Foods That are Harmful to Pets

I know that many people love their pets. Some love them so much that they will often overfeed them, thinking that this will make them happy. Many pet owners will even treat them to “people food,” thinking that “if I can eat it, so can my pet.”

That thinking is wrong to a certain extent. There are chemicals and additives in some of our foods that are highly poisonous to animals. There are also some natural foods that animals should not ingest.

The Humane Society of the United States has the following foods listed as dangerous to animals:

Alcoholic beverages
Apple seeds
Apricot pits
Cherry pits
Candy (especially chocolate, which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets; and any candy containing the sweetener Xylitol)
Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
Gum (can cause blockages and sugar-free gums may contain Xylitol)
Hops (used in home beer brewing)
Macadamia nuts
Moldy foods
Mushroom plants
Mustard seeds
Onions and onion powder
Peach pits
Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
Rhubarb leaves
Tea (because it contains caffeine)
Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
Xylitol (an artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
Yeast dough

This list does not include all the foods that are harmful to your pet. You should ask your veterinarian or pet nutritionist in case your pet has a food allergy or has trouble digesting certain foods.

For a more in-depth explanation of why these foods are dangerous to your pets, please visit the ASPCA’s “People Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets” page.

To ensure that your pet is safe, keep all foods in airtight containers or on a shelf that is out of their reach. Also, make sure your garbage receptacles have lids that fit tight and cannot be easily accessible to your pet.

If you think your pet has eaten something harmful, call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

I hope that the information provided above has given you some thought about your pet’s wellbeing. Knowing this now will ensure your pet is healthy and happy for years to come!

If you know of any other foods that are not pet-friendly, please use the Comments Section on this page to notify me. I would love to include them for future readers to view.