People Foods That Can Be Dangerous to Dogs


Some foods that are edible for humans can pose serious health risks for dogs. Although many of these foods cause only minor digestive issues, others can lead to severe illness — even death.

Here’s a list of some of the more common or controversial people foods dogs should never eat.

  • Avocado
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Bones (cooked)
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Currants
  • Fatty trimmings
  • Fruit pits
  • Garlic
  • Grapes
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Marijuana
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Tea
  • Tobacco
  • Yeast dough
  • Xylitol sweetener

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  • theBCnut

    Poor pup! Bob is right. She should be ok, but will likely have a bellyache. If she does vomit or have diarrhea, fast her for a while to give her systom time to settle down before it has to handle food again. Skipping one meal is usually enough, but if her systom is really messed up 24 hrs may be necessary.

  • Bob K

    What size dog? She might puke or have soft stools. Most likely she will be ok but watch her to clean up the mess just in case. If you ate a 2 dozen donuts how would you be?

  • April Marie

    My dog just ate 3 glazed doughnuts will she be okay? There was no chocolate on them though.

  • autumn

    My dog ate vegi fried rice with soy sauce sesame oil and peas and onions
    She is, acting overly tired

  • Sam

    Is a small amount of soy sauce as flavoring safe for a small dog?

  • Ashley Dempsey

    Mushrooms? I understand you should never feed your dog wild mushrooms, but I thought mushrooms from the grocers was ok (in small amounts).

  • Dori

    Please keep an eye on you dog. You probably should take him to the vet and get him/her checked out. Could certainly wind up with pancreatitis which is very dangerous. I had a 30 lb Tibetan Terrier once eat an entire package of hot dogs that she snatched off the kitchen counter. She wound up at New York Animal Hospital for 10 days. We almost lost her.

  • diane

    My yorkie ate frozen pork chops possibly the whole pack had runny poops today

  • Cyndi

    No, not at all. I give my dog garlic on a regular basis. Your dog would have to eat a LOT of garlic for it to be even considered dangerous. Garlic is good for dogs, in small quantities. Supposedly keeps away fleas too.

  • Liz Strathman

    My dog ate some garlic and herb spreadable cheese. Is that enough garlic to be considered dangerous?

  • Sydney Geer

    My puppy that’s about maybe 3 months now ate cheese and garlic last night when we were all sleeping will he be okay?

  • Wendy

    Peanuts are not a true nut but a legume..not the same as tree nuts at all…same goes for cashews.

  • rhonda

    the only way to keep your dog healthy is to make your own, what I eat they eat, will not feed them canned food, I then know what they are eating

  • Cyndi

    I wouldn’t be too worried. Just keep an eye on him. He’ll probably get a bit of runny poop, but I doubt there were enough onions on the sandwich to cause any harm. Maybe the hot sauce will deter him from doing it again, lol!

  • teresa

    My dog got ahold of a half of a half of cheesesteak with fried onions and hots on it should I be worried

  • Shawna

    Absolutely! Is there any specific information you are wanting or just general info?

  • Samrudhi Sanjeev

    THANK U A LOT!!.This is my first dog,so could you give me some tips

  • James Herron

    You would be surprised at how many foods are not so great for dogs. A good website for checking certain people foods for your dog is:

    They also cover lots of human medicines that people commonly give to their K9s which can be very dangerous, even fatal.

  • Shawna

    Unless he has pancreas issues he should be alright. I bought clarified butter for myself but couldn’t tolerate the taste of it so fed it to my toy breed dogs (in small amounts of course) and they LOVED it.

  • Samrudhi Sanjeev

    My dog had a bit of clarified butter. should i take him to vet or is he alright?

  • carol

    Have smoked ham and pork chops That where done organic bit not done well can I m a ke dogfood out of them . Weould boiling h r lp draw smke flavor out