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As pet owners, we share our hearts and homes with fuzzy and feathered friends. We love our pets so much, we even share our food with them. But many of the foods that humans enjoy can cause health problems for our pets. The trick is to know which ones to avoid. Before you give your dog, cat, bunny, or bird their next treat, read on to learn which foods should be avoided. It could save your pet’s life!

Foods Your Pets Should Avoid:

Who Can’t Have It: 
Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Birds
It’s widely known that chocolate is dangerous for dogs to eat, but it is also a “no” for cats, bunnies, and birds. Chocolate contains stimulants that are toxic to pooches, and, just a small amount can cause serious digestive issues. Large amounts can cause seizures, irregular heartbeat, and death. For cats, bunnies, and birds, chocolate can also cause “chocolate toxicity” due to concentrations of Theobromine and caffeine. Keep chocolate away from your pets!

Food for Thought: Dogs are notorious for getting into trouble when we leave them alone. Consider working with Make My Day, Please for routine dog walks. These outings will keep your pooch more engaged and happy and will help curb unwanted behavior when you can’t be there.

Who Can’t Have It: Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Birds
Avocados contain persin, a toxin that can cause serious health issues and even death in many animals. While dogs tolerate persin better than other pets, they should still avoid avocados. Avocado is also mildly toxic to cats and can cause vomiting and diarrhea. And though it may seem like the ideal rabbit snack, it is not. This fatty fruit is toxic to bunny rabbits and can cause death if ingested. Persin is also toxic to birds and may cause heart damage, breathing difficulty, weakness, and death.

Onions and Garlic
Who Can’t Have It: 
Dogs, Cats, Rabbits, Birds
Onions, garlic, and other veggies from the Allium family are toxic to pets. Garlic, in particular, is more toxic to dogs than other plants from the Allium family. It can cause anemia, pale gums, and elevated heart rate. Onions and garlic also contain N-propyl disulfide which causes anemia in cats, rabbits, and birds.

The List Goes On
The three foods listed above are some of the worst for our pets, but there are many more they should avoid. Here are some specific to each type of pet:

Dogs Should Avoid: Almonds, Alcohol, Cinnamon, Macadamia Nuts
Cats Should Avoid: Green Tomatoes, Raw Green Potatoes, Grapes, Raisins
Rabbits Should Avoid: Yogurt Drops, Bread, Pasta, Cookies, Crackers, Cereal, Iceberg Lettuce, Silverbeet, Walnuts, Oatmeal, Peanut Butter, Potatoes, Rhubarb, Meat, Cauliflower
Birds Should Avoid: Caffeine, Salt, Fat, Fruit Pits and Seeds, Xylitol

Make My Day, Please Can Help Keep your Pet Happy and Healthy!

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed right now that’s not surprising, but you now have a basic understanding of what foods your pets should avoid. can help you keep an eye on your favorite chum when you can’t. Our dog walking and pet sitting services will ensure your pet isn’t getting into trouble while you’re away. Call 703-624-3583 to speak with one of our pet professionals. A well-cared-for pet is a happy pet! 

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