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What Human Food Shouldn’t Be Used as Food for Puppies

You want your puppies to be healthy and happy by giving them enough tasty food to eat. You might even find yourself sneaking some human treats for them to enjoy occasionally. However, not all the food we eat is considered safe for puppies. It’s vital to consider their diet when considering dog boarding, too.

But what types of human food shouldn’t be given to puppies? Here are some of them to increase your awareness and help you avoid them.


Food containing alcohol and alcoholic beverages can cause decreased coordination, diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, depression, and death in animals.

Chocolates, caffeine, and coffee

These products have methylxanthines. Ingestion causes cause panting, diarrhea and vomiting, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, abnormal heart rhythm, and hyperactivity. Puppies are also at risk of dying.

Coconut oil or coconut

Small amounts of coconut or coconut oil won’t cause serious harm to puppies, but too much can cause loose stools, diarrhea, or an upset stomach.

Milk and dairy

Even dog boarding facilities avoid giving milk and dairy products to the pets under their care. Pets don’t have enough lactase to break down the lactose in such products, resulting in digestive problems and diarrhea.

Raisins, grapes, and nuts

There’s a toxic substance in raisins and grapes that can cause kidney failure in dogs. Nuts are rich in fats and oils that can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and an increased risk of pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are specifically known to cause hyperthermia, tremors, vomiting, weakness, and depression in canines.

Undercooked or raw meat, bones, and eggs

Raw eggs and meat can contain bacteria like E. coli and salmonella. The former also has avidin, an enzyme that can cause skin and coat problems because it reduces biotin absorption in puppies. Avoid feeding bones to puppies as they could cause choking or injury to the digestive tract or throat.

Salty snacks

Sodium can cause excessive urination and thirst in puppies. It may even elevate their temperature and cause seizures or result in death.