Keep your pet healthy by avoiding these foods!

Health risks to cats and dogs

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Pets are like family, and like many of our own family members they have their own dietary needs to stay healthy. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is at VCA Hawaii learning about foods that are toxic to pets and the warning signs you shouldn’t ignore.

When it comes to cats and dogs, there are a number of foods each should stay away from including cooked bones and fat, avocado, onions, garlic, salty snacks, macadamia nuts, raisins, grapes, chocolate, coffee, and uncooked dough. It’s also important to keep them away from foods that contain Xylitol, a sugar-free sweetener found in gum and some peanut butter.

Other pets like birds, rabbits, chinchillas, and rats have their own lists of food they should not consume.

To make sure pets don’t accidentally eat something they shouldn’t, put food and other items up and out of your pet’s reach. Human medication as well as human food can be very dangerous to a pet’s health, so make sure you advise children and guests not to feed your pets human food.

If your pet does have diarrhea, you can feed them boiled skinless boneless chicken and cooked rice for a day or two until the diarrhea resolves. Best practice is to always call your veterinarian, as they know your pet’s medical history and can advise you if that pet needs to get checked out.

About VCA Hawaii:
VCA Hawaii strives to provide the very best in medical care, and the hospitals provide a full range of general, surgical and specialized care. This is how VCA Hawaii veterinarians would treat their own pets, and it offers nothing less than that to you and your pet. VCA Hawaii understands your pets are a big part of your family and will be there for you every step of the way when it comes to your pets’ health.

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