Keep Your Pets Away from These Toxic Foods

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We do not only care about your health. We also care about the health of your pet. After all, your pet is an important part of your family. Whilst most people make sure to stick to a dry dog food buyer’s guide to make sure they get their animals the best food they can, pets love to get into things that they shouldn’t get into. It seems that dogs, especially, have a knack for eating things they just shouldn’t eat. “Due, perhaps, to the more discriminating habits and appetites, cats account for only 11–20% of reported animal exposures to potential toxicants, which is three times less frequent than dogs.” (1)

We may have our poisons, car products, medications, and other things that can be dangerous to our pets locked up. There are, however, some foods that can be harmful to our pets. Many of these foods are part of a healthy diet, for humans. They can, however, prove harmful to your pets. These toxic foods may cause diarrhea, dehydration, vomiting, dizziness, and even death. As pet owners, no one wants to see their pets unhealthy and suffering from unpleasant symptoms as a result of eating something they weren’t supposed to. At the first sign of any problems, such as diarrhea, looking into certain Probiotics for Dogs could prove to be beneficial to their intestinal and immune health, so that their digestion can be supported. You may want to do this anyway, but it is important to recognize the harmful foods. Here is a list of foods that you should keep your pets away from.

Toxic Fruits

Avocado
Grapes and Raisins can cause kidney failure.
You’ll also want to keep your pets away from fruit because of their pits and seeds (they are a choking hazard.): apples, apricots, cherries, peaches, plumbs, nectarines – you get the idea.


Toxic Liquids

Alcoholic beverages
Milk
Cola
Tea


Toxic Meats

Raw meats can contain salmonella.
Liver (too much vitamin A)
Fish


Toxic Nuts

Macadamia: “Macadamia nuts (both raw and roasted) as well as macadamia butter contain an unknown toxin that affects the muscles, digestive system and nervous system and can cause locomotory difficulties, weakness, dyspnoe, tremors and swollen limbs.” (1)
Walnuts
Peanuts


Toxic Vegetables

Onions, Chives, and Garlic: “These vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage. Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed.” (2)
The green parts of potatoes (leaves and stems)
Tomato leaves and stems


Other Toxic Food Items

Chocolate (especially baking chocolate)
Gum
Mushrooms
Xylitol (a sweetener sometimes contained in candy)
Yeast


Resources:
1: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2984110/
2: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets
http://www.humanesociety.org/animals/resources/tips/foods_poisonous_to_pets.html

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