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7 foods pets should never eat

By: Shea Gunther on July 22, 2011, 11:50 a.m.
chihuahua on table eating food off plate

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No begging

When I was growing up in New Hampshire, our dog doubled as our garbage disposal. She was my conspirator in my ongoing scheme to rid myself of unsavory dinnertime vegetables and would eat whatever I offered when my dad’s attention was diverted. Another favorite pet was Jerry, the cat who loved watermelon, apples and bananas. A lot of people have similar stories of pets hungry for "people food," which I guess shouldn't come as a surprise considering their normal fare. (I mean, how would you like to eat dry kibble for every meal, every day?)

While it's OK to give some foods to pets, there are others that should be avoided at all costs. Some foods can sicken or kill dogs, cats and birds, so please give the following list a good read. If you ever suspect that your pet may have ingested something poisonous, call your local vet or the ASPCA National Animal Poison Control Center at 1-888-426-4435. (Text: Shea Gunther)