Potentially Dangerous Foods and Plants

Pets have sensitive stomachs and gastrointestinal tracts. While many pet owners think that feeding their beloved pet table scraps is showing affection, it may actually cause a serious medical reaction. There are numerous “human” foods that cause severe stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting for pets and should be entirely avoided when possible.

If you are unsure whether a food is poisonous to your pet, please consult with us prior to feeding it to your animal. Should your pet accidentally consume one or multiple of these foods, contact our office immediately.

The following foods may be harmful to pets:

  • Alcohol
  • Almonds, Walnuts, Macadamia Nuts, Pistachios
  • Avocados
  • Chicken, Meat or Fish bones
  • Chocolate and Cocoa powder
  • Citrus
  • Coffee, Tea and any substance containing caffeine
  • Dough containing yeast
  • Fat trimmings
  • Fruit seeds and pits
  • Grapes
  • Milk (may cause stomach upset)
  • Mushrooms
  • Nutmeg and other spices
  • Onions, chives, leeks and garlic (Allium family)
  • Raisins
  • Raw eggs
  • Raw or undercooked meat, chicken or fish
  • Rhubarb Leaves
  • Salt (in excess)
  • Xylitol (found in sugar free products)

Common plants which are poisonous to most pet:

The following is a list of the most common plants that are harmful to pets. While some cause minor symptoms such as diarrhea or vomiting, others are very severe and can even cause sudden death. Be sure to be cautious with the following plants in your home or yard:

  • Aloe Vera 
  • Asparagus Fern 
  • Azaleas 
  • Baby’s Breath 
  • Begonias 
  • Carnations 
  • Corn Plant 
  • Daffodils 
  • Fern Palms 
  • Geraniums 
  • Hydrangeas 
  • Ivy 
  • Jade Plant 
  • Lillies 
  • Pencil Cactus 
  • Poinsettias 
  • Ribbon Plants 
  • Sago Palms 
  • Tomato Plants 
  • Tulips


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