Foods Poisonous to Dogs

It’s critical that you know what foods are toxic to dogs. Due to the Yorkie’s small size, even the smallest amount of the wrong foods can lead to serious illness or death. Make sure you make a mental note of these foods or post them in your kitchen as a reminder.

Toxic foods that can harm your dog

Below are several common types of food that can be poisonous to your dog. For a more complete resource, we highly recommend visiting the ASPCA Poison Control website.


Is Xylitol harmful to dogs?

Found in sugarless candy and chewing gum, Xylitol can shut down your dog’s liver so fast that an emergency trip to the vet will be in order. This is extremely dangerous stuff, so don’t leave gum or candy lying around where it can be easily sniffed out by your pet.

As you know, if it’s remotely accessible, dogs will find it. We experienced this recently with one of our small dogs. He found a pack of sugarless gum on a table and ate several sticks. Shortly, our poor dog was vomiting, lethargic and in obvious pain. We rushed him to the vet, fearing the worse, and through some miracle, he pulled through. Today, we keep all gum and candy well out of range.


Is Chocolate harmful to dogs?

Chocolate contains Theobromine, which is highly toxic to dogs. Even small doses, especially in your little dog, can cause nervous and cardiovascular problems.

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Are grapes and raisins harmful to dogs?

Grapes and raisins can be highly lethal to your Yorkie dog. They can trigger kidney failure, first slowing the production of urine and then increasing the toxicity. If your dog gets into either of these items, contact your vet as you may need to induce vomiting or get their stomach pumped.

Grapes, Ripe, Harvest, Wine, Fruit

Is dark turkey meat and turkey skin harmful to dogs?

Dark turkey meat and turkey skin have been shown to cause pancreatitis in dogs. This needs to be monitored closely especially during the holidays when friends and family are over and may drop a few tasty morsels as a kind gesture.

Turkey, Oven, Dinner, Meal, Cooking

Are onions and garlic harmful to dogs?

Onions and Garlic, in moderate quantities, have a tendency to create issues with your dog’s red blood cells causing them to burst as they circulate in the body.

Food, Onions, Garlic, Zucchini, Health

Is avocado fruit harmful to dogs?

Yes, it’s a fruit, not a vegetable. Avocado fruit, pits, and the plant can trigger fluid retention in your pet’s lungs, heart, and pancreas. This can lead to difficulty in breathing and lack of oxygen, leading to death.

Appetite, Avacado, Avo, Avocado

Are nuts harmful to dogs?

Some nuts, especially macadamia and walnuts, can trigger pancreatitis. Some dogs may also be allergic to nuts, much as humans, and this can also be deadly.

Nuts, Almonds, Seeds, Food, Batch

Are mushrooms harmful to dogs?

Mushrooms contain toxins that can bring on seizures, vomiting, and death if ingested.

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It’s important to note that if your dog ingests any toxic foods, contact your veterinarian or ASPCA Poison Control at 888-426-4435.


Bottom line, don’t feed your dog people food. There is plenty of great dogs treats available online and in pet stores today.

Your dog will be just as happy with pet treats made especially with his or her health in mind.