We all love giving our pets a little treat. But did you know that some foods that are harmless to humans can be extremely poisonous for pets? We have compiled a list of foods you should keep out of your furbaby’s reach. The following foods can be very poisonous to pets:
- Alcoholic beverages– Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.
- Xylitol- This artificial sweetener is found in candy, gum, and sugar-free products. It can cause insulin release in most species, which can lead to liver failure. The increase in insulin leads to hypoglycemia (lowered sugar levels). Initial signs of toxicosis include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Signs can progress to recumbency and seizures. Elevated liver enzymes and liver failure can be seen within a few days.
- Chocolate, Coffee, and Caffeine– contain methylxanthines which can cause vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death.
- Onions, Garlic, Chives– these can cause gastrointestinal irritation and lead to red blood cell damage. Very dangerous for cats, can also be dangerous for dogs if consumed in large doses.
Other foods that are dangerous for pets are:
Hops (used in home beer brewing)
Onions and onion powder
Potato leaves and stems
Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
Xylitol (artificial sweetener that is toxic to pets)