Toxic Foods: What Not to Feed Dogs and Cats

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July 12, 2011
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Many of us are spending more time outside eating food that is made on a grill, hanging out with friends, and enjoying the summer nights that are here. This also means, that cleaning up is different.

If we drop some food on the lawn, we’re not sweeping it up. We’re letting the bugs, squirrels, and other little critters eat it. If we spill some soda or beer on the patio, we’re just hosing it instead of mopping. It’s great because clean up is really just bringing utensils, dishes, recycling, and leftovers back into the house.

This means our pets have more chances of getting a few crumbs and bites of food that normally we’d not normally leave around. Taking walks through parks that have BBQ areas, your dog may think it’s a buffet while you’ll be pulling on the leash to get his head away from any leftover, old piece of burger or hot dog.

Here’s a quick list of foods that are bad for our pets:

1: Chocolate: a little may do nothing that is noticeable but it can cause hyperactivity, vomiting, and tremors.

2: Alcohol: causes drops in blood sugar, body temperature, and blood pressure. Intoxicated animals can experience seizures and respiratory failure. Be cautious of desserts made with alcohol.

3: Uncooked dough with yeast in it: uncooked dough can continue to expand in your pet’s stomach which can make them very ill. Some can even ferment into alcohol.

4: Xylitol: this is a sugar substitute in sugarless gum, mouthwash, and other things we use. It can cause rapid increase of insulin in your pet.

5: Rhubarb: this vegetable can cause problems with the nervous system, kidneys, and digestive tract.

6: Raw meats: bacteria in some raw meats can make your pets ill. Any food that is to be cooked should be kept in a place where your pets can’t get to it.

7: Grapes and Raisins: they are known to cause kidney failure. Plums and other fruits can cause problems in the digestive tract and some cases, are poisonous to pets.

These are just some of the foods we eat that our pets shouldn’t. Our pets are special family members and they need some extra supervision when we’re having gatherings, out and about, and making meals.

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