In one of our previous posts, we mentioned some of the top foods that your dog should never eat: xylitol, avocado, alcohol, onions and garlic, and caffeine. If your dog has consumed any of these, please call us immediately for assistance! Unfortunately, that isn’t the full list of foods that can harm your dog and lead to medical problems almost immediately. Read on to learn more about what foods are not safe to feed your dog.

Grapes and Raisins

Trust us, there are much better treats to give your dogs! These seemingly harmless fruits will actually cause kidney failure in dogs. Even just a small amount can make a dog sick, so clean up any spilled grapes or raisins immediately before your pet can get to them. If you notice repeated vomiting and sluggish behavior within one day, you will need to take them to the vet immediately.

Milk and Dairy

We know that you want to share your ice cream on a hot day with your pup, but you shouldn’t! Give them an ice cube instead. Milk and other dairy products often times lead to diarrhea in dogs and other digestive issues that can leave them in quite a bit of pain. Dairy can also trigger food allergies, causing them to itch.

Macadamia Nuts

Do your best to keep your pups away from macadamia nuts and foods that have macadamia nuts in them. It only takes a few of these to make a dog sick, regardless of whether they are roasted or raw. You will be able to tell if your dog is having a negative reaction by checking for symptoms like muscle shakes, vomiting, a high temperature, and weakness in the back legs. Keep in mind that consuming chocolate with these nuts will heighten symptoms, and it can possibly be fatal to a dog.


You probably already know that chocolate is bad for your dog. The issue is a chemical called theobromine, which is in every type of chocolate. This includes white chocolate. However, the most dangerous chocolate is dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. Minor symptoms include vomiting and diarrhea, but it can also cause heart problems, tremors, seizures, and possibly even death.

Fat Trimmings and Bones

The fat trimmed from meat, regardless of whether it is cooked or uncooked, can cause pancreatitis in dogs. While it might seem natural to give dogs a bone, watch out! Your pup may choke on it if it is too small. These bones can also splinter and block your dog’s digestive system, or even cause cuts. Do not give your dog any bones that are not designed specifically for dogs, and ones that are made for your dog’s specific size.

Contact Us

If your dog has eaten any of these foods, please contact us immediately. We care about your dog’s health and want to do everything we can to make sure they stay safe. We are the dog care professionals that Charlotte can trust. Call West Ballantyne Animal Hospital today to learn more about our services!