21 Human Foods That Harm Your Dog

It’s the holiday season of family get-togethers, reunions, and lots of delicious dinners. A time to enjoy the company of the people we love and the food prepared for the occasion. As we indulge in these gatherings, we should also be aware of our dog’s needs and health. Unfortunately, our pooch cannot share in all the foods at the table. Do you know which foods you should not feed your dog?

We’ve researched the different foods that are unsafe for your furry best friend - those that are toxic for dogs. 

Foods You Should Not Feed Your Dog

Foods You Should Not Feed Your Dog

Toxic Foods For Dogs

Here's the list of foods that may harm your dog in alphabetical order:

  1. Alcohol
  2. Allium family: onions, garlic, leeks and chives
  3. Bones
  4. Chocolate
  5. Caffeine
  6. Citrus Oil Extracts
  7. Dairy Products
  8. Fat Trimmings
  9. Grapes or Raisins
  10. Liver
  11. Macadamia Nuts
  12. Mushrooms
  13. Raw Eggs
  14. Potato, Rhubarb and Tomato Leaves
  15. Peaches and Plums
  16. Persimmons
  17. Raw Fish 
  18. Yeast
  19. Milk
  20. Sweets or sugary food 
  21. Xylitol

We divide these perilous foods into four different categories: Main Course, Drinks, Snacks & Sweets, and Plants. Each of these will be discussed separately and the first in this series is the Main course.

The first article will be about food served in the Main Course; foods that are main ingredients, including those added for flavor such as spices.

The second article will cover those yummy sweets and snacks along with drinks and beverages that are enjoyed by humans but are toxic to dogs.

The final installment of this series will be about plants - vegetables and fruits- all that may be healthy for humans, but have potential fatal effects when consumed by Fido.

Although believed to be carnivores by nature, dogs can eat plants and benefit from the vitamins and minerals they contain. In fact, there are many vegetables that are very healthy for dogs. However, not all plants are safe. Some can be eaten by dogs in small amounts or when prepared properly.

Knowing which foods are good for your dog or which ones are toxic can be tricky. Remember that your dog’s anatomy is not built to process some human foods so that's why we made this info-graphic cheat sheet for you. 

It is best to ask you vet first or do your own research before giving them anything.

Also check the label of the food you’re buying if you plan on sharing some with your four-legged best friend. Be cautious in sharing your leftover food to your dog when you are not sure what ingredients were used in the dish.

Being knowledgeable about treatment of poisoning is important but prevention is still better. So learn to resist those cute and adorable puppy dog eyes before you put their health at risk.

Come back on Friday to learn what main course foods and spices are bad for your dog and how they harm them.