As an animal lover, you may think that you are doing good by giving your family pet scraps from the table. But, the truth is, there are many foods that are healthy to us when consumed but can be harmful or even fatal if they are eaten by the family pet.
Here are some foods that fall into that category and their possible side effects. Since you don’t know how your pet will react when he/she is feed one of these foods, best to steer clear of including them in your furry friend’s diet – just to be on the safe side!
While chocolate is a favorite and can even be healthy (when you consume the right kind – dark and minimally processed), our pets can have severe reactions to it when they eat it. Symptoms such as tremors, hyperactivity, high heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea and in severe cases death may be experienced by your family pet.
A staple in many of our morning rituals, for our pets, it can cause tremors, hyperactivity, high heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea and, in severe cases, death when consumed.
These alliums are so important for human health and should be consumed on a daily basis. But for a dog or cat, they may cause damage to red blood cells and/or vomiting.
A glass of wine a day is enjoyed in many cultures as the key to good health. But our pets can experience drunkenness, coma, vomiting or even death when they are indulged.
A natural sweetener and a great alternative to refined white sugar because of its low glycemic load. It is growing in popularity and is used in many naturally made products including gums and toothpastes. However, be warned, our pets can suffer liver failure or seizures if they consume products that contain Xylitol.
The healthy fats in avocado are great for us and are important for good health. But, when our pets eat this creamy-fleshed fruit dogs can experience vomiting and diarrhea; while it can be fatal to rabbits and birds.
If you are gluten-free you may not be eating breads containing gluten. But keep in mind that any products you may eat that contain raw yeast may cause drunkenness and bloating in your pet.
These are a favorite of mine. I especially appreciate their creamy texture when I soak them and use them for nut cheeses. They contain healthy fats and nutrients. However, dogs can experience temporary hind leg weakness, paralysis and tremors when they consume these nuts.
Grapes / Raisins
While delicious and wholesome, grapes are high in sugar and should be consumed in moderation by us. But they can actually cause kidney failure in animals.
So, the next time you feel guilty eating in front of Fido or Fluffy, remember that you are doing them good NOT to throw them leftovers containing these foods. A snack such as mini carrots, which are good for a dog’s teeth, are low calorie and high in fiber as well as beta carotene/vitamin A. They are also a much safer choice for your pet.