Your Dog is Not a Human, So Don’t Feed Him Like One!


Let me tell you about a friend of mine. He’s an idiot. He actually thinks that he’s doing his dog a favor by sharing meals with him. I’ve tried to tell him a million times that giving Morty pizza is not a good idea, but he keeps on doing it. Well, because pizza is just loaded with stuff that is really, really bad for dogs. Tomato sauce, onions, garlic, mushrooms and more. And this guy even tosses him chocolate and a beer from time to time. What the heck is up with that?

So many people don’t realize that there are foods that their dogs should never, ever be allowed to eat. “But Morty likes it!” says my friend. Yeah, sure he does. Morty doesn’t know any better. Morty is a dog, for crying out loud. But my friend should know better. There are foods that dogs should not eat, and that means all dogs, not just Morty.

Good for People

Foods that are fine for humans, and even for other animals, are often not good for dogs. In fact, they can even be poisonous. This is because dogs have a different metabolic rate, which is the way that the body breaks down foods and turns them into energy. With that in mind, let’s talk about foods that you should never allow your dog to have.

  • Alcohol

Oh, sure, it’s hilarious when your dog drinks a beer or gets into your pina colada, and then passes out on the floor. Funny right up until the point where he could die from kidney or liver failure after even just a few sips of beer. If you allow your dog to have alcohol, you are an unspeakable moron. Is that clear? Good.

  • Apples

Your dog can have apples, but not the seeds. The seeds contain cyanide, and even a small amount can be lethal to your dog. So if you love your dog, by all means feel free to give him or her a few apple slices, but make sure that there are no seeds.

  • Baby Food

Why would you want to feed your dog baby food in the first place? It’s expensive, and besides, it’s often just full of ingredients that are not good for dogs. Many baby foods contain onion powder, and onion can be toxic to dogs.

  • Bones

You may have heard that some bones are bad for your dog, and some are safe, but the reality is that there is no such thing as a bone that is safe for your dog. Oh, but he loves them! Sure he does, but you are supposed to be the adult here, and you are supposed to be a responsible dog parent. You need to know that all bones can splinter, and can become lodged in your dog’s digestive tract.

  • Chocolate

Never, ever give your dog chocolate. It contains not just caffeine, but other substances that can harm your dog’s nervous system.

  • Coffee

Why in the world would you give your dog coffee? This shouldn’t even be an issue – if you’re giving your dog coffee, you’re an idiot. So, if you’re thinking about doing it, think again. It’s poison. It reacts in your dog’s nervous system the same way as chocolate.

  • Fat Trimmings

Your dog is not a garbage disposal. If you are trimming fat off meat to cook for your dinner, throw it away. If you feed it to your dog, it could cause pancreatitis.

  • Grapes

A mere handful of grapes can cause kidney failure.

  • Marijuana

Hey, I’m not judging here. But if your dog gets into your stash, it could cause damage to his heart or nervous system.

  • Onions

Onions can poison your dog, causing damage to the red blood cells and resulting in anemia.

  • Tomatoes

Tomatoes can be very bad for you dog’s kidneys.

  • Sugar

As is the case with humans, sugar can cause tooth decay, diabetes and obesity in your dog.

Kind of a No Brainer

When you think of all the things that you shouldn’t be feeding your dog, it kind of makes you think that maybe you should just be going with a decent commercial dog food. I honestly don’t understand why my friend thinks he’s doing Morty such a big favor giving him human food. I mean, this guy loves his dog, right? But he feeds him stuff that he just shouldn’t have. I guess there really are no limits to human stupidity.


Know What Is In the Food

You can feed some human foods to your dog, but generally speaking, you should keep them to a minimum. Lean meat is okay as long as it does not contain bones or skin. Eggs are good for your dog. As to fruit, you can feed them strawberries, blueberries, watermelon and bananas. Most vegetables are fine, like green beans, carrots or cucumber slices, but you should avoid feeding pickled vegetables to your dog because they are very high in salt. Dogs also like potatoes, and they are fine to feed to your dog, as well.

A Rule of Thumb

Generally speaking, unless your vet recommends certain human foods for your dog, you would be best advised to avoid them. Your dog’s digestive system is not like yours, and the foods that you enjoy may not be appropriate for your pet.

My vet recommends a quality dry dog food, and you might be surprised to know that “quality” does not always mean “expensive.” In fact, my vet tells me that he has raised many dogs to ripe old ages using nothing more than generic dry food, supplemented by a multivitamin once in a while. I have to admit, though, I’m a compulsive dog mom, and I really like Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Chicken and Turkey.  I love pampering my guys, so I think it’s a pretty good deal.[thrive_leads id=’327′]