Watch Out for These Toxic Foods For Pets

by Paul Valeri 04/21/2019

Are you tired of visiting the vet virtually every other week of the month? Take a moment and think of the things you are doing wrong. For starters, what do you feed your pets? Your four-legged buddies may fit the bill of a companion, but it is crucial to know they are not humans.Consequently, some human foods are instead poisonous to your pets. While you may feel you are giving your pets a treat, you are feeding them with something toxic.

According to information from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), pet owners should be mindful of these foods while feeding their four-legged buddies. Check them out!

5 Human Foods That Could Harm Your Pets

  • Milk and Dairy. Humans possess a milk-digesting enzyme called lactase. Lactase helps humans to metabolize lactose, the sugar present in milk and dairy-based products, to simple sugars such as galactose and glucose that are readily absorbed by the body. Unfortunately, pets lack this milk-digesting enzyme. Consequently, feeding them with milk or other dairy-based product lead to digestive upset. Such a diet could lead to diarrhea, which means visiting the Vet yet again. Be careful!
  • Alcohol and its Products. Unlike the human body, alcohol and its products are harmful foods to pets. A little amount could cause central nervous system depression, vomiting, abnormal blood acidity, coma, or worse death in pets. Steer clear!
  • Raw Meat, Bones, and Eggs. Raw meat and eggs are harmful to both humans and animals. True, wild animals feed on raw meat, but they are better adapted compared to domestic pets. Furthermore, raw eggs contain avidin, an enzyme that decreases the absorption of B vitamin which when absent could lead to skin and coat problems.
  • Coconut and Coconut-based Products. Coconut oil and coconut water are profoundly harmful to pets. A little amount could lead to stomach upset and diarrhea. Therefore, experts advise pet owners to either stay away from these products or be mindful of the quantity they feed their pets.
  • Salty Snacks. Ingesting a large amount of salt is not healthy for humans and animals alike. A large amount of salt may lead to vomiting, diarrhea, tremors, seizures, and worse death due to sodium ion poisoning. Do not allow your pets near salty snacks. Be vigilant!

Spoiling your pets from time to time is okay. However, do it with extreme caution. Be sure to avoid these foods like the plague while feeding your pets!

About the Author

Author
Paul Valeri

Put my record as the longest standing Certified Residential Specialist in all of Western Connecticut to work for you today. Licensed broker in CT since 1973, REALTOR Emeritus, I remain at your service, full-time and vital as ever, specializing in Fairfield and Litchfield county residential & serious commercial activity. My picture on the porch of my current home speaks to the fact that I, also, specialize in the design, sale, and construction of classic full log homes, carefully crafted out of specimen full logs originating from First Nation forests off the west coast of British Columbia. Scandinavian scribed, these full log homes are rarely, if ever, available in the eastern United States.

Paul Valeri: born In 1948, married, resides in Bridgewater, CT in their lodge of full log western red cedar. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Bronze Star decorated Vietnam Veteran. Owner-Broker of Paul Valeri, REALTORS since 1975. President of the Non-Profit Development Corp of Danbury since 1981. Founder of Danbury’s Vet House, home for ten previously homeless veterans. Canadian Board of Directors for the Miramichi Salmon Association, and founder of its First Cast MSA, a mentorship program that introduces new blood to Atlantic salmon fly fishing. Trustee with the Danbury Museum & Historical Society and its Moderator for The Hat City Ball.

Hobbies include mountain hiking, fly fishing, and playing golf (badly), walking preferred!