Meals you should avoid feeding your pet
|June 11, 2011||Posted by pet lover under Pet Meal|
It is widely known that pets are our best friends and companions. Just like human beings they also deserve to be taken care of. There are some pet meals that we feed on our pets not knowing that they could have disastrous results. Just like human beings react to some foodstuffs, pets can also exhibit strong allergic reactions. The mistake pet owners make is that they think everything they can eat can also be consumed by pets. This lack of knowledge could cause illness to your pet and even fatal consequences. Some pet meals should be administered in low quantities or if possible completely avoided to enhance your pet’s health. Some of these include chocolate meals, macadamia nuts and onions.
Chocolate meals are highly discouraged as pet meals. It is advised that you should feed your pet chocolate in very low quantities. A lot of chocolate can cause serious illnesses or even death. Chocolate contains Theobromine which is a diuretic and cardiac stimulant. This stimulant is used for enhancing heart beat rates and if administered in large quantities it can increase your pet’s heart beat rate making it to beat faster than normal. Irregular heartbeats are also commonly associated with chocolate meals. This can cause cardiac arrest resulting in immediate death of your pet. Chocolate overdoses in your pet always causes hyperactive and excitement in your pet. Due to its diuretic nature, your pet will urinate more oftenly and become thirsty. Vomiting and diarrhea are also a common symptom of chocolate overdose, however the signs may not manifest themselves immediately so just ensure you don’t feed too much chocolate to your pet or simply just avoid it.
Pet meals containing onions and garlic can be dangerous to your pet if levels of these 2 ingredients are not controlled. Feeding your pet on raw onions, cooked onions and table scraps with onions is not advisable. However research has proved that garlic is less toxic than onions. Onions contain Thiosulphate which is a very toxic ingredient that causes haemolytic anaemia. This condition causes the red blood cells in your pet to burst during blood circulation. This condition is very dangerous and can cause loss of life in a pet. As a pet owner be very careful with pet meals containing any onions, it is always just better to ensure you don’t feed your pet with any meals containing onions whether they are raw or cooked. Onions and garlic intoxication has its symptoms that will usually manifest themselves after some time, pet will always look dull, tired and weak and will unable to concentrate, vomiting and diarrhoea is always present. Your pet’s urine is also affected as burst red blood cells can be seen in the urine. These symptoms will highly indicate your pet has suffered from an intoxication of onions and garlic.
Raw and roasted macadamia nuts do not do any justice to your pet, they are nuts you should avoid putting in your pet’s meal or directly feeding them to your pet. There is still no known substance contained in macadamia nuts that affects your pet however these nuts are not to be fed to your pet in high quantities. The most common complication associated with macadamia nuts is that they cause locomotory difficulties, this affects your pet’s muscles making them stiff. Your pet will have difficulties in moving around because of swollen limbs, weaknesses of hindquarters will make your pet unable to rise up quickly to its feet. While the intoxication levels in macadamia always disappear after some time, it is better to just avoid feeding your pet on these nuts.
What you give your pet is very important, there are many pet meals that can be detrimental to your pet so always do enough research to avoid regretting later when it might be too late.