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Dangerous Foods

Dangerous Foods For Your Pets
Many Foods that we Consume and enjoy are
VERY Dangerous for our Pets

Alchohol: Beverages and food products containing alcohol
Can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death

Avocado: Leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of avocados contain Persin
Can cause vomiting and diarrhea in dogs
Birds and rodents are especially sensitive and can develop congestion, difficulty breathing,
and fluid accumulation around the heart
Some ingestion may be FATAL

Bones: Should not be given to pets, especially chicken or pork bones.
Bones can splinter and become lodged in your pets throat, or if they do swallow them they
could cause a laceration in the digestive system

Chocolate, Coffee, Tea: Contain Theobromine
This can affect the heart and nervous system
Dark chocolate and baking chocolate are more dangerous than milk chocolate or white
Severity of problems depend on pet’s weight, amount and type of chocolate
Ingestion can cause diarrhea, vomiting, panting, restlessness, hyperactivity, increased heart
rate, tremors, seizures, coma and even death

Fat Trimmings & Gravy (Fatty Foods): Can cause pancreatitis, which is a potentially life threatening condition

Fish: (raw, canned or cooked) if exclusively fed or in high amounts may result in vitamin B deficiency (Specifically Thiamine)
This can lead to loss of appetite, seizures, and in severe cases death
Raw fish may contain Salmonella

Fruit Pits and Seeds: Most Contain Cyanogenic Glycosides which can result cyanide poisoning.
Pits also may become lodged in the intestinal tract

Grapes, Raisin, & Currants: Contain an unknown substance that is toxic to dogs that causes kidney failure

Human Vitamins: Especially containing Iron
Can cause damage the lining of the digestive system and can cause liver and kidney damage

Macadamia Nuts: Contain an Unknown substance
May cause weakness, depression, vomiting, tremors and hyperthermia in dogs
Signs appear within 12 hours of ingestion and last 12-48 hours

Milk: Pets lack enough lactase necessary to break down lactose.
This can cause gassy pets and possibly some diarrhea

Nutmeg: Can cause tremors, seizures and central nervous system damage

Onions & Garlic: (raw, cooked, or powder) Contain sulfoxides and disulfides
These can damage red blood cells and cause anemia
Cats are more susceptible than dogs and garlic is less toxic than Onion
Some dog food and treats may contain very small amounts of garlic which shouldn’t cause any problems

Moldy or Spoiled Food: Can contain many toxins which may cause gastrointestinal upset and could affect other organs

Mushrooms: May contain toxins which can affect multiple systems in the body resulting in shock and even death.

Raw Meat & Raw Eggs: May contain bacteria such as Salmonella or E. Coli
Which can cause vomiting and diarrhea
Raw eggs contain an enzyme avidin, this decreases absorption of biotin (a B vitamin), this can lead to skin and hair coat problems.

Table Scraps: Will not provide proper nutrients for your pet.
If you do feed table scraps do not feed fat or bones and it should never be more than 10% of their diet

Xylitol: Sweetener used in many products such as gum, candy and toothpaste.
Can cause hypoglycemia
Symptoms include vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination
Can also result in liver failure

Dough Yeast: Will produce gas and swell in your pet’s stomach
causing the stomach or intestines to possibly rupture.



Specialty Care

Sometimes sick or injured pets need the care of a veterinary medical specialist. When that happens, VCA specialty hospitals work closely with the general practitioner veterinarians who refer cases to us in order to provide seamless veterinary care to your pet. When your pet is facing any kind of serious illness or injury, our specialty referral hospitals will provide the compassionate and expert care your beloved pet needs.

Our goal is to make sure that when you and your pet are in need that you have access to board certified specialists who are up to date on the very latest developments in their field. In our state of the art hospitals, our specialists also have access to the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment tools and techniques from ultrasonography and endoscopy to CAT scans and even MRI.

As part of the VCA family, we have over 83 specialty hospitals across the US and Canada which provide referral specialty care, so there may be one near you. Our specialized services include: behavior, cardiology, critical care, dentistry, dermatology, integrative medicine, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, ophthalmology, radiology, rehabilitation, reproduction, and surgery.

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Emergency Care

In case of emergency, please call us immediately. If it is after hours, please contact the Veterinary Medical Center on Bridge St. in Syracuse at (315)446-7933.

You can also contact the Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care Center on Downer Street Road in Baldwinsville at (315)638-3500.