17 Foods Pets Should Avoid

While Purina, Hill's Science Diet, and Iams might be the leading makers of pet feed, people still like to give dogs and cats table scraps all the time. While most of these feeds are okay for them, there are some things that should never be given to pets. One of the best things to give dogs are D.D.S. Dental Biscuits, these not only control bad breath and tartar, but dogs love them:

1. Chocolate
Pointer #1
A one ounce square of
baker's chocolate can
cause symptoms in a
50 pound dog
Dark chocolate and Baker's chocolate is much more toxic than milk chocolate.

2. Onions

3. Garlic

Onion and Garlic are common ingredients for dog and cat treats, but are present in small amounts. Large quantities of fresh garlic and onions can be toxic.

4. Nuts
Macadamia nuts especially should be avoided.

5. Avocado
The flesh is toxic to some birds, and the pits are toxic to dogs.

6. Pear pips, the kernels of plums, peaches and apricots, apple core pips

7. Green potato peelings and green looking potatoes

8. Rhubarb leaves

9. Moldy/spoiled foods

10. Alcohol

11. Yeast dough

12. Coffee grounds, beans & tea

13. Hops (used in home brewing)

14. Tomato leaves & stems
Toxic for cats and dogs, and likely humans too!

15. Broccoli
Toxic only in VERY large quantities, small amounts okay and may be healthy.

16. Raisins and grapes
Although in most cases at least 9oz. are needed to see clincial signs, sometimes as little as a handful is needed.

17. Cigarettes, tobacco, cigars

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Are you a pet owner struggling in today's economy?

You are definitely not alone; as our country's economy slips further into recession and unemployment rates at the highest in more than a decade, many pet owners are being forced to give their dog or cat the best care they can afford on a limited budget.

Though some may manage this by buying fewer treats and doing more grooming at home, some veterinarians say they're seeing some pet owners skipping checkups and even cutting back on medications in order to make ends meet. What some pet owners aren't aware of is the fact that they could be putting their pet's health at risk.
Pointer #2
Always ask for a discount
most people will at least
consider it if you ask politely

Certain diseases can go unnoticed or untreated if your pet skips a vet visit like infectious diseases, parasites and degenerative diseases such as heart problems, kidney disease and arthritis.

If you only wait for emergencies to take your pet to the veterinary clinic, emergency care is a lot more expensive than taking necessary steps to prevent or detect a problem.

If you recently has a job schedule change or are working different hours this can cause a lot of stress on a pet which can lead to GI upset and behavior problems.

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1. Consider other sources of veterinary care. If you can't afford your local vet clinic, check out humane society or university veterinary clinics which may offer reduced rates on medical services.
Pointer #3
Always ask for a
written estimate
from your vet for
all procedures

2. Look out for specials such as reduced veterinary-service events sponsored by government agencies or pet stores. Also, ask your vet if they will give you a multiple pet discount.

3. If your pet is a stray, tell your vet, they may offer a discount.

4. Seniors should also ask their vets about discounts.

5. Spaying or neutering your pet decreases its chances of developing a number of illnesses.

6. Keep track of your pet's vaccinations, so your vet does not charge you for unneccesary vaccines.

7. If you do end up at the emergency vets, try to transfer to your regular vet as soon as possible for reduced rates.

8. Shop around for medicines, online and locally for the best price.

9. Always seek a second opinion when your vet suggests a pricey procedure.

10. Brush your pet's teeth, not only will your pet's teeth suffer if you don't, but it can affect your pet's overall health.

11. Ask your vet for samples.

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