Scottie Food: “Dangers & Warnings”

To Eat or Not to Eat!


Dangerous Foods for Scottie’s:

  • UPDATE: During the last year we have entertained numerous inquiries regarding RAW Food for Scottie’s –  Our recommendation is  “Do Not Feed Your Scottie ANY Raw Meats.”  Dogs that are domesticated have health risks and metabolisms which are not like wild animals that kill and consume their meals.  Please be advised that commercial raw meats are not wild kill.  Please read our: Scottie Vaccination Protocols Page on this website to learn more about the dangers and reasons for giving your dog dewormer on a regular basis.  This will help to explain areas of concern.

Who can resist those big brown eyes and cute doggie grin?  Can a little reward from the table really hurt your dog?  Well, that depends on what it is and what’s in it.  A chip with guacamole can cause your dog some real problems.  In fact, there’s a lot of people food your dog should never eat.  And, it’s not just because of weight.  Some foods are downright extremely dangerous for dogs — and some of these common foods may surprise you.  Our goal is to keep your Scottie around for a good many years. Post this list of dangers somewhere where every one in your family will be able to read and learn these dangers.

NEW – We have added a page which address major concerns about commercial dog foods (Major Name Brands that are not safe.) which have been recalled due to Poison – visit this page too: POISON – Dog Food and sign up on our site.


If you learn only one thing from reading this page, it should be: “EVEN A SIMPLE – ASPIRIN IS DEADLY.”

We have made this very simple you can print this page and post it on your refrigerator so it can be a reminder to you about the do’s and don’t which can kill your Scottie if you are careless or just uninformed. Take the time to memorize or print a copy of the charts listed below.

  • Avocado

    No matter how good you think the guacamole is, you shouldn’t give it to your dog. Avocados contain a substance called persin.  It’s harmless for humans who aren’t allergic.  But large amounts might be toxic to dogs.  If you happen to be growing avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants.  Persin is in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as in the fruit.

  • Alcohol

    Beer, liquor, wine, foods containing alcohol — none of it’s good for your dog.  That’s because alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s liver and brain that it has on humans.  But it takes far less to do its damage.  Just a little can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, problems with coordination, difficulty breathing, coma, even death,  and the smaller the dog, the greater the effect.

  • Onions, and Garlic

    Onions and garlic in all forms — powdered, raw, cooked, or dehydrated — can destroy a dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia.  That can happen even with the onion powder found in some baby food.  An occasional small dose is probably Okay.  But just eating a large quantity once or eating smaller amounts regularly can cause poisoning.  Symptoms of anemia include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness.

  • Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine

    Caffeine in large enough quantities can be fatal for a dog.  And, there is no antidote.  Symptoms of caffeine poisoning include restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, fits, and bleeding.  In addition to tea and coffee – including beans and grounds — caffeine can be found in cocoa, chocolate, colas, and stimulant drinks such as Red Bull and so called Energy Drinks.  It’s also in some cold medicines and pain killers.

  • Grapes, and Raisins

    Grapes and raisins have often been used as treats for dogs.  But it’s not a good idea.  Although it isn’t clear why, grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs.  And just a small amount can make a dog ill and even KILL a dog. (I warn everyone Grapes are not permitted in our household for this reason.  This last year, a caregiver learned the hard-way last year, and it cost $350. for a visit to the urgent care, as well as $150. at the pharmacy.)  Repeated vomiting is an early sign.  Within a day, the dog will become lethargic and depressed.  The best prevention is to keep grapes and raisins off counters and other places your dog can reach. WE DO NOT ALLOW ANY FORM OF GRAPES IN OUR HOME !!!

  • Milk, and Other Dairy Products

    On a hot day, it may be tempting to share your ice cream cone with your dog.  But if your dog could, it would thank you for not doing so.  Milk and milk-based products can cause diarrhea and other digestive upset as well as set up food allergies (which often manifest as itchiness).

  • Macadamia Nuts

    Dogs should not eat macadamia nuts or foods containing macadamia nuts because they can be fatal. As few as six raw or roasted macadamia nuts can make a dog ill. Symptoms of poisoning include muscle tremors, weakness or paralysis of the hindquarters, vomiting, elevated body temperature, and rapid heart rate.  Eating chocolate with the nuts will make symptoms worse, possibly leading to death.

  • Candy, and Gum

    Candy, gum, toothpaste, baked goods, and some diet foods are sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol can cause an increase in the insulin circulating through your dog’s body.  That can cause your dog’s blood sugar to drop and can also cause liver failure. Initial symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination.  Eventually, the dog may have seizures.  Liver failure can occur within just a few days.

  • Chocolate

    Most people know that chocolate is extremely bad for dogs.  The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine.  It’s in all kinds of chocolate, even white chocolate.  The most dangerous kinds, though, are dark chocolate, chocolate mulch, and unsweetened baking chocolate.  Eating chocolate, even just licking the icing bowl, can cause a dog to vomit, have diarrhea, and be excessively thirsty.  It can also cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.

  • Fat Trimmings, and Bones

    Table scraps often contain meat fat that a human didn’t eat and bones.  Both are dangerous for dogs.  Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, can cause pancreatitis in dogs.  And, although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, a dog can choke on it.  Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your dog’s digestive system.  It’s best to just forget about the doggie bag at least for your dog.

  • Persimmons, Peaches, and Plums

    The problem with these fruits is the seeds or pits.  The seeds from persimmons can cause inflammation of the small intestine in dogs.  They can also cause intestinal obstruction.  Obstruction is also a possibility if a dog eats the pit from a peach or plum.  Plus, peach and plum pits contain cyanide, which is poisonous to both humans and dogs.  The difference is humans know not to eat them.  Dogs don’t.

  • Raw Eggs

    There are two problems with giving your dog raw eggs.  The first is the possibility of food poisoning from bacteria like Salmonella or E. coli.  The second is that an enzyme in raw eggs interferes with the absorption of a particular B vitamin. This can cause skin problems as well as problems with your dog’s coat if raw eggs are fed for a long time.

  • Raw Meat, and Fish

    Raw meat and raw fish, like raw eggs, can contain bacteria that causes food poisoning.  In addition, certain kinds of fish such as salmon, trout, shad, or sturgeon can contain a parasite that causes “fish disease” or “salmon poisoning disease.”  If not treated, the disease can be fatal within two weeks.  The first signs of illness are vomiting, fever, and big lymph nodes.  Thoroughly cooking the fish will kill the parasite and protect your dog.

  • Salt

    It’s not a good idea to share salty foods like chips or pretzels with your dog.  Eating too much salt can cause excessive thirst and urination and lead to sodium ion poisoning.  Symptoms of too much salt include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, and seizures.  It may even cause death.

  • Sugary Foods, and Drinks

    Too much sugar can do the same thing to dogs that it does to humans.  It can lead to obesity, dental problems, and possibly the onset of diabetes.

  • Yeast Dough

    Before it’s baked, bread dough needs to rise.  And, that’s exactly what it would do in your dog’s stomach if your dog ate it.  As it swells inside, the dough can stretch the dog’s abdomen and cause severe pain.  In addition, when the yeast ferments the dough to make it rise, it produces alcohol that can lead to alcohol poisoning.

  • Your Medicine

    Reaction to a drug commonly prescribed for humans is the most common cause of poisoning in dogs.  Just as you would do for your children, keep all medicines out of your dog’s reach.  And, never give your dog any over-the-counter medicine unless told to do so by your vet.  Ingredients such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are common in pain relievers and cold medicine, they can be DEADLY for your dog; even a simple Asprin is deadly.  It can kill your Scottie!!!

  • Kitchen Pantry: No Dogs Allowed

    Many other items commonly found on kitchen shelves can harm your dog.  For instance, baking powder and baking soda are both highly toxic.  So are nutmeg and other spices.  Keeping food items high enough to be out of your dog’s reach and keeping pantry doors closed will help protect your dog from serious food-related illness.

Can Your Scottie Safely Eat These Fruits:


Dangerous Plants for Scottie’s:

Some plants are downright dangerous for dogs thus you will want to remove them from your yard at once  — and some of these common plants may surprise you.  Our goal is to keep your Scottie around for a good many years.  Post this list of extreme dangers somewhere where every one in your family will be able to read and learn these dangers.

  • Lilies 

    Members of the Lilium spp. are considered to be highly toxic to cats. While the poisonous component has not yet been identified, it is clear that with even ingestion’s of very small amounts of the plant, severe kidney damage could result.

  • Marijuana 

Ingestion of Cannabis sativa by companion animals can result in depression of the central nervous system and in coordination, as well as vomiting, diarrhea, drooling, increased heart rate, and even seizures and coma.

  • Sago Palm 

All parts of Cycas Revoluta are poisonous, but the seeds or “nuts” contain the largest amount of toxin.  The ingestion of just one or two seeds can result in very serious effects, which include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, seizures and even liver failure.

  • Tulip/Narcissus Bulbs

The bulb portions of Tulips/Narcissus contain toxins that can cause intense gastrointestinal irritation, drooling, loss of appetite, depression of the central nervous system, convulsions and cardiac abnormalities.

  • Azalea/Rhododendron

Members of the Rhododenron spp. contain substances known as grayantoxins, which can produce vomiting, drooling, diarrhea, weakness and depression of the central nervous system in animals.  Severe azalea poisoning could ultimately lead to coma and death from cardiovascular collapse.

  • Oleander 

All parts of Nerium oleander are considered to be toxic, as they contain cardiac glycosides that have the potential to cause serious effects—including gastrointestinal tract irritation, abnormal heart function, hypothermia and even death.

  • Castor Bean 

The poisonous principle in Ricinus communis is ricin, a highly toxic protein that can produce severe abdominal pain, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, weakness and loss of appetite.  Severe cases of poisoning can result in dehydration, muscle twitching, tremors, seizures, coma and death.

  • Cyclamen

Cylamen species contain cyclamine, but the highest concentration of this toxic component is typically located in the root portion of the plant.  If consumed, Cylamen can produce significant gastrointestinal irritation, including intense vomiting.  Fatalities have also been reported in some cases.

  • Kalanchoe

 This plant contains components that can produce gastrointestinal irritation, as well as those that are toxic to the heart, and can seriously affect cardiac rhythm and rate.

  • Yew Taxus spp.

Contains a toxic component known as taxine, which causes central nervous system effects such as trembling, in-coordination, and difficulty breathing.  It can also cause significant gastrointestinal irritation and cardiac failure, which can result in death.

  • Amaryllis

 Common garden plants popular around Easter, Amaryllis species contain toxins that can cause vomiting, depression, diarrhea, abdominal pain, hypersalivation, anorexia and tremors.

  • Autumn Crocus

 Ingestion of Colchicum autumnale by pets can result in oral irritation, bloody vomiting, diarrhea, shock, multi-organ damage and bone marrow suppression.

  • Chrysanthemum

These popular blooms are part of the Compositae family, which contain pyrethrins that may produce gastrointestinal upset, including drooling, vomiting and diarrhea, if eaten.  In certain cases depression and loss of coordination may also develop if enough of any part of the plant is consumed.

  • English Ivy 

Also called branching ivy, glacier ivy, needlepoint ivy, sweetheart ivy and California ivy, Hedera helix contains triterpenoid saponins that, should pets ingest, can result in vomiting, abdominal pain, hypersalivation and diarrhea.

  • Peace Lily

(A.K.A. Mauna Loa Peace Lily) Spathiphyllum contains calcium oxalate crystals that can cause oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing and intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips and tongue in pets who ingest.

  • Pothos Pothos

(Both Scindapsus and Epipremnum) belongs to the Araceae family.  If chewed or ingested, this popular household plant can cause significant mechanical irritation and swelling of the oral tissues and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract.

  • Schefflera

Schefflera and Brassaia actinophylla contain calcium oxalate crystals that can cause oral irritation, excessive drooling, vomiting, difficulty in swallowing and intense burning and irritation of the mouth, lips and tongue in pets who ingest.

  • If Your Dog Eats What It Shouldn’t

    Dogs explore with their mouth.  And, no matter how cautious you are, it’s possible your dog can find and swallow what it shouldn’t.  It’s a smart idea to always keep the number of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center   — (888) 426-4435 —   where you know you can find it in an emergency. 

    If you think your dog has consumed something that’s toxic, call for emergency help at once.

Download our quick reference Chart for Food Warnings to share with your family:

Scottie Heaven Food Warning Chart – download

Scottie’s & Toxic Plants:


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