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ADVICE FOR PET OWNERS: 10 Common Foods That are Toxic to Pets!

Reblogger Chris Minion
Real Estate Agent with O'Brien Realty

Advice For Pet OwnersTerry Westbrook shares important information on 10 Common Foods That Are Toxic To Pets and 10 Most Common Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

Original content by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook

We don’t feed our dog human food, well, not much.  Our little silkie

does like beef jerky and potato chips!  But in researching how

 many common food items are extremely toxic

is really surprising.  I knew about chocolate and leftover bones but

not the rest of the list.  Macadamia nuts, really!


Australian Silkie Terrier


We had a dog that loved grapes…..gee, we did not know they

weren't good for her.  I also had a friend in California

who lived next to an avocado grove. Her dog would gorge himself

on ripe avocados………..and then he had kidney failure.


Be aware if your cat likes to eat leaves, many of the common

spring flowers and holiday blooms are toxic to animals.


So read the list, educate yourself and try to resist those imploring

glances.   We will, too.


10 Common Toxic Foods for Pets

Grapes & raisins


Onions, onion powder, chives, & garlic

Yeast dough


Leftover bones

Foods with high salt or fat content

Sugarless candies

Macadamia Nuts

Alcohol, Coffee


17 Most Common Poisonous Plants 

1. Lilies
2. Marijuana
3. Sago Palm
4. Tulip/Narcissus bulbs
5. Azalea/Rhododendron
6. Oleander
7. Castor Bean
8. Cyclamen
9. Kalanchoe
10. Yew
11. Amaryllis
12. Autumn Crocus
13. Chrysanthemum
14. English Ivy
15. Peace Lily (AKA Mauna Loa Peace Lily)
16. Pothos
17. Schefflera


What do you do if your pet ate something poisonous?

If your animal is having seizures or losing consciousness, bring

 him/her to your veterinarian or emergency vet center.

If your pet is not showing symptoms, but ingested something

potentially toxic, call the ASPCA hotline at (888) 426-4435.

 Have the following information available: the species, breed,

age, sex, weight, and information about the product exposure.

It is best to have the package of the product available for reference.





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Patricia Aulson
Realtor - Portsmouth NH Homes-Hampton NH Homes

Thanks for the information on this. I have cats but my kids have dogs so I'll pass this one.


May 06, 2010 12:36 PM
Valerie Osterhoudt
Johnson Real Estate, Inc. - Cromwell, CT
ABR, Cromwell, CT Real Estate ~ 860.883.8889

Chris..Thank you for posting this about foods for animals.   I had no idea about garlic.  I thought that was good for dogs.. now I know better.

May 06, 2010 01:42 PM
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

You are welcome for the post, Chris.

May 07, 2010 02:13 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

I'm hoping Terry read the list that he posted. I thought everyone knew not to give jerky, potato chips, and other foods with lots of salt in them to dogs. It's simply best to teach dogs to eat dog food unless they are outside doing a lot of running, such as fending for themselves each and every day.

May 09, 2010 09:46 PM
Melissa Anderson
Be My Neighbor Mortgage - San Antonio, TX
Your Texas Lender

Water from the Christmas tree stand is also very bad for dogs.  I recommend putting a mesh over it so they don't get to the water & you can still water your tree.

May 10, 2010 12:09 PM
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Jul 05, 2010 06:16 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Chris - If that isn't the cutest dog in the world, I don't know which one would be. 

Aug 28, 2010 12:31 PM