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Cats and dogs in Alexandria seem to have a knack for finding things they are not supposed to eat and then eating it. Sometimes the more difficult you make it for them to find things they shouldn’t have; the more they seem to search it out, especially poisonous foods. To help you be more aware of what foods are unsafe for your pet, here are a five of the most poisonous foods for cats and dogs and the symptoms of toxicity.
Chocolate is toxic to both cats and dogs. The main compound in chocolate is theobromine, which is found in all types of chocolate, but it is the most concentrated in dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. If your pets consume chocolate it may cause muscle tremors, heart arrhythmias and/or seizures.
Although cats typically will not eat these and the risk of these foods poisoning your pet is rare; however, raisins and grapes can cause acute kidney failure in dogs. There isn’t an exact reason known why grapes and raisins may cause toxicity, so the safest thing to do is to avoid feeding them to pets.
If eaten in large quantities, any type of onion can cause problems in cats and dogs. A small amount of garlic or onion in a sauce may not cause any problems, but eating a whole garlic clove or onion may cause digestive problems and eating these foods on a regular basis may cause anemia. It’s best to talk with your veterinarian before adding garlic or onions to your pets foods.
Some dogs may be able to occasionally tolerate raw meat or fat trimmings (feeding it to them is not recommended), but when cats ingest raw meat or fat trimmings it may induce vomiting, E.coli or diarrhea. Fat trimmings may also cause pancreatitis in cats. It’s not recommended that cats consume eggs either, as it may lead to salmonella poisoning.
Xylitol is a sweetener that is often used in sugar-free foods, especially chewing gum. Although it may not affect cats, if dogs consume xylitol, it can cause a severe drop in their blood sugar, followed by liver failure.
The symptoms from eating poisonous foods may vary depending on the type of food your pet has eaten and/or the amount of the toxic foods. However, if you notice any of the following symptoms it is essential that you take your pet to the veterinarian in Alexandria as soon as possible. Symptoms may include:
You should go to a veterinary hospital in Alexandria right away if your pet is exhibiting life-threatening symptoms, such as loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, seizures or tremors. If you know what your pet is eaten be sure to take any of it that is left with you to the veterinarian. The safest way to avoid your pet get seriously ill from food is to avoid feeding your pet any type of people food. If your pet eats certain people foods, such as chicken, on a regular basis, it is important to talk with your veterinarian about how to safely incorporate these foods into your pet’s diet.
Regardless of what poisonous foods your pet may have eaten, it is essential that you call Fort Hunt Animal Hospital right away-minutes can be the difference between life and death. Depending on the type of toxin and the dose, we may have you do a few things at home or come in right away.
I have been using Ft. Hunt Animal Hospital for about 30 years and have always found the doctors and staff to be very caring. I appreciate the time spent explaining specific findings and answering questions. I never feel rushed.