The Ultimate Dog Food Safety Guide

Welcome to Can Dogs Eat This. The ultimate resource on dog food safety. The table below is a growing list of human foods that dogs can and cannot eat. With links to more in depth articles in our blog food section, where you will find all you need to know on each of the foods listed.

FOOD
SAFETY LEVEL
EXPLANATION
Acornscan dogs eat acornsToxicAcorns are toxic to dogs as the shell contains a substance called gallontannin. In some instances a too high a dose can be fatal. The post Can Dogs Eat Acorns explains all.
Almondscan dogs eat almondsRelatively SafeA few almonds will not harm your dog. However, if you have a little pooch, an almond could pose a choking risk. A small dog may not digest it properly too, lead to a potential intestinal obstruction. These outcomes are rare though.
Aloe Veracan dogs eat aloe veraPotentially ToxicAloe vera sap contains anthracene glycosides. If swallowed by your dog, it can cause intestinal upset and diarrhea. Any aloe vera products designed for ingestion have had the anthracene glycosides removed, therefore pose no risk
Apple Saucecan dogs eat apple_sauceMostly SafeApple Sauce can be a tasty treat for your dog. Just as when feeding your dog apples, you should ensure that all seeds are removed. Can dogs eat apple sauce tells you more.
Applescan dogs eat applesSafe (remove seeds)Dogs can eat apples. If you give your dog the odd section of apple you will have nothing to worry about. The potential issues lies within the seed. Apple seeds contain cyanide so you should remove these before serving. However the risk is low, your dog will need to eat a lot of seeds for any problem to arise.
Apricotscan dogs eat apricotsMostly SafeApricots are fine for your dog to eat. A small amount makes a succulent snack for your pet. However, cyanide is again present in the pit. Although a lot of pit needs to be consumed for any adverse effects, removing the pit is good practice so that there is no chance of any intestinal obstruction.
Asparaguscan dogs eat asparagusSafeCan dogs eat asparagus? Yes they can. Asparagus contains lots of nutrients. However, dogs should steer clear of the wild asparagus plant. This can cause serious intestinal upset.
Aspartamecan dogs eat aspartameUnsafeMany human foods contain aspartame as an artificial sweetner. The word artificial says it all, while not toxic to dogs, too much of this can lead to terrible stomach upset. One more reason not to give your dog foods without reading the label.
Baconcan dogs eat baconBest AvoidedBacon is not terribly good for your dog. High in fat and in some forms very salty, it is not a treat you should give your dog too often. The can dogs eat bacon article explains all.
Bananascan dogs eat bananasSafeDogs can eat bananas, they are a safe and nutritious snack for your pet.
Beanscan dogs eat beansMostly SafeGreen beans can be very beneficial for your dog. Baked beans on the other hand are high in sugar and salt and should be avoided. Can Dogs Eat Beans will tell you all you need to know.
Beef JerkyCan dogs eat beef jerkyUnsafeThere has been a lot in the news this year regarding jerky treat products for dogs. This article will tell you all you need to know.
Blueberriescan dogs eat blueberriesSafeNo problems for your dog here. Blueberries prove a juicy little treat. Some dogs do not like the taste though.
Bread (Dough)can dogs eat breadBread safe
Dough - Toxic
Dogs can eat small amounts of bread, although it is not recommended. Bread dough is toxic, the Can Dogs Eat Bread article explains more.
Broccolican dogs eat broccoliSafeBroccoli is safe for dogs to eat. It also contains some really healthy benefits. Find out more from the Can Dogs Eat Broccoli article.
Cantaloupecan dogs eat cantaloupeSafeCantaloupe can be a very tasty treat for your dog, with great nutritional benefits. To find out more check out the can dogs eat cantaloupe article.
Celerycan dogs eat celerySafeDogs can eat celery. There are a few health benefits too. Some warn against the string being hard to digest for small dogs. Can Dogs Eat Celery explains all.
CheeriosSafeCan dogs eat cheerios? Why yes they can. However you are best to avoid the flavored varieties, especially chocolate. Check out the article here.
Chocolatecan dogs eat chocolateToxicHowever tempting it is to give your dog a little chocolate, you shouldn't. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, both are harmful to you dog. Definitely avoid
CoconutCan dogs eat coconutSafe (without shell)Coconut itself is okay. Your dog will likely be a fan of the juicy part. However, too much may cause stomach upset. You should not give your dog any coconut with any shell as this may cause an intestinal blockage, which is as nasty as it sounds.
Coffeecan dogs eat coffeeToxicThe question is, why would you do that. Caffeine will cause your dog's heart rate to increase, and may even lead to a seizure. A high dose of caffeine to a small dog might even prove fatal. Avoid.
Corncan dogs eat cornMostly SafeDogs can eat corn without any problems. However, avoid feeding them corn on the cob But, don't give your dog corn on the cob. The cob can cause an intestinal blockage. Furthermore, if blocked, the cob can ferment inside your dogs gut and cause major issues requiring surgery.
Cranberriescan dogs eat cranberriesMostly SafeDogs can eat cranberries. One of the benefits is the fact cranberries contain a substance that helps to prevent E. Coli bacteria from attaching to the bladder wall. Do not over do it though - too many cranberries on a daily basis, can lead to the development of calcium oxalate stones in your dog's bladder.
Cucumberscan dogs eat cucumbersSafeCucumbers are mostly water. They contain nothing that can harm your pet, so dogs can definitely eat them. Whether they will get much tasty enjoyment out of it is another matter however.
Currantscan dogs eat currantsSometimes ToxicAs an American pet owner, currants can be toxic to dogs. In the US currants are a type of dried grape. Grapes can be toxic to dogs, so too can currants. A UK based dog owner will be buying currants that are a type of berry. In that case they are not toxic and are actually very beneficial.
Datescan dogs eat datesSafeDogs can eat dates. However, avoid feeding your dog too many. It is a type of food that will lead to diarrhea.
Figscan dogs eat figsMostly SafeFigs are okay for dogs to eat in that they are not toxic. However, do not feed too many as they can cause stomach upset.
Garliccan dogs eat garlicCan be toxicDogs should not really eat garlic. Like many garnishes to meals, garlic is well avoided as part of a dogs diet. Furthermore, garlic can cause damage to a dog's red blood cells. If a dog eats a lot of garlic, over a long period of time it can eventually cause anemia.
Grapescan dogs eat grapesToxicTo be safe, dogs should not eat grapes. Why they are toxic to some dogs is actually still a mystery. Their toxicity can cause kidney failure for some, while being completely okay for others. Overall, best avoided.
Green PeppersSafeDogs can eat green peppers. In fact they contain some real benefits. To find out what precautions you should take, Head herehead here.
Gumcan dogs eat gumVery ToxicDogs should not eat chewing gum. Although this may sound obvious, if your dog has eaten gum by accident, check the label. If the gum contains "xylitol", seek veterinary help immediately. Xylitol is very toxic to dogs (see xylitol). Gum without this substance, will not be toxic, but could still cause stomach upset.
Hazelnutscan dogs eat hazelnutsMostly SafeDogs can eat hazelnuts as they are not toxic to them. But, if you have a small dog, a hazelnut could pose a choking risk or could cause an intestinal obstruction.
Honeycan dogs eat honeySafeDogs can eat honey, in fact there are many beneficial aspects of honey to your dog, from nutritional health to the healing of wounds. The can dogs eat honey article explains all.
Hot DogsBest AvoidedDogs can eat hotdog meat. However, processed meat is best avoided. Make sure you don't serve it up with sauces and onions, all of which are bad. Read the article here.
Lemonscan dogs eat lemonsSafeLemons are not toxic to dogs. I am not sure whether any dog would want to eat their way through a whole one however.
Macadamia Nutscan dogs eat Macadamia NutsToxicMacadamia nuts are toxic to dogs. Do not allow your dog to eat them as it can cause serious issues. Ingestion of macadamia nuts can lead to vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia. It is a strange reaction, the cause of which remains unknown. Fortunately most dogs survive and are back to normal within 24-48 hours.
Milkcan dogs have milkBest AvoidedMost puppies are actually lactose intolerant. As such it is a good idea to avoid most dairy products altogether. A dog's tolerance is better once they are an adult. However, diarrhea is common if they are fed too much.
Moldy FoodToxicJust as you wouldn't give moldy food to a friend, you shouldn't give any to your dog.
Moldy foods may contain tremorgenic mycotoxins. These chemicals can cause seizures if in concentrated quantities. A small amount will probably give your dog stomach upset.
Mushroomscan dogs eat mushroomsSometimes ToxicWashed, table mushrooms are okay for your dog to eat. However, wild mushrooms found in the forest or in the bottom of your garden, may well be toxic. These types of mushrooms can cause intensive vomiting and diarrhea. Others can cause serious neurological problems leading to tremors and seizures and possibly death. So be warned.
Olivescan dogs eat olivesMostly SafeA few olives will not harm your dog. A whole bowl of them would more likely lead to stomach upset however.
Onionscan dogs eat onionsCan be ToxicOnions can be a problem for dogs as it effects their production of red blood cells. If a small amount is consumed it will not be a problem. However, even small quantities (of onion powder or cooked onion) can cause red blood cell damage over a sustained period. This will eventually lead to anemia.
Orangescan dogs eat orangesSafeDogs can eat oranges. Many choose not to more than once however.
Parsleycan dogs eat parsleyMostly SafeDogs can eat parsley. If a dog ate a large amount of parsley it can cause stomach upset and diarrhea. It can also act as a diuretic which would cause a dog to be thirsty and urinate a lot.
Peachescan dogs eat peachesMostly SafePeaches are safe for dogs. It's not a good idea to let your dog eat the peach pit. The pit can cause an intestinal obstruction. If a dog crushes a peach pit and eats it, then he will ingest some cyanide. A large amount would be needed to cause harm however.
Peanut Buttercan dogs eat peanut butterMostly SafePeanut butter can be a tasty treat for your dog, however you do need to be careful with the amount you feed them. Can dogs eat peanut butter explains all.
Pearscan dogs eat pearsMostly SafePears have a lot of nutritional benefits. However, the pear pit does contain cyanide which is poisonous. Check out the Can Dogs Eat Pears article to find out more.
PizzaAvoid (Can be toxic)Pizzas contain toppings that are just no good for your dog. Cheese, salami, onions, mushrooms - all bad. Read about the full dangers here.
Plumscan dogs eat PlumsMostly SafeThe biggest concern with plums is the pit. Like many such fruits, the pit could cause an obstruction or choking risk for small dogs. Also, if the pit is crushed, it would release cyanide. The actual plum fruit is a tasty treat for dogs.
PomegranateMostly SafeDogs can eat pomegranate. The cautionary aspect is that too much may cause stomach upset. Head here for the full article.
Popcorncan dogs eat PopcornSafePopcorn is safe for your dog to eat, as long as you feed them the plain kind. In fact there are some real nutritional benefits contained within popcorn. The can dogs eat popcorn article explains all.
Potatoescan dogs eat potatoCan be ToxicPotatoes can be toxic to dogs. The biggest concern is if your dog eats potatoes with green areas on the skin (whether cooked or raw). This green area contains called solanine. Solanine can cause stomach upset. Depending on how much is eaten, the symptoms can get more severe. Consumption may result in weakness and other neurological problems. Some dogs who have eaten potatoes have gone into renal failure, but this is rare.
Raisinscan dogs eat raisinsToxicSee grapes.
Scallopscan dogs eat ScallopsMostly SafeScallops can be fed to your dog, however moderation and minus any flavoring is the key. The can dogs eat scallops article explains all.
Shrimpcan dogs eat shrimpsMostly SafeDogs can eat cooked shrimp. Raw shrimp on the other hand can cause shellfish toxicity. For an in depth article on this, head to Can Dogs Eat Shrimp.
Sorbitolcan dogs eat sorbitolSafeSorbitol is a sweetener added to food. It is not toxic to dogs. However, if the food contains the sweetener xylitol this can be deadly. (See xylitol at the end of this list).
Spinachcan dogs eat spinachMostly SafeDogs can eat spinach. It is not a food you would generally feed them however. One precaution if you do decide to give your pet spinach is the fact it contains something called oxalates. Trace amounts are fine, too much can be toxic.
Strawberriescan dogs eat strawberriesSafeDogs can eat strawberries. However as advised so often on this website - too much of one food in a single sitting can cause mild stomach upset.
Sweet Potatoescan dogs eat sweet potatoesSafeUnlike other sorts of potatoes, sweet potatoes do not contain toxic elements and are okay for your your dog to eat.
Teacan dogs drink teaSafeDogs can consume tea, but why would you want to do that. The caffeine amount is low, however it has very little beneficial effect for your pet.
Tomatoescan dogs eat tomatoesBest AvoidedDogs can eat tomatoes, but they shouldn't have very much. Tomatoes contain a substance called tomatine. It is found throughout the plant but mostly in the leaves and stems of the plant. Tomatine can be toxic to the heart. However, your pet would need to consume a huge amount of tomatoes for the chemical to take such a drastic effect. Smaller dogs may experience mild stomach upset from eating tomatoes.
Walnutscan dogs eat walnutsMostly SafeWalnuts are generally safe for dogs. A non cracked walnut may cause an intestinal blockage however.

If walnuts get moldy though, they can produce mycotoxins which can cause serious neurological problems.
Xylitolcan dogs eat Xylitol 1ToxicXylitol is a sweetener that is safe for people but deadly for dogs. When a dog eats xylitol it causes a huge spike in insulin. The spike is so high that it causes severe problems with low blood sugar. It is also toxic to a dog's liver.

Symptoms of xyllitol poisoning include weakness, tremors, seizures, and death.

Many chewing gums contain xylitol. In some cases, one stick of xylitol containing gum can be fatal if eaten by a 20 pound dog.
Yogurtcan dogs eat yogurtMostly SafeDogs can eat yogurt. Some brands of bio yogurts can actually be very beneficial. However, as dogs are often lactose intolerant you do need to be careful about the sorts of yogurt you feed them.

The can dogs eat yogurt article explains more.

7 Responses to The Ultimate Dog Food Safety Guide

  1. Connie says:

    Thank you for this important information.

  2. Belgique says:

    Hello, just wanted to tell you, I liked this blog post. It was helpful.
    Keep on posting!

  3. There is a typo under sweet potatoes. It says sweet potatoes DO contain toxic substance rather than DO NOT.
    Thank you for this listing. Very good info. Most dog owners are very ignorant regarding what is harmful.

    As a dog owner for 59 years, I learned s hard less that grapes are toxic, altho my little toy poodle lived to be 17 1/2. They may not have forced her into kidney failure but I have a lot of guilt about it, when I found this out years later. I fed her lots of human healthy food as well but did not know about toxicity of grapes many years ago.

    • CDET says:

      Many thanks for letting us know about the typo – have amended that one now.
      And 17 1/2 is a good age for your poodle. You should not feel guilty about what you fed your dog when you did not know. I am sure your poodle led a very happy and healthy life.

  4. Chris says:

    I don’t see anything about eggs? Did I miss it. This is great information. Thank you

  5. Jeanine Caplan says:

    Thank you for posting such a comprehensive list! My dog wanted some of my plum which I found amusing & I was able to find out quickly on your blog.
    Sometimes we give spike pistachios when we are eating them. Are pistachios safe?

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