Everyone enjoys a treat now and then, and many people like to indulge their pets with a nibble or two (or three!) of human food. But what’s fine for people isn’t always good for your dog or cat. Certain foods can cause diarrhea, make your pet nauseous and/or lethargic, and may create conditions such as pancreatitis or anemia.
In some cases, human foods may even be fatal to dogs and cats. Recently one of our staff had a terrible scare when her dog managed to find and ingest two packs of gum. She had to be rushed to the vet and, while she came through it ok, it was very serious.
Some substances, such as Xylitol — which is highly toxic to pets — may be used as additives to oher foods (peanut butter, gum, toothpaste and yogurt) so read labels carefully!
No matter how careful you are, your dog or cat might find and eat something he shouldn’t. Be sure to keep your veterinarian’s phone number handy, as well as the number for the closest emergency clinic. The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s number is (888) 426-4435.
Foods that can be hazardous to your pet’s health
- Gum (can cause blockages)
- Raw meat, fat trimmings
- Ice cream
Foods that are safe for your pets to eat
- Lean meats
- Hard cheese
- Bananas, blueberries
- Slices of apples, oranges, and watermelon (seeds removed)
- Carrot sticks, green beans, broccoli, cucumber slices, zucchini slices
- Sweet potato or plain baked potato
- Cooked white rice adn pasta
If your pet has a medical condition, always check with your vet to see what foods are safe to give.
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