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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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4:40AM PDT on Sep 10, 2014

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1:04PM PDT on Aug 28, 2014

Thank you; good to know.

8:09AM PDT on Aug 16, 2014

Thank you!

8:32PM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

thank you
I took note

12:15PM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

I used to make treats for my dogs with peanut butter, garlic, and brewer's yeast. This helped repel fleas. Never had a problem with any of them. Of course, the dogs only got one -unshelled pecan sized treat a day, and they're good sized dogs. I cook the yolks of eggs when I make myself egg-white omelets and share with the dogs. That's not a daily thing either. My dogs have survived me as a mom. So have the two legged children. Hmmmm.

10:58AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Good info .

4:57AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Food poisoning is like murdering

3:28AM PDT on Aug 10, 2014

Thanks for sharing!

5:25AM PDT on Aug 2, 2014

The article only mentions dogs when it comes to grapes, but I'm pretty sure they're bad for cats too.

10:40AM PDT on Jul 27, 2014

Thanks for sharing

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