National Geographic Magazine Lists Taboo Foods For Canines

Speaking of human foods not to feed your dog, National Geographic Magazine has a similar list online that includes lovely photos (of course) and neat-o clickable red spots that pop into windows describing why you shouldn’t feed your dog those things that you shouldn’t feed your dog (like coffee and grapes and chocolate).

(Just between you and me, a simple list that I could tape to the fridge might be more effective, but those really are some nice pictures, and everybody has a different learning style, so who am I to say one way is right and the other way is wrong, especially when we’re talking about National Geographic, for crying out loud? Who do I think I’m criticizing here?)

Also check out their chocolate chart, which attempts to estimate how much chocolate it takes to make your dog really really sick (though, here again, I’m thinking a good rule of thumb is “don’t give your dog any chocolate at all,” but I also recognize that when the toddler drops half his cookie from the high chair, you might want to know whether or not you should rush Charlie the Border Terrier to the vet or not).

What’s your experience with these foods? Has your dog eaten them? Did they get sick?

My own experience is that it’s sometimes impossible to keep a dog from eating what he or she isn’t supposed to. For instance, I know for certain that my dogs will never ever eat grapes… except when aforementioned toddler tosses individual grapes diagonally over the table, as if to quiet a bombing comic (me), at which point there is not enough time for a dog to decide whether the projectile is edible or not… it is time simply to catch and swallow. Though she did not get sick afterwards, I did remove said projectile from reach of said toddler, and we take care to mention to him that the puppies do not eat grapes and he is not to give the puppies grapes under any circumstances (sometimes this even works).

12 Responses to “National Geographic Magazine Lists Taboo Foods For Canines”

  1. Lynne says:

    Thanks for the link. I knew about onions but not about grapes.

  2. Spinner says:

    My shepherd/husky mix ate an entire bag of Hershey’s kisses off the counter once (before I knew she could reach it); they didn’t seem to affect her at all - perhaps the foil protected her. I used to give her a grape on occasion as a treat - she loved grapes. This was many years ago, before the internet and lists of foods your dog shouldn’t eat.

    She was around 80 pounds and lived to a ripe old age of 15 1/2, so it appears it didn’t hurt her. G

  3. nthstarr1 says:

    I had a co-worker and her CAT at some of the brownies that she had cooling on the counter. Unfortunately the cat died from it too. Now who would think that a cat would actually eat chocolate but he did. I can’t remember/tell you how much of the brownies he ate but we know ( general observations) that cats usually nibble small amounts of foods vs. liitle gluttons like a dog ( who might eat the whole pan of brownies).

  4. furmom says:

    If you have kids of any age, you have to watch chocolate and sugarless gum (did the article mention that one?)type treats etc. No matter how often I tell my (rather large) kids not to leave that stuff around, they “forget”. Concentration amd amounts count so dark chocolate worse than milk choc, raisins worse than grapes because they get more in in a short time. Our dogs had onions in sauces for years before I knew it was bad for them, now I know how bad it could be and wouldn’t feed it.

  5. EmilyS says:

    I keep hearing Tracy Hotchner on Martha Steward Living contend that almost all commercial chocolate actually contain NO chocolate, just chocolate flavoring which is not toxic.

    Better safe than sorry and not allow dogs to get into the chocolate, but apparently those Oreos wont hurt.

  6. Debra says:

    Something that puzzles me is that garlic is always on the list, yet there are many, many dog foods that list garlic as an ingredient. Why is this?

  7. straybaby says:


    depends on the brand and type. i’ve noticed some of the major brands are putting out lines with more chocolate in them. it’s kinda funny because at the same time they are trying to change the requirements so they can substitute the cocoa butter (think that’s the ingredient!) to some other crap that’s cheaper.

    can’t remember the brand (Jello?!), but my Dal ate a box of chocolate pudding. cocoa was the last ingredient! needless to say she was fine, aside from chocolate smelling gas and burps! i keep all chocolate in the fridge now as i buy the purer stuff for baking and wouldn’t want to risk that one!

  8. PM says:

    My dogs have eaten everything through the years. Note, we don’t serve people food or scraps, so most always an accident. Chicken bones, nylon stockings were the most serious. Chocolate, well the dogs made a mess for several days.

    The issue is a steady diet of this or that.

    I’ve eaten many toxic things myself, some not by accident. Thanks goodness for ibuprofin, aspirin, and Alka-Selzer.

    Here is a pretty comprehensive list of bad and toxic foods for dogs. Cats are listed too as they have many common food issues.

  9. susan says:

    scroll down to midpage:

  10. Bridgett says:

    My Daisy got into my ghirardelli chocolates. DARK chocolates. I immediately called the vet who asked me how much she had eaten. She had eaten about 2 of the squares. The vet said considering her weight she would have needed to eat 3 ounces before it became toxic. Fortunately she only ate about half that. Ugh!!!! Darn dog. She finished the bag!!!

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