Dangerous food for Your Pet

unfortunately these foods don’t need to be eaten in one go repeated consumption of small amounts can cause exactly the same problem think about this for a minute if you’re a garlic lover and regularly give your pet leftovers something else to consider is those of you giving your pet a natural garlic based flea or worm remedy now not only do they not work they may be seriously harming your pet especially if they get hold of a relatively small amount of onion or leek to make matters worse some medication can also make an animal more susceptible to the effects of onion garlic and leek signs of toxicity generally takes several days to occur and may include depression bloody urine pale or yellow gums rapid breathing lethargy abdominal pain vomiting and diarrhea by the time you see these then your pet will already have had a significant number of their red blood cells destroyed an intensive treatment will be needed if treatments not given then death is a very real risk you may not have even heard of xylitol but it is used as a sugar-free sweetenerand it’s next on our list of poisonous food for dogs and cats it’s found in alarge range of products not just sugar-free gum and it’s becoming morecommon xylitol can be found in anything from sugar-free bakingice creams and yogurts sugar-free sweet gum chocolate some peanut butters honeysartificial sweeteners various sugar-free condiments as well as sauces and protein bars and powders now that’s a lot of food that have the potential to be incredibly toxic now to make matters worse xylitol is also found in some skin care creams and cosmetics in toothpaste and mouthwash and human medications and supplements and it may even be present in some active wear clothing xylitol may not even be on the list of ingredients the ingredients may instead say sugar alcohol of which xylitol is just one possibility anything labeled sugar-free natural sweeteners or no added sugars should have the ingredients double-checked so what does it do well first up it’s dogs who are much more sensitive to it than cats although there have been some reports of cats showing toxic effects to xylitol poisonsour dogs by very rapidly dropping their blood sugar levels thisis often within 15 to 90 minutes of ingestion although it can take about 18hours depending exactly on what was eaten its effects then lasts for around24 hours or longer xylitol eaten even higher doses can also cause irreversible liver damage if an animal eats enough and then lives for long enough as verylow blood sugar levels can lead to coma and death.

so they may die before liver damage occurs initial signs due to toxicity are due to low blood sugar which includes weakness lethargy in coordination and vomiting increased breathing rate seizures collapse coma and death if liver failure occurs later than jaundice vomiting diarrhea in apetence are just some things that may be seen so how much needs to be eaten while the scary thing is that only a very small amount a sixty pound or 27 kilogram retriever would only need to eat a tiny two to three grams to cause a drop in blood sugar levels and ten to fifteen grams to cause liver failure now that’s not much when you might have a500 gram bag in the cupboard or use two cups to make a cake there can be up to one and a half gram in a single piece of gum which is enough to poison a 20kilogram or 44 pound dog and 22 grams of xylitol containing peanut butter may be more than enough to poison a 10 pound or four and a half kilo dog for dogs this is really poisonous stuff the risk is very real if there is any chance your dog has eaten something containing xy litol take them straight to your vet be cause it works.

so quickly any delay could be deadly macadamia nuts make every poisonous food for dogs list in reality they’re not nearly as bad as the other food items discussed here like grapes the mechanism of toxicity is not well understood but when enough is eaten which is about two and a half grams perkilo body weight then a non fatal syndrome occurs this is characterized by vomiting in coordination weakness raised body temperature and depression severely affected dogs may need supportive care to prevent other problems from developing but so long as no other complications occur even when dogs again and over eight times this toxic dose they all recovered within 48 hours if you are a home baker than this one is for you bread dough left to rise is atempting snack for your pet and when eaten the warm stomach is an ideal environment for yeast to get to work making the dough rapidly increase in size now this stretches the stomach which can block its blood supply causing the stomach to twist or even result in significant breathing difficulties to make matters worse the yeast will also start to ferment and produce alcohol which causes even more problems such as depression weakness disorientation low body temperature and yes even death of course it can be treated but far better avoid the problem in the first place now you might think that our pets should b eable to eat most things that have gone off just a little bit but there are some real risks to them if they get hold of the rubbish bin or composting waste now one of these is poisoning due to mold molds actually produce a toxin that can start acting with only a couple of hours of being eaten and of course nervous impairment common initial signs include wobbliness in coordination muscle tremors a high temperature vomiting and excessive salivation now this can progress to full seizures and fitting and this can even lead to death with appropriate treatment though thank fully most dogs recover within 24 to 48 hours uneventfully although some may take a little bit longer until they’re completely back to normal as with a lot on this list it is normally dogs rather than discerning cats that suffer from mold poisoning though they can still be affected now we’re up to number eight and this is another item that you’ll hopefully not be feeding your dog on purpose corn cobs while this is not a poison as such it can have deadly results and so it’s a worthy addition to this list of dangerous foods and the risk is actually not due to the corn itself but rather the central cob now this is a size that can be swallowed but it doesn’t get broken down in the stomach and instead the corn cob passes into the small intestine where there isa significant risk of it getting stuck and forming a complete obstruction nowif this happens then prompt surgery is the only course of action to save a petto make matters worse those fact that a corncob is actually very difficult to see on x-ray and this means then an obstruction may well only be diagnosed much later than say a bone or a stone causing a similar blockage and as a result the surgery can take longer and be a little bit more risky okay I know the common response to the next food item on the list I’ve always given them to my dog and never had any problems or maybe it’s what dogs would eat in the wild if they were still wolves so don’t tell me that bad can you guess what I’m talking about yes bones with cooked bones being the worst type it’s true that lots of dogs may regularly enjoy a bone without any problems others will get nothing worse than a serious case of food poisoning others will get nothing worse than a painful fracture teeth and others will get nothing worse than a piece of bone trapped across the roof of their mouth others will get nothing worse than the severe constipation due to the build- upof sharp bone shards that can only be cleared with an enema under anan esthetic and some still will get nothing worse than an intestinal obstruction that then develops a hole and they die from septic peritonitis ohwait those are actually all really bad things and yes death is on the list ithappens I’ve seen every one of these eventualities multiple timescooked bones are worse because they tend to be more brittle and so splinter into sharp pointed fragments raw bones they cause the same problems especially large weight-bearing bones from cows and sheep large chunks can be swallowed and the large grinding molars can be broken now this topic is worth a whole video in itself but until then don’t feed your dog bones and if you do then keep your fingers and toes crossed now finally at number 10.

we have coffee or more-specifically caffeine this can pose a real risk to our dogs and cats caffeine is of course not just found in coffee but also energy drinks caffeine pills and tea and while caffeine may be fine for us in moderation our pets are much more sensitive to it with them suffering from hyperactivity restlessness vomiting and a racing heart rate this can progress to abnormal heart rhythm tremors seizure and of course death but how much do they have to get hold upto cause problems now of course this depends on the size of our cat or dog as well as the type of coffee if a pet eats unused coffee grounds then a 10 pound or four and a half kilo cat or dog would only need to potentially to run two tablespoons of a strong variety to be toxic for a weaker variety this amount could increase to about five tablespoons it’s still not a huge amount use grounds obviously have a lot less caffeine and so the toxic amount would be anywhere between about seven and a half to eighteen tablespoons for our 10-poundpet as we’re talking about caffeine a typical caffeine tablet contains 200milligrams of caffeine and it would only take three and a half to be toxic to our four and a half kilo or 10-pound pet so imagine if they broke into a small pack of 50 tablets that’s enough to be toxic to a 65 kilogram or 150 pound dog okay so that’s our top 10 potentially deadly poisonous food for dogs and cats but as promised here is our bonus number 11 now this is a group that includes salt washing soda crystals hydrogen peroxide and anything else you may have found on the internet that may make your dog vomit but why include these well these are all stay-at-home methods that have been used to make our pets from it but serious harm can be done too much salt in itselfis a severe poison and does not reliably cause vomiting washing soda is oftenconfused with caustic soda with fatal consequences – to strong a preparation ofhydrogen peroxide can severely erode and burn a pets intestine there are alsoplenty of things that our pets may have eaten where we actually don’t want themto vomit these include caustic substances petrochemicals orhydrocarbons or sharp foreign bodies like bone shards if a cat or dog hascertain conditions – then vomiting is generally considered too dangerous dueto a risk of them breathing in the vomit into their lungs which again can bedeadly now these conditions might includelaryngeal paralysis reduced consciousness and nervous problems suchas tremors or seizures there is also no point in making a dog or cat vomit ifit’s over two to four hours since they ate the toxicsubstance or if they have already vomited so what is safe to use well catsare very difficult to make sick and I’d strongly recommend that any cat be takenstraight to the vet rather than mess around with home remedies that are lesslikely to work in dogs 3% hydrogen peroxide can be given at a dose of 1teaspoon per 10 pound or four and a half kilo bodyweight up to a maximum of about50 mil if this doesn’t work and it can be repeated after 15 minutes if thisstill doesn’t work and do not give more your pet needs to go to the vet andhaving said this using this method at home is much less reliable than your vet administering the prescription drug apomorphine so my advice would always beto contact your vet straight away.

follow their advice finally if you use hydrogen peroxide in it doesn’t work then you’ve delayed your dog’s treatment by at least 30 minutes which may be criticalit’s also worth considering that even though your pet may look like they have vomited everything in fact only about half of their stomach contents may havebeen expelled and so additional treatment may still be required ok so Ihope this video helps to prevent your pet getting poisoned in the futureprevention is always better than cure remember if you have any concerns aboutsomething your dog or your cat has eaten your vet should always be the firstperson you call don’t leave comments on forumsdon’t ask questions here call your vet having said that if you do have anyquestions comments or ideas for future videos and please comment below I’d loveto hear from you also consider hitting the thumbs up and subscribe buttons tomake sure you don’t miss out on any future content and allow me to continueto help you and your pet live healthier happier lives OurPetsHealth.

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