I’d like to take a moment to talk about some less discussed foods that can be hazardous for Fido.

I’m sharing an additional five people foods dogs should not eat. These aren’t the same foods you see on almost every other post on the internet; in fact these foods are never discussed, but are and can be dangerous for dogs.

I recently talked about 15 people foods for Fido; this time, I want to go to the other end of the spectrum.

There are more than five foods that are dangerous for dogs, of course, so this is by no means an exhaustive list.

But it should be enough to get the ball rolling so that you know exactly what other foods besides the ones that you’re probably already aware of, should be avoided for your dog.

Foods to Avoid for Dogs

As mentioned, there are a lot of foods that may not be appropriate for dogs. I’ve narrowed it down to five in this list, some of which are pretty broad food groups, to help.

We all know about the more obvious options like chocolate, avocados and alcohol, so here are some lesser known foods that should be avoided for dogs.

1. Yeast products – I know of a Doberman who tragically passed away after eating bread and there are other horror stories as well about dogs developing bloat after eating bread and yeast products.

The science tells us that bread is high in carbohydrates. It is believed that fermentation can take place in a dog’s stomach after eating yeast products such as bread. While some may debate this, it’s best to err on the side of caution when it comes to bread, pizza crusts, etc. and avoid.  In particular, avoid any unbaked or uncooked yeast at all costs. This can lead to a deadly condition called bloating.

2. Fat trimmings – Another no-no for dogs, fat trimmings may seem like a tasty treat to dump into your dog’s bowl. Fat trimmed from meat can lead to Pancreatitis in dogs, while some fat trimmings still contain the bones – even some small ones – which can lead to choking hazards. As popular as it may seem, it’s best to skip the fat trimmings and give your doggy the good stuff instead.

3. Bacon grease – Like fat trimmings, including some bacon grease in your dog’s dinner may seem like a natural thing to do. But like fat trimmings, bacon grease can lead to Pancreatitis and isn’t the least bit healthy for your pooch. There’s also a great deal of salt content in bacon and bacon grease, which should make up your mind about whether to include this in your dog’s diet.

4. Hot dogs – A lot of pet owners like to nuke a hot dog and give it to their dog.  Others like to slice them up as treats.   But these little carcinogenic sticks aren’t a good idea. Most people are already well aware of what goes into a hot dog and eat them anyway, but that doesn’t mean they’re good for dogs in any way. Avoid these fatty, salt-heavy treats and stick to healthier options instead.

5. Sugar – Finally, avoid sugar. Any form of it, including corn syrup, should be avoided. Too much of the stuff leads to things like diabetes, obesity, dental problems and last but certainly not least, cancer.  Cancer lives off of sugar.  It’s important to understand that this is the #1 killer of dogs.  You should also watch for sugar replacements, those sneaky food additives, can be just as bad.

Be careful with dog treats they sell on treat bars at pet stores; many of these contain sugar in different forms.  I get irritated when I read the ingredients of the dog treats on treat buffets, because many contain sugar when it’s not at all necessary.  It’s best to avoid the sweet stuff altogether when it comes to foods dogs should not eat.  However, honey and molasses in moderation are good.

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  • Josi

    I have made every one of those mistakes! dang it!

  • Corrinna

    Try keeping him away from the air conditioning vents or put a bowl of water somewhere safe to add moisture to the room(s)….my dog has a slightly enlarged heart too, but I close the vents off for heating and air con that are near to his bed(s) he has a few beds 🙂 and I also have either a bowl or two or large vase on the mantelpiece to add moisture in the rooms both in the winter and summer, in fact all year round. I was told that dogs can get enlarged hearts from trauma and some illnesses and operations, but also that the heart can get better over time and go back to normal…. my dog does cough a little most days, this could be due to dry air, or even kitty fur as i have 3 cats that are always running and playing all over the place… but his little coughing could be due to his heart too…. I am continually checking on him too, he is a 15yr old little Yorkie. I try to keep the home as dust free as possible and make sure his bedding is clean and not scented, perfumed etc….I hope you little dog gets better soon, maybe in a little while you could have another scan on his heart and lungs to see if there is any improvement….if he has a sensitivity to things in the home like air freshners or anything that you may spray, even scented candles and incense sticks….try airing the rooms, open all windows each day to change the air, or buy plants that rid the homes of toxins like the peace lily and boston fern, also the snake plant. I am a worry-pot over my dog so I try anything and everything to make his life healthier and happier. He had pancreatitis just over a year ago and the vet was surprised he was still alive when I took him to her, he is a little fighter, so I do everything possible so as I do not subject him to anything harmful to his health. He also only ever eat home made food and a special diet that I prepare daily. Good Luck with everything.

  • Lucy

    Hi, I have a question about my maltese dog, Romeo. Romeo is 8 years old and about a year ago he started to develop a continuous cough especially in the early morning. And if he is under the air conditioning it worsens. The vet had prescribed some medication which helps him a little but not enough. He coughs and then lowers his head to the floor like trying to grasp some air. The vet has said that he has his heart a little enlarged and this causes pressure against his lungs causing him to cough that way. Please help. I don’t want to continue seeing him get worse with this cough. Thank you very much.

  • Andrea

    Good choices! I’d like to add a few thoughts.

    – In addition to the link between high fat and pancreatitis in dogs, animals store toxins in their FAT so it’s a double whammy.

    – I’ve never thought about the combination of yeast and white flour. I do know that white flour expands after eating and I’ve never heard of a raw fed dog having dog bloat. Have you?

    • janie knetzer

      Hi Andrea:
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and “no” I have never heard of a raw fed dog bloating. I’m a firm believer in raw and the many benefits it can offer. By the way, I love your little pitties!

      ~Janie 😮

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