No matter how careful we are, if we are not aware of the potential dangers of the things we feed our pets and even the habits we practice around them, we can be inflicting harm to them unknowingly.
This is why it is important to ask our vet or do our research if we are unsure of what we are giving them.
Educating ourselves can mean the difference between life and death for them because they cannot speak for themselves and it is often too late when we see symptoms appear.
Here are some of the common things that could slowly kill our pets:
It’s impossible to deny them when they are begging for treats, but sometimes we give them foods that do more harm than good.
For example – onions – they seem to be included on almost every dish especially those that are sautéed. Even soup, pizza, pasta, and other seemingly harmless snacks have onions as a basic ingredient.
What we don’t know is that onions, when constantly taken over a long period of time, destroys red blood cells potentially causing anemia. And since red blood cells are responsible for carrying oxygen to different organs of the body, it is vitally important that a good supply of it is always maintained.
Another example is salt. Even animal nutritionists warn pet owners against dog/cat foods that contain too much salt. Too much salt consumption can cause them kidney problems, particularly kidney stones.
The human body is naturally designed to process salt but our pets require very minimal of it.
Unfortunately, salt is included in almost all human foods, that’s why it is preferable to give them treats and foods that conform to their nutritional needs.
This is quite a controversial topic because raw feeding includes giving them animal meat and bones.
Giving them large bones such as beef marrow bones is okay since they cannot break them into smaller pieces, but bones that can splinter and crack pose a serious threat.
Broken bones that make their way to the stomach can puncture their intestines, while those that don’t can still block the digestive tract and cause constipation.
Bones can also accumulate in their intestines over time up to a point when surgery is required.
The danger of nicotine is common knowledge to humans. However, only a few of us consider that it also causes health problems for our furry friends.
Second-hand smoke affects the nervous and respiratory system of our pets. They too can develop lung cancer, lymphoma, and allergies from inhaling toxins from cigarettes.
It would do them good to isolate them from smokers, and it would even be better if the smoker would quit smoking altogether.
Some of us are not aware that it is dangerous to brush our dog’s teeth using human toothpaste.
The regular toothpaste we use contains fluoride which is poisonous to our pets. Some toothpaste variety including children’s toothpaste contains xylitol, an artificial sweetener that is completely innocent to us but fatal to our pets.
It can cause their blood sugar to drastically drop when ingested even in small amounts, resulting in liver toxicity and eventually liver failure.
Xylitol can also be present in baked goods, candies, breath mints, and vitamins. Make sure that whatever you drop from your purse or from your countertop that contains xylitol is not picked up by your pets.
As a general rule, consult a veterinarian first if you are unsure of what you are about to feed your pet. Also, keep in mind that what is sometimes innocent-looking might actually be dangerous to them.
It is important to know these things because our pets entrust their lives to us. Nothing is too trivial when it comes to their well-being.