Our pets. We love them like they’re part of the family and sometimes even forget that they aren’t human. We dress them up in cute outfits and spoil them rotten. Although we consider them to be our fur-babies, grandpets, or best friends, it’s still important to remember that pets are not human when it comes to food.
It might be hard to say "no" to those cute-sad eyes when they’re begging for a sample of what’s on your plate, but lots of foods are hazardous or downright deadly to animals. Check out this list of toxic foods you should not feed your pet (Tweet This):
Don’t let what you’ve seen in cartoons and movies fool you. Giving milk to your pet can be harmful to their health. Dogs and cats do not retain a significant amount of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in dairy) and can suffer from diarrhea when given large amounts of dairy products.
Feeding your pets foods that contain a lot of salt can cause many health problems. In addition to excessive thirst and urination, a large salt intake can trigger sodium ion poisoning in your pet. Eating foods with too much salt (sodium) can also cause an imbalance in your pet’s electrolytes. This can result in changes in your pet’s breathing patterns and heart rate or may cause muscle weakness, anxiety, and depression.
Fat Trimmings & Raw Bones
Give that dog a bone? Think again. Giving your pet a bone from the chicken you're about to cook isn’t the best idea. Bone splinters can cause a blockage or even puncture their digestive system. Also, fatty material that can be stuck on the bone can cause pancreatitis, which can be very painful.
Onions, Garlic & Chives
Be careful of dropping onions, garlic, and chives on the floor while cooking. These foods can cause gastrointestinal irritation and lead to red blood cell damage, resulting in anemia. But don’t get scared if your pet consumes a small amount; it takes a large amount or frequent consumption of small amounts of these foods to cause health problems to your pet.
If you’re wondering, “What in the world is xylitol?” it’s an ingredient that is used as a sweetener in many products, including gum, candy, baked goods, and toothpaste. Consuming a lot of xylitol can cause an increase in your pet’s insulin levels, leading to hypoglycemia or liver failure. If your pet decides to sabotage your birthday by devouring your birthday cake, make sure to watch him closely and look for signs of vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination.
Raw Yeast Dough
Raw yeast dough can expand and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s stomach, resulting in belly aches and bloating. Large amounts can even cause the stomach or intestines to rupture.
Grapes, Raisins, & Currants
These delicious snacks contain a toxin that can damage an animal’s kidneys. Consumption of a large amount of these fruits can cause your pet to experience kidney failure. Symptoms you should look for include non-stop vomiting, exhaustion or depression.
Macadamia Nuts & Walnuts
Eating these nuts can cause our canine friends to experience weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors, and hyperthermia. Avoid leaving these snacks in locations that your dog can easily access.
Avocado leaves, fruit, seeds and tree bark contain persin; a fungicidal toxin that is harmless to use humans, but can possibly be harmful to dogs. Persin can also be very dangerous for birds, horses, cattle and rodents.
Chocolate, Coffee & Caffeine
These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds. Methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and even death when consumed by your pet. In large amounts, caffeine can cause a toxic reaction to your pet’s circulatory and nervous systems, with fatal results.
Although we’d give them the shirts off of our backs, it’s best that we not give our pets the food off of our plates.
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