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Chocolate, fruit and nuts may sound like tasty delights to you, but these foods can be downright deadly to our four-legged friends. Below is a roundup of common household foods and items that pose a threat to your beloved pets. Avoid these common toxins to help your dogs and cats live long, healthy lives.
Grapes and Raisins
Healthy for you? Yes. Healthy for pets? No. If consumed, grapes can cause kidney failure in dogs and cats. Experts suspect it has something to do with a chemical in the fruit’s skin. Raisins are even more dangerous because they contain a concentrated supply of toxins. Keep this snack out of the reach of your pets.
A dog might be attracted to the sweet-smelling gum that your kids are chewing or that’s tucked away in your bag, but the artificial sweetener, xylitol, can be deadly to pets. This sweetener is found in many types of gum and breath mints and can cause a low-blood sugar crisis in your pet. In fact, just a piece or two of gum can kill a dog.
It may seem unlikely that a dog would eat cigarettes, but those nosy little creatures will gobble them without a second thought. Nicotine is highly toxic so it doesn’t take much to cause a health crisis for your pet, including seizures, coma and death.