Top 18 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs

Top 18 Foods That are Dangerous To Your Dogs

Top 18 Food That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs

If you are a dog owner, there are so many things that you need to be aware of. So, your puppy could live a healthy longer life. And one of it, is to know the foods that are dangerous to your dogs.

New dog owners has tons of questions on what and what not to feed their dogs.

It is pretty normal to see a dog parents feed their pups with human food. I think, most dog mommies and daddies out there are guilty of this (my mom is for one).

30 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dog

I mean who can resist those puppy eyes, sitting and patiently waiting for you, right? Look at those eyes! No way hoomans can’t fall for that!

You think that by sharing your food with your dogs (with us) is one way of showing your love. But, you are actually putting (us) your lovable doggies to danger.

Human foods can be good to hoomans but it doesn’t mean that it’s good for dogs. It is bad that sometimes can be fatal.

So, to prevent that from happening, I compiled 18 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs, the reason behind it, and what it can cause to your dog if it happens to eat them.


Here are the Top 18 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs

#1 Avocado

Top 18 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs

Avocados are delicious and nutiritious for humans. it is also popular to people who are on a diet. But Avocados are not good for doggos like me.


Avocados contain persin which is a natural anti fungal compound that can be produced within the Avocado plant. Persin is present entirely on Avocado, its lef, bark, fruit, and pit. Although veterinanrians believed that dogs are more immune to persin than other animal, it’s still not 100% safe to be fed to your lovable pups.


If (we) dogs eat avocados, it will cause vomiting, diarrhea, and myocardial damage. Since avocado is high in fat, it may lead to gastrointestinal upset and pancreatitis in dogs. Plus it may also cause us weight gain! Please remember that we want to be fit always, so we can move, walk, and run easily.

The most dangerous part of avocado is its pit! Avocado pits can choke your dog

# 2 Alcohol

Top 18 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs

#2 Spot is Alcohol. Well, this is no brainer. We all know that Alcohol is bad to hoomans. So how much more for (us) your doggos? Although there are dog owners who think that feeding their floof with alcohol is fun and watching them get drunk is entertaining…

It is actually considered as animal abuse.


Because it is in fact, ALCOHOL. You, hoomans already know the effect of alcohol in your body. It affects you and your Neurogical function is impaired. Let’s just probably jump to What it can cause to your dog if they happens to consume an alcohol.


First and foremost, even your dog (we) has taken a small amount of alcohol, it will put your dog in a condition that requires an immediate visit to a vet. And also your four-legged friend might suffer from vomiting, diarrhea, and hypothermia.

So, don’t even try to give alcohol to your dog. If you need to drink some then, make sure that your dog won’t reach since, alcohol smells sweet and tasty to pups.

Aside from the beverage that contain alcohol, there are number of things we actually lying around in every human’s house and these are :

  • sugar free gum
  • automobile coolants and antifreeze
  • windshield wiper fluid
  • mouthwash
  • cough and cold medications
  • baby wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • rubbing alcohol
  • nail polish remover
  • flea, tick, and bug sprays
  • perfumes and cologne
  • body washes
  • skin cream and hand lotion
  • aftershave, hairspray, and mousse
  • facial and skin toner
  • rotten fruit and vegetables
  • soy sauce
  • vinegar

#3 Onions, Garlic, and Chives

Top 30 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dog

These 3, Onions, Garlic, and Chives are part of everyday cooking. Garlic, especially, can be delicious to humans but it tastes different on your dog’s tongue. And although Onions, Garlic, and Chives have health benefits to humans it actually the opposite to you tail-wagger friend.


I decided to put ll these three, Onions, Garlic and Chives all together in one spot, because all three of them belongs to Allium family that contains Thiosulfate.

Thiosulfate which is safe to you, humans, but toxic to dogs.


“Thiosulfate causes oxidative damage to red blood cells, resulting in hemolytic anemia. Symptoms of anemia include pale mucous membranes, rapid breathing, lethargy, weakness, jaundice, and dark colored urine. Garlic toxicity also causes symptoms of gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, depression, and dehydration.”

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Depending on the amount of onion or garlic eaten by dogs, it can develop serious reaction right after your dog consumed even just a little. So, if you’re feeding your dog foods that has garlic, onion, or chives, it will develop an illness in the long run which is similar to a one-time dose can.

And the symptoms of toxicity mentioned above may sometimes take several days to be seen.

#4 Chocolates

Top 18 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs

“Chocolates!” Everybody loves chocolates! Who doesn’t? Chocolates are sweets that you, hoomans, eats when you are happy or stressed, and when you feel low on energy.

But, chocolate consumption to dogs can dangerous than you can imagine. Here’s why :


Chocolate contains Theobromine, a component that can lead to health issues if not digested quickly. Lucky for you, hoomans, your metabolism is fast enough to digest Theobromine while ours dogs, is not.

Dogs metabolism can not digest Theobromine quickly. So what happens is, it develops toxin build-ups in (our) dog’s system that leads to health issues.


The ill-effects on dogs depends on the amount of chocolate consumption and the size of the dog. If your doggy has taken small amounts, they will have an upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting. On the other hand, if taken in large amount, the effect can be life threatening.

Theobromine can lead to heart attacks, irregular heartbeats, muscle tremors (ex. involuntary twitches of the muscle), and seizures. Also, if chocolate can boost up human energy, to dogs, Theobromine toxicity can cause intense hyperactivity.

#5 Coffee, Tea, and other Caffeinated Products

Dogs like humans, like sweet food. And if you like coffee, teas or soda, (we) pups like it too. Sometimes there are dog owners who find it way to adorable seeing their doggos finishing the last drop of their coffee (my pawrents should be guilty with this!).

These dog owners seem to forget that coffee, tea and sodas alike contain caffeine and is dangerous to dogs.


Caffeine when consumed by humans, it makes humans restless, extremely tense, and their hearts starts to race. That’s way, humans are so advised not drink too much coffee.

Apparently, dogs reacts the same way as humans to caffeine. Since (we) dogs weighs a lot lighter than humans, aside from the fact that our “body system” is different, just imagine the effect of caffeine if it is consumed by dogs.


Caffeine, whether it is in coffee, tea, or soda will lead to caffeine poisoning to your dogs. Dogs will experience, restlessness, muscle tremors, vomiting, elevated heart rate, and blood pressure.

#6 Grapes and RaisinS

Top 18 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs

Actually the inspiration of this post is “grapes”. My mom happened to gave me grapes when I was 3 or 4 months old. Luckily, she fed me only 4 pieces of grapes and nothing bad happened to me.

It came to a shock when she learned from my vet that grapes are extremely dangerous to dogs!

So, can dogs eat grapes? Absolutely not! Even raisins, which is just the dried version of grapes.


The toxic substance that is in grapes and raisins has not to be discovered by researchers. Why grapes and raisins are dangerous to dogs are still unknown. So it is safe to say that avoid giving grapes to dogs whether it’s in a form of peeled, seedless, or dried.


Grapes and raisins even if taken in a small amount can be harmful to (to us) your doggos. It may cause loss of appetite, vomiting, low in energy, dehydration, affects the urine production that eventually my lead to kidney failure which can kill your paw friends.

#7 Xylitol

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that can be found in gums, candies, baked goods and even in toothpaste. To humans, Xylitol has dental benefits. It minimizes the plaque formation and helps with saliva production so Xylitol reduce the build of cavities.

But to your floofs— Xylitol can be poisonous.


Why Xylitol is dangerous to your (us) dogs? It is because, Xylitol releases insulin that controls your pup’s blood sugar.


The said insulin release causes vomiting, lethargy, hypoglycemia or drop of sugar levels. And if not attended sooner, it will develop seizure and liver failure.

#8 Nuts – Macadamia, Walnut, Almond

Top 18 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs

Macadamia nuts are present in almost food particularly in baked products such as, muffins, cookies, and even in cakes. But these nuts should not be given to your flufly floofs at all cost! There’s a reason why macadamia nuts are always on the list of dangerous food to canines.


Like grapes and raisins, the substance in macadamia nuts, that makes it toxic for dogs hasn’t been found as well. The only thing that is known so far, is that macadamia nuts can cause poisoning to dogs.


Dogs that consumed or have eaten a macadamia nuts shows lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting, tremors, and fever. And as the case progresses these symptoms, can involve shaking and high fever. There are also some dogs that are unable to walk.

It is very crucial that you talk to your vet if you think your pups may have eaten macademia nut.

There are other nuts that dog owners should be aware as well. And these are : almonds, pecans, and walnuts. These nuts are known to have high amount of oils and fat, that may cause a potential pancreatitis.


#9 Dairy

Dogs (we) are lactose intolerant. So they should not be fed any dairy products, milk and other related products.

But, sometimes it can be a little bit confusing. We see dog owners feeding their pups ice cream from Starbucks, so we think that it is totally ok.

Naturally dogs were born with high lactase which an enzyme that digest its mother’s milk. But, the pup gets older and introduced to more adult foods, they’re body starts to produce less of the said enzyme.

That makes them become lactose intolerant.


So, as I mentioned, milk and other milk-based products contain lactose in which most dogs can not digest because of lacking the enzyme called lactase.


Like humans who are lactose intolerant, dogs have the same reaction. Dog owners can expect their tail-wagger to have a smelly “gas” Diarrhea, vomiting, bloating, and other digestive problem may occur as well. Feeding your dogs with milk and milk-based products can also bring food allergies.

#10 Cooked Bones

I think you humans naturally think that dogs eat bones. (Well, yes– because we eat everything! But there are foods that we should not be eating…) Why? because bones, whether real one or a picture, it always depicts dog. Like fish bones to cats.

Bones has benefits for your puppies, to name a few, bones is a good source of mineral and nutrients. And chewing it helps your dogs produce saliva enzymes that prevents plaque buildup.

Chewing bones makes your dogs “entertained”, therefore, making the scratching or licking his paws lesser (at least for a while).


Veterinarians believe that giving your dogs cooked bones may result to injuries. Because, when it’s cooked, bones become brittle and easy to break.


Cooked bones when chewed are easily to break that can easily cause splinter and may even damage your dog’s digestive tract. Bones that are easily chewed might choke your floofs as well.

#11 Raw Eggs

Eggs are considered to be one of the healthiest food in the planet (well… with at least if consumed at the right amount). Eggs are high in protein and contains essential amino acid and fatty acids that is good for humans and also for dogs, provided that the eggs are cooked.


Giving your dogs raw eggs can be a mistake. Because, raw eggs can be a source of Salmonella that can be dangerous to your pups.


If your dogs contracted Salmonella from a contaminated raw eggs, it may result to fever, diarrhea, vomiting, and your dogs may refuse to eat too.

#12 Human Meds

Top 18 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs

Human’s and dog’s are different. So, it would only make sense that human medicine can ba hazardous for (us) your dogs.

You may actually putting (us) your pup in danger instead of keeping (us) them well.

In my mom’s recent post : 5 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Getting A Dog, she mentioned, keeping hazardous things (which includes cleaning supplies and medicines) from your dogs is one way of making your house “dog-friendly”.

There are certain medicines that you can actually give your dogs but it should be under your vet’s supervision.


There are different side effects that a particular medicine can give your dogs.


In this part I’m just going to mention some side effects of certain medicines to your floofs. Example : NSAIDs or Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil (Ibuprofen), which is very common to any household.

Ibuprofen can cause diarrhea, vomiting / bloody vomit, stomach aches, ulcers, blood on feces, seizures, increase in thirst, coma, and can cause death due to dog’s kidney damage and gastrointestinal damage.

And also, an Acetaminophen like Tylenol, another common household, is totally safe to adult humans and there’s even Tylenol for kids. But to your dogs, one tablet of acetaminophen can lead to liver failure and if given larger amount it can cause damage on red blood cell.

#13 Liver

Top 18 Food That Can Be Dangerous To Your Dogs

Liver is actually good for (us) your dogs. In fact, most dog treats and dog food contains liver. But, it should only be fed to your pups in a right amount. Otherwise it might lead to serious illness to your dogs.


Liver is rich in vitamin A, so imagine that if it consumed on a big amount that your dog’s body can handle, it can be toxic for any canine.


If you feed your floof liver continuously and in high dosage, the over consumption of vitamin A can affect your doggo’s muscles and bones.

#14 Spicy

Top 18 Foods That Can Be Dangerous To Your Dogs

Why (we) dogs are known to have better hearing sense than hoomans, this is not ttur in the case of taste buds. Dogs have actully weaker taste buds. It failed to develop salt receptors because of their diet.

Besides, dogs eat same food everydy, so it is natural that if something breaks that suddenly, it will cause a reaction to your pups’ digestive system.


Spicy foods aren’t for doggos (like me…).


Spicy food can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, and vomiting. If taken excessively, will damage your pup’s gastrointestinal tract and may suffer gas, and excessive thirst.

#15 Yeast Dough

Top 18 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs

You all know what is yeast dough is right? Yeast is important to all bakery products. Yeasy is also a living organism that when put in a moist and warm environment it rises.


I decided to put these two together so it will be easy to read and understand.

When your floofs happens to digest an active yeast, it will produce carbon dioxide to your pup’s stomach. Causing the tummy to expand and bloat. Although mild cases will be easy to treat, the worst case scenario is, it could rupture (our) dog’s stomach and intestines.

Aside from that, fermented yeast produce alcohol, therefore it may also lead to alcohol poisoning.

#16 Fruit Seeds and Fruit Pits

Fruits are known for it’s health benefits to you hoomans. Actually fruits are also good for (us) doggos although not all of it so, dog owners should be careful on feeding us with fruits. They are yummy and nutritious but can be dangerous to us, particularly, fruit’s seeds and pits.


The fruits’ seeds and pits that (we) doggos should avoid are apple seeds, cherries’, peaches’, plums’ pits. Well, because, pits of those fruits can choke dogs (even hoomans). And also can cause bowel and intestinal blockage if not digested properly.


Aside from the fact that seeds and pits can cause blockage, it also has an enzyme called cyanide that can be poisonous to your (us) floofs.

Cyanide poisoning can cause (us) dogs to hyperventilate, vomit, shock, and skin irritation can be present as well. The poisoning may lead to death or cardiac arrest if not treated immediately.

#17 Corn On The Cob

Top 18 Foods That Are Dangerous To Your Dogs

Can dogs eat corn? my mom is also wondering the same thing when a friend of theirs (my pawrents) came to visit our shop and brought some corn. Then mom would like to give me the corn cob with kennels on it.

Because, she thought it will be tasty to chew. But she hesitate to do after the “grape” incident. (whew!)

She stopped. And didn’t give it to me just to make sure.


So my mom went to Google immediately and found out that while corn is good and yummy, (we) dogs should not be given a corn cob or corn on the cob.

Because, it can cause intestinal blockage which could be fatal to (us) your doggies. Although to some (not all) large doggos can pass it easily, it is not the same with medium and small dogs.

If a corn cob was swallow, it will get stuck in small intestine that may call for an urgent surgery.


If your pup’s have intestinal obstruction because of the cob on the corn, your (we) doggies will experience abdominal pain, diarrhea, vomiting, and if not treated might kill your dog.

#18 Salty Foods

Top18 Foods That Can Be Dangerous To Your Dogs

Salt is basic ingredient in cooking. And it also a component of a dog’s diet. But, taken in a wrong way amount will lead to illness in humans and of course to dogs as well.

If your pup has taken salt more than it is needed whether on a regular basis or all at once, it may put your dog’s health at risk. And if not attended immediately, can be fatal.


Excessive intake of salt in your dog’s diet can result in Sodium Ion Poisoning. Salt poisoning makes your dogs very thirsty so, it can be threatening if there’s no clean water available for your pup to re hydrate.


The symptoms to look for if your doggies are experiencing salt poisoning are : vomiting, diarrhea, high body temperature, tremors, and seizures. There are incidents that Sodium Ion poisoning can also lead to death.

Final Thoughts

These are just few amongst the foods that can be dangerous to (us) your dogs and there are still remaining that is not listed here.

I think the main idea that I would like to point out here is that, as (our) dog owners and being our pawrents, (our) your pups’ lives is in your hands.

So, make sure that you feed (us) your dogs with foods that are meant for dogs. Or if there are cases that you share hooman food with (us) your floofs, avoid the ones that’s hazardous for us. And for those that we can eat, see to it that (we) your dogs eat in a right amount.

Pups that are well taken care of, are most likely to live healthy and longer life. And believe me, (we) your dogs want that too.

Your Thoughts

What do you think? I know, there are still other foods that should be fed to your dogs, would you like to add one? Do you have experience on “unknowingly” feeding your dogs dangerous food?

Please tell me your stories down the comments. I would like to hear them.

Lastly, if you find this post helpful, please share it too!

See you in my next post!

Disclaimer: Information published on this website particularly in this post is a result of personal research and is intended for reference use only. The only way fo ensure your petโ€™s health is to feed commercial-grade dog foods and treats only. Feeding human foods of any sort carries some degree of risk and is not under the control of this website.

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10 thoughts on “Top 18 Foods That are Dangerous To Your Dogs”

  1. Excellent idea posting this article, trust me a lot of persons have lost their dogs as a result of giving them unhealthy or wrong diet food.. Here you get to know the food that can harm your dogs and in addition to that I would say before you feed your dog its imperative that you talk to your vet or veterinary nutritionist about the healthiest choice for your dog…
    Hope thus tips would help safe you dogs..Thanks for reading

    • Hi there,

      Glad you find my post excellent. And I definitely agree with you, pets’ health condition is entirely in its owner’s hands.

      So I created this post as my primary– because I think knowing what to feed your dogs is essential, and unfortunately not all dog owners are aware of that.

      Thanks for dropping by and sharing your knowledge.


  2. In my honest opinion , The most likely result of your dog eating too much avocado, or ingesting the skin or stalk of the fruit, is that he will either vomit or have diarrhea. If he does vomit, give him little sips of water and watch him closely for any further symptoms. He will probably needs some rest and recover soon.

    • Hi, 

      Thanks you so much for leaving a comment and sharing your knowledge. It seems that you have an experience with regards to dog eating avocado. I think I’ll include this in my post.


  3. Oh wow! Some of these I knew and some other I didn’t. I’ve fed one of my dogs raisins without knowing how damaging these can be to her. My grandma loves raisins and she gives everything she eats to her dog no matter how many times I tell her not to give a certain thing to our dog. I’ve also heard that rice is not good for dogs, is that true? I recently adopted a 3 month old puppy and have only stuck with her recommended puppy food. I don’t want her to get sick In any way. 

    • I know the feeling. It happened to me too. I was shocked to know that Grapes, dried or not are the most dangerous food to dogs. Luckily it wasn’t that much and after I learned from a tv show about it, I never give him grapes or any other fruit just to be safe.

      So it is really important for all dog owners to be aware of what not to feed our doggos. Or just to be safe– don’t give any human foods at all.

      Thanks you for sharing your experience. And be careful with your dog next time!

  4. wow thanks for a wonderful and Informative article on top 18 food that are dangerous to your dog.i lost my dog 3months ago as a result of giving him unhealthy or wrong diet food.. atleast now i know the food that can harm a dog and in addition if I get another lovely dog,am going to seek the help of a veterinarian nutritionist…..thanks and hope to read more from you.

  5. I think I came to the right place. I am working so most of the time, my mom watches my pup. And it is really obvious that my dog is actually gaining weight which is not healthy for a french bulldog–
    My mom is feeding her human food!!

    My mom’s kept saying that she can’t resist my pup’s doggy eyes. So, what you sadi is true, our dog’s life depends on us.
    I will let my mom read this post, so she’ll understand that we can feed our dog human food, that it might trigger illnesses later on.

    Thank you so much for this post.

    • hey Sandra!
      Thanks for dropping by and I’m really happy that you find my post helpful.
      It is pretty normal for our parents to give human foods to our dogs. It’s like, being an old school.
      And besides, no one can really resist puppy eyes.

      But if we, dog owners, really want to be responsible and show our love to our pets–
      Then we should be strong and tough sometimes, you know, it’s Parenting.
      So we must discipline our dogs like we do to our kids.

      Anyway, thanks for sharing your experience, and I wish your pup good health.



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