Understanding which foods are healthy, and which are toxic for pets is essential for their health.
Many of the foods that are delicious and nutritious for humans to eat are dangerous, and even deadly, for our four-legged friends. Dogs and cats have very different digestive and physiological constitutions than humans. To keep their pets healthy, pet owners need to familiarize themselves with the many foods and ingredients that are toxic to them. Responsible pet ownership starts with understanding what foods your furry companion can enjoy—and what foods you must keep out of their reach. The following list, though not comprehensive, explains the top human foods that present the greatest risk for your pets and why you should keep them out of the paws, and jaws, of your furry friend.
Grapes And Raisins
Scientists are not entirely sure what exactly the chemical compound is in grapes and raisins that makes dogs and cats sick when they consume them, but some toxin in the fruit, and foods made from the fruit, can cause rapid kidney failure in both cats and dogs. Animals who display symptoms such as vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy within twelve hours after consuming grapes or raisins should be treated by an emergency veterinarian as soon as possible to start dialysis and remove the dangerous toxins from the bloodstream. Failure to do so will likely lead to more profound symptoms within three to four days. The most noticeable of these aggravated symptoms include urinary complications, decreased appetite, and dehydration. If left untreated, or if allowed to progress too far, kidney failure will result in the death of your pet, so it is essential to act quickly if you think they have consumed either of these fruits.
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