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Everyone loves their pets. They try their hardest to do what’s best for them and make decisions that are in their best interest. With that in mind, picking their diet is of the utmost importance. Sometimes giving them a piece of food from the table seems fine but it could have an adverse impact on their health. Find out why you should never feed your pet certain things.

Chocolate

chocolate

Nearly everyone knows about this one, but it’s critical your dog never gets into any chocolate. Not only does it cause stomach aches but it could cause a seizure or death. That’s because of two compounds in chocolate that are toxic to pets, theobromine and caffeine. They alter cellular processes and result in the stimulation of both the central nervous system and heart muscles.

The same two compounds are also found in herbal supplements so make sure they have been tucked away in a safe place.

Avocado

Contains a toxic principle known as persin that causes stomach upset in dogs, resulting in diarrhea and vomiting.

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Onions

onions

Plants of this family (Allium) including chives and garlic are not suitable for dogs. They contain a compound called organo-sulfoxides which cause red blood cells to break down. Causing diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. This could cause your animal to develop anemia, weakness, rapid breathing and reddish or brown urine.

Apple seeds

There is a natural chemical in apple seeds called amygdlin that releases cyanide when digested. This causes dilated pupils, bright red mucous membranes difficulty breathing, and potentially even death. So if your dog loves apples, make sure to remove the core and seeds before feeding.

Grapes or Raisins

Eating grapes can cause severe liver damage and kidney failure. Raisins are even worse. The mechanisms at play here are still a mystery, but it’s been proven that even a few grapes can potentially be fatal for your pet.

Xylitol

Is found in gum, baked goods, and anything else that is sugar substituted. It is extremely toxic to dogs, and it can cause seizures, liver failure and possibly even death.

Alcohol

Mostly, pets consume alcohol when a drink is left out, and nobody is looking. Alcohol affects pets in the same way it does with humans, but worse. Animals who have had alcohol start showing depression, loss of movement control, lethargy, sedation and high body temperature within an hour. Your pet could even go into a coma and develop a dangerously slow breathing rate.

Macadamia nuts

These nuts are a nutritious and delicious snack, but they are very poisonous to your pets. As little as less than a gram of nuts is enough to induce macadamia nut poisoning, which begins twelve hours after ingestion. Your pet will experience hind-limb weakness, vomiting, inability to control movements, shaking, fever, abdominal pain, stiffness,  and pale mucous membranes. However, it isn’t very common that your pet would die from this.

Yeast/Dough

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If your pet happens to eat some leftover dough that is laying around be aware that it can cause a lot of gas in your pet which comes with unpleasant farts. Too much dough or yeast and their stomach could even rupture.

Salt

While humans often crave salt, you should know it’s no good for your pet. Eating salt will cause excessive thirst and urination. If they managed to eat a lot, it could cause vomiting and diarrhea, hyperthermia, depression or stupor, tremors, seizures, and death.

Cherry stems, leaves, and pits

These parts of the cherry contain cyanide and will cause dilated pupils, bright red mucous membranes, breathing problems, shock and could potentially kill your pet.

Oranges

oranges

Citrus fruits are not good for dogs. Even a little can cause stomach upset in dogs. If an extensive amount of orange is eaten, problems develop in the central nervous system.

Fat trimmings

While it might seem like a nice treat to give your dog the fat trimmings from your steak, dogs can’t handle fat the same way humans can. It’s super hard on their stomachs and will result in pancreatitis.

Other foods to keep away from your pets

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Some other foods your pet cannot eat include:

  • hops
  • tea
  • coffee
  • coconut oil
  • apricot stems
  • raw or uncooked meat
  • almonds
  • walnuts
  • peanuts
  • pecans
  • mustard seeds
  • rhubarb
  • tomato plant
  • raw eggs
  • dairy

With all this in mind, it should be easy to making sure your pet stays happy and healthy. Just remember not to succumb to those puppy dog eyes when you’re eating any of the above-listed foods.

Healthy Holistic Living. 7 Foods You Should Never Feed your Pet Under Any Circumstances http://www.healthy-holistic-living.com/pet-foods.html Accessed: November 14, 2016.

The Hearty Soul. 8 Common foods you should never feed your dog- it could poison them! http://theheartysoul.com/safe-dog-food/ Accessed: November 14, 2016

IFL Science. 28 Things Dogs Should Never Eat http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/28-things-dogs-should-never-eat/ Published: November 14, 2016

I heart dogs. The TRUTH about Avocados – Are they bad for Dogs? http://iheartdogs.com/the-truth-about-avocados-are-they-bad-for-dogs/ Published: June 27, 2015. Accessed: November 14, 2016.

Canine Journal. What Foods Are Toxic for Dogs http://www.caninejournal.com/foods-not-to-feed-dog/ Published: October 20, 2016. Accessed: November 14, 2016.

Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyIlQY_FYSs Published: September 15, 2015. Accessed: November 14, 2016.

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