During this week, pet owners are encouraged to take measures to keep their pets safe from potentially harmful substances such as chemicals, medications, and certain foods. This includes storing such substances out of reach of pets, properly disposing of them, and being vigilant about what pets ingest.
There are several common human foods that are toxic to dogs and cats and should not be given to them. These foods can cause anything from mild gastrointestinal upset to more serious health issues or even death. Some examples include:
Chocolate – Chocolate contains theobromine, which can be toxic to dogs and cats.
Grapes and raisins – These can cause kidney failure in dogs.
Onions and garlic – These can cause damage to red blood cells in dogs and cats.
Avocado – This can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs and cats.
Xylitol – A sugar substitute often found in sugar-free gum and other products. It can cause insulin release, leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) in dogs. This can be life-threatening.
Alcohol – This can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma, and even death.
Macadamia nuts – These can cause lethargy, vomiting, hyperthermia, and tremors in dogs.
It’s important to remember that this is not an exhaustive list, and there are other foods that can be harmful to pets. Always consult with your veterinarian if you have any questions about what foods are safe for your pets.
It’s also important for pet owners to be aware of the signs of poisoning, which can include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, and difficulty breathing. If you suspect that your pet has been poisoned, it’s essential to contact your veterinarian or an animal poison control center immediately.
The poison control phone number for pets in the United States is 1-888-426-4435. This number is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is operated by the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). If you live outside the United States, check with your local animal poison control center or veterinarian for the appropriate contact information.
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