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Toxic or Poisonous Items for Italian Greyhounds

Many people know about basic food that should not be given to dogs, but there are far more things around the house which are just as harmful and even more in some instances. Please take time and review the list of items below, which are known to be poisonous or toxic to dogs. The first two items are denoted separately since a crisis has started in the last few years due to new formulas or ingredients being used.

  • NEW WARNING!!! - Mice and Rat Poisons - It seems logical to keep your pet away from these items, but a recent trend to use Bromethalin as the lethal ingredient which WILL kill your pets even in small amounts. There is NOT anything that can reverse the effects of this new type of poison which is a neurological agent and cannot even be detected. So, if your dog accesses a poison made with this ingredient or eats a rodent that has ingested it, then you have a matter of minutes to get to a veterinarian in hopes of saving your dog. As an alternative please consider using "Havahart" as a humane rodent trap around pets.
  • Sugar Free Chewing Gum or Candy - Xylitol is a sweetener being used that can cause extreme health issues in dogs that even have a single piece of gum containing this ingredient. It can cause seizures, liver failure or even death. So, watch where you have your candy dish, or where guests in your house lay their purses in case they contain such items. Not only is this being used in chewing gum, but also in candies, baked goods, and even toothpaste!


Here is a short list of foods that should not be given to any Italian Greyhound or other pets, even in small doses:

  • Alcohol
  • Avocado
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Garlic
  • Grapes/Raisins
  • Nicotine
  • Onion
  • Tobacco
  • Walnuts
  • Yeast

For a much more detailed list of other foods, check out the Pet Poison Helpline website.


Common household or landscaping plants can cause sickness in Italian Greyhounds too. Pets commonly resort to eating grass or other greenery when they have an upset stomach, so a plant within easy access to a pet could make a dog even sicker. Common household plants which should be avoided where IGs can access them include:

This list is not at all comprehensive, so please check the websites below for more information.

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