Common Foods and Plants Toxic To Dogs, Cats and Chickens

| 5/26/2010 9:53:55 AM

A photo of Staci Ducharme and her husbandMany people think of cleaners, pesticides and medicine being toxic to animals, however, there are many foods and plants that are common in and around our homes toxic to our animal friends as well.  The following is in no way a complete list, but a list of those items most common.  Additionally, some of the items are toxic in larger doses than others, but it's safest to keep them away from your cats, dogs and chickens altogether.

French bulldogs and a cat

Common Foods and Plants Toxic to Cats and Dogs

  • avocado
  • alcohol
  • onions
  • garlic
  • grapes and raisins
  • chocolate, coffee, tea, and any caffeine
  • macadamia nuts
  • mushrooms
  • nutmeg
  • salt
  • yeast dough
  • xylitol (artificial sweetener)
  • hops
  • apple seeds
  • aloe vera
  • amaryllis
  • azalea
  • begonia
  • easter lilly
  • hydrangea
  • lily of the valley
  • poinsettia
  • christmas tree pine needles
  • potato, eggplant, and tomato plant
  • rhododendron
  • rhubarb leaves

Close up of a chicken

Common Foods and Plants Toxic to Chickens

  • raw potatoes and peels
  • avocado
  • citrus fruits
  • rhubarb leaves
  • chocolate/caffeine
  • apple seeds
  • onions
  • garlic
  • mushrooms
  • alcohol
  • potato, eggplant, and tomato plants/leaves
  • salt
  • mistletoe or holly berries
  • raw beans
  • nutmeg
  • sweet pea plant
  • tobacco
  • stone fruit pits
  • asparagus

Check with your veterinarian if you have questions regarding any of these or other toxins. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your animal has ingested any of the items listed.

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6/7/2011 12:01:21 PM

I would love to know if you have a reference for these items? I'm not challenging it, simply looking for some foundation for the alert about citrus. I've seen it listed many places, but haven't been able to find supportive documentation that even discusses what the potential cause of said danger actually is...and my birds love oranges.

Nebraska Dave
5/27/2010 8:26:13 AM

Staci, it’s so true that we have to fend for our furry friends. Our family one had a cat that loved to chew on telephone cords. Yeah, I’m old. It was before cordless phones. Most of the time Casey, the cat, would only chew the cord in two pieces, but one day she decided to ingest part of the cord unknown to us. After many days of not really eating well and being sluggish, we took her to the Vet. He did X-Rays and found a metal ball in the stomach. Imagine that. After surgery and many dollars spent Casey survived for many more years but never chewed on a phone cord again. So I understand about toxic things in the home environment that are harmful to pets. Thanks for all the information about keeping our pets safe.

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