Hi Folks! You’ve got me, Buddy, this month,
Since it is Pet Poison Prevention Month, we thought we would put together lists of Foods, Medicines & Plants that you, our furry friends, should watch out for. Some of the things below might make you a little sick, others are downright dangerous.
See the printable list at the end of this article.
Foods that Dogs and Cats should avoid:
- Chocolate – Dangerous
- Foods sweetened with Xylitol and other “fake” sugars (candy, gum, diet foods, for example) – Dangerous
- Salt & Sugar
- Alcoholic drinks and raw yeast dough, caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, colas, etc.) and energy drinks. ALERT: can be fatal!
- Milk and dairy products. Some cats and dogs can process a little milk, most are lactose-intolerant, like adult Humans
- Grapes and Raisins; Avocados
- Animal fat trimmings, cooked bones and scraps, including chicken/turkey skin
- Onions & Garlic (some people think a peeled onion is good for a puppy who is teething. No so!)
- Nuts & Seeds: especially macadamia nuts, and seeds/pits from fruits like apples, apricots, peaches, plums, persimmons & cherries – Dangerous and not needed in a cat or dog diet
- Baking items: Baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg. NO no no, do not eat straight. But a little in baked treats is OK.
Some items our feline furry friends should watch out for:
- Too much tuna (it’s better as a “sometimes” treat)
- Dog food – believe it or not, it doesn’t have enough nutrition for cats
- Liver in large quantities – OK, no problem! Yuk!
Indoor & Outdoor Plants – Yucky and Dangerous
- Azalea, Chrysanthemum, Hyacinths, Lily
- Mistletoe & Poinsettia
- Sago Palms & some palm nuts
Medicines harmful to cats and dogs alike
- People medicines in general, especially pain relievers and decongestants
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox) ALERT: can be fatal!
- Human vitamins and supplements
- The herb Chamomile (some Humans might think it is good to calm a puppy who can’t sleep. Not so!)
- Marijuana is a BIG no no for cats and dogs. ALERT: can be fatal!
- Flea and tick medication – not used properly (pills, collars, spray-on flea treatments, shampoos – don’t use dog meds for cats and visa verse)
Household items that can really make you sick:
- Antifreeze, gasoline, kerosene
- Household cleaners: Bleach, ammonia, drain & toilet bowl cleaners
- Laundry Detergents
- De-icing salts (for our Snowpet friends, this is bad if you walk through, then lick your feet) ALERT: can be fatal!
- Herbicides, Insecticides, Rodenticides
- Insect and rodent bait, like mothballs and roach balls
Who you going to call?
- ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center — (888) 426-4435
- Animal Poison Hotline — 888-232-8870
- In Port Charlotte – Veterinary Emergency Clinic – 941-255-5222
- Know your local vet’s phone number!
Whew, all this talk about poisonous stuff is depressing! What CAN we eat! How will our Humans ever remember it all?!
I was so rattled by all this research, my mom put on my Thundershirt™ and cuddled me for a bit. She told me that a lot of it is “Common Sense”, which most Humans have. She also told me, “That’s why you are writing these blogs – to educate our furry friends and their Humans.”
So, I also put my list into a page you can print if you want to hang it on your fridge. See the button over here…
Resources – There are lots more things, like mustard seeds and rhubarb, that should be obvious to pet owners. See our list of resources if you want to read more.
- https://www.caninejournal.com/foods-not-to-feed-dog/#infographic : this holds true for cats also
Q: What do cats like on a hot day?
A: Mice cream cones!
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