25 Things Your Dog REALLY Can’t Eat!

Toxic for dogs?

Just because I’m an animal communicator doesn’t mean that I don’t run into the same problems with my pets as everyone else! Case in point:

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.

Please DO NOT post here that your dog has eaten something you are unsure of and ask if it is OK. We do not monitor this page on a daily basis. If you are questioning your dog’s behavior, CALL YOUR VET!

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

  • AlcoholCan cause intoxication, coma, and death
  • AvocadoThe 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 fruitThe 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. 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
  • 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 in NOT an exhaustive list and it is certainly 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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  1. Irene Zarate
    Irene Zarate says:

    You Didn’t Mention Watermelon Just The same I Don’t Give any of these things to my chihuahua and she is huge,

  2. Matt
    Matt says:

    My dog loves tomatoes. Also you should be less cautious and inform people that the fruit from species containing cyanide in their seeds ar absolutely safe. My puppy LOVES cut-up apples and pitted cherries.

  3. Mia
    Mia says:

    My dog ate this nasty canned Italian meatball soup with carrots and little chunks of onion! But just a small spoonful is it safe she’s acting Normal and enjoyed it

  4. Cynthia Turner
    Cynthia Turner says:

    Yes I am astonished that they cannot have some fruits my puppy wants a bit of everything,cherries almonds peaches etc the only bit of upset was from some horrible expensive dog food I bought.I would not dream of giving him the seeds or stones from these fruits as I would not eat them myself.We have chives growing in abundance outside ,does that mean I have to get rid.?I know we have different digestive systems but honestly.I have also bought some puppy milk for a treat now and then which is goats milk which they can have but only as a little treat.

  5. Pat Riley
    Pat Riley says:

    Personally I think it depends on ur pup . My pups are 2 , chow and Sherpard loves eggs . They have been eating them for a while no issued
    They had apples 2 times of course no seeds they never ate them agsin weird . It’s funny ppls no dairy products like cheese. It ok to give cheese pizza . Our dogs we hardly give human food . We have a grt dog food won’t say who don’t get paid for that review anyway but we give them baked chicken and rice they love . I make home made ice cream for them they love ( 3 ingredients 1 cup peanut butter ,3 ripe bananas , 32 oz plain yogurt . Blend , place in wat ever mode u like and freeze for 1 hr.

  6. sam
    sam says:

    Hi Dani,

    Lifesaving list for my pup!! I have just adopted a pooch and she is really cute & awesome. This is the first time I am adopting a dog and so I am unaware of the meal plan. But, after seeing this post, I would make my pup stand out while eating these dangerous stuffs. But, still you have given a list of fruits which can be served without seeds!! I will go with apples as it is my most favorite healthy snack in the breakfast!! I can share apple slices with pooch!!

  7. jackie
    jackie says:

    my dog ate pizza and I read it could give her pancreatitis she did not eat a lot of it and I need an answer quick I am worried about her

  8. Taylor Bishop
    Taylor Bishop says:

    Thanks for going over some food that is bad for dogs. I actually didn’t know that grapes could cause kidney failure in dogs. My sister has been thinking of getting a dog, so knowing these food items that the dog shouldn’t eat could be really good for her to know.

  9. Matthew Gross
    Matthew Gross says:

    According to the AKC, dogs may eat small amounts of broccoli. My dog eats quite a bit with no gastrointestinal problems.

  10. Ava
    Ava says:

    Thank you for posting this list of dangerous people foods for dogs. Sadly, my dog has eaten all of the foods on this list multiple times, and she has survived like it hardly affected her. I swear she has the stomach of a steel bar; I am quite surprised she died or become sick from all the health issues that play a role. This is crazy but we have to put a child saftey lock on our garbage can cuboard to prevent her from eating the garbage. She somehow still gets it though???


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