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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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4:43AM PDT on Apr 27, 2015

Watch out what to eat, for our furry friends and ourselves

2:01AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

Thanx for the info .

4:33PM PST on Feb 6, 2015

Thanks.

1:41AM PST on Feb 6, 2015

ty

7:51PM PST on Nov 29, 2014

My partner and I have built an Android app "Can Dogs Eat" that is a comprehensive quick reference guide to what human foods and drinks are dangerous or safe for dogs to eat that dog owners can have on hand anywhere, anytime. Used in over 10 countries!

The idea for the app was prompted by a scary experience earlier this year when a friend's puppy wolfed down a bowl of macadamia nuts before any of us could react (Charlie Brown the Chocolate Lab made a full recovery after an expensive emergency trip to the vet to induce vomiting).

It has a huge database containing common food and drink products (currently over 470+) and allows you to simply search for a specific product or alternatively, scroll or swipe through the alphabetical list.

We would be so grateful for your support to help us get this project off the ground.

You can download from the Google PlayStore using this link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.quagtech.candogseat.app

We also made a Facebook page which you can like:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Can-Dogs-Eat/1701570856735459

Follow us on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Can_Dogs_Eat

The Apple version for iPhone and iPad users is on the way and will be available from the iTunes store soon. We also are building a Windows Phone version and a website.

Like our Facebook page or follow us on twitter to be notified of announcements :)

4:15PM PST on Nov 19, 2014

No, I am not scrolling through 3 pages to be told things I probably already know - and that's not a risk to my pets - I'm away from home so often it wouldn't be fair for me to have a pet.

I'm glad the article mentions salt - especially poisonous to birds, so please don't put salted peanut on the bird table.

If horses get colic it can kill them. Two things people might think of giving horses the other side of a fence are grass clippings - they swallow them too fast and colic, and wheat - I believe it swells inside their stomachs - horses have small stomachs.

I can imagine Joe Bloggs, who thinks he is being kind to horses he doesn't know, saying: "But they are enjoying it!" Yes, they are like kids in a sweetshop!

3:55AM PST on Nov 2, 2014

good information, thank you

12:49AM PDT on Oct 24, 2014

ty

4:40AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

ty

1:04PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Thank you; good to know.

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