A number of fruits and veggies are not recommended for pets due to potential health concerns, including members of the allium family (onion, chives, garlic), avocado, grapes and raisins, rhubarb, and green tomatoes or potatoes. We prefer playing it safe if there’s any doubt.

Whether for eating or just for garden awareness, the ASPCA has one of the best sites that I have come across for checking for potential pet-toxic plants.  It’s worth noting that many edible plants have parts that can be toxic to animals (including people).

Extra care may be needed if your pet has access to garden areas where potentially hazardous plants are growing. At a former home, Oli and a visiting dog pal discovered our grapevine was dangling within reach and took it upon themselves to do some harvesting – fortunately no harm done, other than sore bellies that evening.  The grapevine was kept well trimmed after that!


Some foods are safe to consume, but may be difficult to digest. The dog digestive system is geared towards eating a high-meat diet and may have difficulty processing some fruits or veggies, especially if raw and/or swallowed in large pieces.

Foods that Dalmatians should not eat include the following:

Restrict ingredients rich in purines such as meat proteins like beef, pork and sardines and also yeast. Oddly, the active ingredient in chocolate (threobromine) is also high in purine, providing another reason to not feed chocolate to dogs!


This probably common knowledge by now, but worth repeating. Chocolate is toxic to dogs because of two chemicals. Caffeine and theobromine. It is interesting to note that the darker the chocolate, the worse it is for dogs as a rule, but best to avoid chcolate in any form. Watch out for chunks in cookies and cakes. Make sure the kids are not leaving a trail of chocolate behind them.


Generally speaking, your Dalmatian’s digestive system is not made to handle nuts. Different nuts have varying effects. They can lead to mild tummy upsets right up to vomiting and diarrhea with the accompanying abdominal pain. Best not to guess which nuts are better than others. Simply avoid them. Dogs should never eat macadamia nuts.

Macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin that may lead to vomiting, muscle weakness, tremors, hyperthermia and depression when dogs consume them, even in small amounts. Additionally, macadamia nuts have a high fat content, which may elevate your dog’s triglyceride levels and potentially lead to pancreatitis.

Raw Yeast Dough

It is extremely unsafe for dogs to eat raw yeast dough. Raw yeast dough is a concern because yeast cells produce alcohol as they ferment, which may lead to alcohol poisoning and death if your dog consumes it.

Lemons and Limes

Lemons and limes can be toxic to your dog. This is because the skins of lemons and limes contain a substance called psoralen, which can cause dogs to have gastrointestinal symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea.


Dogs should never eat xylitol.

It’s a sugar substitute that’s often found in candy, chewing gum, baked goods and toothpaste. When dogs consume xylitol, it may lead to a rapid drop in blood sugar levels and symptoms like muscle weakness and seizures.

The effects of xylitol in dogs have the potential to lead to more serious complications, such as liver damage and even death.


Nutmeg is not safe for dogs to eat. This is because nutmeg contains myristicin, a compound that is toxic to dogs when consumed in large amounts. It may cause disorientation, increased heart rate, high blood pressure, dry mouth, stomach pain and seizures.

You should keep nutmeg out of your dog’s reach and prevent him from consuming baked goods and other foods that contain nutmeg.


An interesting one. Many dogs have enjoyed grapes on a regular basis with no issues. Some people have used them as training treats. However, they have recently been associated with canine kidney failure. Worth mentioning to a vet if issues arise and grapes have been eaten.

You should never feed grapes or raisins to your dog.

Grapes and raisins contain toxic compounds that are harmful to dogs. They have the potential to lead to rapid kidney failure and death. Even small amounts of grapes and raisins can make your dog sick, so it’s important to avoid giving them to your dog altogether.


Another interesting item. Great for humans with many benefits. The fruit is not actually bad for your Dalmatian but the number of seeds are what cause the problems. These are tough to digest. Currants and raisins are similar. Stomach pain could be a result.


Dogs do not usually get a serious reaction to eating avocado, but some animals do. A chemical called Persin can ooze from the pit and be absorbed into the flesh of the fruit. Birds and Horses can suffer badly. Also, maybe stating the obvious.

Avocados should never be consumed by dogs. This is because they contain a toxin called persin, which is known to be very poisonous to dogs. It may lead to fluid accumulation in their lungs and chest, which can cause breathing difficulties, oxygen deprivation and even death


Not funny! The alcohol and hops are both toxic to your dog.


Finally, an honourable mention to popcorn. Not really a big problem to dogs but the uncooked seeds and kernels that we pick out can cause problems for your cockapoo. Hard to digest and easy to get stuck in their teeth. Dental issues and a tummy ache are not fun.

Onions and Garlic

It may take a lot of onions to cause problems, but it is worth knowing that too many can cause damage to your Cockapoo’s red blood cells. The ASPCA confirms this. Avoid significant amounts.

This one should be taken more seriously. All members of the onion family are not good for dogs, but garlic is much stronger and thus much more toxic. It is worth noting how much garlic you have used in any food you may treat your dog with. Soup? Sauces? Watch the levels.

Garlic contains chemicals called thiosulfates, which are toxic to dogs. Thiosulfates may damage your dog’s red blood cells and lead to anemia. Garlic consumption may also lead to symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. In severe cases, dogs may need a blood transfusion if they consume high amounts of garlic. Thus, it is important to avoid feeding garlic to your Dalmatian even in small amounts.

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