Hazardous Cuisine:
Foods We Can Enjoy Can Be
Toxic to Our Pets

Could something as small as a crumb of blue cheese make your pet sick?

By Manda S.W. Kaplan

November / December 2009

One little piece of Gorgonzola, Roquefort or other blue mold-enhanced cheese can hurt your pet, as could onions, garlic, grapes, avocados, chocolate and other foods that people take for granted as harmless and even healthful. In particular, moldy cheeses may contain substances called tremorgenic mycotoxins, which in pets can lead to muscle tremors, loss of coordination, and even convulsions lasting for several days. While the exact mechanism of action is not yet known, studies show that symptoms can vary from mild to severe, depending on the strength of the particular mold ingested.

Other “people foods” that should never be given to pets include:

So while it’s healthy to add a few fruits and veggies into Fido’s diet, be careful in your choices. Carrots are usually a good treat to share with a healthy dog, but it’s always best to ask your veterinarian before feeding anything new to your pets.

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