Dangerous Foods for Dogs, Cats & Birds

You want to keep your pets safe, but sometimes the food dropped under your picnic table ends up as their dinner.  Whether you have babies prone to spills, young children who might slip them a bite on the sly, or a great uncle who allows your dog to lap up his spilled beer, here is a short list of the foods and beverages that are dangerous to your furry family members;

Grapes, raisins might be a healthy snack choice for you, but keep them away from your dogs and cats. Likewise, onions, garlic and food cooked with these ingredients should also be avoided. Cats, dogs, birds and small rodent pets should never be fed avocado, which contains Persin. In addition to the fruit, it’s leaves, seeds and bark are just as harmful. Symptoms of poisoning may include  lethargy, diarrhea, vomiting or worse. Human treats such as chocolate can cause the same symptoms, as well as, tremors, hyperactivity, seizures or even death.

Bad for your Dog: mushrooms, walnuts, yeast dough, macadamia nuts, tomatoes, celery, peaches, plums, raw eggs. Instead offer: brown rice, cooked chicken or turkey, carrot, cucumber or blueberry.

Bad for your Kitty: baby foods, dairy products, fat trimmings, bones, raw eggs, yeast dough. Instead offer: cat food, cooked chicken or turkey, millet, asparagus, cooked fish or cantaloupe.

Bad for Birds: Rhubarb, leaves & stems from potatoes, eggplant, seeds or pits from peaches, pears, apples, oranges & cherries. Instead offer: cooked black & red beans, cooked chicken and fish, raw fruits like apples and apricots, washed & cut up without seeds, raw vegetables like peas.

Some people think it is humorous to allow your pet to consume alcoholic beverages. However, not only is it bad for your pet but it is a form of abuse. Pets are extremely vulnerable to the effects of alcohol, as well as, caffeine products and all human “junk food”, including candy, gum, chips and sweets. Poisoning can cause heart palpitations, tremors, rapid breathing, bleeding and death. Since caffeine is found in coffee, tea, grounds and beans, as well as in soft and energy drinks it is important to keep them all out of your pet’s reach.

Finally, in the same way you would protect your child, keep all tobacco products and medications away from your pets and be sure to immediately pick up spilled products to avoid ingestion.

If you have a pet emergency, contact your veterinarian. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center can be reached at 888-426-4435, however, a charge may apply.

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