Toxic Food Guide for Pets

What Not to Feed Dogs and Cats

Dogs and cats are curious by nature, particularly when it comes to food. They're also very good at begging for a taste of whatever we may be eating or cooking. As cute as they may be, though, our pets can't always stomach the same foods as us — some food can be toxic and even deadly to their health.

Use this toxic food list as a guide to preventing accidental toxic exposure to your four-legged companion.

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Fatty Foods
  • Fat Trimmings and Bones
  • Fruit Toxins
  • Milk and Dairy Products
  • Mushrooms
  • Nutmeg
  • Nuts
  • Onions and Garlic
  • Raw Eggs
  • Raw Meat and Fish
  • Rhubarb
  • Salt
  • Xylitol
  • Yeast Dough

1. Alcohol

Alcohol is rapidly absorbed into the bloodstream and affects pets quickly. Pets can easily become attracted to a discarded cup of wine, beer or especially sangria left sitting on the ground during a party. Ingestion of alcohol can cause dangerous drops in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature. Intoxicated animals can experience seizures and respiratory failure. Desserts containing alcohol or yeast-containing dough are often the unknown culprits.