Feeding your pets these people foods can be 'toxic'

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.

“It’s hard not to cave and give your little guy a scrap from your plate,” Lisa Lippman, DVM, tells Yahoo Lifestyle. “Sometimes that’s okay and sometimes it can mean big issues for your pet’s health.”

There are a few foods you definitely don’t want to feed your pet. Lippman breaks them down.

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Chocolate

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

This 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.”

While those are the two main foods Lippman warns about, she also stresses that grapes, raisins, currants, Macadamia nuts, onions, and garlic can also be deadly for pets.

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Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

"The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is a wonderful family pet; a gentle, calm dog, who is happy to be combed and brushed," says Dr. Emmett. "This breed is, however, less enthusiastic about games, such as tug of war, and rough-and-tumble play. King Charles Spaniels are a good match for a more urban lifestyle and a sensitive child." What does that wagging tail mean?

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Golden Retriever

"The Golden Retriever is one of the most well-known dogs because of their gentle, caring temperaments. They are able to lounge around the house for an afternoon or take a hike through the woods," says Pete Lands, DVM, Director of Emergency and Critical Care at Saint Francis Veterinary Center. Goldens are very bright and easy to train. They're also stoic when it comes to kids. "While they may not like it, Golden Retrievers tend to be apathetic to young kids pulling on their ears or tugging at their tails. This makes them one of the best family dogs you can find," he adds.

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Labrador Retriever 

They look large-and-in-charge, but Labs are famously child-friendly. "The Labrador Retriever is a reliable family pet," says Dr. Emmett. "This breed has an insatiable appetite for games and play and is well suited for an active outdoor lifestyle and a child who likes to run, throw balls, and play Frisbee." These are the most popular breed dogs in every state.

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Beagle

Cute as a button, sweet, and gentle, these pack animals thrive on companionship. According to the American Kennel Club, these charmers make excellent family dogs because they are loving by nature, love to play, and have goofy personalities. If you want a dog who wants to be with people, this is a great breed for your family. Pass Beagles up, however, if your house is always empty during the day.

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Irish Setter

Does your family love a good group jog or a game of beach Frisbee? If so, an Irish Setter will be the perfect fit for you. Regal to look at and energetic beyond words, this breed grows to be large, around 50 to 70 pounds and has a long lifespan, so they can grow up with your kids. Irish Setters make great companions, are wonderful with children, and have lively dispositions. They also love to play with toys and balls. Don't miss these secrets dog trainers won't tell you.

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French Bulldog

Frenchies, as they are affectionately known, are diminutive in size, but big in personality. Known for their affectionate natures and silly "bat" ears, French Bulldogs were bred to be companion dogs. The perfect family dog for apartment dwellers, Frenchies do well in small spaces, and love being around kids. French bulldogs also love getting dressed up for Halloween.

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Boxer

Make a Boxer part of your family, and you will never feel unprotected again. Fiercely loyal and protective of those who love them, these energetic, medium-sized dogs have calm dispositions, but love to play. They need lots of exercise, but beware of driving them too hard in hot weather. Like all squish-faced (Brachycephalic) dogs, they tend to overheat. Keep your pooch safe all summer long with these 28 warm-weather health tips for dogs.

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Cocker Spaniel

There's a definite possibility that Cocker Spaniels think they are people. They're gentle, loving, very smart, love being around children, and tend to always put themselves in the middle of the action. They also make great therapy dogs and may be a good fit for an anxious or special needs child. Their beautiful, floppy ears make them prone to ear infections, so keeping them clean and groomed is essential.

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Bichon Frise

These little bundles of low-shedding fur are some of the friendliest dogs on the planet. Sweet, affectionate, and playful, the Bichon Frise is a fantastic playmate for energetic children. Their small size makes them a great city dog, provided you give them lots of walks. According to Animal Planet, they're loyal to a fault and do best with consistent training and moderate amounts of activity. These are the dog breeds most compatible with your (or your child's) Zodiac sign.

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Collie

Rough Collies are known for their majestic, flowing coats, while smooth Collies have shorter coats. Rough or smooth, Collies make great family pets. (However, rough collies require more grooming.) This breed is incredibly intelligent and likes nothing better than to engage in activity with the children who love them. They're fast learners, loyal to their families, and protective. Just ask Lassie.

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Poodle

Have an allergic child? According to Health, Poodles might just be the ticket for you. While no dog is completely hypoallergenic, Poodles seem to come close, because they appear to produce fewer allergens. They also come in three sizes—standard, miniature, and toy—and an abundance of colors. These adorable goofballs are super-smart, easy to train, adapt well to new situations, and love kids. Here's your official guide to picking the best dog breed for you.

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Labradoodle

An intentional mix of Poodles and Labrador Retrievers, Labradoodles are as adorable as their name. A medium-shedder, Labradoodles were originally bred to be even-keeled and empathetic, so they could be trained as guide dogs for visually-impaired people. This breed couldn't be more affectionate, or more adorable. Note that they need lots of exercise and tend to get along great with other dogs.

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Pug

This Instagram-darling brings with it major cuddle-factor. Their cutie-patooty smiling faces and cozying-up tendencies make Pugs a popular favorite for children who prefer gentle play to roughhousing. These playful pups were bred to be lap dogsand adore being around people. They're clever, quiet, and make great family pets.

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Chihuahua

Long-haired or short, Chihuahuas are the tiniest of all dog breeds. They tend to adore children and are very loyal to their families. Chihuahuas love the indoors and are not fond of very cold weather, perhaps because they're thought to have originated in Mexico. They're easy to train and love the lap of the person who loves them best. Watch out for these secret signs that your dog is mad at you.

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Chug

Chugs are a specific breed comprised of Pug and Chihuahua ancestry. Many have the best characteristics of both popular breeds, making them great pets for children. According to Pet Guide, Chugs are a designer dog with characteristics that vary from liter to liter. Like their forebears, most will make good family dogs. They're loyal, affectionate, intelligent, and love to play.

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Havanese

This tiny charmer is the national dog of Cuba. They have exuberant personalities and adore people of all ages. Havanese dogs are very social and outgoing. A loving breed, they also enjoy playing games. They're a toy breed, so not a great fit for rough-and-tumble play, but they're perfect for families who are looking for a silly, outgoing friend for their child. Read on for the 50 secrets your pup won't tell you.

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Bull Terrier

Bull Terriers and Miniature Bull Terriers make fantastic pets for older kids. They are sweet beyond belief, very protective, and very trainable. The American Kennel Club calls them mischievous, playful, and charming. Known for their silly, comical antics, and crowd-pleasing behavior, Bull Terriers need lots of exercise and lots of love.

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If you suspect that your pet ate something toxic, call your local animal poison control center about next steps. And, if you’re still not sure, take your pet to your local vet.

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.

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Elizbeth Taylor in 1953, as seen in "Hollywood Cats"

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Marilyn Monroe in 1961, as seen in "Hollywood Dogs"

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Judy Garland in 1938, as seen in "Hollywood Cats"

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Frank Sinatra in 1957, as seen in "Hollywood Dogs"

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Joan Collins in 1957, as seen in "Hollywood Cats"

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Anne Francis in 1956, as seen in "Hollywood Cats"

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Rock Hudson in 1965, as seen in "Hollywood Dogs"

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Heather Angel in 1934, as seen in "Hollywood Cats"

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Lauren Bacall in 1944, as seen in "Hollywood Dogs"

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Diana Dors in 1958, as seen in "Hollywood Dogs"

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Mary Martin in 1941, as seen in "Hollywood Cats"

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Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn in 1945, as seen in "Hollywood Dogs"

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Josephine Baker in 1931, as seen in "Hollywood Cats"

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Keenan Wynn, Janet Leigh and Tony Cutris in 1952, as seen in "Hollywood Cats"

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Carole Lombard in 1939, as seen in "Hollywood Dogs"

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William Powell and Myrna Loy in 1939, as seen in "Hollywood Dogs"

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Fred MacMurray in 1959, as seen in "Hollywood Dogs"

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