Falling into Autumn: Beware of These Seasonal Foods for Your Pets

Hello, blogpost fans! As we transition into the cozy and colorful fall season, we must be aware of the potential hazards that certain autumnal foods can pose to our furry friends. In this blog post, we’ll explore the dangerous fall foods for our pets and provide tips on keeping them safe while enjoying the season.

1.Chocolate Treats:

With Halloween just around the corner, keeping chocolate and other sweet treats out of reach from our pets is essential. Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine, which are toxic to dogs and cats and can lead to symptoms ranging from vomiting and diarrhea to seizures and even death.

2.Grapes and Raisins:

Fall brings forth a variety of fruits, including grapes and raisins. However, these innocent-looking treats can be extremely dangerous to pets, potentially leading to kidney failure.

3.Onions and Garlic:

Commonly used as a flavor enhancer, it can be toxic to pets. These ingredients can lead to red blood cell damage and gastrointestinal upset, among other complications.

4.Rich and Fatty Foods:

Fall comfort foods often include rich gravies, fatty meats, and buttery dishes. These indulgent treats can cause pet pancreatitis, vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. Stick to pet-friendly treats and avoid sharing high-fat foods.


While nuts like almonds and peanuts might seem harmless, they can harm pets. Certain nuts, like macadamia, cause vomiting, tremors, and even paralysis in dogs. Moreover, the high-fat content in nuts can lead to gastrointestinal issues.

6.Pumpkin and Spices:

While plain, cooked pumpkin can be a healthy addition to your pet’s diet, be cautious with pumpkin-flavored treats and dishes that contain added spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. When ingested in large amounts, these spices can cause upset stomach, tremors, and even central nervous system issues.

7.Alcohol and Unattended Drinks:

As you enjoy your fall gatherings, ensure alcoholic beverages are kept well out of your pets’ reach. Even small amounts of alcohol can cause intoxication, leading to disorientation, vomiting, and even more severe health issues.

8.Xylitol-Sweetened Products:

Xylitol, a sugar substitute commonly found in sugar-free gum, candies, and baked goods, is highly toxic to pets. Ingesting xylitol can lead to rapid insulin release and hypoglycemia, causing seizures and liver failure.

9.Bones and Leftovers:

Fall feasts often result in leftover bones and scraps. However, bones, especially cooked ones, can splinter and cause choking hazards or damage your pet’s digestive tract. Avoid giving your pets any bones, and dispose of leftovers securely.


In Conclusion:

While fall is a delightful season filled with warm colors and tempting aromas, it’s crucial to prioritize the safety and well-being of our furry companions. By staying informed about the potential dangers of certain fall foods and making conscious choices, we can ensure that our pets enjoy the season as much as we do. Treat them to pet-approved snacks and stick to their regular diet to keep them healthy, happy, and by your side throughout the autumn months. Here’s to a safe and enjoyable fall season for you and your beloved pets! Stay tuned in for our next fun and exciting blog post!


Written by:

Pet Poison Helpline DVM student extern, IOWA State College of Veterinary Medicine, Class of 2024