We want your pets to be safe, so we made a list of 7 foods you should keep away from your fuzzy friends!
Almonds, Pecans, and walnuts contain high amounts of oils and fats which can make your dog experience diarrhea, vomiting, and even pancreatitis. Also watch out for macadamias, as these are especially dangerous for pets, causing weakness, vomiting, depression, hyperthermia, and tremors.
This one should be a no brainer, but you'd be surprised. According to the ASPCA, alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s liver and brain as it does on a human’s. The only difference is it takes a lot less to harm a dog, than a human.
Side effects include: diarrhea, central nervous system depression, vomiting, loss of coordination, difficulty breathing, coma and even death.
Experts aren't sure which substance is actually toxic in grapes, but they do know that grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs.
So next time you're eating that fruit salad, make sure Max doesn't get in on the grapes! Also to be mentioned, raisins have the same effect as grapes have, so keep them away as-well!
4. Onions, Garlic, and Chives
Onions, Garlic, and Chives cause serious gastrointestinal irration in pets and can also lead to red blood cell damage. Cats are more susceptible to these symptoms, but dogs are also at risk.
5. Chocolate, Coffee, and Caffeine
Most of us know chocolate is bad for our pets, however its not the chocolate, its the chemical called methylxanthines, which is also found in Coffee, and Caffeine.
According to the ASPCA, when methylxanthines is ingested by pets, it can cause vomiting and diahrrea, excessive thirst, hyperactivity, panting, tremors, abnormal heart rythym, seizures, and even death. Darker chocolate is more dangerous, as it contains the most methylxanthines.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetner found in many sugarfree products like candy, gum, and even some nut butters. This artificial sweetner causes an insulin release, leading to seizures, liver failure, and brain damage.
7. Raw/Undercooked Meat and Bones
Raw/undercooked animal products often contain bad bacteria such as E. Coli and Salmonella, these are both harmful to pets and humans. Raw eggs also contain an enzyme called avidin, which decreases the absorption of biotin, leading to skin and coat problems in pets.
Raw bones are also very dangerous for pets because the can choke on them, and if the bone is splintered, it can get stuck, or puncture your pets digestive tract.
What to do if your pet is at risk?
A note from the ASPCA: If you suspect your pet has eaten any of these foods, please note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.