Your dog probably has a tendency of eating just about everything that tumbles off your dinner table and onto the floor. While this might seem harmless, there are actually quite a few human foods out there that are dangerous for dogs to eat! If you need dog care immediately, in the case of them eating something that they should not have, then bring them to see the professionals at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital! We are here to help your dog and their health.

We’ve compiled a list of some of the most dangerous foods that you should avoid letting your dog eat!


While it isn’t sold on its own, this chemical is found in candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and even some diet foods. Xylitol is used as a sweetener for humans, but in dogs, it can cause your pup’s blood sugar to drop and can even lead to liver failure. If your dog accidentally consumes xylitol, you may notice vomiting, lethargy, and difficulty with coordination. After a while, it can cause seizures. Seek emergency vet attention immediately!


While some treats from your dinner plate are fine for your pup, avocado is not! Avocados contain a chemical called “persin,” which is fine for people. However, too much is poisonous to dogs. It’s best to avoid letting your dog have any avocado at all. This includes the fruit, the leaves, and the seeds of an avocado.


Alcohol has the same effects on dogs’ livers and brains as it does on people. However, your dog cannot handle nearly as much alcohol as you can. Just a little bit can lead to breathing problems, diarrhea, coordination problems, vomiting, a coma, and even death. These issues escalate much quicker in smaller dogs. It’s best to avoid letting your dog have any alcohol whatsoever.

Onions and Garlic

It doesn’t matter if your onions and garlic are fresh, powdered, cooked, or dehydrated – they can kill their red blood cells and result in anemia. A little bit probably won’t hurt them too much, but eating a large quantity even once can lead to poisoning. Monitor your dog for vomiting, breathing problems, and weakness.


It doesn’t matter if it’s coffee or tea – caffeine can be fatal to dogs. Even the beans and grounds are harmful. Keep in mind that caffeine is present in many human foods and drinks, such as coffee, tea, cola, and cocoa. If you believe that your dog has ingested caffeine, look for fast breathing, muscle twitches, and restlessness.

Dog Care Professionals at West Ballantyne Animal Hospital

If you are concerned about something that your dog ate, please contact us immediately! We are ready to help you tackle the problem and hopefully help your dog return to their normal, energetic self. Check back soon for part 2 of this series to learn about more foods that can be toxic to your dog. At West Ballantyne Animal Hospital, we know just what to do to take care of your pets. Whether you need to update their shots or get them checked out when they are sick, give us a call today! We will see you soon.