Keep Your Pets Away From These Foods
Knowing which ingredients are safe is a challenge we have to consider when you prepare homemade meals.
This is not a complete list of dangerous foods to avoid; any further questions should be discussed with your veterinarian.
Alcoholic Beverages: Any type of alcohol can be poisonous to your pet and aside from intoxication, can cause a coma or even death.
Apple Seeds: Can have varied effects on pets.
Apricot Pits: Can cause respiratory difficulties such as breathing, coughing and sneezing.
Avocado: The leaves, seeds, fruit, and bark contain persin. Including guacamole can cause vomiting and diarrhea, damage to the heart, lungs and other tissues.
Baby Food: Most contain onion powder which can be toxic to pets.
Bones: Cooked bones or weight bearing bones can splinter, break teeth, cause intestinal damage and constipate pets.
Butter: Contains too much fat.
Cherry Pits: Can cause respiratory difficulties such as breathing, coughing and sneezing.
Candy containing the sweetener Xylitol: Can cause liver damage and even death.
Chocolate: Although pets should never have any type of chocolate, milk chocolate is not nearly as dangerous for animals as semi-sweet or unsweetened bakers chocolate. Chocolate poisoning can cause irregular heart rate and rhythm, restlessness, hyperactivity, diarrhea, vomiting, panting, muscle tremors, abdominal pain, bloody urine, increased body temperature, seizures, coma and possibly even death.
Citric Oil Extract: Can cause vomiting.
Cod Liver Oil: Not a balanced oil for pet, contains high levels of vitamin A
Coffee: Can result in increased breathing and heart rate, restlessness and affects the central nervous system.
Cola: Caffeine, artificial sweeteners, sugar is toxic.
Eggplant: This causes dogs intestinal gas, avoid it.
Fat Trimmings from meat: Causes pancreatitis.
Garlic: Can be toxic in certain amounts, best to avoid if your not sure how much to provide.
Grapes: Large amounts of grapes can be poisonous to pets and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, lack of appetite and kidney damage.
Green Peppers: This causes dogs intestinal gas, avoid it.
Hops: May cause panting, elevated temperature, increased heart rate, seizures and possibly death.
Human Vitamin Supplements: Toxic to pets organs, not balanced for pets
Liver: Large amounts causes vitamin A toxicity
Macadamia Nuts: Can cause vomiting, lethargy, hyperthermia, abdominal pain, stiff joints, lameness and tremors.
Milk: Look for lactose free milk products for pets
Moldy Foods: Can have varied effects on pets including vomiting and diarrhea.
Mushrooms: Different types of mushrooms can have varied effects on pets such as, depression, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, tearing, hallucinations, defecation, liver failure, seizures, drooling, urination, kidney failure, heart damage, hyperactivity and in some cases, death.
Mustard Seeds: Can have varied effects on pets.
Nutmeg: Has been known to cause tremors, seizures and sometimes death.
Onions and Onion Powder: Can cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Peach Pits: Can cause respiratory difficulties such as breathing, coughing and sneezing.
Persimmons: Seeds can cause intestinal obstruction and enteritis.
Pits And Seeds: from some fruits contain cyanogenic glycosides, which, when ingested, cause cyanide poisoning, even though dogs can eat the fruit itself. Some potentially toxic seeds and pits include apricot, peach, pear and cherry pits and apple seeds.
Pork: Stomach upset
Potato Leaves, Stems (Green Parts Of Potato): Can cause problems with the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.
Raisins: Large amounts of raisins can be poisonous to pets and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, lack of appetite and kidney damage.
Raw eggs: Decreases absorption of vitamins, leads to skin problems
Raw Fish: Leads to thiamine deficiency
Rhubarb Leaves: Can cause problems with the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.
Salt: Can lead to electrolyte imbalances and kidney problems, also changes the mineral balance in a dogs body, resulting in calcium loss.
Spinach: Large amounts can lead to crystals in urine best to avoid it.
Sugar: Leads to diabetes, obesity and dental problems
Tea: Can have varied effects in pets.
Tomato Leaves, Stems (any green part of tomato): Can cause problems with the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.
Canned Tuna: Can cause malnutrition, mercury levels are high
Walnuts: Can cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea, as well as respiratory issues such as sneezing, breathing and coughing.
Yeast Dough: Can be dangerous as it will expand and result in gas, pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.
Note: This information was compiled from various sources and may not contain all foods known to be toxic to pets.Homemade Pet Food, Toxic Foods, Unsafe Food List