As pet parents, we always want our dogs and cats to live in a safe, loving, and healthy environment. It is essential that they get the right amount of exercise, regular check-ups with their vets and nutritious food to fill their tummies. We only want to feed them foods that make them healthy and active. We want to avoid all the toxic foods for dogs and cats.
Unfortunately, some foods, even those that are are perfectly safe and nutritious for humans are dangerous.
The Following is a List Toxic Foods For Dogs And Cats
1. Alcoholic Beverages
“Drink moderately” does not apply to your pets when it comes to consuming alcohol. Even small amounts can cause intoxication. They can experience a drop in blood sugar, blood pressure and body temperature. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.
Dogs are usually portrayed in the media as having a bone as their treat. However, it is dangerous to give them pork or poultry bones or any cooked bones as they might choke and sustain grave injury if the bones get lodged and puncture your pet’s digestive tract. Cats should only be fed raw chicken bones such as necks and wings, never cooked bone.
Chocolate contains Caffeine and Theobromine, two chemicals that are harmful to your pets.
4. Garlic and Onions
These and other foods in the allium family (shallots and scallions) can cause gastrointestinal irritation that could lead to bloody urine, severe anaemia, and red blood cell damage.
5. Grapes and Raisins
From eating even a small quantity, dogs can experience vomiting, diarrhoea and even acute kidney failure. The toxic substance in grapes is still unknown, so until further findings are released, it’s best to avoid it.
6. Macadamia Nuts
They are known to cause neurological symptoms in dogs including depression. It can also cause weakness, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia.
7. Milk and Dairy
The cat who got the cream may of in fact also got a tummy ache. Cats and dogs can not process significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk). Milk and dairy can cause nausea, diarrhoea and itching skin.
Nuts contain high amounts of oils and fats. The fats can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis in pets.
9. Raw/Undercooked Meat and Eggs
Salmonella and E. coli are bacteria that can be found in raw or undercooked meat and eggs. Both are harmful to pets and humans.
Raw eggs also contain an enzyme called Avidin that decreases the absorption of biotin. this can lead to skin and coat problems.
10. Salty Snacks
Salt, consumed in large amounts can cause excessive thirst, urination, vomiting, diarrhoea and seizures. It can also lead to kidney damage, a coma or even death. Avoid feeding your pets, salt-heavy snacks like potato chips, pretzels, etc.
For more information on how to keep your furry babies safe, click HERE.