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Dog Obesity: Six Foods You Should Avoid Feeding Your Dog

We all love treating our canine friends to the occasional "people food" treat, but always remember that dog food is specifically formulated to meet all of your dog's dietary needs. Slipping them too many treats can disrupt their nutritional balance - and potentially be downright dangerous. Here are the six types of food you should avoid feeding to your dog:

Toxic foods: Never feed your dog chocolate, onions, macadamia nuts, grapes or raisins. If they accidentally ingest large amounts of any of these, take them to your veterinarian immediately.

Sweets: Dogs have a sweet tooth, but treats too rich in sugar like cake, candy, pie or ice cream can cause cavities and lead to dog obesity.

Fatty/greasy foods: Avoid feeding your dog fatty meats that are intended for human consumption, such as duck, pork, veal or venison and avoid feeding any fried foods.

Small bones: Fish, chicken and turkey bones pose a choking hazard to your dog. Brittle bones have also been known to cause throat damage.

Uncooked or undercooked meats: Raw fish, raw bones and raw chicken intended for people can harbor bacteria that can make your dog very sick. However, raw pet foods, when produced with care, are safe. If you choose to feed your dog a raw diet, select a brand from a reputable manufacturer and a formula that is nutritionally balanced. High-quality complete and balanced raw formulas are processed through a water-based technology called High Pressure Processing (HPP) that kills pathogenic bacteria, making the food safer for your pets and for yourself when you are handling the food.

Spicy foods: Spiced foods can give your dog an upset stomach.