Some human foods are a great treat for pets, but it’s important to know which foods are harmful to your four-legged friend. When choosing to create a fresh and delicious treat or looking through your refrigerator, it’s important that it doesn’t contain any of these following ingredients. While most of these foods aren’t deadly, they can cause illness and discomfort in your animal, so if your cat or dog does eat something in this list, contact Juniper Country Veterinarian Services. Our mobile pet vet capabilities make serving central Oregon and the surrounding areas easy. Contact us now to schedule an appointment!

Chocolate, coffee, and any other caffeinated products: These foods and beverages contain methylxanthines, which can cause abdominal distress and pain and if too much is ingested, seizures, tremors, or even death in extreme cases.

Avocados: Persin is the substance in these fruits that can cause an upset stomach and induce vomiting in mild cases, but cause more severe issues if more is eaten.

Grapes and raisins: Both grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs, so it’s essential to keep these foods away from your canine companion.

Vitamins and supplements: If they’re made for humans, then your daily multivitamin shouldn’t be given to your pet. Even though many pet owners believe that a little vitamin C pill may give a furry friend a healthy boost, it may cause serious stomach and gastrointestinal issues instead. If you’re interested in giving your cat or dog a multivitamin, speak with your veterinarian to choose the right supplement for your pet.

Raw or undercooked meat or meat with bones: While you may believe your dog will truly enjoy a few bites of your steak or some raw chicken, the harmful bacteria that is present in raw and undercooked meats could make your pet extremely sick quickly. Bones are also a dangerous treat to give to your furry friends because they can splinter in the esophagus, stomach, or G.I. tract.

Keep Human Food Away from Your Pets

While it may be tempting to give your cat or dog the last of your dinner, it’s best to keep people food for people and pet food for pets. Also, keep any foods that could cause health issues out of reach and put away at all times.

If you believe that your pet has ingested a food that could be harmful, contact Juniper Country Veterinarian Services. Our mobile pet services are here to serve our Central Oregon pets, both big and small. Give us a call today!