28 Foods Not To Feed Your Dog (And A List Of Those You Can)

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Dog and cat at open fridge (caption: Foods Not To Feed Your Dog)Stop feeding your dog food without knowing how it could affect them. Know which foods are lethal to your dog beforehand, so you can keep them safe.

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Human Food Is Not Always Dog-Friendly

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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 their health and well-being. Why? Because all animals have very different rates of metabolism. Metabolism is 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 to dogs. Be sure to look below this list for a helpful and shareable infographic to print out and keep on your fridge so you know what things dogs can’t eat.

  1. Alcohol
  2. Apple Seeds
  3. Avocado
  4. Candy, Chewing Gum, Toothpaste & Mouthwash
  5. Cat Food
  6. ChocolateDog licking ice cream cone
  7. Coffee, Tea & Other Caffeine
  8. Cooked Bones
  9. Corn On The Cob
  10. Fat Trimmings
  11. Garlic
  12. Grapes & Raisins
  13. Hops
  14. Human Vitamins
  15. Liver
  16. Macadamia Nuts
  17. Marijuana
  18. Milk & Dairy Products
  19. Onions & Chives
  20. Peppers
  21. Persimmon, Peaches & Plum Pits
  22. Raw Meat & Fish
  23. Rhubarb & Tomato Leaves
  24. Salt
  25. Sugar
  26. Tobacco
  27. Xylitol
  28. Yeast


Dog sittine next to glass of beer (caption: Guide to what Dogs Can Drink)Do not give your dog alcohol on purpose. Alcohol can cause not only intoxication, lack of coordination, weak breathing and abnormal acidity but potentially even coma or death.5 Find out what dogs can drink safely.

Apple Seeds

The casing of apple seeds is 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 is eaten and the seed is chewed up by the dog, causing it to enter its bloodstream. To play it safe, be sure to core and seed apples before you feed them to your dog.2


Avocados contain persin, which can cause diarrhea, vomiting and heart congestion. The most dangerous part of an avocado is the pit because it is a choking hazard and it is full of persin. If you think your dog has ingested an avocado pit, call your vet asap. If your dog ate a small piece of avocado, it will probably be okay, but make sure you monitor your dog and call your vet for further care.5

Candy, Chewing Gum, Toothpaste & Mouthwash

Not only does candy contain sugar, but it often contains xylitol, which can lead to vomiting, loss of coordination, seizures and liver failure.1

Cat Food

Cat food contains proteins and fats that target 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. Ingesting too much cat food can result in upset stomach, obesity and pancreatitis.3


Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which speed the heart rate and stimulate the nervous system. Depending on the type of chocolate, amount your dog ingested and your dog’s weight will determine how sick (or not sick) your dog may become.

Ingesting too much theobromine and caffeine in chocolate may result in vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, increased urination, tremors, elevated heart rate, seizures and death.3 Below is a list of most dangerous to least dangerous chocolate to dogs:

  • Cocoa powder
  • Unsweetened baker’s chocolate
  • Semisweet chocolate
  • Dark chocolate
  • Milk chocolate
  • White chocolate

Coffee, Tea & Other Caffeine

Dog looking at coffee cupCaffeine is extremely dangerous to dogs, and within 1-2 hours, your dog could be experiencing mild to severe hyperactivity, restlessness, vomiting, elevated heart rate and blood pressure, tremors, seizures and death.4

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 suitable for both your dog’s nutrition and teeth.

Corn On The Cob

While small amounts of corn are safe for a dog to ingest, giving your dog an ear of corn can be dangerous. If your dog is determined enough (which let’s face it, most dogs are) they will eat the cob and all. The cob can be a choking hazard and can cause intestinal blockage. This could be fatal to your dog.3

Fat Trimmings

Cooked and uncooked fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis.5


While garlic can be okay for dogs in tiny amounts (and even beneficial for flea treatment), more significant amounts can be risky. Garlic is related to onions which are toxic for dogs because it kills dog’s red blood cell count, causing anemia. Signs may include weakness, vomiting and troubles breathing.5

Grapes & Raisins

Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure for dogs. Even a small amount can make a dog ill. Vomiting is an early symptom followed by depression and low energy. We’ve heard stories of dogs dying from only a handful of grapes, so do not feed your pup this potentially toxic food.5


An ingredient in beer that can be toxic to your dog. The consumption of hops by your dog can cause vomiting, panting, increased heart rate, fever and even death.4

Human Vitamins

It isn’t recommended to give your dog one of your vitamins or supplements. Human vitamins often contain 100% of the recommended daily amount of various minerals. This could cause a mineral overdose for your dog.

The most dangerous vitamin is prenatal vitamins, which have a higher dose of iron and can cause iron toxicity in pets. If your dog ingests a bunch of prenatal vitamins (or other vitamins with a high dosage of iron), you should call your vet immediately. 1


In small amounts, liver can be okay but avoid feeding too much to your dog. Liver contains quite a bit of vitamin A, which can adversely affect your pup’s muscles and bones.2

Macadamia Nuts

Ingesting even small amounts of macadamia nuts can be lethal to your dog. Symptoms include muscle shakes, vomiting, increased temperature and weak back legs. If your dog ingested chocolate with the macadamia nuts, the symptoms can be worse.5


Dogs with Marijuana around neck: Dogs and MarijuanaThe level of poison depends on how much exposure your dog has. There isn’t much information out about dogs and marijuana, but from what we can find, these are the common symptoms: slow response times, dribbling urine, heart rate change, neurological stimulation, hyperactivity, coma and even death.4 Read more about Dogs and Marijuana.

Milk & Dairy Products

While small doses aren’t going to kill your dog, you could get some smelly farts and some nasty cases of diarrhea. Milk and dairy products can cause digestive problems as well as trigger food allergies.5

Onions & 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 give your pup. They contain disulfides and sulfoxides (thiosulphate), both of which can cause anemia and damage red blood cells.5


Bell Peppers are okay to feed dogs. Dogs are carnivores and prefer meat to vegetables, but there are some benefits to veggies. For example, green peppers are a low-calorie snack, packed with vitamin C and beta-carotene.

Be sure to chop peppers into small pieces because the outer skin can be tough and difficult to chew. Pureeing or steaming the peppers makes them easier to consume and digest. As with most human food, don’t overdo it because too much could lead to sickness. It might go without saying, but never give your dog a spicy variety such as jalapeños or hot peppers!

Persimmon, Peach & Plum Pits

Pits/seeds from these fruits can cause intestinal issues in dogs. Additionally, peach and plum pits have cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs (and people!).5

Raw Meat & Fish

Bowl of raw meatRaw meat and fish can be contaminated with bacteria which causes food poisoning. Additionally, some fish can contain a parasite that causes “fish disease” or “salmon poisoning disease (SPD).”

Symptoms include vomiting, fever and enlarged lymph nodes. Cooked fish is perfectly fine since the cooking process kills the parasites but be sure to remove all bones to avoid choking or internal organ risks.5

Raw meat can be safe to feed dogs, but only if you know it’s uncontaminated and safe for consumption. In fact, raw diets for dogs are increasing in popularity.

Rhubarb & Tomato Leaves

These contain oxalates, which can cause, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, weakness, tremors and bloody urine.4


Just like salt isn’t the healthiest thing for humans, it’s even less healthy for dogs. Too much of it can lead to sodium ion poisoning, which may result in vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, increased temperature, seizures and even death.5


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.5


Tobacco contains nicotine, which can be lethal to dogs. Symptoms include vomiting, abnormal heart rate, tremors and weakness. Tobacco poisoning can present itself within 1 hour of ingestion.4


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 and even death for your pup.5


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. Yeast dough is also dangerous because as it ferments and rises it makes alcohol which can lead to alcohol poisoning.5

Infographic: The Menu Your Dog Shouldn’t Order

Here’s a “menu” of things your dog should never eat.

Foods That Are Toxic For Dogs

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Keep These Foods 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

Dog eating with couple in restaurantYou 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!


If you feed your dog leftovers regularly, they won’t get a proper diet. If you do give them table scraps, make sure to take out any bones and trim down the fat.

Human Snacks

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

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.

Safe Human Foods For Dogs

While many human foods are safe to feed your dog, many are unsafe and potentially poisonous for 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 denied human food or table scraps are generally better behaved than dogs who do receive people food. These dogs do not beg because they know they won’t collect any scraps. They also tend to drool less and bother visitors less frequently because they understand that human food is for humans and not for them.

However, some are safe. Below is a list of human foods that are safe for dogs to eat in moderation.

Lean Meat

Lean meat includes meat without bones that have had excessive fat removed. If feeding chicken and turkey, the fatty skin should be removed. 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.1


Salmonella and biotin deficiency are two things to be cautious of when feeding your dog raw eggs. Most vets will recommend giving your dog a cooked egg over a raw egg. Eggs are an excellent source of protein and have a host of vitamins for your pup. Don’t worry about cooking the egg in butter, oil, salt, pepper or other additives, your dog doesn’t need those things, and they can be harmful to them as well.3


Dog with banana in mouth
Make sure to peel and slice the banana first

Not including the fruits listed above, dogs can safely enjoy:

  • bananas
  • apple slices
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • watermelon
  • cantaloupe
  • cranberries
  • mangoes
  • oranges
  • peaches
  • pears
  • pineapples
  • raspberries

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?).3


Diced carrotsThe vegetables below are safe for dogs to ingest:

  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • carrots
  • celery
  • cucumber
  • green beans
  • peas
  • potatoes (only if cooked)
  • spinach
  • sweet potatoes

Vegetables make great low-calorie snacks and useful training tools. In fact, you can give your dog slices of carrots as a treat and a healthier alternative to other training treats. Stay away from canned and pickled vegetables as they contain too much salt.3

White Rice

Cooked white rice is a common recommendation 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.5Box of The Farmer's Dog food (caption: The Farmer's Dog Review)

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Is CBD Safe For Dogs?

CBD has been stated to naturally treat anxiety, pain, seizures, skin conditions, neurological disorders and more. But is it effective and safe for dogs?

From the limited research performed so far, it seems to be okay for dogs, in most cases. However, be sure to choose a high-quality product from a reputable dealer. Many companies are joining the CBD hype, so the best price may not be the safest for your pup. Do your research before you get started.

Also, your vet understands your dog’s unique needs better than you or the company selling the products, so be sure to check with them before administering.

Learn more about the benefits of CBD oil for dogs.

When In Doubt, Ask A Vet

If your dog is acting strangely or experiencing minor symptoms of weakness, lack of coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, etc. and you think they 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.

What If You Cannot Reach Your Veterinarian?

In an emergency, when you cannot reach your veterinarian, immediately contact your local animal emergency clinic or call one of these hotlines to speak to a toxicology specialist and vets who are able to assist 24/7. 

  1. Pet Poison Helpline 1-855-764-7661
  2. North Shore America / ASPCA Hotline 1-888-232-8870
  3. ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435

Note: They charge a small fee of $59-75 per incident and will ask for age, weight, medical history of pet, what they were exposed to, amount, when it happened and current symptoms.

Tip: Try using our “Ask a Vet” chat feature that is available 24/7 (see lower right-hand corner of your browser window). You’ll get answers from a doctor within minutes.

Depending on the nature of the item ingested, the animal poison hotline or your veterinarian may induce vomiting to regurgitate it. If the item is likely to cause further damage to your dog on the way back up, they will not induce vomiting. In this case, other methods of helping your dog will be discussed, such as having your dog ingest something to bind with the offending food and neutralize it. Another option might be to perform surgery and remove it.

Be Proactive: Save Yourself From Expensive Vet Bills

If your dog eats something and gets sick, the vet bill can be tough for pet parents to stomach. Take the proactive step and consider pet insurance. That way if an unsuspecting treat becomes a medical emergency, your dog (and your wallet) will be better off. Check out this video explaining what pet insurance is and why it’s worth it.

See something we missed? Does your pup have a favorite food you’d like to learn more about?

Sources: [1] PetMD, [2] Vetinfo, [3] AKC, [4] Pet Poison Helpline, [5] Pets WebMD

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.

About The Author:

Michelle holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and has worked in marketing at Bank of America, Mattel and Hanes. Her expert advice and opinions have appeared in many outstanding media outlets, including The New York Times' Wirecutter, Forbes, People, Reader's Digest and Apartment Therapy, among others.

She is the proud co-founder of Canine Journal and a dog lover through and through. Since the day she was born, she has lived in a home full of dogs. Her adult home is no exception where she and her husband live with Lily and Barley, their two adorable rescue pups.

In addition to her love for snuggling with dogs, she also has enjoyed working professionally in the canine field since 1999 when she started her first dog-related job at a dog bakery.

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September 10, 2020 4:04 pm

They can’t eat liver? What! The canned food I buy has chicken, liver, and beef. That’s the food they do eat.

September 10, 2020 4:02 pm

Ya right! You just try to stop my dogs from eating the cat food. I feed the dogs first and I swear they wait until I feed the cats and then go eat the cat food.

August 22, 2020 10:13 pm

I’ve never seen a dog cook their fish in the wild…

July 25, 2020 9:53 pm

Raw meat is listed lol

August 17, 2020 1:20 am
Reply to  Brent

We adopted a Queensland Blue Heeler last Nov. She weighed 31 lbs. Within 3 weeks, she has gained over 5 lbs. My husband is feeding her sugar cookies, cheese, bread, lunch meat, chips. Basically anything he eats, he feeds to the dog. How do I make him stop feeding her human food? The dog looks so fat and miserable.

August 22, 2020 10:14 pm
Reply to  Deepak

Divorce your husband for starters…

Apiffany Gaither Billings
August 17, 2020 10:11 am
Reply to  Deepak

I would recommend having your vet speak with your husband and explain how the foods he feeds her can harm your dog as well as add excessive weight.

July 18, 2020 7:00 am

Dogs are omnivores and can eat a wide variety of food. The myth about garlic, onions, and avocado are bad anecdotal, not fact. If you read the studies about onions, toxicity kicks in around when the dog has eaten 20 pounds. Dietary supplements not going to hurt Fido, or cause anemia. Same for garlic and avocado. White rice is similar to white bread- nutrition stripped fake food that is the same as eating sugar. Brown rice, organic, is great on the other hand. All dog and human food should be organic. Those commercial farm chemicals cause cancer and hormone disruptions.

July 14, 2020 10:12 pm

can dogs eat beans?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
July 15, 2020 10:29 am
Reply to  Betty

Dogs can have many types of beans in moderation. It is important that the beans do not have seasoning (such as canned chili beans or baked beans). Fresh green beans or cooked green beans, pinto beans, soybeans, black beans, garbanzo beans, and kidney beans are safe for dogs to eat and have health benefits but should be given in moderation.

Bunny Davidson,Dog Care Specialist & Rescuer
July 23, 2020 2:43 pm

AVOID all beans, peas, chickpeas, and legumes. Veterinary research has found consumption of these will lead to Canine Degenerative Cardiomyopathy. This especially dangerous in dog breeds predisposed to this condition. I advise you do not feed beans, peas, chickpeas, or any legumes and CHECK ingredients on dog food. Avoid grain free dog food that contains these ingredients. Much commercially sold grain-free dog food removes the grain “corn” and substitutes With beans, peas, and chickpeas as filler because they’re cheap, but they enlarge a dog’s heart and surround it with water which leads to degenerative cardiomyopathy, suffering, and death.
Do an internet search, you’ll see much vet research shows a big correlation with progressive DCM (degenerative cardiomyopathy) caused by grain-free commercial foods. DVM 360 magazine has had a few articles documenting this research in the last couple of years.
Please always read the pet food ingredient labels! **DCM is DEADLY and caused by legumes in grain-free food! Please BEWARE and avoid beans, peas, chickpeas, and legumes.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
July 23, 2020 3:34 pm

Yes, DCM is deadly and has been a topic for debate recently. Dog food that is grain-free and contains high amounts of beans, peas, and legumes are being investigated by the FDA. Taurine deficiency is well-documented as a potential cause of DCM, but it is not the only cause of DCM. Legumes, when used in moderation, in whole-food form, provide a wealth of beneficial nutrients.

July 15, 2020 5:31 pm

Thank you for the input.

July 5, 2020 8:23 pm

It amazes me the grape myth keeps getting perpetuated. There is no data or evidence to back this up. The best you’ll ever get is a vague anecdote (“there have been instances when” or “once my friend’s dog ate grapes and … “) This is a dangerous and costly myth, as your vet will likely want to pump your dog’s stomach and put them on an IV for fluids if they ate grapes… Expensive, and a procedure that likely will have worse complications than eating grapes. This is just something that for some reason keeps getting passed along, scaring dog owners needlessly when their dog eats grapes. Don’t publish something if you have no hard, empirical data that doesn’t go beyond what you’ve just read on other sites or what someone told you in passing… And that includes a lot of other things on this list.

August 22, 2020 10:17 pm
Reply to  Boo

Dogs are scavenger animals by nature and people need to stop freaking out. Most people will pump their human kids full of crap and not think twice, but somehow an animal needs to be spoken. Greed, non-gmo, full organic, vegan diet.

July 4, 2020 7:57 am

Why would you say not to feed your dog liver or fish liver? Ridiculous. All of our family dogs have eaten liver and fish liver to 19 years old dogs.

June 12, 2020 1:04 am

Very informative!I’m in Tasmania the island at the bottom of Australia.i have a Maremma Alaskan malamute puppy 11 months old. I was told to keep her on large puppy formula kibble. When should I stop please? I realize being a giant breed on both sides means very slow bone growth.shes the size of a German Shepherd already.thank you. Andi and elley my baby.

Bunny Davidson,Dog Care Specialist & Rescuer
July 23, 2020 2:48 pm
Reply to  andi

Veterinarians usually recommend with large breed dogs to feed puppy formula for at least the first 18 -24 months. But always check with your vet first. Please verify with your vet what percent of protein your dog requires as it varies with age, breed, size, weight, and medical conditions. Verify with your vet that the puppy food you’re feeding has the right amount of protein for your breed. Always best to consult your vet. Woof!

Kimberly Alt
June 15, 2020 1:55 pm
Reply to  andi

I would suggest calling and asking your vet. Each dog is different, so it’s best to speak with someone who knows your dog’s needs.

May 16, 2020 1:53 am

My cuz gave the family dog 1 or 2 cans of cat food is that bad or good??

Apiffany Gaither Billings
May 17, 2020 8:28 am

Dogs and cats have different dietary requirements. Your dog should be okay by eating one or two cans; however, cat food should not be fed to your dog consistently.

July 16, 2020 10:38 pm

It would have been nice to see this description in the initial list, a lot of which seems to be made quite out of normal context and verges on the type of scaremongering I would expect from costly animal food producers. Several other items need some context added to them. I feed my dogs several of the items and have always had very healthy, mostly vet-free animals despite 50+ years of keeping them.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
July 17, 2020 9:49 am
Reply to  Peter

We will look into that for our next audit. Thank you for your input and I’m happy to hear you have raised healthy animals.

April 29, 2020 1:56 pm

Hello, my puppy is still 1 month he will be turning this may 10. Since his mother died we don’t know what is the cause and also his 4 siblings died this month of April (they’re 5 siblings). We gave him milk for human and he eat some rice and other foods. But my concern is he always hiccups and have a trouble of sleeping and breathing. He always when he sleep cry and catch up his breathing. We don’t have an open vet right now because we are in quarantine. Pls. help me, give me some advice to ease/heal his hiccups.

Bunny Davidson,Dog Care Specialist & Rescuer
July 23, 2020 2:56 pm
Reply to  vanessa

People milk is NOT healthy for dogs. Pups are probably dying of scurvy or parvo. Puppies need protein and mothers milk. If you can’t get them canine milk then there are recipes online on how to make puppy milk substitutions. If the mother dog died, pups can benefit from getting COLOSTRUM from goat, sheep, or cow farmer. Colostrum is in the milk that is produced immediately following the birth of kids or Calves. Colostrum is where they get their immunity and strength. Sorry this has happened to the puppies. Please take responsibility and get them to a veterinarian.

May 16, 2020 1:59 am
Reply to  vanessa

that is sad

Apiffany Gaither Billings
April 29, 2020 5:46 pm
Reply to  vanessa

Hi Vanessa, we always recommend seeing a vet when you think something is wrong with your pet. If you cannot take your dog to a vet, perhaps this online vet service can help. If your puppy is having trouble breathing, there could be many underlying causes including allergies, kennel cough, infections, and diseases.

Punko Brewstron
April 27, 2020 7:24 am

I started reading this and when I got to salt I had to give up. Salt? Obviously nobody should feed a dog a spoonful of salt, but the idea that we need to avoid salt is just crazy. It makes me think the whole list is written by an extremist who is obsessed with every little thing, like a parent who can’t deal with their precious little darling getting a boo boo on the playground. I just want to know what will kill my dog. Now I still don’t know.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
April 27, 2020 5:52 pm

Too much salt for a dog can lead to sodium poisoning, which can in turn result in vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, seizures, and even death.

Bunny Davidson,Dog Care Specialist & Rescuer
July 23, 2020 2:58 pm

Salt and minerals are already in so many ingredients including water in some places and it’s cumulative in the body.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
July 23, 2020 3:41 pm

Yes, you are right. That is why an increase in salt such as say, a can of green beans with high sodium levels, over time can cause symptoms of sodium poisoning if we, as pet owners, are not careful of our pets’ salt intake.

July 16, 2020 10:41 pm

“Too much salt” is quite different to “salt”.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
July 17, 2020 9:47 am
Reply to  Peter

Understandably so. The article mentions the harm for salt intake in more than moderation.

April 20, 2020 11:16 am


Do NOT buy into the hype of grain free dog foods!!! Ask your Vet about a healthy diet/food for your pets! These grain free foods (look at Government and AKC sites for more information – though they are not all listed) are big culprits for DCM and heart disease in pets.

June 8, 2020 7:07 pm
Reply to  Erika

My local pet store recommends a diet with both grain free food, and food with grain. Is that correct?

Apiffany Gaither Billings
June 15, 2020 2:50 pm
Reply to  Unicornz

Here is more information on grain-free food. A slow transition with a mix of grain inclusive and grain-free food could assist with stomach upset. Any change in diet should be consulted with your vet as well.

Pup Owner
March 7, 2020 9:46 am

Peaches are listed on the dog do not order “menu”, yet below in the article it states peaches are safe for dogs.

Sheryl Gunn
April 20, 2020 1:40 pm
Reply to  Pup Owner

It’s the pit of the peach.

Apiffany Gaither Billings
March 9, 2020 7:55 am
Reply to  Pup Owner

Hi, the article goes into more detail about each item on the infographic. Peaches (as well as other fruits with pits) can be dangerous for dogs if the dog ingests the pit causing indigestion issues.

Pup Owner
March 10, 2020 6:43 pm

That is understandable. I have a small dog and all his food is bite sized for him. I could not imagine giving any size dog an entire fruit, especially one that contains the pit.

June 8, 2020 7:08 pm
Reply to  Pup Owner

Me either

February 7, 2020 12:29 am

We adopted a Queensland Blue Heeler last Nov. She weighed 31 lbs. Within 3 weeks, she has gained over 5 lbs. My husband is feeding her suger cookies, cheese, bread, lunch meat, chips. Basically anything he eats, he feeds to the dog. How do I make him stop feeding her human food? The dog looks so fat and miserable.

April 18, 2020 10:27 am
Reply to  Ann

Rid your husband. That’s really bad what he’s doing to that beautiful baby.

Kimberly Alt
February 7, 2020 10:21 am
Reply to  Ann

Have you spoken to him about it? Maybe try explaining that you love how giving and caring he is towards her, but maybe he could try giving her other treats that are safer and healthier for her instead. Try explaining that she’s gaining weight too quickly and that can come with health issues. I’m sure the last thing he’d want to do is put her in any type of pain, so maybe explaining that dogs who are overweight can become diabetic which can be a big expense for you and painful for the dog. Perhaps you two could agree on some healthier treats to have around the house to give to her instead? My dog loves snacking on carrots and apples, so I like to share those with her. You can also purchase a variety of dog treats that you could give your dog instead. Here are some ideas:

Let me know if you have any other questions!

January 24, 2020 10:24 am

Why do you list salmon in your infographic as food not to give dog. But you have not listed It in the text or given a reason.

Kimberly Alt
January 24, 2020 11:00 am
Reply to  Karen

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, but we have it included as salmon in general because sometimes we can falter in our salmon cooking and we’d hate for a pet parent to accidentally give uncooked, infected salmon to their dog.

January 21, 2020 7:12 pm

I like to give my dog a little sugar every now and then. I didn’t know cuddling with the dog could harm it medically I guess I wont be giving the poor thing any more lovin….

Kimberly Alt
January 22, 2020 1:14 pm
Reply to  Joe

Lol cuddling your dog isn’t going to harm them medically, unless you’re completely squishing the dog. I wouldn’t classify sugar as being equivalent to cuddles.

May 4, 2020 5:16 pm
Reply to  Kimberly Alt

He was saying sugar as in love and cuddles, not the food.

May 13, 2020 12:50 pm
Reply to  Anon

Yup! Cultural influences strike again. Thank you Anon for the clarification.

January 16, 2020 11:21 pm

Hello, i give my 3 almost 4 years old dog cheese. Like sometimes a whole stick. And she doesn’t have any problems. Should i stop giving her that much cheese. Thanks

Kimberly Alt
January 17, 2020 4:05 pm
Reply to  Hannah

Dairy can have negative effects on a dog depending on the amount given. I’d probably try to find an alternative treat for your dog to enjoy.

January 16, 2020 4:45 pm

Can Dogs Have Ketchup Or Any Other Sauces?

Kimberly Alt
January 17, 2020 4:08 pm
Reply to  Dennis

Each sauce is going to vary based on its ingredients. Ketchup could contain onions and garlic, which is harmful for dogs. Additionally, if it is sugar-free, it could contain xylitol, which is very toxic to dogs and should never be given to dogs. I wouldn’t recommend topping your dog’s meal or treat with a pile of ketchup.

As always, it’s best to check with your vet.

January 6, 2020 8:07 pm

Dogs are not carnivores, hence why they can’t eat cat food. BOOM!

May 16, 2020 1:55 am
Reply to  FFACE

You are a bad pet owner

January 5, 2020 10:23 pm

my dog at lots of things on that don’t let dogs eat list and nothing happened why?

March 27, 2020 6:57 am
Reply to  Lola

List is utter nonsense.

Kimberly Alt
January 7, 2020 12:50 pm
Reply to  Lola

Some dogs can tolerate certain foods better than others. Additionally, it could depend on the amount of the food the dog ate. For example, if a Great Dane and a Yorkie had the same size piece of dark chocolate, you may not notice symptoms in the Great Dane since it is so much larger than the Yorkie, but the Yorkie may experience complications.

My in-law’s Labrador Retriever is known for eating grapes out of the garden. They try their best to keep her out of there but she’s sneaky. Fortunately, she hasn’t had any issues even though grapes are known as being dangerous for dogs.

This list is purely meant to warn you that you should try to avoid feeding your dogs these foods because you may not like the reactions they have to them.

With kidney disease or kidney failure for about th
January 5, 2020 12:31 pm

Kobe hasBeen diagnosedWith kidney disease or kidney failure for about the last year now she is skin and bones his loss pound and a half he only weighs 4 pounds she’s a Yorky and she’s very finicky and picky about eating and we’ve been trying many things but she throws up after each meal so we’re wondering is it the kidney disease or is it something else to look at thanks for your help

July 7, 2020 8:40 am

I had that problem, but green tripe (as in cow stomach) which is available for dogs, completely changed and helped my pet.

January 3, 2020 9:17 pm

I gave a dog a little sugar. Although they seemed fine, should i be worried?

Kimberly Alt
January 6, 2020 2:59 pm
Reply to  Saraia

I’m unsure what you mean by a little, but if the dog seems ok and it was truly only a little (less than a teaspoon maybe?) then I wouldn’t worry too much about it. However, I wouldn’t give your dog sugar again since there is no nutritional value for them and it can cause health issues. If your dog seems agitated or acting different, I would recommend calling your vet.

January 3, 2020 1:57 am

My dog ate some corn (not on the cob). Is that allowed?

Kimberly Alt
January 3, 2020 10:07 am
Reply to  Bella

It is generally safe for a dog to have small amounts of corn.

December 25, 2019 1:04 am

Aren’t dogs are omnivores not carnivores. Cats are true carnivores, and that’s one reason why you should not give a dog cat food, the formulation isn’t healthy for a dog. Right?

Peggy dian murray
February 23, 2020 12:29 am
Reply to  Dian

I had to tell you that my name is spelt Dian that is so uncommon my dog years ago ate cat food that’s all she would eat liked to 16

Kimberly Alt
December 26, 2019 1:41 pm
Reply to  Dian

Dogs shouldn’t eat cat food because the protein and fat levels in are too high for your dog and not healthy. Ingesting too much cat food can result in upset stomach, obesity and pancreatitis.