Dogs are known for eating things they should not. To make matters worse, some of these things are toxic. Embrace Pet Insurance has shared their database of claim information to reveal the human foods that poison the most pets. Chocolate tops the list of food accident claims received by Embrace, followed by raisins and mushrooms.
There are more than 100,000 cases of pet poisoning in the United States each year. "If you aren't sure if a food is toxic, please check with your veterinarian before feeding something new" says Dr. Debra Primovic, editor in chief of PetPlace.com. "Many well intending pet owners think a grapes or raisins are not a problem and later find their dog has developed kidney failure."
Laura Bennett CEO & Co-Founder of Embrace says: "Raising awareness of everyday hazards in your own pantry can help prevent undue distress to the nation's pets."
The top 20 toxic food items from Embrace's claims archive, in order of frequency, were:
4. Xylitol (sweetener commonly in gum and pastries)
7. Chewing Gum
10. Macadamia Nuts
15. Corn Cobs
16. Dough (especially yeast doughs)
Ranking number 1 is chocolate. The worst variety of chocolate for pets is dark baking chocolate.
Symptoms of pet poisoning can vary from mild stomach and bowel upset (vomiting and diarrhea) to neurological problems, kidney failure, low blood sugar, cardiac and respiratory distress, coma, and even death. Symptoms depend on the item and quantity ingested or inhaled, and the physiological response of the individual pet.
"Some foods can be toxic to one pet in certain amounts and not bother another pet", says Primovic. "For example – as little as a couple raisins could cause kidney failure in one dog and may not affect a different dog."
Healthy treats that are safe for pets may include small amounts of lean cuts of meat (as long as they have been properly cooked, thoroughly cooled and have no bones) and small pieces of vegetables such as carrots.About Embrace Pet InsuranceEmbrace Pet Insurance provides flexible cat and dog health insurance, removing the need to choose between costly medical care versus the life of a much-loved pet. Embrace is a privately owned, Ohio-based company and is one of the most highly rated pet insurance companies in the industry. Embrace Pet Insurance offers nose-to-tail accident and illness coverage and features unbeatable Wellness Rewards for routine expenses. Embrace is a proud member of the North American Pet Health Insurance Association and is backed by caring individuals who understand that pets are family. Embrace encourages all pet parents to get a quote online at www.embracepetinsurance.com.