A very useful and informative article recently appeared on the Safefood Queensland website which highlighted the danger of feeding pets some of our festive season leftovers.
While we have perfectly good intentions when giving dogs and cats our leftover food, it can actually be dangerous or even toxic to them. To avoid the heartache of losing a pet and spare them the pain of food poisoning or having a bone splinter stuck in the throats, its best to adhere to the advice of veterinarians.
Pet experts are warning people to be very careful about what kinds of leftovers they feed to their pets after the festive season and generally.
The article pointed out that there are some common foods that can be fatal for animals and the complications can range from nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting to more extreme complications such as organ failure.
The most common foods that are harmful to pets, as provided by pet experts on the Safefood Queensland article include,
Avocados – They contain a dangerous toxin which can damage the heart, lungs and tissue of many different animals.
Macadamia Nuts – They can be toxic to dogs. Symptoms will likely occur within 12 hours and can include vomiting, hyperthermia and elevated heart rate.
Chocolate – May be toxic or lethal to dogs and other domestic animals, even in small quantities.
Turkey skin, pork crackling, sausages and other fatty meats – Can lead to pancreatitis due to the high fat content.
Onions and garlic – Can cause gastric irritation and anaemia if they consumed in large quantities.
Grapes and Raisins – Can cause severe acute kidney failure.
According to these veterinary experts dogs can be given raw, juicy bones but not cooked ones because they can splinter and get caught in the throat, causing pain and discomfort to the animal.
According to Cesar Milan, renowned dog expert there are certain “human” foods which are perfectly acceptable to feed your dog, some may even be good for them.
Peanut butter. A favorite treat of many canines. Not only is it a good source of protein, but it also contains heart healthy fats, vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E. Stuff peanut butter into a Kong to keep your dog busy for hours. Choose raw, unsalted peanut butter.
Cooked chicken. Can be slipped into the bowl along with your dog’s regular food to add a spice and extra protein to its diet. This also makes a good meal replacement if you’re in a pinch and out of dog food.
Cheese. A great treat for a dog as long as she isn’t lactose intolerant, which a small percentage are. Make sure to monitor your dog’s reaction. Opt for low or reduced fat varieties and don’t overfeed, as many cheeses can be high in fat. Cottage cheese is typically a good choice.
He also suggests baby carrots, salmon, yoghurt, pumpkin, eggs, green beans, apple slices and oatmeal. Obviously dogs shouldn’t be given food which has gone bad, as they are also at risk of food poisoning. If you wouldn’t eat, don’t give it to your pet