Whether you live with an animal or donate food to assist them. What you don’t know about pet food could harm our furry friends.
Main Article: Pet Food Safety
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Food Sources To NEVER Feed To A Dog Or Cat
Always avoid feeding these items to domesticated animals.
- All forms of alcohol – can cause coma or death.
- Avocado – Causes intestinal tract issues.
- Any form of sugar or sugar substitute – Causes liver failure.
- Corn in any form – Natural allergen that builds up over time and poisons animal.
- Cooked bones – Can puncture esophagus and get trapped in airway.
- Chocolate – Damages heart muscle and attacks nervous system.
- Caffeine – Damages heart muscle and attacks nervous system.
- Grapes, raisins, currents – Causes kidney failure.
- Human Vitamins – Purchase pet vitamins specific to the species. Human levels of iron are toxic to animals.
- Nuts in general. However, Macadamia nuts are particularly harmful to the point of fatal.
- Spoiled food – Contains toxins to cause organ failure.
- Any form of mushroom – Attacks the entire system resulting in coma or death.
- Onions – Damages red blood cells and causes anemia.
- Garlic – Damages red blood cells and causes anemia.
- No seeds, pits cores, stems, or leaves from any fruit – Intestinal obstruction (FIP), blocked airway, and poisonous.
- Yeast – Can rupture stomach.
Limited Food Sources For A Dog Or Cat
These are items that should be used sparingly. Talk to your vet about proper amounts for the species and size of your animal.
- Milk – outside of infancy has little nutritional value.
- Salt – small amounts provides nutrients. However, large amounts are toxic.
- Fish – High amounts can cause a vitamin B deficiency.
- Fat scraps – large amounts can damage the pancreas.
- The flesh part of tomatoes. However, the stems and seeds are toxic.
- Cottage cheese – If animal gets an upset stomach or diarrhea toss it and all dairy options out of the diet.
Sound Food Sources For A Dog Or Cat
These are foods that are considered, as a rule of thumb, to be acceptable in an animal diet.
- Carrots (steam or cook for cats)
- Green Beans
- Leafy greens
- Peas – Unsweetened, no onions
- Apples – No core, stems, or seeds.
- Alfalfa Sprouts
- Flaxseed – Milled, ground, or oil
- Cooked egg – Avoid raw. There are too many questionable enzyme issues that cannot be caught by sight alone.
- Meat – Cats and dogs are carnivores. A proper, healthy, well-balanced diet needs meat. The healthiest choices include chicken and turkey. They are low-fat, high-protein, and easily digestible. Red meats are not recommended. They are high in fat, harder to process, and in many countries genetically altered, which brings us right back to the X factor concerns of commercially processed pet foods.
Dogs and cats do not require a lot of carbohydrates. If you bulk up a meal with lots of carbohydrates it will lead to weight gain and sluggish behavior. The rule of thumb is a little goes a long way.
- Brown rice
- White rice
- Fresh potato
- Sweet Potato – dehydrated this makes for cost effective treat.
Symptoms To Watch For
Animal systems are as unique as our own. What might work for one body might not work for another. Therefore, regardless of a food source being considered safe, it is important to try small amounts of food in a dietary change. Talk to your vet to make sure there are no preexisting allergies that might have been overlooked and watch for the following symptoms:
- Vomiting – other than fur ball related
- Loss of Appetite
- Abdominal Bloat and Discomfort
- Appears weak or dizzy
- Unintentionally collapses
- Has seizures
Stop feeding food immediately. Have a list of food ingredients and contact vet clinic or hospital for instructions.
A nice meal blend: Research dry pet food products in your area. Find one that does NOT contain the words Meat Meal, Bone Meal, or Meat Byproduct, and ideally does not contain any form of corn or sugar. Mix the dry food in with your homemade food. This option provides a balanced meal and the crunchy food helps animals keep their teeth clean.
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