Dangerous food to dogs and cats

By Monday September 9th, 2019 January 29th, 2020 No Comments

It’s very important for our pet’s good health, to maintain a correct and balanced diet. There is a wide variety of animal food available commercially and with guidance from our veterinarian, we can choose the most appropriate ones corresponding to each stage of our pet’s life.

Apart from the commercial pet food that we choose, we will often be tempted to give our pet a treat from our own food.

Let’s see though which food is forbidden because it can be dangerous for our trusted friend’s health.


Food which is dangerous to dogs

  • Onions, garlic and bulbs

In any form (raw or cooked) they can cause intestinal issues such as vomit, diarrhea and anorexia, or more severe problems such as blood disorders like damage of red blood cells and anaemia.


  • Chocolate

It contains the toxic theobromine (higher consistency in dark chocolate). It causes gastrointestinal issues such as vomit and diarrhea as well as severe kidney damage. In large quantity it can even result in death.


  • Macademia nuts

They contain a toxin that affects a dog’s myoskeletal system, resulting in lameness, swollen leg  joints, instability and weakness.


  • Avocado

Avocado’s high consistency of fatty acid Parsin, makes it innocent for humans but highly toxic for dogs.


  • Chewing gum and Sweets

Xylitol which is found in them, causes a rapid increase in insulin and a sudden drop in glucose, resulting in serious liver and pancreas damages for dogs, as well as blood clotting disorders.


  • Grapes and sultanas

Even tough the actual toxin which makes them toxic is still unknown, grapes and sultanas cause serious liver damage and kidney failure to dogs.


  • Alcoholic Beverages

Alcohol can cause serious side effects for dogs. Vomiting, diarrhea, difficulty in breathing, lameness, depression, liver encephalopathy and even death.


  • Coffee

Caffeine creates symptoms of poisoning such as hyperactivity, tachypnea, tachycardia, muscular spasms and haemorrhaging.


  • Animal Fat and Bones

Animal fat = pancreatitis

Animal bones = choking, punctured stomach and intestine, intestinal disorders. The worst daily enemy!


  • Raw egg, raw meat and fish

Raw eggs can lead to E. Coli poisoning.

Like raw eggs, raw meat can also contain poisonous bacteria.

Raw fish and especially fish such as salmon, mackerel, sardines can contain a parasite that causes severe infection with initial symptoms such as vomit, fever and swollen lymph nodes.


  • Yeast (dough)

It continues its job in the dog’s stomach, which means it continues to bloat and can cause stomach expansion and pain!


  • Dairy

Milk and dairy products cause diarrhea, intestinal disorders and intolerance as well as possibly leading to a number of allergies.


Food which is dangerous to cats

  • Onions and garlic

In large quantities they can cause stomach problems, destruction of red blood cells and anaemia.


  • Chocolate

The toxic substance theobromine can cause cardiac arrhythmia, muscle spasms and epileptic fits to cats.


  • Alcohol

Even a teaspoon can cause serious liver problem and brain damage.


  • Sugar

Sugar consumption in cats can result in obesity, diabetes, caries and other oral lesions.


  • Coffee, tea and other energy beverages

Hyperactivity, over-stimulation, tachycardia, tachypnea, muscular tremor and other symptoms that caffeine consumption can cause.


  • Raw fish, raw eggs

The danger of contracting bacteria such as salmonella and E. Coli is exceptionally high. In addition, the presence of the avidin enzyme in raw eggs causes Vitamin B malabsorption, a vitamin necessary for a cat’s healthy fur coat.


  • Animal Fat

Can cause vomit, diarrhea, pancreatitis


  • Grapes and sultanas

Consuming them can lead to kidney failure


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