Published: 15 March 2017

Different animals can be poisoned by substances that would appear to be harmless. An example is chocolate, which is a toxin to dogs. With any poisoning case make sure you or anyone else will not be hurt by the same substance and phone your vet for advice. Wear gloves to protect yourself against the poison.

As with humans, some foods can cause allergic reactions in some animals and this can cause respiratory problems. If this happens you will see swelling in the mouth and neck.

Here’s a few foods and other substances to be aware of as known poisons to dogs and other pets:

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Avocado
  • Bones from fish, poultry, or other meat sources
  • Cat food
  • Chocolate, coffee, tea, and other caffeine
  • Citrus oil extracts
  • Fat trimmings
  • Fish (raw, canned or cooked)
  • Grapes, raisins and currants
  • Hops
  • Human vitamin supplements containing iron
  • Macadamia nuts.
  • Marijuana
  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Mouldy or spoiled food
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions and garlic (raw, cooked, or powder)
  • Raw meat
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Salt
  • Tobacco
  • Yeast dough

Find out about these potential poisons and the harm they could cause to your pet on our First Aid for Dogs course, whether you join us on our open courses or decide to host your own course!


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