7 Type of Human Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

We all know those puppy eyes look our furry kids give while begging for food. Although a little treat once in a while may not hurt, not all human foods are safe for pets. Hence it is important as a pet parents to know what foods are dangerous and be careful about what they get their paws on.

Alcohol

Pets are more sensitive to intoxication effects, what only make you drunk can be extremely poisonous to them. Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcoholic beverages and/or food products containing alcohol. Depending on the type of alcohol and the size of your pet, it can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.

Chocolate, Coffee, Tea and Other Caffeine

While many are well aware of the chocolate warning, it is pointed out that chocolate contains caffeine and theobromine, which are considered methylxanthines. Methylxanthines are found in cacao seeds that were used to make coffee and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas. When consumed by pets, it can lead to vomiting and diarrhea, panting, excessive thrist and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures and even death. Hence, on top of chocolate, it is important to keep your pets away from caffeinated beverages as well.

Raw / Undercooked Meat and Fish, Raw Eggs & Bones

Raw meat and fish or raw eggs can cause food poisoning from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli. Raw eggs contain avidin, an enzyme that decreases the absorption of biotin which lead to skin and coat problems. Some fish can also have a parasite that causes “fish disease” that lead to vomiting, fever, and big lymph nodes.

Many people associate dogs and bones however it can be very dangerous feeding them one. They might choke on bones, or get injured should the bone splinter and block or cause cuts in your dog’s digestive system. Cooked bones are more brittle than their raw ones, making them more likely to splinter when a dog chews them.

Xylitol

Xylitol is an artificial sweetener which was used as a sugar substitute. It was commonly found in candy, gum toothpaste, baked goods and some diet foods. Ingestion can cause a life-threatening drop in your pets blood sugar levels and can eventually lead to liver failure. Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy, seizures and loss of coordination. A simply guide is to avoid stuff with xylitol listed as the first three to five ingredients.

Nuts (Especially Macadamia Nuts)

Nuts in general contain high amounts of oils and fats that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and potentially pancreatitis in pets. For unknown reason, macadamia nuts are exceptionally dangerous to your pets. A dose of about two nuts per pound of body weight can result in poisoning that can lead to a temporary inability to walk.

Onions and Garlic

Foods that are part of the allium family contain compounds that can cause gastroenteritis irritation and serious damage to the red blood cells. Consume in large quantity will make your pets anemic, severe enough to require a blood transfusion.

Fruits like Avocados, Peaches & Plums, Grapes & Raisins

Avocados are dangerous to your pets for two reasons. First, they have a high fat content and contain the toxin persin which can upset your pet’s stomach. Second, the slippery, hard pit is easy to swallow and can lead to a gastrointestinal obstruction.

That being said, we should also be cautious with fruits contain large pits, such as peaches and plums. Peach and plum pits contain glycosides, a.k.a. cynide which is poisonous to both humans and pets. People know not to eat them but your pets don’t.

While grapes and raisins may seem harmless, they can cause kidney failure in some dogs. It is best to avoid them too.

 

No matter how careful you are, your pets might find and swallow something they shouldn’t. Keep the number of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435 with you. If you suspect your pets may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, reach out for help right away!

 

 

Disclaimer: The above list is not exhaustive and only meant for precaution. Please consult your veterinarian to determine the best diet for your pet.

2 thoughts on “7 Type of Human Foods to Avoid Feeding Your Pets

  1. Colin Warnecke says:

    Everything you wrote was good except the comments about “Raw / Undercooked Meat and Fish, Raw Eggs & Bones”, which are wrong for cats. This is false information or half-truths based on a complete lack of understanding. Wild cats, whick all cats are, eat raw animals. Period. They eat uncooked dead animals. Preventing exposure to salmonella or E. coli (human introduced pathogens) is simple enough. The avidin content in eggs would mean a cat would have to binge on egg whites to have any effect.

    Fish isn’t meat, but feeding any animal raw fish is a bad idea in the day and age. Cooked fish all day long.

    If you are going to have a blog and social media associated with your product, please do real research and don’t disseminate false information that may misdirect less informed pet owners.

    Let’s be clear, the one ABSOLUTE should NEVER feed your cat (dogs are fine though) is dry food. It is terrible for cats, leads to most of the diseases our domestic cats have and is basically poisoning them all in the sake of convenience for the human.

    • Silvia says:

      Hi Colin,

      Thank you for providing us your valuable feedback at the same time giving a deeper insight on the above topic to our fellow readers. It is true that cat is carnivore and there are lots of benefits for introducing raw meat diet to your pets. However, the above-mentioned list is only meant to be a precaution for pets in general including those weak and old that are especially susceptible. Nonetheless, we would love to explore on more topics in the future post to come. Stay tuned! Cheers =D

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