No smoking … the meats, please!

We were happily enjoying our time at a dirndl party – lots of sausages and cut meats. img_7111Mummy was about to give me some delicious smoked ham when dog-lover Renate stopped Mummy! No smoked meats!!!
img_7093Why? I asked. We’ve never heard that before.

Someone else chimed in – yes, absolutely no smoked meats. Why?

They both didn’t know why except they know. LOL! Love people who love us so much.

So the rest of our trip, Mummy smelt and tasted everything before she gave me any – especially since we were travelling through the parts of Europe that has a lot of meats and cheese for breakfast and lunch!img_7151But Mummy was too busy with train schedules and wake-up calls and never got around to searching why.

So now that we’re home, time to google it!

May’s comment: Love my friends for caring so much – but they gave me the funniest answer when I asked them why not smoked meats. It has something to do with the smoking. It goes up their noses. Yeah, said the other, that must be it!  LOL!  So I had to find out the real reason as to how they came to know about this. Google time! Searching the internet, I found out that it’s because smoked meats have nitrites and nitrates in them plus preservatives and they are high in sodium – which is also not good for hoomans in large quantities.

Also found these articles that explained the reason for rationing smoked meats, not toxic like some foods but to take caution.

Smoked meats are generally salted or rubbed with spices or herbs and thus have a high level of sodium. Too much salt can cause your dog to get sodium ion poisoning. The symptoms of sodium ion poisoning are vomiting, high fever, extreme thirst, diarrhea, tremors and seizures. A moderate amount of natural salt is part of a healthy diet for dogs, but excessive salt and spices can have serious health risks. It is best to avoid feeding high salt foods to dogs altogether, but if you must give your dog smoked meat, rinse it to remove any extra salt and spices.

Excess fat from meat can also cause serious health problems for dogs. Smoked meats are generally fatty cuts of meat, and fatty foods can increase a dogs chance of developing pancreatitis. According to Veterinarian Holly Nash, “Dogs with diets high in fat, dogs who have recently gotten in to the trash or have been fed table scraps, or dogs who ‘steal’ or are fed greasy ‘people food’ seem to have a higher incidence of the disease.” Some symptoms of acute pancreatitis are a tender abdomen, appetite loss, vomiting, and loose, greasy, yellow bowel movements. Before feeding a dog smoked meat, be sure that the meat is a lean cut and that any visible fat has been trimmed away. Lower the risk for your dog by keeping its smoked meat consumption to a minimum.

Feeding dogs smoked meats that are high in sodium and fats can also lead to obesity. Obesity in dogs can be life threatening, with health problems such as diabetes, joint problems, heart disease, high blood pressure and higher risk of cancer. It is best to feed dogs only foods that are specifically made for dogs. Whether it is a homemade blend or a purchased blend, these foods are much safer and healthier for your pet. Human foods are not a dog’s best friend.”


Just a reminder of all the other humans foods that are not good or toxic for dogs, a useful list from

Alcohol – can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity, but potentially even coma and/or death.

Apple Seeds – The casing of apple seeds are toxic to a dog as they contain a natural chemical (amygdlin) that releases cyanide when digested. This is really only an issue if a large amount was eaten and the seed were chewed up by the dog, causing it to enter its blood stream. But to play it safe, be sure to core and seed apples before you feed them to your dog.

Avocado – Avocados contain Persin, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion.

Baby food – Baby food by itself isn’t terrible, just make sure it doesn’t contain any onion powder. Baby food also doesn’t contain all the nutrients a dog relies on for a healthy, well maintained diet.

Cooked Bones – When it comes to bones, the danger is that cooked bones can easily splinter when chewed by your dog. Raw (uncooked) bones, however, are appropriate and good for both your dog’s nutritional and teeth.

Candy and chewing gum – Not only does candy contain sugar, but it often contains Xylitol, which can lead to the over-release of insulin, kidney failure, and worse.

Cat food – cat food contains proteins and fats that are targeted at the diet of a cat, not a dog. The protein and fat levels in cat food are too high for your dog, and not healthy.

Chocolate – You’ve probably heard this before, but chocolate is a definite no no for your pup. And it’s not just about caffeine, which is enough to harm your dog by itself, but theobromine and theophylline, which can be toxic, cause panting, vomiting, and diarrhea, and damage your dog’s heart and nervous systems.

Citrus oil extracts – Can cause vomiting.

Coffee – Not sure why you would give your dog coffee, but pretty much the same applies here as to chocolate. This is essentially poison for your dog if ingested.

Corn on the cob– This is a sure way to get your dog’s intestine blocked. The corn is digested, but the cob gets lodged in the small intestine, and if it’s not removed surgically, can prove fatal to your dog. Additionally, too much corn kernels can upset the digestive tract as well so be cautious to not feed too much.

Fat trimmings – Can cause pancreatitis.

Fish – The primary fish that you need to be careful about are salmon and trout. Raw salmon can be fatal to dogs if the fish is infected with a certain parasite, Nanophyetus salmincola. The parasite itself isn’t dangerous to dogs, but is often infected with a bacteria called Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which in many cases is fatal to dogs if not treated properly. If diagnosis occurs early on, the dog has a great chance of recovering. Cooked salmon is fine as it kills the parasite.

Grapes and raisins – This is one that lots of dog owners are unaware of. Grapes contain a toxin that can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure. We’ve heard stories of dogs dying from only a handful of grapes so do not feed your pup this toxic food.

Hops – An ingredient in beer that can be toxic to your dog. The consumption of hops by your dog can cause panting, an increased heart rate, fever, seizures, and even death.

Human vitamins – Some human vitamins are okay to use, but the key is comparing the ingredients (all of them – active and inactive) to the vitamins your vet subscribes for your dog (often you can get the human equivalent for much less money). Make sure there’s no iron – iron can damage the digestive system lining, and prove poisonous for the liver and kidneys.

Liver – In small amounts, liver is great but avoid feeding too much liver to your dog. Liver contains quite a bit of Vitamin A, which can adversely affect your pup’s muscles and bones.

Macadamia nuts – These contain a toxin that can inhibit locomotory activities, resulting in weakness, panting, swollen limbs, and tremors as well as possible damage to your dog’s digestive, nervous, and muscle systems.

Marijuana – Not that you would pass the bong to your dog, but if you do, you should know that it can adversely affect your pup’s nervous system and heart rate, and induce vomiting.

Milk and dairy products – While small doses aren’t going to kill your dog, you could get some smelly farts and some nasty cases of diarrhea. Why? Dogs are lactose intolerant (as are an increasing number of humans today), and don’t have enough of the lactase enzyme to properly digest dairy foods. If you really need to give them dairy, look into lactose-free dairy products.

Mushrooms – Just as the wrong mushroom can be fatal to humans, the same applies to dogs. Don’t mess with them.

Onions and chives – No matter what form they’re in (dry, raw, cooked, powder, within other foods), onions are some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly give your pup (it’s poisonous for dogs, and its even worse for cats). They contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells.

Persimmons, peaches, and plums – Peach pits are not only a choke hazard they contain amygdalin, a cyanide and sugar compound that degrades into hydrogen cyanide (HCN) when metabolized. Pear seeds also contain trace amount of arsenic and are dangerous. So if you live in an area that is home to persimmon, peach, or plum trees, look out. Persimmon seeds and peach and plum pits can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t any wild persimmon or other fruit trees that produce seeds growing in your backyard. If you notice your dog pooping all over the place, and see a bunch of seeds or pits in their waste, you’ll need to break out the saw and chop down some trees.

Rhubarb, and tomato leaves – These contain oxalates, which can adversely affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.

Raw fish – Another vitamin B (Thiamine) deficiency can result from the regular consumption of raw fish. Loss of appetite will be common, followed by seizures, and in rare instances, death.

Salt – Just like salt isn’t the healthiest thing for humans, it’s even less healthy for dogs. Too much of it can lead to an imbalance in electrolyte levels, dehydration and potentially diarrhea.

String – While not a food itself, foods can often contain or be similar to string (ie. meat you’ve wrapped for the oven). If your dog were to eat a string, it could get stuck in their digestive tract and cause complications.

Sugar – This applies to any food containing sugar. Make sure you check the ingredient label for human foods – corn syrup (which is a less expensive form of sugar or glucose) is found in just about everything these days. Too much sugar for your pup can lead to dental issues, obesity, and even diabetes.

Tobacco – A major toxic hazard for dogs (and humans). The effects nicotine has on dogs are far worse than on humans. Nicotine can damage your pup’s digestive and nervous systems, increase their heart rate, make them pass out, and ultimately result in death.

Xylitol – A sugar alcohol found in gum, candies, baked goods, and other sugar-substituted items, Xylitol, while causing no apparent harm to humans, is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, even death for your pup.

Yeast (on its own or in dough) – Just like yeast rises in bread, it will also expand and rise within your pup’s tummy. Make sure they don’t get any. While mild cases will cause gas, lots of farting, and discomfort – too much of it could rupture their stomach and intestines.

Infographic: Foods that Are Toxic for Dogs

Infographic: List of Foods Not To Feed Your Dog



  1. Daniel Hall

    Great to know so many foods can be disastrous to dogs. My sister has had rescue dogs in New Jersey in the U.S. for many years; From her dog experiences, I have definitely learned that chocolate can be deadly for dogs. I will show her and others this item. Thank you

  2. Bobby Burke

    I thought I was doing the right thing. I started with raw beef mixed with carrots, (3 yrs) then I changed to cows liver (from a chemical free farm) & carrots, (5 yrs). I did them separately in a blender & them mixed them. I then started him with lean hamburg, (again from a chemical free farm), with a carrot/turnip mix, he usually loved all of them. Just the other day I brought him to a vet & had x-rays, & they showed a growth in his neck partially obstructing the windpipe. Another growth was suspected in his stomach, which was the reason for him throwing up his food in his last few days. I had to give up the best friend a person could ever have(tears are falling as I type), & to think it may have been from food I thought was going to make him live forever. He was a half Karen half Yorkshire terrier, that never ever bit anyone or another animal, he was 15, & now I’m devastated not only because he’s gone, but the food may have been the cause. Wish I could show a picture,…looked just like Benji (the movie) & that’s what we called him.

    • Miss Darcy

      I’m really sorry to read about your news. Whatever you did, you did with love and a lot of care. You don’t really know what caused those growth. It could just be age. He lived a good 15 years and I am sure they were filled with love. Keep the happy memories and he had a good life because of you. Xxx

  3. larry burke

    and that is for sure , we all will miss him BOB !!!

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