It’s usually difficult to resist the urge to feed your pooch some of your food when he begs for it, but asides from the fact that this is bad dog training, it can also be dangerous for your dog. Certain human foods are not suitable for dogs, some of which are listed below.


Chocolate contains a substance called theobromine which is very harmful and poisonous to dogs because they slowly metabolize the substance. Another danger posed is the level of sugar contained in chocolate. The first signs of theobromine poisoning are nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and increased urination. These can progress to cardiac arrhythmias, epileptic seizures, internal bleeding, heart attacks, and eventually death.

Milk and other dairy Products

Milk is not particularly toxic to every dog.  Some dogs are lactose intolerant while others are not affected by dairy consumption. Feeding your dog milk will most likely do more harm than good; milk intake can cause bowel irregularities and digestive problems. However, there are cases where formulated milk can be beneficial for recovering dogs.


Although sodium is important for the growth of your dog, excessive intake of salt can cause dehydration, hypernatremia and hair loss.


It is a popular belief that dogs love chewing on a bone; however indulging your dog’s craving for bone can be a bad idea. Feeding any cooked bone to your dog is dangerous because cooked bone may splinter and damage the stomach and intestines. Some consider raw bone to be safer because it does not splinter {Find more here}

Raw Meat

Feeding of raw meat to dogs is a very controversial topic. ‘Supporters of raw feeding believe that the natural diet of raw meat, bones, and organs is nutritionally superior to cooked meat and commercial pet food. They argue that a careful plan of a raw diet gives the animal numerous health benefits, including a healthier coat and cleaner teeth and elimination of bad breath. Critics of raw feeding assert that the risk of nutritional imbalance, intestinal perforations and food-borne illnesses posed by the handling and feeding of raw meat and bones outweigh any benefits’ {culled from Wikipedia}.

We tried including raw meat in our dog’s diet once and he ended up with a stomach infection. In my opinion, cooked meat is the way to go, considering that we can’t always guarantee the quality of meat sold here.


Alcohol intake in dogs can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity, but potentially even coma and/or death. Alcohol contains Ethanol, which dogs cannot properly metabolize.



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