Unfortunately, there are some foods that are toxic for your dog, but luckily you can avoid them!

We all hate it when we have to tell our dogs what they can and can’t eat. But unfortunately, there are some foods that toxic for your dog, but luckily you can avoid them!

Some foods are toxic to dogs (i.e., harmful or poisonous), others are dangerous to dogs, and still others are just plain bad for your pet—but fortunately these lists aren’t too long. If you stick with the following list of foods that you should never feed your canine companion, you should be in good shape:

Moldy food

Moldy food can be dangerous for your dog. Moldy food can cause your dog to get sick, vomit, and have diarrhea. If your dog eats enough moldy food, he could have liver failure or even die.


Chocolate is one of the most toxic foods for dogs, so you might be tempted to share a piece of your chocolate cake with them. But chocolate contains theobromine, a toxic ingredient for dogs. Chocolate can also contain caffeine, which can be toxic for dogs. Even in small amounts, chocolate can make your pet very ill or even kill them! So remember: never give chocolate to your dog!


Avocado contains a substance called persin, which is toxic to dogs. While eating avocado is not likely to be fatal, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea and abdominal pain in your dog. Avocado toxicity is only harmful to dogs; avocado poisoning will not harm cats.

If you suspect that your dog has eaten avocado or any other potentially poisonous foodstuffs while they were on their own with you away from home (such as when visiting a friend or family member), take them to the vet immediately so they can be checked over and treated if necessary.

Onions and garlic.

These foods are toxic for your dog and can result in anemia, stomach problems, organ failure and even death. If you suspect your dog has consumed onions or garlic, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Grapes and raisins

Grapes and raisins contain a toxin called Cyanide, which can cause kidney failure in dogs. They will also vomit, become lethargic, and have diarrhea if they eat too many of them. While grapes and raisins are toxic to dogs, they do not pose the same danger to humans.

There is no recommended treatment for your dog if it ingests too many of these foods—the best thing you can do is take him or her to the vet immediately. Unfortunately, this may not help as much as hoped: grape/raisin toxicity is often fatal no matter what steps are taken by an animal care professional


Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener used in many products, including chewing gum and toothpaste. It can cause a dangerous drop in blood sugar, liver failure and seizures. If you suspect that your dog has eaten xylitol-containing products such as gum or candy (and remember that some peanut butters contain xylitol), take him or her to the vet right away. Go there even if symptoms are not immediate, because it can take up to 12 hours for them to appear.

In addition to the risk of low blood sugar and liver failure, dogs have another reason not to eat chocolate: caffeine! Chocolate contains caffeine (along with other chemicals), which causes dogs’ hearts to race quickly and irregularly; this can lead to heart attacks and seizures.


Caffeine is a stimulant and it can cause heart problems, anxiety, hyperactivity, seizures and tremors.

A lot of things are toxic to dogs but caffeine is one of the most dangerous food items for your dog. If you have any coffee beans in your house then keep them out of reach from Fido!


Alcoholic beverages can be toxic to dogs, as the liver cannot process alcohol in a way that is safe for your dog. Even small amounts of alcohol can cause anemia and liver failure.

Fat trimmings and bones

Fat trimmings and bones can cause pancreatitis, obesity, diabetes, kidney failure, or liver failure. If your dog eats any of these foods, they need immediate veterinary care to prevent further damage to their health.


We hope that you and your furry friend stay safe, healthy, and out of harm’s way. The important thing is to keep on trying. As we covered earlier, you don’t have to go super hard on yourself for slip-ups, because this journey can take time and looks different for everyone. Plus, don’t forget that the best way to keep yourself on track is to keep it fun, keep it positive, and keep yourself engaged with the people and the world around you. After all, caring about others is a great reason to switch to this lifestyle in the first place!

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