Many of us spoil our dogs. It is hard not to. We let them sleep in our beds, cuddle with us on the couch, and feed them scraps from out plate. But wait! What are you feeding them? You may know that onions and chocolate are two things you should never feed your dogs, but what about everything else? There are many people foods that dogs should never eat for one reason or another. And as a loving and caring dog owner, it is your duty to know these foods and avoid giving them to your pup.

It should be easy to monitor what your dog eats and ensure they do not eat anything that may harm them. But dogs are mischievous and will sometimes eat out of the trash can or jump on the counter to grab any food you may have left out. Try to make sure your pooch cannot get into anything they shouldn’t be! But remember, if your dog does happens to eat something bad, Hillsdale Animal Hospital can help. We can tell you how to care for your pet and offer emergency care services that we can use if your pet needs it!

Read on to learn more about the foods your dog should not be eating and help keep your furry friend healthy!


While we love avocados, your pup will likely not like what happens if they eat it. Avocados contain persin. Too much persin may cause your dog to vomit or have diarrhea. Persin is found in the leaves, seed, bark, and fruit of an avocado. Never feed your dogs avocado and if you grow your own, be sure to keep them out of your dogs reach.

Onions and Garlic

Many dog owners know that dogs should not eat onions, but garlic may not be as well known. Onions, garlic, chives, and leeks are all part of the Allium family. Garlic is very toxic for dogs. It can create anemia and cause different side effects. This include elevated heart rate, pale gums, weakness, and collapsing. Onions and garlic may have delayed symptoms, so be sure to watch them a few day after they may have eaten either of these foods. WebMD mentions that onions and garlic in powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated form should be kept away from your furry friend.

Salty Snacks

Salt and salty snacks is another thing you should avoid giving to your pup. Salt will cause your dog to become extremely thirsty, which may not seem like a problem, but this will cause excessive urination and may lead to sodium ion poisoning. Symptoms of sodium ion poisoning include vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, depression, seizures, and high temperatures. It could even cause death.


There are several type of nuts that your dog should not be fed, while some are okay. Almonds are a no-no. Almonds may not be toxic for dogs, like other nuts, but they can cause other problems by blocking the esophagus or tears in the windpipe. Salted almonds are even worse, because the issue with salty snacks as mentioned above.

Macadamia nuts are also bad for your pup. An article from American Kennel Club mentions that these nuts are in fact poisonous to dogs. They can cause vomiting, increased body temperature, an inability to walk, and lethargy. They also have the ability to affect the nervous system.

Walnuts, pecans, pistachios, and hickory nuts are also a no-go for your pooch. Walnut, pecans, and hickory nuts are toxic for the pup and cause a variety of different problems. Pistachios are rich in fat and can upset your dog’s stomach.


Cinnamon sticks and oils in cinnamon can irritate the inside of your dog’s mouth, and may make them sick. It can also lower your dog’s blood sugar too much, cause vomiting, diarrhea, a change in heart rate, and may lead to liver disease.

These are some of the foods that many people may not know can be harmful to dogs. Before you feed your pup some of your leftovers, be sure to do some research to be sure it won’t be harmful for your furry friend. While their puppy eyes make it hard to say no to them, it is better to keep your pup healthy than give them something that may be harmful.

If your dog does happen to get into something they shouldn’t have, be sure to contact Hillsdale Animal Hospital right away. If your dog eats something toxic, be sure to contact the Pet Poison Helpline, their number can be found on our Emergency Care page. We want to help you keep your dog safe and healthy, be aware of what you are feeding your pup and contact us with any problems or questions. We all feed our dogs scraps, let’s just make sure we aren’t feeding them anything that could make them sick.