As dog parents, it can sometimes be hard to avoid giving that cute Yorkie, or Pug some of that food you are eating and that they so desperately want the opportunity to try. After all, imagine eating the same kind of food day and day out, like dog food. It can probably get pretty boring to your dog and it's only natural for them to be interested in trying something else. However; when you do consider allowing your dog to eat human food, you really need to be aware of what foods are OK and which ones can actually be harmful to them.
Some people give their dogs table scraps all the time whereas others forbid it altogether and then there are some that give them human food only on special occasions like holidays and birthdays. Whatever you do it is important you give the right stuff.
Before you even begin feeding your dog new human foods, always make sure you call your vet and find out about your dog's breed and food problems. Not all dog breeds react the same way to human foods.
Remember that just because your friends dog has no problems with one kind of food does not mean that it will not have an adverse reaction with your dog. Your dog may simply hate what you give them or even have an allergic reaction to the different ingredients that might be in the food. The odds however; are slim but that does not mean it can't happen, your dog may be allergic to certain foods or spices that will cause upset stomachs, some vomiting and diarrhea.
Here are some human foods you absolutely should not feed your dog:
Chocolate. Chocolate is dangerous because it has theobromine in it and is a stimulant of the heart and a diuretic. So with an overdose of any kind of chocolate a dog might become over excited and very hyperactive and may become very thirsty because of the excessive urine output. The effect on the heart can be quite dangerous and can increase the heart rate of your dog or make it have an irregular heartbeat and death of your dog is very possible, especially if he's taken for exercise right after.
Onions or garlic, especially onions can be highly dangerous because of the ingredient thiosulphate which is highly toxic to dogs and even cats. This poison will cause the red blood cells in their system to burst during their circulation through their body. If they are poisoned by onions or garlic they will vomit and have diarrhea and will show no interest in eating and will be weak acting. This usually won't show up until a few days after they have eaten the onions.
Other dangerous foods for dogs are:
Raw pork bones, bones that have been cooked, avocados, tomato plants, grapes, raisins, anything with caffeine in it, alcohol as well as big amounts of liver and large amounts of broccoli. Excessive amounts of any kinds of spices, chives, spoiled food, salty foods and always keep bread dough away from your dogs at all times.
If you are careful with the foods that you feed your dogs, you should be able to thrill your dog with new food experiences. Just make sure that when you do begin feeding them human food, make sure that you gradually introduce the new food to them.