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What Foods Are Toxic for Dogs

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There are certain foods that you should not feed your dog under any occasion. While individual cases will vary based on breed, weight, and other factors — in general this list of foods dogs can’t eat applies to all dogs and should be carefully followed to avoid accidents. Take note and print out our helpful infographic to keep on-hand in your kitchen so you know what food dogs can’t eat.

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Foods that are perfectly suitable for human consumption, as well as other animals, may be toxic and even poisonous to your dog, posing a serious threat to its health and well-being. Why? Because all animals have very different rates of metabolism. Metabolism is basically the process of breaking down food and turning it into energy.

Please note that while we’re attempting to add every food we can find that is potentially unsafe for dogs, there are certain foods that we may miss, so don’t consider a food safe to feed to our dog just because it’s not on this list of foods bad for dogs. Do your research if you are uncertain and let us know by adding a comment below with your new information so that we can keep this list of food bad for dogs updated. If you are worried about something your pet consumed, please call your vet promptly.

List of Foods Not to Feed Your Dog

Here’s an alphabetized list of foods that are unsafe and unfit for canine consumption, many of which are toxic for dogs. We’ll be updating it and adding toxic foods for dogs as we learn more. The ones in red italics are especially dangerous and often poisonous for canines.

And be sure to look below this list for a helpful and sharable infographic to print out and keep on your fridge so you know what things dogs can’t eat. Without further ado, our list of what can’t dogs eat.

Alcohol – I’m sure you’ve heard of the birthday parties where the dog accidentally gets into some of the spilled keg beer, and then gets all silly to the amusement of the crowd. While it may be funny to you, it’s not funny to your dog. Alcohol can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, poor breathing, and abnormal acidity, but potentially even coma and/or death.

Apple Seeds – The casing of apple seeds are toxic to a dog as they contain a natural chemical (amygdlin) that releases cyanide when digested. This is really only an issue if a large amount was eaten and the seed were chewed up by the dog, causing it to enter its blood stream. But to play it safe, be sure to core and seed apples before you feed them to your dog.

Avocado – Avocados contain Persin, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion.

Baby Food – Baby food by itself isn’t terrible, just make sure it doesn’t contain any onion powder. Baby food also doesn’t contain all the nutrients a dog relies on for a healthy, well maintained diet.

Cooked Bones – When it comes to bones, the danger is that cooked bones can easily splinter when chewed by your dog. Raw (uncooked) bones, however, are appropriate and good for both your dog’s nutritional and teeth.

Candy and Chewing Gum – Not only does candy contain sugar, but it often contains Xylitol, which can lead to the over-release of insulin, kidney failure, and worse.

Cat Food – Not that they would want this anyway, but cat food contains proteins and fats that are targeted at the diet of a cat, not a dog. The protein and fat levels in cat food are too high for your dog, and not healthy.

Chocolate – You’ve probably heard this before, but chocolate is a definite no no for your pup. And it’s not just about caffeine, which is enough to harm your dog by itself, but theobromine and theophylline, which can be toxic, cause panting, vomiting, and diarrhea, and damage your dog’s heart and nervous systems.

Citrus Oil Extracts – Can cause vomiting.

Coffee – Not sure why you would give your dog coffee, but pretty much the same applies here as to chocolate. This is essentially poison for your dog if ingested.

Corn on the Cob– This is a sure way to get your dog’s intestine blocked. The corn is digested, but the cob gets lodged in the small intestine, and if it’s not removed surgically, can prove fatal to your dog. Additionally, too much corn kernels can upset the digestive tract as well so be cautious to not feed too much.

Fat Trimmings – Can cause pancreatitis.

Fish – The primary fish that you need to be careful about are salmon and trout. Raw salmon can be fatal to dogs if the fish is infected with a certain parasite, Nanophyetus salmincola. The parasite itself isn’t dangerous to dogs, but is often infected with a bacteria called Neorickettsia helminthoeca, which in many cases is fatal to dogs if not treated properly. If diagnosis occurs early on, the dog has a great chance of recovering. Cooked salmon is fine as it kills the parasite.

Garlic – While garlic can be okay for dogs in very small amounts (and even beneficial for flea treatment), larger amounts can be risky. Garlic is related to onions which is toxic for dogs so it may be best to just avoid it.

Grapes and Raisins – This is one that lots of dog owners are unaware of. Grapes contain a toxin that can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure. We’ve heard stories of dogs dying from only a handful of grapes so do not feed your pup this toxic food.

Hops – An ingredient in beer that can be toxic to your dog. The consumption of hops by your dog can cause panting, an increased heart rate, fever, seizures, and even death.

Human Vitamins – Some human vitamins are okay to use, but the key is comparing the ingredients (all of them – active and inactive) to the vitamins your vet subscribes for your dog (often you can get the human equivalent for much less money). Make sure there’s no iron – iron can damage the digestive system lining, and prove poisonous for the liver and kidneys.

Liver – In small amounts, liver is great but avoid feeding too much liver to your dog. Liver contains quite a bit of Vitamin A, which can adversely affect your pup’s muscles and bones.

Macadamia Nuts – These contain a toxin that can inhibit locomotory activities, resulting in weakness, panting, swollen limbs, and tremors as well as possible damage to your dog’s digestive, nervous, and muscle systems.

Chihuahua with big boneMarijuana – Not that you would pass the bong to your dog, but if you do, you should know that marijuana can adversely affect your pup’s nervous system and heart rate, and induce vomiting. Read more about Dogs and Marijuana.

Milk and Dairy Products – While small doses aren’t going to kill your dog, you could get some smelly farts and some nasty cases of diarrhea. Why? Dogs are lactose intolerant (as are an increasing number of humans today), and don’t have enough of the lactase enzyme to properly digest dairy foods. If you really need to give them dairy, look into lactose-free dairy products.

Mushrooms – Just as the wrong mushroom can be fatal to humans, the same applies to dogs. Don’t mess with them.

Onions and Chives – No matter what form they’re in (dry, raw, cooked, powder, within other foods), onions are some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly give your pup (it’s poisonous for dogs, and its even worse for cats). They contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells.

Persimmons, Peaches and Plums – Peach pits are not only a choke hazard they contain amygdalin, a cyanide and sugar compound that degrades into hydrogen cyanide (HCN) when metabolized. Pear seeds also contain trace amount of arsenic and are dangerous. So if you live in an area that is home to persimmon, peach, or plum trees, look out. Persimmon seeds and peach and plum pits can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis. You’ll want to make sure there aren’t any wild persimmon or other fruit trees that produce seeds growing in your backyard. If you notice your dog pooping all over the place, and see a bunch of seeds or pits in their waste, you’ll need to break out the saw and chop down some trees.

Rhubarb and Tomato Leaves – These contain oxalates, which can adversely affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.

Raw Fish – Another vitamin B (Thiamine) deficiency can result from the regular consumption of raw fish. Loss of appetite will be common, followed by seizures, and in rare instances, death.

Salt – Just like salt isn’t the healthiest thing for humans, it’s even less healthy for dogs. Too much of it can lead to an imbalance in electrolyte levels, dehydration and potentially diarrhea.

Spices containing Capsaicin – Capsaicin, found in chili powder, paprika, and just about any other pepper (bell, chili, etc.), is an irritant for mammals of all shape and size.

String – While not a food itself, foods can often contain or be similar to string (ie. meat you’ve wrapped for the oven). If your dog were to eat a string, it could get stuck in their digestive tract and cause complications.

Sugar – This applies to any food containing sugar. Make sure you check the ingredient label for human foods – corn syrup (which is a less expensive form of sugar or glucose) is found in just about everything these days. Too much sugar for your pup can lead to dental issues, obesity, and even diabetes.

Tobacco – A major toxic hazard for dogs (and humans). The effects nicotine has on dogs are far worse than on humans. Nicotine can damage your pup’s digestive and nervous systems, increase their heart rate, make them pass out, and ultimately result in death.

Xylitol – A sugar alcohol found in gum, candies, baked goods, and other sugar-substituted items, Xylitol, while causing no apparent harm to humans, is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause low blood sugar, seizures, liver failure, even death for your pup.

Yeast (on its own or in dough) – Just like yeast rises in bread, it will also expand and rise within your pup’s tummy. Make sure they don’t get any. While mild cases will cause gas, lots of farting, and discomfort – too much of it could rupture their stomach and intestines.

Infographic: Foods that Are Toxic for Dogs

Infographic: List of Foods Not To Feed Your Dog

Keep These Out of Your Dog’s Reach as Well

While these don’t fall in a particular category above, you’ll want to avoid them as well:

Old Food – You don’t like old and moldy food, so what makes you think your dog will? The bacteria in spoiled food contains all sorts of toxins that can be damaging to your dog’s health. Feed them the freshest and best, dog-approved food only!

Dog with dog foodLeftovers – I know it’s difficult to keep your dog from feasting on your dinner left overs after they’ve had to sit there and watch you eat it all in front of them. But the fact is that if you feed them leftovers regularly they won’t be getting a proper diet. If you do give them table scraps, make sure to take out any bones and trim down the fat.

Check the Ingredients – Bottom line is be sure to know what’s in the food you’re giving your dog. The items from the list above should definitely not be on there. You’d be surprised at how many foods contain sugar and caffeine, that you wouldn’t expect to without first checking the ingredient list.

Human SnacksChips can contain garlic and onion powder, cookies may contain raisins, chocolate or macadamia nuts, etc. Bottom line – there’s a reason there’s food and treats made especially for dogs.

When in Doubt, Ask a Vet

If your dog is acting strangely, or experiencing even minor symptoms including weakness, lack of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. and you think he or she may have consumed something they shouldn’t have, seek a veterinarian’s attention immediately. If you wait too long, your dog might not make it.

Hold up! Can dogs eat hot dogs? Before your pup eats that hotdog, take the proactive step of getting pet insurance. That way if an accidental treat becomes a medical emergency, your dog (and your wallet) will be better protected. Check out this video to get more detail about the types of pet insurance and what to consider when purchasing.

You can also visit the ASPCA website for the most up-to-date details on safe foods for your dog.

Keep Your Dog on a Healthy Diet

Choosing to raise a dog is a big responsibility. Just as with a child, you’ve welcomed another living being into your household and family. We probably don’t have to tell you to take care of your dog, but what people often don’t realize is that as similar as the two can be, they also have very different needs when it comes to food. Ask your veterinarian what kind of food might be best for your particular dog breed as well as age and any special needs. That way you know what dogs can’t eat and you’re less likely to have any issues.

What If You Cannot Reach Your Veterinarian?

In an emergency when your veterinarian cannot be reached you should contact your local animal emergency clinic or call the animal poison hotline at 888-232-8870. You can also try the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435. Depending on the nature of the item ingested the animal poison hotline or your veterinarian may induce vomiting to regurgitate the item that has been ingested. If the item is something that is likely to cause further damage to your dog on the way back up, vomiting will not be induced and other methods of helping your dog will be discussed such as having your dog ingest an item which will bind to the offending food and neutralize it or surgery to remove the item that is causing your dog’s problems.

Safe Human Foods for Dogs

There are human foods that are permissible to feed to your dog; however, even these foods should be kept to a minimum. Things that you can feed to your dog without worrying about side effects include:

Lean Meat – Lean meat includes meat without bones that has had excessive fat removed. If feeding chicken and turkey, the skin should also be removed as it can be a source of fat. Lean meat includes the white meat from chicken or turkey and provides a tasty treat for your dog as well as a good source of protein. Both raw and cooked, lean meat is great source of nutrients and protein for your pup.

Eggs – The most obvious problem here is salmonella, but Raw diet enthusiasts tout the power of a raw egg in your dog’s diet. While the white contains the Avidin enzyme, which inhibits the absorption of vitamin B (Biotin), the yolk contains more than enough Biotin to even out the enzyme. So, when fed raw and whole, or cooked and whole, eggs are an excellent source of protein and a host of vitamins for your pup.

Fruits – Not including the fruits listed above, dogs can safely enjoy bananas, apple slices, strawberries, blueberries and watermelon. The seeds should be removed from these fruits or in the case of watermelon it should be a seedless melon as most fruit seeds contain a trace amount of arsenic which is poisonous (it’s a small amount but why risk it?). Fresh fruits are a great treat to assist in training your dog and can also provide your dog with a great way to cool down on a hot summer day!

Vegetables – Certain vegetables like carrots, green beans, cucumber slices or zucchini slices all make great treats for your dog. It’s a good idea to replace commercial dog treats with baby carrots if you are looking to slim your dog down a little bit. Vegetables make great low-calorie snacks and good training tools as well. But stay away from canned and pickled vegetables as they contain too much salt.

Baked Potatoes – A plain baked potato is okay to feed your dog but honestly it is not something that should be done frequently and should never include any toppings. A few slices of cooked baked potato can make a great treat for a patient dog at a meal time though.

White Rice and Pasta – White rice and pasta are frequently referred to as a potential meal for a dog with an upset stomach. Generally boiled white chicken and white rice are used to help firm up stools as well as nourish a dog that is having trouble getting any nutrition from food as a result of illness.

While there are certainly some human foods that are safe to feed your dog there are many which are unsafe and potentially poisonous when ingested by your dog. As a general rule of thumb, it is far better to be safe than sorry so avoid feeding your dog any human food unless recommended by your vet. Dogs that are not given human food or table scraps are generally better behaved than dogs who do receive people food anyway, they do not beg because they know they won’t receive any scraps and they also tend to drool less and bother visitors to your home less because they understand that human food is for humans and not for them.

Where Did We Get This Information From?

The information for this article was found from numerous websites including the ASPCA, PetMD and sources linked in this article. This article has been around since 2008 and has been evolving through audits and our comment section. When our readers mention a food item to us we research and update our content accordingly. We welcome any questions or additions to this article through our comment section.

Disclaimer: Information published on this website is intended for reference use only. The only clear option for ensuring your pet’s health is to feed commercial grade dog foods and treats only. Feeding human foods of any sort carries some degree of risk and is not under the control of this website.

Since the day she was born, Michelle has lived in a home full of dogs and dog lovers. Her home is no exception with two adorable rescue pups of her own, Bella and Lily. Their unconditional love and never ending tail wags make every day brighter.

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charles kovacs
charles kovacs

my dog ate an anole are they poisionist?

Janice h.
Janice h.
Went to the Vet for Gizmos checkup. Husband was furious because he had eaten about 4 MM’s. Told the Vet they were milk chocolate, Vet told husband he would have to eat more then 4 of them to get sick. Just stay away from the Dark Chocolate. That is the one that can really hurt him. Coffee? He loves it. I learned not to leave it on the coffee table anymore when I leave the room because when I come back it’s all gone. Gizmo is fine, he never got sick, no diarrhea(msp), no pant, nothing. He is still the… Read more »
Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Glad to hear Gizmo is ok. As your vet said, it depends on the amount of coffee/chocolate ingested. Sounds like Gizmo didn’t ingest enough of either to become ill. Happy to hear he is doing well and thank you for sharing your experience with us!

Lynn S
Lynn S
Our 79 pound dog is VERY sick with 105.5 temperature. Earliest vet appt later this afternoon. Looking back on the last few days. We had our lawn sprayed for weeds Thursday. Other than her walking to the lawn to do her duty, she wasnt in it much. Same with Friday. Saturday and Sunday she laid in the lawn while we worked in the yard, most of the day. Same with Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Monday we smoked a roast on the grill, we gave her pieces from the table. Yesterday and today she has been lethargic, Monday when we ran… Read more »
cjloher
cjloher
Find an emergency vet clinic! Dogs don’t just get a cold they can shake off. Take the dog to a vet, any vet, as soon as possible. I would not wait until afternoon. She could have reacted to the roast, but I would bet it is the lawn chemicals. Give your dog a bath, the chemicals are probably on her fur. When she cleans herself (because what dog is not constantly licking), she ingests the weed killing chemicals. Dogs absorb chemicals through the pads of their feet. Your dog probably also absorbed the weed-killing chemicals. Consider pulling the weeds yourself… Read more »
Cameo
Cameo

My dog ate a whole pack of ice breaker gum containing xylitol. He is still in the hospital trying regulate his ATL levels. I was wondering if there are any regulations for companies to put a label on products that are toxic to animals?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I’m not familiar with any type of regulation for companies to include a label on toxic products for animals. I hope your dog gets better soon. Gum can be very dangerous for dogs. Your dog is in our thoughts.

TMB

Just curious where you got this information?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Great question, we’ve added some information about our sources at the end of this article! Thanks 🙂

Roo

Sadly, to get information like this, an awful lot of dogs had to suffer unbearable agonies.

Lauren
Lauren

I noticed that dairy was not something to feed your dog. I sometimes will give my dog cheese to help them take whatever medicine is needed and any dog I have had LOVES cheese. Is this really harmful?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Each dog is different and some dogs are lactose intolerant, which is why we have dairy on this list. Also, dogs can get pretty gassy after eating dairy products and have some diarrhea, but it all depends on the amount they eat. If your dog seems completely fine after eating cheese it’s probably okay to continue doing so. Just make sure it’s in small amounts.

Ramy Maher
Ramy Maher

Is there’s any problem to make my dog eat a dead coocked chicken

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Dogs can eat cooked chicken. I wouldn’t recommend giving them an entire chicken though. Bones can be dangerous and if ingested they can harm a dog. Also, too much of a change in a dog’s diet can cause an upset tummy and other digestion issues.

Tryniti
Tryniti
Sorry, but you really should do more research before doing blogs like this. That’s why I never look at sites like this for legitimate information on pet nutrition. Avocados, for example, are something you absolutely give your dog. The meat of the avocado (the part we like to make guacamole with) is incredibly nutritious, full of healthy fats and vitamins, and is fantastic for their skin and coat. The parts to stay away from are the skin, the pit, the stem, and the leaves. most people aren’t giving those parts to their dogs anyway. Also, dogs absolutely can eat cat… Read more »
Roo

I like you very much!

Kea
I gave a little bit of grapefruit to my dogs and I was told it was poisonous and possibly could be fatal and that if it is interested you should go to a vet urgently so I suggest you add it to your list pretty quickly and you should be able to find information on the web as a friend sent me a rather scary leak which made me panic. My dog has also eaten over the last few months several Nispero stones as I have a tree and is also stealing some of the pears. They both seem to… Read more »
Clare
Clare

Can dogs eat pork? Can they eat any type of pork? Ham, bacon, pork chops, etc. My dog LOVES the smell of bacon (who doesn’t?!) and I always want to give him some but I don’t want to hurt him.

Tryniti
Tryniti

Pork is perfectly safe for dogs. You can give your dog pork, chicken, beef, venison, lamb, fish, etc. The part that is important to pay attention to is how YOUR specific does does on different proteins (it’s different for every single dog) as well as the sourcing and safety processes used at the manufacturer of your choice. How is the meat stored? Where does it come from? How fresh is the meat? These are what matter – not whether or not they eat pork.

Angela
Angela

Can dogs eat ham even if it’s not bacon? We have ham leftover from Father’s Day and I was going to give our 6 year old lab some but didn’t want him to get hurt.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I recommend not giving your dog pork. You can learn more about the reasoning here.

Stacy
Stacy

No ham it kills your dog a lot

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Hi Clare, I agree with you, who doesn’t love the smell of bacon! I recommend you take a look at this reader question about dogs eating pork.

I will say this though, every year for my sister’s dog’s birthday she gives him ice cream with a little bacon on top. He loves it and he’s been fine. He’s a 110-pound lab and every dog handles food differently. I wouldn’t recommend it myself, but my sister’s dog is still alive and well.

Steph
Steph

We grilled last night and our coonhound got into the potatoes and green peppers. They were both grilled when she got into them. Can dogs eat potatoes? Can dogs eat peppers? Do I need to be worried? She seems fine but I want to make sure we don’t need to take action.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

As long as the potatoes were cooked when she ate them she should be fine. As for the peppers, this was probably good for to eat. Cooked green peppers are high in vitamin C and can actually be good for dogs in moderation. No need to worry, Steph. I’m sure your dog enjoyed her “unexpected” treats last night and is feeling great today. 🙂

Zoë
Zoë

I have a question regarding the liver. I make chicken liver and rice in small amount for my two doxies. They love it and I mix it in with their pellets. Yes I am aware of weight gain for them but I am very good at thier portion control. Is this still dangerous for them.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I recommend asking your vet about the amount you are giving your doxies.

Lynne
Lynne

Hi, is feeding store bought Roast Chicken to our small dog daily bad for her? She gets diarrhea about once a fortnight could this be the cause ?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Kate’s response is spot on. Some of the items on the list of what can dogs not eat includes seasonings and spices, they can really mess with a dog’s health. If you don’t know 100% how the chicken was roasted, it’s better to discontinue it and be safe. I’d see if that stops her diarrhea. Best of luck!

Kate
Kate

Since the store roasted it, and you might not know everything that it came into contact with (seasonings, equipment, etc) I would personally discontinue feeding it to your dog. Boiling unseasoned chicken for your pup should be fine, as long as all of the bones are removed, though!

As always, check with your vet; ultimately, they will know better than random people on the internet.

Jim

Our lab/border mix Gracie is going on 15 and is on 3 prescriptions and 2 prescription dog foods for her liver and arthritis. Both are Hills Prescription Diet, KD (Vet recommended KD over LD, due to taste), dry and canned. She hates the taste and have tried EVERYTHING to improve the taste. Lately, we’ve mixed in one link sausage to flavor it up and she loves it. She hasn’t vomited or had diarrhea due to it. Is the sausage bad for her or the spices in it?
Thanks, Jim

Cristina
Cristina
I would avoid processed meats in general as they are a type 1 carcinogen listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) right up there with tobacco and asbestos. It’s not good for us, so I’d assume it is not good for them either. You could do some research on a raw diet and make your own food in a food processor. They like the raw meat taste and you can even sneak in some veggies which will help your pooch in the long run. I’ve heard great things about owners with old dogs and dogs with health problems healing their… Read more »
Anonymous
Anonymous

It should be ok as long as there is no onion, chives, garlic, or an excess amount of salt. To be safe though, feed it to your dog in moderation.

Maria-Ann Grillone
Maria-Ann Grillone

My 13 pound Chorkie ate a piece of peppered beef jerry that dropped on the floor. . . Nobody meant to give it to her. My mouth is a bit hot from eating them, even though it’s just black pepper on the beef. I’m worried she will be uncomfortable too, and also concerned if this will do more harm to my poor little Mandi? It’s late , Saturday night, and don’t want to wake up my vet . . . Can anyone help with the please? Thank you so much.

Deb
Avocados are not toxic to dogs, it is the pit. The information about feeding liver is inaccurate, liver is full of nutrients and a necessary part of a species appropriate raw food diet. Salmon and trout are fine once deep frozen for at least 4 weeks at -30, and any fish so long as it is not high in mercury. Nutritional yeast can be very beneficial for dogs as well. Strawberries , blueberries should be organic, as they are among the top fruits that absorb a lot of pesticides that are carcinogenic, same goes for potatoes. Rice, especially white rice… Read more »
Big al
Big al

What about ground white pepper?

stef
stef

what happens when a dog eats lemon pepper

likafox
likafox
I can’t believe some of the ignorant comments people have been leaving. The whole idea is take what you like and leave the rest. Check multiple sources when researching information. I assume many of you came upon this as I did trying to look into the safety of something I wanted to try for one of my beloved pets to treat a health issue. While I didn’t find what I was looking for I did find in the comments some of the dumbest pet owners I’ve seen in a long time. Those of you giving your pets known toxic foods… Read more »
Kendra Erickson
Kendra Erickson

How do u get the e- book download that ur promised when u sign-up for this newsletter? I signed up but I didn’t get anything?

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Crystyn
Crystyn

When I make stock, I simmer all the veg including onions, for an hour. The leftover veg. I like to mix with meat, bind with egg and shape into small balls, cover in breadcrumbs and then deep fry as a treat for my dogs. Surely the onions can’t do any harm as there’s nothing nutritional left in them. I would appreciate your thoughts on this. Thanks in advance.

Wendy
Wendy

My dad always made his own dog food and our vet said they were they healthiest dogs they ever seen all my dad dogs lived close to 20 years and he always put garlic and onions in the food and my husband makes our own dog food and we use garlic and onions all the time and our vet says our dogs are very healthy so I never listen to these people that says its bad for them because it is not. Dog food companies and vets just want to make money off you and scare you.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Great question Crystyn! From our research, even cooked onions can be poisonous to dogs, but to be honest, I’m not sure if the cook time makes a difference. If it were me, I wouldn’t risk giving my dog onion. Like you said, since you’re cooking them for an hour there’s nothing nutritional left in them so it’s not adding any value to your dog’s diet. I’m sure your dog would still love these if you eliminated the onion. 🙂 What are you frying the meatballs in?

Angela Comrie
Angela Comrie

This is a load of pish my Ralph will be getting a 3 course meal everyday so shove your not giving your dog chocolate up your arse.

Valerie Nicholls
Valerie Nicholls

Do you have to speak so crudely can tel you are from north of the border

Margaret penney
Margaret penney

How dare you put everyone from north of the boarder in one basket you have no right to judge people who you don’t know making such comments is so rude to genuinely good people from the north get your facts right

Lyn

What a disgusting person you are and ignorant!

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Yikes, I would advise you not to give your dog chocolate as it can cause serious health issues.

Kathy Stewart
Kathy Stewart
I know for a fact that chocolate is not good for dogs! I always gave my dogs chocolate, until one day we had some friends over and we were eating those mini chocolate candy bars the ones you hand out at Halloween and not paying attention on how many I was giving my dog, (an 87 lb,8yr old boxer) well I guess to many because later that night he flew off the bed and started having a seizure. And he has never had a seizure before and hasn’t had one sence, because I DON’T FEED HIM CHOCOLATE ANYMORE! THAT SCARED… Read more »
Anna
Anna

You’re lucky. I understand the toxins don’t get processed in the dog’s body and they retain the toxins. They accumulate in the dog’s body and never leave. Maybe that is why the “last one” had this effect.

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry Kathy, I hope he has recovered fully. We never give our dog any amount of chocolate just to be on the safe side. There are too many scary stories like this one to risk the health of our dog. Thank you for sharing with us.

Angie
Angie

Some of this information is way wrong. Garlic is in many dog foods and treats and is good for their digestive tract. Onions only give them gas. Eggs. Really?

Kimberly Alt
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Kimberly Alt

Garlic is safe in small doses, which we state in our article. Onions can cause damage to red blood cells, which can cause anemia. Eggs are listed under the heading “Safe Human Foods for Dogs”. I hope this clarifies these foods for you.

Blank
Blank

Some foods = evil?

got one
got one

I had a dog who ate raw bones and developed an blockage because the acid in the dogs stomach activated the growth molecules and formed a the mass that was difficult to pass. after several days of a water diet while in intensive care at the Vet, the blockage passed. there was some blood but he healed ok.

adora
adora

thank u for sharing about dog, first time to have dog now, my dog is 2 months and she ate mix rice and dog food,

Jon

This list is far from perfect. I see a lot of conflicting information on websites like this.

Mary
Mary
So I guess Chili Cheese Fritos are out. Darn. My four little ones and I love those. What about Banana Chips? Too fatty? I’ve switched to a better little bites dry dog food. They get Trader Joes canned in the morning. Old man Chico (16 yrs), a 5 lb. chi, nibbles Merrick’s Turdudkin. Sophie is heavy. Bugsy is not. My Georgia is a blond 8 lb. Chiweenie (per my vet), very rambunctious. Her blood test before her dental came back with some strange enzyme. It was suggested that she ingested something toxic (so guilty!) but not too seriously. My vet… Read more »
sheryl
sheryl

My dog ate some uncooked sice . Will he be ok?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I suggest contacting your vet and asking. Be sure to note the type of rice your dog ate and how much. Let us know what you find out and good luck!

Sherry
Sherry

Corn on the cob? My dog goes to the corn field and picks an ear of corn and eats it!

Jessica
Jessica

No because it is still is corn on the cob

Jay

My little brown dog just passed away and the last thing i feed him was classic lay,s.Im prety sure he died from old age and not the chips.

Elizabeth
Elizabeth

It’s because you gave your dog

Mary
Mary

I’m pretty sure you are right. No worries. I bet he loved that last little nibble of Lays. Mine do and we are all alive and kicking. Take care. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m so sorry for your loss Jay. Our thoughts are with you.

Hunter987
Hunter987

Pork is bad for your dog DO NOT LET YOUR DOG CONSUME

Paul
Paul

What about the “pigs ears” treats I see in some pet departments?

Ajay soni
Ajay soni

Rice is safe for dogs or not..??I have a pet 2years old ..His digestive system always have problem..So most of d tyms he remains unwell..Plz tell me wat a balanced diet for a 2years dog should be

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Rice is okay for dogs, but check with your vet first. I suggest asking your vet what your dog should be eating. It can vary based on breed, age, weight, dietary needs/restrictions, etc.

RobertFromUSA
RobertFromUSA

About 70% of this list is fearmongering bull****.

Jessica
Jessica

There are little kids on here like me

Doug Hanna
Doug Hanna

Pumpkin pie and apple pie, he doesn’t get people food ever. But he got into the pie and ate a piece of both. Only weighs 8 lbs. Concerned about the cinnamon and carnation milk ingredients. Any ideas?

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

I’m unsure about cinnamon but dairy can cause some issues with your dog’s bowel movements. If he is feeling unwell, you should take him to the vet.

Brenda koahou
Brenda koahou

I have two puppies mixed breed last night the little male started to throw up. I think it was possible he got a cigg butt. He is not throwing up now but is very tired doesn’t want to eat or drink. Just wants to sleep what can I do I can’t afford a vet right now. I’m just sick. He doesn’t have the parvo smell.

Amypz
Amypz

I make my dog’s food; I use ground chicken, pork, or turkey; add green beans, zucchini, and carrots; I also add oatmeal. Then I mix this with her regular dry dog food to ensure she gets her nutrients.

Joe

Thats like eating a healthy meal and eating McDonald’s to make sure you get all your nutrients..

Cleo
Cleo

Can dogs eat turkey plain? Or does it always need to be combined with other stuff?

Amanda Ross
Amanda Ross

It seems whenever I feed my 3 dogs and 5 cats pork it gives them all loose poop. Does anybody else have the same problem?

Marcus Taber
Marcus Taber

Capsaicin is not found in black pepper. Black pepper and peppers are not related at all. One is a spice from Indonesia, the other is a plant from South America.

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Thank you Marcus, you are correct! We will be sure to update our article.

Robert Jewell
Robert Jewell

There isn’t any capsaicin in black pepper. That’s an unrelated plant containing piperine. Black pepper isn’t really a pepper that’s just its common name.

tansysmom
tansysmom

Off-topic, why do most comment boards–on ANY subject–always degenerate into a bunch of bickering 5-year-olds? Is that a new form of entertainment for the socially immature, or what?

jen

Possible reasons – anonymity, disinhibition effect, sentiment cascade, snowball effect, emotional contagion, diminished accountability, trolls – or any and all combinations thereof.

For trolls specifically, the answer to your second question is – Absolutely, yes.

tansysmom
tansysmom
Two problems with this article: Salt in small amounts is fine for both people and pets, and in fact even necessary. Also, we do feed our dog “people food” (but not a hodge-podge of scraps). It’s far more nutritious than any dog food that comes in a bag or a can. She gets a high protein, mostly grain-free diet of meat, poultry, and eggs, along with a bit of diced up veggies, sometimes a little rice, and occasionally a small piece or two of fruit. A sprinkle of powdered dog vitamins is usually added to cover all the bases. She’s… Read more »
Bork
Bork

Yeah the article is saying “people food” is the hodgepodge of scraps, all the foods you listed as feeding your dog with are said to be safe in this article and basic foods, not human specific foods like chips, seasoned pork roast, buttered toast crust, etc. Well fed dogs still will beg for “human food” when they think they’re going to get those treats.

Ettina
Ettina
Not all dogs are lactose intolerant. Despite having a sensitive stomach in other ways, my dog has always handled dairy products just fine. Although nearly all wolves are lactose intolerant, dogs have lived alongside milking cows as long as humans have, and were under similar selective pressure to retain lactose tolerance beyond infancy. Although lactose intolerance is more common in dogs (and cats) than in humans, many dogs and cats are fine with dairy. And since the consequences of lactose intolerance are uncomfortable but not fatal, it’s worth trying a small amount and keeping an eye on them if you’d… Read more »
Gary Rokuta
Gary Rokuta

Grounded black pepper on Heartland web….included that, if true then bummer because the alkaloid pipeline would help with sustained and retention with example: tumeric, circumin with absorption but if passes right through, loss of effectiveness. Am I making sense, to be understood?….thankyou Gary

Kimberly Alt
Kimberly Alt

Sorry Gary, I’m not quite sure what you’re saying.

Ben

He made perfect sense.

Jesus
Jesus

I gave my dog spicy popcorn

Debbie Nelson
Debbie Nelson
I just read this and noticed grapes were on the list. I have a B&G macaw parrot that loves grapes and so did my fox terrier, Abby. I was not aware they could be toxic. Years go by and at a vet check I mentioned that Abby eats everything Sophie, my parrot does. He said wow, such as? I said nuts, bananas, pasta, broccoli, and grapes. When I said grapes he asked how many. I said 2-3 per day for the past 5-6 years. He was shocked and said he was going to write an article to someplace about this… Read more »
Karen
Karen

My dog is real picky, so when I found a treat he liked, and got a few bags, someone told me that it wasn’t good for my dog. Can anyone tell me if Alpo snacks are bad for a Shih Tzu?

Liew Hong Khang
Liew Hong Khang

Just wanna ask, will people food like left over and old food lead to gastroenteritis in dog? Thank you very much.

Kitty
Kitty

“Cat food – Not that they would want this anyway” If my dog, Maggie, sees the cat food I have to drag her away from it. She is obsessed with it. I have to feed the cat behind closed doors or Maggie won’t eat dog food, even if the cat food is where she can’t reach, if she knows it’s there she won’t have anything else.

Jerome Lehmann
Jerome Lehmann

Uhm hum what kind of sick person would give mj to a dog!! Are you psychologically sick or what‼️

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