8 foods you should never feed your cats and dogs

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Be careful not to feed your pet brownies.

Having a pet can be a great experience, but it can also come with a lot of responsibility. Before becoming a pet owner, it’s necessary to know the foods that your pet should never consume.

From chocolate to grapes — here are all the foods that could potentially harm your dogs and cats.

Raw meat, especially expired, could harm your pets.
If you wouldn’t eat it, don’t feed it to your pet.

According to Dr. Joseph A. Zuckerman D.V.M., a veterinarian in New York, although raw meat itself is not harmful, if it’s past its expiration date or from a disreputable company, it may contain pathogens that can make your pet extremely ill. In general, he recommends not feeding your pet any meat you wouldn’t consume yourself.

Anything from the Allium family, which includes garlic, onions, leeks, and chives, can be poisonous to dogs. According to The American Kennel Club, the thiosulfate in these foods is fine for humans, but causes damage to red blood cells in pets, causing hemolytic anemia. Although rarely fatal, these foods, particularly…

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