Food safety and your pets

Veterinary experts advise pet owners to be careful about the kinds of food they feed their pets. 

Some common foods can potentially cause fatal health complications for your pet.

The list of common foods that are dangerous to your pets include:

  • Alcohol, foods containing alcohol and fermented foods
    Can lead to lack of coordination (walking or standing up), drowsiness, a slow breathing rate, excessive urination, vomiting or unresponsiveness and seizures.
  • Avocados
    They contain a dangerous toxin which can damage the heart, lungs and tissue of many different animals.
  • Chocolate
    May be toxic or lethal to dogs and other domestic animals, even in small quantities.
  • Grapes and Raisins
    Can cause severe acute kidney failure.
  • Macadamia Nuts
    They can be toxic to dogs. Symptoms will likely occur within 12 hours and can include vomiting, hyperthermia and elevated heart rate.
  • Onions and garlic
    Can cause gastric irritation and anaemia if consumed in large quantities.
  • Turkey skin, pork crackling, sausages and other fatty meats
    Can lead to pancreatitis due to the high-fat content.

We recommend talking to your vet about the dietary requirements of your dog.