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20 Toxic Foods to Dogs and Cats

Common Foods that are Toxic to dogs and cats,  can be poisonous at different levels, and may cause death.

 

20 Toxic Foods to Dogs and CatsThe majority of us are guilty of tossing our pet a tasty morsel, and of course – they gobble it up. Unfortunately – foods we eat can be toxic and poisonous to our pets – in some cases can make them seriously ill, and might actually kill them.




As a child, I had a Cocker Spaniel, and I remember many, many times I shared my food with my dog. She was my best friend and I did everything with her. We’d lay in the backyard and if I was eating a popsicle – I’d take a lick and she’d take a lick. If I was eating an Oreo cookie – I’d open it up and we took turns licking the cream filling.

Did she ever get sick? No. But foods are different today than they were 30 years ago. The environment is different. ‘Things’ are in food today that weren’t there when I was a child. Even though my dog – at that time – didn’t get sick, there are certain core foods that are dangerous to dogs and cats, and some will kill them if immediate medical attention is not given.

note:  If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned, contact the  American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. This is a 24 hour a day hotline. (In some cases a consultation fee may be charged to your credit card.)

 

Here’s a list of foods that are toxic, to some degree to cats and dogs and should be avoided:

Alcoholic BeveragesAny type of alcohol can be poisonous to your pet and aside from intoxication, can cause a coma or even death.
Apple SeedsApple Seeds can have varied effects on pets, and none of them are good.
Apricot PitsApricot Pits can cause respiratory difficulties such as breathing, coughing and sneezing.
Cherry PitsCherry Pits can cause respiratory difficulties such as breathing, coughing and sneezing.
Candy or GumCandy or Gum - especially Sugarless Gum containing the sweetener Xylitol: can cause liver damage and death.
ChocolateAlthough pets should never have any type of chocolate, milk chocolate is not nearly as dangerous for animals as semi-sweet or unsweetened bakers chocolate. Chocolate poisoning can cause irregular heart rate and rhythm, restlessness, hyperactivity, diarrhea, vomiting, panting, muscle tremors, abdominal pain, bloody urine, increased body temperature, seizures, coma and possibly even death.
CoffeeCoffee can result in increased breathing and heart rate, restlessness and affects the central nervous system.
GrapesLarge amounts of Grapes can be poisonous to pets and will cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, lack of appetite and ultimately, kidney damage.
HopsHops may cause panting, elevated temperature, increased heart rate, seizures and possibly death. Beer contains Hops. If you have Hops growing in your garden - be sure to fence off so your pet can't access.
Macadamia NutsMacadamia Nuts may cause vomiting, lethargy, hyperthermia, abdominal pain, stiff joints, lameness and tremors.
Moldy FoodsFoods that are Moldy may have varied effects on pets including vomiting and diarrhea.
MushroomsDifferent types of mushrooms can have varied effects on pets such as, depression, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, tearing, hallucinations, defecation, liver failure, seizures, drooling, urination, kidney failure, heart damage, hyperactivity and in some cases, death.
Mustard SeedsMustard Seeds can have varied ill effects on pets.
OnionsOnions and Onion Power may cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea.
Peach PitsPeach Pits may cause respiratory difficulties such as breathing, coughing and sneezing.
Potato LeavesPotato Leaves and Stems may cause problems with the digestive, nervous and urinary systems. If you have potatoes growing in your garden - be sure to block access to pets.
RaisinsLarge amounts of Raisins can be toxic to pets and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, abdominal pain, lack of appetite and kidney damage.
Rhubarb LeavesRhubarb Leaves may cause problems with the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.
SaltIn large quantities Salt will cause electrolyte imbalances.
TeaTea will have varied effects in pets, may cause slight nausea to kidney damage.
Tomato LeavesTomato Leaves and Stems will cause problems with the digestive, nervous and urinary systems.
WalnutsWalnuts usually cause gastrointestinal problems such as vomiting and diarrhea, as well as respiratory issues such as sneezing, breathing and coughing.
Yeast DoughYeast Dough is dangerous because it will expand and result in gas, pain and possible rupture of the stomach or intestines.

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