Did you know that there are many food items that are toxic to dogs and should never be given to a them? As a dog owner it is good to be aware of basic foods that we might have at hand in our homes and that should not be given to our dogs. For example, many people love chocolate and grapes, but these are some of those food items that should never enter a dog’s mouth!

Here is a list of some food items that are said be harmful to dogs according to my research. Always research if a food item is OK to give to a dog, before giving it.

List Of Toxic Foods For Dogs

Fruits And Vegetables

  • Apple seeds / pit
  • Apricot pits
  • Avocado
  • Cherry pits
  • Eggplant (Controversial)
  • Fruit pits (Apple seeds, apricot pits, cherry pits, peach pits, plum pits…)
  • Garlic
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Nightshade family (Tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, potatoes (The plant is extremely poisonous to dogs))
  • Onion
  • Peach pits
  • Persimmon
  • Plum pits
  • Raisin
  • Raw potatoes + potato plant
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Tomatoes + tomato plant


  • Candy
  • Chewing Gum
  • Chocolate and cocoa

Other Food Items

  • Baking soda / Baking powder
  • Cooked bones
  • Dairy products (Some dogs are lactose intolerant)
  • Fatty meats
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy food
  • Mushrooms (It is wise to consider all wild mushrooms potentially poisonous to dogs, but not all mushrooms are toxic. However, dogs may be allergic. Always research the mushroom you are planning to give to your dog and find out if it is OK to give.)
  • Mustard seeds
  • Raw eggs (risk of salmonella)
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Walnuts
  • Yeast dough
  • Alcohol
  • Beer
  • Caffeine
  • Coffee
  • Tea


  • Macadamia nuts
  • Walnuts


  • Alcohol
  • Nicotine
  • Xylitol

Also human medicine and many plants can be toxic to dogs.

This list was created after researching various sources. If you have knowledge of poisonous foods or other substances for dogs not found on the list above, please contact me. I appreciate all updates.

This article was originally posted in my old blog on 2015-11-17