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Forbidden Foods


  • All types of chocolate and cocoa products are dangerous for dogs.

  • Dark chocolate is the worst.

  • The toxicity comes from the methylxanthines present in chocolate based products. These act as a stimulant to the nervous system, cardiovascular system, muscular system and Gastro-intestinal tract.

Chocolate is made from roasting the seeds of the Theobroma Cacao, which contain two toxic properties for animals; caffeine and theobromine. Dark chocolate appears to be the worst, as it contains more caffeine and theobromine, however even milk chocolate can cause severe toxicity. Also be aware of the high fat content which can be the beginning the serious problem of Pancreatitis.

Grapes and Raisins

  • Grapes including raisins, sultanas and currants are a no go. Fresh grapes are less likely to be toxic than dried fruit as the dried is more concentrated. Ingesting these products can cause acute renal failure.

  • Please remember fruit cake, hot cross buns etc can also be a problem.

  • Clinical symptoms often commence with vomiting, diarrhea and excessive thirst.

Onions and Garlic

  • It doesn't matter whether they are cooked or raw, it only takes a small amount to cause toxicities in your dog. These plants can damage the red blood cells, leading to anemia, lethargy and weakness

Nuts and Seeds

  • Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, vomiting and diarrhea and pain.

  • Peanuts can cause vomiting and diarrhea.

  • Pistachios which are high in fat can cause pancreatitis.