Poisonous Foods To Avoid With Your Dog

Dog owners should not always assume that human grade foods are safe for our pets.

  1. Onions, chives, and garlic.  Even a small amount of onions are not good.
  2. Macadamia nuts can cause problems with walking, muscle weakness or tremors, or paralysis in the hind legs, also may cause pain or swollen legs.
  3.  Chocolate or cocoa products could cause excessive urination, heavy drinking, and an increased and irregular heart rate.  As little as 20 oz. of milk chocolate or 2 oz. of baking chocolate can affect the dog.
  4. Raisins or grapes can lead to kidney failure no matter how many they may eat.
  5. Tomatoes can cause heart arrhythmia or tremors.
  6. Yeast dough can cause excessive gas and intestinal expansion.
  7. Avocados.  All parts of an avocado is unhealthy for a dog.
  8. Pear pits, peaches, apricots, and apple core pits can cause cyanide poisoning.
  9. Products sweetened with xylitol can cause liver failure, and low blood sugar.
  10.  Moldy or spoiled foods.
  11. Alcohol
  12. Coffee grounds, beans, and teas
  13. Cooked poultry bones
  14. Rich, fatty or spicy foods, can cause pancreas or intestinal irritation.


  1. Do not change the food the first day the puppy arrives, and only make food available to the puppy for brief intervals: five times a day for five minutes would appear sufficient.  Do not linger while the puppy is eating.  Subsequently, it is preferable to offer meals for a brief period (five minutes) at regular times.  The ideal number of meals for a weaning puppy is five daily and for an adult dog it is two daily.
  2. From day one, do not allow your dog to approach the table during your own mealtimes, whatever its age.  This rule must never be broken.  Remember that breakfast is also a meal.
  3. Select kibbles in a rational way, without succumbing to impulse buying.  Any changes should be transitional.  Do not trust in the preferences of your dog or cat, which are based on flavor and are not always best for the animal’s health.
  4. Use small pieces of food as a reward after exercise, but ensure that these treats correspond to an effort made or a command learned.
  5. Give the dog its meal after you have had your own or at a completely different times.
  6. Leave the room when the dog is eating.  Do not try to take the bowl, as this will provoke a conflict and you cannot be sure that you will come out on top even if you do get the bowl.
  7. Contrary to the popular belief, most treats do not provide the dog with much in the way of nutrition.  Make sure the treat is used to reinforce good and learned behavior.  Leave the dog in peace when it is busy with its treat.