Foods Toxic to Dogs 

terrier dog eating ice cream

It’s normal to want to share treats with your dog, but before you share the goodies you need to know what foods are toxic for dogs.

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A proper diet is necessary for your dog’s well-being and while dogs love food, some foods are toxic are dangerous even fatal.  If you own a dog, it is advisable you look into what your dog feeds on, while paying extra attention to foods that include toxic ingredients for your canine. Doing this will help to prevent certain health and diet-related issues.

In this article we talk about 6 common foods that are toxic to dogs.

Most dogs love to have a taste of human food, but not all of these foods are healthy for them. Although human foods are used in preparing healthy dog food, it is very important to serve them in the right proportion. While some foods are healthy for humans, they are toxic to your dog. Below are 7 common foods that may be in your home that are toxic to your dogs:

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Onions and garlic
  • Dairy products
  • Sugary food
  • Bacon
  • Avocado


You may have seen cute memes of the owner sharing their booze with their pup. But you should avoid feeding your dogs with foods that contain alcohol. Many household items contain alcohol such as make up, cleaning products and even food. So be sure your keep toxic related foods to alcohol out fo your dogs reach.

Alcohol can cause a lot of dietary issues such as bloating, diarrhea, vomiting, etc. It can also cause central nervous system depression, tremors, decreased coordination, and difficulty in breathing. Ensure your dog consumes diets that contain no alcohol


I’m a chocoholic but I make sure to keep cocoa products out of the way. Even if your dog loves to take sweet things, never give him chocolate. Cookies, cake or anything that contains chocloate is a food toxic for dogs.

Chocolate is made of a stimulant known as theobromine which is toxic to a dog’s health. The amount of theobromine in chocolate varies, some chocolates contain a high amount of theobromine while some contain just a little. This stimulant can lead to health issues like seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, etc.

Onions and garlic

This food seem innocent enough, right? Such is that many of us wouldn’t consider them on the toxic foods list for dogs? But onions and garlic are not good to feed your dogs as they cause gut and stomach irritation which could result in the damage of red cell blood.

Avoid feeding your dogs with any meal that contains onions, regardless of the what form they are in. Though healthful for humans garlic and chives are also harmful and as such, shouldn’t be fed to dogs.

Dairy products

Dogs love cheese but that doesn’t mean they should eat it. Dairy products like cheese and milk shouldn’t be included in your dog’s diet. The digestive systems of dogs aren’t properly built to process dairy products.

Their systems lack the necessary enzymes to digest milk sugar. These foods contain a high amount of fat which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, etc. Don’t give your dog ice cream as it contains dairy products.


Sugar is sweet and it’s not good really healthy for any one, that includes humans or dogs. Since dogs can’t read the labels then as their human don’t give your dog sugar products.

Sugary foods are harmful to your dog as they can lead to painful and expensive dental treatments for your dog. As well as health issues, obesity and diabetes, etc. Too much sugar is even harmful to humans and more harmful to dogs. If your dog likes

Love your dog with healthy treats for dogs that they’ll love just as much.


I bet many of you didn’t get that one? Though bacon is ‘meat’, it is highly processed, very fatty, and, it is on the list of foods that are toxic to your dog. Foods that contain high fat contents should be avoided when feeding your dog. This type of meal can cause bloating, upset stomachs, and other digestion issues.

Avocado and grapes

Another tricky one as we humans consider these as healthy but no, they are toxic for dogs. Never feed your dog with avocado, this is very dangerous. As sweet as this fruit is, it contains a high level of Persin,  a fungicidal toxin while harmless to most humans could cause harm to your dog. The level of persin present in avocado reduces when it becomes ripe. Another food culprit that is toxic for dogs are grapes as they can cause vomiting and lethargy.

Concluding Foods Toxic to Dogs

It can be very tempting to share your food with your dog, but these can be very dangerous to your dogs’ health. Therefore, it is important to look into your dog’s diet and ensure it consumes non-toxic foods. Using foods and treat thatare specifically formulated for your dogs will keep them safe. If in doubt of any foods that you think may be for dogs, then keep them out of the way.

The above-mentioned foods can cause health issues like diarrhea, bloating, stomach upset, diabetes, etc.

Stay healthy, Rescue Dog Happiness