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Fruits and vegetables are known as healthy foods for humans, and while there are some that are healthy for dogs too, there are also fruits and vegetables that are toxic to dogs. Keeping them away from these toxic fruits and vegetables is really important especially if any of the following applies to you:

  • You’re planting your own garden of fruits and vegetables.
  • You let your dog act as a vacuum cleaner when preparing food and a piece falls to the ground.
  • You’re sharing your snack fruits and vegetables with your dog.

Even if none of those apply to you, keep reading and share with your friends! “The more you know”, you know?

Which fruits and vegetables do you need to keep your dog away from? There’s many, but we’ve rounded up 7 of the most common fruits and veggies to keep away. 


Top 7 Common Fruits & Vegetables to Keep Away From Your Dog

#1 Tomatoes 

This fruit doesn’t hurt as a treat here and there but not when they are young and green. Ripe tomatoes are the way to go, as by that time it doesn’t contain as much solaline which is a component of tomatoes that is toxic to dogs when ingested in high quantities. There could be a garden of unripe tomatoes that your dog could get their mouths on, chewing on the highly concentrated solaline stems and leaves. 

#2 Broccoli 

While healthy for us, broccoli can upset the balance of your dog’s health. Broccoli tends to irritate your dog’s stomach and digestive system with some extreme cases for specific breeds. It’s reported by the American Kennel Club (AKC) as a safe snack in small quantities, but also worth noting is “broccoli stalks have been known to cause obstruction in the esophagus.”

#3 Onions

The plant family Allium is poisonous to pets, not just dogs. Dogs ingesting onions can result with the rupturing of red blood cells and can cause a variety of symptoms such as vomiting, stomach pain, and diarrhea. 

#4 Cherries

According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), “With the exception of the fleshy part around the seed, cherry plants contain cyanide and are toxic to dogs. Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, which means that your dog’s blood cells can’t get enough oxygen.”

#5 Grapes

It’s hard to believe this little fruit could pose such a threat to dogs, but it’s true! Grapes (including dried grapes, or raisins), if eaten by dogs, could lead to acute kidney failure. In any quantities and with any breed, be mindful of how close your dogs are to this fruit. 

#6 Asparagus

It’s not toxic to dogs, but it’s really pointless. Raw asparagus is more beneficial to dogs than cooked asparagus, but it’s too difficult to chew. On the flip side, by the time asparagus is cooked to a point that’s chewable for your dog, it has no nutritional value. 

#7 Avocado

Persin is a toxin that causes vomiting and diarrhea when ingested by dogs. It’s found in the pit, skin, and leaves of avocados and even the flesh of the fruit. While the flesh of the fruit doesn’t contain as much persin, it’s advised to stay clear from it as even minimal amounts can cause upsetting reactions. 

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