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What People Foods are Dangerous for my Pet?

Resisting those puppy dog eyes when your pooch is begging for a bit of your hamburger can be difficult. While plenty of human foods are okay to feed your pet, some things could make them ill.

Most of our insurance brokers are very pet friendly and lovable dog/ cat owners. That is why we have put together a list of foods that are dangerous to feed your fury friends. Also, read below to find another list of human foods that are okay for your animals to eat.

Unsafe People Foods:

Of course before changing your pet’s diet, check with your local veterinarian. Knowing for sure what is safe for them to eat and what to avoid will give you some peace of mind. However, in the meantime here are a few foods that you should avoid feeding your pets at all costs:

  • Chocolate, Coffee, Caffeine: Including tea bags and even coffee grounds. These can be very harmful to cats and dogs, because they can lead to restlessness, heart palpitations, and maybe even death.
  • Grapes and Raisins: These are known as toxic, even in small amounts. Meaning they can potentially lead to kidney failure.
  • Onions, Garlic, Chives: these types of food can destroy red blood cells, leading to anemia, weakness and difficulty breathing. Particularly toxic to dogs.
  • Nuts: Effects of the consumption of nuts can be vomiting, paralysis, or death. Macadamia, pistachio, pecans, and walnuts are especially dangerous.
  • Beer: Alcoholic beverages can cause the same damage to an animal’s brain and liver as humans. However the effects can be much larger. Just a small amount could potentially cause vomiting and damage.
  • Candy: Any substance containing Xylitol (a common sweet substance used as a sugar substitute) can lead to low blood sugar and maybe even seizures.

Safe People Foods:

After knowing dangerous foods to keep away from your dog and cats, read a few foods that are okay to feed your fury friends. With this being said, we encourage you to always check with your vet.

Dogs:

  • Peanut Butter, raw unsalted and unsweetened
  • Cooked fish and lean meats
  • Cottage cheese
  • Pumpkin
  • Eggs- Cooked
  • Green Beans
  • Carrots
  • Apple slices

Cats:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Vegetables
  • Eggs- Cooked
  • Cooked or canned meat and fish
  • Cooked whole grains

Sometimes your best furry friend can become sick, even if you feed him all the safe foods. You need to take all the right precautions with your cats and dogs. If you notice any muscle tremors or seizures; vomiting and diarrhea; drooling; redness of skin, ears, or eyes; swelling or bleeding; or any trouble breathing you should visit the vet.

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