We love our cats and dogs. It’s safe to say our world is better with a faithful pet in it. But my goodness, they will chow down on just about anything and everything. Unfortunately most cannot read the labels on our foods, household products and plants. I say most because I knew a Standard Poodle that I swear could read in three languages. But generally we are their protectors when it comes to keeping them out of harms way. Let’s pet proof the following food items.

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Yeast dough
  • Xylitol (sweetener often found in gum candy and toothpaste)
  • Onions, garlic and chives
  • Salt

We also have to be careful with our household items. Many are toxic to our pet.

  • Most human medications.
  • Illegal drugs
  • Fertilizers
  • Insecticide
  • Antifreeze
  • Rodenticides
  • Mothballs
  • Most household cleaners
  • Batteries
  • De-icers with salt content
  • Raw/under cooked food

Many household plants can create a danger as well. Here is a very partial list.

  • Lilies
  • Autumn Crocus
  • Daffodils
  • Tulips
  • Lily of the valley

Please contact your veterinarian if your pet gets a little too adventuresome with their diet and starts to munch where they shouldn’t.