Human Foods That Are Harmful to Pets

As Labor Day approaches I thought it was the perfect time to share the most common Human Foods that are harmful, and some fatal if your dog eats them.

Keep this simple chart handy for both the poison control hotline and quick reference guide.


The following list is a list of Human Foods & Plants that are highly toxic to your Pets


  • Chocolate
  • Avocado
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Fruit pits
  • Cooked bones
  • Grapes/raisins
  • Alcohol
  • Onions
  • Garlic
  • Dairy
  • Some mushroom species
  • Sugar-free gum (and other treats containing xylitol)
  • Human medications like Tylenol and Advil
  • Caffeine



  • Irises
  • Azaleas
  • Sago palm
  • Kalanchoe/mother of thousands
  • Fox Glove
  • Diffenbachia/Dumb Cane
  • Tulips
  • Bleeding Heart
  • Aloe Vera
  • Marijuana
  • Lillies
  • Daffodil
  • Jade plants
  • Cyclamen
  • Chrysanthemums
  • Anemone


After Exposure Act Quickly

With any toxic exposure, minutes count so knowing what to do can save a life. Most importantly, you should have the phone number of poison control, your regular veterinarian and an after-hours hospital posted in your home. It is best to wait until you reach poison control before you do anything but usually you will be told to make your pet vomit to get rid of some of the toxic substance. Vomiting can be induced with a teaspoon of peroxide. Give the peroxide by mouth every few minutes, giving your pet a chance to relax between since many pets will refuse to vomit when held. Once vomiting occurs, or if you are unsuccessful within a few minutes, you should then seek professional help from a qualified veterinarian. Be sure to have an idea of how much of the substance your pet ingested and how long ago it happened. Also be sure to call your veterinarian to let them know you are on your way so they can be prepared.


ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center 
National Hotline: 888-426-4435 
Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


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Posted on August 31, 2014 .