Everyday Human Foods Which are Poisonous to Pets

Some foods which are considered good or even healthy for humans can be deadly to our pets. Let’s look at a few common examples.

CHOCOLATE & COCOA POWDER contains theobromine, a compound that is a cardiac stimulant and a diuretic. A 10-kilogram dog can be seriously affected if it eats as little as 50gms of cocoa powder.
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ONIONS & GARLIC contain the toxic ingredient thiosulphate. All forms can cause illness, even cooked table scraps, leftover pizza or Chinese dishes. Most processed foods contain traces of onion. This includes commercial baby food, sometimes fed as a supplement to puppies.

AVOCADO leaves, fruit, seeds and bark contain a toxic principle known as persin. Birds and rodents are especially sensitive to avocado poisoning. For cats and dogs the main concern seems to be the potential weight gain due to the fruit’s high fat content.
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MUSHROOMS – toxicity does occur in dogs and it can be fatal if certain species of mushrooms are eaten. Members of the Amanita family are the most commonly reported severely toxic species of mushroom.

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