Foods that are dangerous for pets

There's common knowledge amongst pet owners that you should never feed your dog chocolate. But there are a lot of other foods that should be kept out of the dog's diet too.

This isn't an exhaustive list on what your dog or cat cannot eat, but it will guide you in the right direction. Don't forget to ask your vet for any other advice about providing the best diet for your pet.

These are among the foods that dogs and cats should never eat:

  • Macadamia kernels (temporary paralysis)
  • Alcoholic beverages (obvious side effects)
  • Baby food (often contains onion, which causes anaemia)
  • Canned human food like tuna, SPAM or baked beans (can cause pancreatitis)
  • Chocolate, caffeine, tea (vomiting and diarrhoea)
  • Grapes and raisins (toxins can cause kidney damage)
  • Mushrooms (toxins can affect many body systems)
  • Raw eggs (can cause skin and hair problems)
  • Salt (this should be limited)
  • Onion and garlic (red blood cell damage that can cause anaemia)
  • Dairy products (may cause diarrhoea)
  • Scallops (the orange part of the scallop gut contains toxins which can kill a dog in minutes)

There are many other side effects associated with eating some of these foods. Excess salt, for example, is bad for a pet's general metabolism and increases shedding of fur.

It is always important to give your pet a balanced, controlled diet and avoid toxic foods that may cause sickness, intoxication or death.

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