Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs

We have all heard that chocolate is bad for our four legged pals, but there are a several other human foods that you should avoid feeding your dogs. The Humane Society published this list of household items that can be harmful to your pets.

Alcoholic beverages

Apple seeds

Apricot pits


Cherry pits

Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)

Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)



Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)

Hops (used in home beer brewing)

Macadamia nuts

Moldy foods

Mushroom plants

Mustard seeds

Onions and onion powder

Peach pits

Potato leaves and stems (green parts)


Rhubarb leaves


Tea (because it contains caffeine)

Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)


Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)

Yeast dough

Tobacco products

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes)

There are several signs that your dog may have ingested something toxic including: vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, lethargy, and lack of appetite. If you suspect your dog consumed something contact your vet immediately.

Want more information? Check out the ASPCA’s information about how these foods effect dogs: