Everyone loves to pamper their pets, but where do you draw the line?


LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – As pet owners we want to do everything we can to make our furry friends feel like part of the family, but there may be some treats and privileges that can actually do more harm than good.

To many, pets are more than just companions, they are family.

We pamper them with toys, warm beds, and special treats to show them just how much they are loved. But where do you draw the line?

Dr. Liz Waguspack is a veterinarian at The Veterinary Clinic at Gloria Switch. She said pet owners should be mindful of what they feed their pets. Nearly everyone knows chocolate is a no-no, but according to Dr. Waguspack, there are many snacks that can cause serious problems.

“Raisins, onions, garlic. One of the big ones that a lot of people don’t realize is xylitol, which is a sugar-free sweetener. It can be found in gums especially, but sometimes it will be in peanut butter.”

Another thing to keep in mind for dog owners is the breed. Cameron Tolbert owns a pit bull named Maria. He said he wasn’t aware of a common allergy in pits.

“She can’t have chicken because she’s a pit bull. The chicken will give them rashes on their skin. And not even just chicken but chicken flavored dog food. I have to give her duck flavored or beef flavored.”

Waguspack said, here in south Louisiana, one of the most common things she finds in x-rays is corn on the cobb! Waguspack said, when it comes to household items, pets often get into poison.

Animal Rescue Foundation of Louisiana President Nancy Tabb Marcantel said your garden can also be poisonous to your pet.

“Sago palms are very, very toxic. The buds, the blooms, the leaves, the roots everything is very toxic to dogs. They just have to eat one little berry and it can cause them to die. Other things are poinsettias, some lilies.”

Marcantel said some pet toys can be bad too.

“There are even some treats that are sold commercially that are not good for dogs. You need to do a little research. If your dog likes to chew don’t give them these rubber tires. Good toys for them to chew on are rough rope toys. They don’t denigrate as easily.”

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