Toxic Foods and Drinks for your Dog

list of toxic foods and drinks for your dog

Sharing your foods and drinks with your dog is harmless in small quantities.
But not all human foods are safe for your furry friend.
Here is a list of toxic foods and drinks for your dog.
This is not a complete list.
Please use caution and contact your veterinarian.

list of toxic foods and drinks for your dog

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Toxic Food and Drinks for your Dog 


 Alcohol can intoxicate your dog and induce coma or death, even in small doses. 

Your dog should never drink alcohol; this includes alcoholic beverages and food products with alcohol. 

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If you suspect your pet has ingested alcohol, contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center immediately.

Some symptoms of intoxication are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Abnormal blood acidity 
  • Coma, and even death


Your dog should never consume chocolate, coffee, or caffeine.
Chocolate contains a stimulant called theobromine, which can cause kidney failure, seizures, and even death.

Contact your veterinarian if your furry friend has abnormal heart rhythm, excessive thirst, vomiting, tremors, or seizures.


Avocados consumed in large quantities can be toxic to most animals, including dogs.
Symptoms of intoxication are vomiting and diarrhea.
Small quantities of avocado cannot cause any problems.

Symptoms of intoxication are:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea 


Small amounts of coconut or coconut oil cannot cause serious harm.
Flesh and milk of fresh coconut can cause stomach upset, loose stools, or diarrhea.
Dogs susceptible to pancreatitis should avoid coconut oil as it can harmful due to its high-fat content.
You should not give coconut water because it is high in potassium.


Whether raw, dry, or cooked, these foods are toxic to dogs and can cause gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage.
Signs of illness are not always immediate and can occur up to a few days later. Symptoms of intoxication are:

  • Gastrointestinal irritation
  • Red blood cell damage

 If you suspect your dog has consumed some of these vegetables call your veterinarian. 


Even a slight amount of grapes or raisins can be fatally toxic to a dog.
Grapes may cause severe liver damage and kidney failure.


Macadamia nuts contain toxins that can affect your dog’s muscles and nervous system, resulting in vomiting, depression, tremors, and weakness.

Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last approximately 12 to 48 hours.
On the other hand, nuts contain oils and fats that can cause pancreatitis in dogs.


Pets do not possess significant amounts of lactose, the enzyme that breaks down lactose and milk. That’s why milk and other dairy products can cause diarrhea and digestive upset in dogs. 


Xylitol is a sweetener in many products, such as gum, candy, and toothpaste. It is toxic to dogs and can be fatal.

Xylitol can cause insulin release, which leads to liver failure.
Symptoms of Intoxication are vomiting, lethargy, loss of coordination, and seizures.
If you have gum in your purse, keep it away from your dog.


Yeast dough ingestion can be life-threatening for your dog as it can cause the stomach to bloat and twist.


A large amount of salt can cause excessive thirst and urination.

We encourage you to avoid feeding your dog with salty snacks like potato chips, pretzels, and salted popcorn.

 If you suspect your pet has eaten one of these foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

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