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Never Feed Your Pet These 8 Foods

Wiley Sleeping
Kendra Wolfe, 983TheSnake

This is my dog Wiley.  He’s my buddy even though he likes to sleep right in the middle of a dark hallway where I trip over him and almost die on the daily.  He’s my dog and the last thing I want to do is hurt him.

For those of you who love your pets like I do, here are eight food items that you should NEVER feed your pet.  Be it a cat, dog, or bird.

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Chocolate - Sean Gallup/Staff, Getty Images
Chocolate - Sean Gallup/Staff, Getty Images
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Chocolate

We've all heard about this one
 
 

Chocolate to you and I are an amazing treat, but to Fido could actually kill him.  To dogs, chocolate is actually poisonous and can cause your pet restlessness, vomiting, and in very bad situations, tremors and seizures.  This is one treat you DON'T want to share with your pet.

 
Grapes - Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Stringer, Getty Images
Grapes - Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Stringer, Getty Images
2

Raisins and Grapes

Healthy for us, not for them!
 
 

I didn't know this!  We have a grape vine where we live and Wiley loves picking up those grapes once they fall off.  When dogs eat grapes their thirst and need for urination increases and it can cause vomiting and lethargy.  Poor guy.

 
Garlic - Ross Land/Staff, Getty Images
Garlic - Ross Land/Staff, Getty Images
3

Onions & Garlic

Your pet may be a vampire
 
 

Wiley loves to sit and watch me cook. Fine he's waiting for me to drop something in the kitchen so he can eat it.  Don't let your cat or dog eat garlic or onions though, because it can cause anemia, red-colored urine, vomiting, and weakness.

 
Gum - Larry Busacca/Staff, Getty Images
Gum - Larry Busacca/Staff, Getty Images
4

Xylitol

AKA sugarless gum
 
 

When I was a kid I was not allowed to have Bubble Yum, now come to find out sugarless gum is what's bad for the dog.  If ingested, it can cause diarrhea, seizures, vomiting, jaundice, and lethargy.

 
Jim Beam - Luke Sharrett/Stringer, Getty Images
Jim Beam - Luke Sharrett/Stringer, Getty Images
5

Alcoholic Beverages

Fido can't hold his liquor
 
 

My dog is very nervous and honestly, he could use a beer, but booze will only make him feel worse.  Beer or any kind of alcoholic beverage can cause your pet diarrhea, vomiting, tremors or worse put them into a coma.  Don't give your dog a beer!

 
Pretzel Dough - Miguel Villagran/Staff, Getty Images
Pretzel Dough - Miguel Villagran/Staff, Getty Images
6

Bread Dough or Any Kind of Raw Yeast

This could cause alcohol poisoning
 
 

Because of the chemical reaction occurring with the rising of the yeast, it could actually cause alcohol poisoning.  So if you notice your favorite bagel dough missing and your pet shows any of these symptoms: vomiting, tremors, distention of abdomen, lethargy, seizures; I'd say it's time to take them to the pet ER.

 
Macadamian Nuts - Nuts.Com
Macadamian Nuts - Nuts.Com
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Macadamia Nuts

Finally a familiar food allergy
 
 

It seems only dogs will get sick from these delicious nuts that pair so well with chocolate.  Keep both away from Fido because consuming macadamia nuts could cause the dog to have an increased body temp, vomiting, tremors, or lethargy.

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Avacados - Justin Sullivan/Staff, Getty Images
Avacados - Justin Sullivan/Staff, Getty Images
8

Avocados

Whoops, I've fed my dog this before
 
 

You may love a big bowl of guac, but don't share it with any of your animals, especially birds.  Pets who consume avocados could suffer from difficulty breathing, diarrhea, vomiting, and lethargy.

 

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