Foods Poisonous to Pets: ๐—•๐—จ๐—ก๐—ก๐—œ๐—˜๐—ฆ, ๐—›๐—”๐— ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ ๐—”๐—ก๐—— ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ง๐—ฆ

Ensure that you wash all fruits, vegetables and herbs to remove any poison sprays which may have been used in the production process.


๐—ช๐—›๐—”๐—ง ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—ข๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—— ๐—œ ๐——๐—ข ๐—œ๐—™ ๐— ๐—ฌ ๐—ฃ๐—˜๐—ง ๐—›๐—”๐—ฆ ๐—˜๐—”๐—ง๐—˜๐—ก ๐—”๐—ก๐—ฌ ๐—ข๐—™ ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜๐—ฆ๐—˜?

Always act immediately and take your pet to the vet.

๐—™๐—ข๐—ข๐——๐—ฆ ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—ข๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—— ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—™๐—˜๐—˜๐—— ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—•๐—จ๐—ก๐—ก๐—œ๐—˜๐—ฆ

A number of foods can disrupt rabbitsโ€™ digestion and be harmful to their health with their unique digestive systems mean that their guardians must be extra-cautious when feeding them.

๐—”๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ผ – should never be included in your rabbitโ€™s diet. According to Small Pet Select, this fatty fruit can be deadly if ingested by a rabbit.

๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ, ๐—–๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ – high-carb sugary treats will really only โ€œtreatโ€ your rabbit to stomach issues. Avoid foods high in sugar or artificial ingredients, as, like yoghurt drop, they could potentially lead to enterotoxemia.

๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฟ – although vegetables are an ideal addition to the high-fibre hay that rabbit diets require, cauliflower causes rabbits to bloat and become gassy. Rather consider green peppers, beets, or radishes

๐—–๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜€ – like muesli, a processed food made up of flaked maize, peas, pellets, grains, and seedsโ€”can lead to tooth and tummy problems.

๐—›๐—ฎ๐—บ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ – rabbits require a special high-fibre diet, think high-quality Timothy hay, fresh vegetables, and herbs, hamster food will do little to nothing for your rabbitโ€™s nutrition.

๐—œ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฒ – avoid feeding your rabbit light-coloured lettuce, including iceberg, as it can contain lactucarium, a chemical that can be harmful to your rabbitโ€™s health if ingested.

๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ – an absolute no-no which can be poisonous to rabbits and should never be fed to them.

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ – rabbits are herbivores, meaning that they eat plants and your domesticated rabbit should not consume meat.

๐—ข๐—ฎ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น โ€“ although feeding rabbits oatmeal wonโ€™t cause them major harm, itโ€™s not an ideal meal as rabbits need large amounts of Timothy hay, hearty greens, and fresh water.

๐—ฃ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—•๐˜‚๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ – is high in fat and to be avoided as this can give rabbits a tummy ache.

๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฒ๐˜€ – although potatoes wonโ€™t necessarily poison rabbits, this human favourite vegetable isnโ€™t ideal for them. Potatoes are high in carbohydrates and starch, and can cause issues for the rabbitโ€™s digestive system.

๐—ฅ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ – if a rabbit were to ingest raw rhubarb, it could be fatal.

๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ โ€“ as per Iceberg Lettuce, Silverbeet, sometimes referred to as Chard, is another leafy green that your rabbit should avoid. According to a veterinary centre in New Zealand, the vegetable can cause your rabbit to suffer from colic and bloating and should be replaced with high-fibre fruits, veggies, and herbs. Radishes, alfalfa, and rosemary are all great options.

๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ป๐˜‚๐˜๐˜€ – are high in fat, not fibre, which can cause your rabbit uncomfortable indigestion. Rather use fresh veggies or herbs for snacks.

๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐——๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐˜€ – research suggests that yoghurt drops may contribute to lethal cases of enterotoxemia, โ€œa toxic overgrowth of โ€˜badโ€™ bacteria in the intestinal tractโ€ so if youโ€™re looking for a healthy treat to feed your rabbit, try green peppers or Brussels sprouts..

๐—™๐—ข๐—ข๐——๐—ฆ ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—ข๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—— ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—™๐—˜๐—˜๐—— ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—›๐—”๐— ๐—ฆ๐—ง๐—˜๐—ฅ๐—ฆ

Donโ€™t feed your hamster the following as they are harmful to their health and can lead to medical conditions:

  • Alcohol
  • Caffeine
  • Chocolate
  • Citrus fruits such as oranges, lemons or grapefruits
  • Sugar
  • Treats or foods with high fat content

๐—™๐—ข๐—ข๐——๐—ฆ ๐—ฌ๐—ข๐—จ ๐—ฆ๐—›๐—ข๐—จ๐—Ÿ๐—— ๐—ก๐—˜๐—ฉ๐—˜๐—ฅ ๐—™๐—˜๐—˜๐—— ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ฃ๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ฅ๐—ข๐—ง๐—ฆ

๐—”๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ผ โ€“ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น – naturally produces a fatty acid derivative called Persin. When ingested by parrots, it can lead to breathing problems and the inability to perch properly. Once respiratory issues begin, death is often not far off.

๐—˜๐—ด๐—ด๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ โ€“ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น โ€“ are a member of the nightshade family, so it contains Solanine, which is a type of poison. In parrots, Solanine can cause gastrointestinal and neurological disorders.

๐—–๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ โ€“ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น – contains a compound called theobromine. Theobromine, like caffeine, belongs to the class of alkaloids called methylated xanthine.

๐—™๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ โ€“ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—น – fruit pits contain cyanide that is toxic to parrots. This is most common in apricot and cherry pits but can include others. Before feeding your parrot any fruit with pits, check if they contain cyanide.

๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€ – are fungi that can absorb toxins in the environment that they grow in. Additionally, mushrooms contain amatoxin, which can upset stomachs in some birds. Raw mushrooms are more dangerous to parrots than if theyโ€™re cooked. Some types contain higher amounts of amatoxin, making them toxic. This may result in digestive issues, neurological damage, and muscle aches.

Mushrooms, if theyโ€™re not safely farmed, may be harmful to parrots, even when cooked.

๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐˜„ ๐—ฅ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฏ – contains oxalic acid, a compound naturally found in many plants. When oxalic acid is bound to minerals, it forms a compound called oxalates. Many leafy greens or seeds contain this compound and are still safe for parrots but rhubarb contains a higher amount, making it dangerous when fed raw. Cooking rhubarb will reduce the amount.

๐—ฆ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ต๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ๐˜€ – should never be fed to your parrot.

๐——๐—œ๐—ฆ๐—–๐—Ÿ๐—”๐—œ๐— ๐—˜๐—ฅ

This article is produced by SAVetshops, in the interest of informing people and sharing information. It is not considered a reference article or a definitive medical reference. Source references are listed below and any person wishing to know more should consult these references, their local vet, state health service or doctor.

๐—ช๐—œ๐—ง๐—› ๐—ง๐—›๐—”๐—ก๐—ž๐—ฆ ๐—ง๐—ข ๐—ง๐—›๐—˜ ๐—™๐—ข๐—Ÿ๐—Ÿ๐—ข๐—ช๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—ฆ๐—ข๐—จ๐—ฅ๐—–๐—˜๐—ฆ:

PETA, Katherine Sullivan –

Newsweek, Tom Fish –


All About Parrots, Carrie Stephens –