Pets enjoy sneaking a taste of our food whenever they get the chance, but be careful what they get their paws on, as certain items can be harmful to their wellbeing.
1. Caffeine, Chocolate, and Coffee
While many dog owners are aware of the chocolate alert, the ASPCA points out that chocolate, coffee, and caffeine both contain methylxanthines, which are extremely harmful to a dog's wellbeing.
“When methylxanthines are ingested by pets, they can induce vomiting and diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, irregular heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and even death,” according to the ASPCA. It's worth noting that darker chocolate is riskier than milk chocolate. The lowest concentration of methylxanthines is found in white chocolate, while the highest concentration is found in baking chocolate.”
2. Chives, onions, and garlic
These foods, in any form (powdered, raw, fried, etc. ), can cause gastrointestinal irritation in pets, as well as red blood cell damage. Though cats are more vulnerable, dogs will become infected if they eat enough of any of these foods.
3. Raisins and Grapes
Keep an eye on the glob of fruit salad you spilled on the deck, and keep Rover's oatmeal and raisin cookies.
While scientists aren't sure what the toxic substance in grapes and raisins is, they say it's best not to feed them to dogs because they can cause kidney failure.
Nuts containing high levels of oils and fats, such as almonds, pecans, and walnuts, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis in pets.
Macadamia nuts are particularly hazardous to pets, according to the ASPCA. Weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors, and hyperthermia are also possible side effects.
The use of alcohol is prohibited.
According to the ASPCA, “under no conditions can your pet be given any alcohol.” Alcohol has the same effect on your dog's liver and brain as it does on humans, so it only takes a small amount to cause significant damage.
Even a small amount of alcohol in a dog's bloodstream can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, balance problems, and difficulty breathing.
6. Prescription drugs
Though drugs aren't foods, they can cause serious health issues in your pets, so it's important to keep them locked away. If your dog consumes popular medications like ibuprofen or acetaminophen, they can cause significant harm.
Please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. If you think your pet has consumed either of these items.
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