I absolutely adore little Macy! She is so much fun to have around. So like any one, inspiration must hit as crazy times of the day. Here we are at 5:02 am talking about our pet and why I want to keep her around. So, Macy, she is full of energy and has some major skill at begging. Don’t all dogs? Maybe some are better than others? When I sit down to eat, I always find her right by my side ready to join me! It never fails, in the middle of the night (I work nights) I go looking for a snack and there she is soon to follow (about the time the fridge door opens).
I want to keep her around and maybe even get another little pet one day. So having said that, I assume many of you would like to keep your little furry family member around for a while. Let’s talk about some bad foods for pets. As I researched this, I realized, while Macy really wanted some of my food, there are things that I have fed her that just are not good for her long term health!
So let’s talk about 10 bad foods for your dog or even for your cat! (According to WebMD cats are similar to dogs).
Who would have thought that Avocado is bad for your pet? Many times I have given the remainder of avocado to Macy and she seemed to enjoy it. My thinking is Dogs would scavenge if I didn’t feed them and they might eat this anyway.
WOW: Avocado contain persin. As long as you are not allergic to it, it’s ok for you. If you feed this to your pet in large amounts it could be toxic to them! So if you grow them keep your pets away.
Let’s get drunk! Sure, many of us have been at the party where people try to get the dog drunk. NONE of it is good for your dog! Beer, Wine, Liquor, and even foods containing alcohol are not good for your dog.
WOW: Letting your pet “get drunk” is foolish! Alcohol is damaging to your liver and the same is true to your dog. The thing is, it takes way less alcohol to hurt your pet. It can cause vomiting, diarrhea, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, a coma, OR DEATH! The smaller the dog, the greater the effects this drink is going to have! So if you want to keep you bud around longer keep the Bud away!
3. Onion & Garlic
I love me some fajitas! Macy loves that chicken and even some of the other stuff as well. Well, all forms of onion and garlic are bad for your pet.
GET THIS: So maybe a small amount every now and then may be ok according to WebMD, consistent feeding of this food can poison that little one you love sooooooo much! This food in large quantities or constant eating can cause the symptoms of anemia. Those symptoms can include weakness, vomiting, little interest in food, dullness, and breathlessness.
4. Coffee and Teas
We all know grapes are bad for dogs. Well actually I didn’t. Depending on the size of your pet and the amount they eat you could actually kill your pet! Don’t give them even one grape. Grapes have nasty effects on your pets!
WOW: Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure! Just a small amount and you can make you dog ill. Within a day your pet will become lethargic and depressed. So keep those little kidneys safe and keep all those grapes and raisins away!
So I love ice cream, Rochel loves ice cream, and Macy loves to beg for ice cream. Those eyes and tucked back though, can be hard to resist. Dairy products are actually not that great for your pet. They can cause diarrhea and other digestive issues. I won’t say you can give them a little, but just remember what you may do to that cute little pet if you give in to their begging.
7. Macadamia Nuts
We are not big Macadamia nut people, but I felt that it is important to add this nut. It is important to know your nuts and to know they may be fatal to your pet.
WOW: In as few as six raw or roasted macadamias you can make them sick and begin to see signs of poisoning. Mix this nut with a little chocolate and that pup you love may just die! I would hate that and I am guilty of giving Macy a few. Remember that she is little, I could have killed here.
8. Artificial Sugar
Those artificial sugars are not good for your pet. Maybe you have been toning in those nutrients and cutting carbs and wanted to cheat with some xylitol sweetened candy? Well, just don’t share with the little pet of yours. Eventually it could cause seizures and lead to liver failure within a few days.
We all love chocolate and so many times Macy has come and tried beg her way to a piece of my favorite Ikea Chocolate. I always knew it was bad, just not sure how bad.
CHECK THIS OUT: Theobromine, is the chemical that will potential harm your little pet. The darker the chocolate the more dangerous it is. Never give it to your pet in any form. Things to look for if you think your pet got into some of this stuff; Vomiting, Diarrhea, Excessive Thirstiness. It can potentially cause irregular heart rhythms, tremors, seizures, and even death!
10. Fat Trimmings & Bones
Macy can certainly beg with the best of them and I generally am the one who caves and gives her some of my food. I certainly have become more careful after having done some research. This one struck me, because I always hook Macy up with some of my ribs (I even leave some good stuff on them). Be careful in what you are giving your pet.
WHY: Fat trimmings can cause pancreatitis and while it’s almost natural to “give a dog a bone.” That bone may splinter and cause an obstruction or do more damage and cause a laceration of the digestive tract.
Well it is certain that I love my pet. I will probably occasionally give Macy a bone, but I will watch her and take it away as it get smaller. I will probably give her a piece of garlic chicken, but just not all the time. I will say this, after all this research Rochel and myself will be much better watchers on what Macy gets.
Be careful in what you are feeding your pet. If you love them and want to keep the vet bills down, find a food that they like and stick with it. If your dog is just not liking the food you are putting down, we are planning on putting out a cook book that will be free or very cheap in the near future. In the meantime be careful, watch your pet, and of course spend a bunch of time with them. It will make you feel better and them happy!
Remember:It's a smart idea to always keep the numbers of your local vet, the closest emergency clinic, and the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center -- (888) 426-4435 in a handy place.
Thanks for reading!