Whether you’ve heard it from the vet, loved ones, or on a TV show, you likely know that your pet and chocolate do not mix. But did you know there is a lengthy list of other foods which our furry friends cannot tolerate?
We found some of the foods surprising, like everyone’s favorite peanut butter. If you’re like us, you’ve been eating peanut butter since, essentially, the beginning of time. Little did you know that peanut butter is filled with hydrogenated oils and sugars which can be harmful to your pet. Next time you want to hide bitter tasting medication in a spoonful of peanut butter or want to give your pooch a treat, be sure to use Dog For Dog’s Dogsbutter instead. Dogsbutter is not only an all natural and healthy alternative to peanut butter, but it tastes great too! (Yes, we tried it.)
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Check out some of the other surprising foods your pet should avoid below:
Milk and Dairy Products:
Believe it or not, dogs can be lactose intolerant. While you don’t need to buy your pooch almond or soy milk, it is important to switch your pet’s diet if you notice them vomiting or having diarrhea.
Coffee, Tea, and Other Caffeine:
Sure, it’s a part of most people’s morning routine, but coffee, tea, and caffeine should not be a part of our pet’s day. Caffeine poisoning can result in heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and even death when consumed in large quantities. Be sure to keep your medicine cabinet locked up as well, because some cold medicines and pain killers contain caffeine; not to mention those medications can be lethal to your pet.
‘Chips and guac’ may be one of your favorite snacks but avocados contain a substance which is toxic to pets known as persin. Persin is in the leaves, seed and bark, as well as the actual fruit of an avocado, so keep that in mind if there are avocado trees nearby. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty (ASPCA) says that pet foods containing avocado ingredients are generally not hazardous, but when it comes to your pet, it’s better to err on the side of caution, no?
Onions and Garlic:
Dropping food, accidentally of course, for our four-legged friends to taste is a frequent occurrence when cooking up good eats. But drop the wrong thing, like scallions, garlic, shallots, or onions and your treat may turn unpleasant in a hurry. These foods are known to destroy red-blood cells in your pet which can lead to anemia.
It may be best known as an alternative to sugar, but little do many of us know, xylitol is a sweetener in candy, gum, and toothpaste. Xylitol can make your dog’s blood sugar drop and cause insulin to increase, resulting in liver failure. Symptoms can include vomiting, lethargy, and loss of coordination. If you have reason to believe that your pet ate any form of xylitol, bring them to your vet immediately.
We’re not talking about the fungi you buy from the market, it’s the wild mushrooms often found in your yard that can cause distress to your dog. Mushroom poisoning can happen as a result of consumption with symptoms that include fever, vomiting, and nervous system abnormalities.
There are several reasons why corn isn’t safe for your pet to consume, most importantly because it is a known allergen that affects dogs. It isn’t easily digested in its whole grain form and adds no nutritional value to your dog’s diet. Keep this for your summertime BBQs and far from your dog’s bowl.