Did you know that some of the foods that we eat can be lethal to our pets? True, some of the foods that humans eat can be toxic for our home family pets. It is very easy to share what you eat with your pet and not know that you may be endangering your pet’s health. Especially when they look at you with those sad begging eyes that never fail to warm your heart; however, it is very important to know what you are feeding your pet.
Some foods that are considered good for people can be toxic to our pets. Look at an avocado! It is common knowledge in the diet and nutrition circles that avocado is healthy especially with those good fatty acids. But did you know that it is a dangerous food to birds, pocket pets like rodents and even dogs? This is because avocado contains Persin a toxic substance that can be fatal when ingested by pets.
“Avocado – The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. Birds and rodents are especially sensitive to avocado poisoning, and can develop congestion, difficulty breathing and fluid accumulation around the heart. Some ingestions may even be fatal.”
Other toxic foods that you maybe tempted to throw at your pet especially dog are grapes and raisins. We all know how healthy they are for humans!
“Grapes & Raisins – Although the toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown, these fruits can cause kidney failure. In pets who already have certain health problems, signs may be more dramatic.”
Did you know that some foods contain cyanide? Cyanide is poisonous to your pet and is found in fruit’s seeds like plum, peach, pear, etc. These seeds contain cyanogenic glycosides which can cause cyanide poisoning as well as the possibility of causing bowel obstruction.
Below is a list of some of the foods toxic to your pets. The list is from a Humane Society article:
Candy (particularly chocolate—which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets—and any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
Coffee (grounds, beans, and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
Gum (can cause blockages and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
Hops (used in home beer brewing)
Onions and onion powder
Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
Tea (because it contains caffeine)
Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
If you suspect that your pet ate any kind of poisonous food contact your local veterinarian for immediate help and ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.
We also recommend “Toxic Food Guide for Pets – What Not to Feed Dogs and Cats”. This document can be downloaded and printed, it is an excellent guide to keep on hand.
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