Warning: These Everyday Foods Could Kill Your Dog

We all love to give our dogs a little treat from time to time — but if dogs eat these familiar foods, they can become sick or even die. Here are some tips on what foods to avoid and what foods are bad for dogs.

food that's toxic to dogs

Raisins and grapes are bad for dogs: Whether fresh or dried, grapes pose a serious hazard to canine health. Dogs have been injured or even killed by kidney damage resulting from the consumption of grapes or raisins. Even organic products can be harmful, especially in quantity.

Chocolate: Some dogs seem to love chocolate, but that sweet treat could kill your pet. Dogs can’t metabolize the active ingredients found in chocolate, such as theobromine and caffeine, in the same way that people can. It’s safer to give doggy treats that are specially formulated to be non-toxic for pets. The same goes for coffee and other foods containing caffeine.

Onions, Chives, and garlic: Whether fresh, dried or in powder form, garlic, onions and even chives can be toxic to dogs.

Avocado: This fruit is a healthy snack for us but it could be deadly for a pet. Avocados contain Persin, a compound known to harm many animals — including dogs.

Alcohol: A dog’s system isn’t really equipped to deal with the effects of alcohol. Nausea and dehydration can rapidly threaten the health of any dog that drinks alcohol, especially smaller dogs.

Foods Containing Yeast: Uncooked bread dough, homebrewed alcohol and other food or drink containing live yeast can swell up inside your dog’s digestive tract. This causes indigestion, pain and distress — and in severe cases, it can cause the delicate tissues to rupture. Once the dough has risen and been thoroughly baked to kill off the yeast, very small quantities of bread maybe given to dogs. Too much bread is unhealthy, however.

Other foods that can harm your dog include macadamia nuts, undercooked meat, raw eggs and the sweetener Xylitol. The ASPCA website lists common foods known to harm pets. Your family veterinarian will also be able to advise you on which foods are safe to give your dog.

Bones that are cooked – Cooked bones can pose a serious threat to your dogs. They can splinter and cause serious internal bleeding. However, raw bones are good for your dog’s teeth and completely safe.

foods bad for dogs

Other foods to avoid that are bad for dogs:

  • Cat food
  • Citrus oil extracts
  • Coffee
  • Mushrooms
  • Corn on the cob
  • Fat Trimmings
  • Human vitamins
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Marijuana
  • Milk and dairy products
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Tobacco
  • Xylitol
  • Old Food
  • Left Overs
  • Human snacks (cookies, chips, candy, ext)


ASPCA: People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets


ASPCA: Foods That Are Hazardous to Dogs


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