People love their dogs and treat them like members of the family. But, while it’s fun to spoil your dog, remember that they aren’t just little, furry humans! They have different biologics, and what is fun and safe for us to eat in the summer, may not be safe for them.

Here’s what to look out for, and why.

Grapes

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So many people eat grapes during the summer as a fun refreshing treat and give their kids grape popsicles and freezies. Grapes and raisins are highly toxic to dogs and can cause kidney failure. Even small amounts can be dangerous, so it’s important to keep all grape products, such as grape juice or raisins, out of your dog’s reach.

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Watermelon

Sliced watermelon pieces, a popular summer food, arranged on a brown surface with a blue and white striped cloth in the background.
Sliced watermelon pieces, a popular summer food, arranged on a brown surface with a blue and white striped cloth in the background.

Watermelon itself isn’t toxic to dogs, but the rind and seeds can be difficult for them to digest and may cause gastrointestinal upset. Additionally, the high water content of watermelon can cause diarrhea if your dog eats too much.

Read: Common Medications that are toxic for dogs.

Frozen Yogurt

A hand holding a soft serve ice cream cone with alternating swirls of red and white toppings, one of the most popular summer foods, against a plain background.
A hand holding a soft serve ice cream cone with alternating swirls of red and white toppings, one of the most popular summer foods, against a plain background.

While some types of yogurt are safe for dogs to eat, it’s important to avoid any that contain artificial sweeteners, like xylitol, which is highly toxic to dogs. Additionally, some frozen yogurt may contain high amounts of sugar or other additives that can upset your dog’s stomach.

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Eggplant

Sliced eggplant stacked vertically with alternating layers visible, representing a popular summer food, against a white background.
Sliced eggplant stacked vertically with alternating layers visible, representing a popular summer food, against a white background.

Eggplant contains solanine, a toxic substance that can cause digestive upset and even death in dogs if consumed in large quantities.

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Cherries

Ripe cherries, a popular summer food, hanging from branches amidst dense green leaves, with a dark and moody lighting setting.
Ripe cherries, a popular summer food, hanging from branches amidst dense green leaves, with a dark and moody lighting setting.

Cherries contain cyanide, which can be toxic to dogs if consumed in large quantities. Keep the cherry pie, cherry drinks, and cherry popsicles away from your dog.

Read: Common Medications that are toxic for dogs.

Cooked Bones

A person holding a large, cooked beef rib over a dark pan, showcasing the meat's juicy interior and charred exterior — a popular summer food.
A person holding a large, cooked beef rib over a dark pan, showcasing the meat’s juicy interior and charred exterior — a popular summer food.

With all the BBQ’ing you might think nothing of giving your dog the steak bones, rib bones, and chicken bones at the end of your meal but cooked bones can splinter and cause blockages or punctures in your dog’s digestive tract. Additionally, cooked bones can also pose a choking hazard to dogs. Always avoid giving your dog cooked bones, and instead, opt for dog-safe chews or toys.

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Onions

A cheeseburger with flying ingredients including a beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato slices, and onions on a wooden background is one of the popular summer foods.
A cheeseburger with flying ingredients including a beef patty, cheese, lettuce, tomato slices, and onions on a wooden background is one of the popular summer foods.

Onions are highly toxic to dogs and can cause anemia, a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough red blood cells. Symptoms of onion poisoning in dogs include weakness, vomiting, and pale gums. Keep the grilled onions away from your dog’s reach.

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Corn on the Cob

Fresh corn on the cob and vegetable skewers, popular summer foods, grilling on a barbecue.
Fresh corn on the cob and vegetable skewers, popular summer foods, grilling on a barbecue.

While corn is safe for dogs to eat in moderation, corn on the cob can be dangerous. Dogs may be tempted to chew on the cob, which can become lodged in their intestines and cause blockages because corn cobs are indigestible.

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Avocado

Two whole avocados and one avocado cut in half, revealing the pit, arranged on a wooden cutting board with popular summer foods.
Two whole avocados and one avocado cut in half, revealing the pit, arranged on a wooden cutting board with popular summer foods.

While avocados are a healthy snack for humans, they contain persin, a toxin that can be harmful to dogs. Consumption of avocados can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal symptoms in dogs. Keep the guacamole away from your dog.

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Asparagus

A close-up photo of fresh asparagus stalks, a popular summer food, standing upright in a container.
A close-up photo of fresh asparagus stalks, a popular summer food, standing upright in a container.

While asparagus isn’t toxic to dogs, it can be difficult for them to digest and may cause gastrointestinal upset, such as vomiting or diarrhea.

Read: Common Medications that are toxic for dogs.

Peaches

Top view of halved peaches with pits on a light gray background, depicting toxic foods for dogs.
Top view of halved peaches with pits on a light gray background, depicting toxic foods for dogs.

Peaches themselves are not toxic or dangerous for dogs. The danger comes from peach pits, which most dogs will also eat when consuming a peach. It can not only get lodged in their digestive tract, the sharp parts may do significant damage.

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