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How to Keep Toxic Human Food from Your Pets


There are many situations where a pet can run into something that could be detrimental to their health. In many cases, one simple step could save your pet from getting into trouble or ingesting a toxin. Despite your desire to share everything with your best friend, it is not always a good idea—and you may be “sharing” more than you bargained for.

Avoid Those Puppy Dog Eyes

Take Kelly for example. Never one to resist her chocolate cravings, a stash of 3 Musketeers bars is constantly at her disposal. Kelly is very generous with sharing her chocolate—it feels better to consume the calories in a group setting. Along comes her dog Buster. He jumps onto her lap while eying the desired object currently being devoured by Kelly. Buster displays that puppy look, clearly indicating that he’d like a piece of the action. Of course Kelly should share her chocolate bar with Buster, right? Are you kidding me? Absolutely not! Chocolate contains varying amounts of methylxanthines that can lead to vomiting, seizures, and even death when ingested.

Keep Toxic Treats Out of Reach

Hector is a big guacamole guy. Isn’t everything better with avocado? As demand is high, there is an abundant supply in his house. All guacamole, all the time. Hector routinely leaves open containers of the tangy dip around the kitchen. Hey! Why exert any energy to open the fridge door when you can simply spoon up a mouthful from a bowl on the counter? Hector! Take a step back. Your beloved dog Kara roams throughout the house. She loves sampling human food, especially the green stuff that smells really good. Although some larger animals are more sensitive to the persin found in the avocado fruit and pit, large quantities of persin can trigger an upset stomach in dogs as well. Swallowing of the pit can lead to an obstruction of the gastrointestinal tract. Take an extra second and return the guacamole to the fridge, beyond Kara’s reach.

Think of Your Best Friend

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Brian is pumped up about the upcoming NFL season. His Jets are looking strong on defense and he likes the new head coach. Every Sunday throughout the campaign, Brian hosts a game day party, complete with food and beverages. He wears his Jets green paraphernalia and his lucky sock, and stocks up on wings and chips. His buddies coming over to watch the game are armed with additional snacks. Eyes glued to the multiple TV screens set up to catch all of the action from around the league, Brian and Co. are oblivious to anything else going on in the world other than football. Emotions running high with each play, many chips land on the floor, resulting from a passionate pumping of the fist or a slamming of the remote device on to the couch.

While being orderly is the last thing on their minds during a game, the guys should really be cognizant of the stray snacks strewn all over the room. Sonny, Brian’s dog, has a soft spot for salty snacks. He has a tendency to help “clean up” the mess left over from the party. According to (Drs. Foster and Smith), salt eaten in large quantities can lead to electrolyte imbalances and seizures. While imposing cleanliness restrictions throughout a game is virtually impossible, keeping Sonny out of the room during the game and vacuuming the floor immediately following the game is certainly doable.

Kelly, Hector, and Brian all truly care about their dogs. A lack of awareness combined with distraction though, can really lead to catastrophic damage to their dog’s overall health. Let’s make an effort to become more familiar with the do’s and don’ts of feeding our pets.

About the Author: Abe Lerner is a member of the pack at NutralifePet, a division of Nutralife Health Products, Inc., which has been selling high quality dietary supplements since 1996. NutralifePet, the manufacturer of Ultra Joint & Liver Support with SAM-e for dogs and cats, caters to the individual needs of each pet. NutralifePet…caring about animals, one pet at a time.

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