Toxic foods your dog should never eat

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We all know what is good and bad for us, eand even though we don’t always eat healthy our dogs don’t get to choose their food. It’s important to know what foods could be dangerous, even deadly if your dog was to eat them.

47 Foods your dog should avoid

Can dogs drink Alcohol?

Under no circumstances should your dog drink alcohol. Most cases of Alcohol ingestion are accidental. Take special care at parties not to leave alcoholic drinks laying around.

Symptoms of alcohol poisoning may include vomiting, diarrhea, coordination problems, breathing problems, coma and may even lead to death.

Symptoms of alcool poisining may include vomiting, diarrhea, coordination problems, breathing problems, coma, even can even lead to death.

Can Dogs eat Almonds?

Almonds are safe for your dog but we recommend avoiding them due to the chocking hazard they present. Salted almonds could cause water retention which may be bad for heart health.

Can dogs eat Apples?

The flesh of an Apple is not toxic but beware the core, best to cut small pieces of apple to feed your dog if he likes apples.

Can dogs eat Apricot, Cherry, Mangoes, Peaches, Persimmons & Plums?

It’s not the fruit but the seeds and pits. Cherry, Peach and Plum Pits contain Cyanide. Persimmon seeds can block the intestine and cause inflammation. Keep these fruits away from your dog.

Can dogs eat Avocados?

Persin is a toxin found in all parts of the Avocado and the plant. Avocado pits could also get stuck and cause obstructions in your dogs intestines. Symptoms of Avocado poisonings may include diarrhea, vomiting and heart and muscle damage.

Can my dog eat cooked bones?

Avoid cooked bones, they can splinter and cause damage to the digestive tract. Turkey and chicken bones may be particularly prone to splinter.

Can my dog eat raw bones?

Raw bones may be a great treat for your dog, they help with tooth and gum health and the marrow is very nutritious. We get our butcher to chop up cow femurs for our dogs.

Can my dog eat Broccoli?

Broccoli contains isothiocyanates which can be harmful to pets in very large dose, limit the amount they eat. Broccoli stalks could also cause an obstruction if swallowed.

Can my dog eat Caffeine & Coffee grounds?

Avoid coffee, coffee beans, grounds and even tea bags/leaves. Caffeine can be fatal, it contains methylxanthines. Symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, tremors and irregular heartbeats. If you think your dog has ingested coffee, call your vet.

Can my dog eat Cat Food?

Cat food is ideal for cats, not dogs. Cats need more protein and fats than dogs and cat food may cause obesity, upset stomachs and pancreatitis.

Can my dog eat Cherries, seeds and pits?

Cherry leaves, seeds and pits contain cyanide. Pits can also pose a choking hazard, keep away from your dog.

Can my dog eat Cinnamon?

While Cinnamon isn’t toxic it should be avoided. It can cause inflammation in a dogs mouth making him uncomfortable and nauseous. If your dog has ingested cinnamon symptoms may include low blood sugar and too much and can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, increased, or decreased heart rate, and even liver disease. Powdered cinnamon can also cause difficulty breathing, coughing and choking.

Can my dog eat Chicken skin & turkey skin?

Chicken skin is not toxic but is not recommended due to it’s high fat content which can cause stomach upset and in large amounts could lead to pancreatitis.

Can my dog eat Chocolate?

While we love chocolate, keep it away from your dog, It contains a toxin called methylxanthines, which can be fatal even in small amounts. Small amounts may cause diarrhea and vomiting, larger amounts may cause seizures, irregular heartbeat and even death.

Can my dogs eat Citrus fruits?

Citrus fruits are very acidic and can cause stomach upsets, so can the essential oils in the skin.

Can my dog eat Coconut, Coconut oil, Coconut milk and Coconut water?

Coconut is safe for your dog to eat the flesh and milk may cause stomach upset or diareah in some dogs. The ASPCA advises not to give your dog coconut water due to it’s high potassium content.

Can my dog eat Corn on the Cob

The corn itself is safe for your dog, but if your dog eats corn on the cob he may choke on parts of the cob if swallowed.

Can my dog eat fat trimmings?

Fat may cause pancreatitis. Older dogs and breeds such as miniature schnazuers and Yorkies may be more prone to this.

Can my dog eat Garlic?

While many of us use garlic in abundance even a small amount may be hazardous to your dogs health. Garlic may damage the red blood cells in your dog causing anemia. Symptoms may include weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems.

Can my dog eat Grapes?

The exact ingredient that causes illness in dogs is unknown, but grapes and raisins cause liver damage and kidney failure.

Can my dog eat Hops?

Hops used in home brewing are highly toxic for your dog. Symptoms may include vomiting, panting, increased heart rate, fever, and even death.

Can my dog eat human vitamins?

Vitamins meant for people are not always saf for dogs, if your dogs gets into your vitamins call your vet.

Can my dog eat Ice cream?

Ice cream may cause diareah in your dog and trigger food allergies, water is best for your dog on a hot day.

Can my dog eat Leeks?

Leeks are part of the same family as onions and garlic and can damage your dogs red blood cells and cause anemia.

Can my dog eat Liver?

Liver is safe for dogs but contains large amounts of vitamin A which can cause stomach upsets and can affect puppies joints.

Can my dog eat Macadamia nuts?

Like grapes and raisins it’s unknown what causes issues in dogs, but Macadamia nuts can cause muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperature, and weakness in their back legs.

Can my dog eat Marijuana?

Even small amounts of Marijuana can be harmful to your dog. Symptoms of Marijuana intoxication in dogs may include slow response times, dribbling urine, heart rate change, neurological stimulation, hyperactivity, coma, and even death. If your dog gets into your stash call your vet.

Can dogs drink Milk?

Dogs lack the enzymes to digest the sugars and fatty acids in milk, This may cause diareah or gastrointestinal upset.

Can dogs eat Moldy foods

Feed your dog fresh food, you wouldon’t eat moly food would you? Why expect your dog to? Bacteria and micotoxins . Keep your garbace secure to stop your dog sumpster diving.

Can my dog eat Mushrooms?

WIld msuhrooms can be toxic to pople anf dogs, only feed store bought white mushrooms.

Can my dog eat Nutmeg?

Keep nutmeg and foods spiced with nutmeg out of your dogs diet, it may cause hallucinations and vomiting.

Can my dog eat Onions?

Dogs should not eat even a little bit of onion or garlic, it may damage red bloos cells and cause anemia.

Can my dogs eat Potatoes?

Recent research has shown that Potatoes may not be a good part of an evryday diet “The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently issued an alert about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs eating certain pet foods containing peas, lentils, other legume seeds, or potatoes as main ingredients. DCM is a disease of the heart muscle that leads to reduced heart pumping function and increased heart size. The alterations in heart function and structure can result in severe consequences such as congestive heart failure or sudden cardiac death. While the most common cause of DCM is genetic, on rare occasions other factors can also result in the condition, particularly in breeds that are not frequently affected.”

If your going to feed your dog potatoes it’s recommended they are baked or boiled without added salt or butter

Can my dogs eat raw Potatoes?

Dogs should never be fed raw potatoes as they contain solanine, which is toxic for dogs

Can my dog eat Pecans?

Like almonds and walnuts, Pecans contain a lot of fat and oils, this may cause nausea, diarrhea and possibly pancreatitis.

Can my dog eat Persimons?

The flesh is packed with goodness, vitamin A & C, but the seeds and pits may cause intestinal blockages.

Can my dog eat Plums?

The fruit is safe for your dog, but the pits can be a choking hazard and also contain cyanide.

Can my dog eat Raisins?

Raisins like grapes are toxic for your dog, while the exact mechanism or substance that causes toxicity is unknow eating these can cause kidney failure in dogs.

Can my dog eat raw meat

E-coli and salmonella could be lurking on raw meat, best to avoid this for your dog.

Can my dog eat Rhubarb leaves?

Rhubarb contains oxylates which may induce drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, weakness, tremors, and bloody urine.

Can my dog eat Salt & Salty snack foods?

Salt may be dangerous to for your dog in excess, best to avoid feeding your dog potato chips, popcorn or pretzels. Besides dehydration salt can cause sodium ion poisoning, symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death.

Can my dog eat sugary food and drinks?

Just as in people sugar and corn syrup may lead to weight gain, diabetes, and tooth decay.

Can my dog drink tea?

Tea, tea bags and loose leaf tea contains caffeine for dogs. Caffeine can be fatal, it contains methylxanthines. Symptoms may include diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, tremors and irregular heartbeats. If you think your dog has ingested coffee, call your vet.

Can my dog eat tobacco?

Tobacco is dangerous, keep your dog from picking up cigarette butts and keep cigarette packs out of reach. If your dog gets into Tobacco contact your vet immediately. Symptoms may include clumsiness, rapid or irregular heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, shaking body, drooling, seizures, and uncharacteristic activity/behaviors.

Can my dog eat Tomatoes and tomato leaves?

A ripe red tomato is harmless, however an unripe tomato or the leaves and stems contain solanine which is toxic to dogs.

Can my dog eat Walnuts?

Walnuts contain lots of oil and fats which can cause vomiting, diareah and even pancreatatis.

Can my dogs eat Xylitol?

Xylotol is highly toxic for dogs, this sugar substitute is found in many prepared foods, it causes low blood sugar in dogs which can be fatal, even a few pieces of xylotol sugar free gum can be fatal symptoms include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination, and seizures’.

Can my dog eat Yeast Dough

Don’t let your dog eat bread or pizza dough, the dough can ferment inside a dogs stomach leading to alcohol poisoning. The dough will also rise and can cause pain and bloating.

Why is chocolate toxic to dogs?

Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that dogs cannot metabolize efficiently. Ingestion can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, seizures, and even death, depending on the amount and type of chocolate consumed.

Are grapes and raisins safe for dogs to eat?

No, grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs and can cause acute kidney failure. Even small amounts can lead to severe health issues. If your dog ingests grapes or raisins, seek immediate veterinary care.

Can dogs eat avocado?

Avocado contains a toxin called persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. While the risk is generally low, it’s best to avoid feeding avocado to your dog, particularly the skin and pit, which pose a choking hazard and can lead to intestinal blockages.

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My passion for dogs started in childhood growing up in a household full of dogs. I have been breading American Bulldogs since 1998, as a breeder, show judge, trainer and lifelong student of dogs and their behavior. I am the owner of this website whose roots go back to a labor of love started in 1998.

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