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More National and International Resources for the Homeless and Animals, including Legal Animal Info and Foods that are Toxic to Animals

Animal Legal Defense Fund:

National Legal Assistance Attorneys for the Animals:

Human Foods You Should NOT Feed Your Dog

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Baby foods (can contain onion powder)
  • Broccoli (in large amounts)
  • Candy or other foods that may contain the artificial sweetener Xylitol
  • Canned soups – read the labels! Many contain some kind of onion.
  • Chocolate (contains Theobromine which can very quickly be fatal – chocolate also contains caffeine)
  • Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars (second hand smoke can cause cancer in dogs, too!)
  • Citrus oil
  • Coffee grounds, beans & tea (caffeine)
  • Fat trimmings (can cause Pancreatitis)
  • Garlic – controversial – Some people give it to their dogs to ward off fleas and ticks and supposedly it  works!
  • Grapes or raisins
  • Guacamole (duhhh! contains Avocado!)
  • Hops (used in home brewing)
  • Human vitamins containing iron (can damage the lining of the digestive system)
  • Liver in large amounts – As part of a raw diet liver would be part the total 10% required of the total organ meat allowance. Liver contains iron which contains iron oxide which cannot be digested by dogs.
  • Macadamia nuts – May cause gastric distress, lethargy, weakness and hind end paralysis.
  • Pear pips, kernels of plums, peaches, apricots, apple core pips (contain cyanogenic glycosides resulting in cyanide poisoning)
  • Potato peelings and green looking potatoes
  • Rhubarb LEAF
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Mushrooms
  • Nutmeg
  • Nuts = Macadamia, Walnuts
  • Onion (includes onion powder & flavorings – anything onion) – Foods that contain ONION salt, powder or flavoring of any kind – become an obsessive label reader!
  • Raisins and grapes (damages the kidneys)
  • Raw Potatoes
  • Tomato leaves, skin and stems (green parts)
  • Tuna (canned and fresh carries the risk of Mercury contamination)
  • Turkey, chicken or any poultry skin (cooked)
  • Voltarin (in arthritis medication) - Very Fatal
  • Xylitol (a sugar substitute commonly found in gum, peanut butter, etc.) - can be fatal
  • Yeast dough

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THE AMERICAN DOG MAGAZINE has a list of organizations that provide financial assistance for veterinary services:

HUD resources for the homeless.

California Animal and Dog Law Lawyers