The everyday food that we eat may not always be safe for your pets and may result in serious health risks. This article will cover five of these dangerous foods you should stop giving to your pet. Treat this article as a guide but if you are unsure of what to feed your pets, consult your veterinarian or pet nutritionist.
No! Never! Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma, and even death. Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcohol. If you suspect that your pet has ingested alcohol, contact your veterinarian.
Alcohol has the same effect on a dog’s liver and brain that it has on people. But it takes a lot less to hurt your dog. Just a little beer, liquor, wine, or food with alcohol can be bad. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, coordination problems, breathing problems, coma, even death. And the smaller your dog, the worse it can be.
Depends on the preparation. Avocados, for example, have something called persin. It’s fine for people who aren’t allergic to it. But too much might cause vomiting or diarrhea in dogs. If you grow avocados at home, keep your dog away from the plants. Persin is in the leaves, seed, and bark, as well as the fruit. Also, the avocado seed can become stuck in the intestines or stomach, and obstruction could be fatal.
Avocado is primarily a problem for birds, rabbits, donkeys, horses, and ruminants including sheep and goats. The biggest concern is for cardiovascular damage and death in birds. Horses, donkeys, and ruminants frequently get swollen, edematous head and neck.
Chocolate, Coffee, and Caffeine
No! Never! These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee, and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and even death. Note that darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate. White chocolate has the lowest level of methylxanthines, while baking chocolate contains the highest.
Yes, it’s okay but only in small amounts. The stems, leaves, peel, fruit, and seeds of citrus plants contain varying amounts of citric acid, essential oils that can cause irritation and possibly even central nervous system depression if ingested in significant amounts. Small doses, such as eating the fruit, are not likely to present problems beyond minor stomach upset.
Coconut and Coconut Oil
When ingested in small amounts, coconut and coconut-based products are not likely to cause serious harm to your pet. The flesh and milk of fresh coconuts do contain oils that may cause stomach upset, loose stools, or diarrhea. Because of this, we encourage you to use caution when offering your pets these foods. Coconut water is high in potassium and should not be given to your pet.
You can make sure your pet has a healthy, well-balanced diet by asking your vet to suggest quality pet food. But that doesn’t mean you can’t sometimes give your pet people food as a special treat. Only give them a little. Be sure the foods are cooked, pure, and not fatty or heavily seasoned.
Next time you’re spending time and feeding your pets, be sure to watch what they eat. If you’re not sure about a specific food item, do your research first and consult with your vet. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. No matter how careful you are, your dog might find and swallow something they shouldn’t. Keep the number of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the Animal Poison Control Center — where you know you can find it. And, if you think your dog has eaten something toxic, call for emergency help right away.