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Bad Food for Cats

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Here are a few foods to avoid giving your cat.

 

  • Tuna:  Some tuna is fine, but as its only diet it can cause mercury poisoning, malnutrition, and addiction to tuna.
  • Onions/Garlic/Chives: Cause gastrointestinal upset. Onions can break down red blood cells causing anemia.
  • Milk: They are lactose intolerant so it causes upset tummy and diarrhea.
  • Alcohol: Damages liver and brain. 2 tsp of whiskey can cause coma in a 5 pound cat, 1 more tsp would kill the cat.
  • Grapes/Raisens: Small amount causes vomitting and hyperactivity. Can kill due to kidney failure. Not sure why this is.
  • Caffeine: High quantities can be fatal. Causes restlessness, rapid breathing, heart palpitations, muscle tremors, and fits.
  • Chocolate: Theobromine in chocolate causes abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, seizures, and death. The darker the chocolate the worse it is. Unsweetened is really bad.
  • Candy/Gum: Xylitol found in these causes increase in insulin, liver failure, vomitting, lethargy, lack of coordination, and seizures.
  • Fat trimmings/Bones: Fat causes pancreatitis. Bones can splinter and cause obstruction or laceration.
  • Raw eggs: Food poisoning from Salmonella or E. Coli. Protein in egg whites (avidin) interferes with absorption of B vitamin Biotin which causes skin and coat problems.
  • Dog food: Not enough protein so the cat will be malnourished. Can cause blindness as the main diet.
  • Liver: Small amount is ok. Large amount causes Vitamin A toxicity. This causes deformed bones, bone growths, osteoporosis, and death.
  • Too many treats: Obesity and diabetes.
  • Yeast Dough: Swells and stretches the abdomen. Yeast ferments and can cause alcohol poisoning.
  • People meds: One of the most common causes of poisoning in a cat. Acetominophen and ibuprofen can be deadly.

 

 

ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center: 888-426-4435. There is a fee to call them, but it is worth it if you suspect poisoning.

 

Info found on WebMD


 

By: Kara Zapko

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Hazardous Foods For Dogs

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Most everyone likes to give their dog treats, but here is a list of foods to avoid giving your dog.

 

  • Avocado: Contains persin that can cause vomitting and diarrhea.
  • Alcohol: Can cause intoxication, coma, and sometimes death.  They can handle less alcohol than you.
  • Bones: Can cause obstruction or laceration of the digestive tract.
  • Chocolate/Coffee: Contains theobromine which can cause vomitting and diarrhea, and be toxic to the heart and nervous system.
  • Fat trimmings: Can cause pancreatitis.
  • Fish: Raw salmon can contain a parasite that can be fatal to dogs. Fish fed exclusively or in high amounts can cause thiamin and vitamin B deficiencies.  Can cause loss of appetite, seizures, and death.
  • Raisens/Grapes/Currants:  For an unknown reason will cause kidney failure. Small amounts can be fatal.
  • Milk: Dogs are lactose intolerant.
  • Candy and gum: The sugar and xylitol found in these can cause an over release of insulin and kidney failure.
  • Corn cob: Causes obstruction.
  • Appleseeds: The casing is toxic and can release cyanide when ingested.  Must eat large amounts and chew seed up for there to be a problem.
  • Baby food: Stay away from onion powder.  Baby food is not nutritional enough for a balanced diet.
  • Hops: Ingredient in beer. Causes panting, increased heart rate, fever, seizures, and death.
  • Human vitamins:  the iron can damage digestive system lining and bad for kidneys and liver.
  • Liver: Large amounts of Vitamin A can affect pups muscles and bones. (Small amount is ok)
  • Macadamia nuts: Inhibits locomotry activities, results in weakness, panting, swollen limbs, tremors, damage digestive, nervous, and muscle systems.
  • Marijuana: Affect nervous system, heart rate, cause vomitting.
  • Mushrooms: Some can be fatal.
  • Onions and Chives: Causes anemia and damages red blood cells.
  • Persimmons, Peaches, Plums: Seeds/pits can cause obstruction.
  • Rhubarb/Tomato leaves: Affects digestive, nervous, and urinary systems.
  • Salt: Dehydration and diarrhea.
  • Sugar: Dental issues, obesity, and diabetes.
  • Tobacco: Nicotine can cause digestive and nervous systems to be affected. Increases heart rate, pass out, and sometimes death.
  • Yeast:  Expands and rises in the tummy.  Mild will cause gas and discomfort.  Too much will cause a rupture in stomach and intestines.
  • String: While not a food, ingested string can get stuck in the intestines and tear the digestive tract lining.

 


By: Kara Zapko

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(Information found on Canine Journal)