While you love your dear dog and want him / her to have the healthiest of diets, it’s important to know which foods to consume and which must be avoided at all costs. In fact, there are specific foods which are toxic to dogs.
The best advice we can give is only feed types of food to your dog that you know are absolutely safe, if unsure stick to products specifically designed for dogs. Please keep all household type items locked away and be very careful about the plants you have in your garden.
The Following are poisonous if eaten
- Baby food can contain onion powder, which can be toxic to dogs.
- Bones from fish and cooked bones can cause lacerations or obstructions in the digestive system and/or become lodged in your pet’s throat – so they also pose a choking hazard. *Coffee, tea, and caffeinated drinks are bad. They contain caffeine which could be toxic and impact the heart and nervous systems.
- Chocolate this includes milk chocolate, dark chocolate, drinking chocolate, cooking chocolate. Dark chocolate is worse than milk chocolate. (Theobromine is the culprit, a compound that that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. This can be fatal to dogs.)
- Citrus oil extracts result in vomiting.
- Grapes and raisins contain unknown toxins and if eaten in large quantities can do damage to the kidneys.
- Bread dough can result in a bloated belly and then disorientation and vomiting.
- Onions and garlic, whether it’s raw, cooked, or powder in large amounts have the ability to damage red blood cells and cause anaemia. However onions are more of a danger than garlic. A whole onion is a poisonous quantity. Please note garlic in small amounts can be beneficial!!!
- Potato peelings, green potatoes, green part of tomatoes and rhubarb leaves (contain oxalates, which can affect the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.)
- Avocado skin, flesh and stone.
- Apricot and Peach stones.
- Apple and cherry seeds.
- Walnuts and macadamia nuts.
- Nutmeg can cause tremors, seizures and central nervous system
- Fungi mushrooms that are poisonous to humans are also toxic to dogs.
- Turkey skin can cause severe pancreatitis.
- Sugar- free foods (containing xylitol has been found to cause liver failure in some dogs.
- Dairy products (these don’t usually pose a great danger; but many dairy products have high fat content which can cause pancreatitis – and many pets are lactose intolerant – some pets more than others. Lactose intolerance leads to gas and diarrhoea; though small amounts of yoghurt and cheese are usually well tolerated.)
The following are poisonous if eaten or otherwise inhaled
- Antifreeze, Aspirin, Bleach, Boric Acid, Brake Fluid, Cleaning Fluids, Deodorants, Deodorisers, Detergents, Disinfectants, Drain Cleaner, Dye, Fungicides, Furniture Polish, Hair colourings, Herbicides, Insecticides, Kerosene, Laxatives, Lead, Matches, Metal Polish, Moth Balls, Petrol, Nail Varnish and Remover, Paint and Remover, Perming solutions, Phenol, Rat poison, Rubbing Alcohol, Shoe Polish, Sleeping Pills, Soap, Suntan lotions, Tar, Tinsel, Turpentine, Woodstains.
- Also please note that nicotine patches are toxic and so is nicotine chewing gum. 10mg per 1kg is a toxic dose.
- Also some coins are toxic due to the nickel content.
The following plants are poisonous if eaten
- Alfalfa (in quantity), Aloe vera, Amaryllis, Apple (seeds), Apricot (stone), Asparagus Fern, Autumn Crocus, Azalea, Baby’s Breath, Bird of Paradise, Box, Caladium, Calla Lily, Castor Bean, Ceriman, Cherry (seeds and wilting leaves), Christmas Rose, Cineraria, Clematis, Cordatum, Corn Plant, Croton, Cuban Laurel, Cyclamen, Daffodil, Devil’s Ivy, Dieffenbachia, Dracaena, Dragon Tree, Elephants Ears, Emerald Fern, Foxglove, Geranium, Indian Rubber Plant, Ivy, Kalanchoe, Lily of the Valley, Lillies, Philodendron, Mother-in-Laws Tongue, Marijuana, Mistletoe, Morning Glory, Narcissus, Nephytis, Nightshade, Oleander, Onion, Peach (wilting leaves and stone),Pencil Cactus,
- Plumosa Fern, Poinsettia, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Pothos, Potato Plant, Primrose, Rhododendron, Swiss Cheese Plant, Tomato Plant (Green fruit, stems and leaves), Weeping Fig, Wisteria,Yew.
Please be aware this list does not show all the things toxic to dogs. However the list does show many of the common things toxic to dogs.