In our last blog post, we looked at the top 6 habits that can shorten your dog’s life. Now, we will focus on one of those habits – treats that can negatively affect your pet pooch’s health.

All pet parents want to love their pets and shower them with love and affection. However, certain treats can harm your dog’s health.

The Top 7 Treats Never to Give Your Dog

Here are some of the treats we humans love, but that you should avoid giving your furry friend.

Sweets and cookies

Sweet treats like cookies, ice cream, or pastries can have a negative impact on your dog’s overall health. Apart from providing your dog with too many calories, sweet treats can cause many dental problems in your pet. In time, a buildup of bacteria can lead to gum disease and affect your dog’s kidneys.


Even though some dogs like the taste of coffee, caffeine for your dog is not a good idea. The amount of caffeine that it takes to poison a dog depends on the dog’s size and source of caffeine. For example, a Chihuahua who ingests a caffeine tablet will have a much worse reaction than a German Shepherd that laps some cola.


Chocolate is a big no-no when it comes to giving your dog treats. Chocolate contains theobromine which makes chocolate toxic for dogs and can result in excessive thirst and even seizures.

Grapes and raisins

Grapes and raisins also contain compounds that are toxic and can negatively impact your dog’s health. The first sign of consuming grapes is vomiting which is then followed by lethargy and depression. In extreme cases, kidney problems can develop.


Dog’s shouldn’t drink alcohol in any amount. Alcohol in dogs is metabolized in the liver just like with humans. However, a dog’s liver is much smaller and more sensitive to the effects of alcohol.

Salty chips

While giving your pet dog one or two chips won’t do any long-term damage, giving too many salty snacks is not a good idea. High doses of salt can make your dog become very thirsty and can induce tremors, diarrhea, vomiting, and seizures.

Also, if your pet dog has any heart issues, always check the labeling of doggy treats to make sure there is no extra salt added.

Garlic or onions

It’s very rare that pet owners would give their pet a raw onion as a treat. However, if you make your own dog food for your pet, avoid using onions or garlic. Large quantities of onions can cause anemia in dogs because it destroys their red blood cells.

Healthy Treats for Your Dog

Your local vet can advise on the best treats that you can feed your dog. The vet will evaluate your dog’s health and suggest tasty, healthy treats that you can safely give to your pet.