Pug Safety

Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Avocado
  • Chocolate (all forms)
  • Coffee (all forms)
  • Fatty foods
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy or spoiled foods
  • Onions, onion powder
  • Raisins and grapes
  • Salt
  • Yeast dough
  • Garlic
  • Products sweetened with xylitol

Warm Weather Hazards

  • Animal Toxins- Toads, Insects, Spiders, Snakes and Scorpions
  • Blue-green algae in ponds
  • Citronells candles
  • Cocoa Mulch
  • Compost Piles Fertilizers
  • Flea Products
  • Outdoor Plants and Plant Bulbs
  • Swimming Pool Treatment Supplies
  • Fly Baits containing Methomyl
  • Slug and Snail baits containing Metaldehyde


Common examples of human medications that can be potentially lethal to pets, even in small doses, include:

  • Pain Killers
  • Cold Medicines
  • Anti-Cancer drugs
  • Antidepressants
  • Vitamins
  • Diet Pills

Cold Weather Hazards

  • Anti-Freeze
  • Liquid Potpourri
  • Ice Melting Products
  • Rat and Mouse Bait

Common Household Hazards

  • Fabric Softener sheets
  • Mothballs
  • Post-1982 Pennies (due to high concentration of Zinc)

Holiday Hazards

  • Christmas Tree Water (may contain fertilizers and bacteria, which, if ingested, can upset the stomach)
  • Electrical Cords
  • Ribbons or tinsel (can become lodged in the intestines and cause intestinal obstruction)
  • Batteries
  • Glass ornaments

Non-Toxic Substances

The following substances are considered to be non-toxic, although they may cause mild gastrointestinal upset in some animals:

  • Water-based Paints
  • Toilet Bowl Water
  • Silica Gel
  • Poinsettia Plants
  • Cat Litter
  • Glue Traps
  • Glow Jewelry

Written by: Laurinda Morris, DVM, Danville Veterinary Clinic, Danville, Ohio