Chocolate, Macadamias, and Raisins Bad for Dogs

A variety of foods can sicken, and even kill, your dog.


Q. What foods should a dog never eat? I know they can’t have chocolate, but what else?

A. It might be useful to review the food products that are poisonous or dangerous for dogs:
1. Chocolate in large amounts can cause agitation, seizures and death. The higher the baker’s (dark) chocolate content, the more toxic the chocolate.
2. Macadamia nuts and avocados cause weakness, vomiting and tremors, but fortunately are rarely fatal if eaten in small amounts.
3. Rawhides and chew bones can get stuck in a dog’s esophagus if swallowed too quickly, or if they are too small or large for the dog. This will cause extensive drooling and eventually damage to the esophagus.
4. Bread dough will ferment in your dog’s stomach, and can cause serious alterations to their metabolism.
5. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in some dogs.
6. Baked goods and chewing gum with Xylitol, a synthetic sweetener, can cause liver failure and death when eaten by dogs.
To see a complete list of products that can be poisonous to your dogs, go to the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)’s website at


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Cami   New York City, NY

7/15/2010 5:49:42 AM

My 5 year old Dog ate Some Raisins And he is not Vomiting is he okay?

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Carol   Babylon, NY

2/13/2009 8:50:55 PM

Ok , now I am confused...I have been feeding my cats Avoderm that boasts having avocado as part of its blend...and the ASPA claims it is not good for dogs. Then why is it being sold ??? PETCO sells the dog version...Please clarify this
Thank you

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Pat   St Louis, MO

12/4/2007 11:29:24 AM

I would also like to comment that rawhide can cause intestinal blockage if your dog doesn't know how to pace himself. My dog had always done OK with rawhide chews until she decided to eat an entire rawhide "bagel" in one evening. After three days of no pooping, I was going to take her to the vet that evening and imagining the worst (like surgery.) But before I got home, she'd produced a pile in the middle of the living room that would have made a Great Dane proud. No more rawhide for her. I'm not taking any chances!

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