Pet Poison

From the folks at petalia.com is a list of people food that is poisoness to dogs:

  • Chocolate – cocoa powder and cooking chocolate are the most toxic forms. The chemical theobromine contained in cocoa is a heart stimulant  and diuretic. Obviously the smaller the dog, the less it needs to eat to be toxic.




  • Onions and garlic – the toxic ingredient is thiosulphate. Pets affected by onion or garlic toxicity will develop hemolytic anemia – the red blood cells burst while circulating in its body.
  • Macadamia nuts – the toxic compound is uncertain but the nuts apparently contain a neurotoxin to dogs that cause locomotor difficulties.
  • Avacado  –  toxic ingredient: persin. Most documented poisonings have involved livestock and birds but be careful with dogs as well.
  • Pear, plum, peach, apricot and apple kernels, seeds or pits – all of these contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning.
  • Potato peelings and green potatoes
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Moldy/spoiled foods
  • Alcohol
  • Yeast dough
  • Coffee grounds, beans and tea (because of the caffeine)
  • Hops (used in home brewing)
  • Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • Boccoli (in large amounts)
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Xylitol (sweetener often found in sugar-free gum)
  • Corn cobs – may cause intestinal blockage

The amounts of these items that determine the level of toxicity of course depends on the size of your pet. Sometimes the toxic reaction may come hours or even a few days after ingesting the product so don’t assume that if there is no immediate reaction Fido is in the clear. Better to call his vet or the Animal Poison Control to be safe. Animal Poison Control phone number is 888-426-4435. Put it in your cell phone contacts now so it is always handy.

Gracie thanks you.