Food That Kills…Your Pet

albuquerque toxic dog food
albuquerque toxic dog food

This time of year is all about food. We got a bunch of candy at Halloween, Thanksgiving is nothing but food, and Christmas is right around the corner. All we are thinking about is good. Let’s make sure that when we think about food that we are also aware of what our pets can and can’t have.

Killer Food

Avocado: Ok so avocado is not a thanksgiving food unless you live in New Mexico, then it is an all the time food! Avocados contain persin, asubstance that is harmless for humans but if your dog consumes an avocado or too much guacamole it could be toxic for your dog.

Beer: Any type of alcohol is not good for your pet. It will get your pet drunk just like it does with us, but since the pet is so much smaller than us just a little can cause diarrhea, trouble walking, difficulty breathing or even death! This is because they have smaller bodies with faster metabolisms. The smaller the pet the greater the affect.

Onions: Any type of onion whether it is powdered, raw, cooked any type, can destroy a dogs red blood cells. A small amount wont be anything to worry about, but if you covered your steak in onion powder then cooked it with onions and garlic and it happened to fall on the floor get it away from your dog as fast as possible. It can cause vomiting, loss of appetite, weakness and even suffocation.

Caffeine: Just like with humans large quantities of caffeine can be fatal for your pet. Caffeine is found in coffee, teas, chocolate, soda and energy drinks. There is no antidote for caffeine poisoning. Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, muscle tremors and bleeding. It is also found in some pain killers.

Grapes: Grapes and raisins can easily make your dog very sick. It causes kidney failure, and just a small amount can make your dog very sick. He will start vomiting, become lethargic and depressed.

Dairy: Dogs can not digest dairy products like we can. Even though sharing your ice cream or milk shake is fun and cute, it can lead to stomach problems such as diarrhea.

Macadamia Nuts: These can be fatal. Less than a handful can make your pet sick. Your pet may experience paralysis of the rear legs, vomiting and rapid heart rate. If he eats these with chocolate it will make the symptoms stronger and possibly lead to death.

Table Scraps: This includes fat trimmings and bones. The fat can cause pancreatitis in dogs. And the bones that are left over can splinter and cause cuts or blockage in your dogs stomach.

Salt: (I was surprised when I found this out) If your dog consumes too much salt it can lead to excessive thirst and urination and could lead into sodium ion poisoning. Which consists of vomiting, diarrhea, depression and seizures. It could possibly lead to death.

Chocolate: This is probably the widest known one for dogs. Theobromine is the toxic part of chocolate. It is found more in dark chocolate than in milk chocolate. Baking chocolate has even more in it. Chocolate can cause your dog to vomit, have diarrhea, seizures or even death.

Spices: Nutmeg and other spices are harmful for your dog. Baking powder and baking soda are HIGHLY toxic for your pet.

Always check with your vet about what kind of food is ok to feed to your pet. We recommend never giving your pet table scraps. Take a look at our great dog treat and dog food recipes to come up with healthy foods you can feed them and still give them a treat.

If your dog has eaten any of these things, you should call your vet immediately.

Happy Thanksgiving

We want to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving weekend. Our clinic will be closed on Thursday the 28th and Friday the 29th so our staff can spend the holidays with their family. We will resume normal clinic hours on Saturday the 30th.

Recipe: Flea Repelling Dog Treats

We were told about this recipe that naturally repels fleas. We are not sure this truly works, but it does make a yummy and healthy treat for your dog. We were told that the yeast and the garlic repels fleas, but both things are good for your pup. Though we wouldn’t throw out the Frontline Flea and Tick treatment, we may add this to our regular treat schedule as an added booster.


  • 3 cubes beef bouillon
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup brewers’ yeast
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 egg yolks


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Dissolve beef bouillon cubes in boiling water, and set aside.
  3. Grease cookie sheets.
  4. In a large bowl, stir together the whole wheat flour, corn meal, brewers yeast, and garlic powder.
  5. Add the egg yolks
  6. Slowly pour in the bouillon water while stirring.
  7. Mix thoroughly to form a firm dough. You may need to use your hands to really get it all mixed. It will be a stiff dough. If it is too stiff or flaky, add water a little at a time. If it is too wet and sticky, add more flour.
  8. On a floured surface, roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
  9. Cut the dough into small pieces with a knife or cookie cutter. Make sure the size is appropriate for the size of your dog. Small cookies for a small dog and bigger cookies for a bigger dog.
  10. Place cookies one inch apart onto cookie sheets.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn the oven off, and leave the cookies inside for at least 3 hours or overnight to harden.
  12. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

If you like your treats to have some color, you can add a few drops of food coloring. Always check with your vet before giving your dog any new kinds of food.