Pet Care Book Author Offers Tips to Avoid Pet Poisoning

Press Release: Avoid Pet Poisoning


Watch for Food Poisoning in Counter-Surfing Pets

Many Common Human Foods Are Poisonous to Cats and Dogs

SANDPOINT, Idaho — Not all human food is good for pets, so during the busy holiday season, pay attention to cats and dogs who like to “counter surf.” The author of two pet care books “Happy Hound: Develop a Great Relationship with Your Adopted Dog or Puppy” (ISBN: 978-0-9749245-2-6; LCCN-2006909898), and “Happy Tabby: Develop a Great Relationship with Your Adopted Cat or Kitten” (ISBN: 978-0-9749245-3-3; LCCN-2007906436), Susan Daffron of Logical Expressions, Inc. offers these pet safety tips based on her books.

Keep pets away from these common household foods:

1. Candy, particularly chocolate. Chocolate contains caffeine and a chemical called theobromine, and in large amounts can be extremely toxic to pets. The toxicity depends on the type of chocolate. White chocolate is the least dangerous and dark baking chocolate is the most dangerous. The toxicity also depends on the pet’s weight. If a small dog eats a lot of candy, it can be fatal.

2. Rich fatty foods. If a dumpster diving dog gets into a great cache of leftovers, he may be rewarded with a case of pancreatitis. The classic problem is that the dog gets into the Thanksgiving turkey, gorges on it, and then gets very sick.

3. Dairy products. Many cat owners don’t realize that milk isn’t well tolerated by most cats. Dairy products in general are often overly fatty; it’s best to avoid giving dairy to dogs too.

4. Bones. The traditional “give a dog a bone” idea isn’t necessarily a good one. Although dogs love snacking on meat bones, the bone can splinter and puncture the stomach or intestines. Chicken and other poultry can be particularly dangerous as the bones become brittle when they are cooked.

5. Alcohol. Even small amounts of alcohol can be toxic to pets. Pay attention at parties where pets may be able to get into drinks. The scent of alcohol on the animal’s breath or behavioral changes may indicate ingestion, so call the vet as soon as possible. Alcohol toxicity can be fatal.

6. Spoiled food. Keep garbage in tightly covered garbage cans. Both cats and dogs often enjoy the challenge of getting into the garbage and seeing what leftovers they can find. Spoiled food can make a dog sick, the same way it makes people sick.

Be sure to keep all these foods out of reach. With a little vigilance on the owner’s part, even die-hard counter surfers can be thwarted.

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Logical Expressions, Inc. is a software and publishing company based Sandpoint, Idaho. The company offers affordable books, software, tools, and services that help businesses with print and online publishing projects.

Susan Daffron, President
Logical Expressions, Inc.
311 Fox Glen Road
Sandpoint, ID 83864

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