What not to feed your dog

We love our family pets and that often means wanting to treat them with special snacks. If you plant to treat your dog, it's important to know which foods are safe for your dogs to eat and which ones you should avoid at all costs.  This helpful list should provide a guideline that will keep your pet safe when you want to give them a little extra loving. 
Foods to Skip 
Alcohol: Alcohol is very dangerous for a pup's liver and brain. The alcohol affects dots faster than it does humans. Even just a little alcohol can cause vomiting, central nervous system problems and death. 
Avocados: This fruit is great in a salad, but not your dog's tummy. It can cause vomiting. 
Caffeine: If your dog consumes too much caffeine t could kill them. Even if it isn't deadly, caffeine can cause tremors, heart palpitations  restlessness. 
Cherries: Feeding your dog cherries can result in cyanide toxicity, especially if they eat a lot of them. So keep your cherries up and away when your pet can't get to them. 
Chocolate: You should never give your dark chocolate. Best case, your dogs gets a little diarrhea and vomiting.Worst case: seizures, irregular heartbeat and death. Call a vet if you suspect your dog has eaten chocolate.  
Cinnamon: Avoid giving your dog food with cinnamon in them as the oils can irritate your dog's mouth. Plus, cinnamon can lower their blood sugar level and regular consumption could lead to liver disease. 
Fat trimmings: It may sound tasty for your dog, but fatty trimmings can cause pancreatitis, according to WebMD. 
Grapes: This fruit is another no-no. Grapes can cause kidney failures in dogs. 
Garlic: Garlic (as well as leeks, chives and onions) are toxic to dogs. Garlic can cause anemia, elevated heart rate and weakness. Poisoning from garlic can take a while to show up, so keep an eye on your furry friend for a few days if you think they've eaten any. 
Ice cream: Dogs don't do dairy well. Most dogs have a bit of lactose intolerance which could result in tummy troubles. Frozen yogurt is a better alternative, though choosing frozen fruits (like pineapple and strawberry) is the best. 
Lemons: It's safe to let them have a lick or two, but don't give them an entire lemon (not that they'd likely want to eat it anyway... )
Nuts: It's best to avoid feeding your dog most nuts (peanuts and cashews in moderation are okay). Pecans, walnuts and macadamia nuts are actually toxic for canines. Almonds can get lodged in their throat. Salted nuts could cause water retention. 
Onions: Onions (as well as leeks and chives) are toxic to dogs. Symptoms of toxicity are similar to those of garlic. 
Peanut Butter: Peanut butter is actually safe to feed your dog in moderation – so long as it is pure. Some brands include Xylitol, a sugar substitute that is known to be extremely toxic to dogs, even in small quantities. Be sure to check the label. 
Raisins: Like grapes, raisins can cause kidney failure, so skip this sweet treat for your pet. 
Food Allergies
In addition to foods that are dangerous to all dogs, some pets have sensitivities to certain types of foods. According to Cesarway and Pet Education the most common foods that cause allergies in dogs include: beef, chicken, corn, dairy, egg, fish, lamb, pork, soy and wheat. 
If your dog is allergic to any of the above, they may have a reaction even if there is only a small amount included in regular dog food recipes. 
A dog reacts to allergies in similar ways to humans including rashes, hives, itching, diarrhea, vomiting and gas. But, your dog may also react with paw biting, obsessive licking, ear inflammation and ragged looking coat. Your veterinarian can help you determine if they have food allergies. You may need to put your dog on a special diet so you can weed out the allergen that is bothering them. 
What are your dog's favorite healthy treats? Share your thoughts in the comments below and don't forget to share this list with your pet-loving friends. 

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