Dangerous People Food for Pets.

  1. I came across this site for food that dangerous for dogs. There were things that I didn't know were bad for my dog so I thought I'd share the knowledge.


    This is from the above link. But there was too much text - click link for the full article.

    DANGEROUS "people food" and Commercial Pet Product do not feed to your pets:

    If your dog has ingested any of these foods, get veterinary help immediately. If your vet doesn't feel it's a worry and says JUST TO WATCH THEM I would invest the money and call the ASPCA Poison Hotline -(888) 426-4435. A $55 consultation fee may be applied to your credit card. It's the best investment I've personally made as my vet said not to worry just watch my dog overnight. Had I listened to my vet instead of my GUT feeling my dog would be dead now. Another person I know told me that her dog ate a few raisins. She called her vet who said, give some maloxx and it should be fine tomorrow. They went to bed and found the dog DEAD the next morning. Don't take that chance! Stand up to your vet and if they won't do something, find one who will.

    Grapes and Raisins: Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. As little as a single serving of raisins can kill a dog.
    Onions: Onions destroy red blood cells and can cause anemia.
    Chocolate: Chocolate can cause seizures, coma and death. Baker’s chocolate is the most dangerous. A dog can consume milk chocolate and appear to be fine because it is not as concentrated, but it is still dangerous.
    Coffee, Coffee grounds, tea and tea bags: Drinks/foods containing caffeine cause many of the same symptoms chocolate causes
    Macadamia Nuts and Walnuts: Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, muscle tremor and paralysis. Limit all other nuts as they are not good for dogs in general, their high phosphorous content is said to possibly lead to bladder stones. Exception to this rule seems to be PEANUT BUTTER. However- always use Salt/Sugar free ORGANIC Peanut butter (sugar encourages cancer growth) free . Use only ORGANIC peanut butter as regular peanut butter has lots of toxins and is full of pesticides!
    Animal fat and fried foods: Excessive fat can cause pancreatitis.
    Bones: Cooked bones can splinter and damage a dog’s internal organs. Raw Bone should always be supervised as a piece can always break off and cause problems. Try frozen oxtails or frozen knuckle bones then take the bone away before the dog can swallow a final small piece whole. It's a good natural way to clean teeth too.
    Tomatoes: Tomatoes can cause tremors and heart arrhythmias. Tomato plants and the most toxic, but tomatoes themselves are also unsafe.
    Avocados: The fruit, pit and plant are all toxic. They can cause difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation in the chest, abdomen and heart.
    Nutmeg: Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures and death
    Apples, Cherries, Peaches PITS and similar fruit are great for your dog - HOWEVER, the seeds of these fruits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to dogs as well as humans. Unlike humans, dogs do not know to stop eating at the core/pit and easily ingest them. It can also become lodged in the intestines and kill the dog in 24 hours with no warning.
    Raw eggs: Raw eggs can cause salmonella poisoning in dogs. Dogs have a shorter digestive tract than humans and are not as likely to suffer from food poisoning, but it is still possible. BEST to use ORGANIC EGGS if you do raw. Scrambled lightly is best!
    Salt: Excessive salt intake can cause kidney problems.
    Mushrooms: Can be deadly- never let your pets chew on mushrooms found in your yard. Only safe "food" mushrooms are ****aki, maitake and reishi.
    Xylitol: even a small amount can cause liver failure and death. Read more at MSNBC news click here.
    Sugar and Corn Syrups. EVEN ORGANIC IS BAD! (this does not include Honey or Molasses though they should only be in small amounts and never for cancer dogs)
    Read more at the ASPCA website

    Food that most dogs can eat:
    Some “human” foods are good for dogs. Most of these are healthier than the boxed treats you buy in the grocery store. . This is just a small list of examples of foods dogs can eat, not a list of every food they should eat. Dogs won’t necessarily get all the nutrients they need if they eat these foods exclusively, so check with your veterinarian if you are interested in feeding your dog a home cooked diet.
    Any food that causes stomach upsets or digestive problems in your dogs should be avoided. Like people, some dogs cannot tolerate certain foods

    Meats should be boneless and it’s best if the skin is removed. Some people like a RAW diet. Some people rather cook. If you cook meat do not over cook. Keep it 'rare' so you don't kill the enzymes. ESPECIALLY FOR SICK animals. However all Fish and Pork must be well cooked. Also note - totally Raw and cooked diets should never be mixed at the same meal as they digest differently.
    Skinless, boneless chicken breast
    Skinless, boneless turkey breast
    Fish: do not feed TUNA as high mercury content - be careful of small bones.
    Do not feed 'cold cuts'. They are high in salt and nitrates. Can lead to kidney and digestive problems.
    What's GOOD for your Dog?

    Vegetables most are GREAT for your dog and they should have them!
    Dogs have shorter digestive tracts than humans and cannot digest most vegetables whole or in large chunks. It’s best to put them through a food processor before giving them to your dog- best veggies for your dog are:
    Carrots (for healthy dogs) (not for cancer dogs though as high in sugar)
    Green Beans

    Grains should not be given in large amounts or make up a large part of a dog’s diet, but these foods are generally safe in small amounts
    Bread (not white breads or anything sugar or that converts to sugar) remember the simple rule feed no WHITE colored foods!

    Dairy products
    Use caution with dairy products as they are high in fat and can cause pancreatitis, gas and diarrhea. Usually, nonfat plain yogurt is safe in small amounts as is cottage cheese in small amounts.
  2. This is always a good thing to read and re-read, as sometimes I forget what is ok and not..thanks for the post!
  3. great read. Now i know thank you.
  4. I had no idea about the tomatoes, grapes and avocados, I assumed most veggies and fruits were safe. I remember giving my baby a tiny piece of avocado once, never ever again. I always feed her carrots so I will continue that. I also heard corn is bad for pets..? Thanks for posting.:tup:
  5. I often like to remind myself (and my husband) about these potentially unsafe foods. There are several on the list that initially appear to be innocuous, but really can pose a serious health hazard. This list is a great way to check products before dishing them out to our beloved pets.
  6. Thank you so much for posting this. I am going to forward this to my friends and family members that have dogs.
  7. Good advice, except the part about the avocadoes. Many dogs, especially sick ones, are prescribed avocadoes to help put weight back on. I've been feeding them to my dogs for years, as an added fat supplement.
  8. I never knew about the coffee. My dog jumps up and sometimes I find him with his nose in my cup in the morning if I leave it on the table. Not that he needs it, he is already hyper. I will be sure to keep it where he can't get at it. Thanks for posting this.
  9. you're all very welcome - awhile back i had been feeding my dog grapes - then she tested positive for kidney problems - we figured out it was the grapes and she's fine now - but who knew? grapes?? it's a fruit!
  10. My dogs LOVE green beans, asparagus, and broccoli. I figured it was good for them, but didnt know for sure, so Im glad to see that it is, since they have one or the other almost every night!
    I used to give them a grape here and there(they loved them:push:smile: until I read somewhere that they were bad! So now the dogs give me the worst dirty looks when I am eating grapes, because they cant have any lol.

    Does anyone know about a baked potato(with nothing on it)? Mariah loves potato's, so I hope they are ok.
  11. Great reminder. It wasn't till recently that I learned about onions. (not that I ever gave our dogs onions, but sometimes in prepared foods it's an ingredient).
  12. Here's a list I found for cats:

    1. Chocolate. As little as one 16-ounce candy bar can kill a cat. The darker and more bitter the chocolate, the more dangerous.
    2. Milk or cream can be dangerous for cats, who can't digest dairy products properly.
    3. Avoid cheese for the same reason as above.
    4. Uncooked bread dough can cause gastric bloating and severe intoxication - and a visit to the vet.
    5. Baby food doesn't meet a cat's nutritional needs and may contain anemia-causing onion powder.
    6. A tiny amount of onion can be added to cat foods for flavor, but large amounts of onion can harm your cat's red blood cells.
    7. Cooked goldfish is a no-no.
    8. Raw fish in large quantities can cause vitamin deficiencies.
    9. Cooked fish can contain toxins from polluted waters and should only be given rarely.
    10. People, tuna is not a balanced diet for cats (no matter what your kitty tells you!).
    11. Fish bones are more dangerous to cats than any other bones.
    12. Avoid turkey and chicken bones unless cooked in a pressure cooker.
    13. Avoid table scraps.
    14. Raw or undercooked eggs contain salmonella.
    15. Avoid raw liver.
    16. Seasonings and preservatives: fur-get about them.
    17. Fats, salt, sugar - the same things you shouldn't eat - can cause obesity, tooth decay, and digestive problems in cats.
    18. A vegetarian diet is not for cats. They are carnivores.
    19. Avoid coffee, cola, tea, and other caffeinated foods.
    20. Don't give dog food to cats.

    Here are some "people" foods your cat can safely eat, in addition to their regular diet.
    1. Plain boiled meat or chicken (no bones)
    2. A little yogurt
    3. Air-popped popcorn (no butter or oil)
    4. Boiled or scrambled eggs - well done
    5. Boiled vegetables (only a tiny amount)
    6. Cooked liver - as a rare treat

  13. Some more cat and dog no-nos:

    I'm not including the stuff already listed, but this article is more detailed about those:

    • Alcoholic Beverages. Ethanol is the component in alcoholic beverages that can be toxic when an excessive amount is ingested. Pets are much smaller than us and can be highly affected by small amounts of alcohol. Exercise caution when drinks and pets are together. Toxicity can cause a wide variety of signs, and may even cause death. Signs can include odor of alcohol on the animal's breath, staggering, behavioral changes, excitement, depression, increased urination, slowed respiratory rate or cardiac arrest and death.
    • Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches and Plums. Ingestion of large amounts of stems, seeds and leaves of these fruits can be toxic. They contain a cyanide type compound and signs of toxicity include apprehension, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation and shock.
    • Baking Powder and Baking Soda. Baking soda and baking powder are both leavening agents. A leavening agent is a common ingredient in baked goods that produces a gas causing batter and dough to rise. Baking soda is simply sodium bicarbonate. Baking powder actually consists of baking soda and an acid, usually cream of tartar, calcium acid phosphate, sodium aluminum sulfate or a mixture of the three. Ingestion of large amounts of baking soda or baking powder can lead to electrolyte abnormalities (low potassium, low calcium and/or high sodium), congestive heart failure or muscle spasms.
    • Moldy or Spoiled Food. Dogs love to get into the trash. A medical problem arises when the trash contains moldy or spoiled food. In addition to food poisoning, some pets can develop tremors related to the ingestion of certain molds.
    • Yeast Dough. When ingested, bread or yeast dough will "rise" in the stomach just as it would for bread. As the dough rises and ferments, alcohol is produced. There are two problems with yeast dough. The biggest problem is that the dough often rises to many times its size, expanding the pet's stomach. The second problem is from the alcohol component, which can cause "alcohol toxicity." Symptoms of vomiting, retching, abdominal discomfort, lethargy, depression or bloat is possible.
  14. White chocolate is the least harmful to dogs. (Dog biscuits are dipped in it.)

    Here is a list of the most common sources of chocolate and the amount that leads to poisonous levels:
    White chocolate: 200 ounces per pound of body weight. It takes 250 pounds of white chocolate to cause signs of nervous-system poisoning in a 20-pound dog, 125 pounds for a 10-pound dog.
    Milk chocolate: 1 ounce per pound of body weight. Approximately one pound of milk chocolate is poisonous to the nervous system of a 20-pound dog; one-half pound for a 10-pound dog. Semi-sweet chocolate has a similar toxic level. Keep in mind that the average chocolate bar contains 2 to 3 oz of milk chocolate. It would take 2-3 candy bars to produce toxicity in a 10 lb dog.
    Sweet cocoa: 0.3 ounces per pound of body weight. One-third of a pound of sweet cocoa is toxic to a 20-pound dog; 1/6 pound for a 10-pound dog.
    Baking chocolate: 0.1 ounce per pound body weight. Two one-ounce squares of bakers' chocolate is toxic to a 20-pound dog; one ounce for a 10-pound dog.

  15. no apples either! oh my - i've definitely given my pup a piece of apple before. I have to be more careful