Dog Food Basics – Toxic Human Foods

Picture this: You’re eating your dinner, and your dog sits at the edge of your table, looking at you with those puppy dog eyes. S/he’s showing you his/her most adorable and innocent face, hoping you’ll share some of your food. Impressed with his/her acting, and full of love, you toss a bit of your food. However, you might’ve just tossed your dog food that could potentially kill them.

So, how do you know if you can give in to your dog’s adorable puppy dog face and share your food with him/her?

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Dog Food Basics - Toxic Human Foods

Do your research. Before giving your dog anything that is not directly intended for consumption by dogs, ask your vet, or thoroughly read about it on the internet.

To make your work a little easier, we compiled a list of human foods that are a big no-no for dogs.



Avocados contain a fungicidal toxin called persin. While it is considered harmless to humans, it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and heart congestion in dogs. If your dog ate a small amount of avocado, s/he will probably be fine. However, you should monitor his/her behavior and contact your vet in case of any changes.


Even though your dog comes running at the sound of a chocolate wrapper and goes bonkers at the smell of it, be sure to never give your canine friend any of it. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, both of which are harmful to dogs. Excessive theobromine and caffeine can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, increased urination, tremors, elevated heart rate, seizures, and death.

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The effect that chocolate has on dogs depends on the type of chocolate, the amount consumed, and the dog’s weight.


You might think that these tiny fruits can’t possibly do any damage to dogs. However, grapes and raisins (dried grapes) are arguably one of the most harmful fruits for dogs. Even a handful of grapes can make your canine friend sick, potentially leading to liver failure. Early symptoms of the same include vomiting, low energy, and depression.

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