Keeping dogs out of vets since 2011

Food like products

What not to feed dogs

Here’s What NOT to Feed Your Dog…

The following alphabetical list consists of things that REALLY should not be given to a dog, even though in many cases we can eat them ourselves. Their metabolism is a little different and this needs to be considered. Excluded from this list is coffee, alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, copious amounts of salt every day and anything else that is just too obvious.

Chewing Gum and Sweets

The real problem here is xilotyl, while causing no apparent harm to humans, it is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure or even a pups death.


Unfortunately, chocolate is a most definite no. This is due to theobromine and theophylline, which can be toxic. Chocolate can cause panting, vomiting, and diarrhea, aswell as damage to a dog’s heart and nervous systems. Of course, we have all heard of a dog eating a whole box of roses but this has also caused serious damage to other dogs.

Cooked Bones

Really bad for dogs. Can cause cracking of teeth and the puncturing of guts. Here’s how to feed bones safely to dogs.

Corn on the Cob

Pieces can easily get lodged in the small intestine causing issues.

Dental Sticks

Wheat gluten, the most antigenic on earth for dogs, as the number ingredient. Third ingredient is sugar. Fourth ingredient salt. Fifth ingredient sugar. For teeth. Strongly recommend removing these from the diet. Replace with fresh bones.

Dry Dog and Cat Food and Pet Store Treats for the large part

Processed dry food is rarely made with your pet’s interests at heart. Is stale, chemical riddled gunk made far away from the leftovers of the human food sector. They deserve better. They deserve raw dog food.

Fat – Not Too Much

Dogs can have the scraps of fat from the dinner table, that’s fine, certainly for a raw fed dog.

Dry fed dogs are different, we expect their pancreas to be under enormous pressure from daily trying to digest a diet of 50% carbohydrates. With a dry fed dog the fat trimming from one steak can be enough to push them over the edge. One source to watch is cheap “pet mince”, like beef and lamb “mince” for €2/kg. Lamb and beef doesn’t cost €2/kg!

Supermarkets are the benchmark here, Aldi and Lidl buy huge amounts of meat direct from farmers. They are selling high fat beef mince at €3.80/kg. That’s high-fat beef mince (the lowest grade you are permitted to feed to a human). What you are getting for €2/kg is usually only fat and blood.

Fish – Fresh

People feed their dogs fresh fish but, to cut a long story short, many of the common species are prone to worms. Freezing kills these parasites, so make sure to feed fish from frozen. Also don’t feed them too much, as many species contain thiaminase, which breaks down thiamine (vitamin B1) in dogs. Salmon, however, is fine.

Grapes and raisins

We can’t believe this either but grapes contain a toxin that can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure to dogs.

Human Multi-Vitamins

Often too high in the wrong things, fresh fed dogs don’t need them. Dry fed dogs however do, but these should be supplied via kelp, brewers yeast or alfalfa.

Top 10 tips for itchy dogs

Macadamia Nuts

These contain a toxin that can inhibit locomotory activities – resulting in weakness, panting, swollen limbs, and tremors as well as possible damage to the dog’s digestive, nervous, and muscle systems. Not good.

Milk – Cows

Like most of us, if not all, dogs are intolerant to lactose. Makes sense, we lose the necessary enzymes while toddlers, when we were supposed to stop drinking milk. It’s not going to kill him, just block absorption of vital nutrients and minerals in him and subject you to some smelly farts, maybe a little diarrhoea.

Onions, and Chives

No matter what form they’re in (dry, raw, cooked, powder, within other foods), onions contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anaemia and damage red blood cells in dogs. Unfortunately, garlic, being itself a member of the onion family, got itself tarred with the same brush. Luckily though, a dog would need to eat a huge amount of garlic to suffer any negative consequences. Half a clove of crushed garlic per 10kg of dog now and again is fine fordogs. More on feeding garlic to dogs here.

Peaches and Plums – Whole

Peach and plum pits often cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.

Pet Store Treats

In the same way dry food and dental sticks is made on the poorest food ingredients imaginable, pet store treats in general too are to be questioned. Pigs ears for the large part are imported from India and China where chemical use is highly questionable. In the same way question very cheap “all meat” treats. They are linked to a large number of pet store treats of late. Since 2007 the FDA (Food and Drug Association) have noted over 1,000 pets dying from kidney disease as a result of eating Chinese sourced pet treats (and that’s what we know, imagine how hard that is to prove). Make your own is safest and by far the cheapest.


Never give sweet things to dogs. Give them meat-based treats instead (make sure there is no wheat in these!). Firstly, they lack amylase in their saliva (breaks down sugar) which means that the sugar will stay in their mouths, feeding plaque and tartar build up. Otherwise, the same as in humans, it is linked to multiple health issues.

Screenshot 2019 01 14 at 15.09.50

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit
Share on whatsapp
Share on email
Share on print

Need Some Help?

I now do 1 to 1 Zoom consultations. Nutrition. Health. New pup.
A photo of Dr. Conor Brady of Dogs First