Top 10 Toxins In the Kitchen
1. Chocolate or anything with Caffeine:
Foods like coffee and cocoa contain methylxanthines, which in high concentrations can cause heart palpitations, tremors, seizures, dehydration and death
2. Grapes, Raisins, Currants:
Scientist are not sure why, but eating these fruits can cause canine and feline kidney failure
3. Gum, Candy or Baked Goods:
Many sweetened treats contain xylitol, which can cause liver failure.
4. Animal Bones:
Beef or chicken bones can damage your pet’s teeth or splinter and can damage his/her digestive tract. Stick with treat bones made specifically for dogs and cats.
5. Uncooked Dough:
Small bits of bread are fine as treats. But dough containing yeast can rise in pet’s digestive tract and cause stomach or intestinal damage.
Beer, wines, and spirits act as a depressant on animals’ nervous system, potentially leading to breathing problems and even coma.
Adult animals do not have the lactase to digest milk, and feeding it to them can cause diarrhea.
8. Onions, Garlic, and Chives:
While these foods add flavor to human meals, the can cause red blood cell damage in pets. Cats are more at risk, but eating larger quantities can also make dogs sick.
Top Human Meds Toxic to Pets:
1. Pain relievers (e.g. Advil, Aleve, Motrin, Tylenol)
2. Antidepressants (e.g. Zoloft, Cymbalta, Effexor)
3. ADD/ADHA medications (e.g. Ritalin, Vyvanse)
4. Sleep aids (e.g. Klonopin, Ambien, Lunesta)
5. Muscle relaxants (e.g. Lioresal, Flexeril)
6. Heart medications (e.g. Cartia, Cardizem)