Onions, Garlic, Shallots and Leeks.
There’s no denying the health benefits of these vegetables for humans.
Take garlic, for instance—not only can it improve your iron metabolism, it can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Onions, meanwhile, are an excellent source of vitamin C and flavonoids that can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke.
However, these foods aren’t so healthy for animals.
In fact, they can cause anemia, kidney damage, upset stomach, and general weakness.
While cooked versions of these veggies are harmful, they’re even more dangerous to your pets when consumed raw.
There are few food items more beloved by humans than chocolate.
As of 2014, the global chocolate industry was worth $80 billion, with demand expected to rise 30-percent by 2020.
It’s the taste of chocolate that draws humans to it.
And most animals love the taste, too, but that’s where things get dangerous for our furry friends. T
he problem lies in the cocoa beans in chocolate.
They contain a substance called theobromine, a chemical that’s often toxic to small animals, like dogs.
Grapes and Raisins.
These sweet and delicious natural treats are a major favorite for humans, but they pose a huge health hazard to dogs and cats.
While felines tend to avoid these food items, dogs have been known to eat them.
If ingested, raisins and grapes can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, dehydration, and weakness.
In extreme cases consuming grapes or raisins could lead to anuria
(the total inability to urinate), oliguria (difficulty urinating) or kidney failure.
That means you should keep them well out of reach!
Macadamia nuts are hardly the most popular nut,
but they’re key ingredients in some beloved recipeslike white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies.
And while white chocolate poses no health threat to dogs, macadamia nuts are dangerous.
Although cats won’t be in danger if they eat these nuts, dogs can experience severe
vomiting, weakness, muscle tremors, even depression.
The good news is that most dogs can recover from ingesting macadamia nuts,
though many will need treatmentwhich may include intravenous fluids
and anti-fever medications from a veterinarian.
Sugar Free Gum.
Most of us love chewing gum, which tastes great and can help freshen our breath and
avoid snacking when we don’t really need to.
But many sugar-free gums contain xylitol, a natural sweetener.
It’s perfectly safe for humans to consume, but very dangerous to dogs.
If ingested, sugar-free gum can cause dogs to feel weak, vomit,
even collapse and go into seizures.
If a dog consumes enough sugar-free gum, he or she could go into a coma or die.
That’s why it’s important to contact a veterinarian
or pet poison helpline immediately if you think your dog has eaten sugar-free gum.
We all know to avoid eating the pits when consuming our favorite fruits, but most dogs won’t make that call.
First, apple seeds, cherry pits, peach pits, and plum pits all contain cyanide, a toxin that’s very poisonous to dogs.
Second, larger pits and seeds—like those in peaches and plums—can block the airways or intestines in pets,
causing severe pain and preventing healthy digestion.
If you think your animal has consumed a fruit pit, contact your vet immediately.
Avocados are filled with healthy fats and protein, which make them a great addition to any sandwich or smoothie.
But they’re dangerous for many animals, some of which are often kept as pets.
The good news is that avocados won’t do much to harm a cat or dog (aside from an upset stomach).
That’s because they contain a toxin called persin.
For more information about persin and the dangers of avocados, contact your veterinarian.
We know, we know… bacon is so delicious, you can’t help yourself from sneaking
a bit of it to your pooch under the breakfast table.
However, bacon is not a friend of your dog’s pancreas,
according to Good Housekeeping.it says the high fat content of bacon
can lead to pancreatitis in dogs,
which caused inflammation and improper function of the important organ.
The pancreas not only produces enzymes needed for food production,
but also for insulin, which controls blood sugar levels.
Many of us reach for acetaminophen, or Tylenol, when we get a nasty headache or muscle ache.
But it can be very hazardous to animals, whose bodies aren’t meant to handle the drug.
In fact, a dog that consumes an excessive amount of Tylenol—
typically by breaking into the medicine cabinet,or example—
include labored breathing, swollen face, jaundice, vomiting, and coma.
Be sure to contact your vet if your animal displays any of these symptoms
Like Tylenol, Aspirin can help humans get over a nasty headache or muscle pain.
But Aspirin can be very hazardous to dogs, whose bodies just can’t handle the drug properly.
In fact, puppies can’t handle any Aspirin whatsoever.
There are several symptoms if a dog consumes too much Aspirin, including stomach upset.
Long-term exposure to Aspirin could cause stomach ulcers, blood thinning, and irreversible kidney damage.
So keep that medicine cabinet firmly closed or even locked if you have pets in the house.
With medical marijuana becoming far more available than ever before more people have it in their homes.
And while cannabis argueably can play an effective role in alleviating pain in humans,
it poses a serious danger to our animals.
In fact, a dog that consumes marijuana can experience serious long-term health consequences, including death.
An animal that consumes a dangerous amount of cannabis will appear anxious, dehydrates, and lethargic.
They may also drool or vomit and diarrhea can occur. If you think your animal has consumed cannabis,
contact your vet immediately.