The only thing your pet needs to eat is a nutritionally complete and balanced pet food – given alongside unlimited clean and fresh drinking water. However, there are certain food items you really should avoid giving to your pets as they can cause upset stomachs or poisoning.
Milk, cream, cheese
Adult pets are essentially lactose intolerant – they lack the necessary enzymes to digest these kinds of dairy produce. If you feed dairy-based items to your pet, it could lead to them developing unwanted upset stomachs.
Onions and garlic are both toxic to cats and dogs, regardless of whether they are cooked or raw. These foods damage a pet’s red blood cells, which can result in anaemia.
As you might expect, alcohol has the same kind of effects on cats and dogs as it does on humans – which is unpleasant enough for your pet. However, due to their smaller bodies a far smaller amount is required for it to become dangerously toxic. It should always be avoided.
Cats and dogs are also more sensitive to the effects of caffeine than humans, making them likely to suffer problems if they have accidentally taken in even a small amount. These include hyperactivity, tremors, and much more serious issues.
It’s best to avoid feeding your pet with any type of nuts. They are high in fat and can cause upset stomachs – as well as posing a choking hazard for your pet. Be aware that Macadamia nuts are known to be particularly poisonous to dogs and should never be fed to pets under any circumstances.
Remember to always consult your vet before changing your pet’s diet.
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