Monday, November 23, 2009

Seasonal Dangerous People Foods

This list is a resource to help keep your dog safe this holiday season, but be aware that it is not exhaustive. Many other human foods can be harmful to your dog, and depending on your dog's particular medical background, any deviation from his regular diet can cause serious health issues. Consult your veterinarian for guidelines specific to your pet.

If you suspect that your dog may have ingested one of these foods or another harmful substance, call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center National Hotline: 888-426-4435

Alcoholic beverages
Caffeinated tea
Chocolate (all forms)
Cigarettes and other nicotine products
Coffee (all forms)
Fatty foods
Macadamia nuts
Moldy or spoiled foods
Onions, onion powder
Pain relievers
Raisins and grapes
Yeast dough

Products sweetened with xylitol (such as chewing gum, breath mints, and even some "sugar free" baked goods)

Turkey Skin – High fat foods, such as turkey skin, can be hazardous to your dog. Since the skin is hard to digest, it can lead to pancreatitis. If you still want to share your bird, give your dog a small piece of white meat.

Turkey Bones – Cooked poultry bones are brittle and splinter easily. If ingested, they can lodge in the esophagus or cause stomach or intestinal irritation.


  1. Thanks for spreading the word on pet toxicities and poisonings! :) Great information! I also wanted to make people aware of Pet Poison Helpline, another 24/7 animal poison control located out of Minneapolis, MN. We provide a similar service to ASPCA's animal poison control and are more cost effective ($35/case vs $60/case). You can also download some important free information on how to pet-proof your house for the holidays!

    Thanks for spreading the word!

    Pet Poison Helpline

  2. Hi,

    You are welcome!

    Appreciate your comment and information.

    Thank you :)