10 foods not to give to cats and dogs

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It is not always easy to resist your pet when he claims to eat at mealtime. But in many cases, it is better not to give satisfaction. Many foods that are harmless to humans and that make up our current diet are toxic to dogs and cats. Before giving a pet a treat, it is always better to make sure that it is safe for him. For a while most people who have a cat or dog know that chocolate is dangerous for them, other less apparent foods can also hurt them.

10. The grapes

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Whether it is raisins or fresh grapes, they can cause intestinal disorders and damage the kidneys. Besides, for small dogs, they can cause intestinal obstruction and increase the risk of choking.

If the grapes are ingested, the animal has vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy or abdominal pain. This leads to kidney failure, which in some cases can be fatal in the short term.

9. The aromatic herbs


Onions, chives, and garlic can cause anemia (deficiency of red blood cells) in cats and dogs. Indeed, these plants rich in aromas contain sulfur derivatives that act on the red blood cells of the animal, causing vomiting, anemia, and tachycardia.

If the animal has consumed only a small amount, it is not very serious because any damage to red blood cells is usually reversible.

8. Alcoholic beverages

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Alcoholic beverages, such as beer, wine, and other liquor, have the same effect on animals as on us. They cause vertigo and a lack of coordination. They hinder the brain. A few sips are enough to make a dog or a cat completely soul. In large quantities, they can even lead to heart and nervous problems.

7. Chocolate, coffee, cocoa, and tea


It is well known that the ingestion of chocolate or cocoa causes most fatal food poisoning to domestic animals. It is a molecule present in cocoa that is dangerous when stored in the liver. Dogs and cats take a lot longer than humans to eliminate it (about a day).

The symptoms of chocolate ingestion are vomiting, diarrhea and convulsions. Foods containing caffeine are also hazardous because they will quickly increase the heart rate of animals to cause a coma to see death.

6. The macadamia nuts

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Macadamia nuts can cause weakness, depression, vomiting, and tremors, especially in dogs. They contain a toxin that attacks the digestive system and bones of the animal. Some are enough to cause breathing difficulties and vomiting. They also increase the risk of choking.

5. The xylitol

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Chewing gum, mint lozenges, candies, and many sweet pastries contain xylitol. A sweetener (fake sugar) that causes animals to release excessive amounts of insulin. This creates an insufficient level of blood sugar. Again, a small amount can have serious side effects starting with causing weakness and seizures, mainly in dogs.

4. Potatoes, cabbages, and turnips


These vegetables are particularly bad for cats because by fermenting in their stomach they cause gas and diarrhea. When raw, potatoes contain calcium oxalate, an ionic crystal that damages the urinary tract of animals and can cause kidney stones.

3. Dairy products


Even if it is tempting to give a small piece of cheese to your pet, it is better to abstain. Indeed, cheese is particularly fatty food. Thus, ingestion can cause inflammation of the pancreas that can sometimes be fatal.

Similarly, milk and all dairy products, in general, are not recommended for dogs and cats as they are not easily digested. Indeed, most are intolerant, even allergic to lactose once adults (yes yes, even cats!).

2. The avocado

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The avocado may seem, at first glance, harmless. It is rich in fat and can also cause inflammation of the pancreas. Besides, its core is particularly toxic to dogs and cats and represents a choking hazard.

1. The pie

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If you have a practice of licking the pie plate to your hairball, know that it can be hazardous. Indeed, the raw dough can swell the stomach of the animal, or even pierce it. In this case, the dog or cat can quickly die.