Food to avoid in dogs and cats this Thanksgiving can seem overwhelming. When in doubt, contact Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital, reference this list, or look at a reputable source.
Food to avoid in Dogs and Cats
There are many human foods that can be toxic to dogs or cats if ingested in large quantities. Here are some examples:
Chocolate: Chocolate contains theobromine, which can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even death in dogs if ingested in large amounts. Watch your counter surfers when cooking with chocolate!
Grapes and raisins: these little fellows can surprisingly can cause kidney failure. Even if they are eaten in small amounts.
Onions and garlic: These foods can cause anemia, especially if they are ingested in large amounts over a period of time.
Avocado: Avocado contains persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs.
Macadamia nuts: These nuts can cause lethargy, vomiting, hyperthermia, and tremors in dogs.
Alcohol: Alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, and even death in dogs if ingested in large quantities.
Xylitol: Xylitol is a sugar substitute found in many sugar-free gums, candies, and baked goods. It can cause a rapid insulin release, leading to hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, and liver failure in dogs.
Raw and undercooked food such as meat, eggs and bones: Raw meat can contain salmonella or e.coli and cause gastrointestinal issues. Bones can cause choking and potentially splinter. We also see some dogs that fracture teeth on bones.
It’s important to keep these and other potentially toxic foods out of your pet’s reach. Contact Gulf Breeze Animal Hospital immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested any toxic substances. The ASPCA has a great list of foods to avoid in dogs and cats, and other resources for feeding people food.