Pet Health: Dangerous Foods for Dogs and Cats

From chocolate to raisins, these kitchen staples aren’t good for your furry friends.

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Milk. Many cats are lactose-intolerant, which means they cannot break down the milk sugar in diary products. If yours laps up some milk and then shows signs of diarrhea or dehydration, it may be smart to eliminate such products. Lactose-free brands of milk designed for cats are available at pet stores.

If you suspect your pet has wolfed down something he shouldn't have, don't wait around to see if he improves. "Call your family vet right away, or the local emergency vet if it's after hours," Ryan says. And the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals' Poison Control Center has trained veterinary toxicologists on-duty around the clock. A phone consultation costs around $65.