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Food toxic to pets
03-02-2013, 12:15 AM,
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Food toxic to pets
I found a great article relating to food toxic to pets. There are 9 foods on the list.

1. Avocado: Avocado contains a toxin called Persin. Persin is a fungal toxin, not dangerous to humans, but can cause diarrhoea and vomiting in animals.

2. Onions,Onion Powder, Chives and Garlic: Can souse red blood cell damage and intestinal problems. The effects are worse in cats.

3: Grapes and Raisins: They can cause kidney failure in dogs.

4. Bones: Bones are a choking hazard and can splinter and puncture organs.

5. Chocolate, coffee and alcohol: Chocolate contains Methylxanthines. This can cause anything from diarrhoea to seizures and even death. Alcohol has the same effect as in humans but exaggerated and can cause erratic behaviour and aggression.

6. Artificially sweetened sweets: These products are sweetened with Xylitol and can cause liver damage and even death.

7. Foods with a high salt or oil content: Can cause vomiting and diarrhoea.

8. Uncooked Dough: Can swell (rise) in your pets tummy and can even rupture intestines.

9. Macadamia Nuts: Causes tremors, vomiting and fever.

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03-05-2013, 05:43 AM,
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RE: Food toxic to pets
Thank you for sharing this!
My family has had an african grey parrot and they do not allow him to eat any sweets or parsley and salad leaves.
Mostly parsley and salad leaves because this makes them choke and this just leads to multiple problems all at once. It is better to keep all this away from your parrot.
As for chocolate and candy, it is very dangerous for the bird because he can go blind from it.
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03-08-2013, 01:07 PM,
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RE: Food toxic to pets
This is a great and really helpful post! I knew a few of these, but even other articles that I've looked at in the past didn't have all of these threats included. My expertise is pretty much limited to dogs, but I can say that I have had a run-in with the probably most well-known toxic dog food, chocolate. My stepdad's four-year-old golden retriever got into a tray of Oreo truffles while we were out, and they're made of about three different kinds of chocolates! Obviously we were extremely worried because she ate almost the entire tray-- which equates to almost the entire box of Oreos alone. The emergency vet told us that since the actual cocoa content in Oreos is actually very low, that we should just keep a very close eye on her and that she'd probably get a little sick, but that her life wasn't in danger. Moral of the story: Oreos are probably the least dangerous "toxic" dog food. Obviously don't pass them out as treats, but one or two for a medium to large sized dog will probably not be life-threatening.

Thanks for the info from above, it was really helpful and informative! All pet owners should be required to know this information.
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03-08-2013, 02:05 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-08-2013, 02:07 PM by Ram.)
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RE: Food toxic to pets
Sometimes it is more than just poisonous food can cause harm to the animals. The digestive capability of each animal species is different.

On occasions, some pets can die from unable to digest the food in their stomach because it is not their usual food. It is not necessary toxic, but it is equally dangerous.

Watch what you feed to your pets. Don't get too excited on sharing your food with them. Some of them can be fragile.
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03-10-2013, 10:23 PM,
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RE: Food toxic to pets
Thanks it was an interesting article, I knew that chocolate was harmful to dogs and the dangers of sharp bones but I was not aware of avacado and raisins and onion products, my dogs often get table scraps after a meal, I'll be a little more cautious about what's in it in future
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03-13-2013, 12:18 PM,
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RE: Food toxic to pets
I know of a black leopard that was kept at one of the airboat ride attractions in Florida. The attendant thought the cat was not drinking enough water, so instead of asking for help concerning this problem she started putting salt on his raw chicken, that he was fed everyday. It made the cat stop eating and then it died.

Another pet owner of a baby cougar came asking for advice why his pet was not doing very well. We found out they were feed the cougar canned cat food. It was explained that wild cats cannot survive on canned cat food, but must have raw meat such as chicken or beef with the bones. The owner would not listen and so his pet baby cougar died soon after,from lack of proper food.
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03-15-2013, 07:56 PM, (This post was last modified: 03-15-2013, 08:02 PM by trishgl.)
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RE: Food toxic to pets
Thank you for the heads up, I was able to read about the dangers of giving chocolates to pet dogs but not about the other foods. I have also heard that MSG commonly found in some snacks are very harmful to dogs and can cause death if too much is ingested. My Vet also cautioned me about giving pet dogs food off the table because some of the spices we use may not agree with the dog's chemistry. With my sons it's an ever present hazard since they feel sorry for the dog when we eat that she does not eat the same food. They sometimes give our chow some food off of their plate.
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