Foods That Are Bad For Dogs & Cats

by Drs. Foster and Smith on July 13, 2010

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Pet safety is important!

Pet safety is important!

**Guest post from Ellen B.**

Our pets depend on us to feed them a healthy diet. They need a nutritional food, and they love treats-healthy AND TASTY treats! However, some foods that humans enjoy can be bad for dogs and cats. This is especially important around the holidays when extra goodies are around!

Can you imagine if you unknowingly fed your pet something that was actually toxic to their system? There are some human foods that are just that-toxic to pets.

Take the time to scan this list of common foods that are bad for dogs and cats.

Items to avoid Reasons to avoid
Baby food Can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to cats fed baby food for an extended period of time. (Please see onion below.) Can also result in nutritional deficiencies, if fed in large amounts.
Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive system.
Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine Contain caffeine, theobromine, or theophylline, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea and be toxic to the heart and nervous systems.
Fat trimmings Can cause pancreatitis.
Fish (raw, canned or cooked) If fed exclusively or in high amounts can result in a thiamine (a B vitamin) deficiency leading to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases, death.
Grapes, raisins & currants Contain an unknown toxin, which can damage the kidneys. There have been no problems associated with grape seed extract.
Macadamia nuts Contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscle.
Milk and other dairy products Some adult dogs and cats may develop diarrhea if given large amounts of dairy products.
Mushrooms Can contain toxins, which may affect multiple systems in the body, cause shock, and result in death.
Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides, which can damage red blood cells and cause anemia. Cats are more susceptible than dogs. Garlic is less toxic than onions.
Rhubarb leaves Contains oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
Table scraps (in large amounts) Table scraps are not nutritionally balanced. They should never be more than 10% of the diet. Fat should be trimmed from meat; bones should not be fed.
Xylitol (artificial sweetener) Can cause very low blood sugar (hypoglycemia), which cna result in vomiting, weakness and collapse. In high doses can cause liver failure in dogs.

To see the original detailed lists, read Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Dog or Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Cat.

Dogs like to be rewarded for good behavior with treats. Now you know which foods to NOT give your dog. I always have a variety of dog treats to keep my dogs motivated to behave, go in their kennel and for trick training. Their favorites are Healthy Snax Sweet Potatoes but browse Drs. Foster & Smith’s full section of dog treats to find a few that your dog will enjoy.

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sara April 18, 2011 at 10:49 am

you should probably mention that only UNCOOKED bones are dangerous…. raw bones are actually quite good for dogs :)

sara April 18, 2011 at 11:05 am

oops! I meant to say that COOKED bones are dangerous! UNCOOKED are okay!! yeah, it’s monday…

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