Do not Feed to Dogs or Cats
I think my pet is sick from human or contaminated food. What should I do?
If your pet shows any signs of illness, including loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting,
diarrhea, changes in water consumption or changes in urination, please consult Dr. Michael Hudson or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour hotline at (888) 426-4435.
Beer, wine and spirits act as a depressant on animals' nervous systems, potentially leading to breathing problems and even coma.
Beef or chicken bones can damage your pet's teeth or splinter and cause damage in their digestive tract. Stick with treat bones made specifically for dogs or cats.
Chocolate or anything with caffeine
Foods like coffee and cocoa contain methylxanthines, which in higher concentrations can cause heart palpitations, tremors, seizures, dehydration and death.
Grapes and Raisins
Scientists aren't sure why, but eating these fruits can cause canine and feline kidney failure.
Gum, Baked Goods and Candy
Many sweetened treats contain xylitol, which can cause liver failure.
Adult animals don't have the lactase to digest milk, and feeding it to them can cause diarrhea.
Onions, Garlic and Chives
While these foods add flavor to human meals, they can cause red blood cell damage in pets. Cats are more at risk, but eating larger quantities can also make dogs sick.
Small bits of bread are fine as treats, but dough containing yeast can rise in your pet's digestive tract and cause stomach or intestinal damage.
Do Not Feed To Dogs
Macadamia Nuts: These Hawaiian nuts can cause fever, tremors, weakness and other unpleasant symptoms.
Avocado: They contain a chemical called persin, which is harmless to humans but can be toxic to dogs.
Do Not Feed To Cats
Tuna: Not only does tuna lack the nutrients cats need, but too much can lead to mercury poisoning.
Other Raw Fish
An enzyme called thiamine, common in raw fish, destroys thiamine, also known as vitamin B1. This can lead to neurological disorders.