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Foods HAZARDOUS to your Pets

By Dr. Andrew Jones

Foods HAZARDOUS to your Pets

There are a number of common ‘human’ foods that can be toxic for your pets… The important thing is to know exactly what to avoid. Here is a complete list.

Alcoholic beverages

It is often sweet – attracting dogs and cats, but can cause serious and fatal intoxication. Don’t ever offer this to your pets.

Here are some of the signs and side effects:
• Incoordination/ataxia
• Excitement
• Depression
• Excessive urination
• Breathing rate is slowed
• Cardiac arrest and death


Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxic principle known as Persin. The Guatemalan variety is most toxic – but all have toxic potential. They cause vomiting/diarrhea – primarily gastrointestinal distress.

Chocolate (all forms)

Chocolate contains theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic.

Initial excitation.
Increased drinking and urinating.
Vomiting and Diarrhea.
Theobromine causes an increased heart rate and arrhythmia –.
Seizures can then be seen.
Death is then possible.
ACTION PLAN: Induce vomiting, give activated charcoal, and go to the Vet if depression and seizures begin. Baker’s chocolate and high cocoa content chocolate is the most toxic; the toxic dose is 2 baking squares for a 10lb dog. Regular chocolate bars have little real chocolate and are seldom toxic.

Coffee (all forms)

Coffee contains dangerous components called xanthines, which cause nervous system or urinary system damage and heart muscle stimulation

Fatty foods

The primary concern here is severe gastrointestinal upset- and in some cases Pancreatitis.
This can be fatal in some pets- and it is ALMOST always triggered by a High Fat Meal, such as gravy or bacon.

Macadamia nuts

Macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin, which can affect the digestive and nervous systems and muscles of dogs. This has lead to paralysis. A small number of nuts and even the butter can cause this.

Moldy or spoiled foods
Many molds contain a type of toxin called an Aflatoxin. This is thought to be a common cause of “compost toxicity”. Signs include GI (Vomiting/Diarrhea), muscle tremors, in-coordination, elevated temperature, excessive salivation, and liver damage. Avoid feeding ANYTHING moldy to your dog or cat.

Onions, onion powder

Onions contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate.

Pets affected by onion toxicity will develop anemia. 1 Onion can cause this. Fortunately ALL dogs recover once they are stopped from ingesting onions.

Raisins and grapes

As few as 6 grapes and raisins have caused acute kidney failure in some dogs.
The toxic ingredient is not yet known.
There is no treatement.
AVOID feeding ANY grapes or raisins to your dogs.

Yeast dough

The yeast dough/uncooked bread dough will rise in your pet’s stomach causing severe gastrointestinal distress (vomiting/diarrhea), bloating, and signs of alcohol toxicity.


Xylitol is a artificial sweeter found in “SUGAR FREE” Products, such as gum, candy etc.

Signs relate to a sudden drop in glucose (blood sugar), in-coordination, collapse and seizures.

Avoid feeding any gum/candy to your pets.

Apples, Apricots, Cherries, Peaches and Plums.

Ingestion of large amounts of stems, seeds and leaves of these fruits can be toxic.

They contain a cyanide type compound and signs of toxicity include apprehension, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing, hyperventilation and shock.

Note – it’s the seeds and stems that contain the toxic component, not the fruit itself.

Potato peelings and green looking potatoes

Potatoes and other Solanum species, including the tomato, are members of the nightshade family of plants.

These plants contain solanine and other toxic alkaloids which, if eaten in large enough amounts, can produce drooling, severe gastrointestinal upset, including vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite, drowsiness, central nervous system depression, confusion, behavioral changes, weakness, dilated pupils and slowed heart rate.


High levels of nutmeg can be toxic, even fatal.

The toxic component is unknown.

Signs of toxicity include tremors, seizures, nervous system abnormalities or death.

Tomato leaves & stems (green parts)

The green parts of the tomato plant are considered toxic because they contain solanine, which has the potential to produce significant gastrointestinal and central nervous system effects.

WHAT to do IF your pet has eaten any of these toxic foods:

TO YOUR VETERINARIAN. If your pet is showing signs of ingesting a poison, it is important that your veterinarian examines her and treated appropriately. Some toxins can progress and lead to severe seizures. If you suspect antifreeze poisoning, it must be treated within 4-6 hours, before irreversible kidney damage occurs.

PURGE THE POISON. In most cases of poisoning, getting your pet to vomit is the most important thing that you can do. DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING if something caustic has been consumed (such as drain cleaner or bleach). To induce vomiting, give hydrogen peroxide at 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight. If your pet doesn’t vomit in 10 minutes, repeat again. NEVER do more than 2 treatments of peroxide. You can also try salt: dilute 1 teaspoon of salt in a tablespoon of water per every 10lbs of body weight.

NEUTRALIZE THE TOXIN. If a caustic substance has been ingested, DO NOT INDUCE VOMITING, rather give something to neutralize it. An alkaline toxin such as drain cleaner is neutralized by something acidic such as vinegar: give 1 tsp per 10 lbs of body weight. An acidic toxin, such as battery acid, is best neutralized with something alkaline such as Milk of Magnesia: give 1 tsp per 10lbs of body weight.

DELAY ABSORPTION. Activated charcoal is readily available at most pharmacies. It delays absorption of any toxin by binding to the toxic compound in the stomach. The easiest way is to give the capsule form. For those garbage-eating dogs (such as my own dog) it is a good idea to have hydrogen peroxide and activated charcoal always on hand.

TOPICAL TOXINS. If your pet is having a reaction to something on the skin, such as flea medications, or oil on the skin, then you want to remove it as soon as possible. Dish soap works well – lather it up, then rinse your pet thoroughly. Thick tarry substances that you can’t wash off can be first covered in flour, as the flour absorbs some of the oil, then washed off with dish soap.

PREVENTION. Ensure medications are always out of mouth’s reach. Become familiar with toxic plants (visit http://www.aspca.org/toxicplants for a complete list) and remove those from your house, if your pet is a plant-eater. Keep your compost covered.

Best wishes,

Dr. Andrew J


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47 Responses to “Foods HAZARDOUS to your Pets”

  1. Avatar Jean Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 9:48 am

    Hi Dr. Jones,

    I knew about most of these already, but I appreciate the detail you’ve provided. My dogs Roxie and Gypsy get pieces of apple, but it sounds like as long as they don’t get the seeds, stems, or leaves it is okay.

  2. Avatar joy Redwine Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 10:22 am

    Thanks for posting that list. It was so helpful and important. Great info. See you on twitter! Joy

  3. Avatar David McCauley Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I disagree with some of the items listed in this article. For example, Avocados – they contain vitamins A, E and C, high in folate, potassium, niacin, essential fatty acids, and many other nutrients, they have no cholesterol, very little sodium, and are high in monosaturated fats. Sure if you get enough of the fruit, the dogs may get sick, but that has to be a very high consumption. Fruits, including grapes are also healthy, as long as they are served fresh and in limited amounts.

    I have been feeding my dogs Merrick, Pinnacle and Solid Gold, rotating for veriety, I make my own ‘stew’ for them, for food flavorings, which contains beef, chicken or turkey, some veggies like celery, carrots, green beans, sweet potato, a bit of grain like brown rice, barley and oats, a natural stock with no added salt, and herbs. I make my own treats. They get a tablespoon or so in their food. In the treats I rotate various fruits such as apples, grapes, apricots, peaches and plums. Now again, they get the fruit in moderation, where 1 apple makes about 50-60 treats, and 1-2 treats a day, is hardly enough to cause issues.

    I also give my dogs yogurt and non-fat cottage cheese, again in limited amounts with their meals.

    My dogs are healthy, active, excellent coats and teeth and are on normal routines with excersize, eating and sleeping.

    The point I am getting at, if a pet is on a good routine and is healthy then the mentioned foods aren’t bad, as long as they are in moderation, and should one of my dogs get a hold of things like onions and chocolate, their systems can handle it better on that rare occasion.

    I do like your posts and your style of medicine, and if I lived near you I would use you as my vet, so keep up the good work. Thanks.

  4. Avatar Heather Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for your great tips etc.
    Really appreciated!

  5. Avatar Ruth Butler Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 1:03 pm

    After several months of on again off again vomiting my cat Buster is finally back to normal.

    My vet who offers holistic treatment alerted me to the PetGuard pet food with wheat germ that I gave Buster. She said another cat-patient had been allergic to wheat germ. I took him off the Petguard and gave him different canned food adding a pinch of probiotics.

    He is no longer vomiting and sleeping all the time. He’s ‘young’ and active again with eyes big and round. No more loud stomach gurgles.
    If she had not mentioned the wheat germ I may not have figured it out.

  6. Avatar Norine V Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    This is a list that all pet owners should be aware of if they are not already, but having said that you don’t want to scare them either. I know people who have read these particular lists and now do not feed their dogs apples. Even though its only the stems, seeds and leaves.

    Grapes on the other hand is an iffy item.I think it depends on the animal and the amount. I’m sure that there have been certain dogs that have died from eating grapes or raisins and I’m sure there are others that have not. I put grapes in the freezer in the summer for me, they are very nice on a hot day and I have shared a couple in the past with my beloved companion. I haven’t given her any since the report a few years about them being toxic, though they didn’t bother her before!
    The previous poster David McCauley gives them to his in moderation and hasn’t had any problems either.

    There was a story on our local news a couple years ago about a man in Nova Scotia who has grapes growing around his property, the story went on to say how there is so many of them and he was encouraging his neighbors to please come and pick them before they go bad. As the reporter was speaking the home owners little poodle came into the scene. The older man interupted the reporter and with a smile said this is (pointing to the dog) how I tell if the grapes are ripe. If she won’t eatem’ then they are not ripe yet. He went on to say how his dog loves grapes, picks them herself and eats them every day. This was a toy poodle, a small dog who is still alive.

    Personally, I’ve become paranoid with the grape issue which is what happens, just like I stated in the first paragraph.

  7. Avatar Shannon Says:
    April 22nd, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    I think Dr. Andrew’s list is very useful AND relevant as a sincere guideline. It is not wise to let your dog eat more than a few grapes, if any. If you do and your dog has been fine, go ahead. But keep in mind that too many grapes *could* make him/her sick.

    That is the kind of point I believe Dr. Andrew is trying to make. I think it’s a great idea for every pet owner to be aware of what foods WE eat that are or can be toxic to our pets.

    If your young child “may” be allergic or toxic to some kind of food, would you feed him/her it anyway? I thought not.

    April 22nd, 2009 at 8:22 pm


  9. Avatar laverne Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 2:49 am

    Is garlic safe for dogs? Texas flea season in full force, in looking for a treatment, some people say to feed garlic juice to dog in her homemade food. Our mini-schnauzer needs help, what is safe?

  10. Avatar Heidie Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 4:20 am

    Hey Doc

    Thanks for sending out this list I’ve got a great Dane & she eats anything she particularly loves potato & fresh fruit such as apples, pears. I give this to her just about every morning after she had her kibbles

    Thanks for being such a great doctor

  11. Avatar Sharon Anne Militello Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 7:05 am

    Thank you for the ‘toxic food’ list, Dr. J! Whenever any emergency arises, we must have the ER guide to go by; in this case, I have printed and kept it within reach for anything-from life saving to small measures.

    Again, from all of my crew-Greyhound, Jack, Havanese, Heeler, and Calico Kitty, Sharon, RN

  12. Avatar Susan Says:
    April 23rd, 2009 at 11:28 am

    My dogs are crazy about raw potato peels. When I peel potatoes, I let the peels fall on the floor and they eat them. They even fight over the peels and they are all healthy. These are red potatoes. They also eat dirt a lot. They eat sand, black dirt, and clay. My other dogs never did this, but these dog do this a lot.

    One time when I was getting Elisabeth spayed, I had to starve her after midnight, which I did, but in the morning, I had her on a leash and she started eating sand. I told the lady at the vet clinic this, that she had been eating sand, (because Elisabeth wasn’t supposed to eat after midnight). She said, “What can you do? and said Elisabeth would be fine.

    My dog, Skippy, likes bananas, but I don’t feed him a lot of banana because he’s a dog, not a monkey. That’s what I tell him. He also likes apple cores. He’s in good health. They’ve never been vaccinated.

  13. Avatar Barbara Says:
    April 24th, 2009 at 1:27 pm


  14. Avatar Bob Says:
    April 24th, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    You say to use Hydrogen Peroxide to induce vomiting but you don’t say what strength to use. I have 3% and 35% at home and there is no way on earth that I would use 35% as it burns. My skin turns white if I get a drop on it. So I presume that you mean 3% or 6% Hydrogen Peroxide. I hope nobody follows your advice and uses 35% as that could be a disaster.

    My dog (German Shepherd) had around 12 to 15 grapes last night as she loves them. She has always eaten them and it does not seem to cause any problems.

  15. Avatar Captain sensible Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 3:03 am




  16. Avatar Alexis Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 3:17 am

    Your list although have some typically organic qualities to them are still foods that are intended for human consumpiton. I would not consume peelings, seeds or stems from anything on this list so I would never make my dog eat it either. Dogs are meant to eat foods that dogs are supposed to eat. Yes I have given veggies, rice and cottage cheese to a dog with stomach upset as advised by my vet. But these are things that are in regular dog food. And I would never feed my dog raw meat but that is just my choice not to have the dog smell or leave some of it behind to stink up my kitchen.

    My point? If you wouldn’t eat it, please, don’t give it to your dog.

  17. Avatar Natasha Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 6:32 am

    WOW thanks for the list, my dog Henri just loves choclate, well he is not getting any any more. Is icecreame ok.
    Much thnaks,

  18. Avatar melissa medellin Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 10:54 am

    i have one cat name sammantha and one dog name lorie.i feed her dog food.i feed her sometime an apple .i don’t feed her the cork and seed.and i don’t ever ever ever feed any animals raw meat.my vet suesan prescott used to feed her dogs raw meat until one of her dogs droped dead.since then she doesn’t feed them raw meat anymore.unless u want to kill your animales.take care of your pets.if u don’t .u shouldn’t have any.

  19. Avatar Angie Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    I have a 7 year old pavement special who loves eating avocado and chocolate. I don’t give them to her but she used to root through my trash and dig out the peels of the avocados to lick clean in the yard. I have since put a stop to that but she never had any gastric distress from eating the avos that fell from our neighbour’s tree before we moved. As for the chocolate, I only give her chocolate drops specially made for dogs as a treat. Is this safe?

  20. Avatar vicky Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    i give my pom a smail piece of strawberry, banbana, cook rice, can biscuits baked, bake cornbread. and they didnt bother her, i guess its ok?

  21. Avatar Tammy Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Avacado?? Isn’t Avoderm dog food made with avacado? This is what my vet recommended for my dog.

  22. Avatar kiera Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    i need to grt caned dog food with noutrition in what kind should i get….?

  23. Avatar michele Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    wait so is it okay for them to still eat the apple its self? because i alwaus give my dogs apples but ive never given them the seeds or stem before.

  24. Avatar Lee Kulhanek Says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 1:33 am

    Extremely glad to have found your webside. It is very informative. I purchased a 4 yr. old shelter pom a yr. ago and he’s precious. He has only 40% sight in one eye and the other eye is 100% gone.
    But I’m having much trouble with him letting me know when he needs to go outside. If you have any suggestion-s I’d appreciate if you could let me know. Thank you, Lee

  25. Avatar Keith Taylor Says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 6:03 am

    Dogs are opportunistic carnivores and although they have an outward resemblance to these primates, they are NOT baboons. Dogs eat meat. The only time that they ingest vegetable matter is when they consume the innards of other animals. The reason for this is that they do not have the digestive enzymes necessary for them to process vegetable matter, but the partly-digested stomach and intestine contents of their prey DO have these enzymes and it is these that the dogs use on a temporary basis to digest this material. The enzymes are then eliminated with the dog’s bowel movements, so that they do not remain in the dogs’ stomachs for any length of time.
    Bitches regurgitate their food in order to feed their growing pups. The reason is not very well known, even to animal “experts” and especially not veterinarians, who will probably never discover the reason throughout their entire lives! Puppies are born without the enzymes required to digest meat. When the mother throws up her food, the ejecta is populated with the enzymes that the puppies need to digest it. These take up residence and multiply in the puppies’ digestive tracts, making it possible for them to process their NATURAL food from then on. The rubbish that goes into dog formulas has very little benefit for the dog, so it begins chewing on all kinds of strange things in order to get the missing nutrients.
    Give a malnourished dog the opportunity and it will begin eating the DUNG of herbivores and omnivores (even humans!) in an effort to obtain the enzymes it needs to digest the grains, starches and vegetable matter that are supposed to be so “good” for it!
    The best food for any dog is RAW meat, innards and marrow bones from herbivores and birds … dogs NEVER cook their own food in the wilds. Dogs can occasionally eat meat that is in an advanced state of decay without any problems at all, but prefer the skin, meat, bones and innards of freshly-killed animals … they will, however, eat the meat of other carnivores and their own kind and even insects if there is nothing else available.
    Just by the way, male rabbits DO NOT eat their babies: that is just another myth that has been propagated by ignorant vets and breeders. Does (female rabbits) have the amazing capacity to reabsorb their foetuses in times of stress, but if she has gone full term before she has completed the process, she will “give birth” to the partly-reabsorbed foetuses. The buck (male rabbit) always helps her at birth and this is where the confusion comes in: he will be found licking the partly-digested remains (in an effort to bring them to life) and the immediate assumption made by the human observers is that he is eating the babies.
    My wife and I have raised a multitude of animals (even baby bats) and have had many years of experience observing and experimenting with our animals. Most vets and animal “experts” never do their own experiments, but rely on the “expertise” of others, but which they actually SHOULD if they want to really understand the animals they treat.
    Dr. Jones, I understand that you are doing the best you can with the materials and facilities you have at your disposal and that with these limited resources, you are endeavouring to help others. For this you must be praised, however, like most of your colleagues, you have been taught by teachers who really know very little about animals. I wish you well in your task, misinformed though you may be.

  26. Avatar linda Says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Thank you for the organized, systematic approaches you give in your videos and for informing us of so many alternatives that we never get from our vets. Because of your newsletters/videos, I have changed the way I feed my dog and try to pass this information on to others. It will take a long time for people to understand that pet food doesn’t just come in a bag and that our pets, like us, need good wholesome foods.Thank you for caring about our pets!

  27. Avatar Deborah Says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 3:54 pm

    I thank you a lot for all these foods that dogs can’t eat. It is a great warning and I definately will not feed any of these things to my dog at all. My mom doesn’t take me serious but if I learn all the toxins I will sound more professional( thank you all), and she will most likely believe me better and not feed it to her dog either. Thank you so very much!

  28. Avatar Susan Taylor Says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    I’ve always known that there are foods that are toxic to dogs, but I had no idea how many! It certainly makes sense to see that my pet does not have access to anything that could be harmful! I love the way Dr. Andrew is so thorough!

  29. Avatar Beverly Ruskey Says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I think what Dr. Jones is very informative and to the point. I love reading the e-mails form his Veterinary Secrets Revealed. I knew there were alot of foods dangerous to all pets,but this many? Thanks many times over,for all the information.

  30. Avatar Beverly Ruskey Says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I think what Dr. Jones is saying is very informative and to the point. I love reading the e-mails form his Veterinary Secrets Revealed. I knew there were alot of foods dangerous to all pets,but this many? Thanks many times over,for all the information.

  31. Avatar Charles Says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 8:09 pm

    I have got several toxic food lists from other
    sources, but none of them have explained things
    in as much detail as you have. Thanks you very
    much. Charles Smith

  32. Avatar Keith Taylor Says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 4:26 am

    Points my wife raised:
    We must always remember that many of the fruits and vegetables we eat have been sprayed with all manner of toxic chemicals, such as herbicides and pesticides and that these can have a detrimental effect on any living organism, as many are toxic to “bees, birds, wildlife (which includes mammals of all kinds) and fish”.
    Fresh fats are not toxic to dogs, but preserved fats, such as those found in bacon, contain a very high salt content and may be “doctored” with other preservatives.
    Our dogs, for some strange reason, have a penchant for the tomatoes we grow in our garden. As we use strict Permaculture principles, we use no sprays of any kind and do not discourage them from eating the tomatoes.
    We do not use air fresheners or insecticide sprays in our house and as a result, a pair of swallows has built their nest in our kitchen and have been using it for about five years during the spring and summer months. Lizards, geckos, frogs, spiders, mantids and shrews are such common visitors that our dogs don’t even take any notice when they clamber over them. These welcome creatures keep our home free of roaches, silver moths (silverfish?) and other plagues. Our cats catch some of the lizards and shrews, though … and they take care of the rodents. Our dogs have learned to leave the snakes alone, but the cats have not.
    We must always remember that animals and man are very dissimilar: a porcupine can swallow with impunity enough strychnine and prussic acid to kill and army and many parrots in the Amazon subsist on fruits that are so acidic that they would burn our faces off. They regulate the acid in their own digestive tracts by eating limestone. Monkeys eat certain berries of which a tiny amount will kill a man and sea turtles eat venomous jellyfish.
    Man feeds most of his domesticated animals on artificial foods, which is one of the reasons that they become ill or suffer debilities.

  33. Avatar Megan Fisher Says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    If I didn’t beat my dobie out to the garden in the morning — gone were the ripened cherry tomatoes, grapes and strawberries. This, a dog, that was never sick a day in his life.

  34. Avatar tim furlong Says:
    April 29th, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    i was wondering how harful are bones for dogs?like chicken bones and beef rib bones.

  35. Avatar R Says:
    May 2nd, 2009 at 9:51 am

    hi.. I am really grateful for the information provided by u. I m sure, i was making few mistakes in my beloved dog’d diet. I will definitely stop those foods which are toxic for him. Thanks a lot for saving my sweet heart’s life..

  36. Avatar ANDY CUNNINGHAM Says:
    May 5th, 2009 at 9:51 pm


  37. Avatar Battscave Says:
    May 6th, 2009 at 11:59 am

    My 9 year old female Mini schnauzer has had pancreatitus (sp?) and was put on WD dry dog food prescription diet. She has been on it for years. Her coat is always dull, and as she gets older, I would think that she needs more than what WD offers her. So I bought a bag of AvoDerm Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Oven-Baked Formula Adult Dog Food. I bought it because it is supposed to be good for sensitive stomachs, and thought she could benefit from the other ingrediants for her aging joints. Now I am wondering if this might be too rich for her digestive system. It has been a day of this food, and she seems fine, but I couldnt live with myself if she got sick. What are your thoughts on this food for her?

  38. Avatar Merri Says:
    May 14th, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Not to be rude or anything but if you give you pet gum/candy, moldy/spoiled foods, any kind of dough or seeds/stems/leaves of fruits and vegies then your an idiot. Why don’t you just give your dog a nice big glass off milk to wash down those Baker’s chocolates. Come on people, use your common sense. My cat likes to lick the beer off of beer cans. He has been doing it for many years. However, I would never pour it in his water bowl. He gets more excited and “intoxicated” by his catnip. I have had 4 German Shepherds over the last 12 years. My current two are 15 months and 3 years old. The only time they would get table food if when they would take it off my plate(when I am not paying attention). I do not feed my dogs table scraps. Why would I feed them something that I myself wouldn’t eat? These are my canine kids. Dog food and treats is made especially for them so that is what they get? Would you eat cat food or dog food? When in training they get hotdogs and/or cheese. Special treats include green beans mixed with their food or bananas for treats. I keep up on their vaccines and heartworm/flea preventation. They are in great health, have beautiful silky coats and healthy/strong teeth. I love them and want to have a good life while they are with me.

  39. Avatar Dana Lamont Says:
    May 16th, 2009 at 11:38 pm

    Thank you for the wonderful information you provide. Do you have a list of garden plants toxic to cats and dogs? I am particularly worried about those appealing red berries that fall from holly and dogwood trees, and need to know what sticks and bark might be bad for a retriever pup who rearranges the woods on my property.

    Thank you

  40. Avatar manoj Says:
    May 22nd, 2009 at 7:07 am

    thanks for your information, i have lost my pet with out knowing such a tips. i was affected by such a digestive problem. i give many medicine but it do not voimited this tips will be help full for my up coming pets.

  41. Avatar Valerie Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 9:09 am

    What & of hydrogen peroxide is this that should be used? I am a bit concerned that you can say about using this product without stating the %.

  42. Avatar Jodi Telford Says:
    June 3rd, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    OMG … This “so called” Dr. not only needs to have a complaint lodged against him, he needs to be prosecuted for contributing to Kenny’s death! And what about all the patients that walked by this poor dog when they entered for thier appts? Where was thier outrage?

    If this had happened at the vet that I was going to, I would have stood in the middle of the waiting room yelling about what a horrible DR & HUMAN BEING he was to let this poor dog lay out there like that! I would have made sure everyone knew that if he could let that happen, that I had no confidence in him as a Vet or a Person!

    I would have taken pictures with my phone, pick Kenny up & taken him to an emergency vet then call the SPCA and the police! My blood is boiling!

  43. Avatar Abhishek Says:
    June 17th, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Dear Dr.JONES,
    i would like to thank you a lot for helping my dog in this moment of time as you have saved my DOG’s LIFE!!!!.You are god for me from now on THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!!


  44. Avatar Betty McArthur Says:
    July 25th, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I am a member of the San Francisco Bay Scottish Terrier Club. Your article about foods hazardous to pets was in our Club Bulletin.

    I have forwarded it to our friends who have pets and one of them asked if Pears were harmful. I cannot find any information and of course it was not listed in your article.

    Would you please comment on any information about Pears and pets?

    Thank you

  45. Avatar Deanna Says:
    October 11th, 2009 at 12:07 am

    Why does my friend’s mini-schnauzer 12 week old puppy want to eat dirt and sand when they take him out to poop and pee? He is just getting over a bad case of hookworms.

    Please reply ASAP, so I can help give them an answer.


  46. Avatar MC's Mom Says:
    November 30th, 2010 at 1:40 am

    I love that you do so much for dogs, but ultimately I’d really love to see more information tailored to cats since there are substantial differences between the two species!

  47. Avatar Paul Martin Says:
    June 3rd, 2012 at 11:47 pm

    Here in South Africa the vets also warn us about the dangers of giving avocados to dogs. I am not a vet, but can assure you that my Boxer just love avos and can’t wait for it to fall from the trees. He even picks them if they don’t fall. It is not unusual to find 3 to 4 very clean avo pips on the lawn in the morning where has feasted during the night. He has been doing it for years and is still as playfull and alive as years ago.


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