What foods are bad for dogs?
Bad for Dogs

Your dog may beg for a bite of whatever you’re eating, but there are a lot of human foods that can be dangerous to your dog’s health. Here’s a list of some of the most common foods dogs should not eat.


Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, and even death in dogs. Avoid giving your dog alcohol or any foods that may contain alcohol.


Most people know that chocolate is a food dogs can’t eat, and it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even death. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate have a higher percentage of theobromine which is toxic for dogs.

Foods with xylitol

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener used in lots of sugar-free products like gum and candy. If your dog eats something with xylitol, it can lead to liver failure.

Grapes and raisins

Grapes and raisins can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even renal failure in dogs.

Macadamia nuts

Commonly found in cookies or candy, macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, weakness, and hyperthermia in dogs.


In large quantities, onions can cause gastrointestinal irritation in dogs.

Raw meat and eggs

Both the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)[1] and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)[2] have come out against feeding your dog a raw diet because uncooked meat and eggs can contain dangerous bacteria like salmonella.

These are a few of the most common human foods that can be dangerous to your dog’s health, but it’s not a full list. If you’re unsure about whether a certain human food is safe for your dog, ask your veterinarian.

If you think your dog may have eaten something dangerous, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. You should also make sure to always have the number of a 24-hour emergency animal hospital in case your veterinarian is not available. 

Dog treats and snacks can be a safe alternative to human foods or table scraps. Click here to find a safe snack your dog will love. 

1. American Veterinary Medical Association: “Raw or undercooked animal-source protein in cat and dog diets.”
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: “Q&A: Salmonella outbreak.”


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