Are we allowed to keep pets off the table?

Certainly, accidentally or intentionally, overeating can ruin the holidays. Human food, or popularly referred to as “table food,” in excessive amounts causes very serious and severe pet health problems.

No one can resist their sweet and dear look, especially when they know that the table is full of fine food and smell. That way, they ask us to give them at least a little, just a little … just so much … because they’ve been good all year. And then we give it to them. We are hypocritical. We love them, and we do the badly.

Overeating, scientifically, involves eating a large amount of food in the very short time that accompanies that intake. For most pets who eat too much, “it’s not so much an eating problem as it is a feeding problem,” says Ph.D. Julie Churchill, professor at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center. “The owners think that if the dog begs, it means he’s hungry!”. If dogs have a regular meal throughout the day, ignore the wiring.

There are also cases of prolonged overeating that lead to a number of health problems (obesity, diabetes …). The real fact is that dogs eat less to satisfy their hunger and more because seeking food is normal dog behavior. In fact, it is a preserved evolutionary trait from hunting times, when food was either abundant or dogs were starving. They feed themselves opportunistically and are greedy – they can eat as much as 16 percent of their weight at once, and some will not stop eating even when they are full.

Cats are born hunters and we rarely see an obese cat. “Cats can over-hunt, but most often they won’t over-eat,” says Dr. Churchill. Cats that do not hunt are threatened because food is constantly available to them.

Also, overeating in this sense can be called any ingestion of food or meal that does not fit into the proper diet of pets. The amounts of nutrients that a dog or cat may eat are measured in grams. When we talk about “heavier” things that do not fit into their regular meal, such as costumes, meat, bread … we are talking about pounds. Certainly, accidentally or intentionally, overeating with a holiday meal can ruin the holidays. Human food, or popularly referred to as “table food,” in excessive amounts causes very serious and severe pet health problems. It happens very often that the owners feel that even a small amount of such food cannot be harmed. You might as well not experiment! Their metabolism is different than human metabolism. Because when you add up a little of this and a little of it, you get a mixture of poisons for their metabolism, and most of the time, veterinarians need more time and diagnostic methods to determine the exact cause of the problem.

What are “human” foods harmful to pets?

Any serious pet owner will inquire with a veterinarian or read articles related to the harmfulness and toxicity of certain human food ingredients. Especially if she has an unpleasant experience with her pet before. Mistakes in life are the most common reason for thinking properly. Here we will repeat some known and unknown facts about particular food ingredients.

If you are baking cookies or holiday bread, avoid having the dog or cat accidentally eat the dough. It will exacerbate in their stomachs and, in addition to mechanical obstruction and pain (stomach stretching), also cause alcohol poisoning because molds that ferment in the dough, lifting it, produce alcohol, and it is extremely harmful to pets. In dogs, it causes liver damage and passes the brain barrier and acts as it does in humans. Already very small amounts cause vomiting, diarrhea, depression of the central nervous system, coordination problems, difficulty breathing, and coma and death are possible. So if you notice that one part of the dough is missing, seek the help of a vet. Also, keep beer, wine, and champagne in moderation for yourself!

Much has also been written about allicin (an organosulfur compound with a thiosulphate group) from garlic and another thiosulphate from onions. Allicin is only produced by chopping, kneading, orbiting garlic. That’s the taste! If the dog or cat eats garlic, onion, or garlic or onion itself, poisoning with allicin and other thiosulphates can lead to serious anemia. If the dog eats more than 50 grams of garlic or onion at one go, call a vet. These compounds are a natural defense of these plants against their pests, but in dogs and cats, they react with hemoglobin in red blood cells. Sulfur compounds are formed that alter the hemoglobin chains and thus impair its oxygen transfer function.

Signs of poisoning vary depending on the amount of garlic or onions eaten. Lower doses cause vomiting, nausea, visible mucous membranes become pale, and at higher doses bleeding can occur in the digestive system, resulting in loss of appetite, discoloration of the urine (reddish-brown) and skin. Particularly poisoning these compounds are cats! It should be emphasized that these compounds are present in baby foods as well, so avoid feeding them to pets.

Keep the chocolate and cookies for yourself

Tea, coffee, cola, and cocoa are full of caffeine and chocolate and theobromine. Both belong to the methylxanthine category of compounds and cause vomiting, diarrhea, and thirst. In addition to these symptoms, they also cause increased heart rate, tremors, seizures, and even death. Both compounds are in dark and white chocolate, so avoid them anyway.

There is a lot of talk about sugars from cakes, biscuits and other “human” sweets, but it is important to say that sugars cause obesity, diabetes, and dental problems. Take special care with chewing gum and candy as they contain xylitol, which increases the secretion of insulin, leading to a fall in blood sugar and liver failure. The most common symptoms are vomiting, lethargy and loss of coordination. Liver failure can occur within a few days.

Of course, there are owners who say that they give such foods to pets all the time and “neither is their devil”, but that doesn’t mean it’s healthy and good. Ignoring facts and ignorance does not save them from responsibility. And it’s expensive to pay for! And it’s not the pet’s fault, it’s the owner’s.

Can dogs eat bones?

Now we come to the main part, which is bones, raw or roasted meat, fatty grinders and potatoes, home-made sausages … The fatty part of any of these foods can cause pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas), and the bones can cause serious mechanical damage to the digestive system. We all know that. Do we know? Then we don’t give it to pets! Forget about “doggie bags” and stick to their prescribed foods.

It is also good to note that if you accidentally supply raw foods such as raw eggs, fish and meat, pay attention to their source and shelf life as they may be overflowing with bacteria (species from the genera Salmonella, Escherichia, Listeria). These bacteria cause severe infections of the digestive system, and listeria is a known cause of encephalitis and meningitis (inflammation of the brain and brain membranes). Raw fish, in addition, may contain parasites that can be fatal to pets.

Dangerous foods and foods include salt, raisins, milk and some dairy products, hard and fatty cheeses, so pay attention to them so that they do not “disappear from the table” in any variant.

Holiday celebration and firecrackers

In addition to this holiday theme, it is necessary to say that the holiday table comes to holiday cheer. If your pet is afraid of fireworks, firecrackers and generally any pyrotechnics, consult a veterinarian for assistance. Shivering under the covers or hiding in a laundry bin can be somewhat helpful, but dog training associations can help you access and ease your fear. Veterinarians may prescribe tranquilizers that are accurately dosed and intended for animals. By no means give them your “colorful pills”! There are many possible problems that the wrong choice of active substances and wrong doses can cause.

We wish you a pleasant and happy holiday and put on the table a few grains of pet food that he normally eats, so if he already has a wire, give it to him because it is enough for him and it is important that he is “off the table”. That way you will not harm him, and he will be pleased.

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