25 Things Your Dog REALLY Can’t Eat!

25 Things Your Dog REALLY Can’t Eat!

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Can I Eat That?

As I was steamcleaning the cantaloupe juice out of the carpet the other morning (one of my dogs had snacked on the fruit that had been sitting on the kitchen counter top), I realized that I did not know whether cantaloupe was toxic for dogs. In fact, I wished I had an easily accessible catalog of toxic foods for cases such as this. I often have people calling me in a panic because their dog ate something and they don’t know what the potential consequences are.  I have put the following together based on experience and research–I was especially surprised to learn about the dangers of avocados!

First of all, there does exist a National Animal Poison Control. You can look them up on the web at Animal Poison Control or give them a call at 800-426-4435. The drawback is that the fee for the call is $60, however in times of need, this is no more than the typical co-pay for a human to go to the emergency room. My experience and that of my clients has all been very positive with this organization.

Foods That Are Toxic To or Just-Plain-Bad for Dogs

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

Broccolli

  • 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. The avidin in egg whites will tie up the biotin so it cannot be used by the dog.”**

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

Potato peelings and green looking potatoes

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

 

This list is not meant to raise alarm – only to inform you about what to look out for. And notice… cantaloupe is not on the list! Hooray!

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172 Comments
  1. Laurie November 19, 2013 at 10:38 am

    XYLITOL!!! Absolutely deadly for dogs… According to our vet, worse than anything on the original list. It is an alternative sweetener, touted as “natural” and in gums, candies, and now I noticed in Spies yogurts. After sei, uses, coma, and days in the hospital, my 110 pound sheepdog is still alive. My Vet says the only one he’s had that survived! Please pass this on and Insist that your supermarket or natural foods store posts many warning signs.

  2. Victoria November 30, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Raw eggs are good for dogs as long as they aren’t the main meal, my dog eats all raw and he loves when he gets raw eggs, it’s a great source of good nutrition!

  3. Anne December 4, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    Hi I’ve been feeding my dog a mix of eggs sweet potato mixed frozen veggies (( corn Lima beans green peas carrots green beans) and chicken livers . Everything is well cooked I also supplement with 1 fish oil capsule twice a day he is 11.80 pounds and I feed him 2 1/2 cups a day. Does this sound like a good diet?

  4. carolyn johnson December 11, 2013 at 11:08 am

    is ham and turkey aready cooked good far dogs

    • Jennifer January 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

      You should NEVER give dogs raw or even cooked Turkey or Ham. Both cause extreme conditions of vomiting and diarrhea.

      • Tanner February 24, 2014 at 12:49 am

        Raw turkey and ham are fine for dogs as long as it’s not processed. If your dog is experiencing diarrhea and vomits it is probably because your dog isn’t used to it. My 9 month old puppy is on a raw diet and eats basically any type of meat and has never had a bad reaction to Turkey or ham.

    • brooke January 7, 2014 at 7:02 pm

      yes as long as there is no bones and is cut not big

    • mascie April 19, 2014 at 12:41 pm

      if u haven’t noticed there is no pet dog foods on the market with pork…. this is for a good reason … pork is very bad for any animal i only found this out by talking to 3 different vets and they all agreed it is the worst meat product u can give a animal

  5. Austin December 13, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    i just gave my dog a meatball and she seems to be fine.

  6. Freddy December 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I was surprised when I read that tomatoes were not good for dogs. My dog will be angry as she just loves spaghetti sauce or anything that is made with spaghetti sauces or pizza sauce! We have let her have a small saucer of spaghetti when we eat during spaghetti night suppers and she hasn’t dropped a morcele of sauce or anything. Please advise me if I really am ok or do we really have to curtain the spaghetti thing?

    • Fghjklas January 21, 2014 at 12:46 am

      Be safe. Better safe than sorry

  7. wolfdog January 8, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Your dog can REALLY eat raw meat. Just know where your meat is coming from and thats its fresh.

  8. Laz January 9, 2014 at 1:19 am

    I’m getting a dog late this month and I’m just researching. So thank you this really helped

    • Laz January 9, 2014 at 1:21 am

      Hi

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  10. Susan January 18, 2014 at 6:02 pm

    My dog is crazy for root veggies and cabbage. are they okay for her?

  11. John Ward January 27, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Hi All just a quick question, My daft Mini Schnauzer has to my shock eaten 4 uncooked sprouts. I s this harmfull

    • admin January 28, 2014 at 7:19 am

      Your dog is probably fine, but the best option is ALWAYS to check with your vet.

  12. Angel Horrigan January 27, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    My dog loves eating raw tomatoes, and has never gotten sick from it. Should I stop her from eating them?I kinda ddon’t want to stop her eating them if it’s not serious. She loves them. Also, she only eats the small yellow tomato variety.

  13. nas January 28, 2014 at 7:10 am

    My dog has tried different foods at times that other ppl say that you shouldn’t give your dog that it could cause wateva.. yes some foods are toxic but so are foods us humans eat..there’s to many opinions that think they know it cause they are sheep or there animal has eaten something it shouldn’t have.. they were fine hunting and eating things for survival before even known as pets to mankind.. this post isn’t to upset anyone just having a say like everyone else

  14. nisha February 1, 2014 at 12:03 am

    i gave my dog peaches and he was fine so i dont if i should stop

  15. nisha February 1, 2014 at 12:06 am

    and i gave my dog hot dogs chopped up and he is fine cuz we just had hi check up last week

  16. Spencer February 3, 2014 at 8:55 am

    My dog ate something that i don’t know of and now she is acting very lethargic and is vomiting. I have no idea what she could’ve gotten into.

    • admin February 3, 2014 at 1:19 pm

      Please take your dog immediately to the vet then. You don’t want to take any chances – a trip to the vet could save you a lot of heartache.
      ~Danielle

    • hope April 15, 2014 at 2:40 pm

      Always keep charcoal on hand. Available at any feed storew.

  17. Betty February 5, 2014 at 7:23 am

    I feed my dogs only grain free dog foods and meat scrapes . No. Sweets and no bread.
    I do give them cream cheese for giving pills.
    The three that our now gone lived to 15 years old.
    If they go to mcdonalds they get a hamburger minus the roll .

  18. Carmela February 5, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    Can I give my dog meatball with no tomato sauce just boiled in water

  19. Elizabeth Scott February 20, 2014 at 1:30 am

    We almost lost our small dog from cooked turkey.she was throwing up, lethargic, not eating and blood from both ends.she was sick for a week.We had x-rays done and the blood test was perfect.She had a lot of gas in her intestines.A lot of prayers food ground up and force fed her with an eye dropper and lots of pedialite.A thousand tears later and shes back on her feet.

  20. lexi February 22, 2014 at 12:22 am

    my vet reccomends baby food for dogs when they are constipated… my vet is awesome and never makes stuff up

  21. Donovan March 10, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    my dog is eating apple but she only eat the fruit not the middle part, i think she know seeds are bad for her, raisins my dog love so much.. my dog is very healty the problem is he dont like rice.. only meat, fruits, liver and vagetables…

  22. Amanda March 29, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    You forgot macadamia nuts! they are bad for your dog. You shouldn’t give your dog macadamia nuts or foods containing macadamia nuts because they can be fatal as few as six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog ill. Symptoms of poisoning include muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heartbeat. Eating chocolate with macadamia nuts will make symptoms worse, possibly leading to death.

  23. Kim Anderson April 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Our docs are also grain free but eat all vegis and fruits they want….2 lived to 18 yrs old! Current golden retriever loves 90% all vegis and fruit! I think, just like humans, each dog is different. Ours gets sick from cooked meat! Great Vegan she is, O
    ops she loves her seafood as we’ll:-)

  24. Jessi April 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    I live on 13acres that are wooded and my dogs eat everything from acorns to walnuts they even catch small wild animals at times and our veggie patch is never safe from them. The only things I try to keep from them are citrus fruits and chocolate all of them except two are in the double digits now so I believe they know what they can and can not eat out doors . Some vet think anything that does not come from them is bad for dogs so it really is up to you to know your pup .

  25. Ollie April 7, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I give my dichon cesar canine cuisine mixed with all meats except pork as long as they r well done however i saw blood in her stool this morning and she refuses eat. I have made an appt. She can’t be seen until wednesday should i try and make her eat, ??

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