When you were a kid, you probably heard it from your mother or father: don’t feed the dog (or cat) at the dinner table! And as it turns our, your parents were completely right. Not only does feeding your dog or cat from the table create bad begging habits in your pet, it’s also not good for him or her either.
For one thing, many human foods are too high in calories for your pet and they can end up overweight eating table scraps. And pets that are overweight have a whole range of health risks that slim and trim pets do not. But there are also more immediate dangers that your pet can face if it ingests some very common people foods that can make your pet sick or even lead to its death. Here is a list of 10 table foods pets shouldn’t eat, not under any circumstance.
1. Garlic and Onions
A number of common seasonings, including garlic, onions, and chives can cause problems – both minor and serious – for your cat or dog. These foods can give your pet problems in the digestive tract, attacks of asthma, red blood cell damage, and extensive harm to the liver.
Your pet could thus end up with vomiting and diarrhea, loss of appetite and energy, and death. Although most cats and many dogs don’t particularly like the tastes of garlic and onion, they are so common in our food that they can easily be ingested if you feed your pet table scraps.