Dangerous Foods

Dog Food – Dog Chow – Bad Dog Foods


Human foods are produced for human consumption. Feeding your dog human food, does come with consequences.


  • Some human foods can cause serious illness … even death in dogs.
  • Dogs should not be given human food unless recommended or approved by your veterinarian.
  • If you suspect your dog has eaten a dangerous food, contact your veterinarian immediately.


What you need to know about human foods, that are dangerous for your dog?

There are many types of human foods that are dangerous to dogs. These foods may seem tasty to our dogs, but can prove deadly if eaten. Sometimes, it can be very tempting to offer your dog food from the table, but dogs should not be given human foods unless recommended or approved by your veterinarian.

If you suspect your dog may has consumed a dangerous food, contact your veterinarian immediately. In many cases, early recognition and treatment are critical.



Xylitol is an artificial sweetener found in products such as gum, candy, mints, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Xylitol is harmful to dogs because it causes a sudden release of insulin in the body that leads to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Xylitol can also cause liver damage in dogs. Within about 20 to 30 minutes after eating, the dog may begin to vomit, be lethargic or tired, and / or start to become uncoordinated. However, some signs of toxicity can also be delayed for several hours.


Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions contain chemicals that damage red blood cells in dogs. Affected red blood cells can rupture or lose their ability to carry oxygen effectively. Cooking these foods, does not reduce their potential for toxicity. Fresh, cooked, and / or powdered garlic and / or onions are commonly found in baby food, which is sometimes given to animals when they are sick, so be sure to read all food labels carefully, before distributing the foods for canine consumption.


Macadamia Nuts

Macadamia nuts are common in candies and chocolates. The mechanism of macadamia nut toxicity is not yet fully understood, but clinical signs in dogs include vomiting, depression, joint pain, tremors, weakness and pale gums. Clinical signs can begin to occur within 12 hours of eating macadamia nuts. In some cases, signs can resolve without treatment in 24 to 48 hours, but patient monitoring is highly recommended.



Many cases of human food toxicity in dogs are accidental. A dog may find and chew on a package of candy or gum, or even steal food from a countertop or table, while counter-surfing. The best way to prevent this, is to keep all food items in closed cabinets or in areas that are inaccessible to your dogs. During the holidays season, this may be particularly difficult, as more candy, chocolate, fruit baskets, as well as many other food items are around. During the holiday seasons, increased vigilance can help prevent your dogs from finding and eating any dangerous foods.

Unfortunately, some cases of food toxicity in dog(s), occur when your dog(s) are given a human food that contain a dangerous component. In general, human food items should not be given to dogs unless recommended or approved by your veterinarian. Children should also be taught to never give candy, gum, or other human food items that could be dangerous, to any dog(s).