What Foods Are Potentially Bad Or Dangerous For Dogs?


Some foods are dangerous or toxic for dogs either altogether, or when consumed in larger doses.

In this guide, we outline what some of those foods and substances might be.


(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)


Foods That Are Bad Or Dangerous For Dogs

You should always seek your dog’s vet’s confirmation of dangerous foods and substances, and what your dog should and shouldn’t consume.

But, a list of potentially dangerous foods that you may want to be aware of is:

Certain types of chocolate – mainly the darker and bitter types of chocolate

Xylitol – can be found in gums and candies, and toothpaste and baked goods which contain sweeteners

Raisins, Grapes, sultanas, and currents


Onions, chives, leeks and garlic

Coffee, tea and caffeine

Avocado (contains Persin)

Macadamia nuts

Fat trimmings, and cooked bones

+ anything which might cause your dog allergies, or other health problems specific to your dog


Other Foods & Substances To Look Out For

Other foods and substances that may or may not cause problems for a dog may include (there might be some debate over these foods, and different reasons suggested for these foods such as potential for sickness):

Milk and other dairy products

Persimmons, peaches and plums

Raw eggs

Raw meat and fish


Sugary foods and drinks

Yeast dough

Some citrus acids

Large amounts of coconut oil


What Foods Might Be Safe For Dogs?

Your dog’s vet should give you this advice – there is no substitute for their professional opinion.

In general, some safe foods might include:

Commercially available pet foods

Cooked lean meats

Some types of seedless fresh fruit (like apples and bananas)

Some types of vegetables (like carrots, green beans, cucumbers)

Cooked plain white rice and pasta


Poisons Around The Home and Yard

Some substances can be poisonous or toxic to dogs without them physically consuming it like that consume food.

Read more in petpoisonhelpline.com’s guide about frequently reported poison dangers for dogs around the home and yard.


Further Reading On Dog Food

You might like to read this guide where we outline some of the general considerations to take into account with dog food, or this guide where we outline what different vets have said about dog food.




1. https://www.petpoisonhelpline.com/uncategorized/top-10-most-frequently-reported-poison-dangers-for-dogs-in-2011/#:~:text=Foods%20%E2%80%93%20specifically%20chocolate%2C%20xylitol%2C,the%20more%20dangerous%20it%20is.

2. https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat

3. https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/guide/top-10-dog-poisons#1

4. https://www.vets-now.com/2017/01/foods-poisonous-to-dogs/

5. https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets

6. https://www.livescience.com/54860-foods-cause-the-most-pet-deaths.html

7. https://www.hillspet.com/dog-care/nutrition-feeding/toxic-foods-for-dogs

8. https://www.caninejournal.com/foods-not-to-feed-dog/


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