Toxic food and poisonous plants for dogs

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Toxic foods

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Chocolate (especially dark chocolate)
  • Cooked chicken bones (it sticks in their guts)
  • Coffee
  • Green tomato
  • Raw potato
  • Raisins
  • Grapes
  • Most fruit seeds
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Milk (more that they will get diarrhoea)
  • Xylitol - the sugar-free sweetener found in chewing gum, mints, toothpaste, and some sweets.

Also check in winter that your dog doesn't drink from puddles in car parks, as the water may contain anti-freeze from the car windscreens.

In the garden

Although many plants are poisonous, they often don't do much damage. However if your dog is showing any symptoms (see below) please consult a vet.

  • Cocoa mulch - commonly used in gardens - is very attractive for dogs and very toxic
  • Amaryllis bulbs
  • Asparagus fern
  • Azalea
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodil bulbs
  • Day lilies
  • Delphiniums
  • Foxgloves
  • Hemlock
  • Hyacinth
  • Hydrangea
  • Ivy
  • Laburnum
  • Lilies
  • Lily of the valley
  • Lupins
  • Mistletoe
  • Morning glory
  • Nightshade
  • Oleander
  • Poinsettia
  • Rhododendron
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Sweet pea
  • Tulip bulbs
  • Umbrella plant
  • Wisteria
  • Yew
  • and some berries, mushrooms and toadstools.


Symptoms of poisoning

If your dog shows any of these symptoms then contact a vet for further advice and treatment. 

  • Collapses
  • Repeatedly vomits or has severe diarrhoea
  • Redness, swelling, blistering or rawness on the skin of the mouth or throat.
  • Off their food for a day or more
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