5 Foods that can Kill your Dog

There’s a lot of common foods that can kill your dog. Some of these items may surprise you, but others are things that are more or less common knowledge. We just want to make sure that your four-legged companion is safe and sound, so we wrote this article just for you!

A puppy in a tea cup.

#1 Avocados

The first of the foods that can kill your dog is actually avocados. They contain a toxic thing called persin which will cause heart, lung and other tissue damage in most animals, however the most harmed animals are dogs and cats.

#2 Don’t Drink and Bark

The second food that can kill your dog is a little more common sense than most, but it’s beer or any alcoholic beverage. They cause the same damage as it does to humans, but on a much larger scale since dogs are commonly smaller than humans. It causes brain and liver damage and can induce vomiting even from a small amount of alcohol.

Dog on a beach with two beers
No Dog was harmed in the creation of this article

#3 Don’t go Nuts for Nuts

The next food that can kill your dog is truly a surprising one. Nuts, especially walnuts and macadamia nuts can cause anything from vomiting to death. Even paralysis is a symptom from nuts for dogs and it can take as little as 12 hours for it to kill your dog.

Dog eating dog food in a bowl

#4 Grapes

Another surprising food that can cause damage is grapes or raisins. Either of these cause kidney failure and the chemical that causes it stays in the dog’s system for their entire life. As little as one serving of raisins can overwhelm a dog’s body and kill them.

Grapes to eat on the vine not for dogs

#5 Onions

One food that can kill your dog but is healthy for humans is onions. Onions are highly toxic to animals, especially dogs. They can cause a lower red blood cell count leading to anemia. Anemia can cause weakness, breathing difficulty and losing consciousness. Onions also build up over time, never leaving the dog’s system, so even one onion slice cloud push your dog over the edge.

Not for your Dog

To review the list of foods that can kill your dog:

  1. Avocados
  2. Alcohol
  3. Nuts
  4. Grapes
  5. Onions

If you have a dog check out our list of recommended dog toys.


This post was written by Jacob Cannon. You can check out more of his writing at A Green Family

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