It’s pretty much a given that any time you have food, your pet is going to want a taste too. But some people food can be toxic to pets.
Chocolate contains an ingredient called theobromine, which Lippman says is “kind of like caffeine.” Theobromine speeds up the heart rate of your pet and acts as a diuretic and muscle relaxant. “The amount of theobromine varies depending on the type of chocolate,” Lippman says. “Some chocolate is way more toxic than others.”
Xylitol is a sugar-free substance often used as a sugar substitute that “can be fatal for pets,” Lippman says. It can show up in a lot of different things, including baked goods, gum, medication and toothpaste. “Even a very small amount can trick a dog’s body into thinking it’s real sugar and cause it to release a massive amount of insulin,” Lippman explains. “This insulin release can cause severe life threatening low blood sugar and even liver failure.”
Despite some people food being toxic for pets, Lippman says there are others that are generally considered safe, including blueberries, watermelon, carrots and green beans.
While some foods are okay, Lippman stresses that it’s important to protect your pet. “Do everything you can to keep those dangerous foods far, far away,” she says.