Frightening Facts On The Top 10 Most Toxic Foods For Pets

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To eat or not to eat – Toxic food for pets

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By now we should all know that chocolate is dangerous for dogs. If you have ever wondered why this delicious sweet treat is so toxic, blame theobromine. This naturally occurring alkaline is a chemical compound found in cocoa plants, coffee beans and tea leaves.

In humans, theobromine is a heart stimulant, a diuretic and is known to widen blood vessels.. That’s why people feel the need to urinate and feel more alert after drinking too much coffee. For canines, theobromine causes damage to a dog’s heart, kidneys, lungs and nervous system, and in some cases, the damage can be irreversible.

Bothersome Bones

Giving a dog a bone or letting a cat devour or rodent may seem harmless, but the opposite is actually true. Rats or mice could contain poisons they may have consumed that could be passed along to our pets. Bones can also shatter inside your animal’s digestive system. This could cause them to choke, obstruct or puncture their mouth, throat, stomach or intestines.

Cream For The Kitty

Throughout the ages there have been images of cats happily slurping up milk or cream from a saucer. Once again, this could be problematic for pets. Just like some humans, many felines are lactose intolerant. Digesting these liquids could cause them to suffer from dehydration, diarrhea or other digestive issues. If your cat is already accustomed to drinking milk or cream and their health is of concern, consider feeding them dairy-free varieties instead.

For more information on “The Ten Most Toxic Foods For Pets,” be sure to check out this infographic. It gives more data on how some of these items can cause problems for dogs, cats, and other companion animals like birds and rodents

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Toxic foods for pets – Amber Kingsley.

Amber Kingsley is a freelance writer whom has donated countless hours to supporting her local shelter.  She has spent most of her research with writing about animals; food, health and training related.  She also has experienced numerous methods of training with local Southern California trainers.