Foods to avoid feeding pets

Posted on May 01 2015 in General


dog eating_web• Alcohol and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system problems, and more.

• The leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin, which is harmful to dogs, birds and rodents.

• Chocolate, coffee and caffeine all contain methylxanthine, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures and more. Dark chocolate is the most dangerous.

• Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure.

• Macadamia nuts cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs.

• Because pets don’t possess enough of the enzyme to break down milk, it causes diarrhea and other digestive upset.

• Onions, garlic and chives can cause gastrointestinal irritation and can lead to red blood cell damage.

• Yeast dough can rise and cause gas to accumulate in the digestive system, which is painful and can cause the stomach or intestines to rupture.

• The sweetener Xylitol can cause insulin release, which can lead to liver failure in pets. The increase in insulin also leads to hypoglycemia.

Source: ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center


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