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Nutrition | Island Rescue Organization

Whatever type of pet food you decide to feed your pet, make sure they receive a diet that is balanced and nutritious. Certain human foods should not be fed to your pet and could be harmful or potentially fatal. As your pet grows in size and age, their dietary needs will also change in terms of the quantity and type of food they may need. Many pet food brands offer food that is specific to an animal’s dietary or health needs. Speak to your vet for more information. Make sure your pet has access to fresh, clean water at all times.

The following foods, liquids and plants can be toxic to pets and veterinary attention should be sought if your pet consumes them:

  • Avocado
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus*
  • Coconut and coconut oil*
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Milk and dairy products*
  • Nuts
  • Onions, garlic, chives
  • Raw or undercooked meat, eggs and bones
  • Salt and salty snack foods*
  • Xylitol (found in some candy, chewing gum and baked goods)
  • Yeast dough
  • Poinsettia
  • Lillies
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Aloe vera
  • Apple seeds
  • Chrysanthemum leaves and stems
  • Geranium
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Kale
  • Narcissus
  • Peach stones and leaves
  • Potato skins (green) and sprouts
  • Sago palm
  • Taro vine
  • Tomato plant (green fruit, leaves and stems)
  • Tulip


(*when consumed in large quantities)