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10 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Dog Or Cat


Your dog or cat may love some kibbles and bits, but the truth is that certain human foods are toxic to pets. These foods include anything with a high glycemic index (GI), including white bread flour, pasta, and rice. In addition to causing serious health problems in cats and dogs, these foods can lead to weight gain in your pet. That’s why it’s important to learn how these ingredients affect your furry friend before feeding them any treats from home or bringing them into contact with humans who have consumed them!

1. Human threats

  • Human food is not safe for pets to eat, especially in large quantities. While some human foods can be given to your dog or cat on occasion, it’s best to avoid giving them anything that might cause an upset stomach or other health issues (such as chocolate). If you have a friend who insists that their pet would love one of these treats and they insist on giving them to them, ask them why they think this is okay!

2. Alcohol

Alcohol is a toxin that can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and central nervous system depression in dogs and cats. It’s toxic to your furry friend and can even be fatal if consumed in large amounts. Liver damage is also possible with this ingredient as well as pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas).

3. Candy or gum

Candy or gum is a no-no for your pet. Sugar is bad for dogs and cats, too! It can make them sick, cause obesity and diabetes, tooth decay—and it may even lead to heart disease in dogs.

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4. Chocolate, coffee, and tea

Chocolate, coffee, and tea are all toxic to dogs and cats. Chocolate contains theobromine, which is toxic to both dogs and cats. Coffee contains caffeine, which can cause vomiting in dogs and diarrhea in cats. Tea contains tannins that may irritate the stomach lining of your pet if ingested in large quantities or for extended periods (like drinking 8 cups throughout the day).

5. Fat trimmings and bones from raw meat or fish

Fat trimmings and bones from raw meat or fish can contain parasites, which can be deadly for your pet. Raw bones can splinter, causing internal injuries that could lead to death if not treated quickly. Avoid feeding your dog or cat raw fish because the risk of parasites is too high.

6. Nuts and seeds (especially macadamia nuts)

Nuts and seeds are one of the most common foods that your dog or cat will eat, but you should never feed them nuts. These items can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even death in dogs. Macadamia nuts are especially dangerous because they contain a chemical called goitrin that causes abnormal thyroid function in dogs. Goitrin can lead to hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid), which is often fatal if left untreated for long periods.

If you have any questions about whether or not your pet has consumed any type of nut or seed please contact us immediately at 877-695-7387

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7. Milk, cheese, and other dairy products for cats (carnivores)

If you’ve ever been tempted to give your cat milk, cheese, or other dairy products, it’s time to think again. Cats are not lactose intolerant—they can’t digest the sugar in cow’s milk—so they will either vomit or have diarrhea if fed these foods. The same applies to any other types of dairy products such as sour cream, yogurt, and ice cream (some cats can tolerate lactose).

Dairy products contain calcium which can build up in the kidneys and cause chronic kidney failure. In addition, eating too much calcium can lead to osteoporosis.

8. Onions, garlic, and chives (raw or powdered)

Onions, garlic, and chives are toxic to cats. Onions can cause anemia in dogs and even humans! If your cat or dog eats this vegetable and you don’t know what happened to them after that point, call the vet right away.

Onions also contain sulfur which is toxic to cats as well as dogs—if they eat too much then they’ll develop diarrhea with abdominal pain while throwing up their food.

9. Uncooked bread dough, raw eggs, or raw fish

Bread dough is a delicious treat for your dog or cat. It’s one of the most common foods that people give their pets. But be careful! You should never feed your dog bread dough unless you’ve thoroughly cleaned and cooked any eggs or fish that were used in the recipe.

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Raw eggs can contain salmonella, which causes severe vomiting and diarrhea if ingested by humans (and even worse symptoms if ingested by dogs). Raw fish contains parasites, so if you’re worried about these contaminants getting into your pet’s system through his mouth (or hers), don’t use either! The uncooked dough is also dangerous because it could have E. coli bacteria on it—one type of which causes severe stomach pain and vomiting in humans who eat it, while another type causes kidney failure in animals who consume it too often over long periods.

10. Yeast dough (from bread or pizza crusts)

Yeast dough is a type of food that is toxic to dogs and cats. If a dog or cat eats this, it can develop a condition called “leukopenia.” Leukopenia is anemia—a low number of red blood cells in the blood. It’s also seen as pale gums, loss of appetite, and weight loss (which could be fatal).

If you give your pet yeast dough as a treat or at their mealtime, watch for these symptoms:

  • Anemia (the decrease of red blood cells in the body)
  • Loss of appetite

If human food is toxic enough to make us sick, it’s probably going to make your cat or dog sick, too!

Human food is toxic enough to make us sick. It can cause digestive issues, liver failure, kidney damage, and even death! Your dog or cat is not able to digest this type of food on its own (especially if it’s in the form of processed meat). Even if you’re just giving them a treat every once in a while—or maybe even making dinner for them one night—you should still be careful about what you feed them because some things might be harmful if ingested by dogs or cats.


We hope that this article has helped you to understand what foods are safe for your cat, dog, or both. Remember that there are many other types of food available: cooked and raw, vegetarian and carnivorous. If you have any questions about what is safest for your pet, please contact us here at Hartjen Pets so we can help!

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