Dec 08
dog eating chocolate

10 Pet Pantry Traps

Pets are often exposed to dangerous foods that we love to eat on a daily basis. Unfortunately, as a result of this, poisonings are a frequent occurrence. Be an advocate for your best mate’s health by knowing what they shouldn’t eat, and keeping these safely out of reach.

Here’s a list of 10 common pantry pet traps that you need to know:

  1. Alcohol: effects range from depression, difficulty walking, slow breathing, collapse, peeing, and possibly death in dogs and cats.
  2. Bread dough: the dough expands in the tummy causing it to distend to a point that can affect their breathing; the yeast also ferments to ethanol causing alcohol toxicity in dogs and cats.
  3. Chocolate: signs range from an upset tummy to hyperactivity, seizures, abnormal heart rhythm and possibly death in dogs and cats.
  4. Coffee: signs can include hyperactivity, vomiting, abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures and possibly death in dogs and cats.
  5. Garlic & Onions: in large amounts, onions and garlic can cause the destruction of red blood cells and lead to anaemia in dogs (& cats).
  6. Fatty foods: even small amounts of food high in fat can cause an upset tummy, or worse, pancreatitis in dogs and cats.
  7. Macadamia nuts: can result in vomiting, difficulty walking, weakness, high body temperature and depression in dogs.
  8. Medications: (not a food but can be found in the pantry and too important not to note!)
  9. Sultanas/Grapes: can cause kidney failure in dogs (& has the potential to do so in cats) Learn more here.
  10. Xylitol (a sugar substitute): can cause a severe drop in blood sugar and possible liver failure in dogs.

If your fur kid has eaten something they shouldn’t you should call your local Vet clinic or emergency centre immediately. The sooner treatment and supportive care can be started, the better the outcome for your best friend.

About The Author

Claire is a QLD graduate with over 15 years experience as a neighbourhood Veterinarian in Australia and the UK. Animal lover and the founder of Vetchat, born from a passion to help pet carers everywhere access trusted advice earlier, for healthier, happier pets. Grateful to be carer to her beautiful Red-dog.