Warning! These foods can kill your pet

Various foods that can kill pets are given to cats and dogs each day. The typical veterinarian’s office will be called regularly with reports of cats and dogs that have been fed something that is making them ill.
Although some think all foods that are for humans could possibly kill their pet, this is not the case. While some foods that are considered for humans only should never be given to dogs or cats, many of the foods we consume are actually in pet foods as well as in pet treats. Unfortunately, there are also many foods that are toxic for pets, but okay for humans. 

Pet owners would not intentionally feed their pets foods that would cause harm. Some common foods people might be aware of when it comes to foods that could kill a dog or cat include: 


  • chocolate
  • citrus
  • dairy products (Certain yogurt products are okay-check with your vet)
  • garlic (If given in large quantities)
  • grapes (and raisins)
  • nuts,
  • onions
  • xylitol
  • yeast

There are foods that are enjoyed by humans that are harmful to dogs, but won’t kill a dog. These foods will make the dog ill and there is no point in feeding a dog a food that will be harmful in any manner. One for instance is avocado, which won’t kill a dog if only a small amount is eaten. What it can do is cause your dog to have diarrhea. Most don’t want to deal with that no matter how much they love their pet.


If you suspect your pet has been poisoned by a food it should not have eaten, be sure to check with your veterinarian immediately. Also, help is available through the ASPCA Poison Control Center. If you live in the United States, the number to call if you suspect your pet has been poisoned is 888-426-4435. However, a trip to the veterinarian might make more sense as any poisoning might be considered an emergency.
To view more details about the ways various foods for humans can harm or kill your pets, readers might want to visit the site for the ASPCA.

If you are told to take your pet to your veterinarian, be sure to check on the amount of food your pet consumed that made the pet ill. Any information you have during your visit to the vet might help save your cat or dog. 

When it comes to the foods humans eat that are also fine for cats and dogs as well, there are many things to consider. It is often the additional ingredients or preparation of the foods humans enjoy that will cause harm to pets, not the main ingredients. Pet owners realize that dogs and cats can eat animal products, but usually recipes followed by humans include spices and other additives that can cause serious harm to the pet.





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    Rex Trulove

    You mentioned raisins, but any dried fruit can be harmful. Once it is in the stomach, it can absorb moisture, swell up and cause a blockage. I’d also add that if the pet is a dog, they shouldn’t be fed fish or pork, either, even if it is well cooked.

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      Pat Z Anthony Post author

      There are many harmful things not on the list. You do know that fish and pork is now included in foods for dogs? And in dog treats? We make the food our dogs eat (surprise) so no worries here.

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      Rex Trulove

      When we buy cat and dog food, we always read the ingredients. In the case of cats, many name brand cat foods also include corn and grains. Cats are carnivores and can’t digest plants. They will occasionally eat grass, but that is for encouraging a bowel movement or to make themselves throw up. Sadly, most name brand cat food has grain within the first four listed ingredients, meaning that it has far too much grain in it.

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      Rex Trulove

      It is indeed. People can arm themselves with knowledge, though, and it isn’t real hard. If corn, wheat or any other grain is mentioned in the first four ingredients in the ingredient list on cat food, don’t buy the cat food. If the label on dog food includes pork or fish as an ingredient, don’t buy it. If enough people stopped buying cat food and dog food that were harmful for their pets, the pet companies wouldn’t have any choice but to start making healthier pet food. The only other option would be to go out of business.

      I recall a couple of women who nearly killed a beautiful little kitten, because they were both vegetarians and they forced a vegetarian diet on the poor kitten. The authorities were able to save the kitten by giving it numerous IV’s until it got enough strength to eat, then feeding it a diet of pure raw meat. The women were sentenced to jail, given a huge fine and after the jail term was over, they were sentenced to do something like 500 hours of community service each…at the local pet shelter.

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