By Trisha Gedon

STILLWATER, Okla. – When Rover begs for a bite of food at the table, it can be hard for pet owners to resist sharing their plates. It’s important to know that some of the foods perfectly safe for human consumption are deadly to animals.

“Some human favorite foods can be quite toxic for pets, so despite those loving eyes looking at you, it’s best to avoid table treats,” Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, Oklahoma State University Extension veterinarian and director of continuing education for the university’s College of Veterinary Medicine.

What foods are toxic to pets? Here is a list of foods to avoid:

“If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these foods, contact your veterinarian immediately,” Biggs said. “It’s helpful to let the veterinarian know how much of a particular food has been ingested.”


She also suggested talking with a veterinarian to develop a pet’s healthy eating plan that provides needed nutrients for proper growth.


OSU Extension offers additional pet care information.