Pet nutrition: Foods that are healthy for humans but toxic for pets

Who doesn’t like to eat with their loved ones? So when it comes to their canine or feline children, it’s no wonder pet parents love to feed them from their plates. and they, too, lovingly polish what is on their plate, without worrying about whether it is good for them or not. It goes without saying that it is the responsibility of pet parents to see if their pooches are eating properly or something that may be potentially harmful to them. There are certain foods that could be toxic to your pets and you must avoid giving them to your furry friends. While avocado, apples, cherries, citrus fruits are healthy for humans and promote general health, as harmless as they may seem, they are unfortunately toxic to pets. (Also read: Pet Nutrition: 5 Healthy Foods For Your Puppies)

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“While enjoying delicious healthy food, do you find your pets staring at you? You would be tempted to offer this food to your pets, right? But some healthy human foods can be extremely dangerous for your pets. There is a lot of human food that pets should never have. The names on this list might shock you,” say Dr Lalit Kenjale and Dr Aishwarya R, Veterinary Officers at Wiggles.

Here are some foods you should give your pets, according to veterinary expert Dr. Kenjale and Dr. Aishwarya R should never offer:

1. Avocado

Avocado is a great source of vitamins (C, E, K & B6) and also riboflavins in humans, but can be a nuisance for pets. Persin in avocado can potentially cause vomiting and diarrhea in pets. Also, avocado seeds can get stuck in the gut, which can be fatal to pets.

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2. Plums, cherries, peaches, apples

Plums, cherries, peaches, and apples can cause serious digestive problems in pets. The cyanide contained in their seeds is toxic and can cause major problems for your pets. Consuming these foods can cause serious side effects in pets.

3. Nuts

Nuts are considered healthy for human consumption and have fair benefits too, but nuts can be extremely harmful to your pets. Nuts have a tendency to cause allergies in dogs or cats. Because some nuts are difficult to digest, they can cause digestive problems in your pets.

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4. Onion and Garlic

Garlic and onion are considered a natural antibiotic and have other benefits for humans, but they can severely damage red blood cells in pets and cause gastrointestinal problems and anemia in your pets. Cats are most affected due to these foods, but if dogs consume large amounts, they may also be at risk.

5. Citrus fruits and lemon

Lemon and citrus fruits are the best sources of vitamin C and fiber for humans, but they can be seriously toxic to your pets. Lemon and citrus upset the pH of the pet’s stomach, causing pain, vomiting, and diarrhea. Dogs naturally produce vitamin C, so they don’t really need the extra dose.

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