Being kind can be fatal - toxicoses in cats and dogs

Feeding common human foods like chocolate, nuts, grapes, raisins and xylitol to pets may prove fatal to their health e.g. liver and kidney failure.

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References of interest

  • Wismer, T. (2013) Toxicoses in dogs and cats. Today's Veterinary Practice, 3(2), pp. 67-70
  • Handl, S. and Iben, C. (2010) Foodstuffs toxic to small animals - a review. European Journal of Companion Animal Practice, 20(1), pp. 36-44
  • Hall, J. and Barton, L. (2013) Mushroom toxicosis in dogs in general practice causing gastroenteritis, ptyalism and elevated serum lipase activity. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 54(5), pp. 275-279
  • Peterson, M. E. (2013) Xylitol. Topics in Companion Animal Medicine, 28(1), pp. 18-20
  • Murphy, L. A. and Coleman, A. E. (2012) Xylitol toxicosis in dogs. Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice, 42(2), pp. 307-312
  • Sutton, N. M., Bates, N. and Campbell, A. (2009) Factors influencing outcome of Vitis vinifera (grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas) intoxication in dogs. Veterinary Record, 164(14), pp. 430-431


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