Avoid feeding these foods to your dogs and cats

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Grizzly the Dachshund photo by Kathleen Riley-Daniels

Grizzly the Dachshund photo by Kathleen Riley-Daniels

Are you like lots of people, always looking for ways to feed something in addition to your pet’s daily ration of pet food? All of our dogs and cats can enjoy a variety of protein, carbohydrates, fruits and veggies, as long as we are aware that some food can be toxic to your pet.

Here is a brief list of “Do Not Feed” items — when in doubt; you can always find more information at a pet poison control site – which you’ll want to pay close attention to:

  • Alcoholic beverages (This should go without saying. )
  • 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

Avoid feeding these foods to your dog or cat was published at Minneapolis Dogs Examiner and is posted here with permission of the author, Kathleen Riley-Daniels 

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