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Everyday Cheapskate: 14 Food Items You'll Regret Feeding Your Dog

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Loving and caring for a furry four-legged friend means more than a life of snuggles and chew toys. Dog ownership comes with a level of responsibility that is reasonable and will inevitably keep veterinarian and hospital bills at the bare minimum. That includes guarding what your four-legged friend eats.

Most dog owners have at least a vague idea of common culprits, but knowing exactly why you should not allow Fido to slurp up that spilled Starbucks beverage means a better future for both of you. What follows is a list of foods listed alphabetically that are not harmful to humans but could land both of you in a very expensive health crisis when ingested by your pet.

NO. 1: ALCOHOL

Dogs metabolize alcohol differently than humans, making even a tiny amount of beer potentially toxic to them. The American Kennel Club warns that ingredients like xylitol, chocolate, coffee and spices commonly found in alcoholic beverages compound the dangers.

NO. 2: AVOCADOS

Beyond the pit's potential choking hazard, avocados contain persin, a fungicidal toxin. While small amounts are generally not a problem, the high fat content can lead to health problems. It's best to avoid avocados in your dog's diet.

 

NO. 3: CANDY

Sugary and high-fat candy can be harmful to dogs. Treats containing xylitol or chocolate can be particularly dangerous, potentially leading to serious health issues or even fatal outcomes.

NO. 4: CHOCOLATE

The presence of theobromine and caffeine makes chocolate toxic to dogs. The Merck Veterinary Manual emphasizes that the type and amount of chocolate ingested determine the severity of the reaction, ranging from mild to life-threatening.

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