5 Foods that could be harmful to your pets
Get-togethers could lead to harmful effects for your pets. Cookouts, parties at the pool, birthdays, and other gatherings are perfect situations for our pets to be vulnerable to poisonous foods. Ribs, hamburgers, desserts…. all of the fancy fixings.
Often, you think you may be rewarding your animal to a tasty treat. You may in fact be feeding them harmful foods. To make sure you stay away from unnecessary vet visits, refrain from giving your pets these foods:
Raw fish and meat
Correctly preparing a uncooked food diet is one thing; completely different if your pet should ingest raw fish and meat that hasn’t been correctly prepared.
Fish and meat in raw form, much like eggs, could possibly have bacteria that could lead to food poisoning. Keep these items up where your pet cannot reach them. Some fish, like trout, salmon, shad and sturgeon contain parasites that could lead to what is called “fish poisoning.”
Left untreated, fish disease could be detrimental to your pet, causing death within 2 weeks if not properly treated. The first signs of fish disease are throwing up, fever, and swollen lymph nodes. Always make sure to cook fish before feeding it to your pet. Once cooked properly, this kills all bacteria harmful to your pet.
Quickly entering the bloodstream, alcohol affects your pet very quickly. Pets often become curious of cups laying around with any type of alcohol left in them. The intake of alcohol could cause your pets blood sugar, blood pressure and body temp to drop to dangerous levels. Pets that have consumed alcohol could possibly have seizures and respiratory problems. This goes for desserts mixed with alcohol also.
Table Scraps and Bones
Scraps from the table usually have fat from meat that we didn’t eat, along with left over bones from the meat. Both of these are dangerous for our pets. Trimmed fat, whether cooked or not, could cause problems in the pancreas of pets. As natural as it may seem to hand out pet a bone, it could be a choking hazard. Bones also break once chewed and could cause blockage or cuts in the intestines. Always keep your trash can hidden or with a cover to keep your pet out. Be sure to inform kids and visitors of this also.
Fat Trimmings and Bones
Table scraps often contain meat fat that a human didn’t eat as well as bones. Both are dangerous for dogs. Fat trimmed from meat, both cooked and uncooked, may cause pancreatitis in dogs. And, although it seems natural to give a dog a bone, a dog can choke on it. Bones can also splinter and cause an obstruction or lacerations of your dog’s digestive system. Have a trash can with a lid or a trash bag that can be sealed readily available so that your pet cannot nose around for scraps or bones. Be sure to ask children and other party goers not to throw chicken, pork, turkey or rib bones on the ground as your pets will be able to access them easily.
Foods high in fat
Fatty foods could cause digestive problems like throwing up and diarrhea. There are some breeds that are more likely get pancreatitis than others. Typically smaller dogs are more likely to develop this. Resist the urge to feed your pet the left overs. No matter how big the cute and sweet “puppy dog eyes” get.
Onions and Garlic
Onions are common at cookouts and often paired with hamburgers, hot dogs and other cookout dishes. Onions have a compound in them, thiosulfate, and it can be harmful to our pets. The digestion of onions, even prepared correctly, could cause a hemolytic anemia. This could damage the red blood cells. Onions could potentially cause the red blood cells to rupture in your pet. Even a little of these could cause this to happen.
Garlic, green onion and leeks are all related and are harmful for our pets. Garlic is thought to be 5 times stronger than onions. Other signs of anemia may cause your pet to be lethargic, have a high heart rate, high respiratory rate, be weak, possibly even collapse to the ground. Onion and garlic poisoning signs may not show for a couple days. Get them to a vet as soon as possible if these signs occur.
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