Dangerous Dog Food – What Not To Feed Your Dog

Dog Food Secrets from Lady

Dangerous dog food is something that will make your dog sick or worse. Check this list out and be aware.

If your dog has ingested a toxic food for dogs, the treatment may or may NOT involve inducing vomiting.

In some cases, inducing vomiting can cause more harm than good. Please do not take matters into your own hands

I have my local poison control center numbers for people and pets taped by the phone.

Look up your local area poison control center and do the same now while you are thinking of it.

The ASPCA ANIMAL POISON CONTROL CENTER IS available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The number is (888) 426-4435. A $65 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card.

People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets | Known Toxic Foods for Dogs – If you are not sure if something is safe of not, don't feed it.

This is a list of the common Poisonous and / or Dangerous Foods for Dogs that we should all be aware of.

People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

This dangerous dog food list is important to know and understand, as some of the foods on this list can cause death in your pet.

Be aware, be prepared and be informed.

dog food secretsRAW FISH

This is if you feed your dog raw fish on a regular basis, for may days and weeks. The effects are cumulative. If your dog gets into a small amount of raw fish once he/she will not have the extreme symptoms listed.

  • B vitamin deficiency
  • Loss of appetite
  • Seizures
  • Severe cases, DEATH
dog food secretsCAFFEINE

Chocolate, Coffee and all coffee related products, Chocolate covered espresso beans (extra toxic!!), energy drinks, and cocoa.

Symptoms to look for if ingested:

  • Methylxanthine is the toxic ingredient that can cause:
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Panting
  • Excessive thirst and urination
  • Hyperactivity
  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • DEATH.

Some uneducated people think it's funny or cute to get their dog or cat or other pet “buzzed.”

Actually it's dangerous, and depending on the size of your pet and the amount of alcohol you force on them, DEATH is a good possibility.

  • Some side effects and symptoms of alcohol overdose in your dog:
  • Vomiting,
  • Diarrhea,
  • Decreased coordination,
  • Central nervous system depression,
  • Difficulty breathing,
  • Tremors,
  • Abnormal blood acidity,
  • Coma
  • DEATH.

Specifically MACADAMIAN NUTS, But also to a lesser degree walnuts, pistachios, almonds and other tree nuts also contain a toxin that harms dogs.

Symptoms of ingesting macadamian nuts in dogs:

  • Weakness,
  • Depression,
  • Vomiting,
  • Tremors
  • Hyperthermia(elevated body temperature) in dogs
  • Paralysis in the hindquaters
  • Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

WALNUTS Can cause gastroenteritis. (vomiting, dehydration and watery diarrhea. Other symptoms include lethargy, lack of appetite, stomach grumbling, and general listlessness.)

Nuts in general have a high phosphorus content which causes the formation of bladder stones in dogs, which ultamately may cause extremely painful bladder stones and/or complete urinary tract blockage, which is considered an immediate emergency.

So basically, stay away from any and all nuts. Your dog won't miss what he doesn't know.

dog food secretsAVACADOS

The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.

The first sign of avocado dog poisoning is typically

  • difficulty breathing
  • Abdominal enlargement
  • Fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart

Some ingestions may even be fatal.

Since it is unknown how much is too much simply stay away from Avocados completely

dog food secretsRAW YEAST DOUGH

Raw Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system.

This can cause extreme pain, and possibility of intestinal or stomach rupture, and eventually DEATH.

dog food secretsXYLITOL (artificial sweeteners)

  • Liver failure
  • Hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels)
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of coordination
  • Seizures
  • Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days

***NOTE*** Salt is an essential necessary ingredient in your dog's food. The amount is precise and based on your dog's weight.***

I have a homemade dog food feeding chart according to your dog's weight which shows exactly how much daily intake of salt is needed.

These symptoms are for excessive and unneccssary salty snacks (Chips, Cheesies etc.)

  • Excessive thirst and urination
  • sodium ion poisoning in pets.
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Tremors
  • Elevated body temperature
  • Seizures
  • DEATH.
dog food secretsHOPS

If your brew your own beer at home and have a dog be aware of the symptoms if he/she happens to ingest some hops.

  • Heavy panting
  • Tachycardia (rapid heart rate) up to 200 beats per minute.
  • Hyperthermia – The temperature may rise as quickly as 2 degrees F every five minutes.

The pits, seeds, stems and leaves of fruits such as apples, peaches, plums, apricots, persimmons and cherries are considered dangerous foods for dogs, and can cause fatalities.

  • Intestinal or bowel obstruction which left untreated can cause DEATH
  • Cyanide toxicity
  • Dilated pupils
  • Apprehension
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Hyperventilation
  • Shock

The term used for molds growing on foodstuffs is called mycotoxins.

Mycotoxins (Mold) found on dog food, bread, and moldy cheese, should never be given to your pet.

Signs of poisoning from mold are:

  • Your dog refuses to eat
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal tenderness
  • Excessive salivation
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures.
dog food secretsWILD MUSHROOMS

If your dog eats wild mushrooms, consider them toxic until you can find out if the mushroom is poisonous.

Symptoms on ingestion of toxic mushrooms is a progression over 3 to 7 days:

  • Profuse bloody diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dehydration
  • Fever
  • Rapid heart beat
  • Severe kidney failure
  • Coma
GRAPES AND RAISINS( including juices or anything with grapes or raisins as the base)can cause:

  • Kidney failure
  • If you dog is already ill, frail or elderly this will be more pronounced.

  • These veggies all can cause gastrointestinal irritation
  • could lead to red blood cell damage
  • Low doses of garlic is put in some treats and/or supplements, as a natural flea remedy. This may be fine, but avoid giving your pet a homemade flea remedy with excessive amount of garlic. (I simply don't use or buy anything pet related that contains garlic – Better safe than sorry!)
dog food secretsMilk and milk based products may cause diarrhea, as pets can't properly break down lactose.
dog food secretsTomato leaves and stems, Green part of potatoes (peelings, sprouts and foliage), Rhubarb leaves

These contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.


  1. Every pet owner should have this information….. i had to learn the hard way about grapes…. talk about uncontrollable urination! Thanks for the insight!

  2. Hi Linda:

    Thanks for the comments and excellent suggestions.

    Love the tip about leaving the garlic whole with a toothpick inserted, for easy removal and disposal before serving.

    Potatoe skins are okay, as long as they are not green. Same goes for us. Green part of potatoes (peelings, sprouts and foliage), contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.


  3. Excellent list. Might I add:

    Any “cola colored” soft drink has caffeine as does Mountain Dew & a few others. Read those labels!!

    Lactose-free milk, cheese, cottage cheese, etc. is usually well tolerated in moderate amounts especially if introduced slowly over a week or two.

    Peanut butter is a favorite of some people to give as a treat to their dogs. Unless otherwise marked, peanut butter is loaded with sugar & salt.

    Sugar intake should be severely restricted. The dog does not need it nor does he/she need a sugar high plus it’s bad for the teeth.

    If you want to feed your dog fish, good sources include canned salmon (pink is cheaper), mackeral or chunk light tuna in water. Personally I don’t know how anyone eats mackeral and it has a strong smell; dogs, however, go nuts for it.

    I do not allow the dog to ingest anything made with artifical sweeteners if I can help it.

    It is NOT ‘cute’ or ‘funny’ to give a dog chewing gum.

    Beer IS alcohol.

    There is a big difference between ‘scraps’ and ‘leftovers’. Scraps are usually the parts of meat, etc, that is cut off by humans (such as fat or grisle), not eaten & destined for the disposal. If my planned dinner for us humans is, say, meatloaf, green beans & potatoes, I cook extra & the dog has the ‘extra’ portion or the leftovers. (No butter on the veggies or potatoes for the dog; easy on all spicies. Spicy foods can cause canine upset tummies.)

    Personally I use sea salt vs regular table salt when making homemade dog food. Other good supplements are a small amount of kelp and/or wheat germ. Ground flax seed is hard to find where I live but most supermarkets carry jars of wheat germ in the hot ceral section. Flax seed oil is a suitable supplement for the ground flax seed.

    I do not believe that a very small amount of onions or garlic per serving is toxic. However, if concerned but you still want the flavor, when browning the meat use a peeled whole clove of garlic skewered with a toothpick. You can easily remove the clove when meat is cooked but still have the flavor. Same process works well with onions.

    Bright green or bright orange veggies have the most nutrients. Sweet potatoes, acorn & butternut squash are well tolerated (as are carrots but you already know that). Canned pumpkin (plain pumpkin, not the pie filling) is also excellent & is already mashed. Watch the gassy veggies such as lima beans, kidney beans, broccoli & cauliflower. If not buying fresh, look for salt-free canned or frozen veggies.

    I have heard conflicting info regarding potatoe skins. Have you heard not to serve the skins to dogs? I frequently make boiled cubed potatoes with the skins on; so far, so good.

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