these foods may not cause instant harm to your pet, however, regular feeding can trigger pancreatitis, abdominal upset or worse.

Hence, it is best to keep these tasty foods to us, and stick to Pet Drs treats for our pets.

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