Ask the Vet with Dr. Jamie M. Burkitt

Red Bank Veterinary Hospital

Q: I recently heard that grapes could be toxic to dogs. Are there any other “human” foods I should avoid feeding my pets?

A: This is a great question, as many of us like to treat our animals with a bit of what we eat now and then. The following is a list of “people” foods that should not be fed to dogs:

  • Macadamia nuts
  • Onions, garlic, shallots, leeks, and other similar veggies
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Chocolate
  • Xylitol (the artificial sweetener) often found in gum, candy, vitamins, and some medicines
  • Hops (from beer making)
  • Bread dough or homemade play dough

Also, very fatty foods, like bacon, have been associated with life-threatening pancreatitis in dogs. Of course, no pet should receive any food to which she’s allergic, and you should never feed your dog or cat any food that you wouldn’t eat yourself (like moldy food, raw ground meat, or an unidentified wild mushroom). And if you’d prefer Fido not beg at the table, be sure to provide his human food treats elsewhere in the house, separate from mealtime.

Dr. Jamie M. BurkittABOUT the Vet

Jamie M. Burkitt, DNM, DACVECC is a member of the emergency and critical care team at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital-Cherry Hill. She received her veterinary training at the University of California, Davis, and at the University of Pennsylvania, and is a board-certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care. 
She recently moved from California to New Jersey with her husband, three cats, and two dogs.

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