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People Foods that are Toxic to Animals

As pet owners, we treat our four-legged friends like children – they’re members of the family! And when they hit us with those cute pouty eyes, it can be tempting to sneak them a table scrap or a bite of our snack – but be careful! Some foods that are fine for people to eat can be toxic to our furry sidekicks.

Below, we’re recapping a list of the top 10 foods that you should NOT feed your pets.

  1.  Chocolate – This is probably one we’ve all heard before, but we’re including it here as a reminder… no chocolate kisses, only human kisses.
  2. Fruit stems, leaves, peels, and seeds – While the fruit itself will likely only cause a bit of stomach upset, the citric acid in these other parts of the fruit can cause more serious issues if ingested.
  3. Grapes and raisins – The actual toxic substance found in these foods is unknown, but they have the potential to cause kidney failure if eaten.
  4. Onions – All forms of onions can be toxic for your pet, including dehydrated onions, raw onions, cooked onions and table scraps containing cooked onions.
  5. Milk and dairy products – By nature, pets don’t have enough lactase enzymes in their systems to effectively break down the lactose in dairy products, so it’s best to avoid them altogether.
  6. Undercooked meat and eggs – Our pets are just as susceptible to foodborne illnesses (such as Salmonella and E. coli) as we are.
  7. Bones – Raw bones pose a choking hazard for domestic animals, and severe injury could occur if a bone splintered and was swallowed.
  8. Raw potatoes – A plain baked potato (in moderation) is fine, but raw potatoes and potato plants from the garden could lead to issues.
  9. Xylitol – This sweetener, found in candies, baked goods, and more, can cause life-threatening toxicosis in animals.
  10. Yeast dough – As tempting as it is to hand over your pizza crust to your pup, yeast products can build up in our pets’ stomachs and cause serious issues.

If you do want to share a treat with your pet, keep this in mind:
The treat should be small. Lean meats make great treats as long as they’re trimmed of visible fats and not heavily seasoned. Fruits (see #2 above) or veggies like carrot sticks or green beans are also great options.

If you think your pet might have ingested one of these foods, call your veterinarian immediately, or contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

Sources:
https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/people-foods-avoid-feeding-your-pets
https://pets.webmd.com/dogs/ss/slideshow-foods-your-dog-should-never-eat

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