Which Foods are Toxic to Cats and Dogs? (with pictures)

R. Kayne
R. Kayne
Chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs.
Chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs.

As people have become more health conscious, so have they been paying more attention to the health needs of the furry members of the family. To this end many animal lovers have become aware that the majority of commercial pet foods contain unhealthy ingredients and have shifted instead to sharing the refrigerator and cupboards. While natural, fresh food is far healthier than byproducts and preservatives, keep in mind that the foods listed below are known to be toxic to cats and dogs because of the different ways animals metabolize them.

Moldy bread can be toxic to pets.
Moldy bread can be toxic to pets.

Chocolate: Although many people are aware that chocolate is harmful for cats and dogs, it's something that is commonly left on a table or counter top. Dogs may tear into a box of candy when the opportunity presents itself. In large quantities, chocolate causes coma and death. In lesser quantities, it will cause gastrointestinal problems including diarrhea. The degree of toxicity depends on the weight of the animal and the amount and type of chocolate consumed. Semi-sweet and bakers chocolate, for instance, contain more theobromine than regular chocolate, making them even more toxic to animals. Dogs love chocolate, so don't let taste be a test of what is healthy. Anything containing cocoa or chocolate should be avoided.

A salad containing cherry tomatoes, which are toxic to pets.
A salad containing cherry tomatoes, which are toxic to pets.

Grapes & Raisins: Though it isn't clear to scientists just what makes grapes and raisins toxic to both cats and dogs, even a relatively small amount can damage the kidneys. For this reason it's unwise to feed these to your pet, even if small amounts are tolerated. Also avoid giving bits of cookie or other foods that contain raisins.

Garlic, Onions, and Powders: Whether fresh, cooked or powdered, garlic and/or onions can be found among the ingredients of many prepared meals, including baby food. Garlic and onions can be poisonous to cats and dogs because sulfoxides and disulfides found in them can damage red blood cells and lead to anemia. Onions are more problematic than garlic, but both should be avoided. If preparing a meal for yourself that will contain garlic or onions, consider preparing a side portion without these ingredients for your animals.

Macadamia Nuts: Macadamia nuts are soft, light-colored nuts often used in cookie recipes. They are considered poisonous to dogs because they tend to cause gastrointestinal upsets, lethargy, vomiting and muscle tremors or stiffness.

Hops are toxic to cats and dogs.
Hops are toxic to cats and dogs.

Mushrooms: Various species of mushrooms are toxic to dogs, and can cause shock and death. Effects will differ depending on the type ingested, but avoid feeding any type. Pluck "backyard mushrooms" that might sprout on the lawn, as these are known to be toxic to canines.

Tomatoes and tomato plants: Tomatoes of all kinds are toxic to cats, as are parts of the tomato plant. Ingesting as little as a cherry tomato can cause severe gastrointestinal upset.

Chicken Bones: Though not toxic, chicken bones can get stuck in the roof of the mouth, throat and intestines, and should be avoided, according to many veterinarians. Splinters of chicken bones can also become lodged internally.

Cats and dogs should not be given foods that contain nutmeg.
Cats and dogs should not be given foods that contain nutmeg.

Xylitol: This is a sugar substitute found in many types of candy, chewable vitamins, sugarless baked goods, and in sugarless gums like Trident™ and Orbit™. As little as three grams (e.g. about five pieces of gum) can kill a 65 pound dog, with smaller dogs succumbing to just one or two sticks. Within 15-30 minutes of ingesting xylitol a dog's insulin levels will surge and blood sugar levels will drop, resulting in lethargy and loss of balance. Permanent brain damage can occur and without treatment liver failure will result in death within 24 hours. Diabetics that might have sugarless baked goods or other sugarless products in the home should be especially careful to read all ingredients before sharing food.

Garlic is not good for cats and dogs, as it may damage red blood cells.
Garlic is not good for cats and dogs, as it may damage red blood cells.

If a dog should ingest a product that contains xylitol call your veterinarian or animal emergency services immediately. You might be instructed to induce vomiting if the dog is already having a reaction or if the office is more than 30 minutes away. Do not leave products containing xylitol within a dog's reach.

Other foods to avoid include raw potatoes, especially those containing green spots; turkey skin; nutmeg; and anything with caffeine, including tea. Alcohol and hops should also be avoided as alcohol poisoning can lead to coma and death. Do not allow your pet to rummage through the trash, as moldy food contains toxins that can cause serious illness.

If a dog ingests foods that are potentially toxic, it should be taken to a vet immediately.
If a dog ingests foods that are potentially toxic, it should be taken to a vet immediately.

Since many of the signs of toxicity are similar, consult your veterinarian without delay if your pet appears distressed, listless or in pain. Bloody stools or vomiting are also possible signs of poisoning. Gastrointestinal problems can lead to gas build-up until the stomach becomes distended or bloated and hard to the touch. This is a painful condition that can cause the stomach to burst if not treated. The good news is that, in most cases, treatment for poisoning can be successful if administered in time.

Raisins can damage the kidneys of a dog or cat.
Raisins can damage the kidneys of a dog or cat.

Feeding cats and dogs a healthy, balanced diet of natural foods as described by many veterinarians today is a great improvement over processed commercial pet food. By following a few simple rules, you can ensure that pets or animal companions can potentially lead longer, healthier and happier lives. For more information, see books like, Dr. Pitcairn's New Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs and Cats.

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I have fed my dogs table food all their lives, the oldest being 13, and have never once had a problem. It's no different than saying we should not eat certain crap

If you stopped eating all the stuff that's bad for you, then you would starve and have a boring life with just a few food choices

The only thing I refrain from giving my dogs is large quantities of chocolate

The onion and garlic thing is a real joke. They eat plenty of it without problems and my vet says the garlic helps deter fleas.


Can anyone point to any scientific studies? My vet said chocolate is a problem, but everything else is fine. A lot of old wives' tails here I think.


Wow, I've often let my cats lick the rest of tomato sauce from the plate, luckily it wasn't enough to provoke anything bad, I guess.


With all the comments above about "just don't feed your dog" this or that, apparently none of you have Weimeraners or other dogs that counter surf. It is next to impossible to not have an occasional ingestion of things. My Weims eat toilet paper, paper towels, cardboard boxes and plastic bags, in addition to edible products right off the counter that I've just turned away from for a second to grab a spoon.

One got 10 avocados off the top of the refrigerator. I wasn't home at the time so I assume she jumped up on the kitchen counter and from there to the fridge, where the avocados were resting in a brown paper bag to soften for guacamole. She ate the skin, pits and all. It took about 18 hours for her to go into toxic shock.

I have tried everything from discipline, training, and just plain making sure I don't leave anything out, but sometimes it's not always possible. I now keep a supply of peroxide on hand to initiate immediate vomiting and simethicone based products for gas to help avoid bloat. You do the best you can and hope for the best.


I fed my indoor cat a high-end cat food, EVO, for most of his ten years, with no problems. He loved it and it was good for him. Last summer he started throwing up occasionally, which was almost unheard of for him. The vet assured us he was fine and to keep feeding him this food. But he's been throwing up more and more often until this morning, when he threw up literally all over the bathroom floor. (He is an incredibly considerate cat and only throws up in the bathroom if he can make it there in time.) The vomit was the color and texture of partially-digested EVO. Today I am returning the unopened bags of EVO along with my testimony and other notes online about EVO users having the same problem.

Bottom line: I will never again feed my cat processed kibble or canned food. I fed him some plain roasted turkey and he wolfed it down. It seems more natural to feed him poultry and fish that is human-grade instead of kibble made in a factory. As for vitamins, NOW makes a tasteless, colorless powdered taurine supplement that can be mixed in water, and other supplements can be added to food. This will probably extend my cat's life as well as save a lot of money that wound up as vomit on the floor.


Cats are carnivorous. They aren't really meant to eat vegetable fibers and sweet things like fruit can be extremely unhealthy and can lead to diabetes. Also, fish isn't something a cat should eat all the time as it is really not that good for them to have all the time, although it is very important to have in the regular diet, but only to an extent, since the fatty oils and omega-3 are what the cat needs from fish, but too much can lead to obesity and intestine problems, so they are necessary but not all the time.

Also remember that cats cannot digest vegetable fibers as their digestive system does not have the proper enzymes to break it down. Most people would argue this is not true since wild cats eat their prey that have vegetables in their stomachs when the cat consumes it, although this is not the case, because cats usually do not eat the innards of animals, but leave the entrails behind. Even if they were to consume a portion or even all of the digestive systems of their prey, the vegetable fibers in the other animal's stomach would have already been broken down by that animals enzymes. If you must feed your cat vegetables because of the innate human nature to see them as vitamin rich health food (true for you yes, but not for your cat), then at least steam them first to break down some of the fibers, although refraining completely is the best option.

The exceptions to this rule are, of course seaweed and grass, although if I were you I would not feed my cat grass from the outdoors as it can contain harmful diseases (not usually but there is a small chance). I find that growing your own indoor cat grass is the best solution. Unlike other vegetable fibers, cats eat grass for a different reason and this reason is because it can actually help calm heartburn for the cat and most important, the chlorophyll in the grass acts as an anti-plaque and is good for the feline's dental hygiene.

Beef is a good solution for a good, hearty cat food, as well is chicken and pork (although be extremely careful with pork as it can, if prepared improperly, cause worms), and remember the reason dogs like the same foods as you is cause they are omnivores like you and I, but cats are not. They are strictly carnivorous, which means they like meat and meat only. My cat Galaxy has been on a strict home diet ever since he was weaned, and now at five months old, has a sleek and shiny soft coat, superb dental hygiene, no fleas or ticks, no worms, and his fecal matter looks the way it should – not squishy and not rock hard either (yes I check. Someone's got to clean his cat box). He had a check up last week and the vet said he had never seen a more healthy cat at his age. He's going to be a show cat so it's extremely important he is healthy, but all cats have the right to a healthy life and that includes yours.

They depend on you for a healthy life, so you have to get involved and find out for yourself what is good and bad, but remember your cat is only as healthy as you let it be. You are what you eat.


I have a cat and I have an invasion of ants. They say ground clove will keep the ants away, but is it toxic to cats by smell or ingestion?


@anon81909: and his comments about the product "Plaque Off."

Wanting to provide the best for my two beautiful golden retrievers in terms of health and well-being, I purchased the above supplement just over a week ago. I'm heartbroken because they are no longer with me. They died after two/three doses of the so-called "supplement," within two days of each other. My first dog was rushed to the animal hospital but the specialist care couldn't save him. He was admitted on Wednesday afternoon and given IV fluids and IV antibiotics and bloodwork was done, no disease or abnormality found.

The next day, my second dog collapsed with what we thought was internal bleeding. Again IV fluids were started, bloods taken and our suspicion was confirmed, and they started a transfusion on him. They were side by side, but as sick as they were, I never thought they would pass away.

However, to my absolute shock, my first dog died that night. They suspect it was with either toxemia or septicemia. My second dog, who had three doses of the stuff, had gastric bleeding and deteriorated passing large amounts of malaena. The awful decision was made to save him any more suffering, and he died last night, two days after his brother.

After reading several research items, it seems there is a substance called carrageenan in some seaweeds that can cause severe gastric and systemic upset. It therefore seems undeniable that this "supplement" was the cause of otherwise reasonably healthy dogs succumbing to this awful product.


Honestly, this article is a bit flawed and somewhat on the extreme side, particularly in regards to the part about xylitol. My golden retriever (weighing approximately 70 pounds) once ate an entire large pack (20 sticks) of sugar-free gum containing xylitol and did not appear to suffer even the slightest stomach upset. She has since passed away (from old age, not anything food related) and we allow my new dog to eat table scraps containing mushrooms all the time and she has never experienced any problems.

Plus, I have a friend that feeds his dog chocolate cake pretty much on a daily basis without the dog having any digestive upset. Although I would certainly not recommend feeding your pets things like gum and chocolate cake, it is almost inevitable (unless you are going to leave your pet caged every moment they are not in your sight) that they are probably going to get into something they probably should not consume at some point and there's really no need to panic over it. I mean, if I had read this article after my dog eating that pack of gum I would have been freaking out thinking that my dog was going to die when in fact nothing happened at all.

It is good to be informed about foods that should probably be avoided but saying something as specific as "a mere 3 sticks of gum can kill your 60 lb dog" only pertains to like the most extreme case and will probably only panic some poor pet owner who is worried enough already. Just simply stating that ingesting xylitol can be harmful to pets and that a vet should be consulted would be more than sufficient and suggesting that the pet will be be "dead within 24 hours" is inappropriate and simply not true.


My cats likes a bit of chicken skin/fat. They are smart enough to leave a lot of it alone and rarely eat more than a mouthful.

However on one occasion my cat ate a lot of it and ended up hurling it up all over the floor -- too rich, I guess.

Also I was told I should put a little hemp oil (no not the drug)in her food as it was good for her, but it gave her the squirts, I guess some fats are not very digestible.

I have to say it is not fun sponging diarrhea out of the carpet.

Now I just use a little fish oil from a capsule or a dropper as directed by a vet and there is no issue.


What about papaya?

I have a cat that goes insane over it. I heard in some countries they eat it after large meat meals as there is an enzyme in it that helps with digestion of meat in humans. I wonder if it would hurt cats. Obviously, they didn't initially feed it to her but she got into it and ate a good portion of a wedge.

I like it but don't get it often so I don't give her more than a teaspoon full as I like it too much too, but she seems to have no problem. Should I avoid this? She seems to like it more than fish!


So tomato greens are bad, but how about pepper plant leaves? They are a similar family of plant. My cats won't touch the peppers. Hell, most people can't eat them, but within seconds of me putting on of my potted habanero plants on the floor and turning my back, my cats will start eating the leaves like they are catnip or something.

I stop them right away and they have had no ill effects, but does anyone know if they that harmful?

How about nori, the dried seaweed wrap used in sushi? One of my cats flips out over that stuff and hasn't had issues. Again, I try to keep them away but if they see it out they get into it rather quickly.


This is a good article, but the comments and chatter seem to be ridiculous. I only have a BS in Biology, so I can only make this very simple. Cats and dogs are of the same bloodline as their counterparts in the wild, and they are carnivores by nature. Look at their teeth; they are designed for cutting and chewing meat.

They do not roam the forests looking for chocolate, sweet berries, or sweet fruits; they look for meat and fish, maybe some eggs.

"Candy" and "sweets" are relative terms made up by us. "Candy" to your cat would be a nice juicy piece of fish. If you want to treat them to something, give them some fish, turkey, chicken, lamb, ham, or take them to a large pet store, which is their "candy-kitchen".


Garlic is not much of a problem in dogs.

You can pick out the "CYA" variety of vet by asking them about garlic. It's commonly prescribed by veterinarians today and has been used for centuries for dogs with fleas and also simply as an ingredient in treats, or an ingredient in people food that dogs eat without any problems.

Extremely large quantities of garlic, such as an entire bulb in one day, would cause problems, but even amounts as large as a clove per 30 pounds of dog doesn't seem to cause problems. Most times, the dog gets a tiny fraction of that, and benefits.

Onions in small doses are also unlikely to cause a problem, but should be avoided if possible.

Grapes, raisins and chocolate are to be avoided completely.

Many of the things mentioned in this list won't harm your pet at all. Many of them are beneficial. Unfortunately, we live in a strange culture where people will accumulate rules to live by without a good basis. Just because a pet died near the time it ate a tomato doesn't mean the food caused the problem.

With many millions of pets, most serious risks have studies explaining them, so you can easily weed out the silly from the serious.


Wow. I had no idea!


Every animal may be more or less allergic to these things differently, so even if say, your cat ate tomatoes each day doesn't mean you should feed every cat tomatoes. It's still bad for them.

Just don't feed pets any of these! At all!

People can be so stupid.


The garlic issue is a simple one. Onions contain Thiosulphate, garlic's compound is diallyl thiosulfinate. A very similar name, but chemically very different. Garlic does not affect platelet function, which has ben tested, and proven.

Onions, on the other had can cause hemolytic anemia in animals, due to the effects it has on the red blood cells. Please have facts before you post.


Just to let you know that my male cat loves peas mushed in his plate. Also mad about avo, carrots, beans (green) also baked beans and sweetcorn. A very healthy cat.


my six month old labrador pup got very sick yesterday. took her straight to the vet, and he said it was a toxic poisoning. he asked about all of the rat baits etc which i had none of anywhere near.

it got me thinking of what else is around the house, then thought of the toadstools in the back yard, so I did a bit more research into these and have found that yes, the toadstools that i have are, in fact, poisonous to dogs and have been known to kill them. in my case Nix is still alive, which the vet did not think she would be. apparently i need to buy a lotto ticket for that, but this is a warning to you all: if you have anything that looks dangerous to your dog, pull it out.


I was once looking up some information on Comet Cleaner with Bleach Disinfectant and found people commenting about eating it (don’t believe me, just look up eating comet cleaner). It sounded insane to me but there were people commenting on how they had eaten it for 15 years.

My point is just because someone does something stupid, and hasn't died from it yet, does not mean that it's something that one should do. Even if there's someone who drinks a glass of bleach and lives to 100 years old, it doesn't mean that this is the secret to old age. It means they were incredibly lucky. This goes as well for people who drink and smoke all their lives and die at 99. Yes, they got lucky, but there are a hell of a lot more people who drink and smoke their whole lives and die at 50 or 60.

So sure, maybe you had a cat or dog to whom you fed chocolate or garlic or whatever for 20 years. The fact that they lived that long probably means that their body was incredibly resilient, not that it did them a lot of good.

Why would you purposely feed your animal a food that is known to be toxic to most animals? What is the point? Does it make you feel good to make your animal sick? To put stress on their bodies by making them eat things that are not good for them? If you are really too cheap to buy pet food, fine, feed them human food, but at least stay away from the things that are bad for them. Better yet, don't get pets.


Feeding chocolate to a dog as a way of a "peaceful death" is a crime. You could have surrendered him to a shelter instead of poisoning him! What city do you live in so I can report you? Also, if you want to see just how "peaceful" it was for your pet(the dog that stood by you and was loyal to you for all of those years) how 'bout you drink a big gulp of dishwasher detergent?


Some of you handily solve the concerns over which foods are dangerous or not with the suggestion to "just feed your pets pet food." I'd hate to see your diets! What do you think these animals have been doing for thousands of years? Running down to the store for some Purina?

It seems like the healthiest diet for your pet would be the one which you know the most about, i.e., a nutritionally-informed homemade diet. Now of course this isn't the most convenient for everyone, but to knock it is just being way out-of-touch with the real world. And don't forget that our pets aren't always eating those foods which we allow them to have - they get into things on occasion - and a little information can go a long way; you need to know those times when you may want to give your vet a phone call.

Oh, and to say something like "my pet likes chocolate"? My ex-girlfriend loved the crap out of some Xanax but I'm pretty sure that only made her stupider.


Seriously why are people still writing "but my dog had this and he is fine and my cat had this but she is OK". Clearly it is harmful otherwise this wouldn't be a subject of discussion.

What this person is trying to say is these foods are not good and will be a risk. Your dog or cat may be absolutely fine after giving it some of these foods but it's the next animal that won't be and you don't know if that's going to be your pet or not. If you want to take the risk good on ya, but you wouldn't take that risk if it was your child (i hope), so just avoid it.

What's the big deal? you all just want to debate about it. It's annoying. these people have gone to uni for 3-4 years to know these things, so just stop questioning it!


Sigh. My cousin is a vet.

Chocolate isn't a toxin - it contains a toxin. While it's true that milk chocolate, for example, contains less of the toxin than the same quantity of dark chocolate, neither is okay. Further, feeding little bits over time is actually just as harmful as a single large dose because the chemical's effects are actually progressive - the more they eat it, the worse it gets. Stop feeding your dog chocolate!

Any member of the onion family - garlic, onions, shallots, scallions, leeks - they are all bad.

Interestingly, turns out poinsettias are not toxic. Every report of poinsettia toxicity points back to a single study done about 60 years ago. That study turns out to have been incomplete and wrong - and all evidence people cite to support the claim references back to that one study. Who knew?


Our dog Bear was a chow. We got him as a small pup he died a month before his 20th birthday of sudden heart failure in his sleep (Basically old age). The dog loved and I mean loved chocolate. He ate it daily. We fed him Pedigree, but honestly he mostly ate table food. He had his eyesight when he died, all his limbs, and was very active and healthy.

Fast forward six years and now I have a Border Collie I got as a Parvo Rescue puppy at six weeks. She is soon to be five. Look at her cross eyed and she gets diarrhea. We keep a can of pumpkin here at all times and the poor thing has had so much rice and stewed chicken that she turns her nose up at it. Open the medicine cabinet and she trembles from having to had so many meds.

We feed her little to no table food, much less chocolate, yet still she has to make two to four emergency trips to the vets or the vet hospital every year. I walked the floor with her at six weeks for a week, administered IVs to her here, had her a blood transfusion at the vets. It was a horrible time. Her blood count was down to 1,250 at one point.

She's a little fire ball now, and my favorite because she fought so hard to live. However, my vet says the rough start with the Parvo has no bearing on her health today. I strongly disagree. Having dogs my whole life (We always have two or three at once) I have never seen one as sickly as her. Last year she was walking through the hallway and just fell over. She had no use of her back legs all at once. Well there went a $150.00 visit to the vet emergency room. They said she had a virus, and gave her antibiotics in two days she was fine.

Point being, I believe it's really a dog to dog issue on their health. She has supplements, and almost constant vet care, yet she still struggles. Bear not only ate chocolate daily but we found him sneaking into stored wine drinking it, and continued to let him drink a shot of wine for 15 more years and he lived to be almost 20.


my dog will try to eat peoples cannabis and loves chili. if i didn't give it chili and it hadn't got stoned (by stealing weed) when i refused it chili because it has onions in i reckon she would eat me. I am at a loss. She also becomes crazy when she sees a football. my friend's dog will steal cider. I reckon they both got life worked out.


Does anyone remember what our grandparents and great grandparents fed their pets before all the pet food companies were around? I know that mine fed their pets table scraps. Everything in moderation just like us.

What do all the strays eat? They are in the garbage cans eating what we throw away. Some of us get diabetes, cancer etc and some of us don't. It would be the same with our pets.


any website that promotes the cooking of food for dogs is a crock.

I am no expert but chicken bones are only dangerous when cookies!


We fed our Boxer mix a clove of garlic every day for god knows how many years and she lived to be almost 18! I don't think that one is correct at all.


It has honestly never crossed my mind "what is and what isn't OK for my cat to eat?" I've always fed my cat nothing but cat food. Plain and simple.

I always discourage him when he begs for food and make sure he doesn't eat "human" foods. He's 20 this year and still as healthy as a kitten so it's that simple. Don't worry about what is and what isn't OK for them. Just stick to the cat food and your cat may live as long!


One of our cats loves bread but has been throwing up over barley bread, so I guess barley is toxic. He adores cucumber, and so far I've heard that it is okay, but what about red and yellow peppers? He also loves beetroot.

We're never going to let him eat raisins again, and I'm not sure how good coconut is, which is also one of his favorite snacks. Our other cat is very picky, and only eats raw minced lamb and beef and a certain type of dry cat food. She hates cooked meat, any chicken or organ meat, all egg and cheese and cream and milk. Any suggestions as to how to persuade her to eat a more varied diet?


To all the people who say garlic and onions are OK, one stated that if it's on a dog food container how is it not OK? I just have one thing to say: there is arsenic in tobacco says so right on the things. That doesn't stop the companies from putting it in nor does it stop consumers from using the product.


Don't give any of your pets anything to eat that would not be healthy for you to eat. pets are part of the wonderful family of creatures given to us by God to care for and to give and receive the unconditional love, that God has given to us. --LMT


I can tell you first hand that grapes and raisins are horrible for dogs. My dog ate a grape and vomited about every two minutes all night long.

The next day, I took him to the vet who told me that grapes are bad for dogs. He had to take some sort of medication and antibiotic for about two weeks. The medication worked, but that grape cost me $70.


Every so often my Westie grabs a few pieces of popcorn. I have not seen mention of popcorn on any toxic list. Sometimes he gets gas pains, eats grass, throws up and then feels better several hours later. Could popcorn cause this?


that's why it's telling you the things that are toxic to them! because they can't tell that it's toxic. so you have to know these things.


Firstly, garlic which has been cooked or processed into powder form, is very safe and good for dogs. Tomatoes are healthy too, however the stem/ stalk is poisonous; best thing to do is to remove this before feeding the dog.

Potatoes (except yellow spuds, i.e. 'Yukon Gold') and sweet peppers are very healthy.

Thirdly, never give your dog chocolate- period, end of story.

Avocado: Good, but seed is toxic.

Carrots: Good, but best shredded or steamed for better digestion (avoiding digestive problems).

Greens: Good for dogs as the are for us, especially as dogs mature, they gradually require less protein with age, so mixed greens is best (i chop and add kale, chard, spinach, and broccoli, etc.) --j


A response to some comments on this page:

Commenter 18: Any amount of chocolate is too much. It may not kill them, but it teaches them to eat chocolate.

Commenter 28: Watch your language- it is not "more allergic". I understand what you mean, "more poisonous", but chocolate is not an allergy, it is a poison. Arsenic is not an allergy, it is a poison. Same thing.

Commenter 33: You do not "build up an immunity" to poison. You can for sickness, but chocolate is not a sickness, it is a poison. Also, dog and human digestive systems are different. So don't think that because you can eat chocolate, it is good for your dog. Toby has not built up an immunity to poison, and never will.

It is not simply a question of exposure. This is possibly one of the stupidest comments posted on here. That guy who died on the news from poisoning? Poor fool. He should have eaten more poison. Then he'd have exposure, and he'd be all right. If it were simply exposure, do you think it would be listed as a poison?

Commenter 43: I am reading my cat's food ingredients. Chicken meal, corn gluten meal, ground corn. Hmmm.

Commenter 53: Chocolate is harmful, and most kinds of chocolate takes much less than "half their body weight". But you are right about garlic.

Commenter 84: That seems kind of harsh. Unless your dog lives out its life in a bubble, they will get into something they shouldn't, and it's not the owner's fault. But you can be okay if you try carefully, then what your dog might get into will be minimized and shouldn't be harmful.

Commenter 91: Potato peels are not good for your dogs! If you stand by and feed them peels as treats, shame on you!

Commenter 100: I am 107304. I have had cats all my life and know how to care for them. Care for them by simply feeding them their cat food, water, and any medications they need. If you complain about adding "flavor" to their diet, ask your vet about which foods you can give them.

Commenter 109: You tie with Toby's owner for silly comments. You are right, but you shouldn't give them tiny bits of chocolate, because they will then think "Oooh, here's this stuff my owner gave to me! And there's so much! Wow, even though they only give me little bits, they always give me good stuff! This, therefore, must be awesome! Let's just snarfle it down!" and there goes the Twix bar and your pet's health.

Commenter 111: I have mixed feelings about you and your friend. I am sorry for her, but chocolate is not a cheap alternative for euthanasia! Do something. Give it to a Humane Society. Plead your situation to a vet. But chocolate is a horrible way to die. You do not poison your pet to save money! You do something!

And as for you, I'm not even sympathetic. You don't just stop caring about your cat's health because they were okay that one time! Ugh, you are not a responsible owner.

Commenter 113: I think your name might begin with S, am I right? I think I know you, and you might be my sister. But you are a genius, an absolute genius. Commend yourself for your brilliance. You are one of the sane people on this commenting site. And all other people who agree with her- if she is who I think it is, it's a she- you are genii too. Pat yourself on the back!

116: Here is your answer. Quantity. I have wondered too, but I think it is because they only put tiny amounts into it. But regardless, I would trust the manufacturers, because other dogs eat the stuff, and they all seem okay. But don't give your dog garlic or onions on your own. You can also ask your vet.

Commenter 120: Grass is commonly thought to be a stomachache cure for cats, but it is not. Why do they eat grass? Because they like it! It probably does help them, but they don't know it. They just like eating grass.

Commenter 122: You are also a genius. If you are not on this comment, you are probably also pretty smart. Pat yourself on the back!

And finally, my own opinion. I think that you should just not feed your dog or cat stuff on this list! Don't think of other occasions where they've been okay. They can survive little bits, so make sure they don't get any of the stuff again!

It really isn't that hard. Or, talk to your vet, and don't trust people on the Internet who say chocolate is okay! well, that might mean you shouldn't trust me, but then I suppose that's okay. Just talk to your vet! Think about it. If you're talking, in person, to someone who knows about animal welfare, trust them! Not people on the internet!

And a warning about walking down primrose paths: seeing is not believing on the Internet! Be kind to your pets.


I have to ask. Are people posting on here that ignorant that they can't accept that certain foods like chocolate or onions are poisonous and to keep them away from your pets.

I don't care how much you or your pet likes chocolate or grapes: do not allow them to eat them, end of story. You took on the responsibility to protect them, they can't read so it's your job!

Smarten up people, most of you make me sick. For the person who said her friend couldn't afford to put the dog down so gave it chocolate covered raisins, well, you're just not smart. The both of you should be brought in for animal abuse.


My dog took it upon herself to eat a half a pack of trident gum. We ended up taking her to the ER where they induced vomiting and found several pieces of gum in her system. They also found that her blood sugar was low.

They insisted on keeping her overnight to provide her with fluids to bring her blood sugar up and liver protectors to protect her liver from the gum's chemical of xylitol that she ingested. The chemical doesn't just bring down a dog's blood sugar to deadly levels but it also can severely damage the liver! Everyone needs to know how serious xylitol is and that it is found in almost every gum!


My dog ate a table full of Christmas chocolates, it was around 5 pounds of it, she was fine. she's a weimaraner/lab mix. 10 years later she succumbed to old age.

My kitten's first meal at his new home was spaghetti with sauce that had peppers, mushrooms and onions in it, he's a healthy 10 year old now, and still loves it. He also loves peas and green beans.

Animals are a lot smarter then most think. grass is a cure for upset stomachs to them, just don't use poisons on it. Everything here on earth has a meaning for it's being here, it just the stupidity of humans that make so many things bad.

Oh one more thing: cats like grass too, tastes like catnip to them, when I say grass I'm talking cannabis. which has many medicinal values that are overlooked by humans.


anon131147: Most vet specialists say there is a special chemical in garlic and onions that is essential to cats and dogs. But, they can only have very very small amounts. More than 5 grams could be fatal to any size cat or dog. I believe they put it in weight loss dog food because of the fat working ability to burn fat as well as many others types of dog food and dog treats.


My dog ate powder black pepper by accident, and he is like coughing when he barks or runs. Is this dangerous?



anon131147: I have often wondered why onions and garlic are found in pet food as well, as they are not safe.

Onions especially, but garlic as well, contain thiosulphate - which is toxic, and can cause hemolytic anemia and liver damage. How the onion is prepared (raw, cooked, dry, etc.) doesn't matter.


Why are people worried about giving their dogs garlic and onions? I've read the ingredients on a can of dog food and it says garlic powder and onion powder right on the list of ingredients. I wouldn't give my dog garlic and onions if they are poison, but, you have to wonder why they put it in canned dog food if it is poison?


It has been stated that as little as 50g of dark chocolate can prove fatal to an average sized dog. Other chocolate products contain varying amounts of theobromine, but no amount is considered 'safe'.

Even sub-lethal doses can lead to your dog becoming very ill, disoriented, and in pain for a prolonged period following ingestion. Death by chocolate is extremely unpleasant indeed, and anyone subjecting their pet to this should rightfully be condemned for their stupidity and cruelty.

If you must feed your dog chocolate, make sure it's of the kind manufactured specifically for their consumption.


RE post: about rules about what to feed cats and dogs. Theobromine isn't poisonous to humans


Ahem. Just for the record, the commentator who says 'you can give your dog a taste of chocolate,' you can't. Because your dog, no matter how much you love them, is not smart enough to figure out that chocolate is bad for them. Meaning, sure, a little bit of chocolate won't hurt your dog, sure. But your dog will think 'oh, my best friend gave me this stuff. It's delicious!' and then it eats a bunch of really dark chocolate and can't figure out why you're freaking out. After all, you knowingly gave your dog poison. Your dog likes the taste of poison.

So, if you accidentally leave stuff out (I'm not calling anyone a bad owner if their dog gets into chocolate. Heck, it happens! You leave a chocolate cake out on the counter and when you next look it's on the floor, half eaten), your dog will be more likely to eat it, because you gave chocolate to them and he/she thinks it's okay to eat.

As for the commentator who said 'not everyone is an animal expert' then yes! Someone sees the light! Maybe a commentator was wrong when someone said 'you are correct about dogs but not cats', but they might be right!

Let's take the example of our friend who says that white chocolate has no theobromine in it. Chocolate is something you just don't give to your pets, because even though 'a little won't hurt them', it's the same thing as telling your child, 'come on Jessie, cyanide is delicious! Try some!'. So here is an example of a comment that sooner or later somebody will put on here:

I am a licensed vet, and I don't understand why people say that chocolate is poisonous. It's not. Anybody who gives their dog chocolate is actually giving them a well-needed staple of their diet, because like we sometimes consume tiny amounts of cyanide each day, consuming tiny amounts of theobromine per day is very good for dogs.

Now, nobody has said that yet, I've never seen that, but the point is, people can be all sorts of things on the internet. They can say that they are doctors, vets, and they might be! But this is proven toxic stuff. It's not like carrots.

You know, one person says 'ooh, carrots are awful for pets (no one has yet, I'm just *saying*), and the next person says 'ooh, carrots are great for pets!', and the debate can go on forever, because carrots are those things where it doesn't matter if your pet eats them or not.

But with chocolate-wow! Sooner or later somebody's going to come on here and say 'listen up you lot, this stuff is toxic! If you wouldn't give your dog cyanide, then how come you give them this stuff!' in fact, I think other people have said this and I'm saying it now.

Sorry if I'm going on a bit, but I hate it when people are dancing on the verge of 'let's give our dogs poison! Woo!'.

As for the commentator whose friend had to give their dog chocolate covered raisins to get the dog out of his or her misery, that is so sad. I'm sorry. My cat a long time ago once had to be put down. The sad thing is, I was out that day and I came home and found my family had had him put down. I didn't even get to say good bye.


Be good to your animals. point blank. I make my dogs homemade treats and am very careful about the ingredients I add. I use fresh fruit (apples) peanut butter, cornmeal wholewheat flour and 1 egg as a binder and for protein. I add no spices or salt, I just use natural food.

I remove the peels from the apple to remove as much pesticides as I can and try and by organic when I can. Dogs and cats like treats just like we do. Just be safe and do your research when making homemade treats for our Fur babies.

Feed them as if you would feed you own children. Be careful and conscience of all you put into there little bodies. they can not tell you what gives then a belly ache and just because they seem to enjoy it doesn't always mean it's good for them. when it comes to you animals always proceed with the greatest of caution!


I would never feed chocolate to a dog (along with grapes) but, ever since my cat stole my chocolate muffin-I haven't been so worried for him.

My cat is almost as much of a chocolate junky as I am.

Tough, sad story: My good friend's dog was suffering a lot from being so old and so weak that the vet suggested putting her down. My friend couldn't afford the bill. It was way too much. Shooting her was also out of the question.

So she fed the dog chocolate covered raisins so it'd be a calmer and cheaper death.


And for the record for everyone who keeps saying "Look it up," how about going to your veterinarian instead? Not every article written about animals is by a genius! Lol


There is nothing wrong with giving your dog a nibble/taste of chocolate. I'm not saying let him woof down a whole Twix bar, but just a piece half the size of a dime for the dog isn't going to do any kind of terrible death/damage to your dog. Chocolate is very bad for a dog, but a taste won't hurt him!


Excuse me commenter 107? You do your research. White chocolate contains theobromine. Granted, it does contain a very very small amount, but you still shouldn't give it to your pets on the grounds that 'a little won't hurt them'. Same with regular chocolate. It's the same as drinking a little bit of antifreeze and then saying 'oh, but a little won't hurt me!'

Just look up theobromine white chocolate and see where it gets you. And there are a lot of sites that will say the same thing as I said.

It's stupid to give cats and dogs chocolate. If you know it's bad for them, why do you give it to them? You can't rely on experience 'oh yeah, but my dog ate chocolate so much and she is like twenty!' I agree with the commenter who said 'lets all let our children run out into the street, play with matches, and take drugs since it may not be harmful every time they may do it' (sarcasm).

Now you're saying 'But they love the taste of antifreeze, chocolate, and other poisons so much! How can I deny it to them!'

Lay off the poisons. people who do give their pets poison are like a parent who gives their kid cyanide because 'it tastes so good.'


For the record everybody, white chocolate does not contain theobromine. therefore it is all right for animals to ingest. Do your research.


It's weird I didn't know this before and i have fed my dog her own little dish of spaghetti which was homemade and had tomatoes, garlic, and onions in it, and she seemed totally fine afterward and she's a little dog too. -Mike


After all the things you people have read about here, you still feed your animals poison crap. This is just pet abuse. If you knew the crap had the potential to make your kids sick, would you let them eat it? Some people do not need pets. For them buy a stuffed animal.


Oh, sorry, I was wrong (I'm anon107550) white chocolate does contain theobromine and caffeine BUT not much. so doggies shouldn't get it for the same reason that anon107304 said.


I'm anon107304 and im sorry if i said cats and dogs. I meant dogs. with, chicken and rice is amazing for dogs with upset stomachs. you get chicken, cook it totally bland, without any spices, salt or anything, then you remove the skin, stick it in a food processor till it's all chopped up. you cook some rice, mix them together in a doggie dish, ta-da! doggie food.

a big plus is that my dog likes it better then her regular food, and i think a lot of dogs would feel the same way. pumpkin also helps.


@anon107304: You are correct about dogs, but not cats. Go look it up. Anyone who is interested in some interesting facts about cats and how to keep them healthy should do some research on Lisa A. Pierson, DVM.


Regarding the owner of the shih tzu Toby, chocolate does not do that! It's like smoking. 'Well, I love smoking, and so does my friend. We've never gotten sick. We've built up an immunity to them.' Then, the next day, you find their lungs have turned black and they are now dead.

Chocolate is a poison. No one builds up an immunity to cyanide or antifreeze! And dogs can't build up an immunity to theobromine.

Compare it to getting a virus in your computer. You've got it, and all those months, it's just waiting. Then, Bam! You suddenly find something wrong with your computer. Since Toby has had chocolate for a while, maybe it didn't affect him that time. But don't take chances.

Yeah, you get the point. Also, was the chocolate white chocolate? White chocolate contains no theobromine and is therefore safe to give to your animal in small doses, though it is not recommended!

Honestly, I don't want everyone's dogs to die and then they say 'but you said it was safe'. If your dog somehow gets into it (which it shouldn't because you shouldn't have it out in the first place), the dog should be fine. Of course, if it's a lot they'll get sick because it has a high fat content, and lots of fat makes humans feel oogy and makes dogs really sick. (That, my friends, is why you don't give them turkey skin -- too much salt and fat.)


anon101754, I don't think curry powder is poisonous exactly, but I don't think it's really good for them. I think they might have diarrhea after you give it to them or something. Well, it's not recommended, but it won't kill them.


I saw some stuff and I want to clear things up. So, anyone reading this, don’t try stuff on your cats and dogs just because someone on the internet said so. Anon661, if you saw something poisonous, like a poisonous berry, then do you instinctively know it’s bad? Do you instinctively know that sugar makes you fat? No. Same with your cat. Also, i saw a post on here that said “cats and dogs are carnivores, they should never have veggies”. Well, take a look at your cat or dog food. Read the ingredients. Notice anything odd? Cats and dogs have survived on manufactured food for quite a while, and it’s not all meat.

And i want to clear something up about chocolate. The thing that makes chocolate poison to dogs and cats is both theobromine, and caffeine. So, never let your dog have coke, or tea, or coffee, or anything with caffeine. Some types of chocolate are more dangerous than others. This is why some of you are saying chocolate is an “allergy”. Your dog would need plenty of white chocolate before they showed any symptoms. But chocolate is not an allergy. And even though they can have some, doesn’t mean you should feed them a very little bit of chocolate on the grounds that “its okay for them”. Then it will teach them the smell of chocolate is good, and when they smell dark chocolate or baking chocolate, which are really bad, they will think “Oh! Here’s that really good stuff my owner gave me! I love it! I’m going to scarf this whole pack down and darn the consequences!”

Even if you keep chocolate well out of reach, there will be some time (unless your home is completely chocolate free at all times, in which case i pity you) in which your dog or cat will run across chocolate. Elvoret, your cat would have loads of problems with an 85 percent cocoa bar. Please be sure never to let her have it. Milk chocolate is not as bad as dark chocolate, for the reason that it is the cacao bean that hurts the dog or cat. Please read anon106576 and anon 106414’s comments, they are really good. Chocolate is not an allergy!

Seriously everyone, don’t go and put your pets at risk. It’s like someone saying, “oh, i know all these people who have taken drugs, and they’re fine! It’s just that some people are allergic to drugs.” “Really everyone, i know people who’ve smoked and they’re fine! It’s just an allergy.” Also, carob is awesome for dogs. It tastes kind of like chocolate, but it has no caffeine or theobromine. Carob is also really good for humans too, because it’s healthier, so in the interest of the growing size of the american public, try using it instead of chocolate. Oh, and pumpkin is good for dogs with diarrhea, if you give a teaspoonful with every meal. Carrots and blueberries are good for dogs too, and so is peanut butter. It sounds weird, but dogs can also eat Cheerios.


anon18515: dogs and cats can process fruit and veggies and grains, and in fact fruits and veggies are really really good for them. carrots, apples, blueberries -- they're all really really good for your dog -- even lettuce!

anon53954: turkey is really good for cats and dogs! but they can't eat the skin, because it's too salty. you want to debone it too.

Anon4335: milk chocolate doesn't have as much theobromine in it, but you still don't give it to your dogs! they will get sick and never mind if someone says they won't, don't take chances with your pets, and for heaven's sake, don't listen to people who'll say 'my cat/dog eats chocolate all the time!' would you like your pet to die because you listened to someone on the internet whom you don't even know?


so many people are saying, 'My dog/cat loves chocolate! it's just that some breeds are allergic, you can feed chocolate to the other ones.' There's no such thing as 'allergies' to chocolate. it's poisonous and don't give it to your pets!

jennypenny, popcorn is good for pets. mish999, you are so cruel to your dog. I'm not letting you near charlotte or poppy! i might let you near lily.

i've seen so many people saying 'people food is evil for your pets!' there are some good foods. green beans, carrots, and blueberries are all really good for them. I'm not sure what else. oh yeah, pumpkin's good too. but if you are puzzling over whether to feed a dog food that's not listed as good food, don't give it to them! you never know!

as a general rule, most fruits and veggies are good for them, but i advise you to check. salmon if it's cooked is good for cats! my lily loves salmon, but everyone doesn't allow puss to have any. not fair to pussy cat!

oh yeah, my dog loves blueberries, they're great for puppies.


To all those who think they are wise and who have super pets that are free from proven toxic foods,

keep feeding your pets with these proven toxic food and stop arguing here!

But I am happy to know now what is toxic to my pets.

Remember, your pets suffer!


You know, I'll bet a lot of people thought the same of smoking. "Geez, I know a lot of people who smoke and live long lives, or seem okay." Grow up. Feed your animals only what is good for them and not what you think is okay just because they like it and it doesn't seem to be hurting them. You don't know! Quit justifying your behavior. Think of your pet.

When the term 'people food' is used, perhaps it is meant 'processed food'. Healthy, fresh people food (that is not toxic to your dog or cat), without spices, salts, etc., are okay.

If your animal is not meant to eat grains because they do not have the enzymes to digest and use the protein from them (like cats), don't feed them stuff with grain in them.

Just because a vet recommends a certain processed pet food doesn't mean it is good for the animal. Do a little research on what type of animal you have and their digestive system. Not research from pet food companies, but from universities and such that are doing unbiased research. Your eyes might just be opened, and your pet a lot better off.


Heck, my three dogs, 6 lbs to 31 pounds, all eat potato peels all the time! it's a "treat" for them!


My chihuahua has eaten everything including onions, grapes, popcorn and chocolate a kid gave her when I wasn't looking. She is 10 years old now and healthy as can be. There's all these rules about what not to feed dogs when we people shouldn't be eating that crap, either!


I have fed my dog grapes the first 10 years or so of his life, and I never knew he wasn't supposed to have them. I even peeled them for him sometimes. Also, my dog is turning 15 years old next week, and the only thing that is wrong with him is that he lost his vision this year due to glaucoma. He grew up eating people food, and now I feed him only people food and soft dog food. I don't know why everyone thinks it is so bad for an animal to eat "people" food.


Can you please let me know if curry powder is bad for cats and kittens?


Okay, yes, onions may be poisonous, and garlic may be a close cousin but it isn't. Heed the warning of chocolate but to be damaging, you have to have more than what's usually left around since mostly milk chocolate is left around and it usually takes at least one full bar to harm a medium- to large-sized, adult dog. This is because milk chocolate is mostly milk and only a little bit chocolate so it's barely poisonous unless it is consumed in large quantities.


Please heed the warnings of vets when they say chocolate and other things are poisonous. Would you want to be the one responsible for your pet's death just because you can't hold off giving it these treats? Your pet will be just as happy eating proper treats (carrots and celery for example - my dog loves them). Please don't listen to random people's advice!


My five month old boxer puppy became suddenly ill and i took him to the vet. they are saying he was poisoned with bubble gum! Really? They said it is from xylitol.

He was having seizures and foaming at the mouth and very disoriented. By the time I got him to the vet, 30 minutes away, he was comatose -- unaware of anything. They thought he was dead. He was still breathing but in horrible shape.

They said his liver values had skyrocketed and his sugar was 78. Can this be treated?


Anon 2718: How does your cat get in the fridge? Geez, the simple way to keep pets from getting to "people" food is to not leave it laying around on the counter or table.

If your pet is getting stuff off of the counters you should retrain them not to do that. Never should a cat be allowed near your food while you are preparing it (food prep should be done at the counter not a kitchen table).

Also, Anon 26635, please let me know which brand of wine is yours so I never drink it. Letting a dog run willy nilly through the winery doing its business everywhere during harvest? Eww.

Use your common sense people, if you have any! Allergies and poisoning are two different things! If your pet has poisoning you may not see the signs right away. It can be long term damage that you may not see until it is too late!

The natural/healthy food at the pet stores that contains some of the ingredients listed has probably been treated and is most likely organic since it is in natural/healthy food.

Dogs and cats should never, ever be given human food. Period! All of the chemicals and preservatives and pesticides and such that our food is treated with, their bodies can't handle it. And, if you are giving chocolate, beer or any other poisonous food to your pet on purpose, shame on you!

Chocolates, especially, have been known to be toxic to animals for years! Even the old, country vet that we took our, now deceased, dog Sugar to told us no people food! He didn't have a big list of stuff to avoid, he just said to avoid it all. Also, to keep our dog out of the trash.

If you let your pet eat human food, if you give it to them on purpose or as a "treat", if you let them near food you are preparing, if you don't keep your trash covered or hidden from them then you are irresponsible and shouldn't have pets. Shame on you!


I really don't understand garlic and onions being bad for dogs. I disagree. The reason is most, if not, all store bought dog food contains a little and not only that, but beacon grease is also a ingredient found in most dog food.

Try this: look up homemade dry dog food. Dogs by nature are not fishers, or vegetarians. Take a look at your teeth then your dog's teeth! I hope you see what I'm saying here. Dogs are carnivores a.k.a.. meat eaters, and if you have an active, playful dog, you should make sure at least 10 percent of his or her diet contains animal fat.


Stay away from Pro-Den Plaque-off. I gave some to my cat in her food and she became very ill. She had diarrhea, gas and was vomiting. She was at the vet for two days, and it cost me $1,200.00. She still has not fully recovered. The manufacturer says that it is a totally natural product and completely safe, but don't believe them.


Garlic, onions and all members of that family can cause a fatal 'Heinz Body' anemia (this is what its called, seriously!). The number of sick animals we see every year coming through our surgery with chocolate poisoning is not very funny. Despite fluids and other supportive therapies, some of them don't make it. Chocolate is a completely unnecessary part of a dog's diet - don't do it!


From what I hear, it is a fungus that grows on grapes that is the toxic component. A dog might be fine 99 percent of the time eating grapes, but then, even a single grape if it has this fungus on its surface could prove fatal. A mycotoxicosis of some description I understand! Nasty.


My dad has been feeding both my english lab and poodle/yorkie/schnauzer mix grapes for a while now and they haven't contracted any illness or diseases at all. Are grapes just poisonous to certain breeds then?


number 77: yes it could be from that. it's called salmon poisoning. salmon poison is just a bacteria that can be found in yes, salmon, but also in things in say a trash can, like canned cat food or tuna or anything that can have the Nanophyetus salmincola bacteria.


My one year old puppy ate a half a bottle of betta fish food. Two days later he started having seizures, we brought him to the vet and they didn't think it was from eating that. Less than 12 hours he died. Is it possible the vet was wrong? Did the ingredients in the fish food kill him?


- anon37075: You are 100 percent correct about the safety of grapes. My Vet treated my dogs health problem with supplement that had grape extracts.

When I voiced my concern she said the toxicity link has not been proven and that there was only one case from Oregon, USA where the grapes were blamed and even then it was an already ill dog that gorged itself on unwashed grapes.

It is good to be cautious of course but in this case it seems the warning is unwarranted based on minimal data.


My cat loves cinnamon toast: toast, a little butter, a little sugar and cinnamon. Are any of these ingredients toxic to him?


My cat is seriously addicted to tomatoes and corn.

I haven't noticed any problems related to him after he eats tomatoes, but I know he can't digest boiled corn.



my 10 lb puppy chewed through a package of enzyte (1.5 pills missing) and a tube of lube - no joke. Is he poisoned?


is turkey bad for cats and dogs? I heard it was not good for them.


Just caught my cat at my left over pizza. There was a slice of onion on it, but when I caught him I he was not eating it, neither was there bite marks on it. However, I think he munched on some green pepper, and of course most likely licked the pizza sauce.

The amount he had was probably very little, because I caught him right away, but I am still a bit concerned. He seems fine.

I never give human food to my cats, so I get a bit worried when they get into something.

Also, I never knew grapes were bad for cats. One fell on the floor, but luckily my cats only sniffed at it and didn't seem to care to eat it.


my cat ate a big malt loaf. now i am worried about him. he is a pig. he also ate half a pain au chocolat. he rips up the packaging.


I live on a potato farm and I didn't know that raw potatoes weren't good for them:) but this article really helped me.


Are pickles okay for cats?


Is boiled corn kernels or corn on the cob toxic for cats?


if your dog is ever diagnosed with gastro problems be sure they know what they are talking about. my little rat terrier, pickles, has been having problems for two years. every vet that has seen her missed the real problem: her spine. make them x-ray their spine and look for problems there. the spine of course holds the nerves which in turn send signals to the body. under abnormal conditions it sends the wrong signals, affecting their gastrointestinal tract. it may be too late for my pickles. we took her to vet today, she was an older woman we'd never seen before. within one hour she had pickles on intraveneous fluids, sedated, enema to get backed up rotten food out of her, showed us the x-ray and explained to us that this had been the cause of her problems from the start. if only the several vets who had seen her before had caught it she wouldn't be so bad that she couldn't take general anesthesia, her kidneys wouldn't be damaged, her digestive system inflamed, in shock when she arrived, white cell count out of sight, and the pain she was having. she is a bright, intelligent, energetic little dog and other than bowel problems never showed any sign of the seriousness of her condition until today. she wasn't eating, was drinking, and straining to pass stool so hard we thought she would break a bone trying. thank god after two days of this we knew this wasn't like before. she wasn't having a "bout of food allergies" or anything that began with the stomach. vets and human physicians are stupid or careless. i've seen people, including myself, be repeatedly misdiagnosed. i have a voice to get it across to them, give your dog a voice. When they say food allergies, gastrointestinal problems, demand they check the spine. If this would have been caught earlier by a knowledgeable doctor she wouldn't be close to death. her only chance is this very quick and unusually smart doc. I am so mad right now that my little girl has gotten to near death just because no one knew what they were doing. Too many dogs have treatable medical problems, if caught early, and the vet really knows his/her stuff.


my dog recently died suddenly and the only thing I can think of the symptoms she had - vomiting, foaming at the mouth, lethargy, floppiness, emitting smells - could come from poisoning

there was a yellow food fresh bag laying on the floor when I got home - could that have been toxic to her?


To take the guesswork out of this dialog, please refer to the authoritative source below ... the AVMA (American Veterinary Medicine Association). It is consistent with this article. Dr. Steven R. Hansen, director of the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center, gives pet owners a full list of foods, plants, chemicals and drugs that are commonly found in people’s homes that can be deadly.

An important aspect of being a good (and responsible) pet owner is to have the discipline *not* to feed (or expose) them to things that taste good but you know can cause them harm.


About the grapes: conventional grapes are one of the most pesticide-riddled crops around, it's more concentrated in raisins, making them our most poisoned produce - tragic irony since that's what many parents try to give their little kids as a healthy snack.

I used to feed my dog organic grapes with no problem. Do you, anon26635, bend over backward to minimize use of chemicals in your vineyards? That would explain it. I'd like to know.

Also, I can corroborate the successful elimination of seizures (in a cat who was having them countless times daily) using Essential Fatty Acids - in our case not just fish oil but a mix of omega oils. Again, the purity is really important, since fats hold toxins. So vegetable oils should be organic & the brand should be one of those that ensures no mercury in their fish oil: Nordic Naturals and Carlsen are probably the most reputable, followed by Spectrum.

I too have sometimes given my dog tiny amounts of garlic therapeutically, and I find none of my holistic health books give very specific info on how much Vit K (I believe that's the culprit, so it's also onions, cabbage, many other otherwise healthy foods) will result in the deadly Heinz anemia. Does anyone know?

Animals don't know when they're being poisoned, any more than people do. And one doesn't know about allergies either until after the fact IF one makes the connection.

Thanks, everyone, it's great to share this very important information.


I think many of the foods discussed may be breed specific. *But* who wants to volunteer their pet? I give my pets garlic and they tend to be more stinky but their blood and coloring (pinkness) stays consistent. They are chihuahuas and french bulldogs. I would say those 2 breeds wouldn't have a problem with garlic.

Also if you do your homework you will find that human grade food (alis: Treats, left overs, etc) are very healthy for your dog. Avoid things you wouldn't eat if you were on a diet or trying to get healthy such as: everything and anything fried, candy, fat, butter/crisco, processed foods, coffee, soda, alcohol... you get it.

Tomatoes are good for dogs!


I get so angry at my family whenever they feed my dog "small treats" off of their dinner plates. This article will be very useful to show them that it is not healthy to feed him all of those "treats". Thanks to everyone for the great advice!


I just got an exotic cat and switched over to a natural food after visiting this site and it said that tomatoes were toxic. I looked and noticed that nearly all foods had tomatoes in them. After I did a little research I found that it is in fact the green part of a tomato that contains the toxin.


Is cinnamon toxic to dogs? What if a dog ate about a 1/2 cup of cinnamon?


OK, not to be harsh but why are people risking their pets' health? Of 100% of people who smoke, not all 100% die of lung cancer so does that make smoking safe?

Let's let our children play in the street, play with matches and talk to strangers since it isn't fatal *each* and every time a child may do it. Get the point?


My cats love watermelon! Are natural sugars harmful to cats?


First, giving dogs garlic is a great way to keep fleas and ticks off them as they excrete it through the skin.

Chocolate is not harmful as my dogs eat it from time to time without any problem--you'd have to give your dog a *substantial* amount (like, half the animals weight!) of chocolate to kill them.

Tomatoes? Our dogs eat leftover pizza crusts all the time.

Three different breeds, all still quite healthy. As for caffeine, you'd have to give your pets *cups* of coffee or tea to harm them (again, it's a body weight to toxin issue).


Its funny about this grapes and dogs thing. We own a winery and a

number of vineyards and during harvest and during grape crush my dog

eats *pounds* of grapes. Never gets sick...for 3 years now. And I

can't stop him either...as he runs loose in the vineyard during

harvest. I need some actual real data from a bonafide scientific

expert/doctor regarding this.


Please ignore the anonymous commenter who scoffed at the risks of feeding chocolate to dogs. It's not an 'allergy', it's not a matter of building up resistance or immunity.

Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to dogs, cats, horses, and many other animals. They don't metabolize it well, so depending on the size and species of the animal, a small amount could be deadly. (Humans metabolize it very well--that's why it's not a problem for us.)

Google "theobromine toxicity" or "chocolate toxicity" for yourself, if you need more convincing. Don't take a risk with your pet's life because some jackass on the Internet said their pet never had problems.


I always love it when people freak out about how dogs and cats should never be fed anything but meat products because they're carnivores. People like that are generally in the "You're a horrible pet owner, how could you?" self-righteous category.

This is misleading to people. What you fail to realize is that your 'carnivorous' pet--were he living and hunting in the wild--would not be eating steak and bones from the butcher. Wild wolves and cats eat just about *all* of their prey--that includes the stomach and stomach contents. Since they prey largely on herbivores, that means that they *are*--in fact--getting plant matter as part of a normal, healthy diet.

Also, it should be pointed out that your 'carnivorous' canine or feline's wild relatives will not live nearly as long as your pet if you care for him or her properly. Perforated intestines from bone fragments, and death due to prey-borne illness happen in the wild as well.


Can you tell me if fresh brussel sprout leaves are poisonous to cats? And, what about fresh green beans? My cat is always getting into the grocery bags and my basket when I come back from the Farmer's market and took a fresh green bean out of the bag as well as a brussel sprout before I realized it.


I have a 10 year old mini dachshund. I made the mistake early on giving her tidbits of our food from the table. Not everything of course but she loves beans of all kinds especially kidney. I also feed her chicken, stewed of course, and some fruit. I don't know if any of this is hurting her but she seems very healthy


I have a cat that is a fanatic for raw tomatoes, has been ever since he was a kitten. I had never heard of them being toxic to cats, and I even asked the vet if it was OK to feed them to him. Anytime I slice one I usually give him some diced pieces to eat (equivalent of about one sandwich slice usually). He's never gotten sick or had any type of problem. Any thoughts on why?


What about spices? like salt, pepper and red chili powder that some food contains. I used to have a cat that used to love spiced food and he didn't show any symptoms.

And as far as i know, my cat Lika now stays away from food containing onion, garlic and cakes which contains raisins. Even when i mix it up with her favorite dish and offer it to her she just smells it and refuses to eat it.

However, there is this one other problem though. She's a sucker for beer, she goes crazy every time she smells the beer. Once i spilled beer on the floor, then i went to the kitchen to grab a rag and when i came back she had just finished licking the last drop off the floor.


Re post: "cats and dogs are carnivores"

This is incorrect. Cats are carnivores, but dogs are omnivores.


Dogs and cats are CARNIVORES, they shouldn't be fed any vegetable, fruit, or grain products; their digestive systems can't process them.

Toxic salmon? Some fish could be toxic, but more likely parasites in the fish could cause health problems, any raw meat fed to cats or dogs should be frozen first to kill worms and other parasites.

Chicken bones are more a problem for dogs, and no pet should ever be given cooked bones. Also avoid the weight baring bones of large herbivores, like leg bones from cows. Softer raw meaty bones are good for the pet, the bone is an excellent source of calcium, freeze all raw meats for 24+ hours first.

Whenever giving your pet treats, always remember, your pet is a carnivore that's built to hunt, kill, and eat their entire prey. Non-animal products are likely to be unhealthy for them.


An allergic reaction is different than toxicity. If something is toxic to an animal, you may not notice any reaction from them, but over the long-term, it will affect their liver. Kind of like if you drink alcohol, too much over the years will destroy your liver, but in the meantime, you don't notice anything.

We have a friend whose 100 lb Chessy was having seizures. When I told her that grapes are toxic, she stopped giving them to her and she hasn't had a seizure in 2 years.


Garlic, in small amounts will NOT kill your dog. It's a useful flea/tick/skeeter deterrent. It does the same for cats but there's a higher chance of toxicity - I do 1 week on 2 weeks off for the cats (it can cause a certain type of anemia in cats).


hey anon3347, try smelling pepper, it probably makes you want to sneeze. you also probably close your eyes when sneezing. i think your cat is feeling the sensation of wanting to sneeze and his eyes are closing and making him look tired.


Dear Readers:

Please do not confuse what a dog or cat likes with what is good for the animal. ANY dog will eat chocolate because it TASTES good. SO DOES ANTI-FREEZE!! But it is NOT good for the animal and can cause serious problems or even death. If you've gotten away with it that only means the animal didn't have enough to be fatal.

Ask yourself if a "little poison" is okay because it won't kill you. Even small amounts of toxic foods are taxing on the animal's system and can lead to an impaired immune system or other problems over time. Err on the side of caution. Stick with healthy foods. There are plenty of them!!


So today I was talking to a pet food specialist at a pet store, and we were comparing ingredients on the food bags of different brands. They all had tomatoes in them. Also, not all but most dog foods have garlic in them. So, how bout some brainy person researches WHY these foods are toxic to animals? I'm not much of a "because I said so" person. I like to see the science behind it all.


hi if you want to train your dog without classes it takes a lot of time and patience and most of all love and forgiveness same as marriage. Best of luck I have 3 and they are all great.


Have you never heard that eating fresh uncooked west coast salmon will kill a dog. If this is not so, please let me know. It is widely believed here in the west.


My 16 1/2 year old cat loves to eat strange food, including grapes, peaches, green peppers, tomato sauce, black olives, and has not had a problem. He just has the beginning of kidney disease from age. But now that I know, no more grapes and tomato sauce. Great article and responses.


Gee, mish999, you sound like a real peach! I'm glad you don't have access to MY pets....


My shih tzu, Toby, ate chocolate of all kinds every day of his life and never got sick... except once when he got into a box of rum-filled chocolates. :) I have photos of myself (as a toddler) and Toby doing a kind of "one for you, one for me" with my easter chocolates. My best friend's beagle LOVES chocolate too and has never gotten sick.

So I think the chocolate allergy depends on the dog and its lifestyle... if your dog has never eaten chocolate and all of a sudden ingests a whole easter bunny, then yah he's going to get very very sick. But if he's built up an immunity to it, then he'll be all right.


i'm glad i found this webpage. i often force feed beer to my moms dog for a bit of fun. its a king charles spaniel and it makes her wobbley and then she farts a lot. but i didn't realize it was poisonous to dogs.

thanks wisegeek


Is popcorn OK? My 5 year old pomm/shitzu loves popcorn!!


Why do manufactures of animal products recommend and use garlic for fleas and such when it is toxic to pets?

Also, just wondering about brussel sprouts? My kitten loves them. I do not put any seasonings on them, just a little butter sometimes.

I also have a rather large male cat who loves raisins. Gosh - I hope he has not sustained any long term damage by my giving them to him. Never again. Guess animals are like people, we sometimes crave things that are not good for us! :o)

Also, I keep reading about allergic reactions. Seems to me there is a difference between allergies and toxicity. You do not always know when the liver or kidneys are being damaged until it is too late!


With all the questions you guys have about why your animal isn't showing signs of toxicity when they eat these things, it's quite simple if you compare them to humans, because humans have different allergies, and different tolerance levels. The same is true of other animals, like dogs and cats. Some may be more sensitive to certain food than others, different breeds may be more or less tolerant than others. Greyhounds are a good example of finicky stomachs, they can actually die from eating grapes/raisins, according to the Phoenix Arizona Greyhound Rescue.

Also, if you give two dogs the same amount of chocolate, one being a tiny dog and one being a very large dog, both of which have the same exact tolerance level to theobromine, the smaller dog will have more signs of distress. This is because the concentration of chocolate in the smaller dog is greater, because of the very fact that it is smaller. Think of two glasses of water, one half full, one completely full. Try dissolving the same amount of salt in each. The smaller amount will not be able to dissolve as much salt as the cup that is full, and you will be able to see the salt in the water. Now think of the water as the dog, and the salt as a toxin. Does the fact that the smaller dog is more sensitive to the same amount of chocolate as the large dog mean it is simply more allergic?

I hope that helps...


Never knew that about grapes...must be part of the reason why my dog has kidney problems now. He used to get them all the time. And I knew that turkey had to have some bad affect on them. He always got real sick after eating it.


I've heard Oreo's aren't as much of a problem because they actually don't have very much chocolate in them.


I'm so thankful for the information. I almost got a heart attack when I read that onions are toxic for dogs as I just gave my maltese ground turkey with diced onions. I immediately pray for cleansing of any toxins in her system. Also, for God's healing and forgiveness for my ignorance. I love my coco very much and would want her to live a long life.


My cat got like... half a small spoon of tomato sauce, it was some leftovers laying on the table. Will it do any harm?


are there any houseplants that are toxic to animals? i had a cat who must've ingested something toxic because all of a sudden he had liver failure. his eyes turned bright yellow, and it was very sad. to this day, we don't know what he ingested--he was otherwise very healthy and not very old. also, my crazy dog eats chocolate whenever she can get a hold of it. she once ate an ENTIRE box of oreos off of the counter. not one sign of toxicity -- i was going to rush her off to the vet, but we decided to take a wait and see approach. that was several years ago. she is now 11 years old.

she also loves skittles, and every once in a while we'll throw one or two her way!



Thank you soooooooooooooooo much!! I will print out this page and post it on the wall in the kitchen and make copies for my family and friends.


i have fed my dog cherry tomatoes once, 1 grape, and fried onion nothing happened. was it because it was just a small quantity or does even a little bit matter?

well thanx, now i know what not to give my dog.


is watermelon toxic to cats?


my dog has gotten a ton of chocolate and gets it off counters and things, but she hasn't seemed like she is sick. she probably gets into about a piece of chocolate candy about every 2 or 3 weeks. is that too much?

also, i know that xylatol (i have no idea how to spell it, but it's the stuff that's in trident gum) is toxic to dogs, i heard it on the news.



Say I'm allergic to grapes and I've never had them before. Then I see you, my bestest friend in the world, enjoying grapes and I want to try some too. Of course, I'd be excited and I sure wouldn't know that it's bad for me.


Antifreeze is also toxic to cats and dogs.


How can i train my dog without taking it to an obedience school?


For at least the last year or two my cat (she is about 3 and a half) has been OBSESSED with tomatoes. She steals whole ones when we aren't around, and as soon as I pull out the cutting board, she jumps up onto the table next to me. If I don't dice up some tomatoes and put them in her bowl, she tries to steal the tomatoes that I am cutting for myself.

She basically gets tomatoes at least once a day, and we have done this for as long as I noticed that she liked them...she has never shown any ill-effects from consuming them. It makes me wonder what exactly about tomatoes has been toxic to cats.


Is it true that it depends on the size of the dog if chocolate is poisonous? Like, if a little dog eats some chocolate, it might have worse effects than if a big dog did? And does it matter if it is dark or milk chocolate?


I have five dogs with seizures. After years of horrible seizures I found that fish oil has stopped them. We used to have anywhere from three to ten seizures every week among the dogs. Each seizure lasted anywhere from ten to sixty minutes. Now it's been three months since any have had seizures and it only lasted a couple of minutes. It was only 25% of the intensity also. One fish oil capsule a day, put on something they like or just put on the tongue works for a small to average size dog. A large dog would need two a day.


Regarding the question of the owner of, Mischief the cat. Cats, and often many predatory species, will hide illness very well. Often cats will try to hide when they are near death. Onions are also toxic to dogs, especially small breeds. A Dragon Tree, which is a common household plant, is also a toxin to cats.


How about pepper? My cat Elvis loves smelling pepper from the shaker - he'll sit next to it with the shaker opening close to his nose and just constantly smell it. I've noticed he appears to look a little sleepy while this is going on but am wondering if this is a reaction or just typical feline malaise? Thanks for the help!


Hi, I was just wondering what is wrong with turkey skin - as long as it has not been rubbed down with spices?


our dog is a Weimaraner and he has seizures and is taking medicine for them, is there any kind of food that will help set them off.


I have a cat, Mischief, whom very much so LOVES tomatoes. I didn't realize that they were toxic to him till I read this. He has ate several large tomatoes and I have never noticed any allergic reactions in him from this. Is he just an odd cat? or does he hide it well that they make him ill? Lord knows I do try to hide them fore I myself love tomatoes and don't like sharing (ruining) them, alas he will find where they are in a high cabinet, in the pantry, in the fridge and get them. Any recomendations?


It's not a food, but ibuprofen is also very toxic to dogs. Brands like Advil which are sugar-coated can be the most dangerous because dogs will snarf them down.


Heh..my cat loves the smell of my 85% cocoa dark chocolate that I am fond of..

I obviously don't let her have it, but he is rather persistent :P


My cat gets very excited when sees grapes. He is all after them.

So how come his instinct doesn't tell him it's allergic.

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      Chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs.
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