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  • Writer's pictureMichael Williams

Things dogs should never eat.

Updated: Apr 7, 2023

Chocolate is a favorite treat of many people, but unfortunately, it is highly toxic and potentially deadly for dogs. If your dog has access to chocolate, it is vital that you make sure they do not eat any. Even the smallest amount of chocolate can cause severe vomiting and diarrhea, and in large quantities, it can lead to seizures, irregular heart function, and even death.

Caffeine is not good for dogs. It's similar to another stimulant, sugar, which can lead to serious health issues including hyperactivity and increased heart rate. Stick with water for your dog.

Salt is an important ingredient in our food. But too much salt can lead to serious health problems in dogs. When large amounts are eaten, salt can cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, fever and seizures.

Dogs are similar to us in that they love their sweets. Candy, cake, cookie dough and any other sweet treats can be okay for dogs if used in moderation. But if you think it's okay to feed them every day, just like humans, you're probably setting yourself up for trouble.

Pizza is certainly a delicious treat but it's not good for dogs. Our love for pizza can be dangerous to our pets, since many foods contain ingredients that can cause human toxicity in dogs, especially if there are a lot of onions or garlic on their pizza.

Alcohol is not good for dogs. Alcohol can contain harmful substances that can be toxic to dogs, including acetone and methanol. If you open a can of beer or wine, keep it away from your dog!

Lunch meats are usually high in fat and salt, which isn't great for your dog's health. For lunchtime, consider making your own low-sodium chicken or turkey and cut it up for a great treat for your dog.

Ice cream is delicious, but it's not healthy for dogs. The added sugars and flavors can cause gastrointestinal problems in dogs, plus the dairy content means a high fat diet which can lead to obesity.

Peanuts, almonds, macadamia nuts and hazelnuts are all high in protein, but they're not safe for dogs. There's a reason why we don't give them peanuts or almonds! They have the potential to cause a lot of health problems if given to your pup. Check out our complete list of dog food ingredients to make sure you're giving your dog the best possible food


If your dog has eaten a substance that could be harmful, call Animal Poison Control immediately or take your dog to your veterinarian.



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