Table Scraps

No French fries for Fido, and other deadly foes under the kitchen table. Foods you might eat could potentially harm your furry companion. Read about foods bad for cats and dogs.

Have you seen the movie clips that feature a man bonding with his new canine over beer: a bottle for him and a bowl for his dog? Think Matthew McConaughey in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” As it turns out, Matthew had it all wrong, because some foods might lead to losing a pet in just 10 days, too!

While it is very tempting to include a pet in the family meal, being careful about which foods your pets get can keep your pet healthy. In my family, we have three dogs that typically get leftover food and table scraps. But we’re careful not to offer these to a pet, because these common foods can potentially harm our furry companions:

  • Fruits such as apricots, apples, plums, peaches and cherries: the stems, leaves and seeds contain a harmful cyanide complex that could poison your pet if he/she eats too much of it.
  • Alcohol: As I mentioned earlier, Matthew did have it all wrong. While alcohol might have a place in our human diets, it’s poison to a dog. According to, the amount of alcohol in a strong drink like a “mickey” is enough to kill a small dog.
  • Fatty foods: these foods are particularly troublesome during the holidays. For tiny dog breeds such as toy poodles and schnauzers, fatty foods can lead to problems with the pancreas. No French fries for Fido!

Other dangerous foods for dogs especially, are:

  • Baking Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Nutmeg
  • Grapes and Raisins
  • Onions and garlic

For a complete list of dangerous foods, along with symptoms, please visit For more information on harmful foods for cats, please visit   

Do you give your pets table scraps? Which foods to you avoid giving your pets? Share with us in the comments!

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