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Dangerous Foods For Your Pet Health

Sometimes people are tempted to give food on the table for their pets, but be careful, there are some foods that are harmful to your pet health. Lots of foods that seem delicious but can be poisonous to pets and can cause dead.

So what are these foods? As quoted from Vetstreet.com, Wednesday (12/10/2011), good food that is forbidden for pets include:

6 Dangerous Foods For Your Pet Health

Xylitol
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener in products such as chewing gum, candy, toothpaste, and mouthwash. Xylitol is harmful to pet health because it induces a sudden insulin in the body, causing blood sugar to be low. Xylitol can also cause liver damage in dogs. Within 30 minutes after eating, the dog may vomit, lethargy and loss of coordination of movement. Some symptoms of  xylitol poisoning may also be delayed for hours or even days. Xylitol poisoning in dogs can be fatal if untreated. But for the cat, is still unknown whether xylitol can be toxic or not.

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Chocolate, Coffee, and Caffeine
Chocolate and coffee are dangerous for your pet health. Chocolate contains theobromine, a chemical toxic to dogs if given in large quantities. Chocolate also contains caffeine found in coffee, tea and soft drinks. Different types of chocolate contain different amount of theobromine and caffeine. For example dark chocolate and baking chocolate contains more theobromine and caffeine than chocolate milk.

A few ounces of chocolate alone is enough to make a little dog sick. No specific amount or type of chocolate that can be considered safe to give to a dog. Chocolate poisoning can cause vomiting, diarrhea, rapid heartbeat or irregular, restlessness, shaking, and seizures. Death can occur within 24 hours after your pet consume chocolate.

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Grapes and Raisins
Grapes and raisins is dangerous for pet health because it can cause sudden kidney failure in cats and dogs. It is not known what the toxic materials contained in these fruits. However, clinical signs can occur within 24 hours after eating. Symptoms include vomiting, diarrhea and lethargy. Other signs of ending with the destruction of kidney function.

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Avocado
Both the leaves, fruit, and skin of avocado is dangerous for pet health. Clinical signs of poisoning in dogs and cats were vomiting and diarrhea.

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Garlic and Onions
Garlic and onions should not be given to your pet because it contain chemicals that destroy red blood cells of cats and dogs. Red blood cells can break or lose its ability to carry oxygen. Cook it will not reduce its dangerousness to your pet health. Cooked or mashed garlic and onions are commonly found in baby food and sometimes given to animals when sick. So, read food labels carefully.

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Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts is another dangerous foods that can harm your pet health. Macadamia nuts are usually found in candy and chocolate. Macadamia nut poisoning mechanism is not well understood, but clinical signs in dogs may include depression, lethargy, vomiting, shivering, joint pain, and pale gums. Clinical symptoms can occur within 12 hours after a meal. In some cases, the signs can be cured by itself without treatment within 24 to 48 hours.

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