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Toxic Foods and Medicines for Pets

As pet parents, we want the absolute best for our furry babies, and that means protecting them from foods that could be sickening and/or toxic. Although dogs and cats have been known to eat our dinner scraps, it is important to know that many of the things you eat on a daily basis are actually toxic foods for dogs and cats. 4Paws Insurance has put together a list of common foods and medicines that are toxic for your pets, so you can protect your 4-legged friend from ingesting harmful substances.


Common Foods that are Toxic for Cats

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine (coffee, soda, tea, energy drinks)
  • Chives
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Milk and other dairy products (most cats are actually lactose intolerant!)
  • Grapes
  • Raw Eggs
  • Raw Meat
  • Raw Fish
  • Onions
  • Raisins
  • Bones and fat trimmings
  • Xylitol (found in sugarless gums, candies, toothpastes)
  • Yeast dough

Common Medicines that are Toxic for Cats

  • Antidepressants
  • Cancer medicines
  • Cold medicines
  • Diet Pills
  • Pain Relievers (acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen)
  • Vitamins and other supplements

Common Foods that are Toxic for Dogs

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Nutmeg
  • Milk and other dairy products
  • Bones and fat trimmings
  • Raw eggs
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Xylitol (found in sugarless gums, candies, toothpastes)

Common Medicines that are Toxic  for Dogs

  • Pain relievers (acetaminophen, aspirin, ibuprofen)
  • Vitamins and other supplements (such as fish oils and joint supplements)
  • Antidepressants
  • Blood Pressure Medications


To protect your pet, it is best to feed them food made specifically for animals. Also, be sure to keep any food or medicine out of reach to avoid accidental ingesting.

If your cat or dog ever ingests any of the items on these lists, it is best to contact your veterinarian right away. Some of these items may not be life threatening in small quantities, but only a trained professional can best determine what to do. If  you cannot get in touch with your veterinarian, call the Animal Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435. Depending on what your pet ingested, and how much, they may require treatment and/or hospitalization. A 4Paws Insurance plan can protect both your pet and your wallet, helping to offset medical costs, and ensuring your 4-legged friend gets the care it deserves. It only takes a few minutes to complete a quote for an Accident Only plan click here which covers accidental poisonings.