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Five Summer Treats to Avoid Feeding Your Pet

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 - 4:00pm

Grab a spoon—it’s National Ice Cream Month! It’s really no surprise that many of us love to spoil our pets with bits of our tasty summer treats, but pet parents please beware: Ice cream is just one of many summer goodies that could double as serious health hazards to our pets!

Ice cream
Just say no to the cone. One lick or two (no chocolate, please!) is fine, but because pets do not possess significant amounts of lactase—the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk—milk and other milk-based products can cause them diarrhea or other digestive upset.

Chicken Bones
Feeding your pet raw bones may seem like a natural option, but chicken bones splinter easily and can cause choking or may become lodged in your pet’s digestive tract.

Potato Chips
Who doesn’t like to crunch? While one or two plain chips may not pose a threat, large amounts of salt can produce excessive thirst and urination or even sodium ion poisoning in pets. Signs that your pet may have eaten too many chips include vomiting, diarrhea, depression, tremors, elevated body temperature, seizures and even death. In other words, keep those salty snacks to yourself!

Lemonade
A little sweet, a little tart—and a lot hazardous! Citrus plants contain citric acid, limonin and oils that can cause irritation, and possibly even central nervous system depression, if ingested in significant amounts. Clinical signs of central nervous system depression include vomiting, diarrhea, depression and potential photosensitivity.

Piña Colada
We know they’re tasty, but any beveragecontaining alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death in our animals. So please, keep you summer cocktails out of your pet’s reach.

Interested in more food hazards? Please visit the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center.

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Deb

My dog of 9 years old, when she see that her brother has an otter pop, se thinks that she should have one too, and by all means she gets one, we feed it to her right out of the wrapper..... she really only likes these through out the summer time, especially when its extremely hot out side..... its just flavored water, with some sugar in it..... but its good and she loves them

Deb

My dog of 9 years old, when she see that her brother has an otter pop, se thinks that she should have one too, and by all means she gets one, we feed it to her right out of the wrapper..... she really only likes these through out the summer time, especially when its extremely hot out side..... its just flavored water, with some sugar in it..... but its good and she loves them

Loveforpapillons

Is unsalted and unbuttered popcorn ok within limits?

Monica

My dog loves to eat Sprinkles Cupcakes but the ones that are specially made for dogs! haha every time i come home with that brown bag he knows its a cupcake for him!

Lucy Moniz

hey everyone!.. love you guys @ ASPCA. The world ..no no the PLANET give you a BIG HUG ! As for treats for our BFFS..Im here in NJ so I cant speak for everyone when I say theres simply not any Cat treats available in Pet Stores like there are for dogs.

Lisa

My dog actually did die from potato chips. It's so hard to believe but something happened while she was scarfing down a bag she found in the kids' room. Your warning should be taken seriously for sure.

Alona

I adopted a dog at the age of 1.5 yrs old who'd kill for an ice-cream cone and LOVES buttermilk (from day 1 or adoption!!). K9 as well as Feline digeistive system CAN handle dairy and dairy enzymes IF it is introduced to them from the very young age. ANYBODY would have diarrhea after ice-cream if they have never had one on their life. For that same reason many Chinese who suddently relocate to US cannot handle dairy (milk, sour cream) as it wass not part of their culture growing up. I was born and raised in Russia, where milk is given to kittens from get go and NONE of them have problems with dairy. So it all depends on when it is introduced to the digestive system.

Jack-O

So what if they die you can always get another theres plenty of them walking around

Susan

I knew about chicken bones OMG dairy and salt I had no clue!!!!!

nikki

i am looking for a pit puppy ??? any idea's

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