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Food and Treats That Are Unsafe For Pets

Just like people, dogs love to eat a variety of food with differing textures and flavours. Though there are some things that dogs just cannot eat and may even make your dog unwell.

Dr. Melissa Meehan has some tips for avoiding dog dietary disasters...


Top Tips

  • Chocolate may be many people's favourite treat but chocolate is toxic to dogs and can ultimately lead to canine heart failure. Never give a dog chocolate or leave any chocolate in a place that your dog can easily reach. Carob can be a safe alternative.
  • It is nuts to give your dog nuts. Nuts can be toxic to dogs, especially macadamia nuts, which can lead to paralysis.
  • Additionally, keep grapes well away from your dog. If a dog eats grapes it could lead to renal failure.

If ever in doubt about feeding your dog a particular food item, err on the side of caution and do not give it to them. Consult a vet for the best dietary advice for your dog.

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I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.