Sometimes we assume that what's good for us is probably good for our pets, too. So we end up sharing our leftovers, thinking it's a nice way to give our furry friends some variety. After all, we're all mammals, right? Well, the pet health professionals at Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital in Waipahu, HI, wants you to stop right there! We aren't similar enough to share everything!
Humans have grown accustomed to many foods that are actually dangerous for other animals – and feeding them to your pet is cause for an emergency trip to the veterinarian. Here are just a few:
- Processed Meats: Cats and dogs may be carnivores, but common luncheon meats often contain high levels of sodium and preservatives, which are hard on their stomachs. That means no turkey, ham, salami, Spam, or anything similar.
- Alcohol: Giving alcohol to a pet is akin to drugging someone unknowingly. They won't understand what's happening, plus the negative symptoms humans experience from alcohol are even worse for an animal: bad coordination, vomiting, diarrhea, blacking out, and even death.
- Chocolate & Coffee: Foods containing caffeine cause hyperactivity, heart irregularities, tremors, and many other negative symptoms in pets. Call your veterinary hospital immediately if you suspect your pet has ingested any.
- Fruit: Citrus fruits contain citric acid and oils that can upset your pet's stomach, and cause worse problems if a lot is consumed. Grapes and raisins are specifically known to cause kidney failure. Also, steer clear from foods containing high potassium, such as coconut water and bananas.
- Macadamia Nuts: Your pet should stay away from all nuts, but in particular macadamia nuts should always be avoided. They can cause depression, tremors, hyperthermia, and vomiting – and symptoms can last up to two days.
Unfortunately, this list is far from complete, but you can stay on the safe side by only feeding your pet actual pet food and treats this holiday season. For more pet health advice, visit Waipahu Waikele Pet Hospital online or on Facebook. To schedule an appointment or for emergency after-hours service with a veterinarian, give them a call at (808) 671-7387.