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Posted on 10-31-2017

 Foods That May be Poisonous for Your Pet

             poisonous foods for pets

If your pets are like most, they tend to eat a lot of things that they shouldn’t. Regardless of how diligent you are about protecting them from poisonous foods, things happen, especially when it involves curious pets. There are certain foods that can be harmful to your pet, so before you change your pet’s diet, especially if their diet includes any type of people food, it is essential that you talk with your veterinarian in Alexandria before introducing them to new foods. Here are just a few of the people foods that may be poisonous for your pet.

Poisonous Foods for Pets

There are several types of people food that may not harm your pet if given rarely and in very small doses; however, there are some foods that become poisonous foods regardless of how small of an amount they consume. If your pet eats any of the following foods, you should seek veterinary care in Alexandria as soon as possible:

  • Chocolate, which contains theobromine, may cause your pet to have seizures, heart arrhythmias and/or muscle tremors. Large doses of dark chocolate especially may be fatal.
  • Grapes are one of the most common things that dogs eat, that they shouldn’t. Although it’s rare, grapes have been shown to cause kidney failure in dogs. Even if your dog is an avid grape eater, it’s best to avoid feeding them grapes.
  • Onions and garlic in small amounts may not cause any problems, but if your pet eats large amounts, especially on a regular basis, it may cause anemia and/or digestive problems.
  • Raw meat, eggs, and fat trimmings may induce vomiting and diarrhea in pets. When they eat raw meat or eggs, there is a risk of E.coli or salmonella poisoning, which can be fatal. Cats should not eat fat trimmings at all because it can cause pancreatitis.

Symptoms of Consuming Poisonous Foods

Although the symptoms may vary depending on what poisonous foods your pet has eaten as well as the dose. If you suspect your pet has eaten toxic foods, there are certain symptoms that you should be aware of that warrant a trip to the veterinarian. Symptoms to be aware of include:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures
  • Staggering
  • Rapid heartbeat

Remember, it is important to monitor your pets eating habits. Not only are pets susceptible to toxicity from eating certain foods, but from everyday household items as well. It is essential that you keep all household cleaners, plants and automotive fluids out of your pets reach. If you are concerned your pet may have ingested poisonous foods or other toxins, contact your veterinarian in Alexandria immediately.

Contact Fort Hunt Animal Hospital to Treat Your Pets

If you suspect your pet may have gotten into something toxic, contact Fort Hunt Animal Hospital right away, so we can provide you with more information if there is something you can do right away or if you need to bring your pet in for emergency veterinary care.

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