harmful foods

5 Harmful Foods You Shouldn’t Feed Your Dog

Sometimes you just have to say no to those big puppy dog eyes begging for some of your dinner!

We’ve previously covered harmful foods for dogs, but sometimes people need a refresher! So we’ve compiled another list for your information and protection of your furry family members.

Apple Seeds

The casing of apple seeds are very toxic to a dog as they contain a natural chemical called amygdlin, that releases cyanide when digested. This is mostly an issue if large amounts were consumed and the seeds were chewed up by the dog, causing it to enter its bloodstream. Apples aren’t harmful foods for dogs, but the core and their seeds are, so to be on the safe side, remove the core and double check that there are no seeds hiding before feeding your pup.

Macadamia Nuts

The mechanism of macadamia nut toxicity is not well understood, but clinical signs in dogs include depression, weakness, vomiting, tremors, joint pain, and pale gums. Symptoms can occur within 12 hours after eating.


As humans, we welcome sugar substitutes for dietary purposes, however Xylitol falls in the harmful foods category for dogs. It is an artificial sweetener found in products such as gum, candy, mints, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Xylitol is harmful to dogs because it causes a sudden and rapid release of insulin in the dog’s body that leads to hypoglycemia,which is low blood sugar. Within 30 minutes after eating, the dog may vomit and become lethargic. Xylitol can also cause liver damage in dogs and can be fatal if untreated.

Milk, Cheese, Ice Cream, And Other Dairy Products

The digestive system of dogs aren’t really built to process cow milk products. They lack the enzymes to break down milk sugar and many dogs are lactose intolerant. Products containing dairy are harmful foods for dogs, causing them to vomit, have diarrhea, or develop gastrointestinal diseases. There are pet friendly frozen treats that you can give your pup, so skip the ice cream!

Cooked Bones

Cooked bones are dangerous because when they are chewed by your dog, the bone can easily splinter causing internal damage! Raw and uncooked bones, however, are appropriate and good for both your dog’s nutritional and teeth. You can pick them up at your local grocer or favorite pet store, but always give with supervision!