Many foods perfectly common to humans are dangerous for pets.
Pets are often a source of great happiness for those who own them. Everything is then good to please them. But beware! Some foods quite common to humans should not be given to preserving their health.
Avocado contains a Persin. Persin is a fungicide toxin that it uses to defend itself and found in all avocado (leaves, wood, etc.). In humans, it is harmless except in the case of allergy (rare). It should never be given to cats, dogs, rabbits, birds, fish or horses. In all these animals, a persin can cause death. Keep your guacamole.
2. Garlic and onions
Both foods contain thiosulfate. In humans, thiosulfate is an antidote to cyanide. On the other hand, in dogs and cats, it causes hemolytic anemias, that is, the destruction of red blood cells that carry oxygen. Your pet can quickly develop anemia characterized by vomiting, weakness, loss of spirit and breathing difficulties.
3. Coffee and tea
Or any other source of caffeine can kill your dog. The symptoms of caffeine poisoning are almost the same as in men but there is no antidote: fast heart rate, breathing difficulties, tremors, bleeding. Be careful because the sources of caffeine are numerous: cola drinks, energy drinks, cocoa, and chocolate.
4. Grapes and berries in bunches
All these fruits may seem harmless at first, but in the dog they can cause kidney failure which one of the early signs are vomiting. Then usually follow a lethargy.
5. Macadamia nuts
An unknown toxic compound found in macadamia nuts can poison dogs. Ingestion may cause weakness, tremors or paralysis. This effect can be spectacular and occur with very small quantities (some nuts) but it also seems possible with products derived from this nut (butter, etc.). In general nuts and oilseeds are to be avoided.
6. Sweets and gums
Sugar confectionery, chewing gum, and other sweet products may contain a sweetener, xylitol (see labels). This, contrary to what happens in humans, can cause a massive rise in the production of insulin (the hormone that carries sugar in the body) and then liver failure accompanied by various symptoms: vomiting, lethargy, epileptic seizures.
What a delight! Certainly, it is good for our cardiovascular function but certainly not for your dog or your cat. On the one hand, it contains caffeine and on the other hand, it contains theobromine, a substance of the same family. While the man can eliminate theobromine very quickly, the dog and the cat can not, which will then cause the same symptoms as for coffee. The darker the chocolate, the higher the danger. The smaller your pet, the sooner the poisoning occurs.
8. The bones of the meal
Although it may seem natural to give it to a dog, bones can be very dangerous, especially when cooked. In fact, they become more brittle and can break into sharp pieces that will damage the teeth and sometimes cause perforation of the digestive tract whose consequences can be dramatic. Experts agree that the only bones that should be given to a dog are large (eg beef) and raw.
9. Apricots, peaches, plums, pears and cherries
All these fruits contain cyanogenic glycosides that make them unfit for consumption for dogs, cats or horses. The symptoms of intoxication are red plaques, dilated pupils, difficulty breathing and finally a state of shock that can lead to death. If you want to give fresh fruit to your dog, orient yourself towards pieces of apple, banana, orange or watermelon but do not forget to remove all the glitches beforehand!
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