If consumed, even small amounts of some of the following foods can be fatal so always act immediately and take your pet to the vet.
𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗𝗦 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗟𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗙𝗘𝗘𝗗 𝗧𝗢 𝗗𝗢𝗚𝗦
𝗔𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗵𝗼𝗹 – Alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s liver and brain that it has on people. But it takes a lot less to hurt your dog. Just a little beer, liquor, wine, or food with alcohol can be bad. It can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, coordination problems, breathing problems, coma, even death.
𝗔𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗼 – Avocados have something called persin. It’s fine for people who aren’t allergic to it. But too much might cause vomiting or diarrhoea in dogs. If you grow avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as the fruit.
𝗕𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗮𝘁 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 – Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis in dogs and even though it seems natural to give a dog a bone, they can choke on it. Bones can also splinter and block or cause cuts in your dog’s digestive system.
𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 – The problem in chocolate is theobromine which is in all kinds of chocolate, even white chocolate. The most dangerous types are dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. Chocolate can cause a dog to vomit and have diarrhoea. It can also cause heart problems, tremors, seizures, and death.
𝗖𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗲, 𝗧𝗲𝗮, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗢𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗖𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗲 – Give your dog toys if you want them to be perky. Caffeine can be fatal. Watch out for coffee and tea, even the beans and the grounds
𝗗𝗮𝗶𝗿𝘆 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘀 – On a hot day, it may be tempting to share your ice cream with your dog, but rather give them some cold water. Milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhoea and other digestive problems for your dog, and can also trigger food allergies, which can cause them to itch..
𝗘𝗴𝗴𝘀, 𝗥𝗮𝘄 – Some people feed their dogs a “raw diet” which includes uncooked eggs. There’s the chance of food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli. Talk to your vet if you have questions.
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝘀 – Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs and just a small amount can make a dog sick. Vomiting over and over is an early sign and within a day, your dog will become sluggish and depressed.
𝗠𝗮𝗰𝗮𝗱𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗮 𝗡𝘂𝘁𝘀 – Keep your dog away from Macadamia nuts and foods which contain them as just six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog sick, symptoms being muscle shakes, vomiting, high temperature, and weakness in their back legs. Eating chocolate with the nuts will make symptoms worse, maybe even leading to death.
𝗠𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗶𝘀𝗵, 𝗥𝗮𝘄 – Like raw eggs, raw meat and fish can have bacteria that causes food poisoning. Some fish such as salmon, trout, shad, or sturgeon can also have a parasite that causes “fish disease” or “salmon poisoning disease.” It’s treatable, but get help immediately. The first signs are vomiting, fever, and big lymph nodes. Fully cook the fish to kill the parasite.
𝗠𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝗳𝗼𝗿 𝗛𝘂𝗺𝗮𝗻𝘀 – If the label or insert do not state safe for use with animals do not take a chance but consult with your vet.
𝗢𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗶𝗰 – Keep onions and garlic powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated (including the onion powder in some baby food) away from your dog as they can kill red blood cells, causing anaemia, symptoms being weakness, vomiting, and breathing problems.
𝗣𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗼𝗻𝘀, 𝗣𝗲𝗮𝗰𝗵𝗲𝘀, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗣𝗹𝘂𝗺𝘀 – The problem with these fruits is the seeds or pits. Seeds from persimmons can cause problems in a dog’s small intestine as well as block the intestines. That can also happen if a dog eats the pit from a peach or plum plus peach and plum pits also have cyanide, which is poisonous to people and dogs.
𝗦𝗮𝗹𝘁 – It’s not a good idea to share salty foods like chips or pretzels with your dog. Eating too much salt can make your dog very, very thirsty and can lead to sodium ion poisoning, symptoms being vomiting, diarrhoea, depression, tremors, high temperature, and seizures.
𝗦𝘂𝗴𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗗𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗸𝘀 – Too much sugar can do the same thing to dogs that it does to people such as obesity and problems with their teeth as well as leading to diabetes.
Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. It can cause your dog’s blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure. Early symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and coordination problems. Eventually, your dog may have seizures. Liver failure can happen within just a few days.
𝗬𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗗𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 – Before it’s baked, bread dough needs to rise. And, that’s exactly what it would do in your dog’s stomach if they ate it. As it swells inside, the dough can stretch your dog’s abdomen and cause a lot of pain. Also, when the yeast ferments the dough to make it rise, it makes alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.
𝗙𝗢𝗢𝗗𝗦 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗦𝗛𝗢𝗨𝗟𝗗 𝗡𝗘𝗩𝗘𝗥 𝗙𝗘𝗘𝗗 𝗧𝗢 𝗖𝗔𝗧𝗦
𝗔𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗵𝗼𝗹 – Beer, liquor, wine, foods containing alcohol is not good for your cat because alcohol has the same effect on a cat’s liver and brain that it has on humans and takes far less to do its damage. Two teaspoons of whisky can cause a coma in a 2,7kg cat, and one more teaspoon could kill the cat.
𝗖𝗮𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗶𝗻𝗲 – Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for a cat and there is no antidote. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, and muscle tremors. In addition to tea and coffee – including beans and grounds – caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and stimulant drinks such as Red Bull. It’s also in some cold medicines and painkillers.
𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲 – Chocolate can be lethal for cats although most cats won’t eat it on their own, the toxic agent in chocolate being theobromine. It is in all kinds of chocolate, even white chocolate. The most dangerous kinds, though, are dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. Eating chocolate can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.
𝗗𝗮𝗶𝗿𝘆 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘀 – Most cats are lactose-intolerant. Their digestive system cannot process dairy foods, and the result can be digestive upset with diarrhoea.
𝗗𝗼𝗴 𝗙𝗼𝗼𝗱 – An occasional bite of dog food won’t hurt your cat but dog food is not a substitute for cat food although they do have many of the same ingredients. However cat food is specifically formulated for a cat’s needs, which include more protein as well as certain vitamins and fatty acids. (A regular diet of dog food can cause your cat to become severely malnourished.)
𝗘𝗴𝗴𝘀, 𝗥𝗮𝘄 – There are two problems with giving your cat raw eggs. The first is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli. The second is a rare problem in which a protein in raw egg whites, called avidin, could interfere with the absorption of the B vitamin biotin. This can cause skin problems as well as problems with your cat’s coat.
𝗙𝗮𝘁 𝗧𝗿𝗶𝗺𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗕𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘀 – Table scraps often contain fat trimmed off of meat and bones. Both fat and bones may be dangerous for cats. Fat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause intestinal upset, with vomiting and diarrhoea. A cat can choke on a bone as bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or cut the inside of your cat’s digestive system.
𝗚𝗿𝗮𝗽𝗲𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗥𝗮𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗻𝘀 – Grapes and raisins have often been used as treats for pets. But it’s not a good idea. Although it isn’t clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in cats. Only a small amount can make a cat ill. Repeated vomiting and hyperactivity are early signs. Although some cats show no ill effects, it’s best not to give your cat any grapes and to keep grapes and raisins off countertops and other places accessible to your cat.
𝗟𝗶𝘃𝗲𝗿 – Small amounts of liver are OK, but eating too much liver can cause vitamin A toxicity which is a serious condition that can affect your cat’s bones. Symptoms include deformed bones, bone growths on the elbows and spine, and osteoporosis. Vitamin A toxicity can also cause death.
𝗠𝗲𝗮𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗙𝗶𝘀𝗵, 𝗥𝗮𝘄 – Raw meat and raw fish, like raw eggs, can contain bacteria that cause food poisoning. In addition, an enzyme in raw fish destroys thiamine, which is an essential B vitamin for your cat. A lack of thiamine can cause serious neurological problems and lead to convulsions and coma.
𝗢𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀, 𝗚𝗮𝗿𝗹𝗶𝗰, 𝗖𝗵𝗶𝘃𝗲𝘀 – Onion in all forms – powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated (including onion powder which is found in some baby foods) can break down a cat’s red blood cells, leading to anaemia. Eating a large quantity once or eating smaller amounts regularly can cause onion poisoning. In addition to onions, garlic, which is five times as potent as onions, and chives can each cause major health and potentially life threatening problems.
𝗧𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝘀, 𝗧𝗼𝗼 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝘆 – Eating too much too often can do the same thing to cats that it does to humans, that is, lead to obesity and even diabetes.
𝗧𝘂𝗻𝗮 – Cats can be addicted to tuna, whether it’s packed for cats or for humans. Some tuna now and then probably won’t hurt. But a steady diet of tuna prepared for humans can lead to malnutrition because it won’t have all the nutrients a cat needs. And, too much tuna can cause mercury poisoning.
“Xylitol doesn’t appear to have the same blood sugar-lowering toxic effect in cats as it does in dogs and it appears that it also does not have the same liver cell damaging toxic effect in cats. Notice the research states say “it does not appear to have” so since it isn’t definitive, it is best to keep any products containing xylitol (sugarless gum, sugar-free foods, toothpaste, etc.) somewhere your pets cannot access them.” ~ Dr Sam, Feline Rescue Society
𝗬𝗲𝗮𝘀𝘁 𝗗𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 – Before it’s baked, bread dough needs to rise. And, that’s exactly what it would do in your cat’s stomach if your cat ate it. As it swells inside, the dough can stretch your dog’s abdomen and cause a lot of pain. Also, when the yeast ferments the dough to make it rise, it makes alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.