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10 Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs

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It’s crucial to know what foods to avoid feeding dogs because many human meals can be toxic or hazardous to them. In this article, we’ll cover ten toxic foods that are dangerous to dogs.

Toxic Foods for Dogs

1. Chocolate

Chocolate contains a chemical called theobromine, which is toxic to dogs. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate are especially dangerous; the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it is. It can induce symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, and trembling and can even lead to death.

2. Raisins and grapes

Though the exact cause of toxicity is unknown, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. Dogs that have eaten either should seek veterinary attention immediately.

3. Onions and garlic

Garlic and onions both include elements that can harm a dog’s red blood cells and cause anemia. Dogs should never consume large amounts of either.

4. Avocado

Avocado includes a substance called persin that can make dogs throw up and have diarrhea.

5. Nuts

Although dogs can occasionally have nuts as treats, they can be deadly if consumed in large amounts. Macadamia and walnuts are especially toxic to them. Consuming them can result in symptoms like heat, vomiting, and trembling.

6. Alcohol

Dogs shouldn’t ever drink alcohol because it might be harmful or even fatal to them.

7. Raw yeast

Raw yeast dough can expand in the dog’s stomach and cause severe pain, vomiting, and bloating. It can also lead to alcohol poisoning.

8. Cooked bones

Cooked bones may splinter and create gastrointestinal obstructions or rips in dogs. Opt for uncooked bones instead, or bones prepared specifically for dogs.

9. Fatty foods

Giving dogs a lot of fat-containing food can cause pancreatitis, a dangerous illness that can be fatal.

10. Candy and gum

Xylitol-containing candies and gum might cause dogs to release insulin quickly, which can result in hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Hypoglycemia can cause seizures, loss of coordination, and vomiting.


Be sure to keep these ten foods away from your pup. Not only can they make them sick, but some of them can even be fatal!

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