Dog owners are faced with many things to learn if they are new to keeping dogs. Even people who have had dogs for many years can’t know all that there is to know about dogs and what is safe for them to eat and what is not. Many human foods are not safe to eat.
Tomatoes have tomatine which could be problematic in a large dose, but you’re in luck. There is only a small amount of it in tomatoes, so some tomato soup is not likely to cause any issues for your dog except that it could potentially cause some gastric upset or diarrhea.
Some dogs have a sensitive stomach and any deviation from their normal diet can cause flatulence or diarrhea. If you notice that they develop this after some tomato soup, it may be wise to not offer it the next time or to simply give them less.
There are many foods, however, that should be avoided at all costs and it is a good thing for you to be aware of these. Let’s take some time to go over the foods that you should not ever give to your dog.
Toxic Foods to Dogs
Salt – this is harmful to dogs in large quantities so that tomato soup you are giving them should be low sodium. Salt can cause major issues and illness to dogs because they are small and it takes very little to cause toxicity for them, and life-threatening dehydration.
Chocolate – Extremely toxic for dogs, chocolate can cause death preceded by seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, and convulsions. The darker the chocolate, the more toxic it will be. Small dogs can eat a tiny piece and this may have life-threatening consequences.
Apple seeds – While dogs love apple and apple is fine for them, be sure to remove the seeds. Apple seeds contain cyanide which is toxic and enough of it can cause death. It will also build in their system over time too. A few seeds here and there could cause kidney failure and death so be very careful to core all apples that you feed to your dog.
Grapes and raisins – Grapes are extremely toxic and it only takes a small number to be toxic to your dog. They will suffer shut down of their kidneys and death from eating grapes or raisins and it only takes just a few. Dogs have died from as few as 5 grapes.
Macadamia nuts – No one knows exactly what it is in macadamias that are the problem but when dogs eat them, it can cause paralysis. They may lose the ability to walk and have tremors or seizures. All nuts in general should be avoided for various reasons, but macadamias will cause serious health risks.
Sugar – This one should be common sense. Dogs are not meant to have sugar and it will call metabolism issues and lead to diabetes in them. Dogs can develop insulin resistance that leads to type two diabetes and calls for insulin injections to stay alive.
Avocados – You should never let your dog eat avocado. It’s bad for them and will cause an upset stomach, vomiting, and can even lead to worse symptoms.
Onions and garlic – These are very bad for dogs. Onions and related veggies like garlic and scallions are toxic. Under no circumstances should you give dogs onions or garlic, not raw, cooked or powdered.
Caffeine – Sometimes we think it is cute that our dog wants a sip of our drink but caffeine is very bad for them. It elevates their heart rate and blood pressure to unsafe levels.
Rhubarb – This common garden plant often used for baking pies and cobblers is very toxic for dogs. It will make them extremely ill and could cause kidney damage. Rhubarb should never be offered and kept well away from your dog, even while growing in the garden.
Xylitol – This is a common substitute sweetener that is often used in chewing gum. Dogs that find a piece of chewed gum on the ground and ingest it can die from xylitol. This is a neurotoxin and it happens quickly. Your dog can be dead in a few hours. This is a potent toxin and sugar-free gum, and products such as peanut butter made with xylitol should not be allowed near your dog.
Dough with yeast in it – When dough contains yeast and your dog eats it, this will continue to expand in his stomach until it possibly ruptures his stomach or intestines. At the very least, and if you are lucky, he will only have a very sore stomach. Do not let them have raw dough that will rise.
Hops – These are used for brewing beer and many people are now doing home brewing. Hops are toxic to dogs and you want to be sure to keep them far away from your dog. Sadly, dogs are often attracted to things that are bad for them. It’s up to you to hide the hops.
This is not an all inclusive list. Do some research and learn about any food before you offer it to your dog. You should avoid high fats as those are just as bad for them as they are for humans. In fact, since they are smaller than humans, it may be even worse.
They can develop high blood pressure, heart disease and have a stroke or a heart attack, just like a human can. Dogs develop chronic illnesses from the diets they consume – diets high in sugar will lead to diabetes.
Make sure that your dog also gets plenty of exercise to keep in good physical condition. Don’t let your dog eat too much of anything, even if it is good for him. Excess weight is very hard on their back as the stomach pulls downward, putting pressure on their spine. Be kind and keep them at a proper weight.
Their health is important and if you approach it through proper nutrition and exercise, they will be happier. They’ll live longer if they are in better condition too.
Dawn Greer is a passionate blogger and animal rights activist. She is a pet lover, certified dog trainer, behavior consultant, pet nutritionist, and former veterinary technician. She continues her work while writing blogs for pet lovers around the globe.