Human Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs

Sometimes you get that look, the look of the beady eyed puppy staring at you for some of your food and you can’t help but share some with them. While you should not get your dog in the habit of asking for food and while some foods will have no effect on your pup, others might have a detrimental effect. Here is a list of 10 common foods that are toxic to dogs.

  • Xylitol: Xylitol is found in gum, candy, toothpaste, baked foods, and some diet foods. Your dog ingesting these items can cause your dogs blood sugar to drop and lead to liver failure. Some symptoms of your dog ingesting the items include vomiting, lethargy, and problems with coordination.
  • Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nuts can be fatal to dog especially if they’re mixed with chocolate. Chocolate itself is a big hazard if consumed by dogs, but if mixed with macadamia nuts it is even worse. Just six macadamia nuts can make a dog sick with muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperature, and weakness.
  • Grapes & Raisins: Grapes and raisin can cause kidney failure in your pup. They have a toxic substance that researchers have not been able to pinpoint the direct substance in the fruit that causes the reaction. When consumed this substance causes acute kidney failure with anuria which is the lack of urine production.
  • Avocado: Avocado contains persin that can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion. The worst part about an avocado to a dog is the pit because of the choking hazard and that’s where the most amount of persin is located.
  • Cooked Bones: Cooked bones could be fatal to dogs; they have the ability to splinter when being chewed by your dog. Raw uncooked bones don’t have that ability and are good for your dog’s nutrition and teeth health.
  • Coffee, Tea & Caffeinated Beverages: Coffee, tea and other caffeinated drinks can be very dangerous. Within two hours your dog could experience restlessness, vomiting, elevated blood pressure, seizures and possible death.
  • Apple Seeds: The casing that apple seeds are in have a natural chemical called amygdalin that releases cyanide when digested. If enough is eaten and ingested the chemical can enter the blood stream being fatal to dogs.
  • Yeast: Yeast will expand and rise within a dog’s stomach ingested. In mild cases it only causes gas and discomfort, but in worse cases it could rupture the stomach and intestines. When yeast dough rises and ferments it is in the process of making alcohol which could lead to alcohol poisoning.
  • Corn in the Cob: Corn itself isn’t dangerous if ingested by a dog, it’s okay to have some of this in their diet. On the other hand, corn on the cobb could be dangerous if the dog ingests the whole cob and chews on the cob. This can cause a concern for a choking hazard and intestinal blockage.
  • Dairy Products: Like humans, dogs can suffer from lactose intolerance. Milk and dairy products can cause diarrhea and other digestive problems for your dog. This can make for a very messy clean up or trigger food allergies that can cause a severe itch to your pup.