When your pet is eyeing your dinner scraps and giving their sad puppy looks, temptation grows to give them a quick snack. Maybe you have been tempted to let them eat the scraps that have fallen to the floor while preparing a meal.
Sharing human meals with your four legged friend can be more dangerous than it seems. It can encourage begging behaviors and could even lead to weight gain from the added calories. With some foods you could even put your pets health and life at risk. Some foods can be harmful to your pets coat requiring them to seek medical attention or more dog grooming. The ASPCA lists these foods to avoid giving your pets:
Chocolate, Coffee, and Caffeine
Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and even death. The darker the chocolate the more dangerous it is.
Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.
Persin, found in the leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados, can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.
Can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hypothermia.
Grapes & Raisins
Can cause kidney failure.
Dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in your pet’s digestive system. This can be very painful and even lead to ruptures in the stomach or intestines.
Raw/Under-cooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
Raw meat and eggs can contain Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful if ingested. Raw bones are sharp and if ingested could become lodged or puncture your pet’s digestive tract.
A sweetener in many products, Xylitol can cause insulin to release in your pet which can lead to liver failure.
Onions, Garlic, Chives
Can cause gastrointestinal irritation in large amounts.
Pets do not posses significant amounts of lactase to break down the lactose found in milk-based products and can cause them to have diarrhea.
Large amounts of salt can cause excessive thirst and urination, or sodium ion poisoning in pets.
As the holidays near us, remember to keep your pets safe and away from harmful foods. For more information check out the ASPCA’s article on harmful foods for pets.