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spindymindi asked in PetsDogs · 1 decade ago

what foods (like chocolate) are harmful to dogs??

i know ALL human food is harmful to dogs.But my sis just got a new dog and id like to pass a list of foods such as grapes,chocolate,etc. to her so she can be informed


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  • 1 decade ago
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    Alcoholic beverages Can cause intoxication, coma, and death.


    (fruit, pit, & plant) Can cause difficulty breathing; fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart; or pancreatitis.

    Baby food Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to dogs. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.

    Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.


    (cooked) Can splinter and tear a dog’s internal organs.


    (from coffee, coffee grounds, tea, or tea bags) Stimulates the central nervous and cardiac systems, and can cause vomiting, restlessness, heart palpitations, and even death within hours.

    Cat food Generally too high in protein and fats.

    Chocolate, coffee, tea, & other caffeine Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can be toxic and affect the heart and nervous systems. Chocolate can cause seizures, coma and death. Baker’s chocolate is the most dangerous. The darker the chocolate, the more dangerous it is. But any chocolate, in large enough amounts, can kill a dog. An ounce of chocolate can poison a 30-pound dog, and many dogs will happily consume more than this. The symptoms may not show up for several hours with death following within twenty-four hours.

    Citrus oil extracts Can cause vomiting.

    Dairy products Can cause pancreatitis, gas and diarrhoea. A small amount of non-fat, plain yoghurt is usually safe.

    Egg whites

    (raw) Raw egg whites contain a protein called avidin, which can deplete your dog of biotin, one of the B vitamins. Biotin is essential to your dog’s growth and coat health. The lack of it can cause hair loss, weakness, growth retardation, or skeleton deformity.

    Fat trimmings Too much fat or fried foods can cause pancreatitis.

    Fruit pips, seeds Apple seeds, cherry pits, and peach pits, pear pips, plums pits, peaches, and apricot pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous.


    (large amounts) Grains should not be given in large amounts or make up a large part of a dog’s diet, but rice is generally safe in small amounts.

    Grapes & raisins Can cause kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill him. If the dog doesn't eat enough at one time to be fatal, he can be severely damaged by eating just a few grapes or raisins regularly.

    Ham & bacon Contain too much fat and too much salt, and can cause pancreatitis. Also, large breeds of dogs that eat salty food may drink too much water and develop a life-threatening condition called bloat. This is where the stomach fills up with gas and within several hours may twist, causing death.

    Hops Unknown compound causes panting, increased heart rate, elevated temperature, seizures, and death.

    Human vitamin supplements containing iron Can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to the other organs including the liver and kidneys.


    (large amounts) Raw liver or too much cooked liver (three servings a week) can lead to vitamin A toxicity. This can affect muscles and cause deformed bones, excessive bone growth on the elbows and spine, weight loss, and anorexia.

    Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle. Can cause weakness, muscle tremor and paralysis. These symptoms are usually temporary.

    Marijuana Can depress the nervous system, cause vomiting, and changes in the heart rate.

    Milk & other dairy products Some adult dogs and cats do not have sufficient amounts of the enzyme lactase, which breaks down the lactose in milk. This can result in diarrhoea. Lactose-free milk products are available for pets.

    Mouldy or spoiled food, garbage Can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhoea and can also affect other organs.

    Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death. Wild mushrooms can cause abdominal pain, drooling, liver damage, kidney damage, vomiting, diarrhoea, convulsions, coma, or death.

    Nutmeg Can cause tremors, seizures and death.

    Onions & garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anaemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.


    (made from the 1980s to today) Contain zinc, which can cause kidney failure and damage to red blood cells. A dog that consumes even one penny can become quite sick, or even die, if the penny is not removed.

    Persimmons Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.

    Pits from peaches and plums Can cause obstruction of the digestive tract.

    Potato, rhubarb, & tomato leaves; potato & tomato stems Contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems. This is more of a problem in livestock. Potato peels and green potatoes are dangerous.

    Raw eggs Contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin). This can lead to skin and hair coat problems. Raw eggs may also contain Salmonella.

    Raw fish Can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death. More common if raw fish is fed regularly.

    Salt If eaten in large quantities it may lead to electrolyte imbalances and kidney problems. Large breeds of dogs that eat salty food may then drink too much water and develop bloat, which is fatal unless emergency treatment is given very quickly.

    String Can become trapped in the digestive system; called a "string foreign body."

    Sugary foods Can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly diabetes mellitus.

    Table scraps (in large amounts) Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.

    Tobacco Contains nicotine, which affects the digestive and nervous systems. Can result in rapid heart beat, collapse, coma, and death.

    Tomatoes Can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias. Tomato plants and the most toxic, but tomatoes themselves are also unsafe. (All parts of the plant except the tomato itself are also poisonous to humans.)

    Walnuts Walnuts are poisonous to dogs.

    Xylitol Diet products containing the sweetener Xylitol can cause a sudden drop in blood sugar, resulting in depression, loss of coordination and seizures. Unless treatment is given quickly, the dog could die.

    Yeast dough Can expand and produce gas in the digestive system, causing pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

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  • Pearl
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    4 years ago

    There are lots of human foods that are poisonous to dogs. Apple seeds and fruit pits - but not the rest of the apple - contain cyanide. Chocolate - especially dark chocolate - it has theobromine in it. Onions - One small onion can contain enough thiosulphate to prove fatal for your dog GREEN potatoes - contain solanine Grapes/raisins - while it isn't known what component of grapes and raisins contains the harmful substance, as little as 7 raisins or grapes can cause acute renal (kidney) failure. Fatty foods - cause pancreatitis Nuts - high phosphorus content Artificial sweeteners containing xylitol Turkey skin - high fat content Alcoholic beverages Avocado (the only "fatty" member of the vegetable family) Coffee (all forms of coffee) Moldy or spoiled foods Salt Yeast dough Garlic Hope this list helps! Apacapacas

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Oh don't listen to all that "dogs can't eat this and that" crap! My dad had a poodle that lived to be 13 years old, and had to be put down because she had old age health problems. He fed her everything, from store bought ground beef, to beef franks, to grapes, to even chocolate! Nothing has happened to her! So my point is, dogs can eat basically anything just like humans, but of course in moderation, seriously, imagine what would happen to a human if he ate for example a few pounds of chocolate, he would get sick right? The same with the dogs, as long as they don't "overdose" everything is ok for them to eat. My 5 pounds yorkie ate a quarter of a chocolate bar when she was 6 months old, nothing happened...she was a bit hyper, but that's it. So tell your sister to not worry too much.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago



    melons of any kind

    peanut butter



    the fruit is toxic, raisins also, peanut butter can cause a dog to choke, or a blockage, the chocolate causes the heart to race, the chocolate is a stimulant

    no chicken or turkey bones, they splinter

    no turkey meat it swells in the stomach too easy

    boiled boneless, skinless chicken is, white meat is fine, per vets.........boil till is really tender'

    no table scraps...bad for baby

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  • 1 decade ago

    No chocolate, raisins, grapes, macadamia nuts, onions or garlic. People will say it is an urban legend but my dog loved raisins and I did not have a clue until her kidneys started to fail and her hair started falling out. We immediately took her off them and after 4 months her hair is coming back.

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  • 1 decade ago

    No all "human food" is not harmful to dogs!!!!!!!!!

    here are just two of many web sites that can help answer you

    There are dozens of others, do a little research, talk to different dog owners ( both raw and bag feeders) and decide for yourself. Don't rely on a bunch of old wives tales.

    As a long time feeder of raw and homemade meals for my dogs these "no human food" crackpots drive me nuts.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • 1 decade ago

    i have a healthy 7 year old husky mix. he eats people food all the time. and yes, he his healthy.i even give him chocolate. i know everyone thinks this stuff is bad for baby, but i disagree. we had a 14 year old dog when i was growing up. she ate chocolate everyday. she died of old age. and tylenol can be given to dogs. as long as you use the same weight chart as for kids. when my dog had parvo, we helped him fight through it with tylenol and orange gatorade. someone will probably give me a thumbs down.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Don't feed it peanut butter and anything chunky. Dogs can eat chooked chicken but it's better not to feed it the skin.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm not sure if this is harmful,but when we fed milk to my maltese terrier it caused him to have diarrea for a day.

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  • 1 decade ago

    never ever give a cat or dog is very deadly.

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