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Food Dogs Should Never Eat

1. Chocolate
  • Contains a highly toxic substance called ‘methylxanthines’, which are stimulants that are known to stop a dog’s metabolic process

  • Even small amounts of chocolate (especially dark) can cause diarrhea and vomiting

  • Large amounts can cause seizures, irregular heart function, and even death

  • If your dog does ingest chocolate, contact a vet or a pet poison hotline as soon as possible

  • Side effects include: vomiting, diarrhea, and difficulty breathing

2. The Fatal 8” – Fruits and Vegetables your dog should avoid​

1.    Grapes, Raisins, and Currants:

  • Known to be one of the most dangerous types of foods your dog can eat

  • Consuming as few as 4 grapes/raisins can cause irreversible kidney damage

  • Within hours after consumption, your dog may experience vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain or even stumbling when walking

2.    Onions, Garlic, and Chives:

  • Consuming any form of garlic, onions, or chives (raw, cooked, or powdered) will lead to serious health issues for dogs

  • Consumption can destroy your dog’s blood cells, causing anemia and irreparable harm to the kidneys

  • Within hours after consumption, your dog may show signs of weakness, breathlessness, tiredness, and experience both vomiting and bloody urine

3.    Persimmons, Peaches, Plums, Apricots, and Cherries

  • The seed in persimmons lead to inflammation of the small instestine

  • The seeds/pits in peaches, plums, apricots, and cherries contain a ‘cyanide’, which is a chemical that is poisonous to both humans and dogs

4.    Mushrooms:

  • Wild mushrooms are toxic for dogs

  • Even though only 100 of the 50,000 mushroom species worldwide are considered toxic, the ones that are, can lead to death

  • Washed mushrooms from the supermarket could be ok, but it’s better to be safe than sorry

  • Stay away from fungi in general is the best way to avoid any problems

5.    Tomato plants:

  • ‘Atropine’ and ‘tomatine’ are substances that can be poisonous to dogs – they are found in the stems, vines, and leaves of tomato plants

  • Symptoms such as dilated pupils, tremors, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, and drooling can occur after consumption – even death

  • Consuming unripe tomatoes may cause gastronomical pain for your dog, even though eating ripe tomatoes are unlikely to cause any problems

  • If you decide to give your dog tomato – do so in small amounts, and only give the fruit part

  • It is safest if your tomato is ripe and red

6.    Potatoes (raw and unripe):

  • Contain ‘solanum alkaloids’ (solanine) – can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and irregular heartbeats

  • Contain harmful ‘oxalates’, which lead to problems in the kidneys, digestive tract, and nervous system

7.    Rhubarb

  • Contains ‘oxalates’ – consumption of this type of plant lead to problems with your dogs nervous system, digestive tract, and kidneys

  • Rhubarb can also reduce the calcium in your dog, which can lead to renal failure

8.   Figs

  • Causes allergic reaction to some dogs

  • Fig is grown on the Ficus Tree, which causes skin inflammation if your dog comes into contact with it

  • Can also cause diarrhea and vomiting if ingested


  • Contains milk sugar that dogs don’t have the enzymes to break down

  • Consumption of milk could lead to vomiting, diarrhea and gastrointestinal problems

  •  Although it is not immediately life-threatening, it can lead to serious bacterial exposure in dogs that could end up causing a disease

3. Milk
  • Like milk, cheese has sugar and fatty components that dogs don’t have the enzymes to break down

  • If consumed in excess – side effects are gas, diarrhea, and vomiting

4. Cheese
  •  2 problems: First, is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria like Salmonella or E coli

5. Raw Eggs
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