Keeping Pets Safe from Toxic Pet Foods
As pet sitters and pet owners we all know we need to be careful about dangerous foods to pets but this is a good reminder of what to look out for. Whether you are cleaning the house, cooking for yourself, or caring for animals, it's important to keep certain foods or substances away from dogs, cats, or other pets. Just like small children or babies, thereas a chance that pets will put stray items in their mouths.
You may think that you can give dogs or cats some foods that they would probably eat in the wild. Giving a cat milk or eggs is actually not advised, though it may seem otherwise. Cats are lactose intolerant, and raw eggs can give cats salmonella just like humans. Although dogs and cats are carnivores, they shouldn't be given bones. Though they may enjoy them, bones could fracture in the stomach or cause an obstruction.
Some vegetables or seasonings can also cause illness in housepets, like onions or garlic, which contain allium. Cooked onions may tempt a nosy dog into sickness, while a piece of garlic chicken would have an even higher level of allium and have an even worse effect on a housepet. Other organic items like fruit can cause similar effects. Grapes and raisins are known to cause kidney problems and even organ failure in dogs. These are amongst many food allergies common to different kinds of dogs. Avocados, including the peels and leaves, are also harmful for most animals. Rodents and rabbits are susceptible to respiratory problems from fruit, which can create fluid accumulation.
Some processed food items should not be given to pets. Xylitol, a chemical found in candy and gum, is highly toxic to animals. This sweetener is an analogue of alcohol and can have near-immediate effects including dehydration and vomiting. Other chemicals can also be very harmful to animals if accidentally ingested. Acetaminophen is known to be poisonous to dogs and so should not be left out any place it could be eaten. In addition, be vigilant with household cleaners and be sure to wipe away any residue or keep pets in another room for chemicals that need to sit before being cleaned up.
If you think the animals youare watching over have eaten any of these items, you should call your nearest veterinarian or poison control helpline as soon as possible. Finally, be careful of items youare throwing away. Dispose of trash properly, especially if it contains items that could be harmful to a snoopy pet.
Being aware of these items is the best way to be prepared for your next pet-sitting assignment. Give animals treats approved by the homeowner.
Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.