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Toxic Food for Pets

Toxic Dog FoodsYou are seated at the table for dinner and your furry baby looks at you with the eyes of someone who has eaten nothing for the last month. This situation is tempting, but it is a bad habit to give your pet food while you eat. If you keep doing it, your pet will continue to bother you and any future dinner guests you may have in the future.

Dangerous Human Food

More importantly than just encouraging bad behavior, some human food can actually be toxic to dogs. These foods can cause cardiovascular issues, kidney/organ failure, neurological problems, gastrointestinal issues and more. While cats are less commonly poisoned by food because they are more choosy than dogs, they can still be harmed if they eat the wrong thing. The following list of toxic food for pets was collected from the ASPCA and the Humane Society.

  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Apple seeds
  • Apricot pits
  • Avocados
  • Cherry pits
  • Candy (particularly chocolate, which is toxic to dogs, cats, and ferrets, as well as any candy containing the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
  • Coffee (grounds, beans and chocolate-covered espresso beans)
  • Grapes
  • Gum (can cause blockages, and sugar free gums may contain the toxic sweetener Xylitol)
  • Hops (used in home beer brewing)
  • Macadamia nuts
  • Moldy foods
  • Mushroom plants
  • Mustard seeds
  • Onions and onion powder
  • Peach pits
  • Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • Raisins
  • Rhubarb leaves
  • Salt (a small amount is ok)
  • Tea (because it contains caffeine)
  • Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
  • Walnuts
  • Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)
  • Yeast dough

As an alternative to giving your dogs potentially dangerous table foods, consider getting them some gourmet dog treats that they’ll love just as much.

Should Pets Eat Garlic?

Some say Garlic is toxic to dogs, while others say that a small amount will do good. According to the ASPCA, “gastrointestinal problems and red blood cell damage can occur as a result of feeding garlic to pets. An occasional small amount, such as that in most commercial pet foods and treats, may not cause a problem, but because of the risk, we generally recommend that you avoid feeding your pets products that contain more concentrated amounts of garlic.” Cats, however, are especially sensitive to garlic. Do not feed them any garlic.

What About Aspirin?

In addition to food, Aspirin is toxic for pets. If your pet needs pain relief, you should always talk to your vet. If you are not sure about a specific food, you should also consult your vet.

If you discover that your cat or dog may have consumed one of the toxic food for pets, it is important not to waste time. Keep handy the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center number (888-426-4435 – you may have to pay fees), or contact your vet or animal hospital.

Remember – the best cure is preventing. Store food and pesticide out of reach in closed packages.

Pet Thanksgiving: Should It Include Dinner?

Thanksgiving Turkey Pet Toy I’m sure you are already thinking about the delicious food that’s going to be on the Thanksgiving dinner table. Most dogs would love to have their own “pet thanksgiving” by joining you at the dinner table; however, you have to keep in mind that human food truly is bad for your pets – really bad. Don’t let the nice holiday result in your cat or dog getting sick.

What’s the Risk?

In general, food and scraps may cause diarrhea and allergy symptoms. Consider for a moment the method in which pet owners are supposed to change the type of food their pets normally eat. It is recommended to give a pet just a pinch at first and slowly replace the old food with the new. That way, the chances are better that he would not have side effects from the food he is not used to. Therefore, it is completely inadvisable to suddenly give your pet Thanksgiving dinner, which is meant for humans.

Also, sharp bones may get stuck in your pet’s throat or pierce the intestines or stomach. Overly fatty food can lead to vomiting or bloody stool as well.

Some of the worst offenders are chocolate, onion and garlic, as well as fatty foods such as roasts, gravy, nuts and egg nog. Any dog or cat owner should always avoid giving them these foods, as they are toxic and may cause potentially life-threatening health conditions.

Prevent Your Pet From Eating Human Food

The best way to prevent pets from eating Thanksgiving food is to keep them in a separate area. You know how people like to sneak under the table to give some “good food” to the “poor doogie.” It’s likely that one of your guests will do that even if you ask them not to.

Also, the garbage can, which easily overflows on Thanksgiving, should be protected. Don’t let your dog or cat sniff around and test the contents.

Not Convinced?

Still considering having a pet Thanksgiving where your dog or cat eats alongside your guests? Think about this: a veterinary pet insurance company found that, out of the 267,915 claims processed during the holiday months of 2011 (November through January), 17,421 claims were associated with vomiting and diarrhea resulting from the consumption of human food.

Instead of risky Thanksgiving dinner, celebrate the occasion by giving your pet some special dog treats. He’ll be just as happy!

Have a tasty, wonderful and safe Thanksgiving 🙂

Human Food for Dogs: Which Foods are Best?

Aside from dog food, we occasionally feed our dog with meat and some vegetables. But would you give Fido something like herring? My guess is no. However, cooked herring may be beneficial for dogs with arthritis, as it has fatty acids. It’s also good for their skin and coat. It turns out that many unexpected things can end up being great human food for dogs.

Other Beneficial Human Food for Dogs

Tuna Water – Simply add this to your dog food. Also, my cats will come to me from wherever they are and end up next to me meowing when I open a tuna can. Most of the time they get the water and the tuna. How can I say no… would you? 🙂

Cheese – Cheese is a good source of calcium and protein. Dogs love yellow cheese, and I use it when I am training my pooch.

Peanut Butter – Fill a Kong dog toy with it and let him enjoy it for hours.

Chicken Broth – Use the low sodium type for doggie and for you too. Try adding a little to his dry food. For example, my Libbi does not like her dry food, so I add some chicken broth or a piece of leftover meat. That’s enough for her to enjoy the whole dish.

Peppermint – Try adding this to your dog’s cookies or treats in order to treat stomach problems.

Cinnamon – This is believed to have anti-cancer and anti-bacterial benefits. Try adding it to his cookies or treats also.

Spaghetti Squash – It’s hard to say if your dog will like this one, but it is high in beta carotene, which is beneficial for eyesight. It’s good cooked or raw.

Barley Grass – This is high in antioxidants and can be a treat for dogs when lawns are covered by snow. Barley grass is the “cat grass” in many pet stores.

Leftover Meat – Try freezing leftover meat an giving it as a treat. It will combine a dog’s love for meat with his enjoyment of an ice cube.

When preparing human food for dogs, please only stick to this list. When in doubt, do not give your dog other types of human food, as it could end up making them very sick.

Source: Moderndogmagazine.com