|Barked: Tue Dec 17, '13 7:34am PST |
|I condensed this information I received. Some foods are obvious, but others I didn't know.
Grapes, Raisins and Currants
Grape or raisin toxicosis will typically cause vomiting, lethargy, diarrhea, dehydration and decreased urination. Even pets that survive an initial bout of toxicosis can have persistent kidney disease afterward.
Onions, Garlic and Chives
A compound in these foods called “thiosulphate” damages pets’ red blood cells. Dogs and cats can develop anemia several days after eating any of these foods, though onions seem to be the biggest threat overall. Problems can even develop over time, after eating small doses regularly.
Wine, Beer and Basically All Alcoholic Beverages
Hops in beer are poisonous to your dog. The grapes and alcohol content are toxic for him. Drinking any alcoholic beverages can result in extreme fever leading to multiple organ system failure. The worst case scenario here is coma and death.
Chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which are methylxanthines and is toxic to dogs and cats.
Avocado contain persin, which doesn’t sit well in doggie and kitty stomachs. It can cause heart congestion, diarrhea and vomiting. It won’t kill your dog or cat, but it will make them very uncomfortable if they eat too much.
Walnuts, Almonds and Macadamia Nuts
These can cause neurological problems ranging from disorientation, muscular weakness and vomiting to tremors, lameness or even a total inability to walk.
Some mushrooms contain deadly toxins, while others may result only in an upset stomach.
Xylitol is a sweetener used in sugar-free gum, baked goods and other foods. Xylitol causes insulin levels to spike rapidly and blood sugar levels to plummet. The result can be liver failure.
The yeast will cause the dough to rise inside their little furry tummies. Yeast multiplication can also cause alcohol intoxication. Gastrointestinal distress at best, or worst, a distended or ruptured stomach.
Fatty Meat Trimmings and Turkey Skin
Cooked turkey skin can have a host of things that are toxic to your pet. If you cooked that turkey using problematic oils, spices, and marinades, your dog might have difficulty digesting the skin. Eating it puts him at risk for pancreatitis.
Some fish, notably salmon and trout carry a parasite called nanophyetus salmincola that can infect and kill a dog if not quickly diagnosed and treated.
Caffeine is one of the compounds in chocolate that makes it toxic to pets.
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