4 Food to avoid giving your pets this Chinese New Year
While we basked ourselves in the festive mood and fill our tummies with Chinese new year goodies, do remember that not all food are suitable for our furry friends! As much as we would love to share our love and joy with them, here are 5 food to avoid giving your pets:
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- Bak Kwa, also known as Barbecued Pork/ Meat Jerky
Bak Kwa are usually oily and rich in fats, which can cause pancreatic or heart problems if taken in excessive quantity. Your pets may have symptoms of diarrhea or vomiting after eating.
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Chocolate contains theobromide, which can damage a dog’s lungs, heart, kidneys and nervous system. Symptoms includes vomiting, diarrhoea, restlessness, hyperactivity or even seizures.
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- Nuts (Pistachio/ macadamia nuts)
Thou not as toxic as chocolates and alcohol, a mere handful of Macadamia nuts can lead to vomiting, muscle and joint pain, lethargy or even temporary paralysis in your pets. Pistachios are generally non-toxic but it is high in fats. Avoid giving dogs Pistachio that are still in the shell as it can cause digestive blockages which can be dangerous.
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Alcohol are toxic for pets due to their smaller built as compared to humans and inability to process the intoxicating properties. What might seem to be a “safe” amount to you might be fatal to your pet when consumed. Each alcohol beverage contains different concentration of alcohol, ranging from 4% (Beer) to up 90% (hard liquor), a small amount of hard liquor may potentially kill your pet. Signs of alcohol poisoning are: Digestive upset such as vomiting or diarrhea, difficulty in walking or standing, drowsiness, unable to coordinate themselves or slow breathing rate.
Also, refrain from feeding any food to your friends or relatives’ pets during visiting, especially if you are unsure of their diet and allergies as some pets might have special diets to follow with.
Share this with your loved ones and have a Happy New Year!