Top 5 Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog

Categories: Dog Food & Nutrition
y Jennifer Lueck

If ingestion of any of these items occurs, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 immediately*.

  1. Chocolate
    The amount of chocolate that is dangerous depends on the weight of the dog and the type of chocolate. Baking chocolate and cocoa powder are the most dangerous, while white chocolate is the least dangerous. Want to find out how much chocolate is too much for your dog? Check out National Geographic’s Interactive Chocolate Chart:
  2. Macadamia Nuts
    Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs.
  3. Grapes & Raisins
    Grapes and raisins have been known to cause kidney failure in dogs when eaten in large quantities.
  4. Xylitol
    Xylitol is an artificial sweetener in many products, such as chewing gum, candy, baked goods and toothpaste. Xylitol causes insulin release, which can lead to liver failure.
  5. Onions, Garlic, Chives
    These vegetables can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. An occasional low dose will most likely not cause a problem, but they should not be fed in large amounts.
    In addition to these five, the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control website lists five additional people foods that should not be fed to pets: alcohol, avocado, yeast dough, milk and raw/undercooked meat, eggs and bones.
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*****Comment from Laura Yurchak*****
The ASPCA lists raw/undercooked meat as foods to avoid but a good raw meat diet has proven to be beneficial for many dogs.  I started using raw meat diets about 10 or more years ago.  One of my dogs couldn’t eat commercial dog food.  She also had a very low white blood cell count.  I decided to try a raw meat diet and use food grade peroxide to soak the meat in before I fed her.  It made me feel better about trying the new diet.  Throughout both of my dogs lives, they were fed a home based cooked diet and a raw meat diet which we rotated.  Both of my dogs lived a happy and healthy 15 years until cancer took them from us.