(MEREDITH) – Who can resist the sad pouty look from a dog when they are begging for treats from the dinner table? While it is tempting to toss them a snack, some people foods can be deadly to your dog. Here are the five most dangerous foods that you can give your dog, as compiled by the Food and Drug Administration.
Raw Meat – Raw meat seems like a good thing, but it may contain E. coli, Salmonella or other harmful bacteria. When grilling, be sure and keep raw hamburgers and chicken breasts out of reach. Don’t handle raw meat and then give your dog a treat unless you have washed your hands.
Grapes and Raisins – Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in some, but not all dogs. Research has yet to pin down exactly why grapes are so toxic, so don’t take any chances. Apples are OK, but avoid allowing your dog to eat the core or seeds.
Fried & Fatty Foods – Foods like fried chicken can cause temporary stomach issues or life-threatening conditions like pancreatitis.
Onions, garlic, and chives – Spicy foods like onions, garlic or salsa can cause serious gastrointestinal discomfort for your pet. Keep your pet away from these dishes while they are on the table, and then make sure your dog doesn’t get into the trash when the leftovers are thrown away.
Salty Snacks - One or two chips isn’t a big deal, but the real danger from salty snacks like chips and pretzels come when the dog ingests a large quantity. Eating too much salt can make a dog very sick. If your pet does hit the chips too hard, make sure they have plenty of water at all times.
While not specifically mentioned by the FDA, chocolate can be very dangerous to a dog. Darker chocolates with high cocoa levels are the most dangerous, however, a single chocolate chip cookie can make a small dog sick.
Dogs are tough and they love to take up the hunt and follow their nose to find food wherever it may be. It is important to keep dogs out of the trash to prevent them from coming in contact with the foods listed above, but even safe foods that become moldy or spoiled that might make a dog sick.
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