Today’s PetMeds Spotlight is on human food. There are few among us that can resist the urge to “accidentally” drop a slice of ham for our best friend when we are making ourselves a sandwich. But there are some things to consider when sharing at meal time. Seasoning of the meat, including salts, sugars, spices, preservative, etc. can give your pet an upset stomach, and can interfere with meds they might be taking. Also, a variety of foods can cause allergic reactions and some everyday foods can be toxic to pets. For example, the next time you consider giving your animal companion leftovers, make sure to avoid anything with onions or garlic in it, they contain thiosulphates, and in certain dosages, can cause hemolytic anemia, where red blood cells burst while circulating, while with the proper dosage has been used as a natural flea repellant alternative, like in Brewer’s Yeast.
Always speak to your vet about the types of medications your dog is taking and any known interactions it may have with human food.