Buddy's newsletter photoHi 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:

  1. Chocolate – Dangerous
  2. Foods sweetened with Xylitol and other “fake” sugars (candy, gum, diet foods, for example) – Dangerous
  3. Salt & Sugar
  4. Alcoholic drinks and raw yeast dough, caffeinated drinks (coffee, tea, colas, etc.) and energy drinks. ALERT: can be fatal!
  5. Milk and dairy products. Some cats and dogs can process a little milk, most are lactose-intolerant, like adult Humans
  6. Grapes and Raisins; Avocados
  7. Animal fat trimmings, cooked bones and scraps, including chicken/turkey skin
  8. Onions & Garlic (some people think a peeled onion is good for a puppy who is teething. No so!)
  9. 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
  10. 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:

  1. Too much tuna (it’s better as a “sometimes” treat)
  2. Dog food – believe it or not, it doesn’t have enough nutrition for cats
  3. Liver in large quantities – OK, no problem! Yuk!

Indoor & Outdoor Plants – Yucky and Dangerous

  • Aloe
  • Azalea, Chrysanthemum, Hyacinths, Lily
  • Mistletoe & Poinsettia
  • Rhododendron
  • Sago Palms & some palm nuts
  • Tobacco

Medicines harmful to cats and dogs alike

  1. People medicines in general, especially pain relievers and decongestants
  2. Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), Naproxen (Aleve, Anaprox) ALERT: can be fatal!
  3. Human vitamins and supplements
  4. The herb Chamomile (some Humans might think it is good to calm a puppy who can’t sleep. Not so!)
  5. Marijuana is a BIG no no for cats and dogs. ALERT: can be fatal!
  6. 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!
  • Batteries
  • Fertilizers
  • 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…

Cats-n-Dogs Printable Poisons List

(To hang on your fridge) 



Q: What do cats like on a hot day?

A: Mice cream cones!

Lots of Newsy News in our monthly newsletter – does your Human want to receive specials and notices by Email? Sign up below.

Join Our Mailing List

New Customers: sign-up for our newsletter and receive a new customer coupon! (Please print the email you receive and present at the time of purchase.)

Select list(s) to subscribe to

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Cats n Dogs, Plaza Solar, Port Charlotte, FL, 33952, https://catndogstuff.com/. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Our promise to you: we never sell or give away your contact info. Your privacy is important to us! You can expect to receive a news blast about once a month, that’s all.