The Indiscriminate Tastes of Animals

dog-diamonds.jpgWe frequently offer advice about protecting your property against theft and natural disasters … but what if the natural disaster walks on four paws? Recently, a Pomeranian swallowed $10,000 Worth of Diamonds. Dogs specifically seem willing to eat any variety of items lying around the house. Underwear was cited as the most ingested household item by dogs. A contributing factor might be owners tend to leave underwear lying around on the floor, but doing so may lead to an unplanned trip to the veterinarian.
This is not anything new, in fact the the lack of dietary discretion in animals led Sound Elkin, a veterinary imaging company, to sponsor an annual “They Ate What?” X-ray Contest. Entries included a hound mix that ate 309 nails and a Labrador retriever who swallowed a 5 inch paring knife.
Diamonds, nails and knives might seem obvious things for pets to avoid, but VetStreet complied a list of Human Foods That Are Dangerous for Dogs and Cats that might not be so apparent. Follow the link for details on what makes these foods toxic to dogs and cats and to learn more about the accompanying symptoms. Here is a quick overview of their top 10:

  • Xylitol
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Caffeine
  • Grapes
  • Raisins
  • Avocados
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Macadamia Nuts

Whether it is house hold items or human food, it is important to keep potentially dangerous items away from your pets. If your pet has swallowed something potentially harmful or poisonous it is important to contact your veterinarian immediately or call the Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. And if your pet is a compulsive and indiscriminate eater, in addition to a visit to the vet, you may want to visit your insurance agent to ask about pet insurance!