21 July 2009

Avoid Feeding These Foods for Your Dog or Cat

Lots of people are looking for ways to feed something other than commercial pet food to their dogs and cats. Your dogs and cats can enjoy a variety of protein, carbohydrates, fruits and veggies, but be aware that some food can be toxic to your pet.

Here is a brief list of "Do Not Feed" items that you'll want to pay close attention to:

  • Alcoholic beverages (This should be a no-brainer)

  • Artificial sweeteners (NutraSweet, SweetN'Low, sorbitol, xylitol and similar items)

  • Avocado

  • Candy

  • Chocolate (all varieties and forms)

  • Coffee (all varieties and forms)

  • Fatty foods

  • Garlic

  • Grapes

  • Raisins

  • Macadamia nuts

  • Moldy or spoiled foods

  • Mushrooms

  • Onions and onion powder

  • Salt

  • Seeds (any type -- watch under the bird feeder too)

  • Yeast dough

If you have any question about whether a food source is okay for your pet, contact your veterinarian (DVM) or call the pet poison control line at the ASPCA 888.426.4435


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