"Household Food Items Toxic to Dogs and Cats"

Household Food Items Toxic to Dogs and Cats” is the title of an article submitted to the Veterinary Pharmacology and Toxicology section of the journal Frontiers in Veterinary Science by Cristina Cortinovis and Francesca Caloni. It has been reviewed by others including the National Poisons Information Service in the UK.

In addition to the ‘usual’ items that we know of there are others mentioned such as** rotten apples , sloe berries **used to make sloe gin, **uncooked bread **and pizza dough.

There is fairly specific data on raisins and grapes which prove toxic to dogs. It may be surprising to read that renal failure in dogs following the ingestion of raisins may be as low as 2.8 mg/kg and as little as four to five grapes in a dog weighing 8.2 kg!

Other lesser well known toxic items include Hops viz “As home brewing becomes increasingly popular, companion animals may be at risk of exposure”.

Also unsweetened baking chocolate and **cocoa powder **which usually contain more than 14 mg of theobromine per gram.

And the article mentions “increased marketing and use of xylitol as a sweetener in recent years has led to increased risk of pet exposure to this agent”.

Here is the link to read the article:

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