Some things are obvious not to give a dog to ingest, such as caffeine, alcohol…
But did you know that onions and garlic are dangerous for a dog to ingest? Even though both are good for us, they are toxic to your dog as they destroy a dog’s red blood cells. This includes every kind, whether it is raw, powdered, dehydrated, or cooked. Even small frequent amounts over time are dangerous. (Be aware that some baby foods contain onion powder.)
Most all of us have heard that it isn’t safe to give a dog chocolate. That is true. Theobromine is the toxic agent in chocolate and it is in all forms, including white chocolate. Chocolate can cause gastrointestinal issues, as well as heart arrhythmia, seizures, tremors, and potentially death.
If dogs ingest macadamia nuts or avocados, it can be fatal, and takes very little to make them sick. Nutmeg is also toxic to your K9 pet.
Raisins and grapes cause kidney failure in dogs.
As with people, ingesting raw eggs, meat, or fish may cause food poisoning. With dogs, raw eggs inhibits the absorption of B vitamins. Raw fish contain bacteria that can cause “fish disease” in dogs and may be fatal within 2 weeks if untreated.
Dogs should not have any kind of seeds or pits. Peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which makes the pits dangerous to both us and dogs.
Unbaked yeast dough ferments and swells in their tummies and will cause severe pain and possibly alcohol poisoning.
Watch out for foods that are sweetened with xylitol, as it can cause a dog’s blood sugar to dive dangerously low and it can cause liver failure. Xylitol is also found in toothpaste, so even if Rover needs a little breath refreshing, don’t use your toothpaste. :)
Milk and dairy products should be avoided because it can upset their tummies.
Fat trimmings is unhealthy to dogs, just like people, as well as too much sugary foods, which can cause blood sugar issues in our beloved loyal friends.
Bones can splinter and cause obstructions and small bones can cause choking hazard.
Heavily salty foods such as chips or pretzels can cause ion poisoning.
Whew! That is a lot to remember, so I made a graphic for you that you are welcome to use.
Dangerous foods for dogs free graphic (click to enlarge)
(Background dog graphic is from thegraphicsfairy.com)