Animals – dogs and cats especially – are extremely curious. And, when it comes to food, they are that much more curious.  They love to beg for food, whatever food you may be cooking. While they are cute when begging, there are some foods that their little tummies just cannot handle. And, there are some foods that are downright toxic and fatal to them.

If you have a canine or feline friend you want to keep in good health, here is a list of foods you should avoid giving them.

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1. Alcohol

Alcohol will quickly absorb into the bloodstream. When you ingest alcohol, it can lead to a serious decline in an animal’s blood sugar and blood pressure levels, and drop their body temperature as well. Animals who are intoxicated may suffer from seizures and/or respiratory failure. Many unsuspecting, well-intentioned owners don’t know that desserts with yeast-containing dough or alcohol are huge culprits.

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2.Bones and Fat Trimmings

Dogs do not need to eat the table scraps you don’t eat. Fat from these meats – whether cooked or uncooked – can lead to pancreatitis. While bones may appear natural for dogs, they can actually choke on them. Bones may become splintered, causing lacerations in the digestive system.

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3.Caffeine

Your pet should never have anything contains caffeine – tea, coffee, chocolate, and dietary pills – since they can affect their nervous system, heart, intestines and stomach. Caffeine-ingested symptoms include:

  • Increase of blood pressure
  • Increase in heart rate
  • Increase in urination
  • Muscle twitching
  • Hyperactivity
  • Restlessness
  • Seizures
  • Extreme panting
Organic Dark Chocolate Candy Bar in a Wrapper

Organic Dark Chocolate Candy Bar in a Wrapper

4.Chocolate

Chocolate comes in all kinds, and each type has its own level of caffeine, fat and other substances. The darker the chocolate, the higher the toxicity level. Based on the kind and the amount of chocolate your dog consumes, they could suffer from hyperactivity, vomiting, tremors, diarrhea, seizures, tremors and arrhythmias.