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10 Foods Poisonous to Pets

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10 Foods Poisonous to Pets

We all know that pets aren’t supposed to have people food. But let’s face it, sometimes, it happens…something falls on the floor when you’re cooking dinner, and Buddy is quickly there, vacuuming up the crumbs, or Felix steals something off the plate when you aren’t looking…

There are some healthy “people foods” for pets (only small amounts– not replacements for pet food). But there are also many foods that can be dangerous to our feline friends and canine companions.

It’s National Animal Poison Prevention Week (March 14th-20th), so in an attempt to spread awareness, here is a handy list of the top 10 common foods that are toxic to your pet. If your pet happens to get a hold of any of these substances, refer to the tips on page three. Also, look for the ASPCA’s list of 17 most common toxic poisonous plants, also on page three.

Grapes and Raisins

These can be toxic to dogs and cause kidney failure. Researchers say there are still many unknowns about the toxicity of grapes and raisins, including whether only certain types of dogs are affected, but it is advised not to feed grapes or raisins to dogs in any amount.

Avocado

While many pet owners say they feed their pets avocados with no problems, studies have shown that their leaves, fruit, seeds and bark can contain a toxin called Persin. According to the ASPCA, the Guatemalan variety, which is commonly found in stores, contains the most toxicity.

Yeast Dough

Dough that is not cooked and contains yeast can rise in your pet’s stomach, causing pain, and can potentially cause the intestines to rupture. This risk diminishes once the dough is cooked.

Onions, Onion Powder, Chives and Garlic

These all can lead to gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage. All forms of onion can cause problems including dehydrated onions, raw and cooked onions. Cats are more susceptible than dogs, but it can be toxic to both.

Foods with a High Salt or Fat Content

Excessive fats can cause upset stomach and potentially inflame the pancreas causing pancreatitis. Salty foods can pose a risk for the development of sodium ion toxicosis, according to the ASPCA. Be aware that if your pet gets into food with a high fat or salt content, she could experience stomach problems including diarrhea and vomiting.

Left-Over Bones

Left-over bones pose a choking hazard to pets, and they can also splinter and puncture your pet’s gut or intestine. Additionally, do not feed your pet undercooked meat or eggs, as they can contain harmful bacteria.

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Megan Zehnder

Megan is an editor and producer for Care2's Healthy Living. Her main priorities are to live simply and build meaningful relationships with the people in her life. She loves to write and talk about environmental issues, healthy living, and women's rights. Beyond that, her interests change daily, but eating and cooking vegetarian food is always a favorite.

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10:04AM PDT on Mar 28, 2014

My vet says garlic is ok for dogs to eat... It even keeps ticks away if the dogs eats it. Onions are toxic, but garlic seems to be fine. I don't know, never tried it, but that's what I heard.

9:02AM PDT on Mar 10, 2014

Good to know!

4:28PM PST on Mar 4, 2014

Good advice that every pet owner needs to know.

1:53AM PST on Feb 26, 2014

Thank you

2:04AM PST on Feb 25, 2014

Thanks!!

12:58AM PST on Jan 27, 2014

Again a useful article article for pet guardians. Thank you.

4:05PM PST on Jan 24, 2014

Good information, thank you.

9:24AM PST on Dec 20, 2013

Thank you.
As a cat owner this is not the kind a food I feel my little friend.
But I actually though cats knew what plants to avoid, since cats are said to eat certain plants when they get cancer, or maybe this only a myth?

Maybe this article is about dogs only?

8:48PM PST on Nov 29, 2013

Thanks for the info

4:37AM PST on Nov 27, 2013

Every pet owner should know this, thank you for providing a handy list.

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