They may beg, but stay strong: You probably want to share all your delicious food with your pup but most pets have a different metabolic rate from human beings, so some foods you love are downright dangerous for your little one.
What Can’t They Eat?
- Alcohol: Think of it like giving your child a vodka tonic, a big no-no.
- Chocolate: You might love yourself a piece of milk chocolate but this sweet treat contains compounds that are highly dangerous for pets.
- Coffee & Tea: Wanna give your pooch an upper? Toss him a toy. Caffeine is extremely dangerous for pets and within 1-2 hours, they could be experiencing mild to severe symptoms.
- Grapes & Raisins: For reasons unknown grapes and raisins can cause rapid kidney failure in dogs. Even a small amount can make them ill.
- Sugary Food: It isn’t good for humans, and it isn’t good for dogs either. Period.
- Fatty Food: High fat foods can wreak havoc on your pet’s tummy. Think twice before tossing them a side of bacon.
- Raw Meat, Raw Eggs and Raw Fish: There’s a high chance of an upset tummy from bacteria like salmonella or E. coli in raw meat.
- Onions and Garlic: These pungent ingredients are bad news for dogs. They affect their red blood cells, leading to anemia if consumed in high quantities.
- Dairy: Contrary to what you saw in Tom & Jerry, most cats and dogs are lactose-intolerant and milk-based products can cause numerous digestive problems in pets.
- Toothpaste & Mouthwash: If you’re thinking of Colgate to get rid of that stinky breath, think again. These products contain Xylitol, which is very dangerous for dogs.
- White Bread: Commercial white bread has tons of oil and sugar in it, ingredients which can severely affect your pet’s health.
Help! He Ate Something.
- Put your pet in a safe space. Get him away from the toxin so he can’t ingest any more of it.
- Never try to make your pet vomit without your vet’s approval. You could end up making things worse.
- Flush your pet’s mouth out with water for 5-10 minutes by using a shower head or spray hose. Try not to point the hose to the back of the mouth.
- Stay calm and call the vet ASAP.