Treats to Avoid

With reference to our article “Human foods poisonous to pets“, in Pawprints #1 of March 2012, we have had numerous requests for a follow up article. Here it is…

Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs and Bones
Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli which can be harmful to pets. In addition, raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin which decreases the absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), which can lead to skin and coat problems. Feeding your pet raw bones may lead to choking or intestinal obstruction.

Pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase (the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk). Milk and other milk-based products can cause diarrhea or other digestive upsets.

Human Medicine
One of the leading causes of dog poisoning is the ingestion of human medicines. This includes non-prescription drugs such as human vitamin supplements containing iron, which can damage the lining of the digestive system and be toxic to other organs including the liver and kidneys.

Fat trimmings
Feeding your pet too many fat trimmings could lead to inflammation and swelling of the pancreas. Acute pancreatitis symptoms will be vomiting and severe pain in the abdomen, diarrhea, weakness, and
shock may ensue. The dog may have a tucked-up belly and assume a prayer position.

Mouldy or spoiled food, garbage
Garbage or mouldy food from the fridge can contain multiple toxins causing vomiting and diarrhea and can also affect other organs. Things like maize cobs and peach pips can obstruct the intestinal
tract as they are not easy to digest.

It’s something we never take into consideration, just one slice of cheese or plain biscuit for your furry friend wouldn’t hurt? Unfortunately the honest truth is our little snacks are very unhealthy and sometime life threatening to our pets.

Have a look at the list below for an indication of your pet’s
equivalent to a human snack.

Small dog intake Human equivalent intake
1 small plain biscuit 1 packet of biscuits
1 small buttered toast 1 hamburger
1 piece of chocolate 2 slabs of chocolate
2 cm piece of dry wors 500g dry wors
1/4 vienna sausage 5 vienna sausages
Cat intake Human equivalent intake
30g cheddar cheese 500 g cheddar cheese
1 cup of milk 12 cups of milk

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