We all want what’s best for our furry friends, but sometimes we unknowingly feed them foods that can be harmful. Here are five toxic foods to avoid feeding pets:
Chocolate is one of the most popular foods in the world, but it is also one of the most toxic to pets. Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine, which is poisonous to dogs and cats. In small amounts, theobromine can cause vomiting and diarrhea, but in large amounts it can be fatal. If you suspect your pet has eaten chocolate, call your veterinarian immediately.
Grapes and raisins
Grapes and raisins are often used as a healthy snack for humans, but they can be toxic for dogs. Even a small amount can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Onions and garlic
Pets should never eat onions or garlic. These foods can be toxic to pets and can cause anemia. Pets may also experience gastrointestinal upset and vomiting when they consume these foods.
Xylitol is a type of sugar alcohol that is often used as a sugar substitute. It can be found in peanut butter, sugar-free gum, candy, baked goods, and some diet foods and toothpastes. Though xylitol is safe for humans, it is toxic to dogs and can cause serious health problems. Symptoms of xylitol poisoning in dogs include vomiting, loss of coordination, weakness, and seizures. If you suspect your dog has eaten something containing xylitol, call your veterinarian or animal poison control immediately.
Just because a product contains the words “all-natural” or “no artificial sweeteners” never assume anything. Read the ingredients on the packaging. By definition, Xylitol is an “all-natural” sweetener.
Avocados may be delicious and nutritious for humans, but they can be very dangerous for pets. Avocados contain a toxin called persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs and cats. In severe cases, it can even lead to death. So, it’s best to avoid feeding your furry friends any avocado products, including guacamole.
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