Ask SAM: These foods are dangerous for dogs – Winston-Salem Journal


Q: Could you tell me what kinds of fruits and vegetables are dangerous for dogs to eat?

Answer: Here are some foods to avoid:

Onions, garlic and chives can cause gastrointestinal irritation, according to the ASPCA’s Poison Control Center, and can lead to anemia if eaten in large quantities.

“Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed,” according to the ASPCA.

The Canine Journal, a pet-friendly website based in Winston-Salem, ( adds that it doesn’t matter what form the foods are in — dry, raw, cooked, powder or mixed into other foods — they are “some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly give your pup.”

Avocados contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Birds and rodents are especially sensitive to avocado poisoning and can develop congestion, difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation around the heart, which can be fatal.

Grapes and raisins are especially dangerous for dogs and cats. They can damage a dog’s kidneys, leading to kidney failure and even death. The toxic substance in grapes isn’t known, but the danger it poses is well-documented.