Foods That Are Dangerous


Avocado – contains a substance called persin that may be toxic to dogs. It is found in the fruit, seed, leaves and bark of the avocado.

Alcohol – it has the same effect on your dog’s liver and brain as it does on humans. The smaller the dog the more dangers alcohol presents.

Animal fat – both cooked and raw can cause pancreatitis in dogs.

Baby food – may contain onion powder which is toxic to dogs.

Caffeine – coffee, tea, cola, chocolates, and drinks like Red Bull, in sufficient quantities can be fatal to dogs.

Candy – any candy, gum, baked goods and diet foods sweetened with xylitol can cause a dog’s blood sugar level to drop and can also cause liver damage.

Cat food – generally too high in proteins

Chocolate – can cause seizures, abnormal heart rhythms, and possible death in dogs.

Cooked bones – can splinter and cause damages to a dog’s digestive system

Grapes and Raisins – they can cause kidney failure in dogs.

Milk and Ice Cream – can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems in dogs.

Mushrooms – can contain toxins that can be harmful to multiple systems in a dog’s body.

Nuts, as a whole, can be very harmful to dogs.
1. Almonds – can lead to gastro intestinal problems.
2. Hickory nuts – same effects as walnuts.
3. Macadamia nuts – as few as 6 nuts, raw or roasted, can be fatal to dogs. Symptoms     include muscle temors, paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, high body temperatures and rapid heart rate. It can also lead to pancreatitus. There are reports that possible neurological damage can occur.
4. Pastachio nuts – can lead to gastro intestinal problems as well as pancreatitus.
5. Pecans – same effect as walnuts.
6. Walnuts – can lead to gastro intestinal problems. Moldy walnuts contain tremorgenic mycotoxins which can lead to seizures or neurologic problems.

Onions and Garlic – they can destroy the red blood cells of dogs and lead to anemia. All forms of onions and garlic are dangerous.

Peaches and Plums – the seeds contain cyanide.

Raw eggs – dogs can contract salmonella or E. coli.

Raw fish – trout, salmon, shad or sturgeon may contain parasites that, if not treated, can lead to death within a couple of weeks. Thoroughly cooking the fish will kill the parasites. Feeding a dog high amounts of fish can lead to a thiamine (vitamin B) deficiency, leading to a loss of appetite.

Raw liver – in large amounts (more than 3 times a week) can lead to vitamin A toxicity.

Rhubarb – contains oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.

Salt – can cause excessive thirst and urination and lead to sodium ion poisoning.

Tobacco – contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and the nervous systems.

Tomatoes – Can cause tremors and irregular heartbeats.

Xylitol – this artificial sweetener is found in diet products and can cause sudden drop in blood pressure leading to loss of coordination and seizures.

Yeast dough – will expand in the dog’s stomach causing severe pain.

If you suspect your dog has eaten something dangerous, call:
1. Your local vet
2. Your local emergency clinic
3. ASPCA Poison Control Center 888-426-4435