Da Mrs asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

What foods can a dog eat and what is not good to feed them besides seasoned foods.?

I have a Dashund, I am very aware of the dog food products that we buy at stores. Some of these foods they do not like.I would like to know, what can't they eat. Besides seasoned foods.


19 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Best Answer

    I feed mine the raw diet and innova dog food sometimes. they can pretty much eat anything we do, but here is the list of foods they SHOULD NOT eat

    Some foods dogs should not eat and could be deadly

    If your dog has ingested any of these foods, get veterinary help immediately

    Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill a dog.

    Onions: Onions destroy red blood cells and can cause anemia.

    Chocolate: Chocolate can cause seizures, coma and death. Baker’s chocolate is the most dangerous. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not as concentrated, but it is still dangerous.

    Coffee, Coffee grounds, tea and tea bags: Drinks/foods containing caffeine cause many of the same symptoms chocolate causes

    Macadamia Nuts and Walnuts: Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, muscle tremor and paralysis. Limit all other nuts as they are not good for dogs in general, their high phosphorous content is said to possibly lead to bladder stones. Exception to this rule seems to be PEANUT BUTTER. However- always use Salt/Sugar free Peanut butter (sugar encourages cancer growth) free . Also USE ORGANIC peanut butter as regular peanut butter has lots of toxics.

    Animal fat and fried foods: Excessive fat can cause pancreatitis.

    Bones: Cooked bones can splinter and damage a dog’s internal organs. Raw Bone should always be supervised as a piece can always break off and cause problems. Try frozen oxtails or frozen knuckle bones then take the bone away before the dog can swallow a final small piece whole. It's a good natural way to clean teeth too.

    Tomatoes: Tomatoes can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias. Tomato plants and the most toxic, but tomatoes themselves are also unsafe.

    Avocados: The fruit, pit and plant are all toxic. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart.

    Nutmeg: Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures and death

    Apples, Cherries, Peaches and similar fruit are great for your dog - HOWEVER, the seeds of these fruits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans. Unlike humans, dogs do not know to stop eating at the core/pit and easily ingest them. It can also become lodged in the intestines and kill the dog in 24 hours with no warning.

    Raw eggs: Raw eggs can cause salmonella poisoning in dogs. Dogs have a shorter digestive tract than humans and are not as likely to suffer from food poisoning, but it is still possible. BEST to use ORGANIC EGGS if you do raw. Scrambled lightly is best!

    Salt: Excessive salt intake can cause kidney problems.

    Food that most dogs can eat:

    Some “human” foods are good for dogs. Most of these are healthier than the boxed treats you buy in the grocery store. . This is just a small list of examples of foods dogs can eat, not a list of every food they should eat. Dogs won’t necessarily get all the nutrients they need if they eat these foods exclusively, so check with your veterinarian if you are interested in feeding your dog a home cooked diet.

    Any food that causes stomach upsets or digestive problems in your dogs should be avoided. Like people, some dogs cannot tolerate certain foods


    Meats should be boneless and it’s best if the skin is removed. Some people like a RAW diet. Some people rather cook. If you cook meat do not over cook. Keep it 'rare' so you don't kill the enzymes. ESPECIALLY FOR SICK animals. However all Fish and Pork must be well cooked. Also note - totally Raw and cooked diets should never be mixed at the same meal as they digest differently.

    Skinless, boneless chicken breast

    Skinless, boneless turkey breast

    Fish: do not feed TUNA as high mercury content - be careful of small bones.

    Do not feed 'cold cuts'. They are high in salt and nitrates. Can lead to kidney and digestive problems.


    Dogs have shorter digestive tracts than humans and cannot digest most vegetables whole or in large chunks. It’s best to put them through a food processor before giving them to your dog- best veggies for your dog are:

    Carrots (for healthy dogs) (not for cancer dogs though as high in sugar)

    Green Beans




    Grains should not be given in large amounts or make up a large part of a dog’s diet, but these foods are generally safe in small amounts


    Bread (not white breads or anything sugar or that converts to sugar) remember the simple rule feed no WHITE colored foods!

    Dairy products

    Use caution with dairy products as they are high in fat and can cause pancreatitis, gas and diarrhea. Usually, nonfat plain yogurt is safe in small amounts as is cottage cheese in small amounts.

    Dangerous & Unhealthy Commercial Dog food treats and foods Rawhides and dog treats- HOOVES and OTHER TREATS: are generally NOT recommended. Most rawhides have chemical that cause cancer .But if you do still want to use them from time to time as a treat it is important that if you do give them that they are of the highest grade and US manufactured. Therefore make sure you buy ones made in the USA and are UNBLEACHED. Do not buy the white ones as they are full of chemicals. Good quality rawhide should only get gooey and gum up when chewed, never chip off. If they chip -the chips can get lodged in the little dip in their esophagus and they can choke on that. As many as 40% of all dogs are allergic to cow skin rawhide chews.

    NEVER give COW HOOVES! They splinter and sharp pieces have killed many dogs. Better alternatives are pig ears, nylabones, and American made bully sticks - however ALWAYS be with your pet when they are eating these as there is always a danger of a piece breaking off and splitting. Nylarbones are not detectable on an x-ray. Also when giving Pigs/Cows ears it's best to give basted or natural - NOT SMOKED. That puts a carcinogenic coating on it. Unbleach/natural lambs ears are another better choice. Always supervise your pet when chewing these types of things.

    Greenies - are the latest popular treat to become deadly. It is found that they can be slippery and if a piece slides down the throat the dog can die. Also some animals are having problems digesting. For now we recommend you avoid them till further changes are made.. For more on Rawhides click here. Also supervise any chew treats! Also read labels. Many commercial dog treats contain: BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin & propylene glycol– and corn syrups/sugars that cause cancer. Do NOT use treats with ANY OF THESE THINGS!

    SAFE ALTERNATIVES - KONG TOYS - the 3 hole KONG GOODIE SHIPS our personal favorite and other STUFFABLE HARD RUBBER TOYS. Fill them with frozen meat, cheese, and peanut butter for a long lasting SAFE TREAT! Also give your dog frozen carrots to naturally clean teeth. Organic carrots are best, if not scrub and wash well and then freeze.

    Very bad but not 'dangerous foods and treats include anything with CORN SYRUP** and Sugar. Honey & Molasses is ok in small doses. Read more on our food page or visit the dogfoodproject. Most treats and food sold in supermarkets are what are making our animals die young and get cancer and diabetes. READ the LABLES!

    Corn Syrup** A DOG BECOMES HYPOGLYCEMIC IT IS OKAY CORN SYRUP FOR EMERGENCIES - especially for diabetic dogs.

    Source(s): have rescued pets for 30 years and have fed the raw diet for 10
  • Mary
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Firstly, just about everything they can get their teeth on. Secondly, some dogs like vegetables, carrots for instance. My family's doxie used to steal ripe grapes off the vine. My puppy was given alcohol while I wasn't watching, and got drunk. That was the last time I let it happen. And sometimes they aren't interested in what they have been eating -- like humans. They eat other animals' poop. Horse and cow droppings because the original food isn't fully digested, I think. Another part of the answer is connected to dog's belief that something v. dead and q. stinky smells wonderful And with their keen noses, too! If it isn't actually harmful, Small Amounts of anything else that the dog likes would be OK by me. The amount should be balanced with the dog's size.

  • 1 decade ago

    I also have a dachshund and one thing you must be very careful about is weight. Dachshunds are notorious for their appetites, and even the tiniest bit of obesity can stress their backs out - causing discs to rupture or slip. Not something you want to happen as it often ends in paralysis and always ends in vet bills.

    Stay away from anything that is too commercial - Pedigree, Alpo, Kibbles n' Bits. Purina/Iams is great, and cost effective, as well as Eukanuba. Royal Canin and Science Diet are both veteranarian recommended, but tend to be a bit more pricey. If price isn't an issue go with something organic. Newman's Own has a great line of organic dog food. Other outstanding, but expensive, food lines are: Solid Gold, Wellness, Blue Buffalo, and Honest Kitchen.

    Always use dry food over wet (except when age and bad teeth come into play). Wet food often leads to bad teeth as the dogs get older, whereas dry food tends to actually clean teeth. Wet food is also something that should be reserved as a "treat" - a way of tricking your dogs into taking vet-prescribed medications or rewarding them for good behavior. Providing wet food all the time "spoils" the pet.

    Talk to your veteranarian about what is important to have in your dog's nutrition - and most importantly, go with what they like!

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Chocolate is a poison to dogs.

    Onions, and anything cooked in onions, is VERY BAD for a dog!

    many of the weirdo treats that are other colors than naturally occur in grains, such as green or red, are there from food colorings. If your dog is suffering from diarrhea then, that might be the cause!

    If you don't want your dog to suffer, much less the cleaning up of very wet dog crap all over yoiur carpets, then you will pay strict attention to their diet!

    NO "PEOPLE FOOD"! Same in a zoo...

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No milk!!! No chocolate, no grapes or raisins, no candy, no sugar, no

    Basically they can't eat anything that isn't 100% natural, chicken, beef, hotdogs, bread, eggs, vegtables, peanut butter, cheese, apples, plain cheerios, carrots are all good!

    Two of the best foods are innova and solid gold

    And also, Raw eggs are GREAT for dogs and will never cause salmonella! Even eggs shells are great for them and have tons of protein.

  • 3 years ago


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    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    I fed my Lab anything and everything. He ate ppl food everyday. He lived 13 wonderful yrs. He had a great life and got what he wanted.....and lived a long life for a dog.

  • 1 decade ago

    Yes,no chocolate. While alot of people do feed it to their dogs,their bodies can't properly digest it,and it's poison to them. I had a puppy and my friend's children fed it chocolate,and 6 weeks later it died due to complications from being poisoned so badly.

  • 1 decade ago

    My friend had a dog that would eat pepperoncini's, the stems, and drink the juice! However, never give a dog chocolate. ....or antifreeze!

  • Ask your vet, dogs should eat dog food.

  • 1 decade ago

    You should never never never never buy perinea dog chow and never give them chocolate because it is poison to dogs.

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