Is your pet an experienced beggar? Although pets may think they want—and sometimes love—certain types of “people food,” many foods that are safe for humans can be harmful to cats and dogs. If you think your pet has eaten a food that could be potentially harmful, call your veterinary clinic immediately for care instructions.
Neither dogs nor cats should be allowed to eat chocolate. All chocolate, including white chocolate, contains a chemical compound called theobromine; chocolate also contains caffeine. Both theobromine and caffeine can overstimulate your pet’s cardiovascular and nervous systems, causing vomiting, diarrhea, agitation, muscle tremors, irregular heartbeat, seizures, and even death.
Avocados and foods made with avocado, such as guacamole, can be toxic for dogs. These fruits contain a substance called persin, which can also be found in the leaves, seeds, and bark of the plant. If you grow avocados at home, make sure to keep your dog away from the plants and any dropped fruit using a fence or a leash.
Onions and Garlic
All members of the onion family can be toxic to dogs and cats in any form, including raw, cooked, and powdered. The chemical compounds found in onions and garlic attack your pet’s red blood cells, causing weakness, vomiting, and anemia. Symptoms can take up to five days to appear, so call your veterinarian immediately if your pet has eaten onions or garlic. In severe cases, your pet may need a blood transfusion.
Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins can cause digestive discomfort and kidney failure in dogs. Although you may have heard that grapes and raisins can be used as dog treats, avoid this practice and talk to your veterinarian about treats that are healthy and safe for your pet.
If you have questions about your pet’s diet or are concerned about foods he’s eaten, call Lincoln Avenue Veterinary Clinic at (408) 565-8601. Our experienced veterinary staff can help you handle any pet health issue, from routine checkups to pet surgery. Click through our blog to learn more about important pet health topics.