It is common among owners to share what they eat with their pets. Even though most of these food types are nutritious, owners should understand that certain food items may be toxic or unhealthy to animals. It is crucial to know about these items because you may not have realized but your pets may be at risk because of the types of food you are feeding them.
Different food items that can be dangerous to animals
Food items that contain alcohol
Other than alcoholic beverages, certain food items are infused with alcohol to improve their taste. You may be unaware but there are some types of bread and cakes that are mixed with alcohol. Fruit cake, for example, is known to contain varying amounts of alcohol. Animals that ingest alcohol may be at risk of diarrhea, coma, vomiting, and even breathing problems. This is very concerning for animals and you should get in touch with a veterinarian if you suspect that your pet has ingested something that contains alcohol.
Chocolate, tea, coffee, and food items that have caffeine in them
These may seem harmless since they are regularly eaten or drunk by humans without worrying about getting some kind of sickness. However, these items are known to contain alkaloid chemicals called methylxanthines, most especially theobromine. These may be found in cacao seeds and the fruit of plants that are used to make coffee.
Theobromine stimulates the cardiovascular and nervous systems. The effects of the stimulation are what humans look for in these types of food items. Humans quickly metabolize these chemicals, which is why there are no adverse effects after taking them. Animals, on the other hand, cannot process them as quickly as humans, which makes the effects more apparent. When your pets ingest too much of these chemicals, they risk getting muscle spasms, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, dehydration, and hyperthermia. Since it is difficult to determine how much quantity of these food items will not be dangerous to your pets, it is highly recommended that you avoid feeding them these types of foods altogether.
Raw eggs and meat
You may have heard that some owners regularly feed their pets, dogs most especially, with raw eggs and meat. Dogs are known to like eating meat and eggs, whether they are cooked or uncooked. In the past, this may have been a staple for their diets. However, at present, the increasing problem of E. coli or salmonella can cause issues for your dogs. Even though the digestive system of a dog is different from a human because it is shorter and more acidic, there are still some risks for salmonella to infect a dog. Salmonella-infected dogs are known to have symptoms like fever, vomiting, dehydration, skin disease, and anorexia. If salmonellosis is left untreated, things may get fatal to your dog due to a compromised immune system. It is best to feed them meat and eggs that are properly cooked to ensure that there is little to no chance of the E. coli bacteria still thriving inside them.
It is highly advised that animals should not ingest too much salt because this can have some lethal repercussions to them. When you feed your pets with snacks like potato chips and pretzels, there is a risk that you are giving them salt that is more than what is needed by their bodies. You may not notice at first because animals love salty food.
However, too much salt in a pet’s diet can be lethal. Your pets may show signs like diarrhea, seizures, vomiting, depression, and elevated temperature when they have ingested too much salt. You should always remember that there is a limit as to how much salt is needed by the body to be able to function properly. Salt is usually found in most of the food that we eat. This is the same with the food that we give to our pets.
Cooked meat usually has some salt added to it to give it some flavor. This is the same with the pet food that can be bought in stores. Feeding your pets these types of food is enough to satisfy their bodies’ daily need for salt.
You may see in television shows and movies that some pets love to eat bones. Cats are usually associated with eating fish bones, while dogs can be seen carrying bigger-sized bones. This is a natural occurrence for many animals, since these may be their means to survive in the wild. However, when it comes to your pets, it is recommended that you avoid feeding them any type of bone since it may become a health hazard to them.
There is always the chance for your pets to choke on the bones that you feed them. If these bones splinter while your pets are chewing and swallowing them, they are at the risk of having their digestive systems cut by the sharp edges of the broken bones. To ensure that your pet is not put at risk, it would be best if you consult with a veterinarian to find out which types of food you should give to your pet.