25 Poisons That Can Kill Your Pet

25 Poisons That Can Kill Your Pet

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Temptation is harder to resist than what anyone might think. It is pretty challenging to suppress your craving when anything delicious comes in front. All of us foodie people keep on discovering new food to pamper our taste buds. But have you ever considered what pets might think of good and colorful food? Stop kidding…they too have sense organs to smell and feel but they miss the beat on science. Poor pets never could make it to school nor do they know the art of googling!!
Pets are sensible enough to get attracted to the tempting food but they cannot decide for themselves as to what that food can do to them. They cannot differentiate between the edibles and non-edibles. So it is our responsibility to keep such food away from the pets.

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No Alcohol- Beer Is Not For You Dear!

Any alcoholic beverage or food containing alcohol is not to be given to the pet in any circumstance.

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Lack of coordination
  • Depression in Central Nervous System
  • Abnormal acidity in blood
  • Coma
  • Death in extreme cases

Treatment:

  • If any of the symptoms are visible, then the pet must be taken to the clinic as delay in treatment can cause pet’s death.

Apple Seeds – Wiser to keep them away:

A couple of apple seeds may not be harmful, but if consumed in large quantities, it could be poisonous as it contains ‘amygdaline’, a type of cyanide and cyanide, as we all know, is poisonous not just for pets but for humans too.

Symptoms:

  • Dilation in pupils
  • Panting
  • Shock
  • Vomiting
  • Irritable Skin

Treatment:

  • Immediately take your pet to the emergency care as antidotes are available in some cases.

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Xylitol – A sweet killer:

3Xylitol is a sugar-free sweetener that is used in toothpaste, gums, mouthwash, peanut butter, baking products and chocolates. Xylitol can abnormally lower the level of sugar (hypoglycemia) which is responsible to elevate the level of insulin which can eventually lead to liver failure.

Symptoms:

  • Lethargy
  • Coordination loss
  • Vomiting
  • Seizures

Treatment:

  • Induced vomiting
  • IV fluids

Coffee, Tea, Caffeine products – Can’t do any good

Coffee, whether grounds beans or chocolate covered espresso beans, tea or any caffeine containing product is injurious to pet’s health as these products contain ‘methylxanthines’ which are found in cacao or cocoa seeds, a fruit of the plant used to make coffee.

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Symptoms:

  • Rapid breathing or panting
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Abnormal heart beat
  • Excessive thirst and urination
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Death in severe cases

Treatments:

  • Induce vomiting
  • Multiple doses activated charcoal
  • Aggressive IV fluids
  • Sedatives to calm the pet
  • Heart medications to normalize the heart rate and blood pressure
  • Anti-convulsants for seizures
  • Antacids for diarrhea

Chocolates for you to relish might kill your pet!

Chocolate, liked by most of us, has been in one of the 20 most poisonous things for pets as it contains ‘therobromine’, which is even toxic in small quantities. Toxicity levels may differ on the basis of the size of the dogs and also on the darkness of the chocolate. Chocolates also contain ‘methylxanthines’, another toxic substance for dogs. Since, white chocolate has lower levels of methylxanthines; it is less harmful as compared with its darker counterparts and the baking chocolate.

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Symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Treatment:

  • Induced vomiting
  • Activated charcoal
  • IV fluids

Mushroom – an evil duplicate:

The non-edible mushroom plants look exactly the same like the edible ones. They are toxic for the dogs, even fatal in some cases. So make sure you feed them the right ones, better yet, do not give them any, why take chance.

Symptoms:

  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Organ failure

Treatment:

Take the pet immediately to the emergency clinical help.

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Grapes/Raisins/Currants are not so delicious in their case

Grapes or raisins or currants may act as a direct poison. Though the toxin is yet to be found but according to the vets, even one of any of them can cause renal (kidney) failure.

Symptoms:

  • Lethargy
  • Stomach ache
  • Vomiting
  • Appetite loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Dehydration

Treatment:

  • Induced vomiting
  • Activated charcoal
  • IV fluids
  • Dialysis in severe cases

Onions/Garlic/Chives/Onion Powder:

These are harmful in any form fresh or cooked or powdered. Cats are more at danger than dogs. Large consumption can impair the red blood cells, resulting in anemia in cats. Toxicity can be confirmed through the clinical signs and microscopic confirmation of Heinz bodies.

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Symptoms:

  • Reddish urine
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Lethargy

Treatment:

  • IV fluids
  • Oxygen in severe cases

Green Parts of the Potatoes –Not all green things are healthy

sick-dog_113430526_0This might come as a surprise but green, unripe and raw potatoes are not just bad for dogs, but they are unhealthy for humans too. This is because of the ‘solanine’ present in the green part of such potatoes.

Symptoms:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Abnormal heart beat
  • Seizures

Treatment:

  • Take your pet to the emergency care.

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Macadamia Nuts – Expensive enough, luckily or the other way

Macadamia nuts are too expensive that not all of us are happy to purchase it. Good for your pets as if they find it, you may have to pay the price in terms of their lives. The fact is yet unknown that why are they poisonous to canines, but for sure it may not harm in small quantities. Despite of its healthy benefits, high levels of fat alone makes it unsafe for dogs. Signs of macadamia poisoning are usually noticed after 12 hrs of ingestion and can last up to 48 hrs.

Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Tremors
  • Hyperthermia in case of dogs
  • Depression
  • Weakness

Treatment:

Seek veterinarian’s help.

Nuts will drive your pet nuts:

Nuts including walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc. have high levels of fats and oils. These oils and fats can cause pancreatitis in pets.

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Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Treatment:

Take your pet to the vet.

Avocado – dangerous for pets other than dogs and cats:

If you have birds, donkeys, horses, rabbits, sheep and goats as pets then bringing avocado to your home cannot be a smart choice. However, there are no cases reported for avocado poisoning in cats and dogs.

Symptoms:

  • Swollen head and neck due to accumulation of fluid (edema).

Treatment:

Immediately rush to the vet.

Salt and Salty snack – Salt Attack:

Large amount of salt is injurious to humans and same is the case with pets. Salt contains sodium, which has a tendency to retain water and lead to high blood pressure. Salty snacks like pretzels, popcorns, chips, etc. can affect your pet’s health adversely.

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Symptoms:

  • High body temperature
  • Lethargy
  • Accumulation of fluid in the body
  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Nausea
  • Seizures
  • Excessive thirst and urination
  • Death in severe cases

Treatment:

  • IV fluids
  • Treatments for reducing brain swelling
  • Electrolyte monitoring
  • Treatment for dehydration
  • Supportive care

Yeast Dough –alcohol for pets

Yeast produces ‘ethanol’ as a by-product which belongs to the family of alcohol. When yeast is ingested by a pet, it rises up due to the warmth in the stomach and can cause alcohol toxicity.

Symptoms:

  • Loss of coordination
  • Slow breathing
  • Distended abdomen

Treatment:

  • Induced vomiting
  • Surgery in extreme cases.

Poisonous products other than food:

cat-eating-houseplant_116667520_0Not only food can be harmful, but there are certain other products that are poisonous for our dear pets:

Plants:
  • Plants containing insoluble calcium oxalate like Philodendron, Chinese Evergreen and Elephant’s Ear.
  • Lilies
  • Poinsettia
  • Holly
  • Daffodils

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Medicines:ADHD-meds_170808884_0

  • Antidepressants
  • Cough Medicines
  • Medicines for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Skin Products:

  • Body Lotions
  • Ointments

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Venomous insects and animals:coral_snake-129768635_0

  • Black widow spider
  • Scorpions
  • Rattlesnakes
  • Coral Snakes
  • Toads

Household Products:5

  • Pesticides and Rodenticides
  • Batteries
  • Glues
  • Antifreeze
  • Detergents

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Main idea is to identify such products those seem so common that we might not even care about in our daily lives even some of them that we love to relish, are so not good for our pet’s health and if these products are found and ingested by our pets, it may leave us to regret for lifetime. So it is very important to keep away such things form the pet’s eye and also promise yourself not to feed anything without knowing the consequences it have on the poor pet’s health.