Avoid a Cat-astrophe: Top 5 Toxic Fruits & Veggies For Your Pet!

The Animal Poison Control Center estimates that they respond to hundreds of thousands of accidental pet poisoning cases every year. Most of us are familiar with the toxins like chocolate, coffee, alcohol, and bread dough, but fruits and veggies? In fact, quite a few of my favorites are on this list, so it’s important to have a good idea of what Kitty and Fido should NOT get their claws into.

5. Mushrooms

No, not every type is toxic, but just like for people, you don’t want to experiment if you don’t know for sure! The wrong ones can cause liver and kidney damage, vomiting, diarrhea, pain, seizures, shock and death.

4. Onions & Garlic

Both of these contain a pet toxin called thiosulphate, which can cause trouble in any form (dried, frozen, fresh, on your leftover pizza, in the trash). Be on the lookout for commercial baby foods, as many have onion powder in them. This toxin does a number on your pet’s red blood cells (hemolytic anemia), causing lethargy, higher respiratory and heart rates, pale gums and collapse. The worst part is that you don’t see these symptoms right away, it can take a day or so.

3. Avocado

I LOVE avocados, and can eat them all day! My office pup, Capt’n Jack? Not so much. These guys contain persin, which can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Even better, the pit is big enough to cause an obstruction if swallowed whole, which 9 times out of 10 means emergency surgery. Avocados will cause organ failure and death for birds and cattle.

2. Cherries, Apricots, Peaches, Plums & Tomatoes

I know, I know…. lots of names all at once. The common problem with this group is not so much the pulp of the fruit but any leaves, stems, seeds and plants.  Peach, cherry and plum pits contain cyanide (which can lead to respiratory failure). The plants and leaves of tomatoes and apricots can also cause GI upset.

1. Grapes & Raisins

Here’s a big one! I’m not a big fan of raisins, so I don’t mind those so much (grapes, on the other hand). What’s so frustrating about grape and raisin toxicity is that it isn’t consistent. A Yorkie can eat a bag and be fine, while the Rottweiler who eats 2 grapes ends up in kidney failure. And that’s not reversible. Abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy are a few symptoms to look out for. Takeaway? Don’t even chance it.

So What CAN We Give Them?

Meet Basil. We love Basil! He’s going to show you the delicious fruits and veggies that are perfectly fine for your pup to snack on together: 

Some Fruits & Veggies that are HEALTHY for Dogs !

Some Fruits & Veggies that are HEALTHY for Dogs !

Posted by Petlovers on Monday, August 1, 2016


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Magnets: Toxic Foods for Pets, Pet Safe Value Bundle (with top 10 Pet Emergencies)

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