Avoid Giving Pets These Human Foods

Written by on July 31, 2013 in Pet Health & Safety, Pet Nutrition with 2 Comments

Human-Foods-to-AvoidWe love treating our pets like family members, but make sure you avoid these human foods. They may be delicious to us, but they can be dangerous to our pets. Keep them healthy.

The Human Food Dangers

The ASPCA has the complete list of human foods to avoid. It’s worth looking at it to see all the side effects these foods can have on your pets. Some of them only cause nausea, or temporary digestion problems, but others can result in the death of your pet. Let’s get real here. Why would you even want to take the chance of hurting your pet?

The Basic Food List to Avoid

  • Chocolates of any kinds, caffeine including coffee and tea
  • Macadamia Nuts
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Milk
  • Alcohol in any form, and that includes beer
  • Onions, chives, garlic
  • Yeast dough (any kind of yeast that hasn’t been cooked)
  • Salt, and just about any spice for that matter
  • Artificial sweetners or anything with those sweetners, including many toothpastes

What About Raw Meat?

There is a movement in the dog people world to feed dogs a raw meat diet. These are natural carnivores after all. I will give you two warnings about that.

First, make sure you choose meats that were designed for canine consumption. Meats for human consumption are never meant to be eaten raw or undercooked. The diseases that humans can get from raw or undercooked meats are also ones that your pets can get.

Second, natural carnivores eat muscle meat last. They go after the intestines and stomachs first. Since their prey is grazing animals, those parts of the body contain lots of undigested grasses and vegetable material. Natural carnivores need this and consume this first. The typical human meat cuts are muscle only.

In other words, before you go for a raw meat diet for your pet, or anything kind of fad movement, make sure you do your own homework about what nutrition your own pet needs.

Other Human Food Considerations

Raw eggs, or undercooked eggs, have the same issues as raw meat. You certainly don’t want to give your pet salmonella.

Butcher bones are another issue especially for dogs. Chicken bones of any kind are too small and split too easily to be safe for pets. Beef bones have the same dangers as raw meat. The bones also have the ability to splinter as well. Really, who wants to have to take our pets into emergency surgery to remove a bone sliver?

Do Your Homework

The ASPCA has made this easy to learn what human foods to avoid. Take advantage of this and do your homework. This isn’t hard. Just keep human foods in general away from your pets.

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About the Author: A long time pet lover who has turned that love into saving animals. Director of the BuckHawk Center Animal Rescue, I have worked with all sorts of pets for many years, learning the best for each, not just in the care and feeding but also in the ways to enrich the lives of all the animals that have crossed my care. .


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  1. Cynthia says:

    So many of these, like milk and bones, were common practice to feed a pet when we were all growing up. I would be willing to bet a lot of people still feed them to their pets believing it is healthy or at least a special treat.

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