Human Foods that are Not Safe for Dogs

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While your dog is part of the family, and you may want to treat him as you do yourself, when it comes to meals it’s best to treat them differently. There are many foods harmful to dogs that you should learn to not feed them. It’s even more important to keep them sealed and out of your dog’s reach.

Unsafe foods for dogs

Check out the list below to learn what not to feed dogs. You may want to consider printing this list out for easy reference. Be sure to talk to everyone in your family, especially children, about what not to feed your dog.

Macadamia nuts

Often found in baked goods or candy, macadamia nuts can cause vomiting, weakness, and hypothermia in dogs.


Onion is another food that you should not feed your dog, and it is found in many dishes that humans eat. In large quantities, onions can cause gastrointestinal irritation in dogs.

Raw meat and eggs

Both the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have come out against feeding your dog a raw diet including uncooked meat and raw eggs. 


This is a food that most people know that dogs shouldn’t eat. If your dog eats chocolate it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even death. Dark chocolate and baking chocolate have an even higher percentage of theobromine, which is toxic for dogs.

Foods with xylitol

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener used in many sugar-free products like candy and chewing gum. If your dog eats something with xylitol in it, it can lead to liver failure.

Other foods harmful to dogs

The above list is just a few of the most common unsafe foods for dogs. These are all dangerous to your dog’s health, but it is by no means an exhaustive list. If you’re ever unsure about what not to feed your dog, or if a food is safe for them, make sure to ask your veterinarian, or to do your research prior to feeding.

If you think your dog may have eaten something dangerous, you should contact your veterinarian immediately. You should also make sure to always have the number of a 24-hour emergency animal hospital in case your veterinarian is not available.

Although it may be tempting to feed your dog something off of your plate, dog treats and snacks are a safe and tasty alternative to human foods or table scraps.

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