We love to share with our pets. When it comes to foods, sharing could be harmful. Lots of different kinds of people food can be harmful for pets, including cats, dogs, horses and other animals. Here are the top 10 people foods that are harmful for your pets.
1. Chocolate/Coffee/Caffeine – These foods contain chemicals called methylxanthines. Methylxanthines can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, abnormal heart rhythm, seizures, tremors and death. For chocolate, while you should never give it to your pet, it is helpful to know that the higher the percentage of pure dark chocolate, the more dangerous it is for your pet.
2. Grapes/Raisins – Grapes and raisins are especially harmful for dogs. While the substance that causes illness is not definitively known, these foods can cause kidney failure.
3. Macadamia Nuts – Macadamia nuts cause symptoms within 12 hours after eating and include diarrhea, vomiting, weakness, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs. The effects of macadamia nuts can last as long as 48 hours.
4. Nuts – Most nuts should be off limits to your pet, including pecans, walnuts and almonds. All nuts contain fats. Nut fats can cause diarrhea and vomiting in pets. They can also cause pancreatitis.
5. Garlic/Onions/Chives – These foods cause gastrointestinal distress and can also cause red blood cell damage, especially in cats.
6. Xylitol – If you haven’t heard of this sweetener, it can be found in candy, gum, baked goods and even toothpaste. Xylitol is dangerous for all pets and causes insulin release and liver failure. Symptoms of xylitol poisoning include loss of coordination, vomiting, lethargy, seizures, elevated liver enzymes and liver failure.
7. Coconut/Coconut Oil/Coconut Water – The fats in coconut flesh and coconut oil can cause gastrointestinal upset, loose stools and diarrhea. Coconut water is very high in potassium and should never be given to any pet.
8. Alcohol – Alcohol is extremely toxic to pets. If your pet has consumed alcohol, call a veterinarian immediately. Alcohol consumption can cause diarrhea, vomiting, difficulty breathing, tremors, central nervous system depression, coma and death.
9. Salty Foods – Salty foods can cause excessive urination, excessive thirst and sodium ion poisoning in your pet. Symptoms of sodium ion poisoning include diarrhea, vomiting, seizures, tremors, high body temperature and death.
10. Raw Meat/Raw Bones – Raw meat can harbor salmonella and E. coli bacteria that can make your pet very sick. Raw bones can splinter and cause choking or even puncture your pet’s digestive tract creating a life-threatening situation.
Humans love to share. Sharing with our pets feels bonding to us but if you share the wrong kind of people food, you could make your pet very sick. Some of these people foods and compounds can even cause serious reactions such as seizures, coma and death. Instead of sharing food with your pet, share playtime, share a blanket at snuggle time, share love but don’t share food.