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Posted on 05-15-2014

Foods to Keep Away From petsFive Foods You Should Keep Away From Your Pet

Cats and dogs are masters at begging for treats. One sad look can be enough to convince you to hand over a few table scraps. What you may not realize, however, is that many foods consumed by humans are actually poisonous to cats and dogs. Eating the wrong food could cause serious illnesses or prove fatal in large enough doses. Emergency Animal Hospital of Austin is open during the evening and early morning to help you and your pet in urgent situations.

You should consult with your primary veterinarian for help in establishing a proper diet for your pet. Our veterinary professionals at Emergency Animal Hospital of Austin are happy to educate you about what your cat or dog should be eating based on her age, weight and health conditions. Your veterinarian can also offer guidance on which foods are good for your pet and which foods are harmful.

Preventing an Animal Emergency Caused by Food

We encourage all pet owners to use common sense when feeding their pets. Cats and dogs will never face a pet emergency when eating food designed especially for their bodies instead of consuming foods meant for humans. These table scraps are among the most dangerous:

1. Chocolate

Chocolate is a great Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart, but extremely toxic for cats and dogs. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive urination, rapid heart rate, muscle spasms, and seizures.

2. Onions and Garlic

These items are great ingredients for pasta dishes, but not for pet snacks. Onions and garlic are known to lower red blood cell count and cause anemia in both cats and dogs.

3. Coffee, Tea, and Soda

Any caffeinated drink is extremely dangerous for your pet. It increases heart rate and anxiety in both cats and dogs.

4. Grapes and Raisins

These fruits – even in small doses – can lead to a major animal emergency for your dog. Even just a few grapes or raisins may be enough to cause acute kidney failure and permanent damage in your dog and possibly your cat.

5. Chicken Bones

Small chicken bones splinter when they break. Shards can get caught in your pet's throat and puncture the larynx, esophagus or stomach.

Do you feed your pets food scraps?

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