Poisonous Foods – What are they?
Every animal is different from another and the type of food each would want varies significantly. Dogs being lively and active might like to eat fat rich food, while on the other hand, pets like cats might like to just have a lot of milk.
However, you need to be extremely cautious not to feed your pet with items that can include ingredients poisonous to their health. So, what are different types of foods that you should avoid? Look at the list below, which though is not comprehensive, but includes a lot of major items that needs to be avoided generally for all the pets:
- Avocados, in any form, should not be fed to your pet as it contains persin, which is extremely harmful and may lead to vomiting and diarrhea in your pet.
- Alcohol, in any form, should be avoided as this affects the brain and liver of pet in the same way it affects that of humans. In fact, even a small amount of alcohol would be harmful to your pet’s health as it can result in nervous system depression, difficulty in breathing, abnormal blood acidity and in extreme cases, death.
- Chocolate / Coffee / Caffeine, no matter in whatever form they be, should not be given to pets as it contains ‘methylxanthines’, commonly found in cacao seeds. The in-take of this ingredient can result in excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, tremors and even deaths. Out of the different forms of chocolates available, dark chocolate is the most dangerous while white chocolate contains the lowest level of methylxanthines.
- Onions and garlic, in all forms, must be avoided as they cause gastric problems for the pet and can lead to red blood cell damage. Although low quantities of this food item which is normally present in pets food is not likely to cause any problem, it is highly advised that these should not be given in large quantities.
No matter how careful you are in feeding the right amount and type of food, your pet might eat what shouldn’t be eaten. So, how and when do you find out if your pet is suffering from food poisoning or other body malfunction is perhaps the most important and time critical factor as a slight delay in diagnosis may result in fatality. The most common and obvious symptoms as mentioned above include a) vomiting, b) diarrhea, c) tremors, however, other less noticeable signs may include dullness, lesser interest in food, lethargy and restlessness. So, whenever you notice your pet in any of the above conditions, beware that your pet is most likely suffering from food poisoning and needs urgent and proper treatment.