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Toxic Foods for Pets: Part One

Common household foods that should not be given to dogs and cats.

Many pet owners are unaware of the potential serious threats to dogs or cats that are sitting in our cupboards. These regular and human-healthy foods can cause severe intestinal damage or obstruction, long-term sensitivities, metabolism disturbances, organ disease and even death to sensitive companion animals.

Here is a list of common household food that should be considered a potential health threat to dogs or cats.

Alcohol

Consumption of alcoholic drinks and some foods containing alcohol may lead to intoxication depending on the amount ingested. The ethanol in alcohol causes disorientation, increased urination, vomiting, and diarrhea. In more severe cases, we see difficulty breathing, tremors, coma, and ultimately death.

Avocados

Avocado has been a known toxin in birds for years, and recently we have had reported cases where ingestion causes vomiting and diarrhea in dogs. The toxins are found in the fruit, the seeds, leaves and even the bark of the plant itself. If swallowed whole, the pit can obstruct the digestive tract (esophagus, small intestine).

Bones of any type

Bones are improper treats for dogs since they may obstruct or perforate the intestines and potentially cause life-threatening local and systemic infections. We may observe signs such as coughing, vomiting, abdominal pain, depression, weakness, blood in feces, and even shock and/or death.

Chewing gum

Many varieties of sugar-free chewing gums contain xylitol. This chemical, which is also found in candies, mints, flavored multivitamins, desserts, and certain toothpaste brands. In dogs, ingestion of xylitol can lead to hypoglycemia (weakness, vomiting, collapse, and seizures) or acute liver failure. As the liver is responsible for creating clotting factors in dogs, we commonly see severe bleeding disorders as another side effect from Xylitol ingestion.

Chocolate

The darker the chocolate, the higher the level of toxic ingredient theobromine. Depending on the dose ingested, theobromine can cause hyperactivity, diarrhea, increase in drinking and urinating, tremors, seizures, and potentially death. Chocolate, coffee, tea are all also rich in caffeine (as well as other caffeine beverages and foods), which have similar toxicity mechanism and clinical signs.

Grapes

We don’t know yet why grapes and their dried version raisins cause such severe toxicities. We do know that it has something to do with the breakdown or digestion of the fruit, as not all dogs and cats seem susceptible. Signs of toxicity include little to no urine, lethargy, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia, and dehydration, and indicate a case of acute renal failure.

Green tomatoes and potatoes

Solanine is an important substance that develops in potatoes and tomatoes under certain growing conditions. We find higher concentrations in the sprout of the potato and green, unripe tomatoes (these levels dramatically decreases with ripening). Signs of solanine intoxication include vomiting, diarrhea, muscle tremors, anxiousness, and seizures.

Macadamia nuts

Macadamia nuts have been reported to induce weakness, depression, vomiting, ataxia, tremors, and fever, usually within the first 12 hours after ingestion.

If you are concerned about your pet’s reaction to any of these foods, please contact us right away.

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COVID-19: Additional measures we are taking

Dear Clients,

Due to the close contact that our work requires, we have taken additional measures to protect you and our team while providing care for your furry family members.

The following changes are effective as of Tuesday, March 24, 2020:

1. We are currently operating a “closed waiting room” policy to protect our clients and staff. When you arrive, please remain in your vehicle and use your cell phone to call us at 506.857.4271. We will take a history from outside of your vehicle, and bring your pet into the clinic for an examination with the veterinarian. We will then return to your vehicle with your pet to discuss our recommended treatment plan. If you do not have a cell phone please knock our door to let us know you have arrived and then return to your vehicle.

2. We are continuing to accept appointments for urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. All other services will be scheduled for a later time.

3. We are still OPEN with the following hours: Monday to Friday: 9:00 - 5:00 pm.

4. If you are ordering food or medications, please allow 3-5 business days as our suppliers are dealing with increased demand and are trying to fill orders as quickly as possible. We will advise you as soon as your order arrives. Please call us when you arrive to pick up your order, but do not enter the hospital. Our staff will bring your order to your car and take payment over the phone. We are limiting pet food purchases to 2 bags/cases per order. You can also use our online store and have your food delivered directly to your home. To sign up for the online store, visit our website.

5. For the time being, we are not accepting cash as payment. Credit cards and debit card payments are still available.

Following the recommendations of our government and medical experts, we are doing our best to practice social distancing within the constraints of our roles. As such, we have taken measures to avoid both contracting and facilitating the spread of this virus.

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. As we have heard from all levels of government, the situation is fluid and any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Moncton Animal Hospital