Though it may be tempting to feed your pet bits of human food occasionally, you must be extremely cautious about what you feed them because it could be fatal. If your pet consumes any of the items on this list, contact your veterinarian or the Pet Poison Helpline immediately. Also, this isn’t an exhaustive list of everything that could harm your pet in your home.
Macadamia nuts are toxic to dogs for unknown reasons, but they can cause limb weakness, vomiting, pancreatitis, tremors, and lethargy if consumed. Although macadamia nut poisoning is usually less severe than some other items on this list, it may still necessitate veterinary attention.
Though they’re not typically found in the pantry, macadamia nuts are common in baked goods or trail mixes, like macadamia nut cookies. So it is important to keep an eye on what you give your dog and where you leave treats out, and where your dog can get to them. However, it appears that macadamia nuts are not harmful to cats.
Bread dough (yeast)
The unbaked bread dough can expand in the stomach while the yeast produces alcohol, making raw bread dough (and the yeast inside it) doubly harmful to cats and dogs. The rising dough can cause the pet’s stomach to bloat or twist, resulting in vomiting, retching, weakness, an abnormal heart rate, collapse, and death.
On the other hand, yeast can cause alcohol poisoning in your pet, as well as a drop in blood sugar, blood pressure, and body temperature. In addition, seizures and respiratory failure can occur if your pet is severely intoxicated. So while you may enjoy eating cookie dough bits, do not feed dough to your pet.
Millennials love avocados, but pets don’t. Since the pit of an avocado is so large and evolved to be eaten by giant sloths, it could cause serious harm to a dog or cat if swallowed. Furthermore, the avocado’s high-fat content may cause pancreatitis in your pet. So do not give this to your pet!
Furthermore, avocados contain a toxin known as persin, which is mildly poisonous to dogs and cats but deadly to birds, horses, cows, goats, sheep, and other animals. So, no matter how trendy the toast is, never feed avocado to a bird or a hooved animal.
Nicotine, tobacco, secondhand smoke
Unlike many of the other items on this list, Nicotine is harmful to both humans and pets. Your cat, on the other hand, is unlikely to be found smoking a cigarette on the patio. So what could happen is that your dog eats stray cigarette butts and nicotine gum that has been left unattended.
If the nicotine dose is small enough, the pet will usually vomit it up, but it’s still a good idea to call the vet. Nicotine can cause tremors and weakness in your pet, as well as affect their heart rate. In addition, secondhand smoke and any tobacco residue left on hands, clothing, or furniture are harmful to pets.
Cherries, peach pits, apple seeds
Though most humans would spit out a cherry pit, who’s to say your dog wouldn’t eat the whole thing? Dogs and cats should be kept away from cherries. Cyanide, an enzyme that prevents cells from taking in oxygen, is found in their pits, stems, and leaves. A sufficient amount of cyanide can be fatal.
Even if you get one cherry pit, your pet will not have cyanide poisoning. However, a cherry pit might get lodged in the animal’s digestive tract, blocking its works. Your dog might throw up, eat less food, and poop less frequently if this happens. Other than cherries, peaches, and apples, cyanide is also found in peach pits and apple seeds.
A wide variety of mushrooms have been observed in the wild and are non-toxic to pets. Still, some of these chemicals are extremely toxic and can be deadly. In addition, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between mushroom types if you don’t have formal training. Also, you should not feed your pet random mushrooms from the forest floor.
If you’re going for a walk in the woods with your dog (or cat, or ferret), don’t let it eat any wild mushrooms. Dogs have no way of knowing which ones are poisonous. The gastrointestinal system, central nervous system, liver, and kidneys of an animal can all be affected by toxic mushrooms.
Do not serve your cat (or other animals, including horses, cows, birds, and dogs) any alcohol. Even a small amount of alcohol from a rum-soaked cake could be dangerous, as animals are far more vulnerable to the negative effects of alcohol.
Lethargy, drooling, vomiting, weakness, and collapse are symptoms and signs of alcohol poisoning in pets. It can also cause low blood sugar, high blood pressure, and a drop in body temperature in your pet. “Cat wine” doesn’t contain any alcohol, but it does have catnip.
Golden pothos plant (Devil’s Ivy)
The household plant, the golden pothos, is popular but, if your pet has a predilection for eating plants, you should keep it out of reach or keep it out of the house. As far as toxicity is concerned, it is not dangerous but can cause upset stomach and diarrhea in your pet if consumed.
It may, on rare occasions, cause the pet’s airway to swell, making breathing difficult. Also, Pothos is poisonous because it contains calcium oxalate crystals. If you’re set on keeping golden pothos in your home, pick up one of those cute hanging planters.
Giving your cat or dog a human medication is hazardous. What may be perfectly safe in a human body can be extremely harmful to pets. For example, acetaminophen (also known as Tylenol) is a popular pain reliever in humans, but it can be fatal to animals.
Drugs are often broken down (or metabolized) differently in animal bodies than in human bodies, resulting in a very different reaction. For example, acetaminophen/Tylenol is poisonous to cats in any amount. It depends on the weight and health of the dog, but to be safe, you should probably avoid giving it to them.
Caffeine may be a crutch for many office workers and students, but it should never be given to cats or dogs. Tea, soda, coffee, energy drinks, and caffeine supplements, among other things, can cause hyperactivity, high blood pressure, vomiting, and a rapid heart rate.
Caffeine poisoning can lead to seizures and even death in some cases. So keep caffeinated foods and beverages out of sight and out of reach because, let’s face it, your dog and cat are probably already energetic enough. Catnip, on the other hand, is a great way to get your cat excited. And for your dog, a simple “walk” will most likely suffice.
Many people believe that essential oils are a good investment, but this may not be true for cats, who have trouble metabolizing the toxins found in these products. In addition, essential oils can be absorbed through the skin of cats, so keep all essential oils out of reach. On the other hand, the type of oil has an impact on how it affects your cat.
Essential oils can poison cats if they eat them or contact them, but they can also be poisoned by breathing them in. Inspect your cat for coughing, wheezing, labored breathing, panting, or rapid breathing. If your cat appears to be about to cough up a hairball or vomit but doesn’t, it could be a sign of respiratory problems.
While garlic is delicious and smells great, it is extremely harmful to cats and dogs. A sufficient amount of garlic can cause damage to a cat’s red blood cells, resulting in anemia. Additionally, it can wreak havoc on the animal’s digestive tract, resulting in nausea, drooling, vomiting, abdominal pain, and diarrhea.
Garlic poisoning symptoms don’t always appear right away and can take several days after your pet eats garlic. Small doses may be safe, but large doses are usually toxic. Dracula’s aversion to garlic may be legendary, but don’t expect your pet’s behavior to keep them away from this food. Don’t give them garlic, and check food labels for garlic powder.
Onions, like garlic, are toxic to pets. Both are part of the same plant family, containing chives and leeks (which you should not feed your pet). While garlic is the most poisonous of the lot, you should keep your pet away from them all.
Although it’s simple to avoid giving your cat a piece of garlic or an onion, powdered versions of these ingredients can be found in various meals, including chips, so keep an eye on the ingredient lists. Also, don’t let your dog eat a chunk of onion while your eyes are watering.
Grapes and raisins
While grapes and raisins may appear harmless snacks, they can be extremely toxic to dogs (possibly cats and ferrets, too). Although the exact mechanism is unknown, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. Additionally, it does not appear to matter how much the dog consumes. However, no amount has been determined to be safe to consume.
Pay attention to what you feed your dog, as raisins can be found in various products, from trail mix to snack bars. Additionally, some cookies and bread contain raisin paste or juice. Currants and sultanas are also related to grapes, so do not feed them to your dog.
Numerous plants are harmful to cats, but lilies are unquestionably the most dangerous. A single leaf or speck of pollen from a lily can be lethal to a cat. In addition, each component of a lily is toxic and can result in kidney failure within one to three days. Unfortunately, there is currently no effective antidote for this poison, but if you get your cat to a veterinarian quickly, they may be able to save it.
Although lilies are not particularly toxic to dogs, they can cause gastrointestinal problems. Moreover, while some lilies, such as peace and calla lilies, do not cause kidney failure in cats, they can still be mildly toxic.
Cleaning supplies and detergents
You wouldn’t feed cleaning supplies to yourself (or your child), so don’t feed them to your pets. Alternatively, since this is self-evident, don’t keep cleaning supplies in areas where dogs or cats could eat them. So if you’re cleaning a stain or spill, for example, keep your curious cat and rambunctious dog away.
Alternatively, keep your pet away from it until it’s finished if you’re cleaning the toilet bowl. Fabric softeners and dryer sheets are examples of laundry products that fall into this category. Depending on the cleaning or detergent product, your pet may develop ulcers or experience other problems.
Theobromine and caffeine, two compounds found in chocolate, are toxic to dogs. Both can cause problems with the animal’s heart rate and nervous system. On the other hand, the toxicity of chocolate varies depending on the type consumed: cocoa powder is the most toxic, while milk and white chocolate are the least.
One Hershey’s milk chocolate bar can be fatal to a small dog, but a small crumb of chocolate cake is unlikely to be fatal. While the harmful effects of chocolate vary depending on the type, amount consumed, and the dog in question, keep your dog away from chocolate as a general rule.
Xylitol, a sugar-free sweetener, is one of the most common causes of dog poisoning. Chewing gums, candies, toothpaste, mints, sauces, supplements, and other products contain it. As a result, you should read sugar-free labels carefully and keep these items out of reach of your dog.
When dogs’ blood sugar drops to dangerously low levels, xylitol can be fatal. It may also cause liver failure in dogs. Symptoms include weakness, vomiting, seizures, tremors, and collapse, depending on how much the dog consumed xylitol. Unfortunately, Sugar-free doesn’t always mean healthier.
The internet has recently fallen in love with Monstera plants, such as the Monstera Golden Pothos, but just like other plants, Monstera plants are toxic to dogs and cats. So, the two plants are both in the Araceae family, which means they both produce calcium oxalate crystals that are irritating.
The cut-leaf philodendron is known by many names, including the Swiss cheese plant, Monstera, split-leaf philodendron, etc. Unfortunately, this plant trend is not recommended for pets who like to eat plants. I’m sorry, but there isn’t a single other option. You’ll have to find an old picture of it for your apartment instead.
It is safe for dogs to eat the fleshy tomato fruit, but the plant should not be consumed. Solanine, which is found in the stem and leaves of the tomato plant, is poisonous to dogs. As a result, if you have tomato plants in your garden, your dog mustn’t eat them.
Tremors, seizures, and muscle weakness are just a few of the side effects of eating the plant. If you have a tomato plant, consider fencing it in or keeping an eye on your dog when he or she is near it. Your dog must avoid tomato plants.
Azaleas and rhododendrons
The beauty of azaleas and rhododendrons, which often have pink flowers, is unimportant when your pet’s life is in jeopardy. There are about 1,000 different plant species with these names, and depending on how much the animal eats, they can be extremely toxic to cats and dogs.
Grayanotoxins, which are found in these plants, interfere with sodium channels in the body, affecting skeletal and cardiac muscle. As a result, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, and central nervous system signs can all be signs of azalea and rhododendron poisoning. Drooling, an abnormal heart rate and a coma are all examples of this.
You wouldn’t want your child to eat pennies, so don’t let your pet do it. Zinc is poisonous to dogs, cats, and birds and can be found in coins, nuts, bolts, and even topical ointments. Because some coins, such as pennies, contain more zinc than others, the potential for toxicity varies depending on which coin was eaten.
Zinc is broken down and absorbed in the stomach of animals who consume it. It can then cause red blood cell destruction, liver damage, and kidney or heart failure. In addition, zinc poisoning can cause weakness, pale gums, vomiting, and discolored urine, to name a few symptoms.
Tropical plants that are occasionally used as Bonsai houseplants or decorations are known as sago palms. Cats and dogs should avoid all parts of the plant, but their seeds are hazardous to the animals. In addition, liver failure can be caused in dogs by ingesting the cycasin found in sago palms.
After eating a sago palm, a dog’s gastrointestinal signs of poisoning can appear as soon as 15 minutes later. Other signs in your pet may appear within a few hours to a few days. This plant is extremely toxic to pets, with only about half of them surviving.
Even a small amount of spinach is probably safe for your dog, but excessive consumption or over a long period of time could result in problems for your dog’s kidneys. Although spinach contains oxalic acid, which can cause kidney damage by interfering with calcium absorption in the body, it is still considered a healthy food.
Since the food contains many nutrients, the safety of spinach for dogs is a hotly debated topic. Your dog’s food, on the other hand, should contain all of the same beneficial nutrients. Given the potential kidney effects of spinach, it’s best to consult a veterinarian before feeding it to your dog. It’s possible that your dog shouldn’t eat his greens.
While taking a couple of ibuprofen (Advil) pills can help humans with pain, it is extremely toxic to cats and dogs. If your dog is in excruciating pain, your veterinarian can prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs designed specifically for them. Unfortunately, there are currently none approved for long-term use in cats due to their sensitivity.
In small doses, ibuprofen can cause stomach ulcers, diarrhea, and abdominal pain in your pet, among other symptoms. Ibuprofen can cause kidney failure, liver failure, neurological problems, and death in large doses. The child lock on pill bottles, fortunately, also serves as a pet lock.
Milk is not safe for pets, contrary to popular belief. It’s almost expected of you in some ways. The reality is quite different. Rather, you may be endangering your pets! Because your pets may not react right away, it may not have an immediate effect on them. Giving milk to your pet may cause digestive problems.
Too much milk in your pet’s diet can cause diarrhea, which is one side effect. This is because the lactose-breaking enzyme lactase is present in varying amounts in the bodies of pets. So it won’t go down well if they don’t have a lot of lactase, just like lactose-intolerant people.
Raw Meat and Bones
Aren’t dogs carnivores? Yes, but there are some misunderstandings about dogs’ proclivity for meat and bones. After all, wolves and other carnivores consume meat in the wild, so why shouldn’t a dog?
Bones, in particular, are a choking hazard for many dogs because they are small, hard, and tend to split. Your pet could choke, get stomach aches, or even have its digestive tract punctured by splinters from the raw bone! Raw meat also contains bacteria and germs, including E. coli and Salmonella, which can harm your pet’s health.
For pets, especially dogs, eggs are a plentiful and nutritious food source. Although eggs appear to be a healthy dietary option for your dogs, they have a negative diet. An enzyme called avidin is found in raw/uncooked eggs. These enzymes can make it difficult for your dog to digest and absorb enough biotin, a B vitamin.
As a result, your dog may be deficient in vitamins. However, that isn’t the only issue to be concerned about when it comes to raw eggs. If your pet ate eggs that were contaminated with harmful microbes like Salmonella, they could get sick, just like raw meat and bones.
Nothing compares to watching a movie while lying on your couch with a bucket of salted popcorn or pretzels. The only way that time could be made any better is if your dog is present. So, naturally, he’ll want some of the pretzels and popcorn. Even though it may feel rude, it may be best to withhold sharing this one time.
When consumed in excess, salt can cause poisoning in humans. Similarly, dogs and other pets can become poisoned by sodium ions. Vomiting, tremors, diarrhea, high fevers, seizures, coma, and even death are all possible symptoms. If your dog does consume some of these delectable salty snacks, keep in mind that he will be thirsty. Therefore, keep an eye out!
Isn’t cheese a good source of fats and proteins in a balanced diet? Yes, but you must also consider several health issues. When it comes to your pets, however, this is not the case.
A dog’s tolerance for cheese isn’t the same as a human’s. A small to moderate amount of low-fat variety cheese may suffice. However, dogs with low lactase levels may experience cheese indigestion. As a result, your dogs may experience diarrhea and other digestive issues.
Nuts raise a slew of health risks for your pet. Cashews necessitate extra attention. Cashews and other nuts have a high-fat content, which may cause your dog to become overweight and develop fat-related illnesses while containing excellent and healthy fats.
That isn’t to say you can’t give your dog some – just in moderation. For example, cashews make excellent dog treats (but only the unsalted variety!). If you’re giving them to your dog as treats, keep an eye on their weight to make sure they’re not getting too many.
There are species of pets that enjoy eating nuts that are known as “nut-eating pets.” While many people have the ability to digest nuts well, certain health factors increase the risk of them consuming nuts to some individuals while decreasing it for others.
Keep the salted almonds away from your dog if he has heart problems. Almonds can cause water retention in dogs, as well as digestive problems. To ensure that these nuts pass down into the stomach and are easily digested, they must be chewed thoroughly. Almonds, on the other hand, if not chewed properly, can block your dog’s esophagus or tear his or her windpipe!
Ice cream, like many other dairy products, contains milk. You’ve probably figured out what the issue is by now, right? The issue is that many pets cannot digest the lactose they consume, though this ability varies from pet to pet.
Lactase enzyme deficiency causes digestive and bowel issues in many animals. Lactose intolerance is more common in dogs and cats than in humans. So even although it’s tempting, you never know how much your dog will suffer as a result of the ice cream you shared on a sunny day!
Dogs don’t necessarily benefit from a diet that is only “high-protein” and “all-meat,” despite vigorous marketing by dog food firms. It’s an easy notion to grasp. Pets, like us, benefit from a well-balanced, varied diet. Fresh vegetables and leafy greens in the diet benefit pets just as much as we do.
Peppers trigger digestive activity in pets, except your pet’s digestive system is different from yours. So you’re only making things worse. You can feed your pet lower-calorie bell peppers, which are packed with vitamin C. Either way, plan if you’ve never fed your pet peppers before. Slice peppers to facilitate ingestion for your canines.
Even though cinnamon is generally considered healthy for humans and can add a lot of flavor to various dishes, pets may have a different reaction to it or its oil. Cinnamon can irritate their mouths, making them feel nauseous and agitated.
Concerns have been raised about the powder form of the supplement because it can cause coughing and other breathing difficulties in dogs. In addition, you should avoid using cinnamon or its oil because it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, or liver disease. It’s fine for pets to eat cinnamon on its own, but it is frequently mixed with ingredients like nutmeg and sugar, which can be harmful.
Before you fall off your chair, consider why you should not feed bacon to your pets. Bacon, a common human food, is not suitable for dogs because it can cause liver and pancreatic problems. Aside from that, due to its high salt content, it can cause intense thirst. As a result, if your pet becomes dehydrated and drinks a lot of water, it may become bloated.
In addition to its high salt content, bacon is extremely greasy. It also has a hefty protein type in it. As a result, it’s best to avoid feeding your pets a diet high in bacon-like protein. In the case of cats, the consequences are similar. So consider such treats for yourself, and keep bacon away from your pet dog or cat.
Peanut butter has been a childhood favorite for many of us. However, there are various reasons why you should think carefully about feeding peanut butter to your cat. For starters, cats have almost no nutritional benefit when it comes to peanut butter.
It also contains many fat (trans-fatty) acids, calories, and salt (which is the nemesis of pet health). Weight gain, choking (thick and consistent peanut butter), allergies, salt poisoning, and even gastrointestinal infections are all common health conditions that can be triggered in cats.
Do you like corn on the cob? While it’s great that you enjoy it, don’t give it to your pet dog or cat, no matter how adorable their begging face is (we know it’s difficult to resist). Corn has no direct effect on your pets when consumed in small amounts. And when we say “low,” we mean “extremely low.”
Regardless, it is always risky if you give your pet corn on the cob. Additional injuries and conditions, such as intestinal blockages, may occur. Also, if you believe your dog only desires it, check again. Corncobs are hard and can cause intestinal track damage in pets. The “No-no” stage is reached when your pet cat (or dog) begins to exhibit lethargy, dehydration, diarrhea, appetite loss, and excessive vomiting.
Do you like Chinese cuisine? Unfortunately, while we may enjoy Chinese cuisine, it is not the healthiest option for pets. To begin with, a tablespoon of soy sauce contains approximately 800 to 900 mg of salt. Salt isn’t good for humans in large doses, but it harms pets in much smaller doses.
Salt was once widely used by pet owners and veterinarians to induce vomiting, but it is no longer recommended because of the delicate nature of pets’ digestive systems. Needless to say, soy sauce, which is basically fermented salt juice, can make your pet vomit and cause other serious, life-threatening health problems.
Cats can be harmed by mercury consumption in the same way that humans must consider their fish consumption due to rising mercury levels. As a result, you should be cautious about how much tuna you feed your cat, as even low levels of mercury can cause problems for his system.
One other reason you shouldn’t feed your cat a lot of tuna is that it won’t meet all of your cat’s nutritional needs on its own, and it could become malnourished over time.
Energy drinks are a questionable choice for human consumption due to their high caffeine content and artificial ingredients. However, this is minor compared to the numerous health risks associated with your cat consuming energy drinks. Lethargy, elevated heart rates, abnormal blood pressures, and other negative effects can occur in cats.
Caffeine poisoning symptoms such as vomiting, hypertension, and even hypothermia can occur in some pets within 30 minutes of consumption. Because each pet’s reaction differs, keep a close eye on your pet if you suspect they’ve had caffeine for the first time.
Veterinarians frequently recommend vitamin supplements for cats with poor health and a deteriorating immune system. However, your cat must receive the correct one – and none of yours.
This is especially true if your cat consumes prenatal vitamins, which cause severe symptoms in many cats. In addition, prenatal vitamins contain a lot of iron, which can be toxic to cats in small amounts. Supplementing with vitamin D can also harm major organs like the kidneys and the heart.
Even after the cannabis market sells dog treats and other pet treats, pet owners should avoid giving their animals cannabis, as the consumption of the substance can be fatal. In addition, cases involving pets’ ingestion of brownies or butter often occur.
Symptoms in cats can be just as severe. In addition, because cats eat other fragrant plants, they are more likely than dogs to consume cannabis in its plant form (with the obvious front runner being catnip).
Coconuts have a high-fat content, which can cause a variety of health problems in your cat. MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) in coconuts can cause bloating in dogs. The processed coconut should not be given to your cat because it has been linked to increased kidney and liver disease risk.
Coconut flesh or milk should not be given to cats because it can cause loose stools and diarrhea. Hepatic lipidosis is a condition that occurs when too much fat builds up in your cat’s liver. Dogs, on the other hand, are permitted to consume a small amount as a treat.
Dog Food (for your cat)
Whether you’re out of cat food or your cat has been smuggling food from your dog’s dish, you may be wondering if this is harmful to your cat. Cats have different nutritional needs than dogs, so they will become malnourished if they eat too much dog food.
Protein is the most important ingredient in your cat’s diet. While dog food is high in protein, it is also high in grains and vegetables. Although eating dog food has no serious health consequences for your cat in the short term, it should not be done on a long-term basis to avoid nutritional deficiencies.
Finally, seek advice from your veterinarian before making any changes to your pet’s diet. However, if you notice your pet eating or drinking something harmful, you should seek medical attention right away.