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The Top 10 Most Toxic Foods To Dogs

The Top 10 Most Toxic Foods To Dogs

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Caring for your pet means taking extra precautions at times. While you may want to give your little fella a little ‘special treat’ please know that there are a few things that are ABSOLUTE NO-NO’s. Now, you may be asking: “What can’t I feed my Dog?“. Here’s our top 10 list of the most toxic foods you should never feed to your pet.

Here is a top 10 list of the most toxic foods that you can give your pet.

10. People Food:

People food often has higher levels of fats, sugars and salt than a dog is used to. Salt causes an electrolyte imbalance in dogs. Sugars are not a natural food and can cause obesity, and large amounts of fat and protein can’t be digested correctly which causes digestion problems, pancreatitis, as well as liver dysfunction. Additionally, many perfectly harmless-looking human foods can also be toxic to pets.

9. Raw Eggs:

Contain an enzyme known as ‘avidin’ which restricts the absorption of biotin, one of the many B Vitamins.¬† This can lead to an unhealthy coat and skin problems. Eggs can also carry salmonella which is highly poisonous to dogs.

8. Milk & Other Dairy Products:

Many dogs do not have enough lactose enzymes to effectively break down the lactose found in dairy products. This affects the dog’s digestive system and leads to diarrhea. Read our article on our top pointers on handling your pet’s diarrhea.

7. Human Vitamins Containing Iron:

These vitamins damage a dogs digestive system wall lining, its kidneys and its liver. There are Vitamin B supplements designed especially for dogs.

6. Large Quantities of Liver:

Ingesting a large amount of liver will result in Vitamin A toxicity and it affects the muscles and bones of the dog.

5. Mushrooms:

Mushrooms can affect many areas of a dog’s body. They can cause shock and even possibly death.

4. Macadamia Nuts:

Macadamia nuts contain toxins and a mere handful of these nuts can lead to vomiting, muscle and joint pain, swelling and lethargy.

3. Grapes and Raisins:

Newer studies have shown both grapes and raisins have a toxin that affects a dog’s kidney functions and causes kidney damage and can lead to kidney failure and death.

2. Onions & Garlic:

These foods contain sulfoxides and disulfides which damage red blood cells and cause anemia.  Onions being the most toxic of the two, however, garlic should be avoided as well.

1. Chocolate & anything with caffeine

Especially dark chocolate contains theobromine which is similar to caffeine. This is a very dangerous substance for dogs.  If you know that your dog has eaten chocolate take it to the vet immediately.  If your dog eats a very small amount of chocolate, usually it only causes digestive issues.

While this is a non-exhaustive list, here are a few more worth noting:

  • Alcohol

  • Avocado

  • Yeast Dough

  • Sugar

  • Peach / Apricot Pits

  • Walnuts

  • Turkey Skin

  • Sugarless candy and gum

  • Potatoes


If you suspect that your pet has ingested any of the items listed here, or has ingested something that is making them act peculiar –¬†contact your vet immediately and seek their professional advice.

At Jet Pet Resort we have a full-service kitchen and onsite chef who prepares daily meals for our guests in accordance with each pet’s specific diet. Our Pet Specialists understand the nutritional requirements of your pet and monitor all activity surrounding their meals. At Jet Pet Resort your pet and their food preparation are in safe hands.


Read more about common plants that are toxic to your pet. Or, take a look at: Can cleaning your home harm your pet?


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