Cherokee German Shepherds

Making The World A Better Place One Dog At A Time

Puppy Care and Feeding

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

  1. Alcoholic beverages
  2. Avocado
  3. Chocolate (all forms)
  4. Coffee (all forms)
  5. Fatty foods
  6. Macadamia nuts
  7. Moldy or spoiled foods
  8. Onions, onion powder
  9. Raisins and grapes
  10. Salt
  11. Yeast dough
  12. Garlic
  13. Products sweetened with xylitol

Warm Weather Hazards

  1. Animal toxins—toads, insects, spiders, snakes and scorpions
  2. Blue-green algae in ponds
  3. Citronella candles
  4. Cocoa mulch
  5. Compost piles Fertilizers
  6. Flea products
  7. Outdoor plants and plant bulbs
  8. Glow jewelry
  9. Swimming-pool treatment supplies
  10. Fly baits containing methomyl
  11. Slug and snail baits containing metaldehyde


Common examples of human medications that can be potentially lethal to pets, even in small doses, include:

  1. Pain killers
  2. Cold medicines
  3. Antidepressants
  4. Anti-cancer drugs
  5. Vitamins
  6. Diet Pills

Cold Weather Hazards

  1. Antifreeze
  2. Liquid potpourri
  3. Ice melting products
  4. Rat and mouse bait

Common Household Hazards

  1. Fabric softener sheets
  2. Mothballs
  3. Post-1982 pennies (due to high concentration of zinc)

Holiday Hazards

  1. Electrical cords
  2. Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction—most often occurs with kittens!)
  3. Batteries
  4. Glass ornaments

Non-toxic Substances for Dogs and Cats

The following substances are considered to be non-toxic, although they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals:

  1. Water-based paints
  2. Toilet bowl water
  3. Silica gel
  4. Poinsettia
  5. Cat litter
  6. Glue traps

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