PET HEALTH CORNER: People foods to avoid feeding pets

by | General Pet Care |

Though it’s hard to resist those longing eyes staring up at you from underneath the table – some people foods are just not good for pets!

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Centre has a great post about People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets. Check out some of the information:

People foods to avoid feeding your pets
people foods to avoid feeding your pet
photo credit: avocado cross section cut pit via photopin (license)

Both alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol cause nasty side effects in your pets. According to the ASPCA, some of the side effects include; vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death. If you suspect that your pet has ingested alcohol, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Avocado can be particularly damaging for birds, rabbits, donkeys, horses, and ruminants including sheep and goats. The ASPCA says the biggest concern is for cardiovascular damage and death in birds.  Horses, donkeys and ruminants frequently get swollen, through the head and neck.

Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. The ASPCA says signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last approximately 12 to 48 hours. Nuts, including almonds, pecans, and walnuts, contain high amounts of oils and fats. The fats can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potential pancreatitis in pets.

Cooking ingredients

Milk and Dairy
Pets don’t have significant amounts of lactase in their system. The ASPCA says this means milk and dairy products cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.

Onions, Garlic, Chives
The ASPCA says these vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Cats are more susceptible, but dogs are also at risk if they consume enough of it.

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to pets and humans. The ASPCA says raw eggs contain an enzyme that can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your dog raw bones may seem normal because it would happen in the wild. But this can be very dangerous for a domestic pet, who might choke on bones. They could also be injured if the bone splintered and became lodged in or punctured your pet’s digestive tract.

people foods to avoid feeding your pet
photo credit: latte art, Continental Stores via photopin (license)

Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
Though you might love theses, they aren’t good for your pet! The ASPCA says they contain substances called methylxanthines, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death.

Citrus is a favourite for a lot of people, but the acid can cause irritation for your pet. The ASPCA says if ingested in large amounts, it can even cause central nervous system depression. Small doses, such as eating the fruit, are not likely to present problems beyond minor stomach upset.

Grapes and Raisins
Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. The ASPCA says until more information is known about the toxic substance, it is best to avoid feeding grapes and raisins to dogs.

Read the FULL ARTICLE for information on coconuts, salt & salty snack foods, xylitol and yeast dough.


We have supported the OSPCA since 1951

We have supported OSPCA since our arrival in Canada in 1951.  Keep up the greatest  T.L.C. for animals.

-Paul & Des