Daily Archives: September 15, 2011

Dangerous foods for pets…Ripley and Chloe want you to read this.

 I just read this article and wanted to share it with all the pet owners and animal lovers that visit nolagirlatheart !  My puppies are part of the family.  They give me unconditional love everyday.  I would be devastated if something happened to them.  Especially if it could have been prevented by spending a few minutes reading an article. 

Toxic and dangerous foods for pets

By Elizabeth Mason Woods for WebVet

Pets and poison is a growing concern among pet owners.  Household poisons are not the only thing that can harm your pets.  Many common household foods and drugs can also be toxic to your pets.  The following are foods that can be toxic or poisonous to your pets. 

Avocados contain a toxin known as persin.  Persin is found in various parts of the avocado and avocado trees (eg, leaves, rind, etc).  This toxin is known mostly to cause vomiting and diarrhea.  Birds and small pets seem most affected by the negative side effects of consuming avocado.

Not just beer…all alcohol.  Depending on how much alcohol your animal ingests, it can lead to vomiting, diarrhea, depression, difficulty breathing, coma, and possible death.

Chocolate contains a compound called theobromine that is toxic to pets.  If enough is ingested, your animal can suffer from vomiting, diarrhea, abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures, and possible death. Cocoa mulch contains theobromine; the ASPCA advises dog owners to avoid using this fertilizer around unsupervised dogs, and dogs with indiscriminate eating habits since it can be toxic if ingested.

Chocolate is the most common candy that is toxic to pets, especially to dogs, cats and ferrets.  Any candy containing the sweetener xylitol can also be toxic to pets.



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