Common Everyday Foods that Pets Should Avoid

Dogs love to eat just about everything they can get their paws on, and cats are so curious that they tend to get into anything they are able to. This gives pet owners a huge and important responsibility. Pet owners need to know exactly which types of everyday foods are harmful to their cats or dogs.

Once you know what is toxic to them, you can make sure that these foods are never within close reach of them. If you suspect that your pet has eaten any of the foods listed below, you should call us immediately at 5 Points Animal Hospital or the (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center.

Fruit and Nuts

woman hugging her dogWhile small doses of citrus fruit may result in minor stomach aches, ingesting large amounts of the essential oils and citric acids found in citrus fruit, seeds, stems, leaves, and peels can irritate or even depress the central nervous systems of cats and dogs. Your pets should also steer clear of grapes and raisins, as eating them can lead to kidney failure. Pecans, walnuts, almonds, and other nuts that contain high amounts of oils and fats can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even pancreatitis in dogs and cats. Eating macadamia nuts may make dogs weak, vomit, tremble and feverish.

Salt, Sweeteners & Spices

If you entertain often, your dog may try to sneak snacks from guests or even look for crumbs & leftover plates. Be careful with salty items like potato chips, popcorn, and pretzels because eating too much salt causes excessive thirst and urination. Sweets like candy, gum, and baked goods can also make your pets ill. The sweetener xylitol can lead to liver failure in your pets, as xylitol is found in many sugar-free gums. Spices like garlic, onions, and chives in large amounts are very irritating to pets’ stomachs and can lead to anemia. Cats are more susceptible, but dogs are at risk as well.

Chocolate, Coffee, & Caffeine

Chocolate, Coffee, & Caffeine all come from cacao seeds, or cocoa beans, which contain methylxanthines, which can make pets very sick. When dogs and cats eat them, methylxanthines can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and urination, heavy breathing, hyperactivity, abnormal heartbeat, seizures, tremors, and even death. Dark chocolate and Baker’s chocolate are the most dangerous to pets. Chocolate should be avoided altogether. All foods and drinks that contain caffeine should be avoided.

Meats High In Fat & Raw Meat

Meats with high-fat content and raw meat can cause inappetence, vomiting, diarrhea and in some cases pancreatitis. Whenever you suspect that your pet has eaten food that could be harmful, you should treat it as a serious situation. Please note the amount of the food that was ingested, and then contact us at 5 Points Animal Hospital as soon as possible. You can also call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 to have your pet taken care of as quickly as possible.

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