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Toxic Foods For Dogs: What Your Dog Shouldn't Eat

As Turlock veterinarians, we understand that treating your furry friend to a snack is a common expression of love for dog owners. However, it's important to note that some human foods can be toxic and even deadly for dogs. To keep your pup safe and healthy, it's best to avoid these foods altogether. 

Why shouldn't I give my dog people food?

Dogs are intelligent beings and have a knack for getting into things they ought not to. When it comes to the food in your home, it's crucial to be aware of which items are toxic to your furry friend. Unlike our bodies, a dog's system can't process certain foods properly, making substances that are safe for us, potentially life-threatening for them.

10 Foods You Should Never Give Your Dog

Please keep in mind that the list below serves merely as a highlight of some of the most frequently reported toxic foods for canines. It should not be considered a complete or exhaustive list. To better understand which foods can harm your furry friend, it's always best to consult your trusted Turlock veterinarian.

Garlic, Onions & Chives

Onions, shallots, garlic and chives all contain a substance which can cause damage to your pup's red blood cells and, eventually anemia. Whether raw or cooked, the onion family are all toxic to dogs and it may take a few days for signs of illness ot become apparent in your pet. 


Even in very small amounts, alcohol can cause intoxication in dogs as it does in people. Alcohol may also lead to vomiting, diarrhea, and in extreme cases damage to your dog's central nervous system.

Grapes & Raisins

Any cakes, cookies or treats containing raisins or graps should be kept far away from your dog,. Grapes and raisins may cause severe kidney and liver damag in your pup, even causing failure in certain situations. 


This popular treat is featured on this toxic dog food list because, in partilcular dark chocolate, contains a stimulant called theobromine which can cause kidney failure in dogs.

Corn On The Cob

While corn kernals themselves aren't toxic to your dog, if your pet swallows a whole cob, it may cause serious blockage in their intestines and a whole host of associated health issues. 


You caught us, so tobacco is not a food. However, it's important to mention because nicotine is extremely toxic to dogs. Signs of tobacco poisoning in dogs include vomiting, abnormal heart rate, tremors and weakness. 


Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that may cause vomiting, loss of coordination, liver failure, hypoglycemia and seizures. In combinations, these can cause loss of consciousness or even death in your dog. 

Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts contain a toxin that can affect your dog’s muscles and nervous system resulting in weakness, swollen limbs and panting.


Avocado leaves, fruit and seeds contain a substance called persin which may cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

Cooked Bones

While it may be a tempting treat, you should absolutely never give your dog a cooked bone to chew on. Cooked bones can splinter very easily in their gut or intestines and lead to perforation of their organs. This could be fatal.

If your furry friend has consumed any of the items mentioned above, it's crucial to contact your local Turlock veterinarian right away. Here at Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital, we understand the importance of quick action in these situations and that's why we provide 24/7 emergency veterinary service to help your pet recover from ingesting toxic substances. 

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