Worried about what to and what not to feed your pet? Here are some helpful tips to inform you about the toxic food that you should be avoiding, and some healthy alternatives that you can give your pet.
Toxic food to avoid-
Soft or berry fruits such as grapes, raisins and currants, may be delicious and many pets like them, but are highly dangerous to give to pets. These fruits are responsible for sudden kidney failures in pets. Though it’s not certain which dogs or cats may develop kidney failure after eating these fruits, it is best to avoid them altogether. If by chance a small dog eats a small quantity of grapes or raisins, it is considered as an emergency.
Caffeine such as coffee, tea and soda – it is highly likely that your pet is going to drink your cup of coffee or tea, but there are other pet accessible origins of caffeine, most commonly available – chocolate! Pets are more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than humans are. One or two laps of caffeinated drinks may not contain enough caffeine to cause poisoning in most pets, but the digestion of considerable amounts of coffee grounds, tea bags or even one or two diet pills can quite easily cause small dogs or cats to die.
Chocolate and cocoa – dark chocolates are the most dangerous for pets. The darker the chocolate, more the content of theobromine, a chemical similar to caffeine. White or milk chocolates contain less amounts of theobromine and hence will not cause chocolate poisoning in pets, but the amount or dose of chocolate intake can do so. Chocolate contains large amounts of fat; thus, some pets may develop pancreatitis after eating goods containing chocolates or simply chocolates.
Sugar substitutes – such as xylitol used in pet mouth wash and oral rinse can be life threatening for pets. The use of it can cause a radical drop in sugar levels and cause liver damage to dogs. Cats and humans, however, don’t face this problem.
Vegetables such as onion, garlic and spring onion – the small amounts of garlic found in dog treats is not harmful to dogs, but if cats ingest a moderate quantity of onions, garlic or spring onion, it may result in poisoning. Garlic which was once thought of as a home remedy for flea infestation has proven to be ineffective over the years and is not recommended by veterinarians. These vegetables are toxic as they cause red blood cell destruction and result in anemia.
Bread – bread containing unbaked yeast results in multiple problems if ingested by pets.
Alcohol – this is a byproduct of ingested yeast dough and can cause life threatening toxicity in small dogs and cats. It is thus, imperative that you avoid giving your pet alcoholic drinks and alcohol-based confectioneries that can cause poisoning in pets.
Pet approved human food
It’s not that your pet can’t have anything at all, here are some alternatives that your feline or canine friend can munch on with you.
Fruits – apples, blueberries and pumpkins.
Vegetables – peas, green beans, carrots, sweet potatoes, zucchini and lettuce.
A fun idea you could try is to freeze cubes of diluted chicken or mutton broth and give your pet a frozen treat.
*The purpose of this is to provide you with information only. If your pet shows any signs of illness, please consult your veterinarian immediately.