Ingredients to avoid

Always do your research when introducing a new food to your dog's raw diet.  Below are a selection of commonly found ingredients to avoid; both fruits and vegetables and other human-friendly foods that your dog may have access to in the home.


Avocado - This fruit may contain a fungicidal toxin called persin, which is particularly concentrated in the stone. The stone itself is also a choking hazard so keep well away from your dog and make sure your bin is not accessible, just incase!


Onions, chives, garlic and leeks - These all contain Allium, which is toxic to both dogs and cats. These ingredients are commonly used in human dishes, so always be aware of this if you are ever tempted to give your dog your meal leftovers.


Grapes and raisins - Ingesting grapes or raisins can cause kidney problems or even kidney faliure in some animals, particularly dogs. The offending toxin is as yet unknown, but until more is understood these fruits are best avoided.


Chocolate - Yummy for humans, disasterous for dogs. Chocolate contains Theobromine, which dogs cannot metabolise efficienttly. The Theobromine can build up in the dog's system to potentially toxic levels making them seriously ill. One to be aware of, particularly around Christmas and Easter.


Cooked bones - Cooked bones are brittle and should never be fed to dogs. Raw bones are safe to feed, providing you pick the right bone or your dog and that it has been prepared and stored in a safe and hygienic way. Read our raw bone guide.


If your dog eats something they shouldn't, don't panic. Contact your vet immediately; they will be able to tell you what steps to take next.


* According to NFU Mutual the average vet bill in 2016 for dogs who had eaten something they shouldn’t was around £600! Nearly one in 4 claims involved chocolate with one in ten involving dried fruit or grapes.*


Find out about our recommended fruits, vegetables and grains to add to a dog's raw diet.