People Foods NOT For Pets - Wichita Animal Hospital

You and your pet have all kinds of fun together! You’re best friends so you naturally want to share everything. If you’re thinking about giving your dog or cat a bite of your snack – STOP! Just because “people food” is okay for you to eat, it doesn’t mean it’s safe for your pets. In fact, there are certain people foods that can cause serious illness and even death in animals. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center has compiled a list of dangerous foods that you should NEVER feed your pets. If your dog or cat has ingested any of these people foods, then call our Wichita animal hospital immediately!

The Veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital Want Your Pets to Avoid These Dangerous Foods

Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
All contain substances from cocoa beans, and all happen to be toxic to your pets. Ingestion by pets can result in hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive panting, tremors, seizures and death.

Milk and Dairy
No sharing your ice cream! Dogs are lactose intolerant, which means they have problems digesting dairy products. When pets ingest large amounts of dairy it can result in diarrhea and severe digestion problems.

Candy, Gum and Sweets
All the sweet things you love (including baked goods) contain the sugar alcohol, Xylitol. This is poison for pets. It can cause kidney failure, seizures, liver failure and death.

Salty Foods
No sharing your “after school” snacks like popcorn, pretzels or chips! When pets ingest excessive amounts of salt it can result in vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, sodium ion poisoning, seizure and death.

Oils and fats in nuts can cause severe digestive problems and even pancreatitis. Macadamia nuts are especially dangerous. Ingestion causes weakness, depression, tremors and hyperthermia.

Grapes and Raisins
Healthy after-school-snack for kids – not so much for pets. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in pets. Don’t share no matter how much they beg.

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
Unlike their cousins in the wild, domestic animals can no longer process raw meat. Raw meat and eggs also contain Salmonella and E. coli, which can cause serious problems. Raw bones are choking hazards and their sharp splinters can become lodged in your pet’s digestive system.

There is nothing “funny” about giving alcohol to a pet. Never ever give your pet food or drink that contains alcohol. This can result in vomiting, diarrhea, loss of coordination, damage to the central nervous system, abnormal blood acidity, tremors, coma and death.

For more information about harmful people foods for pets, please contact our Wichita animal hospital. The veterinarians of Cimarron Animal Hospital want to keep your pets safe and happy. Contact our vet clinic today to make an appointment!

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