Dogs make incredibly loving and affectionate pets, and they can also be extremely opportunistic when it
comes to getting their paws on anything edible. There is an abundance of foods that can potentially be
fatal for your pet if ingested, and knowing which foods to keep well away from paw’s reach will
reduce the risk of your pet coming to harm.
Unsafe food for dogs
Many foods are poisonous to pets, and like humans, some dogs may have stronger reactions to some than
others. Every pet is unique so it’s best to be on the safe side. Here are some foods you should
keep away from your pets:
- Blue cheese/mould
- Raisins and grapes
Tips on how to poison-proof your home
What is poisonous for dogs is often poisonous for other pets, so bear this in mind if you have other pets
that could be at risk. Keep cupboards and drawers with foods or medicines closed, and if they are at
pet-height, it might be worth locking them to ensure nothing accidentally opens. If there are any places
where it’s hard to lock securely, anti-chew spray can be effective in keeping pets away.
What can happen
Although these foods are safe for us humans, pets have much smaller stomachs and have different rates of
metabolism. Signs of food poisoning in pets can vary, but common symptoms include vomiting, diarrhoea,
dilated pupils, loss of appetite, restlessness, staggering, and disorientation.
What to do if your pet is poisoned
If you think your pet may have eaten something it shouldn’t have and you’re noticing some of
the symptoms, take them to the vet immediately. Never try to induce vomiting as that can cause further
harm. When you talk to the vet, mention what they’ve eaten, how much, when and if they are
displaying any symptoms (i.e diarrhoea or vomiting).
If your pet does find and eat any of the poisonous items listed, as a M&S Pet
Insurance customer you can call the vetfone™ helpline to speak to a qualified veterinary
nurse for guidance on the next steps you should follow, available 24 hours a day.
The nurse on the phone will be able to advise whether you should take your pet to the vet or not. Vet
bills can become expensive, so having pet insurance in place is key in keeping your pet covered should
an accident happen. The three levels of cover to choose
from when you buy M&S Pet Insurance makes sure that you have the perfect plan in place to
keep your pet happy and healthy.
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