Is it Safe to Feed My Pet Food from the Table?

by on March 7th, 2011 at 7:00 am

How many times have you given into your pet’s longing eyes, drooling mouth, or persistent paw tapping your leg the last time you were enjoying your dinner? While it’s hard to resist a begging pet, you should think twice before giving table scraps to your dog or cat – some foods can lead to digestive upset or even be toxic!

According to the ASPCA, some very common foods can be harmful to your pet:

  • Chocolate—You should never share this treat with your pets, as cocoa beans contain the chemical theobromine, which is toxic to dogs.
  • Grapes—This yummy fruit has been linked to cases of acute kidney failure in pets.
  • Fatty foods—Fats are tough for a dog to digest and can overtax the pancreas, increasing the risk of potentially fatal pancreatitis.
  • Nuts—Nuts contain high levels of phosphorus, which has been linked to the formation of bladder stones. Macadamia nuts are especially harmful.
  • Onions—Studies have shown that onions as well as onion powder can lead to hemolytic anemia in dogs.
  • Artificial sweeteners—Within just 30 minutes of consuming large amounts of these synthetic sugars, signs of toxicity can become apparent and immediate veterinary treatment is necessary.
  • Turkey skin—The consumption of turkey skin has been linked to acute pancreatic.

While not deadly, there are also some foods you should avoid feeding your pet to minimize unpleasant side effects like diarrhea and excess gas.

Avoid feeding your pet cauliflower or eggs, which are both notorious for causing flatulence in pets. Also, avoid giving your kitten or cat milk. While cats can tolerate small quantities of milk, the sugars in it will likely cause stomach troubles such as cramps, gas, and diarrhea, as most adult cats are actually likely to be lactose-intolerant, as production of the enzyme needed to digest milk slows with age.

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