Foods Toxic For Dogs

We all feed our dogs with table scraps after our lunches but what foods are toxic for dogs ? There are certain foods that you should not feed your dog under any circumstance. We have compiled a list below of human foods that dog owners should strive to avoid feeding their dogs. So if you plan on sharing some scraps with your dog, make sure you don’t feed anything you find on the following list !


Foods that are perfectly suitable for human consumption, may be toxic and even poisonous to your canine friends. The ones in red italics are especially dangerous and often poisonous for canines.


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Apple Seeds – The casing of an apple seed is toxic to a dog as they contain a natural chemical (amygdlin) that releases cyanide when digested. Be sure to core your apples before feeding them to a dog.


Apricots – The seeds, leaves and stems of apricot plants contain cyanide, which can cause respiratory failure and the possible death of your beloved friend. Although they can consume the pulp of the fruit with no illness.


Avacado – Avocados contain Persin, which is highly toxic to dogs and can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion.



Cherries – There are many types of cherries, the plant and pit however are mildly toxic. They contain Cyanide which can cause respiratory failure and possible death. Again as with apricot the pulp is safe. If you have a cherry tree, remember to collect the fallen fruit and dispose of safely on a regular basis.


Grapes and Raisins – Never feed these to your pet, these are the ones that most dog owners are unaware of, grapes contain a toxin that damages the liver and can cause kidney failure. Grapes should be avoided at all costs, it only takes a small amount of grapes to cause these problems. It may be a treat to your dog but these little fruits are killers, so please don’t treat them with grapes or raisins.


Macadamia Nuts – These contain a toxin that results in weakness, swollen limbs, tremours, heavy panting, and could lead to possible damage of the digestive, nervous, and muscle systems. The last time I researched this, the exact toxin was actually unknown.


Plums, Persimmons, Peaches  – These fruits all contain seeds and pits, they all can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis, almost all pitted fruits contain cyanide. As with cherries remove fallen fruits on a regular basis.


Rhubarb – This contain oxalates, which can adversely affect the uninary, nervous, and digestive systems.


Fresh fruits, not including the fruits listed above. Dogs can safely enjoy bananas, apple slices, strawberries and blueberries, fresh fruits are a great treat to assist in training your dog.



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Corn on the cob The corn is digestable but the cob will block a dogs small intetine and will need to be removed surgically. Even though the corn kernel is digestible do not over do it as too much does not digest easily and will cause upsets.


Mushrooms –  Just about all of the fungi family is toxic to dogs and should be avoided. They can cause severe shock and even death.



Onions, Garlic and Chives – Any way you look at them, cooked, raw, dry,  or  powder, even in  other foods, onions are a complete no no! They are possibly the worse food item you can give to a dog, they are poisonous for dogs, and a lot worse for cats (info for you cat lovers out there).  They contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate),they cause anemia and damage red blood cells.


Raw Potatos – Although potatoes are found even in top brand, quality dog foods, in there green unripened  state they are toxic. To our dogs and also humans they are toxic. Potato Toxicity in dogs will cause seizures, nausia, vomiting and heart irregularities.


Tomatos – Although the tomatos themselves are fine, the actual plant is fairly toxic and can be harmfull to dogs. A dog would need to get through quite a lot of Stems, leaves or unripened fruit for it to be seriously harmfull. If you grow tomatos in your garden, just be aware that they have the potential to cause harm.


Fresh vegetables, certain vegetables like carrots, green beans, cucumber slices all make great treats. Fresh vegetables make great low-calorie treats and can be good training tools, but stay away from tinned and pickled vegetables. Baby carrots are a good way to slim your dog down a little bit if he’s a little overweight.



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Other Foods.


Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine – Contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds. Even just a small amount can cause problems such as vomiting and diarrhea, hyperactivity, panting, tremors, excessive thirst, abnormal heart rhythm and even seizures. Plain chocolate is actually more dangerous than milk chocolate.


Bones – Raw (uncooked) bones, are a good source of nutrition for your dog, also good for their teeth. Feeding your dog raw bones may seem like a healthy option. However you must be aware of some dangers like choking, sustaining an injury should the bone splinter, possibly puncturing your pet’s digestive system. We would recommend that you only give your dogs raw bones under supervision.  bone 2


Eggs – Raw egg whites contain an enzyme called avidin, that decreases the absorption of biotin (B vitamin) which can lead to skin problems, however in a whole egg the yolk contains more than enough biotin to even out the avidin enzyme . The main issues with raw eggs are the obvious Salmonella and E. coli. Whole eggs are an excellent source of protein and a host of vitamins for your dog.


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Opting to raise a dog is a big responsibility, you’ve welcomed another living being into your household and family. Now that you know some of the foods toxic for dogs you wil be able to avoid feeding them to your own dog. When pets do not recieve human food or table scraps they are generally better behaved than pets who do receive human food, they do not beg because they know they won’t receive food or scraps, they come to understand that human food is not for them but for humans only.



Disclaimer:  The above list is by no means all-inclusive. Information published on this website is intended for reference use only. The only clear option for ensuring your pet’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. As a general rule of thumb, it is far better to be safe than sorry, by avoiding feeding your dog any human food unless recommended by your vet.

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