November 12th, 2011 by admin
Many people are not aware that quite a few common human foods can make our animal companions very ill, and many are even toxic.
We all know that they love to get into everything they can (this is their job, after all), so be sure they don’t have access to the foods, beverages, cleaners, chemicals, and other products that will harm or possibly even kill them.
Please share the following list of poisonous foods and products with everyone in your household.
- Xylitol (commonly found in gum, candy, baked goods, and toothpaste)
- Alcoholic beverages
- Milk and other dairy products
- Apple seeds
- Peach pits
- Apricot pits
- Cherry pits
- Macadamia nuts
- Mustard seeds
- Onions and onion powder
- Yeast dough
- Moldy foods
- Raw (or undercooked) meat, eggs, and bones
- Mushroom plants
- Potato leaves and stems (green parts)
- Tomato leaves and stems (green parts)
- Rhubarb leaves
- Prescription and over the counter drugs
- Fat trimmings and bones
- Ham and other salty meats
- Liver (can cause vitamin A toxicity)
- Tuna (can lead to malnutrition or cause mercury poisoning)
Consult with your veterinarian or animal nutritionist before feeding your animal companions food not specifically intended for them.
Additionally, more than 700 plants have been found to be harmful to animals. Please research all plants and flowers before bringing them into your home.
Many commercial animal companion foods contain reject meat from diseased animals that isn’t fit for human consumption, and it is believed that this is causing higher incidents of cancer in our animal companions. If you want to keep the inedible slaughterhouse waste out of your dog’s diet, a vegan dog food might be the healthiest choice for your dog. Regrettably, many of the leading food companies also test on animals, so please be sure to choose a food manufacturer that doesn’t.
For more tips on how you can be a great guardian and help keep animals safe, please visit our Guardian Campaign.
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