We love to share with our fur-babies. How can we resist those pleading eyes? While there are some people foods that are perfectly fine to share with our cat- and canine-companions, there are some foods that are toxic for our fur-babies. Many of us find them surprising. Part One of this list is found HERE. The following list is a continuation of the most common people foods pets really can’t have.
Grapes and Raisins
These are lesser known by humans as being toxic for dogs and cats. Grapes, raisins, and currants are known for causing kidney failure and loss of life in pets. This means our cat- and canine-companions should be kept away from fruit salads, cereals, granola and granola bars. Fresh fruits are healthy for dogs but stick to slices of apples without seeds, pears, oranges, bananas, and seedless watermelon. Generally, avoid fruit with pits, such as plums and peaches. They contain traces of cyanide that are harmful and even deadly for dogs and cats.
This is another lesser known toxin, like grapes. Many guardians don’t realize that nuts are harmful to dogs and cats because of the high levels of oils and fats, both of which cause diarrhea, vomiting, pancreatitis, and other problems. Macadamia nuts are especially toxic, causing a host of health problems.
Onions and Garlic
Many people don’t realize this is a problem. Onions and garlic are part of the allium family. They are toxic to dogs and cats. This means we need to avoid giving them a bite of raw garlic or onion while we’re preparing meals. It also means we need to avoid sharing foods with them that contain onion or garlic, such as sauces, soups, and marinades. We can’t just pick out the onion and garlic pieces. Once the food has been flavored with onions and garlic, it contains food that is toxic for cats and dogs. It is also commonly forgotten that garlic and onion powders do contain onion and garlic, and cannot be shared with cats and dogs.
We wish this one came with a warning for cats and dogs on the label. Xylitol is a sweetener. It’s found in many food products but is most common in gum, candy, baked, goods, and toothpaste. Sometimes pets will get into chewing gum that’s left out. Children will often leave candy lying around, particularly after Halloween. And as responsible pet owners, most of us brush our dog’s teeth once a week or so. Be careful about leaving candy and gum around. And always read the label before deciding on a toothpaste. There are many dog- and cat- friendly pastes that are vet-approved and much safer for pets.
Many people avoid feeding their dogs bread because they have developed a grain-free diet or a gluten-free home. However, there are many people who will give their dog or cat a quick taste of yeast dough. Or their pet may get into the dough while it’s being left out to rise. In either case, yeast dough can cause painful and very harmful gas accumulation in their digestive systems. It can turn into a life-threatening emergency in minutes. Keep pets away from all uncooked foods, including yeast dough.
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