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Posted on 11-04-2015

We all love our “furbabies’ and many of us treat them like part of the family.  I’ve seen lots of hugs and kisses while our 4 legged friends wait to be seen by the doctor.  That said sometimes they act like our youngest two-legged children and often times get into things they shouldn’t.  Just the other day we had a dog friend decide it would be a great idea to eat a bag of trail mix.  Unfortunately this trail mix contained raisins which are extremely dangerous to dogs and can cause kidney failure.  He was given a mixture mustard and peroxide to get him to vomit up mix and luckily he went home the same day. 

Do you know what other foods are hazardous to your pet?  It’s good to know the list, especially with the holidays coming when we tend to have more food, treats and decorations out around the house.

Be sure to contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet gets into any of these foods, in quantities that might be dangerous to your size pet.

Foods you should not feed your dogs and/or cats



Onion & Garlic

Grapes & Raisins


Macadamia nuts

Candy & gum


Fats & cooked bones

Pit fruits such as peaches & plums

Xylitol which is found in sugar free candy & now some peanut butters

Others items you should not feed your cat:


Dog Food


In addition to foods other holiday decorations can be hazardous to your pets.  Watch out for extension cords and Christmas tree lights that your pet could chew on.  Ingesting poinsettias, mistletoe and holly can all cause vomiting and diarrhea if ingested.  These are a few things, just keep an eye on your babies and know they are curious and adventurous.

Do you have some holiday traditions you share with your pets?  Do they always get presents?  My dog Kea loved to tear open her packages to find the treat inside and Alex our cat was always more interested in the tissue paper than the present.  He could lie for hours in that paper. Wonderful memories!   

Take Care

'PAWS' at Crossroads

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