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Dangerous Foods for Dogs

Dangerous foods for dogs. Are you sure you really know what kind of food is toxic for your dog? Unfortunately, what’s tasty is not always safe. And, what’s safe for you doesn’t mean that is safe for your dog also.

Some of the "healthy stuff" we eat can be very

dangerous foods for dogs. They could even KILL them.

In this page you’ll find a list with all the foods, as well as things dogs might see as food, so that you can prevent poisoning, vomiting, diarrhea and other unpleasant and more serious situations.

Every dog owner knows that food is a top priority in a dog’s life. Dogs simply LOVE to eat.

And you know what? They love human food in particular. Why? Because it is tasty, it smells good and they watch us eating many times during the day.

Human food might be a temptation but it is not always a safe option. Although, there are some human foods you can give to your dog as healthy treats, some others are really dangerous foods for dogs.

I’ve sorted all the toxic foods for dogs into two categories.

First category:
What you should NEVER give to a dog


Chocolate is one of the most dangerous foods for dogs that can even lead a dog to death. It contains theobromine and caffeine which are extremely toxic to dogs. Dark chocolate is the most dangerous of all but you should make sure that your dog stays away from all kinds of chocolate.

Keep dogs away from chocolate

Ice cream - Birthday cakes – Candy – All Sorts of Sweets

Too much sugar, too many calories. There is no doubt that sugar is very high in the list of dangerous foods for dogs. It affects the blood and can cause diabetes, it’s too bad for your dog’s teeth and also adds extra weight really fast.

Cooked bones
The truth is that dogs get crazy about cooked bones. Every one knows that. But if you feed them to your dogs keep in the back of your mind that you should be prepared for an urgent visit to the vet's office. Many dogs have suffered serious injuries after eating cooked bones as they splinter and can seriously damage the dog’s inner organs. Poultry bones are the most dangerous of all. Eating cooked bones is also a reason for serious constipation in dogs.


Fatty Leftovers - Table Scraps

I know, I know, this one is tough. Especially when you have two innocent eyes staring at you. Dogs that beg for food can make your life difficult.

However, feeding your dog with table scraps and fatty leftovers is a certain way to obesity. It is hard to realize how many extra calories you feed your dog this way and how difficult it is for a dog to loose that extra weight. Fatty food can also cause pancreatitis, and you certainly don’t want that for your dog.

There are some of the things you eat though that you can offer to your furry friend. A lean piece of meat for example is a safe choice that will certainly please her. See more about healthy dog treats here.

Onions and Garlic

Especially toxic foods for dogs that you should also avoid (cooked, raw, in pies, snacks etc). They can upset your pet’s stomach causing poisoning. Difficulties in breathing, weakness and vomiting are just some of the symptoms. In large amounts they affect their red blood cells and lead to anemia and even death.

Note about garlic: In very small amounts garlic can be used in homemade dog treat recipes.

Grapes and Raisins
Two more dangerous foods for dogs that can cause a variety of problems. From increasing the heart rate and seizures to kidney failure and death. If you suspect that your dog has eaten grapes or raisins please rush to the vet as soon as possible.

Giving salty food to a dog is also a BIG NO. Human food with salt, chips, doritos and things like that should be avoided. Excessive thirst and urination, vomiting, diarrhea and seizures are some of the most common symptoms of a dog that has eaten a lot of salty food.

Milk – Dairy Products
It is not a good idea to give milk and other dairy products to a dog. That would upset its stomach and you’ll have to deal with the usual unpleasant results. Diarrhea, vomiting etc. Just one or two table spoons of yogurt, depending on the size of your pet, or a small piece of law fat cheese is all you can give your dog.

Large amounts of liver
Liver is very nutritious and tasty. We often use it in dog treat recipes, as I do for the gourmet dog treat recipes. However, it is one of those "special" foods you should give in moderation. Large amounts of liver can harm your dog’s health.

Macadamia nuts
Even a small amount of them can be very poisonous for your dog. So make sure your dog has no access to macadamia nuts or cookies that contain them.


They contain a substance called persin, which is found in the fruit, the bark, the leaves and the seed. Keep this fruit away from your dog.


Second category

Dangerous foods for dogs that go under the title, "Why on earth would I ever think of giving that to my dog?"

This list doesn’t have foods that any reasonable pet owner would think of giving to a dog. It’s all about what a dog might think as food and gulps down before you know it. So, read this list and make sure that your best friend has no access to any of these dangerous "foods" for dogs .

All alcoholic beverages, beer, wine, whiskey, cocktails are toxic to a dog. Food that is cooked with alcohol included. All these are absolutely forbidden. Remember, a dog’s body is so much smaller that ours and even a little alcohol can have a toxic effect. The result could vary from difficulties in breathing, staggering, vomiting and diarrhea to coma and even death.

Now, if you’re wondering "who would even consider of giving alcohol to a dog" (a reasonable question), think again. Accidents happen and a dog can lick the wine or beer that poured all over the floor in seconds.

Chewing gums
They contain a substance called Xylitol, which is also found in many sugar free products. It can cause a rapid drop in your dog’s blood sugar. Lethargy, weakness and seizures are only some of the symptoms your dog will experience.

Coffee – Tea - Cola - Cocoa and other drinks containing caffeine. Also, grounds and beans of coffee.
They all contain caffeine and large consumption of any of them can kill your dog. Keep your precious baby away form all that.


Things that your dogs could find in the house:

  • in the kitchen
  • in the bathroom
  • on the floor
  • in the trash bin

 and for some strange (to us) reason would like to eat.

What is THE MOST POISONOUS of all?


Pennies minted after 1982 are over 95% zinc and just 1 or 2 can cause zinc toxicity. In other words that means anemia, serious liver or kidney problems and even DEATH. So, be VERY careful and make sure that your dog will not find any penny (or other coins) on the floor.

Watch what happened to Penny who ate a Penny. A warning for all dog parents!

And also:

  • Green potatoes

  • Core seeds, stems and leaves of apples, cherries, peaches, plums.

  • Moldy or spoiled food

  • Tobacco

  • Tomato peelings

  • Toothpaste

  • Yeast dough (unbaked)
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda

  • Human medicine

  • Body lotion

  • Baby oil
  • Antifreeze

      (leaking from a car radiator )

All these are very dangerous foods for dogs. The impact on your pet’s health depends on the size of the dog, the amount of food as well as the frequency that he or she is exposed to them.

Some people may say "Well, I know a dog that eats this or that and nothing bad has happened".

Nothing bad has happened YET I would add.

Your dog's health and well being is 100% on your hands. So, make sure you do what is right at all times.

Now, that you've learned everything you needed to know about toxic and dangerous foods for dogs your are ready to start cooking homemade dog food recipesand baking easy treat recipes for your best friend. 

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