It is a natural thing to want to give man’s best canine and feline friends little treats that mommy and daddy like – but there are many no-no’s that are very dangerous to our dogs and cats that you need to know.
Bones and Fat.
We all have been guilty of wanting to give our pets the left over bones. Not saying all bones are bad for dogs, but bones and fat usually cause upset stomach, diarrhea and vomiting in cats. Depending on the type of bone, i.e., chicken, turkey and any type of meat bone that can easily fray, so be careful not to let your cat have these. It can lead to choking or cause obstruction and lacerations in your feline’s digestive tract.
How many times in story books have we seen someone leaving out a small bowl of milk out for a cat, because we think they need and love milk. No-No. Most adult cats are lactose intolerant. They can not break down milk and sugar. These cause cats dehydrations and diarrhea.
Getting ready for that delicious piece of dark chocolate that you waited all day for and Fido is at your side panting for one of those delicacies too. NO-No…never chocolate. It contains theobromide, a chemical that can damage to a dog’s lungs, heart, kidneys and nervous system. And watch out for that baking chocolate, it is the most toxic to canines, so let’s not even contemplate giving our dogs and cats any kind of chocolate.
Dough is a no-no.
When baking that home made loaf of bread or pizza, it may be tempting to pick off a piece of the dough and give it to Fido whose eyes are looking straight up at you with a “mmm, looks like you are making a goodie for me” look. Don’t be tempted to give them dough. It contains ethanol. It can cause lethargy, weakness and low body temperature. Immediate medical attention should be sought if your dog ingests yeast dough.
Grapes and Raisins. Although we are like to include more fruits and vegetables into our diets, please be aware of feeding your dog grapes or raisins. They will make them extremely sick and even the smallest amount can lead to irreversible kidney damage (in most dogs). This is a concern if your dog gets into the grapes or raisins, you may need to call your vet and let them know immediately.
Onion and Garlic.
This one was may be a surprise…but veterinarian caution not to give any form of onion or garlic to you cat, (even cooked on a nice piece of meat), it is unsafe. A small amount of onion or garlic can easily cause poisoning that can break down a cat’s red blood cells, causing them weight loss, anemia and lethargy. Check with you vet if your cat eats something with onions or garlic, especially if you and you witness a difference and change in their behavior. It could be onion or garlic poisoning.
We are talking dairy again and cats can get food poisoning from the salmonella or E.coli sometimes found in raw eggs. There is a biotin-binding protein in raw eggs, called avidin, that can prevent your cat from absorbing Vitamin B, which can lead to skin problems or fur loss.
It is highly recommended to always check with you veterinarian if your pet has ingested any of the foods mentioned in this article, especially if their behavior has changed.
Article Courtesy of 50 PLUS REPORT Editorial Team.