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Posted on 03-05-2013

Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin Lists Foods Toxic for Pets

Austin veterinarian warns of potentially toxic foods for pets.jpgHere at Emergency Animal Hospital of Northwest Austin we want pet owners to be aware that certain human foods could be toxic for their pets. Naturally, we see many instances of pets poisoned by people food out of their own curiosity too. In this blog, our Austin veterinarian lists foods to keep away from your pets, and what dog symptoms and cat symptoms to watch for in case of ingestion.

Austin Veterinarian Says: These Human Foods are Harmful to Pets!

  • Chocolate & Caffeine—Chocolate, coffee and other caffeinated beverages contain methylxanthines that can cause dangerous side effects when ingested by pets: diarrhea, vomiting, abnormal heart beat, seizures and possibly death. The dog symptoms and cat symptoms of chocolate ingestion are similar and are usually more severe with darker chocolates than milk or white chocolates. If your pet is showing these symptoms, save the wrappers contact our veterinarian immediately.
  • Raisins & Grapes—Keep these away from your pets too! Ingestion can cause kidney failure in otherwise healthy pets, and can be more severe with pets that already have health issues. Chocolate-covered raisins are a pet disaster, so come directly to our animal hospital if your pet has eaten these.
  • Onions & Garlic—Great for humans, terrible for pets! Both contain substances that can damage your pet’s red blood cells, particularly in cats. Though small amounts are usually not damaging, our veterinarian recommends helping your pet avoid these ingredients.
  • Avocados—These fruits contain persin, which causes gastrointestinal distress in dogs and can cause fatal heart problems in birds and rodents.
  • Products Containing Xylitol—This is an increasingly popular sweetener showing up in many baked goods and dental products, but keep it away from your pet. Vomiting, lethargy, seizures and clumsiness can point to liver damage. Contact our animal hospital immediately for help.
In addition, steer your pet clear of unbaked bread dough, raw or undercooked eggs, meats (and their bones) and alcoholic beverages.

What other human foods can you think of that pose a danger to pets?


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