The list of potentially dangerous items for your pets ranges from food items, including sweets and fatty foods we may see at treats, to medication, to plants and flowers. Here’s a brief look at what items to avoid and why.
Foods to Look Out For
Foods that should be avoided include items such as raisins and grapes, onions and garlic, avocados, macadamia nuts, and xylitol (an artificial sweetener found in sugar-free foods, toothpaste, and chewing gum or other candy). Various other foods that aren’t on this list can potentially cause harm. If you’re unsure if a food is safe for your pet, or if they ingested something you’re unsure about, contact your veterinarian or the Animal Poison Control Center at (888)-426-4435.
Medications and Pharmaceuticals
While it isn’t uncommon to hear about someone giving their pets over-the-counter or prescription medications for at-home treatments, it’s greatly advised against. Common painkillers that we may use such as Advil and Tylenol are known to cause kidney and liver failure in pets, including cats and dogs. If your pet is feeling unwell, it is recommended to take a visit to your veterinarian to receive prescription medications that are formulated specifically for animals. Other medications that can be harmful to your pets include antidepressants, ADHD medications, and common sleep aids. As a rule of thumb, avoid giving your pet anything that is made for humans without your veterinarian giving you the all-clear.
What About Treats?
Even when your fur baby has been extra good you should avoid giving them foods with high fat contents. This includes fats from meat and chicken, butter, and oils. Consuming fatty foods can lead to your pet developing pancreatitis, the inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreatitis causes both long and short term health complications, and in some cases can be fatal for your pet.
For more information on foods your pets should avoid and why these foods can be harmful to your pets visit these additional resources:
- Grapes and Raisins - American Kennel Club
- Onions and Garlic - Pet Poison Helpline
- Dangers of Xylitol - ASPCA
- People Foods Your Pet Should Avoid - ASPCA