No matter how much you love sharing your food, remember that there are many foods that are bad for dogs, cats and others.
Among those are some common foods which are very healthy, but only for humans. And here in this article, we talk about four such foods which are not only dangerous for your beloved pet but can be life-threatening.
First in our list of common foods poisonous to dogs is the common salt. Although a bit of potato chips here and there doesn’t hurt, consumption of salt in large quantities is harmful to dogs. Excess salt deprives them of water and leads to salt (or sodium ion) poisoning.
The symptoms include increased temperature, vomiting and diarrhea. Among the other problems are tremors, seizures and even death. So, try to keep fresh water available always, just in case.
Caffeine and any products containing caffeine – tea, coffee and also, chocolate – are harmful to dogs. Caffeine is also added to many soft drinks and sodas. Consumption of caffeine increases the heart rate, and the dog may experience excessive urination, thirst, vomiting and diarrhea.
It also stirs up the nervous system and can cause hyperactivity and restlessness. Seizures and tremors are also probabilities. So, try not to share your coffee with your pet. Even 1 mg per kg of body weight can be fatal.
OK, why is chocolate bad for dogs? Remember I mentioned above that chocolate has caffeine and it’s bad for them. But, it’s not only the caffeine. Chocolate also contains theobromine. And both these ingredients, if consumed, result in increased heartbeats and even seizures.
Other common problems faced by your pet are abdominal pains, vomiting and diarrhea. The severity, by the way, also depends on the type of chocolate ingested. The dark chocolates are the most dangerous and white chocolates, the least.
Thus, doesn’t matter what chocolate it is, keep your hands clean during festivals.
Even onion, whatever be the form, is one of the foods toxic to dogs. Onion – dry, raw, cooked or powdered – causes damage to the red blood cells and can lead to anemia.
These damaged cells also lose their ability to carry oxygen with them which lead to troubled breathing in pets.
Garlic also has a similar effect on the dogs and cats. Both of these foods contain thiosulphate which is responsible for the damage, and this ingredient is also present in chives.
While these aren’t harmful when given in small amounts, large amounts will cause problems like weakness and vomiting.
These toxic foods for pets are also found in some baby foods which people prefer to feed their pets when sick.
Yes, not all those which are healthy for humans go well with the pets. And the best way to keep your pets away from the associated health hazards is to keep the food items far from reach.
You may not know when your cat or dog tried its hand (or paw) on something, so better to take precautions. And get to the vet as soon as possible.