Now that summer is over and holiday parties are coming up quickly, here is a reminder of some of the dos and don'ts for table food. Plain, grilled well-done meats and vegetables are generally ok. Make sure that the raw or cooked fat that you trim from any meat doesn't end up in your pet's food bowl. This can cause salmonella or other bacterial infections, or pancreatitis (both of which could land your pet a stay in the hospital for a few days). You'll want to avoid giving your cat or dog anything with onions or garlic, as these can cause blood disorders. Grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in some pets, and chocolate can cause vomiting, heart disease or seizures. Fatty meats (sausage, hot dogs, and hamburgers) can cause pancreatitis in dogs due to the high fat content. Dogs will also love to gnaw on left over corn cobs- but we don't recommend this because most dogs will chew off pieces that can get lodged in the intestinal tract and require surgery to remove (our most recent intestinal obstruction surgery was due to a corn cob). Green beans, carrots, peas, lean skinless chicken, or plain breads are generally ok. Remember- moderation is the key. Be cautious around Halloween as well- sugar free candies and gum can contain a sweetener called Xylitol. This chemical causes dangerously low blood sugar in cats and dogs if ingested. Some peanut butters and flavored vitamins can contain this as well, so please double check! If you have any questions about things your pet has eaten, don't hesitate to give us a call!
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