Human Foods Your Pet Should Never Eat

One of the most common reasons pet families need to call the emergency vet is because an animal has consumed some sort of dangerous people food. Although some foods for humans are perfectly safe for pets, other foods that are on your plate regularly can be deadly for the four-legged set. Avoid a dangerous health crisis and a trip to the emergency vet clinic by keeping these foods away from your pet.

Alcohol

It’s never funny—or safe—to give your pet a sip of your drink. Alcohol can have disastrous health consequences for your pet, including gastrointestinal problems, breathing difficulties, tremors, blood acidity imbalances, and death. There is no safe amount of alcohol for your pet to have, so if you think your animal has been exposed to a drink, call your emergency vet right away.

Raw Bones

Many pet owners balk at the idea that raw bones could be unhealthy for animals, especially for dogs, since there is such a strong media association with dogs and bones. However, while it’s true that animals may eat bones in the wild, they are not appropriate for domestic animals. In addition to the risk of exposure to dangerous bacteria, raw bones can splinter and puncture the digestive tract. They can also lead to choking. There are specially prepared bones designed for domestic animals, so talk to your veterinarian about the possibility of giving your animal those types of bones safely.

Yeast Dough

If your pet consumes yeast dough, it could rise in his or her stomach and cause painful gas and bloating. It can also cause the stomach to twist, which is life-threatening and requires emergency vet care. In dogs, yeast produces ethanol that can cause intoxication.

Act fast if you think your pet has dined on something toxic and get him/her to the emergency vet hospital or the veterinarians at the Chastain Veterinary Medical Group as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians, call (972) 529-5033 for Meadow Brook Animal Hospital in McKinney or call (972) 230-1309 for Preston Road Animal Hospital in Dallas.

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