Keep your pets safe by avoiding toxic foods for dogs and cats.
As humans, we know which foods are good and bad for us. Our pets, on the other hand, don’t know any better. While it might be tempting to share your dinner with your dog or cat, it could be dangerous for your pet. Some foods that are good and healthy for humans can be toxic foods for dogs and cats. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn which people foods are toxic for dogs and cats.
Alcohol – Do not give your pet any alcohol or food products that contain alcohol. It can cause severe health problems such as difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, central nervous system depression, coma and even death.
Chocolate & Coffee – While these might be a human favorite, they’re extremely toxic foods for dogs and cats. They both contain methylxanthines, which when ingested by pets, can cause excessive urination and thirst, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea and death. The darker and richer the chocolate, the more dangerous it is for your pets.
Macadamia Nuts & Other Nuts – The fats found in nuts can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Macadamia nuts can cause other symptoms such as weakness, tremors, depression and elevated body temperatures in dogs.
Xylitol – It’s an artificial sweetener used in gum, candy, toothpastes, mouthwash, children’s multi-vitamins and some cough medicines. When ingested by a dog, it causes a rapid release of insulin, resulting in hypoglycemia. This can lead to vomiting, lethargy and even seizures. It can also lead to liver failure.
Garlic & Onions – If your pet consumes onions, it can cause damage to their red blood cells. Garlic can cause gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage, too.
Raw Eggs & Raw Meat – Raw eggs can cause a decrease in the absorption of biotin, which can lead to problems with your pets’ skin and coat. There’s also the chance of E. coli or Salmonella poisoning from raw eggs or raw meat.
Milk and Dairy Products – Dogs and cats don’t have the right amounts of enzymes to break down dairy products. They can cause digestive upset and diarrhea. When you want to share your ice cream with your dog, grab some dog treats instead.
These are just some of the foods that can be toxic for your pets. Others include rhubarb, yeast dough, nutmeg, mushrooms, salt and avocado. The best way to ensure your pets have a healthy diet is by feeding them food made for pets, and working with your pet’s veterinarian for a complete nutrition plan. Quality dog food and cat food are made with the nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your pets need. Use our cat food buying guide and dog food buying guide to find the right food for your pets.
Of course, feeding them the right food doesn’t mean they won’t accidentally get into something. Always have an animal first aid kit ready, and your veterinarian’s phone number on hand in case of an emergency. For more tips on caring for your cats and dogs, visit our Pet Care blog.