As a responsible dogowner
you should know what foods to avoid
so you can prevent poisoning and keep your dog healthy.
If you suspect your dog has ingested a toxic food,
seek veterinary attention immediately.
While avocado may be a healthy snack for dog owners,
it should not be given to dogs at all.
The pit, skin, and leaves of avocados contain persin,
a toxin that often causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs
Candy and Gum
Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods,
and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol.
Xylitol can cause an increase in the insulin
circulating through your dog’s body.
That can cause your dog’s blood sugar to drop
and can also cause liver failure.
Initial symptoms include vomiting,
lethargy, and loss of coordination
Cherry plants contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs.
Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, which means
that your dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen
If your dog eats cherries, be on the lookout for dilated pupils,
difficulty breathing, and red gums, as these may be signs
of cyanide poisoning
Chocolate & Caffeine
Chocolate & anything with caffeine especially dark chocolate
contains theobromine which is similar to caffeine.
This is a very dangerous substance to dogs.
If you know that your dog has eaten chocolate
take it to the vet immediately.
If your dog eats a very small amount of chocolate,
usually it only causes digestive issues.
More on Chocolate Poisoning here
The stems, leaves, peels, fruit and seeds of citrus plants
contain varying amounts of citric acid, essential oils
that can cause irritation and possibly
even damage to the central nervous system
if ingested in significant amounts.
Small doses, such as eating the fruit,
are not likely to present problems
beyond minor stomach upset
Onions & Garlic
Onions & Garlic contain sulfoxides and disulfides
which damage red blood cells and cause anemia.
Onions being the most toxic of the two.
However a very small amounts of garlic
can be good for the dogs coat and helps against parasites
Grapes & Raisins
Grapes and Raisins are extremely toxic
and have a toxin that can cause kidney damage
and can lead to kidney failure
Macadamia & Other nuts contain toxins
that effect the digestive system, nervous system, and muscles
Mushrooms effect many areas of a dogs body.
They can cause shock and even possibly death
Read more on toxic plants and mushrooms
Large quantities of liver results in vitamin A toxisity
and effects muscles and bones of the animal
Human Vitamins containing Iron
damage dogs digestive system wall lining, kidneys, and liver.
Be sure to use a vitamin supplement designed for dogs
More on Dog medication here
Milk and Dairy Products
Milk & Other Dairy Products have lactose and
many dogs don’t have enough lactose enzymes
to effectively break it down. This effects the dogs
digestive system and leads to diarrhea
Raw eggs contain an enzyme known as avidin
which restricts the absorption of biotin one of the many B Vitamins.
This can lead to an unhealthy coat and skin problems.
Also eggs can carry salmonella which is poisonous to dogs
People Food in general should be avoided at all times.
Many people foods have far to many fats, sugars, and salt.
Salt causes electrolite imballances in dogs.
Sugars are not a natural food and causes obesity,
and large amounts of fat and protein can’t be digested correctly
and causes digestion problems as well as liver disfunction
Want to try something new for your dog as a treat or food?
Make sure to check if the food is safe for your dog
and when in doubt always check with your veterinarian