Better Safe than Sorry: Foods and Household Items Our Pets Need to Avoid

We eat a variety of foods and use common household items every day without thinking about it and without cause for concern. For the safety of our furry friends, we must be aware that many of these things are harmful, some even deadly. So pet parents be vigilant about keeping your pets away from these sources of danger:

Foods to Avoid*

  • Alcoholic beverages 
  • Apple seeds 
  • Apricot pits 
  • Avocados
  • Cherry pits
  • Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol) 
  • Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
  • Garlic
  • Grapes 
  • Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
  • Hops (used in home beer brewing) 
  • Macadamia nuts 
  • Moldy foods 
  • Mushroom plants 
  • Mustard seeds 
  • Onions and onion powder 
  • Peach pits 
  • Potato leaves and stems (green parts) 
  • Raisins 
  • Rhubarb leaves 
  • Sage (especially for cats)
  • Salt 
  • Tea (because it contains caffeine) 
  • Tomato leaves and stems (green parts) 
  • Turkey bones
  • Walnuts 
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets found in gums and some peanut butters among other things)
  • Yeast dough

Household Items to Avoid*

  • Aluminum foil (if ingested could cause intestinal obstruction)
  • Aspirin
  • Batteries
  • Gift wrapping (if ingested could cause intestinal obstruction)
  • Glues such as Gorilla & Super
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Laundry detergent (including pods)
  • Medications (prescription and non)
  • Plants of many species
  • Tinsel
  • Toothpaste (fluoride)
  • Tylenol

It is always best to be safe and contact your veterinarian or pet poison hotline if your pet has ingested anything that may be harmful.

*This is not intended to be a complete list. For a more comprehensive list and more information, go to the website for the Pet Poison Hotline at

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