Food & Ingestible Dangers Archives - Emergency Animal

The Danger of Human Medication

Dogs and cats are notorious troublemakers. Getting into the garbage, knocking things off of shelves, snatching the last bite of your sandwich if you leave it for just a second. These behaviors can be frustrating but they are generally harmless. Some irritating pet...

Pine Oil Cleaner

It’s best to use another product on your floors as the chemical agent phenol in these cleaners can cause severe liver damage in cats. It doesn’t take much, just cleaning their wet paws after walking through a freshly mopped floor can be sufficient enough...

Macadamia Nuts

Just a few of these exotic nuts can cause a dog to become dramatically ill. The nuts contain a toxin that can upset your pet’s digestive tract as well as their muscles. Severe weakness, mild vomiting and diarrhea can occur after ingestion. The good news is...

Pennies & Zinc

While any coin can choke a dog, pennies are particularly dangerous. Although sheathed in a thin coat of copper, pennies minted after 1982 are 97.5% zinc (5% before 1982). Why is this a problem? Zinc is toxic to animals resulting in severe anemia and kidney problems....

Grapes and Raisins

We don’t know why their toxic to dogs, but they can commonly cause kidney failure as well as vomiting and diarrhea. According to the ASPCA, many of these cases are life threatening with a few dogs dying every year.

Onions and Garlic

Onions and garlic can cause gastrointestinal irritation to pets and harm red blood cells. This is caused by disulfides, which are sulfur compounds that are found in both. Be very mindful of table scraps you might want to feed your begging pouch if they contain these...