There are actually plenty of food items, which, although they look innocent, are toxic for your pet dogs and cats. These are also common foods that your pets love, and this affection can be misleading you into feeding them more of this. Luckily, most of the foods that are toxic for your pet cat and dog are the same, so even if you have both, remembering the list wouldn’t be a problem.
Some foods that are toxic for your pet dog and cat are as below:
Onions, garlic and chives: These are all items from the onion family and are dangerous for your pets. The first signs of illness are tummy issues which will be visible in a few days, and from then on, they can cause serious gastrointestinal problems and loss of red blood cells.
Artificial sweeteners (xylitol): Most sweet products like baked goods, gum, sweet treats and other ‘sugar-free’ items contain this item. Xylitol can cause your dog’s blood sugar to fall, blood clotting problems and even liver failure.
Avocado: We all love avocados, but our dogs’ bodies sure don’t. It contains persin that can cause diarrhoea or vomiting in dogs. The same chemical is present in other fruits, vegetables, leaves and the bark as well. Avocado seeds are another problem as they may get stuck in your pet’s intestines or stomach.
Alcohol: Alcohol’s effects on pets is similar to that on humans, except even small quantities can cause them harm very quickly. It can lead to intoxication, sickness, CNS damage, disorientation and diarrhoea. Raw dough also has a similar effect since it gets turned into alcohol during digestion.
Chocolate: Yes, dogs and humans love it equally, but for the former, it is almost equivalent to poison. It is highly toxic for your pet dog because it contains theobromine and can cause kidney failure. Chocolates also contain methylxanthines that can cause vomiting and diarrhoea, high body temperature, muscle tremor and other problems for your cat. In general, dark chocolates contain more of these two chemicals and are even worse.
What your pets need is a well-balanced diet of food that is safe to consume. Each pet comes with its own problems, and seeing your vet is the best way out.