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Pet safety: Foods that are good for you but not for pets

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Sharing ice cream with your pet dog may seem like an emotionally-charged image between two best friends, however, it could likely be a cause for your dog to end up in a Virginia Beach veterinary hospital.

Yes, folks. What may be delicious and safely edible for humans could be dangerous for your pet dog, since ice cream has a high sugar content which can affect your best friend’s health. Some dogs are also lactose intolerant, which can be difficult to determine unless they show symptoms of such health problems.

We cannot help but provide our adorable pets with the best possible food treats that we humans enjoy and would love to share it with them, however, what may be safe for us may be dangerous to them.

It’s not surprising to find pet dogs end up in a veterinary hospital or clinic due to the stomach or gastrointestinal problems as a result of ingesting food not suited to their digestive system, but makes people wonder thinking it was safe for them.

Foods humans love but are unsafe for dogs

You may love to splurge or indulge yourself with these, but it is best to take due diligence before giving these food types to your pet dogs.


Cyanide is present in cherry pits and is dangerous to dogs. It can also be a choking hazard which can get lodged in the intestines when swallowed.


It contains a substance called persin which is toxic to dogs. Symptoms of persin poisoning are vomiting and diarrhea.


An active ingredient in caffeine is methylxanthines, which are highly toxic to dogs. It can cause abnormal heart rate, vomiting, seizures, and even death, so play safe by keeping your pet dogs away from coffee, soda, chocolate or anything that contains caffeine.

There are dog-friendly chocolate treats that are now available, however, these are made with a chocolate substitute safely formulated for dogs.


Oranges, lemons, and other types of citrus fruits and plants contain citric acid, which when eaten by dogs in substantial concentrations could cause an upset stomach and could lead to nervous system depression. 


Do not let your dog drink coconut water due to its high concentrations of potassium which can be risky for your pets. Minimize providing coconut oil or coconut flesh to your pet dog which can cause diarrhea or stomach problems.

Garlic, chives, and onions

These belong to the genus Allium and contain a toxic substance called organosulfoxides. These can cause severe gastrointestinal problems.

Raw eggs

This can cause serious health complications in dogs since it can trigger biotin deficiency. It can cause skin problems and excessive fur shedding.


Sharing beer or wine with your pet dog can be very dangerous. Alcohol is very poisonous to dogs and could induce coma and lead to death. Surprisingly, bread dough can also be equally dangerous when it contains yeast and cause bloating, as well as lead to serious health complications.

Yeast also produces alcohol.

So, before your pet ends up in a Virginia Beach veterinary hospital, make sure that you are aware of the foods that you eat but are dangerous for them.