Dangerous Holiday Food for Dogs

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Dangerous Holiday Food for Dogs

Dangerous Holiday Food for Dogs

The holidays are full of friends, family, parties and food and we all want our fur family to be involved. The one thing that no one wants during the season is an emergency pet bill though. The following food can make your dog ill or even poison them so avoid them and reach for the treat bag instead if you just can’t hold back sharing with them.

  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate/cocoa
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Persimmons
  • Milk/Dairy products
  • Bones
  • Onions (Chives)
  • Nuts
  • Raw meats
  • Raw poultry
  • Raw fish
  • Yeast dough
  • Eggs
  • Candy
  • Gum
  • Coffe grounds
  • Rhubarb
  • Candies or baked goods using Xylitol

It’s not just the food, remember to have your lights, cords,tree and other decorations out of reach from your pups.

Last but not least, remember to have a good time and ejoy the season!

December 1, 2021 |

Top Pet Toxin by State

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Top Pet Toxin by State

Every year the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) gets thousands of calls about pets who have gotten into something that isn’t good for them. The map below shows the top toxin by state that they have received calls about.


Top Pet Toxin by State


If you think your pet has gotten into the wrong thing, please call the ASPCA Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

January 18, 2016 |

Toxic House Plants that can Harm Your Pets

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Plants Toxic to Pets

Every year the ASPCA receives over 150,000 calls from pet parents who need help with accidental poisonings. Approximately 1/4 of them are because of the dog or cat eating a poisonous plant in the house. Don’t let your best friend become a statistic. The following infographic from Pots, Planters & More, shows the 12 most toxic plants that are commonly found both indoors and outdoors. Know what to look for.


Plants Toxic to Pets

January 4, 2016 |

The 10 Most Toxic Foods for Pets

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Pet Toxic Foods

If you love dogs as much as I do, your mutt must be spoiled! It’s great to give your pups treats, but it’s important to keep in mind that what tastes good to them–or to you!–may not be good for them. There are several key foods to avoid sharing with your four-legged friends in order to keep them happy and healthy, from certain fruits and vegetables to bones—to the surprise of many dog owners! For information on how to keep your dog (and other furry friends) safe from foods that may be poisonous or damaging to their bodies, see the infographic below.


Pet Toxic Foods

By: Sloan McKinney
Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.


February 11, 2015 |

Eat this, not that! Foods to avoid feeding your dog and safe substitutes

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A exclusive by Teresa Barker

There are many whole foods in your pantry that are safe to share with your dog once in awhile. As a general rule of thumb, you should avoid feeding your dog table scraps, processed foods, and most food not in its original whole state. But treating with whole, nutritious foods straight from your kitchen can be fun, inexpensive and safe when you follow these guidelines.

  1. Peanut Butter instead of Chocolate.
    Chocolate is the most commonly known toxic food for dogs. Large quantities of theobromine (a substance found in chocolate) can be lethal to dogs. Don’t let your dog lick the bowl from your late night chocolate ice cream snack, instead, share a small spoonful of peanut butter for a rich and nutritious alternative.

  2. Apple slices instead of Grapes.
    Grapes (and their shriveled up cousins, raisins) seem like the perfect snack to ‘toss’ to your dog when eating them. But they both contain a toxin that builds up in your dog’s system, and over time, with just a few here and there, can lead to kidney failure. Instead, cut up apple slices into little pieces and try tossing a few to your dog. Apples are a crunchy treat full of protective plant chemicals and have a sweet taste.

  3. Carrots instead of Onions.
    Onions, like grapes/raisins, also contain the kind of toxins that can build up in a dog’s system over time, leading to conditions such as anemia. For a savory substitution, try baby carrots. My dogs go nuts for a carrot stick, and they love to crunch them and hold them between their paws!

  4. Sweet Potatoes instead of Candy and Xylitol sweetener.
    Candy and artificially sweetened diet products containing xylitol can be especially harmful to your dog, leading to seizures, loss of coordination and eventually death. Substitute sweet potatoes that are so delicious and easy to prepare by simply roasting them in the oven. Clean them well and leave the skin on and just let them cook. Mash them up for a delicious addition to your dog’s food.

  5. Kale instead of Rhubarb leaves.
    Rhubarb leaves contain oxalate, which is another highly dangerous plant property for dogs. If eaten, your dog will have extreme gastrointestinal as well as neurological symptoms. Make sure not to allow your dog to be near the garden if you are growing rhubarb at home, and never feed it to him. Kale on the other hand is a fantastic leafy green to feed your dog. It’s low in calories and packed with nutrients and has detoxifying properties. If your dog snubs the leafy texture, try making kale chips that you both can snack on!

Sharing healthy nutritious whole foods with your dog can be a nice way to show your love. Using low calorie, nutrient dense fruits and vegetables, you also keep them trim! Start with small amounts, and if your dog gets gassy or has loose stools, cut back on the fresh snacks.

Obviously, if your dog gets into any kind of toxic plant or food, call your vet immediately.

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March 8, 2014 |
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