Do you like to share your dinner with your pet? Does your dog look forward to the table scraps at the end of your meal?
Feeding “human” foods to pets can be healthy for them and a fun way to bond. But there are certain foods that, while they’re good for us, they can be extremely harmful to our pets.
Here are some examples:
Chocolate. Chocolate is harmful for many animals because it stimulates the central nervous system and can cause a dangerously elevated heart rate. While chocolate is dangerous to all pets, dogs are more likely to consume dangerous quantities. Symptoms of ingestion include vomiting, agitation, increased thirst and excessive heart rate.
Grapes and Raisins. Good for us, but can damage the kidneys of dogs and cats. Symptoms of poisoning include increased thirst, increased urination, vomiting and lethargy.
Garlic and Onions. In cats and dogs, garlic and onions can damage the red blood cells and cause anemia. Symptoms include vomiting, weakness and bloody urine.
Raw Yeast/Bread Dough. While it might be tempting to share with your pet while you’re kneading dough, doing so can be very dangerous for them. The yeast in the raw dough ferments in the intestines and causes alcohol poisoning, which can lead to lethargy, diarrhea, disorientation, seizures, breathing difficulties and coma.
Macadamia Nuts. These tasty nuts are toxic to dogs, causing muscle and nervous system problems. Symptoms include lethargy, vomiting, fever, weakness and tremors.
Avocado. Avocados contains persin, which is damaging to the heart muscles of all species, but particularly to birds. In dogs, symptoms of poisoning include vomiting and diarrhea. In birds and rodents symptoms include lethargy and breathing difficulties.
The bottom line? Talk to your veterinarian about the best diet for your pets, and don’t stray from it!