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What human foods should your pet be avoiding?

Hours and hours of vet visits could be filled with various questions about what our pets can and cannot eat. As a rule of thumb, it’s best to avoid sharing your favorite human food snack with your furry companion. For more insight, we’ve crafted a list of some of the topmost toxic plants and foods for your pet to avoid. The month of March helps raise awareness for poisonous household items, but it’s crucial that your pet doesn’t access any of these objects at any point in the year.

Plants brighten up our home decor and backyard, but it’s really important to monitor your pets and their interactions around these plants. For example, the Sago Palms are very common in South Carolina but are also very toxic to both cats and dogs. The most lethal part of these plants is the seeds, but the consumption of any part of the plant could lead to liver failure.

Aloe is another common plant that can be poisonous to both cats and dogs. During the holidays, a decorative addition of American Holly can carry serious implications for pets. Finally, lilies, a common house plant often tops charts of the most common poison for cats.

While essential oils have health benefits for humans, they should not be used on pets. The ASPCA has even cited essential oils as one of the most common toxic causes of tremors in cats.

When it comes to foods, it’s incredibly important to make sure that your pet isn’t eating anything they shouldn’t be. Common cooking ingredients like onions and garlic contain allium that can cause red blood cell destruction for both cats and dogs.

It’s widely known that chocolate should never be consumed by dogs, although lesser known toxic foods such as grapes and raisins can lead to sudden kidney failure, even in small amounts. 

While some fruits, like apples, are okay for your dog to eat, certain elements like the core and seeds should be avoided. This is also the case with pits of fruits and the skins of citrus fruits. Avocados contain a chemical called persin, which in large quantities can be harmful to dogs. To round out the list, caffeine, alcohol, and xylitol– an element found in sugar-free gum, should never be consumed by your pet.

Dogs and bones have been associated for generations, but that doesn’t mean that bones are a safe option for a dog treat. Cooked bones of any kind should never be given to dogs, as they can easily splinter and cause choking or internal bleeding. Even raw bones can break and become choking hazards.

While this list outlines some of the top foods and plants that cause harm in pets, there are far more products, foods, and plants that are toxic to both cats and dogs. If your pet ingests any type of medication or chemicals we recommend you contact the ASPCA Pet Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 or download the APCC Free Mobile App.  A consultation fee may apply for phone calls, however, their experts provide valuable information and critical advice to help you and your veterinarian in a potential toxin emergency. In addition, having the package or label in hand is very helpful for your vet and can help save your pet’s life. If you have any questions as to if something might be harmful to your pet, give us a call at (843) 795-7574 or book an appointment today!

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