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Foods to Absolutely AVOID for Dogs!


To keep your pet safe and healthy, please use caution and Do NOT give your pets access to these potentially dangerous foods and household items:


  • Alcohol – Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.


  • Avocado – The fruit, pit and plant are all toxic. The toxic ingredient in avocado is called persin. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart, vomiting, diarrhea, death, inflammation of mammary glands, cardiac failure, respiratory distress, generalized congestion, abdominal enlargement.


  • Apple, Almond, Apricot, Peach, Cherry, Plum, Pear, Prunes & similar fruit – The seeds of these fruits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans causing diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, (Stem, Seeds and Leaves).

  • Baby Food – Can contain onion power which can be toxic to dogs.

  • Broccoli – Gastrointestinal irritant.

  • Cat Food – Usually too high in protein and fats.

  • Chocolate – Chocolate can cause seizures, coma and death. Baker’s chocolate is the most dangerous. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not as concentrated, but it is still dangerous.

  • Citrus Oil Extracts – Can cause vomiting.

  • Coffee, Coffee grounds, tea and tea bags –Drinks/foods containing caffeine cause many of the same symptoms chocolate causes.

  • Eggs (raw) Raw eggs can cause salmonella poisoning in dogs. Dogs have a shorter digestive tract than humans and are not as likely to suffer from food poisoning, but it is still possible. If your dog has a partial blockage in their intestines where food can be trapped, e coli or salmonella could breed more easily.  Egg white contains the protein ‘avidin’ which forms a stable and biologically inactive complex with biotin.


  • Fat Trimmings – Fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis.


  • Iron – Human vitamin supplements containing iron can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.

  • Macadamia nuts – Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, muscle tremor and paralysis.

  • Marijuana – Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.

  • Milk and other dairy products – Some adult dogs do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhea. Lactose-free milk products are available for pets.

  • Mushrooms – Acute gastric effects, liver and kidney damage, abdominal pain, nausea, salivation, vomiting.

  • Nutmeg – Tremors, seizures and death.

  • Tobacco – Nausea, salivation, vomiting, tachycardia (rapid heartbeat).

  • Onion – Gastrointestinal upset, anemia, destroys red blood cells.

  • Grapes, Raisins, Prunes – Kidney failure, as little as a single serving of grapes or raisins can kill a dog.

  • Persimmons Seeds – Can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.

  • Salt – Excessive intake can cause kidney problems.

  • Tomatoes – Tomatoes can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias. Tomato plants and the most toxic, but tomatoes themselves are also unsafe.


  •  Yeast Dough – Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.



Other Toxins:


  • Baking Powder and Baking Soda

  • Donuts

  • Dates

  • Pork Products

  • Grapefruit

  • Garlic

  • Jalapenos

  • Jambalaya

  • Mustard Seeds

  • Peppers

  • Rhubarb

  • Udon Noodles

  • Cooked Bones

  • Raw Eggs

  • Raw Fish

  • Aspirin

  • Hops (Beer)

  • Ibuprofen

  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen)

  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener in some sugar-less gum, candy & some peanut butter


Other Poisons:


  • Easter Lily

  • Jasmine

  • Kaffer Lily

  • Larkspur

  • Lilac

  • Queen Anne’s Lace

  • Sago Palms

  • Virginia Creeper

  • Wolfbane

  • Zephyr Lily


  • Antifreeze



Safe in Moderation Only:


Milk, Ice Cream, Dairy - Use low-fat cottage cheese or low-fat  plain yogurt with caution

Cheese – Small amounts only


Citrus and Citrus Oil Extracts



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