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For fruits and veggie lovers...

A lot of pet owners feed their pets with whatever they eat themselves, without realizing that their favorite fruits can be harmful to their pets. Avocado is healthy food for pet owners, but it should not be given to their pets at all.  The fruits, leaves, and pits of avocados contain persin, a fungicidal toxin, which is potentially poisonous and can cause serious health problems, even death, in many animals. What amount of persin is lethal isn’t known. In large amounts, it can cause diarrhea, vomiting, and even myocardial damage. If you see that your pet has eaten any part of an avocado, watch your pet closely and contact your veterinarian as soon as possible if you see any of the symptoms described above.

The other fruits which are not healthy for pets are Grapes and raisins. It has been proved that grapes/raisins are extremely toxic for pets, especially dogs. The toxic substance within grapes and raisins is unknown. However, eating these fruits can lead to kidney failure. Be careful of this dangerous food for your pets.

Cherries are not the best choice for feeding your pets as well. Cherry plants, except for the fleshy part around the seed, contain cyanide, which is extremely toxic to your pets. If your dog eats cherries, you may see signs of cyanide poisoning that include difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, and red gums. Cyanide disrupts cellular oxygen transport, which leads to lower absorption of oxygen by blood cells.

Try to Be also careful with onions, leeks, chives, and garlic which are the most common food ingredients in our everyday meals. However, they can be poisonous to the majority of pets, especially cats. Eating these vegetables and herbs can cause red blood cell damage that leads to gastrointestinal irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and nausea. Japanese breeds of dogs, like Akitas and Shiba Inus, are more susceptible to poisoning with onions and garlic. Thus, it is best to exclude these ingredients from your pet’s diet and do not feed your companions any table food.

Pet Preferred Diagnostics has the newest technologies for allergy tests for dogs and cats as well as a unique food intolerance (IgG) test that can screen a serum sample for 54 harmful food ingredients. We require less than 1 ml of serum for the largest 100 allergen panel and less than 0.5 ml for all other tests.

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