18 Foods You Should Never Feed Your Pets

The following foods are a no-go for your furry friends.

April 20, 2017
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Adapted from Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats

You know the best foods to feed your pet, but the list of "no-no" foods might just be as important as the list of approved ones. 

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The following are foods to avoid feeding to dogs and cats and the issues and side-effects they can cause.

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Additives In Pet Food, etc.

Cancer, damage to liver and kidneys (from BHA and BHT). Hypersensitivity, allergies, behavior issues (due to food dyes).

Alcohol dog
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Vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma, possible death.

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Chocolate (Especially Dark)

Vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excess thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heartbeat, tremors, seizures, possible death.

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Citrus (in excess)

Citric acid and essential oils are irritating, may depress central nervous system. Small bits of fruit are fine.

Related: 7 Essential Health & Healing Foods for Dogs

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Coconut Flesh And Milk (In Excess)

Stomach upset, loose stools, diarrhea. Small amounts unlikely a problem.

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Coffee And Tea (In Excess, No Antidote)

Restlessness, rapid breathing and heart rate, tremors, fits, bleeding, possible death.

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Dairy Products

Some adults lack the enzyme to break down lactose in milk. Diarrhea, GI upset, can trigger food allergies, itchiness.

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GMO Corn, Soy, Canola Products, Derivatives

Nonindustry studies link GMOs and/or glyphosate with inflammation, intestinal damage, tumors, infertility. Only use organic or "non GMO" corn, soy, canola, and other known genetically engineered foods.

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Grapes And Raisins

Unknown substance can cause kidney failure. Avoid.

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Hot, Spicy Foods

Indigestion, diarrhea, irritable bowels.

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Mold And Spoilage

Vomiting, diarrhea, and more. Seal bags of kibble to keep out moisture; avoid cheap brands.

Related: 10 Sneaky Sources of Mold in Your Diet

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Nuts (In Excess), Macadamias And Walnuts Especially

Possible vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, high body temperature, rapid heart rate, weak hindquarters in dogs, usually within 12 hours.

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Onions, Garlic (In Excess)

GI irritation, possible red blood cell damage, especially in cats. Note: Studies of garlic used very high levels intubated into dogs. Garlic has been used for decades in some pet products. In small amounts, we are not concerned.

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Salty Foods And Snacks (In Excess)

Excess thirst and urination. Vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures, and even death.

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Spinach, Swiss Chard (In Excess)

Excess oxalates are linked with kidney problems or bladder stones. Cook lightly, discard the water, also advisable to decrease goitrogens in kale.

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Sugary Snacks

Obesity, dental disease, diabetes.

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Xylitol (Sweetener)

Insulin release and low blood sugar, causing vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination. Possible seizures and liver failure.

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Yeasted Dough (Raw)

Painful stomach bloat, possible life-threatening gastric torsion.

This article originally appeared on Rodale Wellness.