Away from paws reach

Updated: Jul 19

Several of us find ourselves being followed by our dogs when we walk over to our kitchens. Whether you step in to cook a nice meal or grab something from the fridge, it sure is difficult to resist sharing it with your furry friend. It is especially difficult to resist those, well, puppy dog eyes.


However, it is important to realise that there is some seemingly harmless human food which are downright dangerous for your dog. We thought we should compile a list of some very common foods which you should avoid giving to your dog.


Anything Chocolate-y - Any dessert which may have cocoa in it have two stimulants: caffeine and theobromine. The digestive system of dogs are not equipped to digest these stimulants. Their hearts can race, blood pressure skyrockets and it can even cause seizures and death. The darker the chocolate, the more deadly it is for your dog. Smaller breeds can also be affected by very small amounts of chocolate.


Onions and Garlic - These damage the red blood cells making it impossible for the cells to absorb oxygen. The damaged RBCs are commonly seen eliminated in the dog’s urine which, yes, will be red in colour. It also causes shortness in breath and lethargy. Always ask yourself whether the food your might share with your dog has any traces of these as these ingredients are usually not the focus of the food you are eating.


Salt - If your dog eats home-made food, it is important to remember that dogs don’t really eat to taste the food. Salt is not an ingredient that would help them in any way – in fact, if taken in even small quantities, it can cause sodium ion poisoning which ends in kidney damage. Common symptoms are excessive thirst, diarrhoea and vomiting. So think again before you plan to have a chip from your Classically Salts Chips packet.


Tea and Coffee - Yes, think about what we said for chocolate and remember that caffeine is NOT an ingredient your dog should consume.


Grapes and Raisins - Dogs are allowed to eat most fruit but grapes are one of the most toxic substances your dog could ever consume. Even a single grape eaten can cause kidney failure. The same goes for raisins which is basically a smaller, shrivelled up grape. So keep in mind to keep those bowls of fruit and salad away from paws reach.


Raw Meat and Eggs - Though dogs can eat meat raw, the quality of meats have come down to a great extent. Meats spoil easily too because of the presence of worms and other harmful bacteria. To be on the safer side, it is always best to cook meat and eggs as well as you would for yourself before feeding your dog.