WellPet Vets hopes that all Mothers had a very Happy Mothers day last Sunday, whether you’re a Mother of two legged or four legged babies. All mums have a very important role to play in raising and providing a loving and safe environment for their babies, no matter how big or small!

This brings us to discuss a topic that is very important as a pet owner. We want to help in ensuring your home is safe for your pet. There are many household items and also foods which you should keep away from your pet.

WellPet vets have compiled a list of these dangerous foods and other household regulars, so that you can keep it on hand, for quick reference.

Please be reassured that WellPet Vets provide a 24 hour emergency service with vet staff on site if you ever find your pet has an emergency. You can call us anytime on 1300 WELLPET (1300 – 9355738) for help.

FOODS and HOUSEHOLD ITEMS to keep away from your pet

  • Grapes and Raisins – Causes Kidney damage.
  • Onions – Causes Haemolytic Anaemia and Kidney damage.
  • Chocolate – Contains the poisons Caffeine and theobromine. Causes gastro intestinal upset, seizures and tremors.
  • Mushrooms – Can cause depression, diarrhoea, vomiting, nausea, abdominal pains, liver failure, seizures, and kidney failure.
  • Avocado –Causes vomiting and diarrhoea, can affect respiratory and heart.
  • Nutmeg – inhaled or eaten, can cause tremors and seizures affect the central nervous system.
  • Tomatoes (green and the plant)/Potatoes raw and Carrot tops/green parts– Contain Solanine. Affects Central Nervous System and urinary system.
  • Walnuts and macadamia nuts – Causes gastro-intestinal problems, vomiting, depression, ataxia (drunken walking) and joint and muscle problems
  • Fruit pits and seeds – contains cyanide a poison which effects the heart and brain
  • Caffeinated foods and drinks – effects the Central Nervous System
  • Sugar-free sweeteners – (Xylotil – found in chewing gum) – causes Pancreatitis
  • Alcohol– Effects the Central Nervous System and respiratory.
  • Uncooked yeast dough (pizza or bread dough) – effects the digestion tract, stomach.
  • Human supplements– Cause various symptoms dependent on supplement. Human iron supplements for example cause damage in the intestines, liver and eventually heart.
  • Foods high in fats, sugars and sodium – Can cause pancreatitis – e.g. ham, take away foods
  • Corn cobs and bones (cooked or raw) – can get caught in the stomach or the intestines and cause a blockage. Cooked bones can splinter and tear a hole in the walls of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Rotten or moldy foods – Can cause seizures, tremors.
  • The lily flower – Causes acute renal failure in cats
  • Plants/Flowers to avoid – azalea, hydrangea, daffodils, sago palm, castor bean, dumb cane, yesterday/tomorrow/today, mistletoe. – Symptoms will vary with plants.
  • Kinetic sand or Cloud dough – Can cause damage and blockage in the intestines as it is not easily passed.
  • Rat Baits – contains poisons Effects the digestion tract as well as the ability for your pets blood to clot normally leading to internal bleeding.
  • Snail Baitscontains poisons. Affects the central nervous system and brain. Causes seizures.
  • Small household items – Causes obstruction and damage to digestive tract. Examples – String, ribbon, yarn, sewing supplies, Paper clips, erasers, staples, rubber bands, plastic bags and twist ties, Coins, small board game pieces, fragile keepsakes and ornaments
  • Keep electrical cords out of reach – causes electrocution if chewed.


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