Poisons are not always poisons

POISONS ARE NOT ALWAYS POISONS! While it might be tempting to share your favorite foods with your dog or cat, those same foods and beverages may not be safe for them. Check the list below before allowing your pet to eat any other then their food and treats before allowing your pet to eat any other then their food and treats.

  • Alcohol – vomiting and diarrhea, problems with coordination, tremors, coma and death
  • Almonds – Not easily digested by dogs. Can cause gastrointestinal irritation and distress
  • Avocado – weakness, vomiting, diarrhea and tremors
  • Bones  – can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive tract
  • Chocolate, coffee, tea and other caffeinated substances -vomiting and diarrhea, thirst, excessive urination, seizures, heart arrhythmias and even death.
  • Citrus oil extracts  – vomiting
  • Fat trimmings  – pancreatitis
  • Fish, raw  – loss of appetite, seizures
  • Garlic  – gastrointestinal irritation.
  • Hops – panting, increased heart rate and temperature, seizures, death
  • Macadamia nuts – weakness, vomiting and tremors
  • Marijuana – depress the nervous system, vomiting, changes in heart rate
  • Milk and other dairy – diarrhea (animals can be lactose intolerant too)
  • Moldy food, garbage – vomiting and diarrhea
  • Mushrooms – affect multiple body systems, shock and death
  • Onions – gastrointestinal irritation, and damage red blood cells (cats worse than dogs)
  • Raisins, grapes and currants – Can cause kidney damage
  • Salt  – in excess causes vomiting, dehydration and tremors
  • Tobacco – rapid heart rate, collapse, coma, and death
  • Tomato leaves, stems – gastric upset, depression, weakness, and a decrease in heart rate.
  • Yeast dough  – produce gas in digestive system causing pain and possible rupture
  • Xylitol  – low blood sugar, vomiting, weakness and collapse. At high doses liver failure