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12 Foods dogs should not eat

12 Foods Dogs Should NOT Eat

dog eatingOur dogs are part of our family and we share many things with them, sometimes even our food. Some foods that we eat are not safe for your dog, so check out these 12 foods dogs should not eat.

There are foods that people eat that can make your dog sick and some foods can cause death. Below are some foods that can create problems with your dog’s health.

If you know your dog has eaten any of these foods, call your veterinarian, as early treatment can lead to a quicker recovery for your dog.


chocolateChocolate, especially dark chocolate can cause vomiting, diarrhea, extreme thirst, pacing and panting. Large amounts can cause irregular heart, seizures, and death although it can take 6 to 12 hours for the symptoms to appear.



Cinnamon in large amounts can cause low blood sugar, vomiting, diarrhea, heart rate increase or decrease, and liver damage. The powder form can irritate the lungs when it is inhaled and can cause breathing difficulties, coughing, and choking.



Garlic can cause anemia and lead to organ damage, failure, or death. Symptoms may be  pale gums, nausea, abdominal pain, an elevated heart rate, diarrhea, vomiting, increased respiratory rate, and weakness. The symptoms may not appear for several days.

Ice Cream

ice cream cone

Ice Cream and most dairy products should be avoided, as most dogs are lactose intolerant and it will be hard to digest. Instead, you can give your dog frozen strawberries, raspberries, and pineapple chunks as a cold sweet treat.



Almonds are not easy to digest and can cause an upset stomach and intestinal distress. Also, they can cause problems if they are not chewed properly as they could block the esophagus or tear the windpipe causing serious damage.

Macadamia Nuts

macadamia nutsMacadamia nuts can cause vomiting, lethargy, inability to walk, tremors,  depression, and increased body temperature. Usually, you will see symptoms within 12 hours after they have been eaten and symptoms may last up to 48 hours.

Grapes and Raisins


Grapes and raisins can lead to kidney damage, although some dogs can eat grapes and have no symptoms, other dogs will have symptoms. Symptoms can include vomiting, within a few hours. Later they may have diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination, or lethargy.


onionsOnions can cause lethargy, pale gums, nausea, abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, elevated heart rate, elevated respiratory rate, or even collapse. It may take several days before you see symptoms in your dog.


cherriesCherries can be harmful if your dog eats the plant or pit and could cause respiratory failure and death. They are also a chocking hazard and symptoms include dilated pupils, bright red gums, difficulty breathing, and shock.


apricotsApricots can cause respiratory failure and death if your dog eats the leaves, stems or seeds. Symptoms can include dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, bright red gums, and shock. Although the pulp of the fruit will not harm your dog.


tomatoesTomatoes can cause gastrointestinal problems if your dog eats the stems, leaves, or the unripened green fruit. Symptoms can include vomiting and diarrhea, lethargy, weakness, and confusion although the red ripened fruit can be beneficial.


lumps of sugarSugar and any food containing sugar can cause dental problems, weight gain and diabetes. Also be careful with foods containing corn syrup that can cause weight gain and dental problems which can cause more problems with  your dog’s health later in life.

There you have it, 12 foods dogs should NOT eat. There are other foods you should not feed your dog, so be careful what you feed your dog to have a happy and healthy dog.

If you are not sure the food is safe for your dog, don’t give it to your dog until you can research the food to be sure it is safe. The information on this website is not intended to replace the advice of your own veterinarian, dog trainer, or dog behavioral specialist.

Feel free to leave a comment below. I will be talking about good foods for your dog very soon, so be sure to bookmark our website to visit again.




  1. That is a list of seemingly harmless foods. This is great information to be aware of. I guess dogs a true carnivores and should stick to eating meat.

    • Alice

      June 16, 2016 at 4:46 pm

      Hi Tony! I agree with you. They seem like harmless foods, but they can make a dog very sick. Thanks for the comment.

  2. My goodness! I knew a majority of the things that were on the list, but some of them are really surprising. I didn’t realize things like certain nuts could be so bad for my dog! She loves a good peanut too. I’ll be sure to research on any food I give her. Thanks so much!

    • Alice

      June 16, 2016 at 10:55 pm

      Not all nuts are bad. Unsalted peanuts are fine, as long as your dog chews them well. Be sure to give them in moderation, as they are high in fat and could cause digestive problems if they have too many. My next post is going to be about good foods that you can share with your dog as a snack or treat!

  3. Nice post! Everybody should be aware of this.
    I’ll share this post on Pinterest. 🙂

    • Alice

      February 7, 2017 at 7:10 pm

      Thank you for sharing the post! I hope it increases the awareness of alternatives to using medications. Thank you for your comment.

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