People Food and the Risks of Pet Poisoning
It’s hard to resist the pleading eyes or imploring whines from your furry best friend – especially when you’re eating or preparing something utterly scrumptious. While it may be your natural inclination to share the best things in life with your pet, giving them certain people foods can have terrible consequences. The good news is that you can avoid a pet poisoning and still shower them with love with healthy alternatives.
The Usual Suspects
At first glance, the list of foods to avoid can seem pretty long. Of course, there are some ingredients that shouldn’t be shared due to the possibility of weight gain or the risk of causing pancreatitis (e.g., rich, fatty foods).
The items listed below should never be given to pets or left out for them to find on their own:
- Chocolate (the darker the chocolate, the more toxic it can be)
- Coffee and all caffeinated beverages, such as energy drinks
- Xylitol (found in sugar-free gum, mints, peanut butter, and baked goods)
- Onions and garlic
- Grapes, raisins, and currants
- Macadamia nuts
- Unbaked yeast dough
If you ever have any doubt about a food that your pet seems to want badly, it’s best to err on the side of caution. To prevent a pet poisoning, consider one of the healthy options listed below.
Signs of a Pet Poisoning
The symptoms triggered by a pet poisoning depend on the type and quantity of the toxin. Some cause problems in the kidneys or liver while others affect the neurological or digestive systems.
Never ignore the following symptoms:
- Diarrhea (with or without blood)
- Lethargy or depression
- Irregular heartbeat
- Problems urinating
Please contact us immediately if you notice any of these signs. If possible, assess the environment to determine what your pet ate and how much they consumed.
Good Foods to Share
Fortunately, you can still lavish your pet with tasty treats. The following suggestions are satisfying, healthy alternatives (but please only share in moderation):
- Lean meat (always boneless)
- Xylitol-free peanut butter
- Plain yogurt
- Bite-sized carrot pieces (lightly steamed)
- Low-sodium canned green beans
- Fresh fruit, such as watermelon, cantaloupe, or apple slices (no seeds)
- Canned, unsweetened pumpkin
- Scrambled eggs
- Small amounts of cooked tuna or salmon (if canned, avoid the oil-packed variety)
- Steamed sweet potatoes
We’re always happy to provide more information about safe options for pets and people to bond together. Giving them healthy treats is a wonderful way to show your affection and to ensure their health.