Food for dogs to avoid

This is a guide only – please do your own further research.


Apple core/seeds – contains cyanide (in large amounts)

Apricot – seeds, leaves and stems toxic and contain cyanide

Avocado – very dangerous to birds, rabbits, donkeys and horses, sheep and goats

Bacon and fatty meat – can cause pancreatitis Caffeine and coffee

Citrus fruits – very small doses okay

Cherry – pit contains cyanide

Chocolate – dark is worst

Coconut and coconut oil – small amounts are okay. Coconut water high in potassium

Grapes and raisins – can cause kidney failure

Macadamia nuts – signs can take 12–48 hours to appear and include weakness, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia

Meat and bones (raw and undercooked) – Salmonella and E.coli poisoning like in humans. Bones can cause impaction.

Milk and dairy – causes diarrhoea and stomach upsets

Nuts – almonds, pecans and walnuts – high in fat and bad for pancreas

Onions, garlic and chives – gastrointestinal irritation and can lead to red blood cell damage (worse for cats)

Potato (raw and green)

Rhubarb – depletes calcium levels

Salty and snack foods – large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urinations and sodium ion poisoning

Tomato plants (stems and leaves and unripened fruit) – upset tummy

Xylitol (sweetener often used in cakes and sweets) – can lead to liver failure Yeast dough – causes gas to accumulate in digestive system – can cause bloat

Plants Dangerous to Pets

This is a guide only – please do your own further research.

Some of our most beautiful and useful plants are deadly to our pets, so it pays to be aware of the risks and keep your pets well away from them.

Brunfelsia (also known as “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”)
• Extremely poisonous after flowering
• Very dangerous for puppies
• Recommended plant moved away from anywhere dogs have access to

• Especially toxic to cats
• All parts of the flowers are poisonous
• Also include cut flowers

Wandering jew
• Weed that grows well in shade and hard to kill
• Dogs love lying on it to be cool
• Causes allergic skin reaction in dogs

Madagascar jasmine
• Eating the seed pods of these plants can kill dogs

• All parts of plants poisonous to several animals
• Affects heart

Bulbs from daffodils, tulips etc
• Tulips – upset stomach and possible heart problems
• Daffodils – upset stomach, convulsions, heart problems
• Too many bulbs can cause death

Moses in the Cradle
• Causes skin issues causing dog to scratch until bleeding
• Poisonous if eaten in large quantities

A more extensive list of plants for dogs to avoid

o Anemone or windflower (A. coronaria)
o Caladiumbicolor(caladium)(indoorfoliageplant)
o Castor oil plant (Ricinus communis)
o Chalice vine (Solandra maxima)
o Cherry tree (Prunus serrulata)
o Clematis (the large-flowered hybrids)
o Cotoneaster (Cotoneaster glaucophylla)
o Cycads (seeds on female plants)
o Daffodils (Narcissus varieties)
o Daphne(various)
o Delphinums
o Devil’s ivy (Epipremnum aureum)
o Dicentra (Dicentra spectabilis)
o Dieffenbachia
o Euphorbias (poinsettias, Euphorbia characias ssp. wulfenii, etc)
o Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)
o Golden Robinia (R. pseudoacacia ‘Frisia’)
o Hellebore (Helleborus orientalis)
o Hemlock (Conium maculatum)
o Holly (Ilex varieties)
o Hydrangeas
o Indoor Plants: many are poisonous to pets, so it’s wise to keep all indoor plants out of the reach of puppies and kittens especially, but also adult dogs and cats.
o Iris
o Jerusalemcherry(Solanumpseudocapsicum)
o Lantana (L. camara, the common one)
o Lilac (Syringa varieties)
o Mountain laurel (Kalmia varieties)
o Mushrooms (not clear which ones)
o Nightshade (Solanum nigrum)
o Oaks (Quercus varieties – the acorns are toxic to pets
o Philodendron (many, it appears)
o Pine (eg, savin, Juniperus sabina, also several others)
o Poinciana (not the tropical tree, but the shrub Caesalpinia pulcherrima)
o Privet (Ligustrum varieties)
o Pyracantha (not clear which one)
o Rhododendron (including azaleas)
o Rhubarb (presumably the leaves)
o Snowdrops (Leucojum)
o Snowflakes (Leucojum)
o Strelitzia (not clear which one)
o Sweet peas
o Solandra maxima (chalice vine)
o Stephanotis (Madagascar jasmine) (consumption of the seed pods is especially deadly to dogs)
o Strelitzias (Strelitzia regina, S. nicolai)
o Toadstools
o Tomato Plants
o Walnuts (mouldy nuts near the ground) o Wisteria
o Yew (Taxus varieties)