#FoodPornFriday: Foods you should never feed your pets!

Photo from Snips Pet.

We all love spoiling our furry little family members with things we enjoy eating and drinking.

However,  not all the tasty treats we eat are meant for pets.

We compiled a list of eight foods and drinks you should never give your pets.

Alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can cause:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • decreased coordination alcohol
  • central nervous system depression
  • difficulty breathing
  • tremors
  • abnormal blood acidity
  • coma
  • death

Under no circumstances should your pet be given any alcohol. If you suspect that your pet has ingested alcohol, contact your veterinarian immediately.

Chocolate, Coffee and Caffeine
These products all contain substances called methylxanthines, which are found in cacao seeds, the fruit of the plant used to make coffee, and in the nuts of an extract used in some sodas.

eating-chocolate-daily-is-good-for-health980-1456212647_980x457When ingested by pets, methylxanthines can cause:

  • vomiting and diarrhea
  • panting
  • excessive thirst and urination
  • hyperactivity
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • tremors
  • seizures
  • death

NB! darker chocolate is more dangerous than milk chocolate.

Grapes and raisins

raisinsThese snacks are perfect for people, but not so much for pets. Small amounts can make your sidekick sick, while larger amounts can cause kidney failure.




nutz2Macadamia nuts can cause:

  • weakness
  • depression
  • vomiting
  • tremors
  • hypothermia

Signs usually appear within 12 hours of ingestion and can last approximately 12 to 48 hours.

Nuts, including almonds, pecans, and walnuts, contain high amounts of oils and fats. The fats can cause vomiting and diarrhea, and potentially pancreatitis in pets.

Milk and Dairy
Because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase, the enzyme that breaks down lactose in dairy-based products. Ingestion cause them diarrhoea or other digestive upset.


Onions, Garlic, Chives

onionThese vegetables and herbs can cause gastrointestinal irritation and could lead to red blood cell damage.

Although cats are more susceptible, dogs are also at risk if a large enough amount is consumed.

Raw or Under-cooked Meat and Eggs
Raw meat and raw eggs can contain bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli that can be harmful to pets and humans.


Raw eggs contain an enzyme, called avidin, that decreases the absorption of biotin, which can lead to skin and coat problems.

Salt and Salty Snack Foods
Large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning in pets.

find-clipart-salt-clipart-image-47-of-75-6k352h-clipartSigns that your pet may have eaten too many salty foods include:

  • vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • depression
  • tremors
  • elevated body temperature
  • seizures
  • death


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