Ten Things Not To Feed Your Dog Or Cat
I got this list from our pet sitting insurance company and thought I’d share it…
10 things not to feed your dog:
- Chocolate, tea, coffee, caffeine – these foods and drinks contain substances that can cause severe or even fatal heart or nervous system problems and should never be given.
- Grapes, raisins or currants – contain an unknown toxin that can cause kidney failure.
- Xylitol containing gum or candy – can cause severe low blood sugar or liver failure.
- Garlic, onion, or chives – contain a substance that can cause anemia. This includes garlic and onion powder in prepared foods.
- Corn on the cob – pieces of the cob can be swallowed and cause a bowel obstruction.
- Bones that splinter or can be swallowed – certain bones can cause lacerations to the mouth or digestive tract or cause obstruction.
- Raw eggs – contain an enzyme in the egg white called Avidin, which prevents the absorption of a B-Vitamin called biotin which can lead to skin and hair coat problems.
- Avocado – contain a substance called Persin, which causes vomiting and diarrhea.
- Liver – when fed in large quantities causes Vitamin A toxicity causing bone and muscle problems.
- Fish – raw, canned or cooked when fed exclusively or in large quantities a Thiamine deficiency leading to anorexia, seizures, an in severe cases death.
10 things not to feed your cat:
- Chocolate, coffee, tea or caffeine -for the same reason as dogs.
- Canned tuna for human consumption and raw fish – when fed exclusively or in high amounts can cause thiamine deficiency similar to dogs.
- Grapes, raisins, or currants – same as dogs
- Nuts – some nuts like macadamia nuts contain an unknown toxin causing intestinal, nervous system or muscle problems. Also if swallowed can cause a bowel obstruction.
- Xylitol gum or candy – same as dogs
- Baby food – many times contain onion powder, which can cause anemia when fed exclusively for in large quantities. Also is not completely balanced for a cat.
- Onions and Garlic raw, cooked or powder – contain sulfoxides and disulfides which cause anemia. Cats are more sensitive than dogs, and onion is more toxic than garlic.
- Dog food – if fed repeatedly causes taurine deficiency, which can cause malnutrition and heart disease.
- Bones – can cause obstruction or lacerations of the digestive system.
- Raw meat – may contain ecoli or salmonella causing diarrhea or vomiting.
Many of the foods listed can be used occasionally or as part of a balanced diet, but if not using a commercially prepared diet consult your veterinarian or an animal nutritionist.