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Food That is Bad for Dogs and Cats

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asked Mar 12, 2017 in Animal Advice Column by -GEMHeart- (292,470 points)

SURPRISING FOODS THAT ARE POISONOUS TO DOGS AND CATS

When we welcome animal companions into our families, it means making a promise to take care of them as well as we can. That means giving them the right amount of exercise, regular vet visits, and, of course, lots of love and attention.

 

It also means feeding them good food and not letting them eat anything that’s bad for them. Here’s a list of some of the foods that are the most harmful to cats and dogs. Keep it handy so you and your fam can be sure not to give any of them to your dog or cat.

Bread Dough

 

We know how much fun it is to make vegan baked goods like bread, but it’s no fun for our animal friends if they eat bread dough. One ingredient in dough is live yeast, which can cause their stomachs to expand, which is very painful. The sugar in dough also turns into alcohol, which can be deadly to cats and dogs.

Chocolate

Animal-free chocolate sure is yummy—but unfortunately, we can’t share it with our animal pals! It contains a chemical called “theobromine,” which is so harmful to dogs that it can even kill them if they eat enough of it.

Dairy Foods

 

Many dogs have a bad reaction to milk, ice cream, cheese—they can cause uncomfortable conditions like diarrhea, an upset stomach, and itchy skin allergies.

Garlic and Onions

Some people feed dogs garlic to prevent fleas, and it’s even found in some dog foods and treats. That small amount is unlikely to cause serious problems, but certain dogs (especially Japanese breeds) can’t handle garlic or anything else in the Allium family (like onions, leeks, and chives), and any dog can have a bad reaction after eating a lot of it. These foods can damage red blood cells and cause anemia.

Grapes and Raisins

 

Dogs can get very sick from eating grapes and especially raisins, which are more concentrated. Veterinarians are still unsure why, but they’re so harmful that even just a few can lead to kidney failure or death.

Macadamia Nuts

Not all nuts are bad for dogs, but macadamia nuts sure are. They have been known to cause trembling, weakness, vomiting, and other problems. So be sure to keep your fave vegan macadamia-nut cookies away from Spot!

Salt

 

Dogs don’t need salt added to their food, and it can be terrible for them if they have an underlying heart condition. In large quantities, it can cause symptoms such as thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, and seizures and lead to kidney damage, coma, or even death. Also, be careful because play dough and paint balls both contain salt, too!

Xylitol

It has a funny name (pronounced “ZY-li-tall”), but xylitol isn’t funny to dogs and cats when they eat it—it can even be deadly. It can be found in sugar-free products like gum, candy, toothpaste, and peanut butter.



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answered Apr 24 by AnimalCrossingFan
My cousins dog ate some rocks yesterday. Idk if he's gonna poop them out or eat more. Helpp im freaking out since my cousin told me if he continues he might die.

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answered Apr 24 by L e t s c h a t t o d a y 1 2 3 4 5
Cats cat eat chocolate. Thats dogs that cant eat chocolate
commented Apr 24 by catlover36

THIS IS NOT TRUE. CATS CAN GET VERY SICK AND EVEN DIE IF THEY EAT CHOCOLATE. NEVER FEED IT TO THEM.

From WebMD:

Chocolate

Chocolate can be lethal for cats. Although most cats won't eat it on their own, they can be coaxed to eat it by owners and others who think they are giving the cat a treat. The toxic agent in chocolate is theobromine. It's in all kinds of chocolate, even white chocolate. The most dangerous kinds, though, are dark chocolate and unsweetened baking chocolate. Eating chocolate can cause abnormal heart rhythm, tremors, seizures, and death.

See: https://pets.webmd.com/cats/ss/slideshow-foods-your-cat-should-never-eat

commented Apr 25 by L e t s c h a t t o d a y 1 2 3 4 5
Yeah right one time I gave my cat chocolate and she dident die
commented Apr 25 by LunaLight (133,340 points)
It depends on the amount. If you give an animal one single chocolate chip one time, nothing will probably happen. But, if you give them chocolate often and in large quantities, it can be very dangerous. It's kinda like how toothpaste labels say "do not eat/swallow" on them. If you accidentally do, oh well, but if you eat toothpaste all day, call poison control. You're welcome for the weird analogy.
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answered Apr 24 by LunaLight (133,340 points)
I knew most of these, I have dogs. I knew about milk upsetting cat's stomachs. Although, do ya think the author is vegan lol? For as many times as they've said stuff like "your fave vegan macadamia-nut cookies", "animal-free chocolate sure is yummy", and "we all know how fun it is to make vegan baked goods like bread". Just reminds me of a joke from Mock the Week- "[about 50 billion], is it how many times a vegan will tell you that they are vegan?" "Hey, I'm vegan"
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answered Apr 24 by EloquentRacer92 (44,750 points)
Good thing I’m not a dog! Otherwise I cannot eat my fav fruit!
commented Apr 24 by LunaLight (133,340 points)
Do you prefer white (green), blue, or red grapes? I prefer white.
commented Apr 25 by EloquentRacer92 (44,750 points)
White
commented Apr 25 by Cat person
I never heard of white grapes
commented Apr 25 by EloquentRacer92 (44,750 points)
Luna said they were green grapes
commented Apr 26 by LunaLight (133,340 points)
Well, they are the green-colored grapes, but the actual name for them is "white grapes". So either applies.
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answered Mar 13, 2017 by ❤☮LouTheLuver☮❤ (163,720 points)

I never knew that grapes, raisins, and salt were a no no to cats and dogs. Good to know facts. yes

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