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40+ Human foods and drinks that are poisonous, dangerous, or unhealthy for dogs and cats

Updated on September 22, 2013
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Several fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, condiments, additives, and drugs are toxic to domestic pets.

Some harm only dogs, others only cats, and several are poisonous to both.

Livestock, rodents, lizards, fish, and birds are not immune to the negative effects of certain foods either.

Following is a list of potentially problematic foods that should be kept in a safe place where a curious, inquisitive pet cannot access them and harm itself.

Prevention is key in protecting the health of the animals you love and care about.

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POISONOUS FRUITS

Apples

Apple seeds contain cyanide compounds capable of poisoning a pet dog or cat if swallowed or chewed (11). Cyanide prevents blood from delivering oxygen to bodily tissues, causing suffocation (26).

Indicators of problems in a pet suspected of eating cyanide-harboring pits, stems or leaves include the development of bright red mucous membranes, enlarged pupils, respiratory distress, fear or nervousness, and signs of shock (6, 7, 17). The condition can be fatal if untreated.

Apricots

Apricot pits and the stems and leaves of its fruit-producing tree contain the poison cyanide, a potentially fatal toxin to dogs and cats (6, 7).

Symptoms are the same as that for apple seed ingestion (see above). Swallowed whole, pits can also result in a bowel obstruction or blockage, possibly requiring corrective surgery.

Avocado

Persin, a potentially toxic substance with a fatty acid type structure, is present not just in the avocado pit and surrounding fruit, but in the plant leaves and bark as well (1).

Although harmless to humans unless someone has a persin allergy and, in fact, thought to be beneficial to women suffering from breast cancer (2), persin (and therefore avocados) can be fatal when ingested by domestic pets.

Dogs and cats may be lucky and not have any negative symptoms if given the green fruit; others may vomit, develop diarrhea, or a combination of both (3). However, for some, reactions are much more severe.

Along with other pets, such as rabbits, goats, cattle, sheep, horses, birds and fish, certain dogs and cats experience heart problems, respiratory complications, and ultimately death after ingesting persin-containing foods (4, 26). Symptoms of severe reactions including labored breathing, swelling of the abdomen, and fluid build-up in the chest, abdomen, or area surrounding the heart (7).

In addition to these problems, damage to the mammary gland has also been seen in highly sensitive animals, including in the mouse when it is fed dried avocado leaves (4, 5). Caution should be exercised even by the few with silkworms as pets; avocado plant parts are toxic to these unsuspecting leaf munchers (5).

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Cherries

The cherry pit, like that of the apricot, peach, pear, and plum, contains a form of cyanide (11).

Swallowed whole, intestinal problems may result; swallowed and partially to fully chewed pits can fatally poison dogs and cats (11).

Citrus

Oranges, lemons, and limes lead to vomiting and diarrhea in dogs (23). Eating grapefruit has the same laxative effect, but is accompanied by the symptoms of light sensitivity and depression (23).

Cats have identical negative effects upon ingesting grapefruit (23).

Bearded dragons benefit from occasional citrus fruit consumption; over-consumption results in nutrient imbalances and possible diarrhea (23).

Currants

Cats fed currants can experience kidney damage due to some unknown, yet potent, toxin contained in the berry (17).

Grapes/Raisins

Responsible for the deaths of several dogs, grapes and/or raisins in as little as 9 ounce quantities have proven lethal (7). Slightly more fortunate animals may experience kidney damage, requiring emergency medical care, but ultimately surviving (7).

A few very lucky dogs may have no symptoms at all, but since the reason why grapes in their various forms (fresh, dried, fermented) are fatal to some is yet unknown, caution must be taken even if an animal has eaten grapes in the past without incident. This is because toxins may be capable of building up over time and reaching dangerous levels only gradually; a small grape-containing snack here and there may not be problematic on its own, but in combination may prove lethal (8).

If dogs eat a large amounts of grapes or raisins, it is recommended that they are induced to vomit, have their stomachs pumped, and are given activated charcoal and IV fluids (14).

Like dogs, cats can be asymptomatic or else can experience serious kidney damage if fed raisins or grapes (17).

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Mistletoe Berries

Mistletoe berries are highly toxic to pets; one or two could prove fatal to your dog or cat (14).

Peaches

The pit of the peach contains cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs and cats.

Symptoms of poisoning are the same as those after eating apple seeds (see above).

Peach pits may be doubly problematic and create an intestinal blockage if eaten or swallowed (1, 17).

Persimmons

The seeds of this fruit are dangerous to dogs and cats and may result in an inflamed small intestine or an intestinal blockage (1)

Plums

Plum pits are cyanide-containing, as well as potential hazard if they become lodged in the intestines of dogs or cats (1).

Symptoms of poisoning are the same as those after eating apple seeds (see above).

Rhubarb

Oxalates present in the leaves of the rhubarb plants have negative effects on the nervous, digestive, and urinary systems of dogs and cats (18).

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POISONOUS VEGETABLES/HERBS

Broccoli

Death by broccoli has been seen in different livestock breeds if it comprises more than 25% of the diet; gastrointestinal complications occur when it comprises more than 10% (14).

The problematic substance in broccoli, isothiocyanate, is considred a strong irritant of the digestive system (14).

Chives

Chives contain disulfides, as do garlic and onions, damaging the red blood cells of cats and dogs (20). However, onions are more problematic, as they have a much higher disulfide concentration, followed by garlic, and lastly, chives.

Garlic

The sulfoxides and disulfides contained in garlic, whether fresh, cooked, or powdered can harm red blood cells and cause anemia in both dogs and cats (15).

Signs of anemia include light-colored gums and lethargy (17).

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Mushrooms

Mushrooms come in many varieties; some are highly toxic, while others are harmless.

Unless an owner is a mushroom expert and can tell the difference, a dog that has been suspected of eating mushrooms should be watched closely. (Mushrooms that sprout in backyards are usually toxic) (15).

To be safe, it is recommended that the dog is induced to vomit and given activated charcoal if the mushroom is not expelled in its entirety (10). The wrong mushroom types can cause jaundice and liver damage, leading to internal bleeding or seizures, or can have hallucinogenic effects resulting in tremors, seizures, and coma (10).

If a dog vomits on its own or develops diarrhea but lacks other symptoms, likely no serious harm has been done; however, if gastrointestinal upset is accompanied by excess saliva or tears, reduced pupil size, slowed heartbeat, depressed activity or lethargy, restlessness, staggering, or a comatose and unresponsive pet, medical care is mandatory (10).

Although cats are less likely to eat mushrooms, they have been shown to be attracted to two poisonous varieties that can kill: the Amanita muscaria and the Amanita pantherina (27). In contrast, dogs are attracted to seven poisonous varieties. One, the Scleroderma species, is also fatal to pigs (27).

Onions

Although believed to be safe in small amounts, onions in quantities of a cup or more cause hemolytic anemia in dogs (14). This is because the disulphides contained in onion damage red blood cells (16). All forms of onion are dangerous, whether fresh, cooked, or dehydrated (17).

Cats are more sensitive than dogs to onions and can likely tolerate less (14).

Signs of problems include pale, light-colored gums and lethargy (17). Corticosteroids or immunosuppressants may help an animal suffering from onion-induced anemia (17).

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Potatoes

Raw potatoes are laced with glycoalkanoid solamine, a substance that is poisonous to cats (16).

Cooked tubers give no ill effects, but raw potatoes and the stems and leaves of its plant can cause gastrointestinal irritation, bloody stools, lethargy, shaking, paralysis, and heart attack (16, 26).

Tomatoes

Tomatoes, as well as the stems and leaves, are poisonous to cats (15). A single small tomato is enough to cause serious gastric and intestinal reactions (15).

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POISONOUS NUTS AND SEEDS

Almonds

The gastrointestinal system of a dog or cat often finds almonds difficult to digest, which can lead to vomiting and other symptoms of irritation (12, 28).

Salted nuts can lead to ion imbalances if eaten in high enough quantities, and may even pose a choking hazard if not chewed before swallowed (28).

Chocolate/Cocoa

Half of all dogs find a chocolate dose of 100mg/kg of body weight lethal (14).

However, lower amounts (as low as 10% of this lethal dose) can cause various levels of poisoning with symptoms such as excited behavior, twitching, frequent urination, and an elevated pulse (14). In some of these cases, resulting heart problems may prove fatal (14).

The problematic substance in chocolate is theobromine, which is lowest in milk chocolate, higher in semi-sweet varieties, and highest in bitter or baking chocolates (14). White chocolate has only trace amounts of theobromine and therefore is not considered a potential poison (16).

However, although white and milk chocolates are the least problematic as far as causing theobromine toxicity, they contain the highest amounts of fat and can cause pancreatitis or enteritis if consumed in large amounts or on a frequent basis (14). These conditions are life-threatening if untreated (14).

Cats, like dogs, are also unable to properly process theobromine and can experience seizures, coma, and death after consumption of chocolate (16).

Chocolate is not just toxic to dogs and cats, but to ferrets as well (9).

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Coffee

Because coffee contains the stimulant caffeine, animals ingesting it may experience overexcited nervous systems (16).

The lethal amount of caffeine for both dogs and cats is 150 mg/kg body weight (28).

Dogs may react after coffee consumption with increases in breathing and heart rate, shaking, and muscle twitching (28). Cats consuming caffeine often experience diarrhea and vomiting, a fast heartbeat, and shake uncontrollably, seize and collapse (16, 17).

A symptomatic animal should be induced to vomit and receive activated charcoal (17).

Hickory Nuts

Hickory nuts cause stomach irritation and can possibly lead to an intestinal obstruction in dogs (12). When moldy, resulting toxins can cause serious neurological problems such as seizures (12).

These nuts contain the organic substance juglone which can bring about laminitis (inflammation of the hooves) if eaten by a horse (12). This substance has no effect on dogs.

Macadamia nuts

Containing more monounsaturated fats than any other seed, macadamia nuts are hard for dogs and cats to digest and can result in problems with the gastrointestinal tract, and in time, lead to pancreatitis (12, 26).

A certain as yet unidentified component in the macadamia nut causes dogs additional complications as well.

As early as 3 to 6 hours after devouring macadamia nuts, this substance brings about drowsiness and a spike in temperature to accompany stomach upset (13). Neurological symptoms usually appear within 12 hours, and dogs will show difficulty moving their hind limbs or standing (13). Most pets recover fully on their own within 24 hours of exposure, but for dogs that recently consumed large quantities of the nut, especially nuts dipped in chocolate, inducing vomiting to limit adverse reactions is recommended (13).

Cats are also poisoned by this unidentified component in macadamia nuts and have digestive, muscular, and nervous system complications upon eating them (17).

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Mustard seeds

The mustard plant and seed is toxic to chickens, cows, sheep, and horses (22).

After eating mustard plant parts, susceptible animals may develop oral irritation, sensitivity to light, labored breathing, and gastrointestinal upset (22). Problems become more severe depending on the quantity ingested. No antidote exists, so animals displaying symptoms should be given medical treatment (22).

Pecans

Dogs given pecans as a snack can end up with gastrointestinal upset or an obstruction (12). When moldy, pecans cause various neurological symptoms (12).

This is a juglone toxin containing nut, and is therefore linked to laminitis in horses (12).

Pistachios

High in fat, these nuts can cause stomach upset and eventually lead to pancreatitis in dogs and cats (12, 26).

Walnuts

Black walnuts and English walnuts can lead to gastrointestinal problems or a possible intestinal obstruction in dogs; moldy black, English, or Japanese walnuts have strong mycotoxins that cause seizures or other neurological abnormalities (12).

In horses black walnuts can cause the vascular disease laminitis (12). This is due to the toxin they contain known as juglone, which is not problematic to dogs (12).

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POISONOUS MEATS AND ANIMAL PRODUCTS

Bones

Although not poisonous, a snack of bones is not without potential hazards.

Bones can adhere to the mouth, the throat, or intestines and can splinter and create internal damage or blockages in dogs and cats (15).

Fat

A high-fat diet is difficult for the cat or dog system to process and can lead to both obesity and pancreatitis (18, 26).

Liver

Large amounts of liver in a dog or cat’s diet can create toxic levels of vitamin A (21, 29). This has a negative effect on bones and may cause deformities, growths, or osteoporosis in cats (21).

In dogs symptoms of toxicity include a calcified skeleton and diseased skin (29).

In some cases, toxic vitamin A levels are fatal (21).

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Lunch meats

High in both fat and salt, a diet rich in lunch meats can lead to pancreatitis in a dog or cat (25). The high nitrate content in deli meats is also unhealthy (25).

Milk and Dairy

Certain dogs and cats, usually older animals, are unable to process milk products and develop diarrhea after their consumption (17).

Tuna

If fed any type of fish in large enough quantities dogs develop a deficiency in thiamine (19). Thiamine deficiencies cause anorexia, seizures, and death (17).

Believe it or not, feeding large amounts of canned tuna to a cat can have undesirable effects as well (18). This is because it creates an imbalance of nutrients and may also lead to a thiamine deficiency or mercury poisoning (18, 21).

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Raw eggs

Eating uncooked eggs can result in unhealthy skin and coats due to the avidin enzyme (18).

This enzyme inhibits the proper absorption of biotin in dogs and cats (18). In addition to avidin-related problems, eggs may be contaminated with bacteria and lead to food poisoning (21).

Raw fish

Raw, uncooked salmon can be infested with flukes that carry rickettsial organisms (14).

These organisms are released in a dog’s intestines and cause fevers within 24 hours, combined with a lack of energy and reduced appetite (14). Four days after consumption vomiting occurs, followed by bloody, loose stool (14).

Fatality rates are as high as ninety percent; hydrating treatments and antibiotics are necessary for survival in most affected pets (14).

Raw fish, similarly to canned tuna, if fed in too high amounts to a cat cause a thiamine deficiency (18). Cats are not susceptible to rickettsial infection via salmon consumption (30).

Undercooked meat

Improperly cooked meat of all kinds may be contaminated with bacteria, leading to gastrointestinal upset in dogs and cats (18).

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POISONOUS CONDIMENTS AND ADDITIVES

Nutmeg

Excessive nutmeg consumption can create serious problems for dogs resulting in seizures, tremors, or death (23).

Salt

Large quantities of salt dehydrate a pet cat or dog and lead to a sodium ion imbalance (17, 26).

If an animal develops extreme thirst, vomits, or becomes lethargic following substantial salt consumption it may indicate kidney damage (17). Left untreated a pet can develop seizures or fall into a coma and die (17).

To avoid these complications, pets should receive IV fluid treatment (17).

Sugar

Large amounts of sugar result in overweight pets (cats and dogs) with poor dental health and an increased risk of developing diabetes mellitus (18).

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Sugarless xylitol candy

Sugar-free candy containing xylitol is considered dangerous to a pet’s health according to the National Animal Poison Control Center (14).

Not just present in candy, xylitol is found in sugarless chewy vitamins, baked goods, and gums as well. One or two sticks of gum can kill a small dog; three or more sticks can kill a 65-pound pet (15).

Cats are similarly susceptible to xylitol toxicity.

Xylitol causes peaks in insulin and dips in blood sugar, creating a lethargic dog or cat that is unable to retain its balance (15, 21). If untreated, brain damage, liver failure, or blood disorders develop and can lead to coma, seizures, and death (15, 31).

Yeast dough

The alcohol present in yeast is absorbed into the bloodstream, resulting in alcohol poisoning (17).

Signs a cat or dog has been poisoned include panting, vomiting, and drooling, followed by coma and eventually death (17, 32). A pet may be saved from the full effects of this by being induced to vomit and receiving activated charcoal and IV fluids (17, 32).

In addition to alcohol poisoning, the dough also causes problems when it expands and creates gases within the warm, moist environment of the body. This leads to gastric or intestinal rupture in dogs or cats (18).

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POISONOUS DRUGS

Alcohol (hops)

When a dog or cat drinks alcohol it can become intoxicated (19). It takes only two teaspoons of whisky for a 5-pound cat to fall into a coma, and three teaspoons results in death (21).

Hops leads to panting, an elevated heart rate, increases in temperature, seizures, and death in dogs (19). It is also unsafe for cats (26).

Marijuana

Marijuana slows down the nervous system of dogs and cats, alters the heartbeat, and induces vomiting (17).

Tobacco

The nicotine in tobacco disrupts the proper functioning of the digestive and nervous systems (18). An elevated heart rate, coma, and death can result from nicotine poisoning in cats and dogs (18).

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      An AYM 4 years ago

      I get why you put it in there, but it's kind of silly to include meat and fat in a list of foods that can sicken and kill your pet.

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      Schatzie Speaks 4 years ago from US

      Thank you, An AYM, for your constructive criticism. I really do appreciate it. I think a reminder to pet owners to limit salts, fats, and nitrates in their pet's diet is never a lost cause. But you're right in that it's more about diet balance than toxic foods to avoid...although those things can sicken your pet. I'll relook it over in a bit and do some tweaking here and there. BTW that you for saying "silly" and not using a stronger term. :)

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      An AYM 4 years ago

      That is true, people sometimes tend to feed animals with the same foods they give themselves (Which typically isn't good). Whenever I see or hear of someone giving beer to a dog I want to smack that person upside the head.

      No worries, it doesn't seem like any language stronger than "Silly" would be necessary or called for!

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      Lioness 4 years ago

      Thanks for the info! I would like to differ on raw meat though - many dogs do well on the BARF diet.

      My last dog regularaly ate road kill (that is what she survived on most of the summer), and she had perfect health.

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      Schatzie Speaks 4 years ago from US

      An AYM-I've heard of people giving their pets alcohol too. I don't think they realize the risks or what could happen if they gave them just a little too much!

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      Schatzie Speaks 4 years ago from US

      Hi Lioness! Thanks for reading and leaving a comment!

      My puppy ate part of a decaying iguana just yesterday...she threw up a little but then went right back on playing with her toys. I've also seen her eat other dead things and have no noticeable problems.

      From what I read by the experts, raw meat (other than salmon) doesn't have permanent negative effects, but can result in diarrhea or vomiting if it is contaminated (one would hope that store-bought cuts would not be laced with bacteria, but you never know).

      As for road kill, when it died/how long its been lying around festering is probably a factor in whether a dog would get stomach upset or not.

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      GAGANPREET SINGH BHATIA 4 years ago from Kanpur, India

      Really useful information. Shared it & following you now.

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      Schatzie Speaks 4 years ago from US

      Thanks, gags3480! I am glad you found it useful and hope you will spread any newfound knowledge among your pet-owning friends! It is so easy to accidentally feed a dog or cat something you shouldn't!

      Schatzie

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      Catherine Stolfi 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

      This is a very informative and comprehensive list. Thank you for compiling it and including the symptons list as well.

      Following!

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      Schatzie Speaks 4 years ago from US

      Hi Catherine,

      I am glad you found it useful. As an animal lover I am happy to do anything that could help prevent a tragic pet-related accident!

      Thanks for the follow. :)

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      Kenneth C Agudo 3 years ago from Tiwi, Philippines

      perfect and complete =)

      Well researched. nice to know those stuff

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      KenWu 3 years ago from Malaysia

      Thanks for this list. To be truth, it really scares me. Never know that food that might be beneficial to us can do so much harm to our pet.

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      Schatzie Speaks 3 years ago from US

      KenDeanAgudo,

      Thank you! I tried to make it as comprehensive as possible and not leave anything out!

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      Schatzie Speaks 3 years ago from US

      KenWu,

      It is scary, I'm almost afraid to give my dog a sample of anything I eat just in case! But since she's a lab I'm not too worried....it seems like she can eat anything (plastic, paper towel, paint) and be just fine!

      Thanks for the comment :)

      Schatzie

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      vibesites 3 years ago from United States

      Oh my I remember feeding my cat a small piece of chocolate. Glad he didn't suffer. Now I know... Thanks for your life saving hub

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      Flybyeme17 3 years ago

      Wow! Some I already knew but a lot I didn't! Appreciate the info and time you put in it! U may have just saved my dogs life! :)

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      Sherry 2 years ago

      i for one would not let my dog eat road kill,gross.i don't let him go out side with out his daddy ,then he is on a lead .i love my baby so much.

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      Schatzie Speaks 2 years ago from US

      Vibesites--luckily it was only a little piece. sometimes even little pieces can be problematic since what is little to us is much bigger to a cat! so I am also glad he is ok!

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      Schatzie Speaks 2 years ago from US

      flybyeme17,

      I am happy I could help out you and your pooch! :)

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      Schatzie Speaks 2 years ago from US

      sherry,

      I never "let" my dog eat road kill. And I never have her off a leash either. oh, and I love her too, btw. you try saying no to a 80lb lab on a diet who just discovered a rotting animal right near where she has decided to sniff in the bushes.

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      Governor's Academy for Engineering Studies 2 years ago from Chesterfield, Virginia

      This is very helpful information. Glad to see it as HOTD.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Congrats on HOTD! It's good for pet owners to be familiar with this list. Do you know WHY grapes and raisins are toxic? Some chemical in them? Thanks!

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      Brendan Michael Cronin 2 years ago from Quincy, Massachusetts

      Very useful Hub! It's good to get the heads-up on some of these potentially harmful consumables. Thank you!

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      Anna Richmond 2 years ago from Fort Wayne, Indiana

      I had no idea there were so many food products that are toxic to animals. I knew the basics like grapes and chocolate, but some of the items on the list surprised me. Great hub!

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      Thank you for sharing this. Very informative and voted up. whonu

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      Chin chin 2 years ago from Philippines

      We recently got a dog in our house. Nice to know about this info. So a dog is really better off eating dog food only?

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Important info for everyone who has pets to know.

      We can never be too careful about our little poochies and kitties.

      Congrats on HOTD Angels are on the way to you this afternoon ps

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      Kari 2 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      I have been feeding my dogs a raw diet for the past 15 years. We don't just feed undercooked meat, we feed RAW meat! GASP! Of course the meat is not full of hormones or other unhealthy things people eat.

      We also feed the super deadly broccoli to our dogs. They love it. We don't give them a plate full of broccoli, but we do give about 15% of their foods as vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and fruit like some banana or berries.

      And garlic? That can actually help dogs with an infection. We have given it to our dogs in reasonable amounts and they are still alive.

      Pet owners need to educate themselves about what is healthy for dogs and what is not. This list is a good start, but it is important to know that real food is dog food. 'Pet food' is something that was made up for convenience and money.

      It's interesting. We have been attending a conventional/holistic veterinarian for years, and despite the knowledge and experience that they have passed on to us, some people we know still believe that there is such a thing as human food and dog food.

      There is just food.

      Some food is poisonous to dogs (most of which is poisonous to us too), especially in large amounts, but seriously - people who think that processed, nutrient-lacking kibble is good for their dog and then preach about how real food is bad, is so sad in my opinion.

      Think about it this way: That kibble starts out as real food apparently. The commercials promote tender bits of meat and vegetables and fruit, but give you a hard and processed kibble?

      How can people believe that little pellets of food is going to supply a living being with the nutrients they need to stay healthy? It doesn't make any sense! We need to stop the madness around 'pet food' and start giving our dogs, cats, and other pets the actual foods they need to survive.

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      CASE1WORKER 2 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

      Thank you for this informative hub- luckily our cats don't like anything on this list preferring delicacies of meat with cooked vegetables . A must for any pet owner to read

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      Jennifer-Louise 2 years ago from Nottingham

      Such an interesting, thorough read. Thank you! I feel a lot more clued up. I don't have any pets myself, but there are two cats that like to make an appearance in our shared garden. Bless them.

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      Stephen J Parkin 2 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      I wonder if feral cats know what not to eat? I never feed my dogs anything that is not classed as and sold as dog food, but sometimes I wonder about even that!

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      Nico 2 years ago from Ottawa, ON

      Very interesting article. My new kitten seems to like eating everything so I'll be careful of these foods.

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great hub on what not to feed your pet and its potential health hazards too. Well-written and well-researched on this informative and interesting hub. Congrats on the HOTD award mention! Kudos and voted up!

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      Maren Elizabeth Morgan 2 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I love your formatting.

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 2 years ago from Planet Earth

      Great list, and very informative! Congrats on the HOTD - this is a unique hub and one that all cat owners should read!

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      James C Moore 2 years ago from The Great Midwest

      Dogs and cats are carnivores so it's intuitive that many plants that are good for us is bad for them. Also, I know pet parents who have taken their "babies" off of bones. But hubber Relationshipc has a point. It seems the occasional veggie should not hurt our predatory pets. This is obviously well researched and dare I say give us "food for thought."

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      Elsie Hagley 2 years ago from New Zealand

      Very interesting article, so many foods not suitable for animals. I wonder what they do to an unhealthy human body.

      Congratulations for the HOTD.

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      Liz Elias 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Congrats on HOTD! Very comprehensive and well-done article.

      Oh, the things we never used to know, and those ever-present "exceptions to the rule!" A couple of examples:

      When I was in high school, we had a boxer-mix dog, who loved grapes. He and my dad would share a snack, "one for you, one for me..." and if my dad took two in a row for himself, the dog would bark at him! No ill effects ever suffered. LOL

      When my dad was a young man, in his bachelor days, his sister had a Boston Terrier, who dug up and at all the garlic plants in the yard, with no ill effects...except to the humans into whose faces he then breathed! Yuck!

      My dad said he had a dog (in his teen years) who loved beer...dog lived to be 20. Etc..

      But, in the end, better safe than sorry, and best to feed your beloved pets only commercial pet foods...

      Voted up, interesting, useful, pinned and shared!

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      Shannon 7 months ago

      I read this article and had no idea about the toxicity of apples. I had been feeding my dog the apple cores cut from my kids lunch. It is not every day but about 3 times a week. Could I be poisoning my dog over time? He has vomited 4-5 times today. He last ate this morning but throw up breakfast soon after eating. He has not been able eat anything. He has not pooped today, is irritable, whining, and very lazy. He is not himself.

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