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Foods Poisonous to Pets

Foods Poisonous to Pets
Most pet owners enjoy sharing their food with their fluffy friends. However, not everyone knows that what they’re sharing could be potentially harmful to their cat or dog. For instance, onions contain thiosulphate, which is poisonous to dogs and cats. Not only are some common ingredients to humans toxic, but regular consumption “human food” can lead to poor health, weight gain and other long term
effects. 

Be aware of the common foods that are harmful to your pet from http://shine.yahoo.com/ By Megan Zehnder, Care2 :

➨ Avocado

While many pet owners say they feed their pets avocados with no problems, studies have shown that their leaves, fruit, seeds and bark can contain a toxin called Persin. According to the ASPCA, the Guatemalan variety, which is commonly found in stores, contains the most toxicity.

➨ Onions, onion powder, chives and garlic

These all can lead to gastrointestinal irritation and red blood cell damage. All forms of onion can cause problems including dehydrated onions, raw and cooked onions. Cats are more susceptible than dogs, but it can be toxic to both.

➨ Grapes and raisins

These can be toxic to dogs and cause kidney failure. Researchers say there are still many unknowns about the toxicity of grapes and raisins, including whether only certain types of dogs are affected, but it is advised not to feed grapes or raisins to dogs in any amount.

➨ Yeast dough

Dough that is not cooked and contains yeast can rise in your pet's stomach, causing pain, and can potentially cause the intestines to rupture. This risk diminishes once the dough is cooked.

Left-over bones

Left-over bones pose a choking hazard to pets, and they can also splinter and puncture your pet's gut or intestine. Additionally, do not feed your pet undercooked meat or eggs, as they can contain harmful bacteria.

➨ Foods with a high salt or fat content

Excessive fats can cause upset stomach and potentially inflame the pancreas causing pancreatitis. Salty foods can pose a risk for the development of sodium ion toxicosis, according to the ASPCA. Be aware that if your pet gets into food with a high fat or salt content, she could experience stomach problems including diarrhea and vomiting.

➨ Chocolate, coffee, alcohol

According to the ASPCA, the substances in chocolate, coffee, and caffeine, methlxanthines, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, tremors, seizures, and potentially death in pets. The higher the cocoa percentage, the more dangerous the chocolate is, making dark chocolate more toxic than milk or white chocolate. All these products can cause vomiting, diarrhea and even death.

➨ Sugarless candies (products sweetened with xylitol)

This compound can cause liver damage and even death in some more vulnerable dogs. Xylitol is in many products including gum, candy, sugar-free cookies and toothpaste.

➨ Macadamia nuts

These nuts can cause weakness, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. Symptoms generally last up to two days, and usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion.

OTHERS:

➨Raw Eggs

Contain an enzyme known as avidin which restricts the absorption of biotin, one of the many B Vitamins. This can lead to an unhealthy coat and skin problems. Also eggs can carry salmonella which is poisonous to dogs.

➨Large Quantities of Liver

Results in Vitamin A toxisity and effects muscles and bones of the animal.


➨Human Vitamins Containing Iron

Damage dogs digestive system wall lining, kidneys, and liver. Be sure to use a vitamin supplement designed for dogs.

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