Imagine this scenario, you are sitting down with your favorite indulgence, chocolate brownies and a cup of tea for a quick pick me up. Sitting at your feet are are Fluff ball your adored cat, and Woofer you faithful dog.
Although you know that the vet tells you not to feed your pets human food, you do occasionally cheat, and sneak them a well deserved snack. After all, who could deny those soulful eyes that follow every morsel of the brownie from your plate to your mouth.
Before you pick the walnuts out of your chocolate brownies and throw them to Woofer, read this. It might just change your mind, because walnuts and chocolate are toxic to both cats and dogs.
Danielle a Muddy Boot Dreams reader, has a blog called Probioticsmart.com, which is chock full of really useful information for both you and your favorite pets.
She has included a chart describing the 13 most common causes of pet poisonings supplied by a insurance company. High on the list is the well known chocolate, but did you know that walnuts are poisonous also, I had no idea. Or that onions, and garlic, and all related root veggies are also toxic to cats.
One of my most hated pet poisons is Methaldahyde. The common ingredient in slug bait, stuff that most gardeners use all the time. Woofer will be attracted to the grain base when you spread this poison around, and the birds that eat the dead slugs will also be killed. In my years at the nursery I made sure that each customer purchasing the Methaldahyde based poison knew that there are safe alternatives that don’t kill our beloved pets, and most of them choose to switch to the non methaldahyde one after learning about it’s dangers.
Winter is well on it’s way, so make sure to clean up any Anti-Freeze spills, and keep the leftovers in a safe place, well away from curious pets. The sweet taste is appealing to animals who will lick up the puddles, resulting in a slow and painful death.
If we love our pets, we will do what we can to make sure that we keep them safe for a long and healthy life.
And keep the brownies for yourself, you deserve them.
Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams