Most pet-owners know that chocolate, caffeine and alcohol aren’t good for their pets. Pet hospitals tells you about other foods that surprisingly are unhealthy for your dog.

Foods that are suitable for human consumption can be toxic to a dog, causing a serious threat to its health. Why? Because each animal has a different metabolism rate. Metabolism is the process which breaks down the food and turns it into energy.

Please note that while we strive to list every food we can find is toxic for dogs, there are certain foods that we might have missed, so don’t consider any non-listed food safe to feed to your dog. Do a research if you are unsure and also let us know by adding it in the comment box below.

If you are worried about something your dog consumed, call the animal hospital immediately.


Salty foods such as chips or pretzels should be kept away from dogs. Too much salt results in sodium poisoning which can cause your dog to suffer from diarrhea, vomiting, spasms, and seizures. Keep the bags of chips tightly sealed and stored away from your dog’s reach.

Onions & Garlic

Onions and garlic can damage your pet’s blood cells, increasing the risk of anemia. While a small piece of onion might not harm, a large piece or regular consumption can lead to severe health problems. That goes for onions and garlic in all forms —raw, cooked, dehydrated, and even powdered.


Avocado has a substance called persin which is poisonous for dogs. It is even present in the seeds, leaves and stems of the avocado plant, so keep your furry friend away far away from an avocado plant in your garden.

Macadamia Nuts

It only takes few macadamia nuts to make your dog suffer from vomiting, weakness, rapid heart rate, and muscle tremors. The danger is high if the nuts are baked in chocolate as the combination of both can be very poisonous for your pet.

Grapes & Raisins

A handful of grapes or raisins can be toxic for your dog resulting in vomiting, weakness, and even kidney failure. Make sure to keep both grapes and raisins in a place where your dog can’t reach them.

Keeping these above mentioned foods safely stored in a closed refrigerator or a cabinet can prevent your dog to gain access to them. Call Napa Valley Vet immediately if your dog consumes something it isn’t supposed to. A prompt action on your part and treatment from pet hospital will help save the life and further ease the recovery.