When you bring a dog or cat into your home, you want to treat them like a valued member of the family. It can be tempting to give them extra treats or share your food with them. That idea is perpetuated by taking home a “doggy bag” from a restaurant as well as how we see pets portrayed in movies and television shows.
While with some foods it is perfectly fine to share, there are foods that can lead to serious health problems or even death in your pet. Many commonly thought of “treats” are instead foods that are dangerous for your dog or cat. These two lists include foods to avoid for both dog and cat owners.
5 Foods to Avoid for Dogs:
Zylitol is a sweetener that can be found in baked goods, gum, and some diet foods. If your dog eats something containing Zylitol, it can cause a drop in blood sugar. If you think your dog has gotten into something with Zylitol, here are some early symptoms to look out for: vomiting, coordination problems, and lethargy. If not treated, this can lead to seizures and liver failure within a matter of days.
2. Onions and Garlic
Onions and Garlic, in any form, are harmful to your dog. If ingested at all, they can kill your dog’s red blood cells, which eventually leads to anemia (a condition marked by a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood). If your dog eats a large quantity, even just once, it can lead to poisoning. Things to watch out for if you think your dog has ingested onions or garlic including breathing problems, weakness, and vomiting.