Keep Your
Food To Yourself

They flock to you when you open the refrigerator door and beg you for scraps at the dinner table, but giving in to your pet's pathetic pleas can actually do them more harm than you realize.

Dachshund with AppleAs reported by MSNBC.com, there are several foods that the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center informs you should never feed your animals. When it comes to your pet's nutrition and health, it's recommended to stay away from the following foods.

Chocolate

We may love to indulge our sweet tooth, but giving your pet a bite of chocolate can actually kill him if eaten in large quantities. Dark and unsweetened baking chocolates are especially harmful and can also cause rapid or irregular heart-beats in your canine and feline friends.

Caffeine

Giving animals products that contain caffeine can stimulate their central nervous and cardiac systems, which can lead to restlessness, heart palpitations and even death.

Grapes and raisins

It may be good for us to get our recommended daily allowance of fruit, but giving grapes and raisins to your dog can lead to kidney failure. If you think just giving him/her one every once in awhile will be okay, think again. As these fruits have cumulative effects, the toxins can build up over time and eventually kill your animal.

Beer

Just like in humans, alcoholic beverages can cause liver and brain damage in your pets. Since our animals are smaller than us, the effects can be deadly, and even if given in small quantities, alcohol can cause vomiting and permanent damage.

Nuts

Beer and nuts may go hand in hand for us, but not so much for our furry companions. Especially toxic are walnuts and macadamia nuts, which can cause vomiting, paralysis and even death. The effects can be seen within twelve hours of ingesting these foods and can result in the inability to stand or walk, vomiting, hyperthermia, weakness and an elevated heart rate. 

Avocado

Consisting of persin, which is toxic, this healthy fruit humans enjoy can cause heart, lung and various other tissue damage in dogs, cats and most other animals.

Candy

Candy or anything with Xylitol (a common diet sweetener) can cause a drop in blood sugar, loss of coordination and seizures, which if left untreated can be fatal.

Onions

Onions certainly add some flavor to many of our favorite dishes, but adding it to your pet's food can destroy their red blood cells, lead to anemia and result in breathing difficulties. These effects are also cumulative over time.

Medicine

You've surely come home to find that your beloved pet has gotten into something they shouldn't have, make sure your medicines are far enough out of their reach. Ingesting medicine prescribed for humans is the most common cause of pet poisoning.

What you can feed your pet

You should always consult your vet before giving your pet a new food, especially if they have a sensitive gastrointestinal tract; however, the following are generally considered safe to feed your animals:

Any cooked, lean meat.

 

Carrots, green beans, cucumber and zucchini.

 

Apples, oranges, bananas and watermelon (just watch out for the seeds).

 

Plain baked potatoes.

 

Plain cooked pasta and white rice.

 

In case of emergency

If you find that your pet has gotten a hold of anything you might think is toxic, call your local veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. Keep these numbers handy, because no matter how many precautions you take, accidents can still happen.

Comments

Comments on "What not to feed your pet"

Anna November 03, 2013 | 5:05 PM

I would like a clear answer. What human foods are safe for dogs, and puppies.

Jinx May 14, 2013 | 6:44 AM

I always heard that garlic helps to keep the fleas away. I have a Siberian Husky his name is Lobo, and if you even attemt to give him a cucumber or pickle (sweet or dill) he will curl his lips at you and give you the look!!! He is my fourth Siberian in 30 years one set were sisters and lived to be 14 and 16, they all loved tomatos and would steal them off the vine, not the green ones but the nice red ones that are just ready to pick, Lobo does the same thing so I have to put a fence around them.

jon March 06, 2012 | 1:57 PM

i try to avoid giving my dog any kind of food I eat. Once in awhile il give him a piece of fruit, a small piece, nothing excessive...taking my dog to the vet for an emergency is expensive

Phyllis Taylor May 10, 2010 | 7:33 AM

If onion is not good for my dog, what about garlic? Does garlic have the same toxins for my dogs?

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