Foods That Dogs Shouldn’t Have

It’s important to be aware of foods that dogs shouldn’t have. Sometimes edibles are left within reach when they should have been put away or properly disposed of. They should be treated like medications when potentially harmful. A tidbit won’t likely kill or sicken your doggy. For example, canines shouldn’t have chocolate. An M & M or two by accident won’t likely cause a problem, but a whole cake could kill your dog. It depends on a number of factors including weight and how much was ingested. Because you really don’t know how much could be harmful, it’s best to keep all of the following foods and beverages out of reach. Also, instruct family members on foods that are unsafe for dogs. Everyone should be aware of seemingly harmless substances that could hurt their pooch.

Foods That Are Unsafe for Dogs

  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Avacado
  • Pear and apple seeds – they are TOXIC!
  • Chocolate of all types
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onion and onion powder
  • Garlic
  • Sodium
  • Artificial sweeteners
  • Dough that contains yeast
  • Anything moldy or spoiled

Drinks That Are Unsafe for Dogs

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Coffee of all types
  • Anything moldy or spoiled

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Don’t Forget about the Garbage

Dogs are known for getting into trash cans and eating all sorts of things from greasy pizza boxes to chicken bones and everything in between. It’s common sense that these things are bad for dogs. All of the aforementioned foods could sicken or kill canines, and you don’t have to accidentally leave them out or feed them unknowingly. They could be found in the garbage. Use special care when disposing of anything that could be potentially dangerous to dogs.

An Effective Way to Keep Dogs Out of the Kitchen Garbage Can

Do you need a good way to keep dogs out of the kitchen garbage can? Use a wooden receptacle that opens from the top instead of a cheap plastic can. I’ve listed a good one above. Trash loving canines know exactly how to get the goods. If they can’t knock it over and open the lid, they won’t gain access to food and other potentially harmful trash. It’s up to you to keep your dog out of the trash and maintain his or her safety. You can train him using battery-operated dog mats that emit annoying electrical pulses. It’s a good solution for training the animal rather than simply blocking access.


Kimberly Dalessandro (a.k.a. Crystal Ray) began her online writing career in 2005 with PageWise Incorporated and went on to become a top writer for both Associated Content and Yahoo Voices under the pen name Crystal Ray. In early 2017 she launched Blue Crystal Sky ~ Everything Under the Sun. She is continually coming up with new ideas to share with the world.

4 thoughts on “Foods That Dogs Shouldn’t Have

  • March 31, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Thanks for the list. I will write this down so I will not forget.

  • March 30, 2016 at 11:21 PM

    Wow something I just need! I remember my dog accidentally ate some bits of cooked onions. Hope nothing bad would happen to her 🙁

    • March 31, 2016 at 11:47 AM

      @missweng – I’m glad you can use this list. 🙂 It’s usually large amounts that can be harmful to dogs. It depends on how much they ate and their size. They might eat a little by accident now and then, but it’s best not to let them have these foods as treats or meals.

      • March 31, 2016 at 7:51 PM

        Thank you again 🙂 I will now really monitor my puppy as she’s our baby and can’t imagine life without here around.

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