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Household Food Items Toxic to Dogs and Cats

By Cristina Cortinovis, Francesca Caloni

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Several foods that are perfectly suitable for human consumption can be toxic to dogs and cats. Food-associated poisoning cases involving the accidental ingestion of chocolate and chocolate-based products, Allium spp. (onion, garlic, leek, and chives), macadamia nuts, Vitis vinifera fruits (grapes, raisins, sultanas, and currants), products sweetened with xylitol, alcoholic beverages, and unbaked bread dough have been reported worldwide in the last decade. The poisoning episodes are generally due to lack of public knowledge of the serious health threat to dogs and cats that can be posed by these products. The present review aims to outline the current knowledge of common food items frequently involved in the poisoning of small animals, particularly dogs, and provides an overview of poisoning episodes reported in the literature.


Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2016
Publication Title Frontiers in Veterinary Science
Volume 3
Issue 26
Publisher Frontiers
DOI 10.3389/fvets.2016.00026
Language English
Additional Language English
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  1. Animal health and hygiene
  2. Animal nutrition
  3. Animal roles
  4. Animals in culture
  5. Animal welfare
  6. Cats
  7. Dogs
  8. Foods
  9. Fruits
  10. Health
  11. Mammals
  12. Nutrition
  13. Pet ownership
  14. Pets and companion animals
  15. Physical environment
  16. Poisoning
  17. Social Environments
  18. sugar
  19. vegetables